‘Outlander’ Season 5: Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin Discuss Struggles in the New Season

Season 5 of Outlander is underway and fans are happy to see more of Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and Roger (Richard Rankin). They now have their own family with Jemmy and it’s sweet to see them interacting together.

Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin talk about season 5 of ‘Outlander’

Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin
Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin | Dominik Bindl/Getty Images

Skelton and Rankin recently spoke with Entertainment Tonight about the new season and all the new “musical moments” that fans get to experience. Since Roger and Bri are from the future, it makes sense they’d bring back with them some of their favorite tunes from their time.

“It’s great yeah, well especially for Roger, Bri, and Claire, you know they have to monitor so many aspects of their personality, their language, and everything when they’re around other people. They’re references, so it’s lovely when we do get those scenes where we can let the 60s seep in and the three of them are just together and they can talk so candidly and even have those nostalgic moments,” Skelton said.

Should Bri and Roger go back through the stones to their original time?

The actors were asked what they think their characters should do when it comes to going back in time or staying on Fraser’s Ridge in North Carolina. Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Bri want them all to stay in their current time, while Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Roger think they should return to the future.

“One thing that we keep saying as well is that actually even if Roger and Brianna decided together, made a unanimous decision to go back to the future they don’t know where they’re going back to. They could walk into World War 3 so if we’re talking about just the safety of the future or the 1700s you can’t really weigh those up equally,” Skelton explained.

Is it safer in the 1700s or in Roger and Bri’s original time? “And they reference you know the Vietnam War is going on when we left so you never know where that’s up to now,” Skelton continued. “And in terms of safety for Jemmy, Roger and Bri have a conversation of, ‘Okay yes, the 1700s is brutal for a child in terms of you know you’ve got no pacifiers, no diapers, no baby safety gates.’”

Rankin talks about Roger’s struggles to fit into this new time with a new family

Rankin is new to Brianna’s family and he’s experiencing a lot of new changes this season. His father-in-law has made him a captain and he also has a new child to take care of. He’s officially married now to Brianna and taking on a whole new world. That’s a lot of new things to experience all at one time.

“I think Roger will go to any lengths to fulfill his role to find the right road to find his place,” Roger said. He thinks his character would do anything for his family if need be.

“It’s obviously overwhelming,” Rankin said about joining his father-in-law’s militia. “It’s a bit daunting the fact that he’s been appointed captain of Jamie’s militia. He has no military experience. He’s not a captain. He’ll have knowledge of military history but that’s about it. He wants to prove himself.”

Bri and Roger face a whole new world with new challenges in season 5 of Outlander.