In the fifth installment of our ongoing video series, senior editor Rob Licuria and “Outlander” fan Paula Licuria dish the highs and lows of each episode week to week of this chapter of the fantasy romance saga based on “Drums of Autumn,” Diana Gabaldon’s fourth novel in the series of books (watch above). We’ve also hosted recap and analysis videos for the first episode, second episode, third episode and fourth episode.
In “Savages,” the fifth episode of season four of the Starz hit drama “Outlander,” Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) medical expertise proves invaluable for a family of German settlers, but she soon finds herself in the role of peacemaker when a Cherokee tribe encroaches on the superstitious immigrants’ land. When tragedy strikes her patients’ household, Claire fears retribution from both sides of the fight. Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Young Ian (John Bell) travel to a nearby town to recruit settlers for Fraser’s Ridge, but find their progress hindered by a burgeoning political movement, and a ghost from Jamie’s past, as we welcome the return of beloved Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix). In the 20th Century, Roger (Richard Rankin) travels to Inverness in search of a missing Brianna (Sophie Skelton), only to make a shocking discovery. The episode was written by Bronwyn Garrity and directed by Denise Di Novi.
“I think this was the best episode of the season so far, dare I say it,” Rob declares. “It was pretty good,” Paula agrees. “It’s all because of #EverybodyLovesMurtagh,” Rob adds, alluding to the surprise return of fan favorite character Murtagh, played perfectly by returning cast member Duncan Lacroix. “This is not in the books!” Rob remembers. “No, it’s not,” Paula agrees. “In the books, Murtagh dies at Culloden.” The self-professed number one “Outlander” fan then admits, “I was doing another fangirl scream during this episode,” she admits. “I was giddy! Giddy with excitement.” As they both talk about what the character means to them, Rob admits, “I have an affinity for Murtagh [and] I don’t know why. Everybody does, right? But I think it’s because he’s a bit of an outsider, he’s a bit of a rough diamond, and he’s so loyal and he’s so loveable, and he’s paternal.”
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