“Outlander” fan Rob Licuria is joined by Amanda Spears to dish the highs and lows of “All Debts Paid,” the third episode of season three, written by Matthew B. Roberts and directed by Brendan Maher. This season is based on “Voyager,” Diana Gabaldon’s third novel in the series of books. In episode three, Jamie (Sam Heughan) is in prison and discovers that an old foe has the power to make his life a living hell. In twentieth century Boston, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Frank (Tobias Menzies) are making their marriage work, but are shattered by a sudden setback.
For fans of the show, one of the most exciting developments was the surprising return of Murtagh, the beloved Highlander played by Duncan Lacroix. In the book, Murtagh is killed off, so seeing the character still alive in the aftermath of the bloody Battle of Culloden will keep fans of the show guessing about where he might end up as the season progresses. “Everybody Loves Murtagh!” Licuria declares enthusiastically.
“There’s a reason why we love Murtagh so much,” Licuria explains. “He has always been the voice of reason, he tells it how it is, he’s extremely Scottish. For many of the older male Scottish characters, I found them to be a little interchangeable personally. But I never felt that way about Murtagh, and that’s because of Duncan Lacroix. He’s a very good actor and does not get enough credit.” “He does a lot with a smaller supporting role, and he is so critical to the story,” Spears agrees. “People forget that he’s the one that saved Claire from Black Jack in the pilot.”
The other big development of the episode was the death of Frank, Claire’s husband in the 1960s timeline. Fans of the books knew this was coming, but those of us that are watching the series without having read the books are now wondering if this is the last time we will see Menzies in the show. “Saying goodbye to Frank, let me just say, they did it in a very undramatic way. Someone just walks in and says, ‘sorry but Frank died…’,” Licuria opines. Spears disagrees, noting that she was content with the character’s send-off. “For me it did work. I didn’t need to see him [die]. For Frank, it was a good ending.”