Outlander Season 5 finale: What could be the difficult ending?

Sam Heughan has warned us the Outlander Season 5 finale will be difficult to watch. What should we expect or what could we see in the episode?

The Outlander Season 5 finale is going to be difficult to watch. That's something Sam Heughan warned us about during his interview with Jimmy Fallon. It's led to a lot of speculation of what could happen.

While many speculate that we'll say a permanent goodbye to a character, I'm going to look at a potential storyline from "The Fiery Cross." There are spoilers in this post if you haven't read the book, but I think if you're looking for what could happen, you likely know we'll touch on the book, right?

The end of the fifth book brings us the return of a beloved character. He's mentioned numerous times throughout the book, especially at the beginning, and we've speculated on whether this character could return for Outlander Season 5.

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It's all about Young Ian Murray. Right now, he's with the Mohawks. At the end of "The Fiery Cross," he returns home to his family.

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Why would that be difficult? Well, it's the reason he returns. He's left the Mohawk tribe, leaving behind his wife. The full story isn't shared until "A Breath of Snow and Ashes," but there is a chance that it will come up in the finale. He lost a child, and the Mohawks believe that the union isn't blessed and suggest that Ian walks away from his Mohawk family.

It is distressing. Young Ian has lost a child, a type of grief Claire and Jamie know all too well. But he's also lost a family. The Mohawks have suggested he leave, and while he does have another family to go back to, there's still that sense of loss and grief.

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Another option involves Bonnet. Towards the end of the novel, Bonnet returns to take Jemmy. He's accepting that the child is his, and he's come to claim said child. He also wants to take Brianna. This could be adapted in a way that leads to uncertainty about whether Bonnet will get his way, and we'll certainly see Jamie and Roger band together to get Brianna and Jemmy back.

In a way, I do think that this is going to be the storyline more than Ian's return. It makes sense to put the focus on the main characters at the very end, especially when it means bringing a villain like Bonnet back. Plus, the way that Bonnet's story could be left, we'd end up with questions of whether he'll be back for Outlander Season 6.

I could be completely off the mark. The writers could choose to invent their own story involving Jamie and Murtagh. However, Sam Heughan is excited about this episode and says that fans will be happy with it, which makes me think there isnt' going to be too much invention.

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What do you think the Outlander Season 5 finale is going to involve? What do you hope to see throughout the season? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Outlander Season 5 premieres on Feb. 16 on STARZ.