No one could argue that Outlander lacks adventure or huge stakes after six seasons. Still, Season 5 was dominated by ordeal: death for one crucial character and near-death situations for another, leading to an especially horrific ordeal for Claire.
Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) faced a satisfyingly action-packed house siege in the penultimate episode as they tried to save her from being apprehended by an angry mob for the supposed murder of Malva Christie (Jessica Reynolds) and her unborn child.
In the midst of the house’s prolonged deadlock, Claire and Jamie spent time together again, while John Balfe and Neil Heughan excelled at showing off the chemistry and bond they had developed.
An extended episode of Season 6 of Outlander was released on Sunday, March 6, 2022. Season 6 of Outlander is now available on all Starz platforms. Streaming is available on Amazon, the STARZ app, Netflix (in select areas), and Hulu if you need to catch up on previous seasons.
Outlander Season 6 Cast
The sixth season is based on Diana Gabaldon’s novel ‘A Breath of Snow and Ashes’. As the revolutionary war looms and redcoats descend on North Carolina, Claire and Jamie must fight to protect their home and family.
Thankfully, the four essential characters have returned: Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall Fraser, Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser, Sophie Skelton as Brianna Randall, and Richard Rankin as Roger Wakefield.
With the entrance of the new family comes to some theological tensions, as Tom Christie (Mark Lewis Jones), a devout Protestant, had previously clashed with Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) in prison.
Outlander Season 6: Full Review
Most of the plotlines in this season occur in Fraser’s Ridge while supporting cast members experience some of the most moving moments.
Out of all the riveting episodes of Outlander, the Season 5 finale is the most distressing and brutal episode in the series. There hasn’t been an episode as challenging to watch since the end of Season 1. The creators dealt with Claire’s grief and suffering delicately, but the scenes were difficult to watch. As we reach Season 6, her experience will undoubtedly have several implications.
Among the standouts of the finale, as well as perhaps the whole season, are Richard Brown (Chris Larkin) and Tom Christie (Mark Lewis Jones), who play excellent antagonists in their own right – Larkin as the sneering and vicious Brown, determined to gain revenge on the Frasers after losing his brother Lionel, and Jones as the broken but cold Christie, mourning for his daughter.
Viewers are rewarded with a lovely beach ending that harkens back to more of the thrill and surprise of seasons 4 and 5, which has been missing this time around. Roger (Richard Rankin) and Brianna (Sophie Skelton), who have had a relatively calm and slow-moving season save for her pregnancy, have a nice moment with son Jemmy in an episode highlight.
Outlander’s pace was oddly thrown off by the season’s small number of episodes – and despite the possibility of making a few feature-length episodes to satisfy some fans, it was not necessary considering the narrow scope of narrative lines addressed.