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My, oh my, Sassenachs! This Droughlander has, indeed, been a very long one. Season 5 of Outlander wrapped up with a pretty brutal last couple of episodes in early May of last year, and fans have been dying to know just what kind of intense drama will lie ahead for Claire and Jamie Fraser. While we had been told that the producers were working on a way to get back to work safely, and the cast and crew had been hoping to head back to work early this year, the good news is that this dream has now come true. And, not only is Outlander finally filming Season 6, but we've also been treated to a new look at Claire and Jamie!
Poor Claire narrowly escaped her brutal kidnapping and torture at the hands of Lionel Brown and his crew at the end of Season 5, with Jamie and his men finally finding her and being able to take her home to recover after the trauma she'd suffered. Claire will, undoubtedly, have a long way to go before the events are far enough behind her for her to live life without everything seeming like a constant reminder of what she's now been through.
So, it's lucky for fans that our first look at Claire and Jamie from Season 6 is one that shows the couple looking like the healing process is pretty far along. Take a look!
This shot accompanied the news that Season 6 of Outlander had finally begun filming, and while Sam Heughan's Jamie and Caitriona Balfe's Claire are certainly not in the middle of a party (or any of their infamously sexy adult time), at least they both seem to be at peace while taking that horse and carriage out. I can't quite tell if this photo is of them leaving from Fraser's Ridge or about to return, but I'm sure glad that they don't seem particularly stressed. Claire seems to be chatting her husband up with a lot of determination, while Jamie looks slightly amused, so, hopefully, they're just in the middle of a normal, married-folks conversation here.
As we all know, there will likely not be much tranquility for Claire and Jamie as Outlander continues through Season 6, with their new homeland steadily marching toward the Revoluntionary War. And, as the synopsis for the new season states, they will be working very hard to protect that home, and their friends and family, from trouble without and from within, as we'll see that there is going to be "increasing strife and conflict in the community within their care." In addition, there's going to be a big question at the center of the new episodes:
If Season 4 asked “What is home?” and Season 5 asked, “What are you willing to do to protect your home?” then Season 6 explores what happens when there is disharmony and division among the inhabitants of the home you’ve created: when you become an outsider, or an ‘outlander,’ so to speak, marginalized and rejected in your own home.
Ooooh. There is going to be some majorly dramatic stuff happening in Season 6 of Outlander, isn't there? While we, obviously, still have quite a while to go until we get any actual footage, or can see the first episode, for that matter, at least audiences were also gifted a look at some of the prep work that went into making sure Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan and all of the cast and crew could get back to filming (though I don't believe we see that on-site testing facility which was built just for the production), which you can see for yourself, below:
It remains to be seen just how different Outlander Season 6 might be because of all the new filming guidelines which are now in place. However, I can tell you one thing for sure; being able to see the sets, hints of the costumes, and Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe back in character again is all it's taken for me to start getting very excited for the new season. And, I bet a lot of fans will feel the same.