Starz has greenlit limited series The Spanish Princess, but what does that mean for the future of Claire and Jamie? It could be a good thing.
There’s another book adaptation coming to Starz. The cable network has announced it has greenlit the limited series The Spanish Princess. This is actually a followup from last year’s The White Princess and the BBC/Starz series The White Queen. It’s another book adaptation that could be a good thing for Outlander Season 5.
Starz clearly sees that book adaptations are good. In fact, Starz likes to put on period drama book adaptions. The White Queen and The White Princess were both adaptations of various Philippa Gregory novels, including books of the same name. The Spanish Princess will be an adaptation of Gregory’s “The Constant Princess,” telling the tale of Catherine of Aragon and set from 1499.
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The network also sees that there’s a strong following for period based dramas with strong women. Catherine of Aragon was an extremely strong, brave, and caring woman of her time.
Just as a side note, Maria Doyle Kennedy, who will play Aunt Jocasta in Outlander Season 4, played Catherine of Aragon in Showtime’s The Tudors. It’s a small world when it comes to period dramas.
While some may worry that greenlighting another series is dangerous for Outlander, it’s actually a good thing. Outlander is another series focused on some strong, independent women. Claire is just the main character, but she also has women like her daughter Brianna and antagonists like Geillis Duncan around her.
The news that Starz has picked up The Spanish Princess is good for Outlander Season 5. There was a lot of hope from The White Princess fans that a followup would be picked up. Starz clearly listens to the wishes of smaller voices. Since Outlander has a bigger following, it would be ridiculous for the network to drop it.
We shouldn’t be worried. Instead, use shows like The White Princess and the upcoming The Spanish Princess as ways to get through Droughtlander.
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