Roger Wakefield MacKenzie (Richard Rankin) officially reached the end of his rope on Sunday's Outlander.
Nothing about his decision to travel back in time to make a grand romantic gesture has gone the way he intended. First, he ruined the night of his and Brianna's (Sophie Skelton) handfast ceremony by revealing he kept Claire's (Caitriona Balfe) fate a secret, resulting in a huge argument. Then he walked out on Bree and wasn't able to find her again the next morning. Then he was threatened by Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers), the man who had just raped Bree, into coming back onto his crew for weeks, taking him further away from finding and making up with Bree.
"It's an unfortunate set of circumstances where miscommunication and misunderstanding ... " Davis says, trailing off. "We see that Jamie and Brianna are starting to bond, and this is the start of a great relationship, and let's make up for all these lost years. And then Jamie, being a product of his time, was taught so much about him being the king of men, but even the king of men is still from the 1700s and has a different perspective on life and his daughter and what he wants for her. In his time women weren't intimate with people they weren't in relationships with or married or handfast to, and he can't help himself."
"We were like, 'Oh my god, there's a face under there!'" executive producer Maril Davis tells The Hollywood Reporter with a laugh about seeing Rankin clean-shaven for the first time. "But unfortunately the head of our hair and makeup department has told us since she started working with us that beards were not common back in this time. I thought, well John Quincy Myers [Kyle Rees] had a beard! We're always fighting for beards, but she's always telling us that it's not historically accurate. This time, we bowed to pressure."
Outlander stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan; executive producers Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Matthew B. Roberts, Toni Graphia; and productions designer Jon Gary Steele were at Starz's Outlander FYC Event in Hollywood, California and discussed their favorite moments from Season 3.
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