‘Outlander’ Season 4 preview: We declare that ‘the droughtlander is almost over!’ [WATCH VIDEO]

“The droughtlander is almost over!” Gold Derby senior editor Rob Licuria declares about the imminent return of Starz’s romance fantasy drama. Licuria recently teamed up with contributing writer Amanda Spears, to discuss the trailer of the highly anticipated Season 4 and their reactions to the show’s recent Emmy snubs.

“Season 4 is starting in a couple of months,” Licuria says. “Rest assured that Amanda and I will be doing these chats every week to talk about every episode in great detail and depth, from the perspective of people who have not read the books,” he explains. “It’s a really great trailer. My first reaction was ‘could two people be more attractive? No I don’t think so,'” he jests. Spears agrees, noting that her major takeaway from the trailer was is “the future is pushing back? What are they up to? Is it like the second season where they are trying to change history?” she asks.

The show’s fourth season is due to premiere on Starz in November, almost a year after the third season finale aired in December last year. The anticipation for the new season is understandably at fever pitch after what is affectionately known as another droughtlander, where the show goes off air for months on end between seasons. This season is based on “Drums of Autumn,” the fourth book in Diana Gabaldon‘s “Outlander” series of novels, and will follow Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) building a new life in the New World, after a tumultuous season three where they ultimately washed ashore to start anew. There will be several new additions to the cast such as Maria Doyle Kennedy (“Orphan Black,” “The Tudors”) as Jamie’s Aunt Jocasta and Ed Speelers (“Downton Abbey”) as villain Stephen Bonnet.

SEE Caitriona Balfe (‘Outlander’) reveals ‘This is a very different side of Claire this season’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

In our recent interview with Balfe, the actress reveals, “It has a really different feel to it, it’s looking at a family, an immigrant family creating a home and finding their way through a new country and a new land and all of the things that that brings … obviously for Claire, there’s a very different take on it because she essentially had lived in America for 20 years in the future, and so to come back to the inception of the American democracy as we know it now is quite interesting. To see her knowing what was going on in that time, but coming face to face with it in a very real way.”

After some heated debate about why the TV academy continues to largely ignore the show, the duo turn their attention to their main wishlist for season four. “I’d love to see Murtagh [played by Duncan Lacroix] more involved, love him,” Spears admits. “And I want to see them getting through a season without a sexual assault or an attempted sexual assault moving the plot along.” Licuria agrees, adding that for him, he “can’t wait to see the opening credits to see what Bear McCreary will do to them and I am really looking forward to seeing Caitriona and Sam back on my TV.”

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