Voting began recently for Gold Derby’s 1st Annual Outlander Awards — have YOU voted yet? As fans eagerly await the September 10 premiere of Starz’s “Outlander” Season 3, once again starring Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser and Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall Fraser, let’s turn our attention to one of our favorite supporting players Murtagh Fraser, played by Duncan Lacroix. We love him so much we even coined the #EverybodyLovesMurtagh hashtag in his honor.
We were able to narrow the choices down to his five best moments from the first two seasons, and you can see our breakdown of the five nominees below. Hurry and login to your Gold Derby account right now (or register for a free one via Facebook or Twitter) and then start casting your votes in our predictions center. You have until September 18 to make or update your final selections for the Outlander Awards 2017.
“Sassenach”: Murtagh saves Claire (Season 1, Episode 1)
Claire and Jamie are obviously soulmates. So it’s easy to forget that it was Murtagh and NOT Jamie who rescued a confused time traveler from Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies). Fans owe a debt of gratitude to Murtagh for bringing Claire to Jamie.
“The Search”: Claire and Murtagh team up (Season 1, Episode 14)
Claire has to find Jamie and who better to help her than his godfather Murtagh, who also was in love with his mother? The odd couple pairing makes the tense search funny and enjoyable. The two play off each other perfectly as they sword dance and sing their way through Scotland. This was the first moment the audience really had the opportunity to see Lacroix shine.
“Not in Scotland Anymore”: Murtagh is crowned king of the one-liners (Season 2, Episode 2)
Unimpressed with Versailles and the French court’s fascination with watching their King’s every move, Lacroix skillfully delivers one of the best lines: “Only in France does a king need an audience to shite.”
“Best Laid Schemes”: Murtagh learns the truth (Season 2, Episode 6)
When finally learning the truth about Claire and her time travel, Murtagh reacts in the expected way (socking Jamie in the face for lying to him) and the unexpected (thoughtfully writing out all the years Claire has lived).
“Vengeance is Mine”: Diana Gabaldon loves Murtagh (Season 2, Episode 11)
Galadon penned her first episode in the second season and gave Murtagh the opportunity to keep his promise in one of the most unexpected endings: cutting off the head of the Duke of Sandringham.
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