Episode 1 – America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful

Date: November 4, 2018  8pm EST
Written by Matthew Roberts & Toni Graphia
Directed by Julian Holmes

Synopsis: Claire and Jamie cross paths with Stephen Bonnet, a pirate and smuggler who enlists their help. Claire illuminates Jamie on some of America’s history, leading him to wonder if it’s possible for them to lay down roots.


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As opposed to placing large monoliths, Native Americans often built cairns made of stones stacked around 4-5 feet high, which were the inspiration for this stone circle. The center stone was intentionally kept as a monolith as an homage to Scotland and the stones at Craigh Na Dun.

A stunt dog had to be brought in for this scene with Rollo as Dui (pronounced like Dewey) was too gentle and wouldn’t snarl and jump on the attackers.
Regulators, found in the back country of the Carolinas during the mid-to-late 1700s, were citizens who took up arms against colonial officials, sheriffs, tax collectors, etc. whom they believed were taxing them unfairly.
The location used for Lillington’s dining room is said to be haunted.
This Gaelic lament was written and composed by Robert Robertson. Luckily for Jamie, who lacks any musical talent, it’s more important to sing a lament loudly than in tune.
The town of Wilmington was designed by Jon Gary Steele, and the set was a purpose-built street with real, mature trees.

Watchmen are present in the hanging scene in Wilmington as there were no established police forces in the colonies yet.

Ed Speleers (Stephen Bonnet) is best known for his lead role in the 2006 film “Eragon” as well as the regular role of Jimmy Kent in “Downton Abbey.”
The use of the song “America the Beautiful” was planned before the script for this episode was written. Dialogue was written purposefully but without the intention of being heard, and the song is meant to be a strong contrast to the darker side of colonial America that Jamie and Claire are experiencing.
At this time, whiskey was uncommon in the colonies and hard to acquire, which was why Jamie offers Hayes rum instead, as it was much easier to come by.
Bonus Content: This episode of ‘Outlander’ contains bonus videos and behind-the-scenes photos, accessible in the X-Ray Bonus tab in Prime Video.
The primitive ritual at the beginning of the episode was choreographed by Rianne White.

The Outlander make up department worked with medical consultant Dr. Claire McGroarty to ensure Hayes’s death looked authentic.


Photos from Episode 401

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