Cover Photo by John Cooper Photography
*Spoilers for book and non book readers.
We fans almost always have differing opinions about the show’s choices to make departures from the books. Some of us like them, some of us don’t, and there are normally folks on all points of the continuum between strongly agree and strongly disagree each time it happens. Except when it came to the decision to save Murtagh…
The dissenters, (which do exist apparently), are few and far between, which is a testament to the universal love among fans for the character of Murtagh, adapted and brought to life by Duncan Lacroix.
When we left Murtagh in Episode 303, All Debts Paid, the prisoners were lined up, and suddenly,
Jamie was plucked out of the line and taken away, to the obvious dismay of Murtagh, Leslie, and Hayes.
Jamie asked where the prisoners were being taken, and the guard explained that Ardsmuir Prison was closing, and the prisoners would be moved to the colonies (except Jamie, who of course went to Helwater).
These two communicate everything with their expressions. Murtagh is distraught at being separated from his godson: protecting Jamie has been his reason for being. Suddenly they are ripped apart, perhaps to never see each other again, and there’s nothing he can do.
Jamie has always had his godfather with him, like a shadow. Murtagh was ill and almost died in Ardsmuir, and Jamie likely doesn’t know if he’ll survive the journey to the colonies. Helpless, this is their inadequate, heart breaking goodbye
And we never saw Murtagh again in Season 3.
So, what happens next? Do we see Murtagh in Season 4?
It looks like we do.
Outlander Headquarter tweeted this today…
— Outlander Headquarters ⚔️ (@OutlanderHQ) January 30, 2018
Now, those of you who follow this blog know that I don’t generally post show spoilers – as I am a fan first, and one of the few who likes to be surprised by the plot changes, the costumes, the sets, and how they do everything visually. But, this is Murtagh wer’re talkin’ ’bout.
It’s fun to imagine and speculate. And it makes me happy to know that Sam, Cait, and Duncan are getting to work together again, as I presume it makes them very happy!
The plot thickens…
Now, we know that book character Duncan Innes was not introduced in Season 3, and we know that Jocasta Cameron marries Duncan Innes in Drums of Autumn. Might Duncan Lacroix fill the shoes of Duncan Innes? It’s possible. Murtagh is the right age*, and he did have a thing for Jocasta’s big sister, Ellen. And we know that Jocasta does resemble Ellen. hmmm ?.
Let’s see… Jocasta and Murtagh… can we picture it?
(For more on Maria Doyle Kennedy as Jocasta: Go HERE)
In a Sept Q&A, before Duncan left Twitter due to his account being hacked, he answered some questions about Murtagh. (For Full Duncan Q&A: Go HERE)
One question was about love scenes…
— Peaceful Pirate (@Peaceful_Pirate) September 28, 2017
Duncan: Anyone with bad enough eye-sight to take the job?
Eh… do you think he’s talking about the actress or the character… Hmmmm ??
Regarding that, I’m not sure how much of Duncan Innes’ character would be transferred to Murtagh, but book fans will remember that Duncan Innes suffered from erectile disfunction ?. I don’t think Claire actually treated him for that, which is a good thing, as I can’t really see Caitriona and Duncan making it through that scene! I think Phaedre ends up “treating” him for that ailment <hee hee>. It’s possible, since there was in fact no Duncan Innes introduced in Voyager, that this part of the storyline will disappear altogether, time will tell. But we will have a Murtagh in Season 4!
More from his Sept Q&A, regarding Murtagh’s future…
Duncan: I’m excited to find out. I can’t imagine it would be easy for him separated from Scotland and Jamie. But he’s a survivor
About a reunion with Fergus…yay!
— Anne Swetonic (@aswetonic) September 28, 2017
Duncan: That’s an interesting one. Depends how time has changed them both in the meantime but I’m guessing they’d still make a good team
When asked what Murtagh would do if he met Brianna, (which he may well do in S4)…
Duncan: I think he’d be quite the guard dog when it comes to Brianna. She’s bound to remind him of Jamie’s mother so he’d be very protective.
*I looked around for Murtagh’s age recently in prep for this piece, and couldn’t find it anywhere, so I went to the source ?…
— Courtney Williams OutlanderBTS (@Courtilini14) January 28, 2018
He's about the same age as Jamie's da, Brian. https://t.co/lVvaSlQexo
— Diana Gabaldon (@Writer_DG) January 28, 2018
Now, according to Outlander Wiki, Brian Fraser was born in 1691, and if Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser is his same age, (as his creator states above), Murtagh would be a ripe old 76 at the beginning of Drums (1767), and he would be a riper 80 by the end of this book (1771). Who knows, maybe he’s drinking from the same fountain of youth as Ned Gowan, and he will last for a long while yet ?. However, a torturous goodbye to this beloved character in Season 4 is always a (unwelcome) possibility.
Regardless of what role Murtagh plays on Fraser’s Ridge, it’ll be great to see him again, and it’ll be a joy to see him in Jamie and Claire’s lives. Welcome back Duncan Lacroix. Another reason to be super excited for Season 4!
I’ll just update and close with this fantastic piece of fan art by Cyanbrise – the whole story right there – thank you Angie West ?.
Source: Outlander Wiki