[Warning: the following story contains spoilers from Sunday's Outlander, "Savages."]
Outlander hosted a very welcome reunion in Sunday's episode in yet another major departure from the books.
Going into the season, fans already knew that the Starz adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's Drums of Autumn would eventually see the return of fan-favorite character Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix), Jamie's (Sam Heughan) godfather, as executive producer Ron Moore previously saved him from his book fate of dying at the Battle of Culloden. But when he would pop back up in the story was a mystery.
His change of fate had already been revealed last season when he was reunited with Jamie once at Ardsmuir prison, but his story was once again left up in the air when Jamie was sent to Helwater and Murtagh was shipped "to the colonies." Sunday's installment, "Savages," revealed that Murtagh ended up in the same place as Jamie when a chance encounter with Young Ian (John Bell) led the two long-lost friends to reunite.
Outlander's Terry Dresbach on the "Terrifying" Challenge of Designing This Season's Native American Costumes
t's no secret that Hollywood has a horrible track record of portraying Native Americans in film and television, and stereotypical depictions of the indigenous people of this continent continue to persist even today.
That legacy of disrespect is why for season four, Outlander's costume designer Terry Dresbach was committed to recreating the clothing of the Cherokee and Mohawk Nations characters as authentically as she could.
“It was daunting. And I knew that we had an obligation to do it right," she told me over the phone. "Hollywood has had a bad history with this, and I wanted to right that. I wanted to do it properly, and I staked that claim from day one with everybody I worked with. I said, 'We’re going to do this right, we’re going to do this as accurately as possible.'"
But that mission proved to be more difficult than she initially thought.
"I started doing my research and just wanted to throw up because there’s just so little information," she admitted.
Dresbach says her team "consulted with everyone we possibly could" and that she spent a year on the research for the Native American costumes this season, which is the most she’d done for anything related to the show. But she was still left with questions.
According to EW as actor with a history of domestic violence appeared in Sunday's episode titles "Common Ground". Will Strongheart, who plays Tawodi, was reportedly convicted in 2010 of two counts of assault causing bodily harm, as reported by CBC news.
Strongheart address CBC says, "I would like to address the story and photos that have resurfaced, and most importantly, offer my sincere apologies to those affected by my actions — especially to the women and their families who I have hurt resulting in pain and suffering that they did not deserve. To those I have wronged, and caused undue grief and anguish, I wish to extend the hope of reconciliation and healing with you.”
Some fans are in an uproar about his casting. According to CBC Strongheart did time for the crimes.
For those fans who love all the editions of the books (guilty as charged), you can now get two new ones:
Looks like Elysia Welch will be playing Morag Gunn MacKenzie in the Season Four or Outlander.
Without major spoilers, the two will eventually meet and lead to some serious consequences and development for a leading character.
Morag is a wife and mother whose family is also moving to the Colonies and will be swept up in the Revolution.
According to IMDB, she's know for Eternal Beauty, Outlander, and Mad Bob. Since I'm not entirely sure we ever saw her on Outlander I do believe they mean this season. Her bio has her on episodes 7 & 8 which knowing the story makes me wonder where the season will end.
Starz hasn't officially announced her inclusion in the Outlander world but IMDB has.
Droughtlander is long and hard but thankfully there is an end in sight. But until there try Tobias' King Lear on Amazon Prime.