‘Outlander’: Meet the Series’ Newest Unique Cast Member

Outlander fans know that Droughtlander can feel like it’s going to last a lifetime in-between seasons. Luckily, season 5 is right around the corner and includes a new furry cast member and companion. Read on to learn more about Adso.

Adso the cat is the newest cast member for season 5 of ‘Outlander’

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan
Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan | Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images

In Diana Gabaldon’s next book in the series, The Fiery Cross, Jamie (Sam Heughan) stumbles upon Adso and gives him to his wife Claire (Caitriona Balfe) as an adorable gift with a practical purpose. Jamie brings him home in hopes that he will keep mice out of Claire’s surgical area.

The official casting announcement for little Adso came in the form of a Twitter post with a sweet photo with Heughan. “Clan, meet our wee ADSO! #Outlander,” the tweet reads. He’s an adorable furry feline that’s found a new home on set with the cast. The official Outlander account on Twitter even sports the mantra, “Now an Adso fan account.”

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan are clearly fond of Adso

Balfe and Heughan recently posted a hilarious Q&A video on Facebook interacting with fans. They also took the time to talk about their newest on-set companion, little Adso. They revealed that Adso enjoys laying by the fireplace. During the Q&A, a fan inquired about Adso, and Balfe gave a humorous answer. “Quite temperamental actually. Um, forgot to, uh, file its nails before it came onto set,” Balfe revealed. “So um, it’s gone through a few of our costumes.”

Heughan said that Adso doesn’t really want to be in the scenes. He wants to lounge around and relax like most cats do. “We found that Adso doesn’t want to be in a scene, Adso just wants to lie by the fire. Which, is kind of pretty much what we want to do,” said Heughan. “Ya, it’s kind of, he’s my spirit animal, I think,” Balfe added.

Caitriona Balfe says Adso’s a major distraction on the set

Caitriona Balfe
Caitriona Balfe | Andrew Toth/Getty Images for New York Comic Con

As it usually goes with an adorable feline, they can become major distractions when work needs to be done. Balfe shared the details when she spoke with ET at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. “I mean he’s awesome!” Balfe said. “It does create a lot of distractions because we all just want to play with the cat instead of doing any work.”

“He plays hard to get all the time, so it’s really quite embarrassing because it’s just Sam and I trying to get its attention and it’s like, ‘Whatever!’” Balfe continued. “He just wants to like find a spot in front of the fire and not play with us.”

When will Adso make his on-screen debut?

The fifth season of Outlander will premiere on February 16, 2020. Adso will officially make his debut as the show’s new furry companion in the upcoming season.

The official Outlander accounts have been quick to share photos of the new season, including a first look at Jamie and Claire smiling together. They also shared the first MacKenzie family photo with Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and Roger (Richard Rankin) along with their child.

Fans can’t wait to see Adso and the rest of the Fraser clan in the upcoming season of Outlander.