Outlander Season 5: Will This Be Murtagh’s Last Stand?

season4MurtaghJamie.jpgIt is with heavy dread and trepidation if you will, that we consider the fact that it may be the final season for one of our favorite Outlander characters. Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser as a character has been living on borrowed time. He should have died at Culloden. He survived Ardsmuir and was shipped to the Colonies. Does the man have nine lives?Spoilers ahead.

In season 4 episode 05 Savages, Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Murtagh were reunited. It was one of the most anticipated moments since the #SaveMurtagh campaigns of Season 2 and 3 began, and Duncan Lacroix‘s loyal, forthright, blunt, and darkly decisive character Murtagh, was saved from his fate on the battle field of Culloden. Audiences jumped higher, filled Twitter live feeds with insane glee and whoops, more so than when he first turned up in Ardsmuir Prison in season 3.  A brief return tease only to be shipped off to the American Colonies for 12 years of indentured servitude. When Young Ian (John Bell) comes across Murtagh as a blacksmith in Wilmington, NC while they desperately search for takers to settle Governor Tryon’s land grant, he has an encounter with a jaded smithy. He and Jamie discover after heartfelt, teary eyed reunion that Murtagh, as per usual, is in the thick of it. They soon learn he is involved in The Regulators cause, and is one of their leaders. To find one so loved again, and in such danger is a common thread in Outlander’s Universe. You should be used to it by now.

Murtagh is a leader of men, taking up a cause that echoes Dougal MacKenzie’s money gathering for the Jacobite cause, a cause that is just as doomed. When Jamie and Ian remark on his being their leader, Murtagh informs them that there is no one leader, but many. There are factions of the cause, and they are growing in numbers. He explains the cause is about fairness in excessive taxation. He also informs Jamie that two of the members are set to petition their demands, in writing. Note: They are trying to be taken seriously and be heard. Jamie cautions Murtagh throughout the episode, his concerns being that Murtagh will be sent to prison, or worse. In the colonies, hanging is swift justice. Jamie only just found him again.

Looking at the storyline coming up for the new season, it may be heading for an end for our beloved Godfather. The Regulator’s story runs deep in The Fiery Cross, book five in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. It is the main conflict for Jamie and Claire as Claire’s foreknowledge of the War of Independence tells them that they will be on the losing side if they take up the order to muster against the Regulators. The conflict is not the only one plaguing them, Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers) will resurface. While Jamie’s militia will help put down the rebellion, being in support of the crown means they will possibly lose when the bigger conflict arises, and they may lose the lands regardless. Deeper than that, Jamie’s reluctance to be involved, putting his family and land to the front, will drive he and Murtagh farther apart. Can Jamie bring the men of Fraser’s Ridge to fight against The Regulators, many of whom are Scotsmen that fought and survived Culloden and the following clearances after the battle? And if they stamp out the Regulators, what will happen with the build up to the War of Independence? Will they in turn be seen as Loyalists, as Claire points out, and forfeit lands when the Patriots win?

Spoiler Alert, again.

Things That Could Happen in Season 5

Depending on how long they want to drag out the Regulator Uprising, or War of the Regulation, concludes in 1771 in the Battle of Alamance. The Regulators do not win. Several men are hung and the others left to swear loyalty. Shades of Culloden. Murtagh is in the thick of it as an organizer and leader. Could Murtagh be captured again, and this time truly head for the noose? We’re already shaking. The writers have taken great care to take Murtagh’s character away and bring him back in to the story line at just the right time to pull heart strings. Will they break hearts this time? Could Murtagh escape, find a way to fake his death? Live to fight another day? Recent previews of filming show actor Duncan Lacroix in fully brown hair again. Was this an attempt at disguise, or a flashback in time? We want Murtagh to continue on and fight by Jamie’s side when the American War for Independence sets off in Boston.

