The second half of the first season of the hit Starz series “Outlander” will air beginning in April 2015, according to the network.
The first season of the show consists of 16 episodes and the eighth will air on Sept. 27. The show will then take a break until it returns with the remaining eight episodes starting on April 4.
“Outlander,” which is based on the series by Diana Gabaldon, centers on World War II married nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), who travels through time back to eighteenth-century Scotland.
(Spoilers follow for the most recent episode…)
The last episode found Claire getting married to Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), and according to Starz, the installment had the most “Live+3” viewers on Starz since a 2012 episode of the show “Spartacus: Vengeance.” (“Live+3” denotes those who watched it live as well as those watched it during the three days after the premiere via DVR.)
“Outlander” has also already been renewed for a second season.
As “Outlander” fans know, there’s plenty of material to be covered if the TV series continues to move forward. Gabaldon released the eighth book in the “Outlander” series, titled “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood,” this past June and all the books are fairly long – “Blood” clocks in at 814 pages.
The TV series has also provided a sales boost to Gabaldon’s novels. “Outlander,” which was originally published in 1991, is currently holding the sixth spot on the New York Times combined print and e-book fiction bestseller list for the week of Sept. 21, while the second book in the series, “Dragonfly in Amber,” is at number sixteen.
In a review of the show, USA Today critic Robert Bianco called “Outlander” “full of promise” and awarded it three stars out of four.
“[Caitriona] Balfe imbues [Claire] with beauty, brains and spunk,” he writes. “Not every detail of time and place rings true… Still, if Outlander's Highlands sometimes feel a bit sanitized, they're a lovely place to visit.”