Outlander fans were treated to a very surprising Valentine's Day present on Friday: the early premiere of the fifth season opener. Almost as cool as that news was the way it was delivered: Caitriona Balfe (Claire Fraser), Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall) and Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield) made the reveal during a Facebook Live stream of the red carpet that took place at the Hollywood Palladium.
Folks? They even used an hourglass to mark the countdown!
But that's not all that took place at the premiere – let STARZ give you a peek behind the curtain:
Last month, executive producer Maril Davis and STARZ President/CEO Jeffrey Hirsch had good news: the cable network is in discussions for more Outlander – including additional seasons, spinoffs, sequels, and storyline extensions. Here's what Hirsch and Davis had to say to Deadline Hollywood:
"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."
For Davis, they're good-to-go as long as the cast is: "There are still many more [of Diana Gabaldon's] books to go. We're willing if the actors are willing."
Hirsch wants to make it clear that discussions are still in the early stages so no details are in play yet:
"We just started to think about what the story is. There's the next generation of cast in the show, which could be a rich story. We've tossed it around with Sony but there's nothing in the development process."
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.