Outlander (S04E05) “Savages”

Please do be sure to watch the episode before reading further; savages… I mean spoilers are present.

This week’s title has me reminded of the last episode when Jamie (Sam Heughan) reminds Governor Tyron (Tim Downie) that “savagery can exist in many forms.” Indeed it can, and I dare say this episode has us questioning. Who exactly are the savages? I’m sure the Governor thinks he knows, but Claire (Caitriona Balfe) will soon learn for herself who the real savages in their patch of North Carolina are.

New Friends

As Claire’s new friend Adawehi (Tantoo Cardinal) tells Claire that her daughter is HERE, Claire agrees. She indicates that yes, Bree is always in her heart. Us viewers, however, know that Adawehi may have been just a bit more literal than Claire can see at the moment. It’s almost like a parting gift that Claire does not yet understand.


Savagery at Home

We meet the Muller’s on the happiest of terms, as Claire delivers their newest family edition into the world. Before the child has it’s first cry, Gerhard Muller (Urs Rechn) is running out the door with gun in hand to get Cherokee Warriors off his land.  Claire bravely steps between the two as both hold weapons at each other. She tries to explain to Muller that the group of men were her friends, and only there to drink water. She tells the Cherokee that Muller is a good man, and sees the land (and water running through it) as his own. Barely calming the aggression, Claire gets Muller to go inside and the Cherokee to get water further downstream. The family is so impressed by her services, that they name the new baby Clara.  

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Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser) narrowly stops the fight between savages- Photo Credit: Starz Media

Unfortunately, baby and mom contact measles and perish before anyone calls Claire for help. Muller blames a the Cherokee blessing, calling it a curse. He comes to Clare sometime later, but not to hurt her as she had been told. He wanted to bestow upon her a gift. Well, he saw it as a gift at least. She unwraps the parcel, and we see that it’s not the doll once was within the same cloth. It’s the scalp of Adawehi. Claire’s horrified face reflects what my heart feels upon seeing it. Before long, Claire kicks sends him home. Home, as he arrives, is fully ablaze. As he cries over his burnt wife, he too gets arrows in his back and dies alongside her. We question again, who are the savages?

Savagery in Town

Frazier’s Ridge is now a big chunk of land with barely anyone living on it. He and Ian (John Bell) gather in town with a group of Scottsman to make them an offer they think no one could refuse. One hundred acres of land on Fraziers Ridge with no rent to pay until the fields yield. All this, and yet every single man turns him down. He soon finds that each man had been taxed so highly that they eventually are forced to give up all land rights to avoid further taxation. Understandably, none wish to fall under that level of taxation again. This sounds like a problem Jamie will have to solve, but after sending Ian off to get a bit repaired, it’s time to go home. The price for said repair proved more than Jamie could let go without saying something.

Old Friends

In the biggest surprise since Claire went back through the stones, fan favorite Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) returns to us as the blacksmith who overcharged poor Ian. “Ya ken this old coot?” Ian asks Jamie as they stare at each other in disbelief. When Murtagh finally makes his way to Claire, the reunion brings all the warm fuzzies right up to the surface.

“It’s not the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy!”

– Murtagh

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Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser), Duncan Lacroix (Murtagh)

REMINDER: Last we saw Murtagh, he had been separated from Jamie. Headed to be an indentured servant in the America’s, the impression left was that we might never see him again. Now he’s a Smithy of all sorts and as pleased to hear about Claire’s return as we all were. Outlander writers let us know what prompted them to make Murtagh a Regulator as well:

Where is Bree?!

While one friend is found, another is lost. Roger (Richard Rankin) has set off to find his missing lady love. The thought of Bree (Sophie Skelton) risking everything to follow her mother seems to have ignited a spark in him. He’s gone on the hunt to get any clue about how likely it is that she did what has been excited to know for sure. When he finds the place she stayed upon arrival, he presses the woman who runs it for more information. She initially turns him down, but sees the lost love puppy dog eyes as he turns away, and breaks down to hand him a letter Bree had left for him. Though I’d venture to guess this isn’t exactly what he had hoped to find, I’ll bet he’s glad to have it now rather than when it was meant to reach him. Will he follow her into the past, in an attempt to keep her safe? 




Airdate: December 9th at 8 PM ET/PT on STARZ, the STARZ App and STARZ On Demand

Jamie and Claire are surprised when Lord John Grey drops in on Fraser’s Ridge with an unexpected traveling companion. When Grey takes ill, Claire must reconcile her personal feelings with her duties as a doctor.