Forget long-lost lovers reuniting in a print shop, bring on long-lost father-and-son figures reuniting in a smithy! Throughout Outlander’s third season, everyone knew Jamie and Claire would eventually find their way back to each other. But in season four’s “Savages,” which aired Sunday night, the show gave us a reunion we could only have hoped for: Murtagh is back, people! While Jamie and Young Ian are in town looking for farmers to settle on Fraser’s Ridge, they require the services of the local blacksmith to fix a broken horse bit — and that blacksmith is none other than Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser.
It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Murtagh (since season three’s “All Debts Paid” to be exact), so even the most diligent Outlander fan might be hazy on what his deal is, besides making Jamie cry out of overwhelming joy. Not to worry! In honor of this grizzly highlander’s triumphant return to the world of Outlander, here’s a refresher on all things Murtagh. It’s best to read while listening to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”
It’s great to see Murtagh again, but can you remind me of his backstory?
With pleasure. Murtagh Fraser is Jamie’s godfather. He swore that he’d spend his entire life protecting Jamie. Mind you, that oath was not simply given because Murtagh is Jamie’s father Brian’s second cousin — it’s because Murtagh was very much in love with Jamie’s mother, Ellen. In season one, Murtagh, ever the curmudgeon, revealed his softer side to Claire when he told her about how he attempted to win Ellen MacKenzie’s hand in marriage by killing a wild boar at a Gathering ceremony; she chose to marry Brian instead. Brokenhearted, he made bracelets out of the boar’s tusks and presented them to her as a wedding gift. Years later, when Jamie began to be manipulated by his MacKenzie uncles Colum and Dougal, Murtagh was the only one who truly had his back. In short, Murtagh and Claire are the two people who love Jamie the most in this world. I’m getting misty-eyed just thinking about it! Oh, and he’s one of the few people Jamie and Claire have told about all this time-travel business, so you know they trust him.