Why Clan Lands won’t get in the way of Outlander filming

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There may be some Outlander fans worried that filming will be pushed back because of Sam Heughan’s Clan Lands podcast. That won’t be the case.

There is always someone out there willing to make fans of a show scared that there will be production delays or cancellations. Sometimes the filming cancellations are genuine (such as the plans to film at Midhope Castle), but more often than not the Outlander filming delays and cancellations are scare tactics to get you reading.

With the news that Clan Lands research and production is underway, there are some who would like you to believe that it means production delays for Outlander. That is most definitely not going to be the case.

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Of course, I don’t know the inner workings behind the scenes. I’m not attached directly to either the series or the podcast, but I’m working off years of following productions for various shows.

When it comes to Sam Heughan, the number one focus right now will be the TV series we all know and love. He is Jamie Fraser. There wouldn’t be a show without our Jamie Fraser. The idea of him putting anything before that when filming is underway is laughable.

That doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to do other projects or that he won’t be needed elsewhere. However, the series will always come first when its in production or when he’s contracted for promoting the show. It’s business, after all.

When he has some spare time, he’s going to be able to work on other projects. And he certainly has plenty! The best thing about Clan Lands is that he’s working with a veteran in the acting business. Graham McTavish knows that certain projects will have to come first. He’ll understand if Heughan has to cancel research at the last minute because of more possible reshoots for Bloodshot or because he’s needed for extra scenes on Outlander. McTavish will have his own schedule, too!

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Clan Lands is one of those projects that can be fit into the gaps. With it being a podcast, there is less pre- and post-production work needed. You may note that the release date hasn’t even been firmly set. It’s spring or summer, which suggests they would like it to be earlier but they know that this project may see delays for other projects.

The podcast is a passion project with two men who understand the way of the acting business. They are also hard-working men who will make sacrifices to make sure their passion project is a success. However, don’t expect anything for it to get in the way of Outlander.

Plus, Season 5 has a set release date. We know that it will premiere on Feb. 16. The filming and post-production work has to be finished by then. So, expect the focus to be on the show.

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What do you think about the extra projects Sam Heughan is taking on? Do you worry about the series filming staying on schedule? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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