‘Outlander’: Richard Rankin Answers Fan Questions on Twitter About Season 5

Richard Rankin plays Roger on the hit series Outlander. Season 5 has been action-packed, especially when it comes to Roger’s fate. Rankin recently answered some fan questions via Twitter about season 5. Read on to learn about some of his responses. There are spoilers ahead so continue only if you’re caught up with Outlander season 5.

Fans ask Richard Rankin questions and he doesn’t disappoint

Richard Rankin
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Fans had a lot of excellent questions for Rankin and he gave great answers. One fan wanted to know how Rankin and John Bell, who plays Young Ian, prepped for their reunion after everything that happened between them.

“I think a lot of the work was in identifying it but then the characters themselves are going through that same process so figuring it out with @JohnBell lent itself to the parallel of Roger and Ian working it out.  #Wejustwingedit,” Rankin explained. It seems Rankin and Bell just went through the scenes naturally just like their characters did.

How did Rankin get his physical appearance down for Roger’s traumatic scenes?

Another fan loved the way Roger looked in the last few episodes. It was obvious he went through some serious trauma. “I was fascinated by how Roger’s physical appearance helped to convey his trauma,” the Twitter user said. “The glassy eyes, redness, tired baggy look. He looked emotionally wrecked and it took a physical toll. How do you do that? Stay up all night?”

Rankin’s answer is hilarious and doesn’t disappoint. “No, you’re right. There is indeed a process. A method. It’s called #Destiny2,” Rankin commented.

Will Roger always resent this time and what happened to him?

Roger makes it out alive even though he is viciously hanged and almost dies. He’s able to heal and eventually even recover his voice back, but the trauma is still with him. A fan on Twitter asked Rankin if Roger “will always resent that time and place for what it did to him?”

“That’s a good question. I’m writing it down for my S6 prep,” Rankin said. “Not really. I think it’s coming to terms with the time, his situation, himself even. It’s a change that he has to go through and I’d like to think that he won’t hold on to it in that way.”

Was Roger wearing rose-tinted glasses?

Roger went through a lot to get to where he is right now in season 5. One fan wanted to know if Roger was wearing blinders and unable to see the reality he was thrust into.

“Was it fair that Roger had to go through trauma in order to become the man of that time?” a Twitter user asked. “Could Roger Wakefield ever have lived in the 18th century happily? Was he wearing rose-tinted history glasses when he went through the stones?”

“I’m sure he could live there happily,” Rankin said. “It was his path there and his circumstances that caused him the most trouble. Definitely rose-tinted glasses. Maybe some whiskey.”

Roger Rankin certainly made fans happy by answering a few questions on Twitter about Outlander.