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That was fast! Starz renews Outlander for Season 2

Raise your hand if you saw this coming as soon as the beautiful credits for the pilot rolled.

Starz has renewed freshman drama Outlander for Season 2 only a week into the series’ run.

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Following along the model set by HBO’s Game of Thrones, the second season will follow the plot of the next book in Diana Gabaldon’s rich historical series, Dragonfly in Amber. With eight books in the series, not to mention a handful of short stories and novellas, Jamie and Claire’s story could have a very long run ahead of it.

The first season of Outlander will run for 16 episodes. Thus far, Starz has only confirmed that Season 2 will feature at least 13, with the potential to add more. No great cause for concern, though — the larger episode order was an unusual move to begin with for a first-season cable show.

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The premiere episode drew an estimated 5 million viewers and counting, a big win for Starz in terms of both male and female viewership. We’ll find out after the second episode airs this Saturday whether Outlander can sustain its momentum, but all signs point to yes. The show has an incredibly strong fanbase, and the books — the romantic historical fiction version of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series — have been bestsellers since 1991, when the first book in the series was published. We’re already huge fans, and we can’t wait to see where the rest of the first season will go. It’s comforting to know that there’s already a second season of Outlander waiting in the wings.

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Though we do have a bone to pick with the way Starz continues to emphasize that the show also has a huge male audience. The brilliance of Diana Gabaldon’s fictional world should be in no way diminished because it achieved popularity by becoming a series that women were the first to find. It’s all right to embrace the female fanbase!

Especially if your name is Jamie Fraser.

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