SPOILER ALERT: This article discusses Episode 7 (Titled “The Ballad of Roger Mac”) of Starz’s Outlander Season 5, as well as the book series on which it is based. Please proceed with caution if you have not yet viewed all available episodes and wish to avoid spoilers.
The latest episode of Outlander revealed a fairly significant death. As TV Line points out in its interview with Duncan Lacroix, it is his character, Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser, that succumbs in Episode 7.
In the Outlander book series, Murtagh died in the third book — titled Voyager — on which Season 3 is based. However, in the TV series, a decision was made to have this character survive beyond that season and his death during the Culloden battle.
Now, Murtagh has finally lost his life in a heartbreaking moment. Having just saved his godson Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) life, he is shot and killed as he looks on.
Jamie, overcome with grief, calls out for help, and his godfather is taken to Claire (Caitriona Balfe), in the hope that she can revive him. Unfortunately, she cannot do so and viewers were left just as devastated as Jamie and Claire were.
In a recent interview with TV Line, Lacroix said he was happy with the way in which his character finally died.
“This is really is the way I pictured it,” the actor said. “It’s kind of what happened in the books, but it’s just being transposed 25 years later.”
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Lacroix also revealed how emotionally challenging it was to film the scenes involving the death of his character. Not only was it hard to say goodbye to Murtagh but there were moments during shooting that saw him overcome with grief regarding the characters around him.
“There was a point — it’s when Caitriona took my hand and put it on my chest, just the way she was playing it, touching my corpse, as it were, and that kind of got to me a bit, yeah. It was emotional.”
Considering Murtagh’s intimate relationship with Jamie’s aunt, Jocasta (Maria Doyle Kennedy), it is likely that fans will get to witness one more harrowing scene when she is finally told the news. While they had been involved, Jocasta agreed to marry another man, Duncan Innes (Alistair Findlay). In last week’s episode, Murtagh had told her that he loved her and that he wanted her to wait for him. This conversation will now likely hold bittersweet memories for Jamie’s aunt.