How will the militia forming and fighting affect those on Fraser’s Ridge? Jamie asks Roger to be his right hand in the mustering of militia and finding those willing to put down the rebellion. It will later backfire. In the book, The Fiery Cross, the Battle of Alamance is won by Governor Tryon. It ends with several Regulators being hung. Unfortunately, one of the people hung is Roger MacKenzie, after being falsely identified as a Regulator by his distant relation William Buccleigh MacKenzie. Will Murtagh make a sacrifice, knowing that Roger is Brianna’s husband and what it will do to her if she loses him?

What if Murtagh fakes his death? Can he escape to another state, or make it as far as the colony of New York and find the cairns and stones that Roger found? Would he be able to go through? We have not seen him anywhere near the Craigh Na Dun stones. We don’t know if he can hear the buzz or feel the pull, it’s possible he has time travel abilities in his blood. I don’t know about you, but I could see him coming through the stones and standing in New York in 1972 as a finale ending. I really hope so.

What are your Murtagh hashtags for the coming season? #MurtaghLivesOn

Murtagh’s on Borrowed Time Article

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Outlander’s Most Important Season 5 Casting: ADSO!

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It was with great delight and letting out of held breath that Adso the cat’s character was 1. Included in Season 5, since Clarence the Mule has really been down played and they stuck with amazingly beautiful horse for Claire to ride. 2. And cast very grey indeed. 3. And quite ferocious. Looks like they have chosen a British Short Hair in the blue variety. We are still seeking out the name of the acting rep so we may find the actor’s name.

Adso is the somewhat wee cheetie found on the road back from the Gathering at Mount Halcion. Jamie finds the cat and gifts him to “Sasanach” to keep her surgery clear of mice. The cat lives in cupboards when not disappearing. Jamie suggests the name of Adso, as that was the name of his mother’s cat. Claire becomes a bit attached to the cat. Hopefully some of the cats antics will get played up, as so far not much of Clarence the Mule has been used. The next casting for animal actors if keeping with the books should be the White Sow, if they do not keep the animal actor from season 4 for a return performance. Fans will remember the sow taking residence in the house and having enormous litters.

Welcome Adso! I’m rereading The Fiery Cross for third time to kill Droughtlander time, I think I just want to skip ahead now.

The “C”ator is seen here going into ferocious emote. Sam is being very careful and also allowing fellow actor to fulfill his BTS chat. Would you look at that, the fur is already clinging to Sam’s tricorn.Screen Shot 2019-05-26 at 11.41.43 AM

Watch Outlander at Starz Emmy Pop Up Campaign

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If you are living in L.A or visiting Memorial Day Week, don’t miss the opportunity to fan-out to the max. Starz is serious about this season’s Emmy’s, after several years of beating down the doors for the award season, they are determined to catch fire. The cable channel has just upped its game in an Emmy “For Your Consideration” bid by creating an event filled, pop up immersive installation at the Westfield Century City Mall, “Starz FYC: Creativity, Culture, Conversations”. The pop up exhibit goes live on June 1, 2019 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Westfield Century Plaza, on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles.

The mall event will be open to the public and showcases several series produced by Starz, “Outlander”, “American Gods”, and “America to Me”, are just a few of the offerings. You will be able to explore costumes, sets, and props.

Starz is also showing free screenings of several of it’s series, including Outlander May 28 to June 6 at the AMC Century City. Contact AMC Century City the day of the show to verify schedules.

Both Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan have been nominated for 2019.

Yeah, it’s air conditioned.

