Including that thread of continuity on the present started with Lacroix filming Murtagh’s position within the battle. He recalled: “You actually couldn’t see a factor so we’re simply operating blindly and your sense of distance simply goes, so it’s similar to, ‘Okay, any second now I’m going to come back throughout somebody,’ simply out of the blue. Knees had been flying into faces. Folks earned their cash that day.” Jamie and Murtagh bonded by way of the shared trauma of Culloden however had been then separated by the British transporting Highlander rebels to the American colonies.
Initially the writers deliberate for Murtagh to return in season 3 as a part of the Jamaica storyline however these plans had been scrapped in favor of his reappearance in season 4. “I’d have appreciated, in a really perfect world, to have explored what was taking place to him in these intervening years as soon as he was despatched to North Carolina,” Lacroix says. “All of the stuff you don’t see occur on display, and the way that impacts him and the way that makes the character you see that comes again in season 4.”
Together with wishing to discover extra of Murtagh’s journey in the direction of turning into a Regulator, Lacroix additionally needed the possibility to work with departed solid member Tobias Menzies. “He’s a really attention-grabbing cat.” Lacroix says. “I’d have appreciated to have had just a few extra scenes with him by some means. Particularly as Black Jack, he introduced such an unbelievable depth to that position and he’s such a courageous actor.”
Murtagh’s evolution into the chief of the Regulator rise up in season four brought about a stir for Outlander followers who learn the collection. Jamie’s battle between Governor Tryon’s calls for for a militia to battle the Regulators and his sympathies in the direction of fellow Highland Scots was introduced in a extra summary vogue. The choice to personalize the battle not solely gave Lacroix one other probability to develop Murtagh as a personality but additionally an opportunity to develop his personal data.
“It’s a historical past that I used to be conscious of earlier than,” he says. “And I simply had achieved British historical past at school, imperialism, and colonialism, however it was attention-grabbing to seek out the nitty-gritty element as a result of I hadn’t heard about The Regulators and that aspect of the American story earlier than.” Murtagh turning into the face of the rise up allowed first-time viewers a path in the direction of understanding the world of Fraser’s Ridge.