The passion Continues On New Season Of 'Outlander'

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The drought is over. Or, as devoted fans refer to it, ‘droughtlander.’

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The Passion Continues On New Season Of 'Outlander'

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Based on Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling books, Outlander sails into its fifth season with more drama for the Fraser family.

This season, with her family finally together, Claire has to leverage all of her strength to prevent them from being ripped apart once again, while Jamie is forced to defend all that he has created in America and hide his personal relationship with Murtagh, whom he has been ordered to hunt down and kill. 

The Passion Continues On New Season Of 'Outlander'

With the knowledge that she’s gained via time-traveling, surgeon Claire is ready to tackle new challenges, says her portrayer Caitriona Balfe. “Claire has been really able to expand as a healer in this community, “ she says. “And I think because she has so much knowledge from the 20th century, she feels that she could really help this community. We see that she takes these big chances in exploring surgery and also trying to maybe develop medicines, but that definitely is a very risky endeavor for Claire this season.”

Another unique aspect of the series for Balfe is playing a 20th century woman who finds herself in a time period when women’s roles were very different. “I think it’s one of the unique challenges about this show. It’s that duality of being modern, but having to fit in and assimilate and know what is acceptable or what isn’t. it’s another layer that gets added onto our character work that makes it, I think, that much more rewarding and gratifying.”

Outlander is known for its passionate love scenes, particularly between the main characters of Claire and Jamie, who is played by Sam Heughan. 

That fire hasn’t dulled in this new narrative, say both the leads. “I think that the circumstances of this season have really allowed us to invest in those relationship moments. So we see a lot more of the intimacy and the passion of Claire and Jamie, because we have that luxury of them being in one place a lot of the time,” say Balfe.  

Adds Heughan, “They both have quite different lives apart from each other – Claire has her surgery and Jamie has his political side – but they always yearn for each other. It’s those moments we see that are really touching.”

While Outlander is often touted as a female skewing series, there are actually plenty of male fans, says Balfe. “I think it’s not more of a woman’s tale than it is a man’s. We have a lot of action. We have a lot of political intrigue. I think most men are looking for love too. These are universal themes that we deal with, things that touch everybody.”

Heaughan agrees, adding, “And it’s good storytelling, and that appeals to anyone, whether you’re male or female.”

At this point, there isn’t an end of the series in sight, says Executive Producer Maril Davis. “We’ll keep making this until Claire and Jamie are 100,” she says with a laugh. “Honestly, we will. I mean, there are still many more books to go. If the actors are willing, we’ll keep going as long as there’s interest.”

Balfe believes that people will keep coming back, for all of it. “What I think we do beautifully is give you this great fantasy and these epic storylines, but we ground it in very real and honest moments.”

‘Outlander’ airs on Starz Sundays at 8e/p on Starz.