AMC Century City
Tuesday, May 28
8:00 PM – “Vida”
8:30 PM – “Now Apocalypse”
9:00 PM – “American Gods”

Wednesday, May 29
8:00 PM – “America To Me”
9:00 PM – “Power”

Thursday, May 30
8:00 PM – “The Spanish Princess”
9:00 PM – “Outlander”

AMC Burbank
Tuesday, June 4
8:00 PM – “Vida”
8:30 PM – “Now Apocalypse”
9:00 PM – “American Gods”

Wednesday, June 5
8:00 PM – “America To Me”
9:00 PM – “Power”

Thursday, June 6
8:00 PM – “The Spanish Princess”
9:00 PM – “Outlander”

Outlander Season 4 Blu Ray, Making of and Soundtrack News Update

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UK  and Australian Edition

It’s about a week away, Outlander Season 4 officially releases on DVD and Blue-ray on May 28, 2019 in the US and Canada, May 27 in the UK , May 29 Australia. that’s 8 days away for some. The Collector’s edition features some great behind the scenes goodies and there are 4 untold stories, which undoubtably will be leaking out on the internet this week. In the UK it is being sold as an “Untold Stories” edition for the Collector’s boxed set. Check your product descriptions before purchasing. This time, you will also be receiving a copy of the Season 4 Soundtrack by Bear McCreary.

Oh, and yes, a small excerpt preview of Diana Gabaldon’s forthcoming book, “Go Tell The Bees I Am Gone” is included.

The untold stories features scenes with Lord John Grey and Willie, Murtagh and Marsali, Phaedra, Lizzie, Jocasta and Ulysses, and how Young Ian won Rollo.

 

Tara Bennet returns as author and curator for the next in the series of:

The Making of Outlander: The Series: The Official Guide to Seasons Three & Four

The first book covered the first two seasons in the series. The book is rich with stunning photography and interviews with actors, scriptwriters, set designers and will help keep you somewhat hydrated during Droughlander. If you haven’t hooked your friends into the books or series yet, just show them the pictures, not the episode breakdowns that are included. Will be released on October 15, 2019.

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Outlander Season 5 Characters: Dr. George Sims and the Regulator Cause

download-2.jpgAs we all try to survive another season of Droughtlander, it’s time to occupy ourselves with a little American Colonial history that not many outside of North Carolina know: The War of the Regulation. It will be a key factor in action in the upcoming season. For a great background on the upcoming season start reading up on your North Carolina history.

In the book, “The Fiery Cross”,  by Diana Gabaldon, Jamie Fraser is asked to muster a militia and help Gov. Tryon put down a rebellious group calling themselves The Regulators. Claire hears details from a patient, Mr. Goodwin, about his friend Mr. Fanning, and a riot that broke out in Hillsborough. The Regulators created a riot so fierce that Fanning’s home was destroyed, and Goodwin was injured in coming to his aid.

In Outlander Season 4, we are reintroduced to fan favorite Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser, who has suffered under indentured servitude for 12 years. Upon being released he and many others that were brought to the colonies had to make it on their own in the New World. Many could not afford a ship fare to return to their homeland, or feared doing so. While Murtagh suffered servitude, he was lucky and was able to set himself up as a smithy. However he, and many like him, would be subjected to unfair treatment in the form of over taxation in fees. It’s not a new concept with the British Empire, and all colonies fell under British Empire’s exploitation of people and of rich resources from the lands, heavily taxing the colonists for returned finished goods such as cloth and tea. However, it wasn’t just goods that were taxed, it was legal representation.

In the series Outlander’s 4th season, Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) is one of leaders of the group calling themselves The Regulation, or Regulators. There were members in several regional areas, and loosely formed groups with acting leaders. This movement was composed of farmers and anyone else trying to do business living in the burgeoning times, many of whom had lost their property or livelihood due to excessive fees. The chief complaint was over fees for legal representation and taxation. There was no equal representation with due process in the local regions unless they had money for the excessive fees. Colonists wanted a standardization of any fees, and to see them published, not changed on a whim.

The Stamp Act was created to tax duty on newspapers, legal documents, and commercial documents. In 1766 it was repealed and encouraged colonists to take up against other injustices in the colonies.

