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Outlander Season 5 Premiere Date Announced February 2020

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Starz® just announced today that Season 5 of the Outlander series will premiere on February 16, 2020. The time travel series about a World War II combat nurse Claire, (Caitriona Balfe), her husband Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) continues its next season on Fraser’s Ridge in North Carolina. The Frasers will be dealing with new settlers on the ridge, Jamie seeking recruits for a mustering to hunt down the Regulators and namely his Godfather Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser (Duncan Lacroix). Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and Roger (Richard Rankin) will seek to get married and care for wee Jeremiah together, albeit with their history of contention, there will be some rough roads ahead. Not to mention the ghost of Stephen Bonnet. Will we see Young Ian (John Bell) come back from his time with the Mohawk? There will undoubtably be trouble with Governor Tryon, we know that Tim Downie has had quite a few BTS days on his Instagram feed of late. Marsali and Fergus may get that print shop together after all.

It doesn’t state in the synopsis whether they are taking material from The Fiery Cross, or taking elements of the storyline and possibly blending some of it in with the 6th installment, A Breath of Snow and Ashes. It has been stated by Executive Producer Ronald d. Moore that they may be taking half of a book and blending it with another. The books, if you have read them, are lengthly indeed and very detailed. Not everything translates well to screen. And since Dianna Gabaldon is finishing up another installment, which takes 4 to 5 years, it is quite possible that the series my overtake the book series, much lake Game of Thrones surpassed its authors writing and ended as a series this year. Could it be that Moore and Mathew B. Roberts see that the story line may play out or that Starz® may stop production after two more seasons?

Ah, and there is a big gathering at the beginning of the Fiery Cross, the fifth book in the Outlander series written by Diana Gabaldon with all kinds of drama and mischief.

Starz® released this synopsis for the upcoming season:

Season 5 of “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.

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

Get Your Tickets to New York Comic Con!

Starz® will have an Outlander Presence at New York Comic Con for a second year with Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, author Diana Gabaldon, and producers Ronald D. Moore and Maril Davis.  For their first NYCCC appearance Duncan Lacroix, Maria Doyle Kennedy and David Berry will be attending. The official Outlander Panel will be at New York Comic Con 2019 will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 5:30 pm ET in The Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden.

Can you survive 5 more months, Sassenachs?

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Busy Outlander Cast Party Hard off Screen

Screen Shot 2019-08-21 at 12.35.09 PMWhile taking a break in filming in the last two weeks, some of the stars have been seeing to personal business and just plain shenanigans.

Last week, Catriona Balfe tied the  knot with fiancé Anthony “Tony” McGill, a music producer, on August 10, 2019. A quiet church wedding in Bruton, Somerset UK. Hopefully this puts to rest a lot of the ugly “shipping” that has been going on in the Outlander feeds about Cait and Sam. The honeymoon is on hold, as Balfe got right back at it with shooting on Monday.

Duncan Lacroix has been catching up on his Instagram account after weeks of Regulator maneuvers. He found his old business card which makes me just want to run out and get some printed myself.

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And a few days back, this “Squad” was celebrating. We don’t know if it’s a combo celebration because another block of filming is done, Producer Matt B. Roberts announced they are just past half way on filming, or that Sam’s new Whiskey line, The Sassenach Unique Spirits, has announced its first release, or various combo party things. But if you just look at that table. Attendees included Duncan Lacroix, David Berry, Sophie Skelton. And how is it Duncan manages to find all of the parties?

We’re still wondering on the story behind calling it Sassenach since he’s a Scot. Check it out at Instagram @sassenachspirits. It’s Sam’s new business venture with Great Glen Company. Check out sassenachspirits.com. Much of which will be drunk on the new Clanlands podcast debuting next month with Sam and Graham McTavish talking clan history. Check out the new Instagram at @clanlands.

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Season 5 Production Previews

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If you have Starz® on cable or satellite, there’s promise of an Outlander Season 5 glimpse before Starz® debut of The Spanish Princess, May 5 at 8PM EST. Otherwise  known as Katherine of Aragon, the series tells the story of who became first wife to Henry VIII after she was married to his elder brother. You can watch the new series debut now on the Starz® App, and tonight on the cable channel. Before the show you will get a first glimpse at filming for Outlander Season 5. I have read several postings and many have seen this. However, apparently if you have it through Amazon Prime, you don’t get a peek.

