Time travel drama Outlander will be bringing season five to a conclusion this evening (Sunday, May 10). The finale will be airing on Starz in the US and Amazon Prime in Britain tomorrow (Monday, May 11). Some fans have already watched the last episode via the Starz app, which makes episodes available early for American subscribers.
WARNING: This article contains potential spoilers from the Outlander season 5 finale and the Diana Gabaldon books
Many fans are waiting for the finale with some trepidation, particularly after actor Sam Heughan warned fans it could be triggering.
Taking to Twitter, the Scottish actor told his 641,000 followers: “Those of you that have seen ep12, hope you likes it, please don’t give it away for others. It’s our strongest yet!!
“It tackles some tough issues and it may be triggering.
“Please, if you need to talk, know there are resources available. http://RAINN.org @outlander_starz.”
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His words suggest, the finale titled Never My Love, will feature some tough moments which viewers may find upsetting or distressing.
The show has featured sexual assault in the past. There was Jamie’s violent ordeal at the hands of Captain Black Jack Randall (played by Tobias Menzies) in season one and Brianna MacKenzie’s (Sophie Skelton) attack by Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speelers) in the fourth series.
Previously, in a Twitter Q&A, Heughan shed further light on Never My Love, saying: “Expect the unexpected.
“It’s gripping and a tough ep. Let’s hope the Frasers make it together…”
Season five of Outlander has diverged a lot from Diana Gabaldon’s novels with elements taken from book five The Fiery Cross as well as the sixth novel A Breath of Snow and Ashes.
So, the finale appears to be an amalgamation of these two books and it seems a harrowing moment from A Breath of Snow and Ashes will be featuring.
In an interview from earlier this year, actress Caitriona Balfe told Parade: “I have a storyline towards the end of the season that’s very challenging.
“I can’t really talk too much about it, but it’s a storyline we’ve brought in from book six [A Breath of Snow and Ashes], and it was really challenging material.
“We took a risk with how we were doing it visually and storytelling wise. I haven’t seen it yet, so I hope it’s paid off, but it was good.
“It was nice to have something that asked a lot of me, again, at this point in our show.”
While it wasn’t clear exactly which scenes Balfe was referring to, it seems to relate to Claire’s horrific kidnap and sexual assault.
The penultimate instalment saw Claire getting abducted from Fraser’s Ridge by unknown assailants, while Marsali Fraser (Lauren Lyle) was left close to death in the attack.
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In the novels, Jamie rescues Claire and the people responsible pay gravely for their crimes.
Given this is Outlander, it’s likely Jamie will save his wife but there will be an emotional toll in Claire.
This episode could be a turning point for the Frasers and also for Claire, who has endured so much already.
Just how these scenes play out remains to be seen after the episode debuts.
Outlander season 5 concludes on Starz tonight and Amazon Prime tomorrow
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