During the last days of filming, the Outlander stars took to Twitter to answer questions. Caitriona Balfe talked about Season 6 and beyond.
Outlander Season 5 filming has officially come to an end. That’s it now until February, when the show premieres. Okay, no it’s not going to be it. There will hopefully be another sort of teaser or a sneak peek, something to tide us over. But to help mark the end of filming, the stars took to Twitter to answer a few questions.
Caitriona Balfe focused a lot on the questions about Season 6 and beyond. They gave us a hint of whether the show will come to an end after this upcoming season or not.
Let’s start with Season 6. We already know that it’s going to happen. When the fifth season was confirmed, STARZ also confirmed the sixth. This is great for writing a TV show. Since the renewal came partway through filming Season 4, it meant that elements of the future storylines could be teased in the fourth season. There was the ability to give us a cliffhanger that wasn’t in “Drums of Autumn,” making it clear which storyline Season 5 will focus on first.
The renewal also meant that Season 6 writing could start early. Many of the scripts are now written according to Balfe, so when will filming begin? While the actress couldn’t confirm a date, she thinks it will be about May 2020. That will likely mean the sixth season will premiere around March 2021 if the filming follows the same sort of timeline and length as the fifth season.
And will Balfe remain as a producer? You can count on it! This is something she and Sam Heughan have enjoyed, giving them more of a voice about how Outlander will continue.
But what about the future of the series? Are we looking at the sixth season being the last? There are certainly more books in the tale, but filming a show is very different. It’s important to have a team, especially lead characters, who want to be there for the long haul.
There’s some great news for Sassenachs. Caitriona Balfe made it clear that as long as we will have her, she’s going to be around. Heughan recently hinted at something similar, so it’s all about viewer ratings and STARZ deciding the show is worth renewing.
Considering the show is one of STARZ’s most popular through the channel alone, it won’t be surprising if the series is renewed for a seventh season. Talks may be going on now, but I don’t think anyone will get too serious until we see how the fifth season performs.
What do you think about the future of the series? What do you take from Caitriona Balfe’s answers? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Outlander Season 5 premieres on Feb. 16 on STARZ.