The final trailer for season 5 of Outlander dropped this week. The acclaimed time-traveling historical drama on Starz will adapt the fifth book from the series. The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon is the basis for the next season, although elements of the sixth book A Breath of Snow and Ashes will also appear.
Outlander Season 5 Brings The American Revolution
In the season 5 trailer for Outlander, we see Jamie’s loyalties being tested. He and Claire have made a home for themselves in North Carolina, but that home is now being threatened by a looming war. Since Claire and their daughter Brianna (along with her lover Roger) are all time-travelers, they know what the future will bring. Jamie must walk a fine line between his promise to the English lord who granted him land, and the knowledge that the British will eventually lose the Revolutionary War. He must also deal with orders to hunt down his own godfather, Murtagh Fitzgibbons. Jamie and Claire have been on the losing side of history in the past, after desperately attempting to change it. Now they must embrace the flow of history and try not to drown in it.
With the knowledge of impending war, Brianna and Roger must also make a decision about what timeline they will live in. Brianna traveled through the stones last season to warn her parents about their impending deaths. She found an obituary for them in an old newspaper and traveled through time, only to find herself violated. Her love interest (Roger) followed her across time in an attempt to bring her home. They have both been through dramatic ordeals that will change their characters forever. Now with a new baby to consider, they must decide what time is safest for them and their new family.
Sophie Skelton as Brianna Fraser and Richard Rankin as Roger MacKenzie in Outlander | Image via Starz
Outlander Has Always Reflected Modern-Day Issues
Since the beginning Outlander has eerily echoed real-world politics. Some of this may be due to showrunner Ronald D. Moore (who has since moved on and left the series in the hands of Matthew B. Roberts). But these parallels occur within the books as well, so premonitory credit must also be given to author Diana Gabaldon. The first season of Outlander dealt heavily with the Scottish Jacobite rebellion against the British. This actually prevented the show from being aired in Scotland during its first season, due to the vote for Scottish independence that was happening at the time.
Now the Fraser and MacKenzie clan are being swept into the American revolution. This season comes at a time of political upheaval in modern-day U.S. With so many calls for resistance that we hear nowadays, Outlander season 5 is coming to remind us of a time when immigrants fought for their freedoms and to create the United States as we know it today.
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Author Diana Gabaldon is also writing an episode of Outlander this season. The author will write the penultimate episode of season 5. Gabaldon is also currently working on the next installment of the Outlander book series. That book will be the 9th in the series, titled Go and Tell the Bees That I Am Gone. The series is set to end with book 10, so there is plenty of material for the show to work from. And there is also little risk of the show outpacing the books. Since Starz just renewed Outlander through season 6, there is a good chance that the show will cover all 10 books eventually.
Outlander season 5 will premiere Sunday, February 16, on Starz.
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