Congratulations to Matthew B. Roberts for writing the episode you the fans voted as the best episode of the season. I tend to agree. Thank you so much for voting. Apologies for not getting this up sooner but a freak snow storm hindered a lot of things.
I hope everyone is doing well in droughtlander.
Voting ends February 2 at midnight.
Personally, I do think this was a fantastic episode. A comment made by Blake of Outlander Cast with Mary and Blake made me think about the feel of this episode. Blake thought it didn't feel like a finale and I have to say he isn't wrong. I think this is mostly coming from the writing which your could lay at Toni Graphia's feet but I think this actually stems from Diana Gabaldon. I'm not going to spoil anything but the books from four (Drums of Autumn) on pretty much refrain from cliffhangers.
It isn't like Diana ties everything up with a bow but as you read she gives you some satisfaction for the stories she's telling and you just have to wait to learn what happens next (maybe a cliffhanger much later). It is like you are just getting a glimpse of someone's life while your visiting. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed this episode though not enough to give it more than 4 kilts.
As a book reader, I knew Young Ian's sacrifice was coming up and while I'll always think the book did it better (in this instance) it was hard in the episode. I got weepy. I do think if Young Ian had been more involved in the story on the Ridge we would have all had a harder time losing him. This makes me sad but so does losing Young Ian... and Rollo.
'Man of Worth' was such a good episode and I'm actually quite exciting it brought in so many viewers though I'm already hating droughtlander.
The title 'Man of Worth' made perfect sense to me as I watched the episode. Clearly, Jamie had to measure up by keeping his word and returning with Roger. Then we are faced with Young Ian owning the mistake he made (along with Jamie) by forfeiting himself in Roger's stead. Could you love him any more? I miss you already Young Ian and Rollo.
But that isn't the only man in need of proving themselves. Roger needs to step up and be there for Brianna and will he love the child he doesn't know is his and could potentially be Bonnet's?
However, the law firm of Davis Roberts and Graphia, reminded us this is a line from 'America the Beautiful' and, I have to say, I didn't remember that line. It never dawned on me Young Ian was taking Jamie's earlier words into account. But it didn't lessen the impact of what Young Ian did by not knowing.
Live viewer numbers are in and 'Man of Worth' didn't do too shabby bringing in 1.45 million live viewers. Of course, it is the finale and the start of Droughtlander. I'm just not ready for it. I feel like we should have at least 3 more episodes.
Season four fell a little behind coming in with an average of 0.98 million live viewers which is the lowest average rating for Outlander with season one bringing in 1.03 million, season two bringing in 1.09 million and season three bringing in 1.51 million on average.
However, 'Man of Worth' brought in the most live viewers for a finale:
Still, I don't think this is something to stress. I have a feeling a lot of Outlander's watchers are actually streaming the show and/or watching at Midnight or even later showings. I actually have to wonder what the live viewer numbers are for the Midnight EST (9pm PST) showing because that seems like a huge thing. And while I'm streaming, I'm also watching at 9pm PST on Saturday.
See the entire seasons viewer numbers:
Voting ends January 26 at midnight.
I completely agree Richard Rankin is a fantastic actor but I'm not sure Roger going back is him being just good. The priest wouldn't do as Roger suggested so what does going back do for Roger except force him to watch the priest die painfully. However, him hurrying the death along rather than it being prolonged is a great example of compassion and being good. It is very Jamie worthy.
Brianna seeing Bonnet and suggesting he has a child out there after his death is insane. Why would you ever tell a man like Bonnet you have any connection to him?
I truly loves Brianna telling Lord John it is hard not to like him.
I absolutely love they built the village. But the entire scene with the fire was just too much.
Great news. 'If Not for Hope' has brought in the highest live viewers for the season, currently, bringing in 1.27 million viewers. That is a large jump from last weeks episode which previously held the record at 1.16 million.
Let's hope this is a trend and the two remaining episodes also pull in large numbers.
Live viewer numbers for all Outlander episodes can be found on the show page.
Toni, Matt and Maril discuss the title of this episode 'If Not For Hope'. And how psychology was a thing back in the 18th century and Lord John and Brianna's friendship.
I want to know what they have planned for Murtagh now that he's been arrested because we aren't losing Murtagh again!
So Brianna is sequestered at River Run with Jocasta Cameron who is as sly as her own brothers. Jamie's letter to Jocasta wished for Jocasta to take care of Brianna but I do believe Jocasta heard, "see her well married."
One has to wonder what Jamie and Claire's reaction would be upon their return and finding Brianna married to someone like Neil Forbes?
Jamie and Claire's separation despite being together is just like and angry married couple and yet we see it is more guilt on both their parts rather than anger at one another.
I have to say liked that Young Ian was there one minute and shuffled off to do chores or whatever else they keep having him do when they make him leave the room.
What I hated about this episode was Brianna's threat to Lord John. I knew it was going to happen but I hated it in the books and here. I know why she's doing it. She's desperate to escape Forbes especially after all she's been through to be sold off to another man. And I've very glad she backed down though it was tense there for a moment.
But something else that bothered me was Lord John and Judge Alderdyce. I can't believe for a second that they'd have their tryst in such and unsecured location. Granted it could be a slave that stumbled upon them and they might have little to worry about then but it was in the house and not behind closed doors. It looked more like they were in a hallway. I do recall in the books John's tryst was in one of the outer buildings were people don't tend to frequent in the night.
The moment I loved had to be Lord John coming to Brianna's aid and announcing their engagement so Brianna wouldn't be forced to consider Forbes' offer. Though Forbes seemed less than pleased. Jocasta on the other hand looked like Brianna had mastered the art of marrying up. Auntie's giving herself a pat on the back.
Overall, this was one of my least favorite episodes of the season and I'd give it a 3.
What were your Like, Hate and Love moments?
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