Droughtlander has ended early! Starz has dropped a surprise Valentine's Day gift for Outlander fans–the show's season five premiere, "The Fiery Cross", is available right now, two days ahead of its scheduled airdate.
There's a catch–you have to be a Starz subscriber, since the episode is only available on the app or on Starz On Demand. Per Deadline, this exciting announcement was made by Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin on a Facebook Live stream of the red carpet at the show's season five premiere event.
The red carpet reportedly featured a countdown clock to the announcement, which was designed to let fans "travel through time" to the early release of the episode at midnight on Valentine's Day.
Season five's first episode will center around Brianna's wedding to Roger, which you can see a sneak peak of via these beautiful photos that were released earlier this week.
Balfe and Heughan have also teased that this season will feature a lot more intimacy between Jamie and Claire. “I think that the circumstances of this season have really allowed us to invest in those relationship moments, so we see a lot more of the intimacy and the passion of Claire and Jamie," Balfe said at the Television Critics Association press tour last month. "We have the luxury of them being in one place a lot of the time, so we get to see how they work together as a couple…it’s really lovely to see them just converse as a couple in this supportive and emotionally supportive way.”
Heughan added that though season five will see the couple "always need and yearn for each other, and sort of reconnect, in these moments we see that are quite domestic."
And here's the official synopsis of the season, just in case your appetite isn't already thoroughly whetted:
Season 5 finds the Frasers fighting for their family and the home they have forged on Fraser's Ridge. With her family finally together, Claire Fraser has to leverage all of her strength, knowledge and foresight to prevent them from being ripped apart once again. Jamie is forced to defend all that he has created in America and protect those who look to him for leadership, all the while hiding his personal relationship with Murtagh, whom he has been ordered to hunt down and kill. Meanwhile, Brianna Fraser and Roger MacKenzie work to raise their son, Jemmy MacKenzie, under the looming specter of Stephen Bonnet.
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