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Outlander Season 4 Loses Pioneer Writer – Here’s What To Expect From Future Episodes

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Anne Kenney, co-executive producer and one of the pioneer writers on the Starz drama Outlander, is leaving the series. She broke the sad news on Twitter Monday in response to a fan asking whether she would be writing any episodes next season.

“#Voyager (Season 3) will be my last. It was AMAZING experience but time to look 4 new challenges,” she revealed, adding, “Outlander fan 4evr, tho!!”

Kenney, who shared in a 2012 Peabody Award for the ABC Family series Switched at Birth, had been with the time-travelling drama from the beginning. She was one of the original team Ronald D. Moore recruited to adapt Diana Gabaldon’s book series. Of the 29 episodes from the first two seasons, she was credited with making six episodes. One of the most-lauded ones was The Wedding from the pilot season which saw Claire (Caitriona Balfe) forcibly marrying Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan).

Even before Outlander, Kenney was already deemed a veteran television writer, having worked on GreekFamily Law, and L.A. Law.

Writer’s Room Shakeup

Kenney doesn’t have any concrete plans for next steps, but she vows to keep in touch with the show’s devoted fans. This is a real bummer, but fans shouldn’t worry. According to her, Outlander Season 4 has some great, “mostly women” scribes working on it. Rest assured, Jamie, Claire, and everyone’s favorite characters will be taken care of.

Most episodes are currently being written right now. She wrote second episode of the new season, per Entertainment Weeklybased on the third book in Gabaldon’s novels, Voyager.

Tobias Menzies’ Future on Outlander

Fans will also see less of Tobias Menzies on the fourth season. In the books, Voyager is the last time Claire is in the 1900s, meaning there aren’t a lot of pages of Frank’s story left in the book series. It also marks the last serious mention of his 18th century counterpart Black Jack Randall: Frank dies in the 1960s and so does Black Jack in the same battle Jamie survives.

But executive Ron Moore says they aren’t done with Menzies yet. Praising the actor’s tremendous job in bringing life to his characters, he told TV Guide they’re open to future mentions of either roles or appearance in later seasons.

“You never know. We’ve talked about it,” the showrunner shared. “There’s always the possibility of flashing back and revisiting him in either role if we had a reason to. Diana in subsequent books kind of touches back to Frank for various reasons. We might do that. It really depends on how we break that in subsequent years.”


Outlander Season 4 

Currently, the fourth season is still in pre-production phase. The writer’s room is in full swing and they’ve already started recruiting production staff. The full listing which can be viewed here says the team is “looking for keen and committed individuals to fulfill the following traineeships beginning July & August 2017. Production Design, Draughtsperson, Costume, and Painter/Set Decoration Painter.”

Casting, however, has yet to be made save for Rollo’s character. Hopefully, we’ll get some updates at the San Diego Comic-Con later this month. Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe will headline the all-star Outlander panel planned for 5 p.m. July 21 in Ballroom 20 with Jenna Dewan-Tatum as the moderator. On July 22, there will be an autograph signing session with the cast in its booth, No. 4029.

Outlander returns this September on Starz. The new season picks up right after Claire travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948, where she gives birth to Jamie’s daughter Brianna and resumes her marriage to her first husband, Frank. For more details on Season 3, check out Heughan and Balfe’s teasers here.

Also Read: Outlander Season 4 Gets Cast, Production Update: Top 4 New Characters To Look Forward To Meeting In 2018 Premiere


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