‘Outlander’ Season 5: New Cast Members Are Finally Announced

There may be a few more months left in Droughtlander, but Outlander will be back before you know it. Luckily, the show has been quick to share new updates about what’s going on with the highly anticipated new season. Read on to learn more about the newest cast members that will be a part of season 5.

New cast members are announced for season 5 of ‘Outlander’

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan
Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan | Michael Kovac/Getty Images for STARZ

A few new faces will be joining the ranks of Outlander in the coming months. In a post on the official social media page, it was announced that Paul Gorman and Bronwyn James will be a part of the new season. Chris Donald will be returning for season 5 as well.

“#Outlander casting alert! 📣 @PaulJBGorman joins the cast as Josiah and Kezzie Beardsley, @bronwynjames41 will play Fanny Beardsley, and @ChrisJDonald returns as Phillip Wylie,” the announcement on Twitter reads.

The Beardsley twins will be in season 5

As the tweet explains, Gorman will actually play two characters, Josiah and Kezzie Beardsley who are twins. Bronwyn James plays Fanny Beardsley. Wylie should be familiar to fans as he was seen in season 4 as well.

As many viewers of Outlander already know, the series is based on the wildly popular series by Diana Gabaldon. The fifth novel will serve as the source material for the fifth season. The Fiery Cross brings the Beardsley twins into the mix, who are first explained to be orphaned twins at Beardsley’s Trading Post. Fanny is the wife of the owner of the trading post, Aaron Beardsley. The twins, along with Fanny, are basically prisoners and Wylie is a plantation owner.

When does season 5 of ‘Outlander’ premiere?

Fans of Outlander don’t have much longer to wait for the premiere of season 5. The show will finally be back with a highly anticipated new season on February 16, 2020. In the latest teaser for the new season, it hints at the main characters struggling to come to terms with what to do next. There seems to be a lot of questions about what the future holds and where they may be safest.

“It’s my fault that you’re all here, fighting the dangers of the Carolina wilderness,” Claire (Caitriona Balfe) says. “I hope you don’t stay.” It appears she could be talking to Roger (Richard Rankin), but it’s unclear.

Claire isn’t the only one wrestling with guilt. She’s obviously told her husband Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) of the impending American Revolutionary War that’s on the horizon. “When this war you’ve told me about eventually comes, it would be safer in your time,” Jamie says to Claire.

What about their daughter Brianna (Sophie Skelton)? She appears to be trying to convince Roger that they should stay with her parents. “You wanna go back don’t you?” Brianna asks him. “Our family is here.”

So why does Claire feel guilty? Brianna only came to the past to save her parents from an impending fire that would claim the lives of one or both of them. Roger followed after her through the stones back in time. “If I am to keep us safe here, time, space, history, be damned,” Claire eerily says. “It’s safer in the future. It’s time.”

It sounds like season 5 will be full of people grappling with what to do next. Outlander will be back very soon.