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The ‘Outlander’ Death That Brought ‘An Unexpected Wave of Emotion’ (SPOILERS)



SPOILER ALERT: Don’t learn when you have not but watched “The Ballad of Roger Mac,” the seventh episode of “Outlander” Season 5.

The newest “Outlander” episode was merely heartbreaking with one confirmed dying and one destiny left fairly actually hanging within the steadiness.

Each guide readers and non-book readers alike have been conscious for some time that Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) was on borrowed time on the present. In Diana Gabaldon’s guide collection, Murtagh was killed on the Battle of Culloden within the second novel, “Dragonfly in Amber.” Protecting him alive to fulfill up once more with Jamie (Sam Heughan) within the American colonies was a giant change the present made. However preventing for a rebellious trigger towards the British Crown was at all times going to be a harmful proposition and as such, Murtagh’s time got here to an finish in “The Ballad of Roger Mac,” when he was killed saving Jamie’s life through the Battle of Alamance.

Though the top of Murtagh’s arc was shared with Lacroix earlier than the season started, the actor tells Selection he nonetheless discovered himself stunned through the manufacturing of it.

“The day we really shot, me getting shot — I obtained very emotional and I didn’t anticipate that,” says Lacroix. “It was laborious saying goodbye to those guys that I’d labored with for six or seven years.”

After Murtagh appeared and saved Jamie’s life, considered one of Jamie’s fellow militia members snuck up behind Jamie and shot Murtagh within the chest. He died on the base of a tree in his godson’s arms, however Jamie couldn’t settle for what had occurred and carried Murtagh again to Claire (Caitriona Balfe). Within the medical tent, he begged her to save lots of Murtagh — however Claire needed to inform him that she couldn’t.

“[Usually] I attempt to zone out fully, meditate my approach out of the scene. However you’re additionally conscious that this efficiency between Sam and Caitriona is happening — Sam’s highly effective breakdown was particularly good,” says Lacroix. “I used to be fantastic mendacity there, doing my factor, however consider it or not, it was when Caitriona took my hand and began adjusting my jacket and stated one thing like, ‘Oh, Murtagh, my buddy.’ That obtained me as properly — that was an surprising wave of emotion. I used to be nearly [watching] from the viewers’s perspective at that second.”

The viewers could undoubtedly want that Murtagh may have continued on on the present, however Lacroix looks like this was the correct time for his character to exit. He says Murtagh’s “tragic flaw” is his “allegiance to justice and household” and he at all times anticipated to exit like this.

“It’s very becoming that his dying is what results in the spark that provides Jamie the willpower to hold on with the warfare of Revolution,” says Lacroix. “I feel it makes excellent sense when it comes to storytelling. It will have been good to hold on and combat by Jamie’s facet, however one of many joys of long-form storytelling is you get connected to those characters over an extended time frame in order that when one does die, it’s such a extra emotive expertise for the viewers. I feel it’s a stunning little bit of drama to have.”

Lacroix additionally says that he feels “fortunate that the character continued on so long as he did,” and it actually wouldn’t be very Murtagh-like to be “sitting on the porch with Jocasta for an additional couple of seasons.”

In a little bit of poetic coincidence, Lacroix reveals that whereas that is the seventh episode within the season, he really needed to come again to the manufacturing to reshoot his dying scene on the finish of manufacturing, in order that gave him an actual sense of finality to his entire “Outlander” expertise.

“It type of hit me as we have been de-rigging and saying goodbye to Sam within the automobile park. ‘Bittersweet’ is one of the best ways to explain it,” he says. However, “I’m nonetheless in touch with many of the forged, so undoubtedly that may proceed. We’ve made lifetime friendships.”

Murtagh wasn’t the one heartbreaking dying of the episode. Whereas the Battle of Alamance was raging for many of the characters, Roger (Richard Rankin) was attempting desperately to return to Jamie, Claire and Brianna (Sophie Skelton) after having taken Murtagh a message concerning the impending battle. However alongside the way in which, he stopped to speak with Morag Mackenzie (Elysia Welch), his ancestor whom he met when crossing the Atlantic on Stephen Bonnet’s (Ed Speleers) ship.

Morag’s husband Buck discovered them hugging and promptly beat Roger bloody and turned him over to the Purple Coats as a Regulator prisoner. In a enjoyable little bit of casting that “Outlander” managed to maintain a secret, Buck was performed by Graham McTavish, aka Dougal Mackenzie. If you happen to’ll recall, Buck is definitely the grown son of Dougal and Geillis Duncan (Lotte Verbeek), so it was a enjoyable shock that they obtained McTavish to play his personal son.

Sadly, as enjoyable as it might have been to see McTavish once more, Buck was not a welcome sight for Roger. After being turned over to the Purple Coats, Roger was strung up for example of what occurs to rebels. Within the waning moments of the episode, Jamie, Claire and Brianna discovered Roger’s physique hanging from a tree by a noose.

“Outlander” airs Sundays at eight p.m. on Starz.

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