It is official: the wait between Outlander Season 4 and Season 5 will be the second longest Droughtlander that fans have had to face over the course of the series (the wait between Season 2 and Season 3 was an extra 30 days).
When we last saw the Frasers, Jamie (Sam Heughan) was being handed orders from the Governor to hunt down Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) for his treasonous acts against the crown. Jamie swore loyalty to the Brits in order to get the land he needed for he and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) to start their new life, but as the colonies head closer to the American Revolution, will that oath hold up? Knowing Jamie, there’s no chance of that.
It was a happier ending for Bri (Sophie Skelton), who reunited with Roger (Richard Rankin), who agreed to stay in the past and help her raise her son, whether he’s Roger’s or Stephen Bonnet’s (Ed Speleers).
Will the Fraser clan finally find some peace in the Americas in Season 5? That remains to be seen, but here’s everything we know about the next chapter of their adventure so far.
Premiere Date: Sunday, Feb. 16 on Starz
Reading Material: Season 5 is based on the fifth book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, The Fiery Cross. Book spoilers for those who want them are available here.
First Footage: The first live-action footage of Season 5 debuted in August in a promo for the Starz app and doesn’t give us a lot, but Jamie and Claire stood stoic at Fraser’s Ridge as Claire announces, “It’s time.” Time to leave? Join the revolution? Eat some more turtle soup? We are open to all of the above!
First Photo: Despite the impending revolution, Jamie and Claire looked very happy and bundled up in the first photo from the season, which Starz released in April.
— Outlander (@Outlander_STARZ) April 16, 2019
It’s going to be sexier: Executive producer Maril Davis teased to reporters last winter that the writers were hoping to bring the romance back to Outlander after Season 4’s adventure left little room for Jamie and Claire to have private moments alone. “I do anticipate a return, hopefully, to that [intimacy] next season,” Davis said. “Every season has its different storylines and where we’re going. We can’t always re-create the first season, which was very special. It just has to be within the story and feel like its organic. That’s something we work on and the actors work on. It’s a collaboration.”
Outlander returns Sunday, Feb. 12 on Starz.