Didn't you just love the look back parallel from Helwater to Fraser's Ridge. And Claire got a new ring! Can we say more merchandise. Plus that isn't the ring still DG approved but it is still beautiful and more what the book describes.
OMG! Crusty Murtagh in all his silver fox glory. I'm thinking my overly excited reaction while watching (screaming, tears, yelling to go into the smithy - at Jamie) had more enthusiasm than when Claire strolled into the print shop (not that I wasn't dying to see that too). Did you notice the similarities to the print shop scene? Murtagh turned around recognizing the voice behind him. Now he didn't faint but those eyes filled with manly tears. *sigh* It is almost a father and son reunion because we all know Murtagh loves Jamie as if he were his own.
I want Brianna to call him grandpa or something. OMG. Brianna went back in time and Murtagh is back with Jamie and Claire and he knows about Brianna. *diez* I need to see this. It has to happen. Murtagh and Brianna screen time please. Will he think she's a ghost of Ellen?????
Now, did I love that essentially Jamie and Murtagh are on the opposite side of things? Nope. But conflict you know. Plus, they really aren't. It just seems that way. But Jamie and Claire trust Murtagh and can tell him what is up and that they'll need to walk a line to achieve their goals because we all know Jamie isn't going to stay on the wrong side of history.
I've seen some fans speculate that Murtagh may take over for a character named Duncan Innes which so far is a non-entity in the show. However, the executive producers and DG have stated that won't be the case.
I did wonder about the Arch Bug character but assumed this also wouldn't be the case as that characters future becomes very complicated and one would hope the path of that character isn't one Murtagh would take.
My speculation is that his story will be entirely his own considering in the books he died at Culloden, which I always disliked. Now, we have Murtagh back and I'm hoping he is around for a very long time.
Production Designer Jon Gary Steele notes, “When we first designed River Run, I had imagined it with pale, cool colors from looking at hundreds of plantation houses, but once we got closer, I changed my mind as pale colors just don’t feel Outlander to me. The tobacco-inspired walls actually have about seventeen layers of paint on them, with a red base, building towards the depth of color of dried tobacco leaves, to show how the estate made its money. Jocasta was very wealthy so I wanted her house to reflect that. She has a number of slaves so everything is very shiny and polished. The fabulous teal, floral, silk damask fabric that we have used for her chairs and sofas was the inspiration for the rest of the color palette of the house, so the house has balance and beauty.”
Rollo is Young Ian’s faithful companion in Season 4. During the very first episode, we are introduced to the ‘wolf dog’ of Diana Gabaldon’s books—the dog which Young Ian has won gambling at dice. A Northern Inuit breed, the dog chosen for the role is so gentle in terms of his temperament that producers had to amend some of the more ferocious qualities attributed to him in the novel. John Bell (Young Ian) has spent a considerable amount of time with Rollo since he was a puppy and the two have bonded. He commented, “He is such a soft, lovable dog. I went to puppy training classes with him and we climbed our first mountain together in Loch Lomond Park. I am much more of a diva than Rollo on set, but it has to be admitted that he doesn’t always want to come to his mark!”
I adore that the water scenes were actually Cait and Sam in the water. It was a beautiful sequence and so much like the books and yet perfect for the show!