We asked Starz® on Twitter if they would have a glimpse for those of us who App it, they assured us we would have access. Sorry to say, this techie wasn’t able to get Amazon Starz® App to display it, you may have to watch it through your computer. If you have the App and have a cable provider, you may be able to view it. Never fear, it will turn up on the YouTube site soon, if some fans don’t manage to broadcast it earlier. Here’s what showed up Monday on YouTube.

Costume Changes for The Show

We have viewed a few new costume changes for the show. Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser, shared a glimpse of new attire on his birthday, was a scant day or two away from book Jamie character’s birthday. Jamie Fraser would be 298 years old today. There have been hints that Jamie would travel to the future in Season 5 rumors, but book readers know the only way that happens is the mysterious ghost of the Highlander in the series pilot episode that Frank encounters watching Claire from the window. It also looks like all the wigs have changed for the main 5 characters as well.d5fvwo5uuaal3x2-1556733416

We’re getting our first taste of how seasons 5 and 6 flavors may go. For those of you watching from day one on the series, seasons 1 and 2 had many of the same production flavors, with 3 and 4 being dynamically different. Different writers, directors, crews changed. The writer’s room Toni Graphia and Matt Roberts started taking over podcasts and after show commentary, and the storylines, though expected to change, had very different looks and feels in the production designs. Coming to the Colonial America location would change things a bit. It looks like the new costume designer, Starz alumni Trisha Biggar, is revamping the looks of the show already. To look at her impressive CV, check this out. She has worked on two Star Wars films, and on television costumed for Emerald City and Da Vinci’s Demons II & III. She has credit for Season 5 Outlander already listed. We have been very fortunate with Terry Dresbach’s Twitter postings, and blog shares for the past 4 seasons. She has promised to try to keep up the account now for design concepts only. However, we don’t know if Biggar has a Twitter presence in mind for her tenure in season 5. With the few shots we have seen already, there are some stark costume changes. What can you do if you live in a colony that is heavily taxed on goods, including materials for dress, how realistic is it that characters can obtain new clothing.

Teaser Leaks and Rumors Abound

Duncan Lacroix and Caitriona Balfe are seen sporting darker brown wigs in the production teaser, no silver steaks for Claire. Rumors are flying that there are some flash back scenes being filmed. Or is it that they have to disguise Murtagh somehow as he is now even more wanted by Gov. Tryon? Lacroix’s Instagram had a great shot of Graham McTavish and him paling around near the Stevenson Memorial in Edinburgh today. Could there be some flashback scenes in season 5? Last season we had a Frank and Bree on that fateful night.Screen Shot 2019-05-05 at 3.30.48 PM

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Outlander Cast Hiking Ben Lui

IMG_2855Instagram accounts for Sam Heughan, Sophie Skelton, and Duncan Lacroix lit up the day before Easter. The cast members along with David Berry and past crew members went hiking Ben Lui in Scotland. Although not tall enough for Munro status, the hike still commanded great views of higher climbs still, and fabulous green valleys. Duncan appears to be the camera person for most shots, then finally gives us a selfie.

Here’s hoping that Duncan didn’t pitch David off a cliff, since his musings on ditching Berry somewhere as Murtagh and LJG don’t quite see eye to eye on things. Healthy rivalries aside, it looks like all had a fabulous hike and made room for chocolate eggs. Or knowing all of them, a bit of whiskey.

Then there was the Easter egg hunt at Barry Waldo and Jon Gary Steele’s place, in which Lacroix does a chocolate egg stuff his face much like in Cool Hand Luke routine. Somehow he lived to tell the tale, and is hopefully filming today.

 

Outlander Season 4 Finale, Man of Worth

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It is with great anticipation, dread, sadness, joy and all other emotions that come along with it, that the end of Season 4 has reached us. Quite a journey the first few years in the American Colonies Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) have had. With all of this seasons new characters, and a few that are still along for the ride, we have enjoyed the roller coaster and now have to survive the drought.

