Outlander Season 4 Episode 13 Review: Man of WorthCarissa Pavlica at .
No need to worry about the men on this great show, as they all proved to be men of worth.
Still, Outlander Season 4 Episode 13 isn't much from a season finale perspective even if it did offer some characters the opportunity to shine.
There is also a leaning away from the book material due to Murtagh's extended life, and it seems that will be the focus of the series as it progresses.
There isn't that much to talk about after this one, as the hour was so full of exposition most of the characters made it known exactly what they were thinking. It was good but didn't leave much to discuss.
When the travelers finally set foot at the Mohawk village, everything was going swimmingly until Claire untied her kerchief and revealed the stone she had found on Outlander Season 4 Episode 1 with the skull.
We got closure to that particular storyline and no longer have to ponder about the skull, the mysterious apparition Claire saw, or whether the man was from the future.
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It was all spelled out thanks to long-winded stories about Otter Tooth, his premonitions, and Roger's discovery of the stones on this shore.
We even got another "white people are the enemy" lesson by way of that tale. What a surprise!
Roger was rescued, of course, and the poignant moment came when Ian stepped in to be the trade for Roger with the Mohawk.
He did it while Jamie and Claire were delivering as close to a romantic scene as fans were going to get from the couple as they said goodbye as Jamie prepared to give himself to the group.
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The real shame of it was that we only got the very best performance out of John Bell as he was leaving the family.
Bell drove me to tears as he said his farewells to his uncle and then ran the gauntlet.
Where was this Young Ian all season?
Running the gauntlet showed Ian was ready for the new chapter in his life as he jumped and outmaneuvered all the others on his way through.
If Roger hadn't fallen and cried on his way through, things might have been a lot different for him during his stay with his captors.
Roger was hit with the motherlode of exposition when Claire and Jamie finally had him alone. They had months worth of news to share, and some of it wasn't all that great.
I'm not sure Jamie deserved the pounding he received from Roger, but Roger needed to do something to release the tension of being held captive all that time. Who knows how else he might have exploded if not for letting his frustration out on Jamie.
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Jamie needed to get Roger home to Brianna, but it wasn't worth the hassle if Roger wasn't going to be a part of Brianna's life.
I thought it was a less-than-savory decision on the part of the writers' room to allow Jamie and Claire to ride home without Roger because it made Roger look wishy-washy. He had just finished telling Jamie and Claire that he wasn't and he wouldn't leave Brianna only to leave that possibility out in the air.
It was done for the sweeping romantic scene of Roger riding in on his horse and Brianna running toward him. Was that scene worth Roger's belittling? Meh. It was dramatic, that's for sure, but everything on Outlander is these days.
I suggested in an earlier review that Jocasta and Murtagh might get it on, and they didn't prove me wrong. Jocasta went from wanting to usher Murtagh out of the house very fast to hoping he might stay much longer.
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It was a busy day at River Run when the Fraser family was preparing to leave, Roger arrived, and a letter for Jamie was delivered by an entire crowd of Red Coats sending the house into a panic that they were there for Murtagh.
In a way, I guess they were.
What happened at the end of this book that would be equal to Jamie's letter from Governor Tryon?
Getting the letter that he was to put together a militia to stop the regulators wouldn't be all that bad of a turn (even if we don't ultimately want the Frasers on the wrong side when the Revolution begins), but it was made worse with the added caveat to find and kill Murtagh.
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Putting the two of them onto opposite sides of the same cause is going to cause a few problems.
What does Jamie end up doing when the war breaks out? Will he act as a spy from his position inside the Red Coat army? Will he have another choice?
Outlander Season 4 was different for die-hard Jamie and Claire fans as they had to get accustomed to having another couple in the mix. There wasn't as much room for the steamy and romantic side of the couple, and Jamie going off with a militia suggests more of the same in the future.
This was as far as I ever went on my journey with the clan, so everything that comes next will be new to me. As the stories start to veer off-book a little bit, maybe it will also provide some mystery for fans of the novels.
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Do you hope the show keeps in touch with Ian now that we've learned so much about his new tribe?
Are you interested in seeing more of the fiery passion between Jocasta and Murtagh?
What would you have liked to be included in the finale that wasn't?
Thanks for taking the journey with me this season, Outlander Fanatics!
Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer and critic for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Critic's Choice Association, enjoys mentoring writers, conversing with cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film with anyone who will listen. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.