Counterpart Season 2 shouldn’t mess with Outlander’s schedule after all

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

I wondered whether Counterpart Season 2’s premiere date would affect the Outlander schedule. Thankfully, a time has been released for Counterpart and it’s good news for Claire and Jamie.

When I first learned of Counterpart Season 2 getting a Dec. 9 premiere date, I worried a little. Since it’s a Sunday, would this mean Outlander would go on a break at the start of December? There wasn’t a time shared, but now I’ve found one.

While on the STARZ press site checking for more Outlander Season 4 images (there aren’t any on there that I haven’t got yet) I saw something pop up for Counterpart. Not only did it have the date of the premiere, but the time. The great news is that the second season isn’t going to affect Outlander‘s schedule one bit.

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I did speculate this since we didn’t have a time. It turns out Counterpart will air at 9/8c on STARZ. That means it’ll take the hour slot after Claire and Jamie, so we can continue watching their love story during the month of December.

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There will still likely be a break around Christmas, but it won’t be too long. I suspect two weeks or three at the most. Considering the timing of the Season 4 premiere, taking a break from Dec. 23 for two weeks seems perfect. This would put the break between Episode 7 and 8, a little more than halfway through the season.

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While we don’t want a break, around Christmas one does make sense. Not as many people are going to watch live and that can distort a few figures. Granted, STARZ isn’t working of ads to make all the money because of the app, but that doesn’t mean it wants to see a huge dip in the live viewing figures.

Plus, not everyone has time to watch anything over Christmas. Fans won’t want to be two weeks behind because they’ve gone away or had family over for Christmas and New Year. Putting on a break is respectful for all and gives the showrunners and stars more time to get things sorted for Outlander Season 5. The later Season 4 ends in 2019, the shorter the next Droughtlander will be.

But the good news is Counterpart Season 2 won’t play a part in the break.

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What do you think about the Outlander Christmas break? Did you worry about Counterpart Season 2 getting in the way of Claire and Jamie’s timeslot? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Outlander Season 4 premieres on Nov. 4 at 8/7c and Counterpart Season 2 premieres Dec. 9 at 9/8c on STARZ.