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Rescuing Roger and the Mystery of Otter Tooth

Fair trade with the Mohawk is a no go for the Frasers. After months of searching for Roger, they meet another band of Mohawk who tell them where they can find the tribe that bears the symbol of Ian’s traded medallion. Upon entering the camp, Jamie showing his language acquisition skills and Ian ask the Mohawk if Roger is with them, and can they img_2440trade for his return. Kaherton (Braedon Clarke) asks them to find “Dog Face” and tell the chief that they want to trade for his return. After a few exchanges, all seems to be going well. Then as luck would have it, Claire’s huge opal necklace reveals itself and the tribe is repulsed. They refuse to trade for Roger. Claire asks what is the meaning of the stone to them. She will trade it for Roger. The chief shuts her and Jamie down, and tells them to leave.

imagesLater, when they have gone some distance from the Mohawk and are camping for the night, a small group of Mohawk come and ask them for the opal stone. Claire seeks to trade the stone for Roger, however she wants to know what it means to them. A Mohawk woman tells Claire that the stone belonged to Otter Tooth, a man who claimed to be from their future, who came to them in her grandfather’s time. He spoke of the end of the Mohawk and that they must make war on the white man before they are gone, for the Iroquois Nation will be no more. The man was ostracized from the tribe and downloadeventually killed. Claire tells of finding the skull with the opal and later being visited in the storm by a ghost, Otter Tooth, who guided her.

 

 


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Murcasta: That Relationship Thing Everyone Was Waiting For

Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) arrives back at River Run after dodging the Redcoats for weeks after his jail breakout. Jocasta feeds him and they have a somewhat tension filled img_2462meal at River Run. Jocasta brags a bit about Brianna making a fine match with Lord John, and Murtagh counters in disbelief, that Brianna will wed a Redcoat? Jocasta (Maria Kennedy Doyle) is concerned and a bit dismayed that Murtagh has returned to his old ways, getting himself in trouble with the law. He remarks it’s not the first time he’s been on a broadsheet and has managed to survive. She has heard about the jail break from Brianna, and while she will feed him, strongly suggests that he not stay long, img_2459for they will come looking for him. Bristling back he mentions that he has only come to check on the lass, and asks about her health. The conversation goes back and forth from talking to bristle. Two very stubborn personalities, and old friends from the days gone by.

Later Murtagh is spoiled by a glass of good whiskey from Jocasta as an appeasement that doesn’t last long. The conversation turns to accusations by Jocasta of Murtagh being given a gift of living in a new land, where he img_2458could have made something of himself, not inciting discord. Murtagh counters with the fact that others came to the colonies by choice, he was forced there in servitude, the mission of the Regulators as being just, protecting the poor who do not live as grand as Jocasta has been so lucky to, with 3 husbands, etc.. Jocasta jabs back with how Murtagh was always bad when he turned up at Castle Leoch, scowling and slinking about, causing trouble. We really know that was Dougal. Finally after the man defends himself, she throws whiskey in his face. He’s dealing with a MacKenzie of Castle Leoch, they will always find a way to twist and suit conversation to their needs. How does one fight back?

The only way to stop two old friends arguing so, and stop the tension, is somehow by ending up in bed together, or so it goes here. In a storyline twist perhaps telling us that Jocasta had been envious of her sister’s suitor ignoring her from years before, that secretly over the years she had liked Murtagh, something  finally had to give? Sadly, he’s a wanted man. The next morning she has of course changed her tune, she wants him to stay, even though she had wanted him gone. It is risky keeping him there, with Jocasta’s connections and him being on broadsheets everywhere. All Murtagh wants is for her to come back to bed.img_2460

It was a Outlander Fandom obsession for months, that did not go unnoticed by the writers. Many had speculated about Murtagh having the relationship with Jocasta, since he seemed to have taken the place of the book character Duncan Innes, one of the prisoners from Ardsmuir that Jamie had found. That Character marries Jocasta. Perhaps with Season 5 and if the Gathering is used there, we may see a secret wedding. What hasn’t been revealed, and this storyline from the books tells later, is that Jocasta for many years had a relationship with her manservant, Ulysses. Wether this is going to throw a cog in the works later, we don’t know. I for one had hoped that Murtagh would find someone who could fight alongside him or at least be more aligned with the rather complicated man. But as he pointed out, maybe she could use her influence to help in other ways. Yes, I’m a huge Murtagh fan. But really I was hoping for another direction on this one. Remember that bit about MacKenzies being schemers? Would Jocasta be willing to risk River Run for affiliation with such a man?

Here’s your gratuitous Murtagh shot. Enjoy it, it will be a long year. I think Murtagh would enjoy the Clash, at least their, “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” song.

