When Outlander season three was announced, so was season four. Given this advanced notice on a season pick-up, writers and the production staff have already prepared for the filming of season four to begin in October 2017. Showrunner/executive producer Ronald D. Moore and executive producer Maril Davis spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the adaptation of Drums of Autumn. If you have not read the book, it’s best to stop reading now.
It will again be 13 episodes.
“We’re deep into writing it,” Moore tells EW. “There are crews on the ground in Scotland, and have been there for quite some time prepping, so we’re moving forward.”
Moore says the plan is to have locations in Scotland double as 18th century America, but “we’ll also go to Eastern Europe and shoot some stuff for the mountains and rivers of North Carolina.”
“Season 4 is all about Jocasta, who’s Jamie’s aunt,” Davis says. “There are also several people in Jocasta’s household. Captain Stephen Bonnet becomes a baddie, and there are several Native American roles. There are some really fun parts to cast.”
“The hope is that we would be on the air regularly in the fall,” Moore says. “That’s part of the reason why we’re overlapping the production. We were actually working on season 4 while we were still shooting season 3 this year. So it made it a much more difficult production because now, you had to shift focus for writers and department heads to start working on that season while the one we were currently on was still underway. So the goal is to try to be on the air again next fall.”