Starz has renewed its historical sci-fi series Outlander for seasons 5 and 6 - comprised of 12 episodes each - with season 4's premiere still to come. Based on the series of novels by author Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is a genre-bending drama that combines elements of mystery, adventure, sci-fi, romance, and historical fiction into one big stew that somehow works despite all these disparate ingredients. Debuting on Starz in summer 2014, Outlander's 16-episode first season was stretched out over two years, and adapted the titular book.
Outlander's 13-episode second season premiered in spring 2016, and adapted Gabaldon's second book in the series, titled Dragonfly in Amber. 2017's third season followed suit by adapting book three, entitled Voyager, while season 4 will adapt book four, Drums of Autumn. Season 4 doesn't premiere until November, but despite that fact Starz has already opted to pick up two more years of one of its most successful original series to date. Outlander is a ratings champion, regularly drawing in over 5 million viewers per episode, numbers the recently canceled Starz series Ash vs Evil Dead never even came close to. Alas, poor Ash.
Outlander's official Twitter account broke the news yesterday of the series' double renewal, also confirming season 4's November premiere in the process. An exact premiere date is still uncertain at present though. Variety has also reported out some additional info, including that seasons 5 and 6 will run 12 episodes a piece, down slightly from the 13 per year that seasons 2-4 consisted of.
In addition to being based on a popular series of books, Outlander also boasts being developed for TV and produced by Peabody award winner Ronald D. Moore, best known for creating Syfy's critically acclaimed reimagining of Battlestar Galactica. While Outlander is obviously a very different type of story than BSG, having Moore's name attached certainly hasn't hurt the Starz series when it comes to getting attention from genre fans. Critics love it as well, with seasons 1-3 all drawing lots of praise.
Without spoiling a ton for those who haven't seen season 3 quite yet, Outlander season 4 looks to change things up in a major way, relocating lead characters Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) to a brand new shore. What adventures await them there is anyone's guess, well with the possible exception of those who've read the books. What fans can rest assured in knowing is that the time-crossed couple's story will continue for years to come.
Outlander season 4 premieres this November on Starz. Seasons 5 and 6 will presumably arrive in the fall of 2019 and 2020, respectively.