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Brianna Meets Her Child

Time goes by waiting on Jamie and Claire. Murtagh stays on, managing to dodge Redcoats,  and asks Brianna the difficult questions, are you going to tell me what the devil you were doing seeing Bonnet and are you really going to marry Lord John? Brianna explains that she wanted to bring peace to herself through forgiveness. She also explains that the betrothal to Lord John was just to get Jocasta off her back about marrying eligible wealthy men in the county, she is still holding out hope that Roger will eventually be found. 4137

In a birthing sequence I have to applaud, we hear music and see the birthing process and not another agonizing screaming scene. We’ve all seen them, through many series and films. This scene was done in a classy way, the emotion was there, raw, all of the actresses, Sophie Skelton, Maria Kennedy Doyle, Caitlyn O’Ryan and the amazing Natalie Simpson were superb. Murtagh pacing outside was a treat, Great Godfather that he is.


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The Mohawk faction that believed in taking the Opal Necklace of Otter Tooth as it will help them to foretell the future of their tribe, offer to help the Frasers to retrieve Roger in exchange for the necklace. Things of course do not go according to plan, and when Claire and Jamie enter the hut, the astonished Roger is distrustful. Claire hurriedly 41313explains what has happened, Jamie somewhat apologizes for beating him and selling him to the Mohawk. There isn’t time, they must get him out. A lengthly escape battle is joined. Of course they are caught, and then Young Ian is also caught after fighting so bravely to get them out of the village. Claire begs for Roger, and Jamie offers to sacrifice himself and stay in Roger’s place.

outlander-season-4-episode-13-the-drama-ends-1700295Ian decides to not translate Jamie’s offer, instead he offers himself to the Mohawk. He has decided to do what Uncle Jamie had requested of him months before, to become a man of worth. This scene is poignant, and probably would make more sense if they had shown more of Ian’s fascination of life among the tribes. However, Ian has shown his true worth and takes to his trial on the gauntlet with all out gusto and feats of street fighting we didn’t know he had in him. He makes it to the chief’s toe, and places a hand there. He rises, he is worthy.img_2465

 

jpeg image-a30dc06aaa75-1The Frasers and Roger leave Ian to the Mohawk. Claire decides it’s time to tell Roger of Brianna, what happened to her that night after he left. She goes into details about Bonnet attacking Brianna. Jamie is infuriated that Roger left her defenseless. He is also smarting at losing his nephew to the Mohawk, and what is he going to tell his sister? Roger counters with Brianna told him to leave, that he tried to come back but was forced onto the Gloriana by Bonnet. The sick realization that Bonnet has caused so much grief for the family incites anger between the two men, while at the same time it should be uniting them. Claire looks on with that “Men!” stance, when really they should be getting back to Brianna. But it’s better to let them fight it out now, then have it drag on for two months on the way back, if Roger is going back with them. Jamie continues to throw blame at Roger, even though Jamie has done terrible things to Roger.

Claire gives Roger a choice after the confrontation continues. She tells him he can make the choice to come back or not, the child may not be his. Can he stand by their daughter? Jamie is outraged that he will not stand up for Brianna, and he and Claire stand firm. Can anyone really blame Roger, after what he has been through, to be told at the last that Brianna has been raped, and that the child may or may not be his?


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Two months pass. Murtagh has managed to stay at River Run without being found by the Redcoats. Brianna’s child is now two months old and quite sturdy, but she is pining for Roger and her parents. The Frasers arrive back, however Roger is not with them. Claire and Jamie thank Jocasta for looking after their daughter, and Claire seems to mend fences with a fairly receptive Jocasta. Funny what a little love will do. While they were gone they gained a grandchild, however they have lost Ian. The Frasers measure what they have and have lost.41317

Later, in a conversation between Jamie and Murtagh, he updates Jamie on Bonnet blowing up with the jail. He is sorry Jamie did not get to exact his revenge the way he wanted. However we know that there is a set of keys. And Murtagh has been wrong before, remember a herd of Red Coos and Black Jack Randall?

img_2457Brianna starts packing and notices a lone rider coming up to River Run while she is preparing to go back to the ridge with her parents. She hesitates then runs through the house, flying down the path. It is Roger, and he has made his decision that he wants to see “his son”. Roger has now shown that he is a man of worth. Right on their tail a group of Redcoats on horseback come. There’s no time to get to warn Murtagh. Luckily Phaedra spots them from the house and warns the others, and Murtagh is secreted away. The riders enter the house and deliver a declaration to Jamie Fraser from Governor Tryon. It is a Call to Muster, to create a militiaimg_2456 to fight the Regulators. In the Call to Muster, there is a statement demanding the death of Jamie’s beloved Godfather, Murtagh as a leader of the rebellion. The deal made with a devil for land has indeed come back to haunt Jamie. This will create the tension and split of Godfather and Godson going into season 5, they will be fighting on opposite sides.

