When to expect Outlander Season 5

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Now we know Outlander Season 5 is definitely happening, it’s time to look at potential dates. Sure this is next year, but there’s no time like the present to consider it, right?

Outlander Season 5 is officially happening, just in case you may have missed it. Now that we know Starz has greenlit the season, it’s time to look at some potential dates. Of course, these dates aren’t until 2019 and 2020, but there’s no time like the present to get ready for the season.

So, what rough dates can we expect? This is looking at using the Outlander Season 4 premiere month as a rough guide.

Late 2019-early 2020

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I don’t think we’ll get to see Outlander Season 5 in the middle of 2019. It takes just short of a year to film it all and then they need to edit everything. Fall 2019 at the earliest is the likeliest date.

However, I could see the premiere being pushed to early 2020. I’m thinking of the way Outlander Season 4 is premiering in November 2018 as a guide for this.

We hoped and thought the fourth season would be released in September 2018. The whole point of renewing for two seasons at the same time was to keep Droughtlander to a minimum and we’d hoped the show would air at the same time of year. Season 3 premiered September, so it was reasonable to expect September 2018.

Now we’ve learned that Season 4 is going to premiere in November. This is two months later than hoped, so the finale will be at least two months later. Outlander Season 5 will likely have the same timeframe, so that means instead of November, it pushes back two months to January 2020.

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Could Season 5 take less time?

One of the benefits of “The Fiery Cross” is that there’s less jumping between different countries and different time periods. I’m trying to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, but we don’t get to see as much of the 1960s-1970s as we do in “Drums of Autumn.” There’s also less traveling.

This means fewer sets to build and film from. Less time can be spent on this process, so there’s more time on the actual filming. Editing may also be slightly easier since there’s less boat work needed. All this in mind could make the fifth season easier to film, so we’d be looking at the end of 2019 instead.

Next: Why the Outlander Season 5 and 6 renewal is so good for Droughtlander

When do you think Outlander Season 5 will premiere? Are you trying to focus on Season 4 instead of looking too far into the future? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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