June 9, 2016
'Outlander' Season 3 Will Premiere Sooner Than You Think

The second season of Outlander is underway, and fans are already looking forward to what comes next. Thankfully, Season 3 of the hit series won't be as long in coming as the last.

According to TV Guide, Starz has already agreed to renew Outlander for two more seasons. Not only does this give producers plenty of development time, but it also means no extended Droughtlander this year.

"Outlander is a beast of a show to produce, so if we took a normal break, a regular hiatus like a normal show, we would already be behind," Matt Roberts explained in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. "Now the fans can have it sooner than what they think. The Droughtlander won't be as long as they expect."

At the same time, Roberts also addressed the notion of future spin-off series. As book readers are well aware, author Diana Gabaldon has expanded the Outlander universe with books on Lord John "William" Grey, played by Oscar Kennedy.

Roberts joked that Lord John or even Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) might get their own spin-offs someday. However, he also admitted that nothing serious has been talked about yet.

'Outlander' Star Tobias Menzies Talks Black Jack Randall's Return And Why It Went Off-Book [Image via Starz]
Could Black Jack Randall get his own show? [Image via Starz]

"We haven't really discussed it seriously if we could do that, but that would be something for Starz to order before we could start talking about it seriously," Roberts explained. "But we know there's a whole line of books that Diana wrote about just that one character, so it was great to have his introduction in my script."

Apart from spin-offs, what can fans expect to unfold in the new season of Outlander?

Cinema Blend reports that Season 3 of Outlander will be based on the third book in the hit series, Voyager. While Season 2 focused on Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire's (Caitriona Balfe) troubles in Paris, the new season will see the pair engage on a long journey across the ocean.

With the majority of the season set on board ships at sea, executive producer Ronald Moore is thrilled at the challenges of incorporating CG on the show.

"I can't wait to get out to sea. That's what [I like], doing the tall ship section... I want to do the whole sea chase; that whole section is really going to be fun," Moore shared. "I'm sure it will be really hard and I'll regret it as soon as I start doing it, but I'm looking forward to it."

The fact that Starz decided to renew the show for another season is not that surprising. Not only is the series one of the network's most popular to date, but Moore also dropped a few hints about the renewal on social media.

Outlander Executive producer Ronald D. Moore, author Diana Gabaldon and actors Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan. [Image Courtesy: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images]
Outlander Executive producer Ronald D. Moore, author Diana Gabaldon and actors Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan. [Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images]

According to Scotland Now, Moore participated in a Q&A session on Twitter and revealed that plans for another season of Outlander were already underway.

"Nothing official yet but I'm very, very optimistic and we're actively starting to plan," Moore stated on Twitter.

Moore later admitted that bringing the story to life on board ships was going to challenging.

"Very exciting to talk about the ships," he wrote on Twitter. "Whole season looks like a lot of fun. Very challenging – but that's Outlander."

Meanwhile, according to Movie News Guide, the fourth season of Outlander will be an adaptation of Days of Autumn. At this time, it isn't clear how closely the series will follow the books by the time the fourth season hits television.

Although fans might not have long to wait until the next season of Outlander hits television, the network has not released an official premiere date.

The current season of Outlander continues Saturday nights on Starz.

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[Image via Starz]