Season Five of the Outlander television series premiered on February 16, 2020.[1] It consists of twelve episodes, and was adapted from the content of the fifth book of the series, The Fiery Cross.[2]

Filming for Season Five commenced on April 8, 2019[3] and wrapped on November 21, 2019.[4]


Season Five of Outlander finds the Frasers fighting for their family and the home they have forged on Fraser's Ridge. Jamie must find a way to defend all that he has created in America, and to protect those who look to him for leadership and protection – while hiding his personal relationship with Murtagh Fitzgibbons, the man whom Governor William Tryon has ordered him to hunt down and kill. With her family together at last, Claire Fraser must use her modern medical knowledge and foresight to prevent them from being ripped apart once again. However, while focusing on protecting others, she risks losing sight of what it means to protect herself. Meanwhile, Brianna Fraser and Roger MacKenzie have been reunited, but the specter of Stephen Bonnet still haunts them. Roger strives to find his place – as well as Jamie's respect – in this new and dangerous time. The Frasers must come together, navigating the many perils that they foresee – and those they can't.[1]



  # Title Writer(s) Director(s) Airdate
S05E01-still1 501 The Fiery Cross (Episode) Writer: Matthew B. Roberts Director: Stephen Woolfenden February 16, 2020
Following celebrations in honor of Brianna and Roger’s wedding, Governor Tryon reminds Jamie of his obligation to hunt down and kill Murtagh Fitzgibbons. He also expects Jamie to raise a militia to quell the Regulators if necessary. Brianna, meanwhile, is reminded of her past trauma when she inadvertently hears some devastating news.

S05E02-still1 502 Between Two Fires Writer: Toni Graphia & Luke Schelhaas Director: Stephen Woolfenden February 23, 2020
As Jamie continues to hunt Murtagh with the aid of the zealous Lieutenant Hamilton Knox, he's forced to consider whether or not he's on the right side of history. Meanwhile, when a resident of Fraser's Ridge dies from a preventable ailment – which had been exacerbated by an ill-informed, though well-intentioned, use of folk medicine – Claire considers using modern methods to keep the settlers safe.

S05E03-still3 503 Free Will Writer: Luke Schelhaas Director: Jamie Payne March 1, 2020
The growing Regulator threat forces Jamie, Claire and Roger to embark on a mission to raise a militia. When one of their settlers reveals he's a bondservant, and asks for help freeing himself and his brother from their abusive master, Jamie and Claire are forced to make a difficult decision.

S05E04-still1 504 The Company We Keep Writer: Barbara Stepansky Director: Jamie Payne March 8, 2020
Roger leads Jamie's militia to the rural trading post of Brownsville and finds himself embroiled in a bitter feud. Jamie and Claire arrive to find that Roger's rather unusual strategy may have cost them the loyalty of the militia. Claire learns that her 'modern' medical advice has spread further than she intended.

S05E05-still2 505 Perpetual Adoration Writer: Alyson Evans & Steve Kornacki Director: Meera Menon March 15, 2020
Jamie and his militia arrive at Hillsborough to learn that Governor Tryon has proposed a rather unorthodox solution to deal with the threat posed by the Regulators and to resolve the growing political crisis. Jamie is forced to take drastic action when his relationship to Murtagh is at risk of coming to light. Busy with present-day life at the Ridge, Roger and Brianna must nevertheless come to terms with their past when Roger learns new information about Stephen Bonnet. Claire recalls an episode from her past that led her back to Jamie.

S05E06-still3 506 Better to Marry Than Burn Writer: Stephanie Shannon Director: Meera Menon March 22, 2020
At Jocasta's wedding, Jamie learns Tryon's true motivation for ending the Regulator threat. Claire discovers a lead on the whereabouts of a former enemy from an unexpected source, but the price for the information is far higher than she anticipates. In Jamie and Claire's absence, Roger and Brianna must save the Ridge from an imminent threat.

S05E07-still1 507 The Ballad of Roger Mac Writer: Toni Graphia Director: Stephen Woolfenden March 29, 2020
The Regulator Rebellion reaches a boiling point, forcing Jamie to face his fear and confront the consequence of his divided loyalties. Brianna remembers some critical details pertaining to the Battle, forcing Roger to cross behind enemy lines where he finds himself in grave danger. Claire's attempts to treat the wounded are threatened by the volatile Brown brothers.

S05E08-still4 508 Famous Last Words Writer: Danielle Berrow Director: Stephen Woolfenden April 12, 2020
The Frasers must come to terms with all that has changed in the aftermath of the Battle of Alamance Creek. An unexpected visitor arrives at the Ridge.

S05E09-still1 509 Monsters and Heroes Writer: Shaina Fewell Director: Annie Griffin April 19, 2020
When Jamie is bitten by a venomous snake, Claire fears she may not have the resources to save him. Jamie asks Roger to complete an important task in the event of his death.

S05E10-still28 510 Mercy Shall Follow Me Writer: Megan Ferrell Burke Director: Annie Griffin April 26, 2020
Jamie and Roger implement their plan to eliminate the threat looming over their family, but it goes awry when their prey proves more devious than expected. Brianna is forced to confront her greatest fear and fight for her and her son's lives.

S05E11-still2 511 Journeycake Writer: Diana Gabaldon Director: Jamie Payne May 3, 2020
A revelation about Jemmy forces Roger and Brianna to choose between staying in the eighteenth century and returning to the safety of the future. Jamie finds that unrest in the backcountry has given rise to a new power – an organization led by the unpredictable Brown brothers. Claire finds that her attempts to make this time safer for her family have dire, unintended consequences.

S05E12-still17 512 Never My Love Writer: Matthew B. Roberts and Toni Graphia Director: Jamie Payne May 10, 2020
Claire struggles to survive brutal treatment from her captors, as Jamie gathers a group of loyal men to help him rescue his wife. Roger and Brianna's journey takes a surprising turn.

Production Notes

  • The show announced its renewal for the fifth and sixth seasons on May 9, 2018.[2]




Behind the Scenes


  3. Zion Security Instagram – April 8, 2019.
  4. Outlander Star Twitter – November 21, 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Outlander Starz Twitter – November 13, 2019.
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