The time-travelling romance returns, as Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) attempt to build their new life together in pre-revolutionary America. Following a cliffhanger ending last season, what will season five of Outlander hold for the Frasers?
“Fans can rest assured their beloved Claire and Jamie will be back facing new challenges, adversaries and adventures in seasons five and six as we delve into American history and continue the story of the Frasers as they settle in the New World,” Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht said in a statement in May of 2018.
We also know the fifth season will be based on the fifth book in the series The Fiery Cross… Read on for plot details and predictions.
When is Outlander season 5 released?
Season 5 of Outlander will begin airing weekly on Sunday 16th February 2020 in the USA, meaning that new episodes will arrive on Amazon Prime Video in the UK every Monday from 17th February 2020.
What’s going to happen in Outlander season 5?
Based on The Fiery Cross, the fifth novel in Diana Gabaldon’s series, the events of the corresponding fifth season will kick off fairly soon after the cliffhanger finale of season four, which saw Jamie (Sam Heughan) receive an order from Governor Tryon to find and kill his godfather, Murtagh.
“Season five, we essentially pick up where we left them,” Richard Rankin, who plays Roger, told RadioTimes.com in an exclusive interview. “There’s a little passage of time, but there’s a lot going on for all of the characters, and there’s a lot of new relationships to be forged.”
Network Starz’s synopsis for season five reads: “As Claire knows all too well, friends, neighbours and countrymen are unwittingly marching towards Revolution, with members of the elite ruling classes struggling to stifle the alarming undercurrent of unrest triggered by the Regulator Movement.
“Against this backdrop, which soon heralds the birth of the new American nation, Claire and Jamie are forced to ask themselves just how far they are willing to go to protect their home, and praying there will be no reason to light the fiery cross, an ancient Scottish call to arms.”
Series producer Toni Graphia has also revealed that while season four was about “home,” season five will centre on the theme of “family”.
“Who is family? How do you keep them together? How do you protect them? What makes a family? How do you deal with your family? Of course, if you know the book, and what book we’re on, you know, it adds a lot,” she told Digital Spy. “It’s a lot about the coming storm, I would say… this roughly follows the path of American history.”
Is there a first-look clip from Outlander season five?
We’ve also been given a first-look clip from series five episode one, introduced by the cast, which sees a touching flashback to Jamie and Murtagh’s relationship when the former was still a young boy, before returning to America where Jamie is helping his future-son-in-law prepare for his wedding day to his beloved daughter — including a funny moment when he’s forced to help Roger shave…
At a starry New York Comic Con panel for the show, Balfe also teased that Claire would be flexing her surgical skills in the New World…
Look out for a brand new surgery this season and lots of amazing Claire medical moments.
Roger and Jamie’s relationship last season was fraught to say the least, after Jamie brutally beat his son-in-law following a case of mistaken identity.
“There’s a lot going on for the relationship at the start of this season,” Rankin said of Roger and Jamie’s relationship in an interview with RadioTimes.com.
“They don’t really know each other, they’re a bit unsure of each other; obviously Jamie played a huge part in what happened to Roger and what he had to go through, through season four, so I’m sure Roger won’t have completely let that go.
“They are family, they are kin — they do already, whether they like to admit it or not, have a connection. And they have a very deep connection through blood, anyway, they’re both MacKenzies. So I hope to see them forge a strong relationship through the coming seasons. I’d like to think so.”
Returning are Caitriona Balfe (Claire), Sam Heughan (Jamie), Sophie Skelton (Brianna, Claire and Jamie’s daughter), and Richard Rankin (Roger), while Duncan Lacroix’s Murtagh is also set to return (despite his character being killed off in the books). You can read our full cast list here.
There’s a new addition to the cast too, in furry form.
Last May we had our first behind-the-scenes glimpse at Fraser’s Ridge, as production began in Scotland.
“The adventure continues,” Heughan teased, and we also had our first glimpse of Brianna’s baby.
“We’re all here for that something special that fans are going to be excited to see,” Sophie Skelton (Brianna) said during the clip. Could she be referring to a wedding between her character, Brianna, and Roger?
She also shared a behind the scenes video saying: “And so it begins……. Season 5 (yep that’s 1, 2, 3, 4..FIVE ? ) prep time !!!! Excuse the shrill shouting but I was very very excited to catch @jongarysteele on the incredible new set he and his team of genius artisans have built !!! Get READY!!”
The show also released a new teaser for New York Comic-Con 2019…
This was followed by a longer series trailer released in January 2020, with Claire asking Jamie, “Do you ever feel as if everything’s pointing you towards something? Space. Time. History? I am grateful for every day we have.”
And further clips teasing the future of Outlander’s female characters in series five…
Spoiler alert: Fraser’s Ridge isn’t really in North Carolina. Scotland is the main location used for filming Outlander, standing in for North America this season.
How many episodes will there be?
Seasons 5 and 6 will both get 12 episodes. If that seems short to you, that’s because it is. It’s the shortest order yet from Starz. To give you a comparison, season 4 was 13 episodes long, which is the normal amount for American series.
We will keep updating this page with the latest news so check back for updates.