Outlander Season 5, Episode 1 synopsis: The Fiery Cross

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Outlander Season 5 premieres in less than a week, and it’s time to get ready for the episodes. Here’s the synopsis for Outlander Season 5, Episode 1.

With less than a week until the Outlander Season 5 premiere, there’s no doubt you’re looking for ways to get ready. One of the best ways is to delve into the synopsis for episodes. Here’s a look at the Outlander Season 5, Episode 1 synopsis.

The main events of the premiere haven’t been all that secret. We know that Brianna and Roger’s wedding takes place during this episode, and there’s an excellent photo of Claire and Jamie looking on with happiness and pride. You’ve also likely seen the Vogue article with the wedding photos. Doesn’t Brianna’s dress look beautiful?

However, the synopsis tells us a little more about the events of the episode. While we want to see it focused on just happy moments for the family, there’s the fact that Jamie has been ordered to build a militia to take on the Regulators, including killing Murtagh. It’s not an easy ask for Jamie considering his connection to Murtagh, and he’s going to have to find a way to stall situations.

It sounds like from the synopsis that Governor Tryon is fed up of being stalled. We’ve seen in the trailer that Governor Tryon reminds Jamie of his duty, and the synopsis makes it clear that is going to happen in the premiere episode.

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One thing that will catch your attention is the fact that Brianna will hear some devastating news. This news brings up a past trauma, and there’s only one that stands out: it’s all about Bonnet. Right now, Brianna believes that Bonnet was killed in the explosion, but we know that he wasn’t. Ed Speleers is back for Outlander Season 5, which means Brianna is likely going to find out Bonnet is still alive.

Check out the synopsis for the Outlander Season 5 premiere:

"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."

One thing this synopsis confirms is that some of the storylines at the beginning of “The Fiery Cross” are going to be skipped over or moved. This isn’t all that surprising. The less important storylines will need to be cut to condense the story into 12 episodes, and some of those in the lead up to the wedding are among those storylines.

However, it’s also clear that everything with Bonnet is going to speed up a little in the series. Again, this isn’t that surprising due to only having 12 episodes to tell a 55-hour (on Audible) story. Speeding up this part of the story for the TV series will also help to keep the drama in each episode.

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What do you hope to see in Outlander Season 5? What are you excited to see in the premiere based on the synopsis? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Outlander Season 5 premieres on Feb. 16 on STARZ.