Ronald D. Moore has 'no doubt' Outlander will be back for a fifth season

Contributed by
Mar 19, 2018

Outlander hasn't yet finished production on its fourth season, but executive producer Ronald D. Moore is already declaring that Season 5 will happen.

Speaking at a "For Your Consideration" panel for Emmy voters in Los Angeles on Sunday, Moore — who developed the time-travel romance adventure series based on Diana Gabaldon's bestselling novels — was certain about a fifth season of the show, despite ongoing "usual negotiations and conversations" with Starz about Outlander's future.

“We are certainly going to do it," Moore said. "I have no doubt we are doing a Season 5.”

Outlander has drawn consistent critical acclaim since it premiered on Starz in 2014, and has maintained a loyal, even growing, fanbase. The third season, which ended last December, consistently drew in a live audience hovering in the 1.5 million range, considerably more than fellow Starz hits Ash vs Evil Dead and American Gods. Throw in streaming viewers and Outlander is definitely holding its own in the premium cable arena. 

As for the future of how the series will continue its adaptation of Gabaldon's novels, Moore — who remains a heavily involved executive producer on Outlander but handed showrunning duties off to Matt B. Roberts and Toni Graphia at the beginning of Season 3 — told Entertainment Weekly that Outlander's writers are open to all possibilities. Gabaldon has certainly given the show plenty of source material — not counting spinoffs and short fiction, she's published eight novels in the main series, with a ninth on the way — and with Season 4 set to adapt the fourth book in the saga, Drums of Autumn, there's still plenty of Outlander left to explore.

“Every year we approach it fresh,” he said. “Should we keep it a book a season? We’ve done that up until now. But we’ve talked about splitting books, and we’ve talked about combining them. We want to be free in the writers’ room to pick and choose and do what feels most comfortable that year.”

Outlander's Season 4 premiere date has not yet been announced.