You Were Lost and Gone Forever: Outlander, ‘The Battle of Roger Mac’

***Spoiler Warning Spoilers for Outlander through Season 5, Episode 7, and Book Spoilers through Diana Gabaldon’s The Fiery Cross follow. Spoilers***

With a terrible, heartbreaking loss — and possibly another one on its tail — this hour of Outlander began with Roger singing a prophetic tune (Oh My Darling, Clementine) to Jemmy, and ended with his status in question. Before leaving again on the will-they-or-won’t-they-battle declared by the flip-flopping Governor Tyron, Jamie and Claire quietly celebrate another birthday gone by, with Mrs.Fraser doing a rendition of Monroe’s breathy song. Realizing the Regulators aren’t only outnumbered but also outgunned — “General Gage sent two field pieces and six swivel guns” — Jamie attempts reasoning with Tryon to no avail; Reverend Caldwell’s pleas fall on deaf ears as well. When Bree hears the fighting is on at Alamance it strikes a memory, but her warning only puts Roger more in danger. After offering a comforting hug to Morag MacKenzie (who he aided while they were both on the Gloriana), he quickly earns her husband Buck’s (a cleverly cameoed Graham McTavish) ire. The message to Murtagh miserably fails and so his godson must fight against Fitzgibbons while wearing the uniform they both despise. Amid flashes of the dead and dying, Jamie’s words (” …no amount of prayer will help”) echo loudly; mother and daughter tend to the wounded — including Isaiah Morton, who may have been shot by the vile Lionel Brown. In the madness Jamie’s life is nearly taken; his Ghoistidh protects Fraser one final time. After barely a moment to breathe relief in recognition, their smiles quickly fade as each man realizes Murtagh’s fate. In disbelief, Jamie begs his wife to somehow do what she cannot and grief takes hold as he releases well-deserved disgust on the haughty Tryon.

Redcoat tossed to the ground, Fraser soon realizes his daughter’s worry — Captain Roger Mac hasn’t returned from his messaging mission —  and the family gathers to head up a search. Calling his name, as they round a hill the group comes upon a terrible sight. If that white surrender hankie is the one Jamie gave to his son-in-law, it could be MacKenzie they see hanging from a tree.

Thoughts:

Can you imagine having to make choices between saving people you love and the history of your country — perhaps your country even becoming? Egad.

Nice last save, Ghoistidh.

Well, that was damned devastating. As many people suspected, after last week’s failed proposal, poor Murtagh’s story has finally ended.

I’m glad they kept him around so much longer than the books, but with Duncan Lacroix having now joined Tobias Menzies and Graham McTavish (nice they got in the reference to Dougal, as well as the Buck cameo), we need a serious infusion of fine, new gentlemen. Kudos to everyone involved, but especially Sam Heughan, whose grief rang true.

I about broke when he made the men help him carry Murtagh back to the tent and then again when he begged Claire to save him.

Sam was also brilliant in the scenes where he had to don the redcoat and hat, and later when he let Tryon know just how he felt about the battle. That whole thing with the uniform was off-book, in case you didn’t know, and I thought it was a great addition.

Of course, Caitriona Balfe got to us as well …

I’m glad she pocketed his brooch for Jamie.

If you (like me) didn’t know what Cockades are,

NO, they have nothing to do what’s under the sheets. Cockades are circular or oval rosettes or ribbon knots used to denote factions or political or military groups and unfortunately for Roger, his only added to his trouble.

But speaking of under the sheets, at least things opened on a nice note. Happy Birthday, indeed.

There were plenty of shirtless Jamie shots, too.

Poor Roger was just trying to be a good guy.

I’m sure there are people very worried about what might happen to Roger, but those people are ****SPOILER****I THINK**** not readers. As far as the books are concerned, Roger isn’t going away anytime soon, so unless the writers are randomly killing off a major character (which is, of course, possible), Roger should be just fine. *****END SPOILER******

 

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over nine years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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