The next season of “Outlander” is on the way, and the cast and crew are settling in to start production on the new episodes. Starz announced that the fifth season of the Golden Globe-nominated hit began production in Scotland this week, and we know a few details on the upcoming story-lines. Season five will have over 12 episodes, based on material from “The Fiery Cross,” the fifth of eight books in Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling Outlander series.

In the announcement today EP Matthew B. Roberts said, “In Season Four, Jamie and Claire’s decision to remain in the New World changes the course of their life together. After being struck by the beauty of the North Carolina wilderness – untamed and uncultivated – they choose to call it home: Fraser’s Ridge. However, what is a ‘dream’ for some is a ‘nightmare’ for others. Being at the center of the birth of America is often a bloody and violent and heartbreaking matter. Now, in Season Five, Jamie and Claire’s duty is not only to their loved ones, but to the community of settlers forming part of the ever-increasing Clan Fraser.”

In the fifth season, the story will be a continuation of the Fraser family’s adventures, as they navigate the trials and tribulations of life in colonial America. Establishing a home in the New World is by no means an easy task – and protecting it proves even more difficult – particularly in the wild backcountry of North Carolina, during a period of dramatic socio-political upheaval.

The network teased the story adding, “As Claire knows all too well, friends, neighbors and countrymen are unwittingly marching towards Revolution, with members of the elite ruling classes struggling to stifle the alarming undercurrent of unrest triggered by the Regulator Movement. Against this backdrop, which soon heralds the birth of the new American nation, Claire and Jamie are forced to ask themselves just how far they are willing to go to protect their home, and praying there will be no reason to light the “fiery cross,” an ancient Scottish call to arms.”

Starz recently renewed “Outlander” for two more seasons, taking the series through its sixth season.

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