'Outlander' Season 5: Fans want more screen time for OG couple Claire and Jamie Fraser, here's an assurance they will get it
Season 5 of 'Outlander' will likely premiere early next year, and fans have put forward what they want to see
There just isn't enough to irrigate 'Droughtlander,' so fans are discussing the upcoming season and pointing, distinctly, at what they want to see in the time-traveling series speculated to premiere early next year.
Season 5, which will be based on Diana Gabaldon's fifth book in the 'Outlander' series titled 'The Fiery Cross,' will likely diverge from the book, so the anticipation for the Starz's series has scaled even more, thanks to Murtagh Fitzgibbon's (Duncan Lacroix) looming fate and Roger MacKenzie's (Richard Rankin) qualification as a man of not-much worth. But what fans actually want to see in season 5 is more of what was missing in season 4 - Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), the OG couple of 'Outlander.'
Season 4 mainly focused on Brianna Randall Fraser (Sophie Skelton), and the epic, arduous love story with Roger MacKenzie, their trials and tribulations, but most importantly, their test of fate in the fate-driven series. It did make for a riveting season, and even Young Ian (John Bell) grew up to be a member of the Mohawk tribe and triumph as the man of worth in the finale.
However, besides the season lacking a regular 'Outlander' feature, aka sex scenes of Jamie and Claire, fans missed their screen time, which was invested in developing new characters. But we did get to see Jamie in action, building Fraser's Ridge and Claire using her full medical knowledge to heal the sick, including Lord John Bell.
In the upcoming season, fans hope to see more of them acing their respective skills. A Reddit user took to the platform to describe a plausible and funny scenario. "If they show a lot of building/settling in scenes at the Ridge, I fully expect Jamie to perpetually have a look on his face that says, 'I can’t believe we traded Ian for this guy (Roger),'" that would be hilarious.
Fans believe season 5 will have a short time skip, just like season 4, and though fans like the idea, they are skeptical about how it might turn out, given the cliffhanger of season 4, where Jamie was ordered by Governor Tryon to kill the regulator, Murtagh Fitzgibbons. "I really like the idea of a short 'time-skip' to start S5, BUT there’s the issue of that S4 cliffhanger, which I’m afraid they might spend an episode or 2 hand-wringing over to start out," a Reddit user wrote.
Sophie Skelton, who plays Brianna, did say in an interview that the upcoming season will showcase more of Brianna's and Roger's relationship. "They haven’t really sat down and had any conversations yet," Skelton said. "They left on a big fight, and they haven’t even talked that out, and now they’ve got a baby to think of, too…They could put everything that happened aside, or it could complicate things and make things harder."
So, while we know the new time-traveling couple will form the crux of season 5, yet again, Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht said in a statement in May of 2018 that “fans can rest assured their beloved Claire and Jamie will be back facing new challenges, adversaries, and adventures in seasons five and six as we delve into American history and continue the story of the Frasers as they settle in the New World."
In a recent interview, Maril Davis, the show's co-executive producer said the Frasers' return is likely because they are still work in progress. When asked about the return of the OG couple, she said; "I do anticipate a return, hopefully, to that next season a little more."
"Every season has its different storylines and where we're going. It can't always re-create the first season, which was very special, but it just has to be within the story and feel like it’s organic. That's something we work on, and the actors work on. It’s a collaboration." added Davis, confirming, production knows the "heart and soul" of the story is Claire and Jamie, "We never forget that."
Since the Frasers are all together now, including MacKenzie, all of them may get enough screen time. The fact that Claire, Brianna, and Roger are all time-travelers, can also help them in the upcoming Revolutionary War. The discovery of a new time-traveling portal in America in season 4, en route to New York, could also play a role in determining the Frasers' fate, especially when it comes to the fire in Fraser's Ridge, the very reason why Brianna time-traveled.
The upcoming season will also explore Claire and Jamie's new role, that of grandparents, so, there's hope that more heartwarming scenes between them will be featured in the backdrop of Roger and Brianna sorting their differences and fate-tested relationship.