Outlander has been doing different arrangements of their theme song for a while now. With season 5 premiering February 16th, the network gave fans a Christmas gift by dropping the new opening credits on December 25th. 

The new Outlander opening credits feature the same theme song, of course, which is named The Skye Boat Song. This season however, we get a choral version of the song. It’s interesting. The choral quality leaves the listener a bit haunted, somber and interestingly, a bit hopeful. There’s almost a sense of foreboding on what is to come this season but there’s a sense that love will endure as it always does on Outlander. The version also seems to represent the type of singing, perhaps shape note singing, that you would find popular in that time period.

That being said, there are plenty of new clips in the opening credits. They show that war has come to Fraser’s Ridge. We knew the Revolutionary War would be coming and it looks like it’s here. How the Fraser’s will get drawn into it, we’ll see in the upcoming season. In the clips, we get glimpses of Claire (Caitriona Balfe), Jamie (Sam Heughan), Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and Roger (Richard Rankin). Will Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers) be in this season too? It seems so.

I have to say, I love the different versions of The Skye Boat Song that they have had on Outlander and what they mean to each season. However, nothing can beat the etherial, longing version from the first season. That version will always leave me breathless. 

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The fifth season of Outlander premieres on February 16, 2020.




Audrey Kearns