STARZ announced today that Season 3 of OUTLANDER will premiere in September 2017.
From the press release:
Carmi Zlotnik, President of Programming for Starz said “While ‘Droughtlander’ will last just a little longer, we feel it is important to allow the production the time and number of episodes needed to tell the story of the ‘Voyager’ book in its entirety. The scale of this book is immense, and we owe the fans the very best show. Returning in September will make that possible.”I know a lot of fans will be disappointed to hear this, but just speaking for myself, I'm glad to hear that they won't have to rush the production to meet an arbitrary deadline, and that they're taking the time they need to do justice to the story.
Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television said, "With the scope of the production and all of the intricate details that go into the Emmy®-nominated sets and costumes, we had to make sure everything is kept to the high standard of the previous seasons and Diana Gabaldon’s beautiful story. We’re so proud of the incredible work that Ron and the Outlander team have done.”
VOYAGER has always been one of my favorite books in the series, as it is for so many OUTLANDER fans all over the world, and I am really encouraged that they are going to take the time they need to do the best possible adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's wonderful story.
And I admit to being relieved that for the first time since 2013, I'll be able to enjoy the spring and summer without spending all my spare time managing "thread explosions" on Compuserve.
To those of you who may be tempted to take out your frustrations on social media by attacking STARZ, Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, or anyone else involved in the production of the TV series: PLEASE DON'T!! They are working very hard to bring VOYAGER to life for fans all over the world, and getting mad at them because of this delay isn't going to help.
Here's a bit of Gaelic that some of you may have heard before: "Fuirich agus chi thu", which means "Wait and see." It's one of Diana Gabaldon's favorite phrases.
Yes, it will take a while longer, but Season 3 will be worth the wait. I'm sure of it!