Presented during their panel at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, fans were treated to new images and an epic video teaser trailer.
The panel was moderated by Good Morning America‘s Ginger Zee, and cast members Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, and New York Comic Con first-timers Duncan Lacroix, Maria Doyle Kennedy and David Berry all joined in for the discussion.
Cast members Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin answered NYCC fan questions via video from the Outlander set, as the two were on location filming in Scotland.
Executive producers Ronald D. Moore and Maril Davis, along with Outlander book series author Diana Gabaldon, also took part in the thrilling panel which is sure to satiate the show’s rabid fan base during the current long wait until the new season.
In the teaser video below, the Frasers’ quest for peace in North Carolina is disrupted by the impending Revolutionary War.
“I hope you don’t stay,” Claire (Balfe) says, implying that Brianna (Skelton) and Roger (Rankin) go back to their own time.
With scenes of battle, loss and other hardships prominently featured, there’s a sense that this family, who finally finds themselves whole, could once again be torn apart.
“It’s wonderful to be able to play a relationship that keeps growing and growing, and deepening and deepening. And I think that that’s something that you really see evidence of this season,” Balfe said at the New York Comic-Con panel for the show on Saturday.
“It’s just that time and just that the love that they have for each other, it just keeps expanding. And you know, you don’t think that that’s possible from Season 1, but it really does. I mean, they’re there for each other no matter what. They support each other through really tough, tough times. It’s just their knowledge of each other and how intimately they know what’s going on inside each other. I think it’s really beautiful.”
Heughan added, “They’re a great unit. They’re a great partnership. They’re out there looking out for their family and their extended family. Together, they’re really strong … We had a scene the other day of shooting where we made love without making love.”
Balfe talked about Claire, a character who brought the actress international, as well as awards, attention and who became a case for female empowerment as someone who has evolved greatly over the past few seasons.
“I think when we first met Claire in Season 1, she was just a very young woman who was not really living her life in the present. … She was not connected to who she really was. … It’s like anyone: When you live your life to the fullest and with passion — like the passion that you find with Jamie, like the passion that she finds in her career — then you become really just a whole and full version of yourself.”
The Frasers will fight time, space, and history to protect their family. Watch the trailer below before Season 5 of Outlander premieres on February 16, 2020.