Standing Up to Political Corruption

There were several factors that played into the forming of the cause and subsequent rising. Population growth pushed at occupants currently in place in 1760-65 North Carolina and crop failure made it impossible to pay any form of taxes on land for the poorer landowners inland for paying off loans with creditors against crops. The rich plantation owners had access to the rivers and larger crops to sell, access to water, slaves for labor, and transport. Then there was corruption of local sheriffs who squeezed colonists for money. Local courts had control over the regions, with officials often corruptible themselves. The colonists considered these regional boroughs to all be corrupt. The colony of North Carolina found itself essentially dealing with a class war.

One early protest, “The Nutbush Address”, was given by George Sims, a school master in 1765. It was given in Nutbush, later Williamsboro, North Carolina. He was persuaded to publish the speech. The speech denounced abuse of power by local officials and the excessive fees they charged. It protested malpractice of laws in the region. He addressed the deeds of a local clerk, a Mr. Benton, and later was jailed and sued by Benton.

The points:

  • Farmer would be taken to court by a creditor
  • Court fees were twice as much as the debt
  • Farmer must obtain lawyer (fees) file in Court (fees) pay a sheriff’s fee
  • Fees were not standardized

Three years later, the Regulators would use the arguments in this address to further heir cause, outlining their rebellion.

Next: Edmund Fanning and The Hillsborough Riots

North Carolina History

 

Outlander Touring is in Full Swing

downloadMany of you lucky fans are hopping the Atlantic and exploring Scotland to follow in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire. There are a great many locations for seasons 1-4 and if you went solidly to just see all locations, it would take more than three weeks of travel. You may have to make some choices and come back again. That wouldn’t be so terrible.

Having gone to Scotland twice since the filming began, and relying on public transport for most of my stay, I found it very limiting in some cases when on public transit to try to get every day filled with locations. There are Outlander Tours a plenty if you have it in your budget, and knowing which ones are good can be difficult, as all of the commercial touring companies have set up tours. Not all tour companies have quality tours, for any of their tours. Check out trip reviews before you use one. Large tour buses to sites are highly annoying, difficult to get around to sites, and you will be limited to where  these monsters can go. Keep in mind that some tours may cancel or skip some locations due to time constraints. If you want a smaller intimate tour, which I do recommend van tours, check out my Tours Page. I am collecting information and feedback from people who have taken tours, and so far the ones listed have had favorable reviews.

Check out Traveling Savage’s Scotland article:

Traveling Savage Hire Cars Know Before You Go

Obtaining a hire car with several travel friends can be managed,  however familiarize yourself with the driving laws, and the driver cannot have access to a phone for navigation. There are heavy fines for phone use while driving. Many companies will take a huge deposit and not return it if there is even the smallest of scratches on the car. Check out hire car reviews!

I have created a resource after my last visit. This and a good map should help you to plan. It is a Google Docs Document:

Outlander Locations: Access by Public Transport Access or Vehicle Only

PDF Download Outlander Locations Table

 

 

 

Outlander Season 5 Bridge of Allan Night Shoot May 6, 2019

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@Stewart9395 Duncan Lacroix arrives 

Great catches by both @Stewart9395 and Outlandish Journeys, one of the tour groups listed on our Outlander Tours page, of some BTS pictures and video on the late afternoon setup and evening shoot for the show’s season 5 first block of shooting in Bridge of Allen, just north of Stirling. The filming took place in the quarry by the golf course, in Mine Woods.

Filming was with Duncan Lacroix (Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser) and the Regulators extras.

I want to thank both Stewart and Outlandish Journeys for taking the time and patience to wait and film, and as always, not film the filming process. If you are lucky and stumble upon filming in your travels, we appreciate it if you do the same. Let’s give everyone the creative space they need.

Video on Outlander Journeys. Check them out at the link below. Give them a like and subscribe.

Video filmed by Outlandish Journeys on May 6, 2019. https://www.outlandishjourneys.com/

Photography by @Stewart9395

And some Regulators.