'Outlander' Season 5 Finale promo sees Jamie on the warpath as he sets out to rescue Claire
It is still unclear if the show will end with Claire back in Jamie's arms after he successfully rescues her or if we will have to wait till Season 6 to see what happens to her
Last week's episode ended on a horrifying cliffhanger as the violent and brutal men from the Brown clan barge into Claire Fraser's (Caitriona Balfe) clinic, killing a patient, knocking Marsali (Lauren Lyle) down and abducting Claire.
They are a sneaky foe having set off an explosion to draw away Jamie Fraser(Sam Heughan), Fergus Claudel Fraser (César Domboy) and Young Ian (John Bell) from the vicinity of the homestead before they attack.
The reason for their wrath could be two-fold. One, Jamie refuses to join their militia to maintain "law and order" in the backcountry. Two, more significantly, Lionel Brown (Ned Dennehy) snoops around the clinic while Claire is treating his battered wife to find a stamp with the words "Dr Rawling". He immediately realizes that Claire is the person behind the famous Dr Rawling whose columns in pamphlets circulated locally is giving women 'bad ideas' - like how to prevent pregnancy.
Claire has made a reputation as a "healer" rather than a doctor because in the 17th century, a woman doctor is something unheard of. They could be called "medicine women" but never doctors. In Lionel's mind, male doctors do have the authority to write columns giving medical advice, no matter how distasteful, But a woman healer, posing as a male doctor, to lead women in his clan astray, needs to be punished.
The official synopsis for the season's finale warns that Claire will have "to survive brutal treatment from her captors" as she pleads with her captors that she was "just trying to help" with her medical advice column.
However, the Brown clan is having none of it and the official promo show short clips of them dragging her about to toss her into a raging river. We also see her on her knees, crying, obviously brutalized by the thuggish by the brutish Brown clan.
The synopsis also says that "Jamie gathers a group of loyal men to help him rescue his wife" and the trailer shows Jamie back in his Scottish battle gear, Young Ian applying war paint and Fergus lining up grimly with men from Jamie's militia, armed to the teeth.
These scenes are overlaid with Jamie's voice saying: "I've lived through war and lost much. I know what's worth a fight. Honor and courage are matters of the bone. And what a man would kill for, he'll sometimes die for too."
We also get a scene of him firing a gun and a shot of his men riding out as he tells them, "We're going to get her back." The Browns better watch out. However, it is still unclear if the show will end with Claire back in Jamie's arms after he successfully rescues her or if we will have to wait till Season 6 to see what happens to her.
Another plotline that the synopsis reveals will definitely not be resolved in the finale. In last week's episode, we saw the Mackenzie family travel through the stone successfully. But Roger MacKenzie (Richard Rankin) and Brianna MacKenzie's (Sophie Skelton) surprised reactions when they look around after time-traveling, signaled to viewers that they were not back in the 20th century like they were expecting, but some other time period.
The synopsis confirms this, saying: "Roger and Brianna’s journey takes a surprising turn." Has the magic stone sent them to another time period to accomplish some specific task? Or could it be that Jemmy, who seems preternaturally suited to time travel, has led them somewhere else because he willed it? Hopefully, the finale will clear up the mystery.
'Outlander' Season 5 finale airs on Sunday, May 10, on STARZ, the STARZ app, and STARZ On Demand.