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It’s two more sleeps and the Outlander drought is over for this year. Earlier this week, New York had its premiere. And apparently, Sam Heughn let slip that it may be Murtagh’s last stand? Caitriona Balfe tried to save him, or stop him, and Sophie Skelton sought to deflect. But were they successful? There was a gasp in the audience. Was it an intentional slip, meant to tease? Who knows?
Is This The End of…
We have all surmised that it may finally be Murtagh’s end. Historically the Battle of Almanance saw an answer by Governor Tryon (Tim Downie) with the hanging of some of the dissidents. If you are a book reader and history buff, you know about the last stand of the Regulators at Almanance and how it lit the fuel for further rebellion. However, Murtagh has survived before, and possibly he can escape. If Stephen Bonnet can do it, he most certainly can. Or will he sacrifice himself for another? Nail-biting commence. Got that dram handy?
The Low Down
Recent interviews with Matthew B. Roberts, producer, and writer on the series, have revealed what many of us book readers knew, there’s going to be another wedding. I didn’t expect them to be so revealing about it, as they usually like to keep cards close until the first episode has aired.
The costumes and wedding pictures revealed the wedding dress of Brianna very early on this last month. This is a departure from another wedding dress that was kept under wraps for some time. Roberts reveals more details on the season, the conflict as it stands for Jamie and Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix), Godfather and Godson on two opposing sides. Jamie will don the redcoat of the British Army, and the army that has dogged him all of his life, to keep the land grant for Fraser’s Ridge.
Claire will be urging Brianna, Roger, and Jemmy to go back through the stones. The violence is mounting with the heavy taxation by the crown. Both Brianna and Roger, (Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin) know what will happen during the next 5 years. Claire fears for their safety. And everyone has that newspaper clipping about a particular fire on Fraser’s Ridge that is a few years away, in the back of their minds. Jamie is in conflict, he doesn’t want them to leave. He finally has his family around him. He already lost 20 years with Claire after forcing her to go back to their time.
There’s going to be further Murcasta Emo, with ups and downs. Their star crossed love will play out over the season. It will be a bit of a rollercoaster. Not a surprise with two Firey personalities. Will they secretly get married? Or will Jocasta (Maria Doyle Kennedy) be forced to marry a particular naval officer to keep suspicions at bay?
When and Where to Watch Season 5
The drop for Season 5 is at Midnight (ET) Saturday, February 15th on the Starz App, 9 pm PT. It will be 8 pm (ET/PT) on Sunday, 16 February on Starz cable. In Canada, it’s on the W Network premiering at 9pm on Starz.
The series has been very good at managing its pre-season reveals. Many of the supporting actors must wait until it is official for them to announce they’re even being on the show. Veteran actors of the series have been releasing all sorts of behind the scenes goodies.
We’d also like to thank the film crew and everyone else who makes this show great. The cast is very supportive of who makes them look fantastic.
Check the cavalcade of BTS below. And one really great shot of Duncan Lacroix by Richard Rankin, Film-Noir Murtagh.
Every year of production, the cast and crew available on set have that big class photoshoot. This one includes the Big House all fans have been waiting for. It’s a house designed by Jon Gary Steel, one of his last big set designs for the series. Cast and crew were saying goodbyes, snaps behind scenes, smiles and exhausted tears this week.
We were also graced with more previews, including another wedding bell scene. What is that, one per season almost? Last season’s handfasting counts, right? For more details, check out Lynette Rice’s article here:
Recently Matthew B. Roberts, executive producer and show runner for Outlander, teased about season 5 storylines. It appears that the show’s writers are just as daunted by the size of the books as we readers are. “The Fiery Cross”, book 5 in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, is rather thick at 979 pages, and getting it down to a mear 12 episodes from the customary 16 we were spoiled with in season 1.
Some major considerations were:
Season 4. Laura Donnelly (Jenny Murray) was not available to film do to oth commitments with her play, “The Ferryman”, then in London and traveling to a New York stage. The scene in which Brianna (Sophie Skelton) travels back through the stones and ends up at Lallybroch ended up being hastily rewritten with lodging with Laoghaire (Nell Hudson) and Joanie. Brianna eventually fights her way to Lallybroch and Ian (Stephen Cree), and eventually gets rerouted to the new world on a boat.
That Rock And it’s Hard Place
Roberts went on to discuss that Murtagh’s (Duncan Lacroix) character died at Culloden in Drums of Autumn, but was saved in the series and became the vehicle of conscience for both Jamie and Claire through the Court of Versailles to his reuniting with them in Wilmington. For season 5, Murtagh’s involvement with the Regulators puts Jamie in the unenviable position of having to hunt down his beloved godfather. The rock being the land grant. This storyline all has to be blended in with the rest of the large tome of TFC and shrunk into 12 episodes. There will be some losses to some fan favorites.
Then there is fleshing out Roger (Richard Rankin) and Brianna’s storyline, one that has some fans thrilled and others non-plussed. How to build these two out in a sympathetic line when season 4 left many fans annoyed at their behavior. Can they smooth things out with two 20th century young people who are not adapting to the 18th century so well. There’s a much anticipated wedding afoot at a gathering at Mount Helicon. However, with Outlander, this will all start well and no doubt go awry.
Matt discusses many adaptation considerations, including the challenges of crunching down TFC into 12 episodes for season 5. Here’s hoping that maybe Outlander will lengthen the episodes like Game of Thrones did over the last few seasons, maybe we’ll still see some classic moments from the next book as well, “A Breath of Snow and Ashes”. They have only been approved for seasons 5 and 6 so far. We’re hoping they will to the end of the book series.
To catch up with Matt and read about all the adaptations and considerations for season 5, read this article. Follow him on Instagram as he does some amazing photography and has great BTS shots of previous seasons.
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