Outlander (S04E03) “The False Bride”

The False Bride may surprise you in its meaning, but meaning in it I do believe you will find.  Please be sure to have watched the episode before reading on, as spoilers are present.

The False Bride

As if scores from Bear McCreary weren’t enough, Outlander gifted us with the musical stylings of one Roger Wakefield (Richard Rankin). I believe, despite where his character may have lacked in empathy this episode, we all fall a bit more in love with the man and his guitar anyway. Luckily for us, the writers have been active on social media, tossing out wee bits of “easter egg” goodness about it. Curious as to how this episode gained its title?

Bree & Roger

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Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield), Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall) – Outlander Episode 403, Photo Credit: Starz Media

These two on screen together are everything we need right now. Their love is a slow burning one, and not without complication. I wonder if they feel even half the tension I am about their relationship. Despite what Roger knows about Bree (Sophie Skelton)and all she’s been through, his one-track mind just wants to put a ring on it. All concessions for her history be damned, he wants to marry the girl. His timing on asking, however, was less than perfect. His understanding of her stance on not yet being ready for such a step, also less than perfect. So much that he received a well-deserved slap in the face after a not so subtle misogynistic comment. Where oh where will our two young lovers end up?! HOPEFULLY, we get see them work it out in the next episode. Team Bree & Roger all the way, are you with me?

A Ghostly Native

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Kyle Rees (John Quincy Meyers)
Photo Credit: Starz media

Jamie (Sam Heughan) disappoints his Aunt with his hard pass on taking over River Run, so he and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) set off to find land for the Fraziers to settle on. Thankfully,  Auntie Jocasta (Maria Doyle Kennedy) sends them off with Ian’s (John Bell) new friend, Kyle Rees (John Quincy Meyers) as a guide. After some time, he breaks off, taking young Ian and his dog Rollo on their own adventure, to meet up later. It’s at this point one might imagine Ian is the one to worry about, but we soon find it is actually Claire who finds herself in a jam.

Lost in the woods whilst looking for a scared donkey, Claire finds herself without a horse, direction, or hope of finding Jamie until the storm breaks. She chooses a nice branch to take shelter under and soon find that she wasn’t the first to occupy that space. She finds a skull with a clear slash mark where one ought not be, and a pendant next to it. That evening she wakes to a ghostly image of a scalped Native Indian man and sees footsteps in the dirt. Upon waking the next morning she finds that she is missing her shoes, but there are clear footprints of where they went. Was she sleepwalking?

Fraziers Ridge

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Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser) – Outlander Episode 403, Photo Credit: Starz Media

However those footprints were created, they led to the edge of a pond or stream. On the other side of that water, the face she most hoped to see, Jamie Frazier. Was it the ghost? Was it something else? Either way, the lovebirds have found each other once more, and they can continue to find their patch of land. Before the day is out, they come across an enchanting view of American wildland and a patch of wild strawberries.

No sooner does Jamie taste a strawberry than he’s declaring the land as their own. The place we will all come to know and love as Fraziers Ridge. Now all I need to know is, how will Ian and John Quincy Meyers find them? While we’re at it, will they run into any natives on the way? Many things still need to be answered, but I’m excited to see how they will clear this wild land to make it their own.


Thankfully many of the cast and crew from Outlander are active on social media. It adds a dynamic to the show that breathes even more life into each episode. To learn more about “The False Bride” directly from Executive Producers Maril Davis and Matt Roberts, check out this video they gifted us via Twitter:


Next Episode:

OUTLANDER 404: “Common Ground”

Airdate: November 25th at 8:00pm ET/PT on STARZ, the STARZ App, and STARZ On Demand

Having been led by providence to Fraser’s Ridge, Jamie, Claire and Young Ian begin to build a home in the Blue Ridge Mountains. But their efforts are stymied by unwelcoming neighbors and a bloodthirsty bear that ravages their settlement. In the 20th century, Roger tries to reconnect with Brianna by searching for proof that her parents found each other in the past.