- In May 2018, Starz announced that Outlander, which is now streaming on Netflix, will return for seasons five and six.
- Season 5 will feature more Fergus and Marsali-and Adso the cat!
- While an official premiere date has yet to be released, we do know that production began in April 2019. Plus, a brand-new video teaser just gave us more clues as to what to expect.
Outlander, Starz's epic time-travel action-adventure romance, last left us with a cliffhanger, a grandchild for Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe), and a new couple to root for. What shall we call Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) and Jocasta (Maria Doyle Kennedy)? "Murtasta"? We'll keep workshopping it.
Season four's finale resolved a few plot lines, but it also left plenty of room for fresh drama and new twists as the Fraser-Randall-MacKenzie family grows bigger. But when is the show coming back, and what can we expect from season five?
The actors who portray the show's central three couples just teased what's to come in a video posted on June 1st (a.k.a World Outlander Day).
"Last season was the bridge between our old world and this new world, and now that we're really settled in, there's a lot of events wrapping up," Balfe said. "History has a way of pulling the Frasers into it."
Season five will also feature more Fergus ( César Domboy) and Marsali (Lauren Lyle), the actors confirmed, as they've finally come to live at Fraser's Ridge with their son Germain.
As for what Brianna and Roger's new 18th-century life will be like now that they're reunited? Bree is still dealing with PTSD following her rape at the hands of Stephen Bonnet, and she's getting used to "becoming a mother," according to Sophie Skelton. The actress also hints at even more friction between the time-traveling couple, who up 'til now have seemed unable to stay in the same room/country/time period for long without one of them stalking off in anger after a dispute.
"Roger's stepping up, looking after his family," actor Richard Rankin says. "Trying to provide for them both, doing an alright job at it."
"An alright job," Skelton concedes.
Read on for everything else we know about Outlander season 5.
When will season 5 of Outlander premiere?
Starz has yet to announce a return date, but production began in April 2019. If Jamie and Claire could survive 20 years apart, we can get through this droughtlander! Until then, enjoy this image of season five Jamie and Claire, and rejoice in the fact that Jamie's season four four bangs are history. (Yes, we'll let you know as soon as an official date is announced.)
What will season five of Outlander be about?
Season five is based on The Fiery Cross, the fifth book in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, though it won't 100-percent adhere to its events. Don't worry: we won't spoil too much for those who haven't read it.
If you recall, the Fraser fam is still in North Carolina, and Jamie's grappling with how to satisfy his obligations to the government that granted him his land without betraying the Regulators, a group of rebels of which his godfather and friend Murtagh Fraser is a member. Jamie was ordered to kill Murtagh in the season four finale.
As usual, Claire's burdened with her knowledge of what's to come, so she-along with her fellow time travelers, Brianna (Sophie Alexandra Skelton) and Roger (Richard Rankin)-is fully aware that the Revolutionary War is in the not-to-distant future.
"Being at the center of the birth of America is often a bloody and violent and heartbreaking matter," executive producer Matthew B. Roberts said in a statement. "Now, in season five, 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.”
Other questions likely to be addressed in season five: Is Roger the biological father of Bree (a.k.a. Brianna)'s baby, or is it pirate supervillain Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers), who raped her? Will we see Bonnet again following his infuriating escape from prison? And will Murtagh and Jocasta get married (please let the answer be yes)?
Which cast members are returning?
It wouldn't be Outlander without leads Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe, of course. Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin, who play their daughter Brianna and her love Roger respectively, will also be a major part of season five. In addition, characters Fergus (César Domboy), Marsali (Lauren Lyle), Duncan Lacroix (Murtagh), Lizzie (Caitlin O'Ryan), and Tim Downie (North Carolina governor William Tryon) are confirmed to return.
As for new cast members, there's a fuzzy new addition to the cast: Adso the cat.
"Our new director today said, 'it’s rare you go on to a show in season 5 and feel such a happy atmosphere and feel that everyone still cares so much AND still loves what they do,'" Balfe tweeted on May 20. "Well that made me v happy and proud."
Where is season five filmed?
No, Fraser's Ridge isn't actually in North Carolina. Scotland, where much of the previous seasons have also been shot, will continue to stand in for the North American colonies.
A behind-the-scenes video posted to the show's Instagram on May 6 finds the cast promising "more drama, more adventure" on their first day on set. We see Jamie and Claire's daughter Brianna teaching Roger how to be as good a shot as she is, and another glimpse of Bree's baby.
How many episodes will there be?
Seasons five and six will both consist of 12 episodes-the slimmest orders yet from the network (season four was 13 episodes long).
Is there a season five Outlander trailer?
Not yet, but we'll bring it to you as soon as it's released.
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