Ron Moore and his crew have done an exceptional job bringing Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander to television. With Season 3 in full swing, the executive producer revealed that he has taken a step back from the day to day operations. Is Moore planning on leaving the hit series in the near future?
In an interview with Variety, Moore opened up about the new season of Outlander and admitted he is less involved than previous seasons. Moore stated that he is still the showrunner but has delegated a lot of the day to day duties to executive producers Toni Graphia and Matt Roberts. Moore revealed that Matt does a lot of the groundwork in the U.K. while Graphia runs the team of writers. They both report to Moore, who manages the entire production, but his time on the front lines is pretty minimal.
Fortunately, Roberts and Graphia are more than capable of handling the production of Outlander. In fact, Moore had nothing but good things to say about their abilities as producers and confessed that he always planned on giving them more responsibility. Given the complexity of the show and how each season is pretty much an entirely different story, having three people running things is a wise move on Moore’s behalf.
Just because Moore is taking a step back doesn’t mean he’ll eventually leave the series. After all, Outlander has become one of the most popular shows on Starz and has one of the best fan bases around. There’s also the consideration that production for Outlander will slow down after Season 4, when Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) settle down at Fraser’s Ridge. Moore expects things will get easier once that happens and is looking forward to finally having standing sets on the show.
The first three seasons of Outlander have featured Jamie and Claire traveling to different locations and embarking on new adventures. In Season 3, the pair finally reunites after twenty years apart and leaves Scotland for a whole new world. This constant traveling is a major strain on production, which is probably why Moore started delegating responsibilities in the first place.
Outlander airs Sunday nights on Starz, check out a preview for the next all-new episode below.
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