War and time travel tear the Frasers apart in 'Outlander' Season 5 trailer

Season 5 sets up a more extreme conflict than Season 2.

Towards the end of Outlander Season 2, Jamie Fraser sent his time-traveling wife Claire back to the future to save her from a war. If the Season 5 trailer released at New York Comic Con Saturday is any indication, then the same might happen as the American Revolutionary War breaks out. As two generations of Frasers debate the merits of time travel as a means to avoid warfare, it could lead to inevitable heartbreak for everyone.

“It’s my fault you’re all here, fighting the dangers of the Carolina wilderness,” Claire says in the trailer, blaming herself for why they wound up settling Fraser’s Ridge to begin with. It’s Jamie who brings up the possibility of using the the magical stone monuments to transport Claire, their daughter Brianna, and her husband Roger to the safety of the 20th century.

“When this war you tell me about eventually comes, it would be safer in your time,” Jamie says to Claire. Brianna, however, seems resolute that their family and their home is in this time, even if Roger seems keen on leaving. (Roger never wanted to be here to begin with.)

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Roger and Aunt Jocasta in 'Outlander'.

Time, space, and history be damned: Claire will do whatever it takes to keep the family safe. Meanwhile, Jamie gets inevitably drawn back into war as colonists grow increasingly more displeased with British rule over the colonies. Not only is history doomed to repeat itself when everyone knows the outcome here, but it’s yet another harsh instance of what makes this historical drama so compelling: regular people fighting against the course of history to protect one another and do what’s right, even if they know it’s a losing battle.

“It’s wonderful to play a relationship that keeps growing and deepening,” lead actress Caitriona Balfe said of Claire and Jamie’s relationship over the 30 years the show covers at NYCC. “The love they have for each other keeps expanding. You don’t think it’s possible, but it really does. They’re there for each other and support each other through even more tough times.”

During the NYCC 2019 panel, cast teased that other smaller conflicts abound as the tensions that lead to the Revolutionary War increase.

Series co-creator Ronald D. Moore teased, “It’s no picnic being Jamie Fraser’s son-in-law.” He’s referring to Roger and Jamie’s tenuous relationship, which launched the harrowing Season 4 plot that saw Jamie, Claire, and Young Ian traveling to rescue Roger from a wandering tribe of Native Americans after Jamie mistook Roger for someone else and beat him within an inch of his life.

Things are still tense between the two men, but they’ll have to work together with the rest of the family in Season 5 to make sure they can all survive the upcoming war — or else migrate into the future to avoid it. Something tells us, however, that Claire won’t leave Jamie behind again. If anything, they’ll send Brianna and Roger back to the future with their young child Jeremiah. We’ll have to wait and see how things unfold in Outlander Season 5, due out this winter.


Outlander Season 5 will premiere February 16, 2020 on Starz.