Episode 4 – Common Ground

Common Ground

Episode 404 - 00001

Date: November 25, 2018  8pm EST
Written by Joy Blake
Directed by Ben Bolt

Synopsis: Having been led by providence to Fraser’s Ridge, Jamie, Claire and Young Ian begin to build a home in the Blue Ridge Mountains. In the 20th Century, Roger tries to reconnect with Brianna.




All of the Native Americans in this season of Outlander are played by actors from Canadian First Nation tribes.

Gayle’s dog is a 2 year old French Bulldog named Carrot. This is her debut role, and she’s owned by Executive Producer Maril Davis.

The Cherokee language is the singular Southern Iroquoian language, and only about 12,000 members of the 300,000 tribal members are still able to speak it. The Cherokee dialect of North Carolina is considered severely endangered, and lower dialects spoken on the South Carolina/Georgia border have been extinct for over 100 years.

Real fish were used for this scene, and for authenticity, Caitriona spent time learning the proper way to gut a fish.

The author of the book Roger pulls from his desk is named after Starz exec Karen Bailey who is from North Carolina.

While Scots have been in North Carolina since early settlement of the colonies, the first large group to emigrate to North Carolina were from the Highlands. They settled near the Blue Ridge Mountains, because it reminded them of home.

At this time, surveyors used the “metes and bounds” system to survey land, which used large identifiable objects like the witness tree in this scene. The surveyor would measure from monument to monument. Unfortunately, the problem with this system is that these monuments were often not permanent, and the boundary would change over time.




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