One of the iconic writers of Outlander Season 3 is leaving the show. Anne Kenney is one of the original writers of the time-travel drama and wrote several of the most-watched episodes of the series.
Kenney made the announcement on her Twitter account few weeks after the production of Season 3 was finished. The Outlander writer tweeted, “#voyager (season 3) will be my last. It was AMAZING experience but time to look 4 new challenges. Outlander fan 4evr, tho!!”
Kenney added that before leaving the show, she wrote the second episode of the forthcoming season. Outlander Season 3 is based on Diana Gabaldon’s novel, Voyager. Kenney vowed to remain an Outlander fan and assured fans that she will still discuss Outlander Season 3 with them.
She did not reveal the reason for her exit other than saying that it is time for her to take on “new challenges.” When a fan asked about her future plans, Kenney replied, “Nothing concrete yet. Shepherding a few things. I will most certainly alert you all when I land somewhere!” See Anne Kenney’s co-worker’s and Diana Gabaldon’s tweets below.
Anne Kenney’s Most-Notable Outlander Episodes
The veteran TV writer penned some of the best episodes the Starz series ever had so far. Kenney wrote The Wedding from Season 1. It was the episode in which Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) was forced to marry Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). Kenney earned a nomination from the Women’s Image Network Awards for Outstanding Show Written by a Woman last year for that episode.
She also wrote The Way Out and Lallybroch episodes from Season 1. In the previous installment, Kenney penned the Useful Occupations and Deceptions, The Fox’s Lair, and The Hail Mary episodes with fellow writer Ira Steven Behr. The writer was a co-executive producer of the debut season of Outlander before she was promoted to EP in Season 2.
Prior to her stint in Starz romance/fantasy series, she worked with other TV shows. She penned episodes for Switched at Birth, Greek, Hellcats, Beautiful People, Family Law, and L.A. Law.
Outlander Season 4 Without Anne Kenney
The fourth season of Outlander was not canceled despite losing one of its ace writers. Starz had already signed up for Outlander Season 4, and it will be based on Gabaldon’s Drums of Autumn novel. Kenney also assured that both Jamie and Claire will be in good hands amidst her exit and added that Season 4 would have more women in the writers’ room.
Outlander Season 3 will return in September while production for Season 4 is expected to begin later this year. Set locations in Scotland have reportedly been surveyed. There are also reports that some trainees are being hired for the production of the next season.
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We'll miss you, Anne! https://t.co/au9Arumr7Z
— Diana Gabaldon (@Writer_DG) July 3, 2017
Yes it was a pleasure working with You Anne! Hope to work with you again!! xxjgs
— JON GARY STEELE (@jongarysteele) July 3, 2017