Based on Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling historical time travel book series, ‘Outlander’ is a show by Starz that has been hugely successful in creating its own, dedicated fan base. Beautiful sets bring the show’s historical settings to life, while great costume design ensures that the characters fit in seamlessly into each period.
Season 1 of ‘Outlander’, consisting of 16 episodes, premiered on August 9, 2014, and was based on the first book of Gabaldon’s novel series – Outlander (1991). Subsequent seasons adapted other books from the series chronologically, with Seasons 2, 3, and 4 adapting Dragonfly in Amber (1992), Voyager (1993), and Drums of Autumn (1996) respectively.
Ever since Season 1 premiered, ‘Outlander’ has been a favorite among television critics and audiences alike, both for its brilliant adaptation of the books, and for the powerful performances delivered by its cast. With Season 1 having received praise from all corners, Starz released Season 2 on April 9, 2016. When Season 2 also got widespread praise, Starz renewed the show for its third and fourth seasons, which premiered on September 10, 2017, and November 4, 2018, respectively. Now, to the delight of fans and critics, Starz has announced that ‘Outlander’ will make a comeback, not just for a fifth season, but also for a sixth season. Once can only hope that the show runners do not compromise on the quality that the show has come to be associated with.
Outlander Cast: Who is in it?
Despite the show having run for four seasons, the two main characters in the show remain unchanged. Caitriona Balfe brilliantly portrays the main protagonist, Claire Randall, while Sam Heughan plays the role of her lover and husband, Jamie Fraser.
The two protagonists apart, Duncan Lacroix plays Jamie’s godfather and companion, Murtagh Fraser, while Tobias Menzies plays Claire’s other husband Frank Randall and Frank’s ancestor Jonathan ‘Black Jack’ Randall (it’s a show about time travelling after all). Meanwhile, Sophie Skelton plays the role of Brianna Randall Fraser, Claire and Jamie’s daughter, and Richard Rankin plays the part of Roger Wakefield.
As it stands, writers of the show has gone back to writing new episodes, and it is expected that most of the current cast members will be making a return in Season 5. Owing to the fact that Season 6 is quite some time away, we can’t be sure who all will return for it before watching what unfolds in Season 5.