‘Outlander’ Season 5: Will Sam Heughan’s Jamie Fraser Be Able To Keep His Promise to Claire?

Jamie Fraser’s (Sam Heughan) loyalties will be tested like never before in season 5 of Outlander. At the end of season 4, Jamie was tasked with hunting down a group of rebels led by his godfather and long-time ally, Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix). Jamie will undoubtedly do everything in his power to avoid betraying Murtagh, but he will find himself in a tricky situation as he attempts to keep his expanding family safe on Fraser’s Ridge.

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Inside Jamie’s season 5 journey

In season 4 of Outlander, Jamie and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) faced a lot of obstacles as they settled into their new lives in North Carolina. While the couple was doing their best to build a new home, things got more complicated with the arrival of their daughter, Brianna (Sophie Skelton).

Brianna traveled back in time after learning that her parents will die in a house fire. Hoping to avoid a tragedy, Brianna and Roger (Richard Rankin) traveled through the stones and found themselves in the 18th century.

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Although Brianna eventually reunited with her parents, it came at a high price. Brianna was sexually assaulted by the show’s new villain, Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers), sparking questions about her baby’s real father.

By the end of season 4 of Outlander, Brianna and Roger were living at Fraser’s Ridge with their new baby. While Jamie and Claire are happy about bringing their family together, the coming Revolutionary War raises a lot of questions about their safety.

‘Outlander’ teases new Murtagh photo

While Jamie does his best to protect his expanding family, the situation with Murtagh only makes things more complicated. At the very end of season 4, the governor of North Carolina ordered Jamie to track down a group known as the Regulators.

Ahead of the season 5 premiere of Outlander, Starz released some new photos of Murtagh in action. The images are our first look at Murtagh this season, and it is clear that he is not a man you want to take on.

Murtagh, of course, does not see himself as the head of the Regulators. But there is no denying that he is the brains behind the operation. Not only is he a force to be reckoned with, but he is also the one who is coming up with all the plans to get everyone’s land back.

Based on what happened last season on Outlander, it is pretty clear that Murtagh will stick by his guns in season 5, which could put Jamie in a very difficult situation.

Will Jamie hunt down Murtagh?

According to Carter Matt, one of the major themes in Jamie’s storyline this season is finding out where his loyalties really stand. Although it is difficult to see Jamie hunting down Murtagh, not doing so could put the rest of his family in danger.

Things probably won’t end well for the Regulators, which definitely raises questions about Murtagh’s future on the show.

We can only hope that Outlander keeps Murtagh on the show for years to come, but his life is definitely in the balance as we head into season 5.

As far as Jamie is concerned, he is going to need a minor miracle to keep the Governor happy and keep Murtagh from getting into serious trouble. Luckily, Jamie has navigated tricky political waters in the past and has plenty of experience to lean on.

Caitriona Balfe opens up about Claire

Jamie is not the only character on Outlander who will be dealing with some major obstacles in season 5. Claire knows exactly what’s going to happen in the coming war, and sending her daughter and granddaughter back to modern times is going to be a tempting proposition.

Speaking of family, Balfe recently opened up about Claire’s journey this season on Outlander. The actress revealed that Claire finally feels as though she has found what she has been looking for all her life.

“I think for Claire, in some ways it’s similar to what Sam has said. Here she is, she has a home. They’ve created this homestead, this community,” Balfe shared. “Not only does she have Jamie, but she has Brianna here, the one thing that she had to give up in order to go back to Jamie… So it feels that her life is very full.”

Balfe added that Claire also has the opportunity to continue her medical practice, albeit things are a little different for the surgeon now that she is living in the 18th century.

The actress noted that Claire will also feel the pressures this season and that things will “get quite rough” for our favorite characters.

Season 5 of Outlander is set to premiere February 16 on Starz.