“I felt that if we were going to do the dream-escapes, we had to keep in mind why,” she said.
“They’re not a gimmick, not a reason to wear cool costumes. Claire is experiencing something terrible. This has to show the progression of her mental state, to show that she’s reached a breaking point, that she’s snapped in some way, and is trying to stay in one piece.”
Jamie and his men discovered Claire tied to a tree, Lionel and his men asleep at their campsite – all were killed except Lionel, who was brought back to Fraser’s Ridge for questioning.
John Quincy Myers offered Claire revenge, but Jamie reminded her and John of her Hippocratic oath to “do no harm”.
However, Marsali never took such an oath, which she later used to her advantage when she poisoned Lionel using Claire’s newly-made syringe.
Outlander season 6 episodes: What will happen next?
Fall-out from Lionel’s death – and Claire’s trauma
Jamie returned Lionel’s body to his brother, who swore revenge on the Frasers – meaning that season six will likely deal with the fall-out from Lionel’s murder, and Marsali’s part in it.
We will also likely see Claire continue to cope with her trauma from series five – and will likely be aided by bother her husband, Jamie, and daughter, Brianna, who are all also rape survivors.
And of course, there’s that teensy tiny issue of the looming American War of Independence, with further danger to be faced in North Carolina – and Jamie’s own mortality is clearly weighing heavy on him.
In the series five final episode, he ominously told Claire: “When the day shall come that we do part, if my last words are not, ‘I love you’, you ken it’s because I dina have time.”
Marsali and Fergus
In May, Lauren Lyle (who plays Marsali MacKimmie Fraser) teased plot details for her character next season. She told TV Line that season six will see a chance for Marsali and Fergus (César Domboy).
“We love the fact that they’re one of the only couples that don’t fight that much, and we don’t argue that much. I mean, there’s stuff I can’t really talk about,” she said.
“I do know some stuff is going to happen with them next season that’s very much them together, so that will happen, but it’ll be a totally different situation to what you’ve seen them in before,” she added. “A lot of what Marsali is about this season is protection and really having found her place and her meaning on the Ridge.”
In the books, Marsali (currently pregnant in the series) also gives birth to a baby boy, Henri-Christian, who is born with dwarfism, and the little family face cruel persecution from superstitious locals – with Fergus’ mental health suffering as a result.
Beyond the central Fraser family, in the book A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Jocasta’s maid Phaedre (Natalie Simpson) and butler Ulysses (Colin McFarlane) play a larger role – it’s Phaedre who discovers that her mistress and Ulysses were having an affair, and Jocasta is terrified of her new husband, Duncan Innes, discovering the truth.
Outlander season five
However, in the series, Jocasta and Ulysses appear to have a (so far) more platonic relationship – the latter even aids his mistress in her romance with the doomed Murtagh. But could the series writers introduce the romance afresh in the upcoming series six?
We also learnt in June that author Diana Gabaldon is planning a sequel book about Jamie’s parents, Ellen and Brian Fraser.
Since Gabaldon is so involved in the TV adaptation, writing several scripts, it would stand to reason that her new writing about Jamie’s parents might inform future seasons – could we see another flashback to young Jamie, as we saw right at the beginning of season five?
Sam Heughan, who has played Jamie from a young Highlander to a settler and patriarch, also told Gold Derby that he could “see where the end might possibly be” – could season six herald the end for Outlander, paving the way for possible spin-offs?
“As we get further along in the lifetime of this show, we’re going into season six now, and I think and I can see where the end might possibly be,” he said.
“And it’s hard to think about that and to think about what will happen when the show is over.
“I think we’ll all miss it greatly. We already are with Droughtlander and with everything going on in the world.”
Outlander season one
Outlander fans have also recently been speculating about whether we’ll ever find out if there was a hidden reason behind Jamie’s ghost appearing way back at the start of season one, staring up at an oblivious Claire, while Frank Randall in turn tried – and failed – to approach the ghost.
Fans now believe that it was Jamie’s ghost from Purgatory, waiting for Claire to potentially die in her own, modern timeline.
One fan wrote on Reddit, “Remember in DiA [Dragonfly in Amber] in that beautiful monologue about God giving him a rare woman, he said it would be worth enduring 200 years in Purgatory. I don’t think that 200 years was randomly included.”
Could we see Jamie dying before a heartbroken Claire returns to the present day?