The fifth season of STARZ's Outlander already feels like we're heading towards the season finale – probably one of the best compliments we can give a series that's heading into only the third episode of its 12-episode season, "Free Will". We think most fans would agree: they've had a lot thrown at them in only two episodes – impressive on all counts.
This week's episode "Free Will" finds Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) reunited – but with the need to raise a militia taking top priority, it doesn't look like our dynamic duo will have much time to crash at home for a little "Netflix-n-chill" (or whatever that time period's equivalent would be). But before that happens, we have a preview clip with Claire and Marasli (Lauren Lyle) – who hits Claire with a very interesting question:
"Outlander" season 5, episode 3 "Free Will": Jamie, Claire and Roger embark on a mission to raise a militia.
Last month, Outlander executive producer Maril Davis and STARZ President/CEO Jeffrey Hirsch had good news to share with fans concerned about the future of the series on the cable network: discussions for more Outlander are already underway- which could include more seasons, spinoffs, sequels, and storyline extensions:
"As long as the fans continue to crave the story, we'll continue to have Outlander on the air. We are constantly talking to our partners at Sony and the show continues. We're excited about season five and because we bought seasons five and six [together], we feel that arc is great and Ron and Meril are doing a great job."
"We think there's a lot of opportunity in the Outlander universe to have story extensions, spin-offs or sequels, we continue to look at that and talk with our partners at Sony. Hopefully we'll find something that feels great and that we can continue to tell that story."
– Jeffrey Hirsch
Season 5 of Outlander finds the Frasers fighting for their family and the home they have forged on Fraser's Ridge. Jamie must find a way to defend all that he has created in America, and to protect those who look to him for leadership and protection – while hiding his personal relationship with Murtagh Fitzgibbons, the man whom Gov. William Tryon has ordered him to hunt down and kill.
With her family together at last, Claire must use her modern medical knowledge and foresight to prevent them from being ripped apart again. However, while focusing on protecting others, she risks losing sight of what it means to protect herself.
Meanwhile, Brianna Fraser and Roger MacKenzie have been reunited, but the spectre of Stephen Bonnet still haunts them. Roger strives to find his place – as well as Jamie's respect – in this new and dangerous time. The Frasers must come together, navigating the many perils that they foresee – and those they can't.