Counterpart Season 2 begins filming: What does this mean for Outlander Season 5?

Photo credit: Outlander/Starz Image acquired via Starz Media Room
Photo credit: Outlander/Starz Image acquired via Starz Media Room /

As news of Counterpart Season 2 filming starting, Outlander fans worry about what this means for their series on Starz.

News of Counterpart Season 2 already starting filming is spreading. New cast members have been added and the world of the parallels is growing. Now the big question for Outlander fans is what this means for their series. Has Starz chosen Counterpart over Outlander? After all, Counterpart took Claire and Jamie’s timeslot in January.

Counterpart was always planned for two seasons

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The mystery series hasn’t actually been renewed. Starz picked up the series for two seasons from the start, expecting it to do well. It’s similar to the way that the network picked up Outlander for Seasons 3 and 4 after the second season, allowing filming to start right away and keep the break in between to a minimum.

This is actually extremely good news for Outlander Season 5 and beyond. The network doesn’t have to worry about another series, so the focus of the negotiations right now can be on the tales of Claire and Jamie. It also means that renewing the lovers’ tale for two seasons in 2016 wasn’t a fluke and it could happen again. Instead of just a fifth season order, Starz could pick up the time-travelling love story for a sixth season at the same time.

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An attempt to avoid long Droughtlanders

Photo credit: Counterpart/Starz Image acquired via Starz Media Room
Photo credit: Counterpart/Starz Image acquired via Starz Media Room /

Sony and the Outlander EPs want to keep Droughtlanders as short as possible. The best way to do that is to renew early–and renew multiple seasons at the same time. Sony and Starz are already in negotiations and now that the issue with Altice is fixed, there’s a chance that Starz can move back onto the negotiations for a fifth season of Claire and Jamie’s story.

It shouldn’t be too long before we hear something about the future of the series, and Starz would certainly be off their rocker not to renew. Starz has previously admitted that Outlander is the second most-watched cable show for women, behind Game of Thrones. It will want to keep that series on the air for as long as possible.

The news should come within the next couple of months now that the Winter Olympic Games are over. Starz will want to organize this show, before Ash vs. Evil Dead Season 3 comes to an end and negotiations for a Season 4 start happening!

Counterpart Season 2 is nothing to worry about and more of a good sign that Starz is willing to make other multi-season deals.

Next: What to watch on Starz in March 2018 to get through Droughtlander

What do you think about the news of another Starz show getting a multi-season deal? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Outlander Season 4 is currently filming and expected in fall 2018.