'Outlander' season 5 and 6 update: 12 episodes based on Diana Gabaldon's 'The Fiery Cross,' here's everything we know

Season 4 was a terrific and overwhelming journey, now let us move on with everything we know about season 5


                            'Outlander' season 5 and 6 update: 12 episodes based on Diana Gabaldon's 'The Fiery Cross,' here's everything we know

'Droughtlander' is often the time to reflect on the bygone season, but what's more important is to look forward to what is coming next. Season 5 and 6 awaits us (thank goodness) and the major cliffhangers of season 4 should be addressed.

The past season was arguably one of the most powerful seasons, where the changes that took place turned the lives of our favorite characters all upside down, and not just when it comes to time. Brianna Randall Fraser is all grown up now, a mother to a baby boy, and in the 18th century with her parents, and, of course, Roger.

Roger MacKenzie no longer looks like an Oxford professor and his suffering at the hands of the Mohawks proves he does not belong to the 18th century at all. He is only there for love. Talking about love, Jamie and Claire Fraser's relationship has aged like fine wine.

Now in season 5, after the show was renewed for two seasons in May last year, the story will explore the plight of the Frasers as spoken about by Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. "Fans can rest assured their beloved Claire and Jamie will be back facing new challenges, adversaries and adventures in Seasons 5 and 6 as we delve into American history and continue the story of the Frasers as they settle in the New World," he said in a statement last year.

Each season will feature 12 episodes, unlike season 4, which had 13. However, the air date has not been announced yet, but the good news is the filming date has been set. In an Instagram Q&A Sam Hueghan, who plays the beloved Jamie Fraser, answered a fan's query as to whether the date for filming season 5 has been set, with an enthusiastic "Yes!!!!"

Screenshot of Hueghan's Q&A round on Instagram
Screenshot of Hueghan's Q&A round on Instagram

The executive producer of the show, Maril Davis, also revealed the writers have gone "knee deep" with season 5. Tweeting a photo of a pup curled up with a copy of 'The Fiery Cross', Davis tweeted: "Thankfully we’re already knee deep into S5 #FieryCross," a hint that most of the next season will be based on that book. However, that was not unknown, since the seasons throughout have been based on Diana Gabaldon's book with mostly minor, and sometimes major deviations.



 

The upcoming season will be based on 'The Fiery Cross' and 'A Breath of Snow and Ashes,' but it is not certain whether the seasons will split both books evenly — as the show has done in past seasons — or attempt to combine the two. The books have helped us in guessing what's coming next, so taking a cue from Gabaldon's publisher, Penguin Random House, here's how 'The Fiery Cross,' has been described.

"The year is 1771, and war is coming. Jamie Fraser’s wife tells him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy—a time-traveler’s certain knowledge. Born in the year of Our Lord 1918, Claire Randall served England as a nurse on the battlefields of World War II, and in the aftermath of peace found fresh conflicts when she walked through a cleft stone on the Scottish Highlands and found herself an outlander, an English lady in a place where no lady should be, in a time—1743—when the only English in Scotland were the officers and men of King George’s army. Now wife, mother, and surgeon, Claire is still an outlander, out of place, and out of time, but now, by choice, linked by love to her only anchor—Jamie Fraser. Her unique view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through the perilous years ahead—or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes…"

However, what is to be noted, is that season 4 ended with a major cliffhanger - that of Governor Tyron's order of Murtagh Fitzgibbon's execution at the hands of Jamie Fraser. In Gabaldon's books, Murtagh was already dead, so the deviation from the books can, in fact, affect the rest of the storyline, so we aren't entirely sure how this will play up since season four's conclusion was about Murtagh, and looks like he will be a major arc for season 5, also striking a love story with Aunt Jocasta. 

Aunt Jocasta and Murtagh Fitzgibbons (Starz)
Aunt Jocasta and Murtagh Fitzgibbons (Starz)

In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, Hueghan said the Frasers will get caught up in America's pre-Revolutionary spirit. "It's really exciting for next season because it's going to really set up that whole world and the different political sides with Murtagh... It's going to be tough. This is not the first time they've dealt with these things. And at first Jamie thinks he can play it. He can play with fate and play with history, maybe to his detriment."