Episode 5 – Savages


Date: December 2, 2018  8pm EST
Written by Bronwyn Garrity
Directed by Denise Di Novi

Synopsis: Claire’s medical expertise proves invaluable, but she begins to fear for her life when tragedy strikes her patients’ household. Jamie and Young Ian travel to a nearby town to recruit settlers for Fraser’s Ridge.



In the books, Murtagh is killed at Culloden. The writers decided to keep his character alive, because he’s so beloved.

German settlers first came to North Carolina in the 1580s, however, the largest influx of Germans to North Carolina occurred mostly in the 18th century. They originally aimed for the Pennsylvania region, but as unoccupied land became hard to find, they migrated south to the backcountry of North Carolina where they earned the name “Pennsylvania Dutch”.

Baird’s Bed and Breakfast is the same location that Claire and Frank stayed in the pilot episode.

The song Murtagh is whistling – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – is a reference to Season 1 episode 14, “The Search”, where Murtagh and Claire travel across Scotland to find Jamie.

Adawehi was inspired by Nayawenne from the book Drums of Autumn. Due to the scarcity of information on the Tuscarora, the Native Americans they interact with were changed to Cherokee in the show, which also meant changing the names from the book for accuracy.

The white sow is a reference to the angry white sow who terrorizes their pantry in the book Drums of Autumn.

During this time, Measles was one of the leading causes of infant mortality. It is considered a childhood disease for this reason, and it was often ignored due to the severity of other diseases such as small pox or scarlet fever. The 1772 epidemic left many people immune to the disease, making it one of the few diseases that wasn’t at epidemic levels during the American Revolution.

The city of Falkland, Fife stands in for Inverness.

This was Duncan Lacroix’s first scene back since season 3. The cast was thrilled to be working together again.

This is the first scene shot inside the Fraser’s Ridge cabin, which was designed by John Gary Steele and built by the amazing Outlander crew.

The horses were in a bad mood during this scene. So a handful a crew members stepped in to give them a break. Jamie’s wagon is being pulled by six men.

All of the weapons used on Outlander are either rented or built for the show and are accurate to the period. They are kept in working condition by armorer Jim Elliot and team.

The Blacksmith’s name, Graham MacNeil, was inspired by the sons of the writer (Graham) and director (Mac).



Photos from Episode 405

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