‘Outlander’ Star Sam Heughan Says Jamie Must Confront His Own Mortality in Season 5

Season 5 of Outlander is finally here! It has been an extra-long Droughtlander and fans cannot wait to see what’s in store for Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) in the show’s fifth season. With only a few days left until the premiere, Heughan opened up about Jamie’s storyline and dished on his character’s biggest obstacles in season 5.

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Sam Heughan talks about Jamie’s story in season 5

Jamie has gone through a lot of ups and downs over the past four years of Outlander. Last season, things started to get more consistent for Jamie and Claire as they settled down in their new home in North Carolina.

But things got a bit complicated when their daughter, Brianna (Sophie Skelton), traveled back in time to reunite with them. With Brianna, her partner Roger (Richard Rankin), and their daughter living on Fraser’s Ridge, Jamie has a lot more to fight for going into season 5.

In a recent interview, Sam Heughan revealed that Jamie’s biggest struggle this season is his seemingly divided loyalties to Governor Tryon (Tim Downie) and his godfather, Murtagh (Duncan LaCroix).

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As fans will recall, Governor Tryon ordered Jamie to hunt down Murtagh and the Regulators at the end of season 4. This task will test Jamie’s loyalties like never before and also puts him in a tricky political situation that could put his family at risk.

“This season we see that he really has to go against his moral code in a way. He’s a very loyal man, a man of his word, and yet he is having to be quite duplicitous,” Heughan stated. “Eventually, the main storyline this season, which I think is a really strong one for Jamie, is that he has to hunt and track down his godfather, Murtagh.”

Will Jamie betray Murtagh?

Murtagh isn’t just Jamie’s godfather. He has been Jamie’s close companion and friend for years and has even become somewhat of a father figure to Jamie.

The problem is that Jamie cannot disobey Tryon’s orders without playing along a little bit. Going against the governor of North Carolina puts his family at risk, so Jamie is definitely going to need to navigate some tricky political waters before this one gets resolved.

In his interview with Parade, Sam Heughan assured fans that Jamie would never betray Murtagh, especially considering everything they have been through over the years.

“Blood is blood, though. Jamie would never want to betray his godfather. Murtagh, for him, has been his father figure for a large part of his life and has always been there. He’s been his constant companion and someone he can trust,” Heughan explained.

Heughan admitted, however, that Jamie will find himself stuck in a dangerous situation this season. And the fact that Murtagh is not willing to quit as the leader of the Regulators will not make things any easier.

Sam Heughan says Jamie will confront his own mortality in season 5

After discussing Jamie’s divided loyalties this season, Heughan was asked what part of season 5 was the most difficult to film.

In reply, the Outlander star revealed that each episode had its own set of unique challenges, including learning new sword skills and languages.

But one of the hardest things for Heughan this season was his character’s scenes with Murtagh. Heughan admitted that watching Jamie do things that question his loyalty and honor was very difficult this season, especially when you throw Murtagh into the mix.

“But emotionally, this season I think alluding to that [Murtagh] storyline, it’s a really tough one. Jamie’s whole character’s built on loyalty and honor and being a man of his word. I think that really is called into question by Governor Tryon (Tim Downie) and by the situation he’s in,” Heughan shared. ” Then later on in the season, yeah, Jamie’s also confronted by his own mortality. That, as an actor, is also a great challenge. Every season there’s always something really good to get your teeth stuck into and this one’s no exception.”

Sam Heughan did not reveal how Jamie will get out of his current predicament, but it definitely sounds like it will be an important part of his journey this season. Let’s just hope he is able to figure out a solution that doesn’t require betraying Murtagh, or worse.

Heughan and Balfe hit the promo tour

With only a few days left until the new season of Outlander premieres on Starz, Heughan and Balfe have been busy hitting the promotional tour. One of their more recent stops was on February 12 in New York City, where the Outlander stars appeared for a special segment on Good Morning America.

During their interview, Heughan and Balfe were asked if they have any pet peeves that annoy each other. In response, Sam Heughan praised his co-star and said that he is “very lucky” to be working alongside her.

Balfe, on the other hand, was not shy about revealing her biggest pet peeve. Turns out, Heughan has a pretty ordinary failing. Without giving him too hard of a time, the actress revealed that Heughan is often late to work.

“He knows what mine is! Sam, he’s the greatest guy, but he’s just not the best time-keeper,” she stated.

Heughan was asked one more time about his biggest pet peeve but he refused to give in. “Nothing! She’s wonderful, isn’t she?” he said.

Fans can watch Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe return to action when season 5 of Outlander premieres on Starz Sunday, February 16.