The Real Reason ‘Outlander’ Season 5 Won’t Be Back Until 2020

Outlander fans will have to wait a little longer to see the next installment in the epic love story between Claire and Jamie Fraser. The historical drama won’t return until 2020 unfortunately. The difficult news leaves Outlander fans wondering what they will do in the interim. Why is the show not returning until next year and what are fans supposed to do in the meantime?

‘Outlander’ season 5 will be back next year

Outlander cast
Richard Rankin, Sophie Skelton, Sam Heughan, and Caitriona Balfe | Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Starz Entertainment LLC

Starz Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Hirsch broke the news at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. The unfortunate delay is because of scheduling at the large network.

“The decision behind everything that we do in terms of our programming schedule, obviously, is based on delivery schedules,” said Hirsch. “We try to have something on the air to serve that premium female audience. So we have some shows coming before that serve the Power audience.”

Obviously, this disappoints die-hard Outlander fans that can’t get enough of the show based off of Diana Gabaldon’s novels. The show will return to television screens in early 2020. Production began in May, as many fans already know. The cast shot a video and shared it via social media, which included Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Duncan Lacroix, Sophie Skelton, and Richard Rankin on set.

‘Outlander’ fans are used to long breaks

Lotte Verbeek, Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish, Ronald D. Moore, Tobias Menzies and Gary Lewis | Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images

Outlander fans are used to long breaks between seasons. Since they decided to switch to 13 episodes per season in the second season, the show took about 17 months between season 2 and season 3. The show took 14 months between season 3 and season 4. Based off past circumstances, it makes sense that fans will be waiting until next year to see Jamie and Claire and their family in North Carolina.

A few actors from the show are undertaking a podcast

Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser and Graham McTavish, who plays his uncle Dougal MacKenzie, are planning to launch an epic podcast called Clan Lands. This piece of news will hopefully make Droughtlander go by quicker for fans.

The podcast will explore Scottish history and culture. Listeners will learn to appreciate Outlander even more once they listen to the pair discuss Scottish history and information. Each of them posted to their respective Instagram pages about the new venture.

“‪I’m not sure I’m ready for this…. but it’ll be an adventure! Who’s joining @grahammctavish and I in @clanlands ??” Heughan said of the new project.

“Great catching up with my murdering nephew @samheughan and planning our “Clanlands”podcast. Stay tuned for a lot of fun, history, landscape and kilts #clanlands Coming soon……,” wrote McTavish.

Where can ‘Outlander’ fans watch episodes of the show?

A good way to pass the time in-between seasons is binge-watching past seasons of the show. Fans can stream whole episodes via Starz, where they have access to every episode of Outlander. Netflix users can catch the first two seasons of Outlander as well. Amazon Prime members can purchase episodes or seasons through its platform. Whatever your platform preference, fans have plenty of time to catch up on Outlander before season 5 premieres next year.