Here we are, less than two weeks away from the season four premiere, and I haven’t been on my Outlander game at all. The truth is, I went down a deep rabbit hole of depression and anxiety last winter and it has taken a lot of time, effort, medication, and therapy to dig myself even partially out of it. I am not sure I’ll be maintaining this blog to the same level this season as I have in the past, because I have a lot of my own writing to catch up on. I still want to talk with people about Outlander, but it takes a huge amount of effort to do the episode breakdown speculation, and I honestly haven’t read through the series since before last season aired, so my memories aren’t as fresh as they could be.
But in some ways, I’m hoping that helps with this season. I’m going to try and see how I feel about the show when I have a bit more of a remove from the source material.
What I will do is create an Season Summary page, the same as I have in the past. As each episode airs, I’ll post a brief outline of the major plot points. And I will still react with a blog post for each episode, but I will probably not do much screencapping except for a single image for each post.
Happy Outlander Day everyone! We received the news today that Outlander has been renewed for two more seasons!
The only hitch is that the press release mentioned they would be drawing from both Voyager and Drums of Autumn. If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I think Voyager needs to be two seasons. But we don’t know yet how many episodes were ordered (I didn’t see that in the release, anyway – if someone has seen that information, please comment and let me know!), so it is possible that we’re getting longer seasons as well. If we have, say, 16-18 episodes per season, we could get at least partway through Drums by season four.
I can also see them trimming down Claire and Jamie’s separation and focusing more on what happens once Claire returns to the 1700s. I think that it’s important to spend a few episodes apart, but if there’s an episode for The Dun Bonnet, an episode for Ardsmuir, and an episode (or maybe two) for Helwater, that should do it. Then they have the rest of the season to do Edinburgh/smuggling, return to Lallybroch/Laoghaire, the seal’s cove/Young Ian, and finally their departure for the West Indies. If it were me, I would end season three there. But they may go all the way through until we see Geillis again.
Either way, that leaves plenty of room for season four to see them through the early days in North Carolina, meeting with Jocasta, and finally reaching the Ridge. It would be a very nice endpoint to get them there, just in case we don’t get a season five. And they can film two endings – if there’s a renewal, then in the last episode Bree finds the article about the Big House burning and goes back. If not, we wrap things up and she and Roger get to be happy together in the 60s.
I will do a full breakdown of my predictions (episode-by-episode, like I did for season two), during the hiatus, assuming that they make public how many episodes have been ordered.
No matter what, though, I am super excited!!
This concludes your unusual mid-week blog post from Outlander Spoilers!