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Outlander Season 5 Premieres!


Vogue-Roger-Brianna-wedding-peekSo—premieres are upon us! We all had a wonderful time at the New York Season 5 premiere on February 11th, and will doubtless have a great time tonight in Los Angeles!! [Both premieres were special events planned by STARZ.]

My husband and I had a great time last night in L.A., celebrating our 43rd/48th anniversary (43 years legal, I mean, but we’ve been together for 48 years.)

Meanwhile, here are a couple of clips from the Good Morning America show this week, the first interview with Caitriona and Sam, and the second with Rik and Sophie. Hope you enjoy them—and I’ll let you know tomorrow (February 14) what-all happens at tonight’s premiere! (Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible!)


Above: Interview with Sam and Caitriona on GMA. (Youtube video)


Above: Interview with Ric and Sophie on GMA. (Youtube video)


Outlander Season 5 Debuts On STARZ on February 16!

In Season 5, Jamie Fraser must fight to protect those he loves, as well as the home he has established alongside his wife, Claire Fraser, their family, and the settlers of Fraser’s Ridge.

In the U.S.A., Outlander Season 5 will debut on the STARZ cable network and streaming channel on Sunday, February 16. The first episode is titled, “The Fiery Cross,”, and this season is mostly an adaptation of my book with the same name.

In Canada, Season 5 will also debut on Sunday, February 16, but on the W Network.

Outlander Season 5′s first episode will be available in Australia on Foxtel’s Fox Showcase channel on Monday, February 17th.

In the United Kingdom, the first episode of Season 5 will be available on Monday, February 17th on Amazon Prime (U.K.)

See my Where/How To Watch webpage for more details.

Other providers around the globe will be added when known. Please contact your local cable or streaming provider for more information.


The image above is from episode 1, season 5 of the Outlander TV series. Courtesy of STARZ.

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  1. The intro music was exactly right. After last seasons intro music being wonderful from the correct area, this seasons music spoke to my heart. I am a lover of history, live very close to Frazier’s Ridge (Boone), and love historical music. Thank you for giving me a smiling heart.

  2. I am deeply disappointed by the grotesque butchering of the early part of “The Fiery Cross” done by the writers and producers of season 5 episode 1. Because it was set on Fraser’s Ridge instead at the Gathering, many of the Gathering scenes did not translate properly, i.e., Jamie yelling “The Frasers of the Ridge are here!” just before escorting Brianna to her wedding. A few of the other things that “ticked” me off include the “hair-ticks” scene, the drinking game scene (just stupid — why insert something not in the book when there is such a wealth in the book to draw upon?), and probably the most-stupid of all was the “oath-taking” and Josiah Beardsley suddenly shucking his shyness and performing the oath (even though he could not have ever seen such and would not know the oath to recite!).

    The only scene that I appreciated (because it more-closely followed the book than the rest) was when Jocasta was telling Roger about changing her will. As far as I’m concerned, that was the best part of the episode.

    Before viewing the episode I had anticipated a scene with Archie Hayes recounting his Culodden experience as Claire removed the bullet from his back. Also, I wanted to see the shenanigans that resulting in Jamie’s grandchildren being christened. Although I know that Adso will appear in a subsequent episode, his becoming a member of the Fraser family began with being picked up on the road back from the Gathering.

    Please don’t let the producers and writers continue to make a mess of the rest of the season!

    • No need to respond — I am cancelling my Starz subscription.

    • Hi,

      Diana is very busy right now, working on BEES, so I am responding once in a while.

      Everyone has to remember that the TV show is an adaptation of Diana’s Outlander series of novels.

      Diana discussed this in her 2014 blog:

      “Adaptation Logistics and Testicles.”

      Cheers,

      Loretta
      Diana’s Webmistress

      • I just finished Season 5 last night, and I am still very disturbed by it. I don’t mean to say that anything in that last episode should be left out, but I feel that the balance is wrong in that episode. Most of the time, the horrific happenings are balanced by uplifting parts of Claire and Jamie’s character and close family, some small positive somewhere, but in that last episode, there was no balance. The events of the ending are too much for many people to bear. Certainly the major theme of Outlander may be the treatment of women in the past, but in this episode that theme was relentless: women forced into marriages, women killed in burned out cabins, plus the abuse of all the main characters. It was just too much. Surely there must have been a woman somewhere in 1774 who wasn’t abused.

