Outlander Season 5 is here (thankfully).
Starz made the announcement that it would be renewing its historical time travel romance based on the bestselling series from Diana Gabaldon for two more seasons in October 2018, taking it through Season 6 at least. The announcement came ahead of Outlander Season 4, which wrapped up in January.
Outlander Season 5 Return Date
Outlander is taking a week off, but will be back on April 12th with “Famous Last Words.” You can check out the promo below…
Outlander Season 5 Episodes
Outlander Season 5 Episode 1: The Fiery Cross
“Following celebrations in honor of Brianna and Roger’s wedding, Governor Tryon reminds Jamie of his obligation to hunt down and kill Murtagh Fitzgibbons.”
Outlander Season 5 Episode 2: Between Two Fires
“Jamie continues his search for Murtagh with the assistance of Lieutenant Hamilton Knox and he is forced to contemplate whether or not he is on the right side of history.”
Outlander Season 5 Episode 3: Free Will
“The growing Regulator threat forces Jamie, Claire and Roger to embark on a mission to raise a militia.”
Outlander Season 5 Episode 4: The Company We Keep
“Roger leads Jamie’s militia to the trading post of Brownsville and finds himself embroiled in a bitter feud; Jamie and Claire arrive to find that Roger’s unusual strategy may have cost them the loyalty of the militia.”
Outlander Season 5 Episode 5: Perpetual Adoration
“Jamie and his militia arrive at Hillsborough to learn that Governor Tryon has proposed a rather unorthodox solution to deal with the threat posed by the Regulators and to resolve the growing political crisis.”
Outlander Season 5 Episode 6: Better to Marry Than Burn
“At Jocasta’s wedding, Jamie learns Tryon’s true motivation for ending the Regulator threat.”
Outlander Season 5 Episode 7: The Ballad of Roger Mac
“The Regulator Rebellion reaches a boiling point, forcing Jamie to face his fear and confront the consequence of his divided loyalties.”
Outlander Season 5 Episode 8: Famous Last Words
Outlander Season 5 Episode 9: Monsters and Heroes
Outlander Season 5 Episode 10: Mercy Shall Follow Me
Outlander Season 5 Episode 11: Journeycake
Outlander Season 5 Episode 12: What Dreams May Come
Outlander Season 5 Trailer
At the 2020 Winter TCA press tour, Starz unveiled an inside look at Outlander Season 5. There is plenty of new footage and behind the scenes content to enjoy.
The full trailer for Outlander‘s fifth season below!
Here’s the previous trailer, which premiered during the show’s NYCC 2019 appearance.
And here is a little peak at Season 5 filming from back in the pre-trailer days…
Outlander Season 5 Cast
All of your favorite faces are back for Season 5 (we were worried about Murtagh there for a minute), including Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Sophie Skelton, and Richard Rankin. Here’s some adorable proof…
As always, there will also be some new additions to the cast.
Outlander announced via its official Twitter handle two new additions to the cast, as well as a returning cast member: Paul Gorman has been cast as twins Josiah and Kezzie Beardsley. Bronwyn James will play Fanny Beardsley. Chris Donald is back as Phillip Wylie, last seen in the Season 4 premiere.
Outlander Season 5 Story
What happens next in Outlander? Oh boy, things are about to get messy.
Outlander Season 5 and Outlander Season 6 will both feature 12 episodes and will be based on material from Gabaldon’s The Fiery Cross, the fifth book in the series, and A Breath of Snow and Ashes, the sixth book in the series.
If the TV show follows the books (which, so far, it mostly has), then things are about to get even dicier in the New World for Claire, Jamie, Bree, and, most especially perhaps (dude didn’t make it this far in the books), Murtagh. Here’s the official synopsis for The Fiery Cross, from Diana Gabaldon’s website:
“The Fiery Cross is the fifth book in the Outlander series, following Drums of Autumn. Set against the War of the Regulation in North Carolina (the first tax-payer’s rebellion in the American colonies, and a precursor to the full-blown Revolution), the story deals with Jamie Fraser’s efforts to protect his family, build a community on Fraser’s Ridge, and keep his land–this last requiring him to walk a delicate tight-rope between the pressing urgency of the rebellion and the increasingly unsteady but still dangerously powerful government.
In these efforts, he’s mostly aided–and occasionally hindered–by his wife Claire, who has become the conjure-woman for the Ridge, his daughter Brianna, whose 20th-century inventiveness may possibly kill them all, and his new son-in-law, Roger MacKenzie, which whom he has a rather wary relationship, owing to his having at one point sold Roger to the Iroquois (under the misapprehension that Roger had raped his daughter, but still…), and to Roger’s sense of inferiority, comparing his own budding skills at swordcraft, farming, and leadership with the man he refers to privately as ‘The Great Scot.’
It’s a story about loyalty—in which people find what’s most important to them, and just how far they’ll go to protect it.”
“In Season 4, Jamie and Claire’s decision to remain in the New World changes the course of their life together,” said executive producer Matthew B. Roberts in an official statement. “After being struck by the beauty of the North Carolina wilderness – untamed and uncultivated – they choose to call it home: Fraser’s Ridge. However, what is a ‘dream’ for some is a ‘nightmare’ for others. Being at the center of the birth of America is often a bloody and violent and heartbreaking matter. Now, in Season 5, Jamie and Claire’s duty is not only to their loved ones, but to the community of settlers forming part of the ever-increasing Clan Fraser.”
Roberts spoke to Parade about what to expect from Outlander Season 5, saying: “There’s some fantastic stuff coming up with how Jamie and Claire have to navigate this. Let’s just say Jamie is clearly between a rock and a hard place, the rock being his signed oath to the Crown, to Governor Tryon, for the land that they live on, and his loyalty and his love for Murtagh. So, that is going to cause the Frasers some trouble as we go forward in season five and we’ll see how they get out of it or if they get out of it.””
Roberts also spoke about the difficulty of adapting a thick book like The Fiery Cross into 12 episodes, saying: “There’s a lot of really fantastic moments that we’re trying to find space for. Once again, when you have a very thick book and Murtaugh’s not even in it, when that story takes up space, then obviously other things have to move to the side. But we’re committed to it, we can’t just go away from it, so we’ll do the best we can.”
More news on Outlander Season 5 and Outlander Season 6 as we hear it.