Grab the whiskey and prepare to celebrate—Outlander will be back for a third and fourth season!
Starz announced today that the epic romance of Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) will continue with a third and fourth season spanning the third book in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, Voyager as well Drums of Autumn. Season three follows the couple through new adventures in all new countries...and that's about all we can say about that without spoiling the end of season two.
"Outlander is like nothing seen before on television. From its depiction of a truly powerful female lead character, to the devastating decimation of the Highlander way of life, to what is a rarely seen genuine and timeless love story, it is a show that not only transports the viewer, but inspires the passion and admiration of its fans," Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz, said in a statement. "On this 25th anniversary of the publication of the first book in the US, we are thrilled and honored to be able to continue the story that began with author Diana Gabaldon, and is brought to life by the incredibly talented Ronald D. Moore. There are no better storytellers for Outlander than this team, both in front and behind the camera."
"The world of Jamie and Claire is expansive and emotionally complex. The audience has rewarded Outlander with their praise and loyalty, and we know we will deliver the best seasons yet in the years ahead," Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, presidents of US programming and production at Sony Pictures Television, said in a joint statement. "Starz has been an incredible partner and has truly helped shape this into one of the most iconic premiere series on the air today."
Executive producer Ronald D. Moore told E! News back in January that he had just reread Voyager in preparation for the third season, which he says will be quite different from the current politically-fueled second season, calling it "much more of an adventure tale."
The second season premiere on April 9 was Starz' highest-rated season premiere ever, with almost 1.5 million viewers. That's more than double last year's series premiere, and more viewers than any season one episode brought in.
Outlander airs Saturdays 9 p.m. on Starz.