      • Surely.

        As a survivor myself, I can attest to the fact that abuse is still rampant today. I am glad the topic is explored both in Diana’s books and the TV series.

  3. Hello Diana, I read all the volumes in the Outlander series. When will volume 10 be published in France?

    • Hi,

      Uh… book ten will logically come out a few years after I finish Book Nine, GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE, which I am still writing. <g>

      I hope to finish BEES soon. But the U.S.A. release date will be up to my publishers, and international editions will be after that date.

      It will take me at least several years to write Book Ten (as yet untitled), once BEES is done and has a release date.

      Translations into other languages for both books can add an additional year to each. And the publisher for each country internationally sets their own publication dates for my books, so it can vary a lot.

      Once an international edition’s publication date is set, that publisher typically publicizes the release date with press releases and sending word to bookstores in that country or area. My books are translated into more than 23 languages.

      Thanks!
      Diana

    • So, I’m a die hard outlander fan but seriously, I’m tired of the waiting for t hff e 10th book. I get it takes awhile but it’s been too many years between releases this time. I’m getting quite discouraged!!!!

      • Uh, the ninth book (GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE) is the next to be finished by Diana and published.

        Not the tenth! It does not have a title yet, and she will write it once BEES is done. The tenth book will be the final book featuring the central story of Jamie and Claire.

        These are huge books, and take years to do all the historical research for them and write them. They are not formulaic fiction that can be generated quickly. Quality takes time.

        You’ll make it! BEES will be worth the wait.

        Diana’s BEES official webpage:

        http://www.dianagabaldon.com/books/outlander-series/book-nine-outlander-series/

        Loretta
        Diana’s Webmistress

  4. So lovely to see and hear the interview with the stars of this amazing Outlander series! Thank you very much, and many kudos to the directors and production staff, they have done an excellent job!

    blessings to all,
    Heidi Nichols <3

  5. I’ve been reading your books from the very beginning and have gotten so many others hooked on the Outlander series. Now that I’m nearing 70 years old, I’m getting anxious that book 10, the final book will get published while I’m still alive.
    No pressure from me, but please research and write as quickly as possible. A mind is a terrible thing to waste and I dearly hope that mine will still be cognitive enough to remember all the characters and plot twists.
    Thank you for adding something so special to so many people’s lives!

    • Hi, Bonnie,

      Diana is “nearing 70 years old,” as well. She turned 68 years old in January, 2020, and has no intention of slowing down!

      Think positively, my dear…

      Cheers,
      Loretta
      Diana’s Webmistress

  6. Diana,

    Outlander TV Ep 505.

    I have been trying to trace back to which novel/ chapter Claire describes her solace and reflection at her access to 24 hour adoration of the Blessed Sacrament….in Boston. I have not found in The Fiery Cross.or Drums of Autumn. I remember reading it so vividly.

    Would you point me back to this ?

    Thank you so much,

    Kathy in Texas near DFW

  7. I absolutely adore the Outlander books and was thrilled beyond belief when the powers that be announced they would translate them into a tv series. But I am thoroughly frustrated and disgusted by the season 5 rewrite. I understand it is impossible to include every little detail from the books into the show, but the show writers basically rewrote your original words, and, I believe, changed the intent, situations and characters. They are destroying literary perfection; there is nothing you write in the books that doesn’t play out eventually. Every word is intentional. Not sure I can sit through season 6…..

  8. I’m very curious about Master Raymond, from Claire’s & Jaimie’s time in France – Diana’s 2nd book from this series. I’ve read them ALL, but it’s been awhile. Was Master Raymond a fellow time traveler? Will we ever know More about him? He knew so much More than he Should have, for his time. Especially what was needed to save Claire’s life, when a he gave birth to Faith.

    • Yes, Diana has said Master Raymond is a time traveler, also.

      And she is planning to write a book about him in the future, after Book Ten of the Outlander series!

      Loretta
      Diana’s Webmistress

  9. I have read over and over again how Diana Galbaldon likes the body of Sam On the Outlander series, that nice because he can’t act. The best actresses on the series is Caitirona Balfe. Thanking the series for bringing her to the attention of the not only TV. But also Movies. The movies that Sam recently have been on are not worth seeing unless for the young.

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