 


Outlander Season 4 2018

Much of this season worked and didn’t work for me as a fan of both the books and the series. There were some things I felt were rushed, however when dealing with action and adventure, things needed to be quick paced. I feel better about the season than I did much of season 3, and really I see where the writers were trying to please as wide of an audience as possible. However, if you look at the ratings for the season, viewership has dropped drastically this season. Let’s hope as they get through season 5 and 6 and it can pick back up, or we may not see the books through to the end.

I have been delighted in the storylines with Ian, Marsali and Fergus, and of course ultimately Murtagh that have developed so well. I feel much of the flavor of Jamie and Claire were lost, while I am not a big fan of the “Shipper” thing, I am more of a character quality person, I have tried to like the Brianna and Roger storyline. I found myself fan-girling on some of Roger’s better realization moments, and yes he was indeed odious in others. Brianna was very much a head strong princess in the first part of the season. I loved the costume, and the care that went into the Cherokee and Mohawk tribal clothing, as well as their depiction and storylines. I think that the production crews and film editors topped themselves this season. I look forward with dread to the Droughtlander we now face, it looks like it may be Spring 2020 before we have season 5, although IMdb says it will be Fall 2019. Filming hasn’t started yet, they are still in preproduction.

Droughtlander Survival

Start (re)reading The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon now.

Rewatch the season on the  Starz App until the series comes out on DVD.

Travel to Scotland,  and if you’re lucky catch them filming. Check out the filming locations for season 3. The production designer, Jon Gary Steel hinted at work starting on The Big House. If you read the books, you know what that means.

There’s a placeholder at IMdb for Season 5.1 already.

What were your favorite and not so favorite moments in season 4?

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Sam Heughan on the Outlander Season 4 Finale

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Outlander Season 4 Finale Previews

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We have reached the final episode of season 4, Man of Worth. We see a mysterious Indian wearing the opal Claire found in the skull earlier in the season. Jamie, Claire and Young Ian finally reach the Mohawk village and seek to negotiate Roger’s freedom. Brianna is about to give birth and fears parenting alone. Murtagh seeks to rally the Regulators, and discusses fighting for a cause with Jocasta at River Run. Will she betray him? And what of Bonnet, who managed to get the keys to release himself at the last minute?

The season finale episode 413 Man of Worth will air on Saturday January 26 at Midnight on the Starz® App, and Sunday January 26th at 8 PM EST on Starz® network USA, 10 PM Sundays on Canadian W Network, 6:30 PM Mondays on Foxtel Australia, and Mondays on Amazon Prime in the UK.

Episode 412 Providence

download-7Divinely Ordained Outcomes. It is what Roger (Richard Rankin) must contend with when he arrives at the Mohawk village, and the spirituality he eventually reveals in episode 412 Providence. It is the fast paced, action and regret filled episode that brings a man to question his soul, and in which Richard Rankin has a chance to shine in this moving performance as a man struggling with his own actions, his very purpose in existence, and what his previous actions have brought him to.

We open where we left off in the previous episode. Roger has failed the gauntlet in the Mohawk village. One of the Indians says he is no good, meaning if he cannot survive the simple, brutal bullying of the tribal warriors, then he is not fit to be assimilated into the clan. He must remain a hostage or slave to the tribe. Kaherton (Braedon Clarke) continues to be his main tormentor, yet in a strange way, the one Indian trying to understand why Roger would have been abandoned and outcast by his people. He asks him if he has done a dishonor to his family, frankly not understanding how he could be so treated. He must be bad.

