Fans of “Outlander” got two announcements on Thursday evening that should brighten up their weekend. First, select members of the cast and crew are headed to New York Comic-Con this year to celebrate with fans, and second, the fifth season is premiering on February 16th. STARZ confirmed the premiere date for the original series on social media, and set a date and location for the New York Comic-Con panel. If you’re headed to NYCC with us, the panel is being held at The Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden on October 5th. “Outlander” stars Caitriona Balfe (Claire Fraser) and Sam Heughan (Jamie) are attending the panel, with Comic-Con first-timers Duncan LaCroix (Murtagh), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Jocasta) and David Berry (Lord John Grey). Diana Gabaldon, author of the bestselling Outlander book series, alongwith executive producers Ronald D. Moore and Maril Davis, will also attend the event.

In addition to the “Outlander” panel, the cast will do an autographing session exclusively for NYCC Fans. More information on that event will be released on the show’s social media channels.

STARZ is currently putting the final touches on Season 5 of the series, which will have 12 episodes. In the announcement, STARZ described the fifth season saying, “Outlander finds the Frasers fighting for their family and the home they have forged on Fraser’s Ridge. Jamie must find a way to defend all that he has created in America, and to protect those who look to him for leadership and protection – while hiding his personal relationship with Murtagh Fitzgibbons, the man whom Governor William Tryon has ordered him to hunt down and kill.” The network added, “With her family together at last, Claire Fraser must use her modern medical knowledge and foresight to prevent them from being ripped apart once again. However, while focusing on protecting others, she risks losing sight of what it means to protect herself. Meanwhile, Brianna Fraser and Roger MacKenzie have been reunited, but the spectre of Stephen Bonnet still haunts them. Roger strives to find his place – as well as Jamie’s respect – in this new and dangerous time. The Frasers must come together, navigating the many perils that they foresee – and those they can’t.”

Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Matthew B. Roberts, Toni Graphia, and Andy Harries serve as executive producers on the show, which is produced by Tall Ship Productions and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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