5 Reasons Why 'Outlander' Could Be Our Next 'Game of Thrones'


If you like your heroes brooding, your damsels complex, and your violence and sexual content at TV-MA levels, then boy do we have a show for you. Based on Diana Gabaldon's best-selling series, Starz's Outlander promises to be a veritable treasure trove of intrigue, warfare, romance, and time travel.

Outlander is the story of Claire (Caitriona Balfe), a 20th century nurse, who gets mysteriously transported to 18th century Scotland, away from her husband and into the arms of a younger, far more dangerous, and often shirtless man (Sam Heughan). Why are we so excited about a plot that — let's be honest — could be the synopsis of a Harlequin romance novel? And why are we throwing around Game of Thrones comparisons when all we have is one trailer? 

Here's why:

Reason #1: The world of Outlander is as dark and morally gray as Westeros. 

And it's actually, you know, real. No offense to George R.R. Martin's Westeros, but for those of us who like our bloodshed soaked in history (as well as blood), you can't get much better than this. Outlander brilliantly showcases the very real struggle between British forces, Scottish clans, and the fugitives from both. There is no good or bad — there are just people, driven by their personal motivations. 

Reason #2: There's a deep, possibly pagan-y mystery at the heart of Outlander.

Claire gets shuttled back in time after investigating the Craigh na Dun standing stones. You know who else likes to hang out with these rocks? Pagans. Also of note, there's a mysterious character named Geillis in the books who claims she's a witch. (We'd so pay to see a face-off between Outlander's Geillis and Game of Thrones' Melisandre.)

Reason #3: Sorry, Winterfell, but we'd rather kick it in Scotland.

Don't get us wrong — we love Game of Thrones exquisite locales, but it's hard to beat scenes shot on location in the wild, untamed moors of Scotland. And there's castles, too?! Yeah, sign us up. 

Reason #4: Everyone wants to sleep with and/or kill each other.

These Scots are a lusty lot — and our heroine Claire is obviously not exempt from the passionate proceedings. What's important to point out here (on an actually serious note) is that Outlander's plot is grounded in character relationships and choices. Sure, some of those choices involve when to slice your enemy's throat, but others are more subtle, and ultimately, more heart-breaking.

Reason #5: Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore is at the helm.

In Ronald D. Moore we trust. For the uninitiated, Moore is the television magician who turned the clunky, cheesy Battlestar Galactica of the 1970s into the sleek, socially-conscious, Peabody Award winning series of the 21st century. We'll follow him wherever he leads, and with source material like Outlander, we foresee nothing but grisly, angst-y fun. 

Watch the first trailer now! And look out for the new series this summer on Starz.

I am a former Senior Associate Editor for Livingly Media.