Later he is ordered around by Kaherton to gather and distribute wood, something made difficult by the beating he has taken, his injured arm making it difficult. One tribe member to another treats him with contempt until he meets with Joheihon (Sera-Lys McArthur), a Mohawk woman who carries a mixed race baby in her arms. She asks him if he speaks French, and Roger is overjoyed that he can finally communicate with someone. This angers Kaherton who is still suspicious of Roger, and he tries to keep them from talking. He he says not to talk to Roger, he is a dishonorable man. Roger continues to struggle, he is constantly being insulted and trying to keep himself alive by not causing conflict, however he does so no matter where he turns. The one Indian that has tried to communicate with him is being told he has no honor.images

Roger later makes a grave error while being told to continue with keeping the wood fires fueled in the camp, as he sets down wood and points while trying to talk. Kaherton is offended and Joheihon intervenes, explaining that the man does not know that it is rude to point or talk while another is talking. Kaherton tells the chief that the man is no good to them, and the chief, Tehwahsehwkwe (Tom Jackson) tells the men to put him in the hut.

Koherton asks Roger where his loyalties lie as he is dragged to the hut. Was it honor, did he break his word? How did he become outcast? Roger tells him it was a mistake. It was about a woman. He is then told that he should not smile at Johiehon.


The Virtue of Forgiveness

download-6Lord John Grey (David Berry) and Brianna (Sophie Skelton) are keeping up appearances as a newly betrothed couple at River Run. Lord John brings news of Stephen Bonnet to Brianna, that he has been apprehended and is being held on his previous convictions for killing and escaping his execution. He has concerns that she need not trouble herself with the matter, or continue pursuing him for justice, that she should allow the proceedings to be dealt with, saving her honor. Brianna counters that she must see him, Lord John protests that the travel and viewing of an execution would be dangerous for her in her condition. Brianna assures him that she only wishes to confront him, prior to the hanging. Lord John is puzzled by such actions and she explains that it is about the letter that he brought her from Jamie (Sam Heughan).img_2378

Brianna is deeply troubled by the letter, which Lord John reads. In the letter, Jamie begs his daughter’s forgiveness, that he will do everything in his power to find and bring Roger back to her. He asks that she not take revenge herself, that she does not condemn her own soul for such an action. It must not be herself that kills Bonnet, to leave that to others. Brianna tells Lord John that she must go and confront the man in order to create some closure for the sake of her child.


Wilmington

As a character, Marsali (Lauren Lyle) has grown exponentially this season. She has set aside her childish distrust of Claire, and has taken on motherhood as a crown. The Goddess in her is shown in this episode as Fergus (Cèsar Domboy) comes back from the botched capture of Bonnet, and Murtagh’s (Duncan Lacroix) imprisonment in Wilmington. Fergus is plotting how to take action, and Marsali catches him using spools and other objects to represent men as he plans a Gaol breakout. She is glad Fergus is taking action, finally  finding a purpose, even if it’s an extremely dangerous one. Yes, there is a small baby to care for, but they cannot abandon Murtagh to rot in a cell. Marsali joins in with the planning, and they decide that maybe it is time for them all to make a getaway, and take the Frasers up on their offer of land on the ridge. After what they are planning, they cannot stay. Marsali leaps to the challenge and packs their belongings and readies a getaway wagon.download-4

Fergus meets with two militia men, Fyke (John Mackie) and Cranna (Martin Donaghy), he explains how Murtagh sacrificed himself when they were caught trying to leave with Bonnet. They agree they must free Murtagh.

What is taken from one of us, is taken from all of us!

The militia begins to secretly organize around the Gaol in town, getting in position and laying power lines and kegs to blast the jail and create a diversion after freeing Murtagh. The encircle the guards and force their way in.

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You are impossible not to like.

Lord John and Brianna arrive in Wilmington, and have a discussion in the street. She hesitates. Now that she has come to face her attacker, she must gather herself to cross the threshold. She tells Lord John she is ready, and is escorted to the Gaol. Arrangements have been made for them to meet with Bonnet. The jailer informs them that he has chained Bonnet to the wall for safety. Lord John keeps cautioning Brianna and intends to wait a little ways off so she can have her meeting.

download-2Brianna meets with Bonnet (Ed Speleers), and in true snarling form, and his contempt for life, he looks at Brianna as if she is but 1 inch tall. She asks if he remembers her, and he implies that he remembers parts and his pleasure, but no name. She proudly states her name as Brianna Fraser, no longer using Randall, and daughter of Jamie and Claire Fraser whom he robbed after Jamie saved him from the noose. download-1He remembers of course and acts as if it was of no consequence, but remembers the pretty bauble she had as payment after her services. Brianna stands her ground, announces her condition, and Bonnet snarls that it isn’t the first time a woman has tried to fob off a child

img_2395She is not deterred, and declares that her child will never know of him, that she was only giving him peace, knowing that something of him would be left on the earth long after he was gone. She makes to leave, he begs her back and pops a ruby out of his mouth, for the child’s maintenance. Brianna states she will not need his assistance, however foolish in her time traveling situation it is to not have a jewel at the ready. She makes to leave again.

