Great news for everyone wanting the slight relief from Droughtlander — Starz released the smallest bit of new Outlander season 5 info today!
Let us start with some of the official details. The network confirmed today that the material from the 12-episode season will be based on Diana Gabaldon’s The Fiery Cross, which was largely assumed — though we did wonder if the series would also pick up some events from book six beyond that. If they do, the network didn’t confirm that today. They did, however, release a couple of pieces of pertinent (and exciting!) info. Let’s start with the official season 5 logline — there may be minor spoilers within, but clearly, they’re spoilers the network is fine with you seeing:
The Frasers of the Ridge are here! The fifth season of “Outlander” sees a continuation of the Fraser family’s adventures, as they navigate the trials and tribulations of life in colonial America. Establishing a home in the New World is by no means an easy task – and protecting it proves even more difficult – particularly in the wild backcountry of North Carolina, during a period of dramatic socio-political upheaval. As Claire knows all too well, friends, neighbors 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.
Meanwhile, we’ve also got a new statement via executive producer Matthew B. Roberts all about what’s coming and what to be excited about:
“In Season Four, Jamie and Claire’s decision to remain in the New World changes the course of their life together. 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 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.”
It feels, based mostly on this information, that a lot of the story for season 5 will be about Jamie, Claire, and the rest of the Fraser family trying to keep the peace for as long as they can. However, there is still this inevitability that there will be War on the horizon. Claire knows it from history, so it’s really all about biding their time, choosing a side, and preparing themselves for what’s to come. It’s a tense, dramatic season, but rest assured there will be some time for romance in there as well.
New Caitriona Balfe – Sam Heughan photo!
We posted the small version at the top of this article; you can view the full version below! It features Jamie and Claire, in all of their splendor, seemingly back around Fraser’s Ridge.
Outlander season 5 will not premiere for some time still, but rest assured, we’ll have more updates every step of the way. You can read some of the latest now about Starz and promotion here. Meanwhile, we’ve also got a video discussing filming below the photo! If you enjoy this, we recommend that you subscribe to CarterMatt on YouTube and check out our Outlander playlist.
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