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The militia men have forced their way in to where Lord John is and he disarms and holds one of the men. Fergus makes to free Murtagh, and on bringing him out finds Brianna in the hallway, they greet and Lord John is exasperated to of course find Murtagh in the heart of a prison break and seeks to remove Brianna from the possible danger. To add to it, the place is about to blow. Murtagh postures that he will take charge of Brianna and make sure she is safe, and Lord John argues that he won’t. Fergus, using reason, points out that a lady traveling with an escaped convict will not be safe and her reputation ruined, being with someone favored by Governor Tryon will guarantee her safety. Murtagh reluctantly concedes, but not without the air being thick with contempt, as only he can make it. She is his kinswoman. Finally seeing time is of the essence, they all make escape, including Murtagh telling the men to pick up the incapacitated jailor and they all barely make it out before the place is blown.img_2368

Brianna and Lord John go one direction, Fergus and Murtagh dash in the back of Marsali’s getaway wagon as she conceals them, and they exit in another direction.

 

 


downloadIntrospection and Journeys Taken

Roger has been kept confined in the hut that serves as the village jail. His only companion a fallen priest named Father Alexandre Ferigault. Roger realizes how many hundreds of miles he has been dragged to get there. Over the course of the day, Roger learns from the priest how he came to be at the village, Shadow Lake. This village is located in the colony of New York.

Roger asks the priest what his story is, Ferigault tells him of how the chief invited him to the village, to convert the people and they had got on well. Then he became ill and was cared for by a woman. He fell in love. They had a child, and the chief wanted the child Baptized, but he could not. He was a fallen priest and not pure. Roger tries to reason with him, that he could say some words in Latin, they would not know. But the priest is adamant about his loss of purity. He tells Roger of the punishment for refusal, that the natives will burn him by the feet on a pyre, that it can take days to die from this.

Roger is stunned by the priests lack of self preservation, or finding a way to continue for his child and woman. Roger talks about a saying back home, look out for number 1. That is what he should be doing. Roger talks about what he has gone through, and begins a self realization process. Before Roger came through the stones, he had been an academic man. He thought knowing history would prepare him, but it had barely covered the harsh reality of living 200 years before his time. He does not tell the priest of the time travel, but it is there under the surface. He speaks of his following Brianna on the impossible journey, finding her, wedding her, the terrible argument. He left her, almost went back through the stones, but hesitated and was brought back. Why had he kept coming back? Her father beat him, and had him sold to the Mohawk.

The Mohawks come for Ferigault in the morning and torture him to try to get him to Baptize the child. When he is returned, naked and battered, with his ear cut off, Roger tries to clean him and reason with him. He tells the priest he has a plan to dig out of the enclosure, it is difficult with one arm, but if they work together, they can escape. Roger tries to reason with him, to meet his woman and escape with the child. The priest is reluctant, but with his impending death, the priest comes around and together they dig through the night. At daybreak they have run out of time, Ferigault tells Roger he will go and meet his fate, it will give him more time and he can get through the rest of the hole and save himself.

Roger is frustrated with the priest, however he manages to break through to escape and makes it about half a mile from the village. He is failing at looking out for number 1. He argues with himself, don’t go back. He has given in so many times and look where it has landed him. But his conscience gets to him, and he turns around to see if he can rescue Ferigault.

Roger arrives back at the camp and takes action. I will not go into the details, it really should be seen what transpires as imagery is everything in this episode. I will say the journey that Kaherton takes in this scene will also change the young fearless Mohawk forever. Perhaps he will  have his soul to contend with and become a new ally to Roger.

The season finale episode 413 Man of Worth will air on Saturday January 26 at Midnight on the Starz® App, and Sunday January 26th at 8 PM EST on Starz® network USA, 10 PM Sundays on Canadian W Network, 6:30 PM Mondays on Foxtel Australia, and Mondays on Amazon Prime in the UK.

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