‘Outlander’ Star Sophie Skelton on Why a Family Funeral Scene Was Cut

by Jeremy Spirogis
Sophie Skelton

Outlander followers mourned the lack of Murtagh (Duncan LaCroix) together with Jacosta (Maria Doyle Kennedy) and Jamie (Sam Hueghan) in “Famous Last Words.”  But as revealed by actress Sophie Skelton, the solid filmed a significant funeral scene that was later lower from the episode. 

[Spoiler alert: This article comprises spoilers for Outlander season 5, episode 8.]

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What occurred to Murtagh on ‘Outlander’?

In Outlander season 5, episode 7, “The Ballad of Roger Mac,” Murtagh leads his regulator military into battle in opposition to Governor Tryon’s (Tim Downie) forces. Jamie tries his finest to avoid wasting him, and even sends Roger throughout battle traces to warn him in regards to the bloodshed to return. 

But Murtagh sticks to his weapons and goes to battle in opposition to the Red Coats. Jamie, who’s the colonel of his militia, finds Murtagh within the woods towards the top of the battle. As the 2 start speaking, considered one of Jamie’s younger militiamen shoots Murtagh. 

Jamie carries Murtagh to Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) medical tent and asks her to avoid wasting him. But by the point she checks his pulse, Murtagh is already lifeless. Jamie is shaken and heartbroken on the lack of his godfather, and he tells Tryon he’s carried out working with him.

Murtagh’s funeral in episode Eight of ‘Outlander’

In episode Eight of Outlander season 5, Jamie and Jacosta lastly put Murtagh to relaxation on Fraser’s Ridge. His grave is marked by a excessive circle of stones close to Jamie’s home. Jacosta sings him a transferring tribute, whereas Ulysses (Colin McFarlane) quietly stands behind her. 

Later, whereas Jamie and his aunt speak about Murtagh, she says she wished she may have made him a correct gravestone, however it isn’t her place to take action. “Murtagh and I were not husband and wife,” Jacosta says. “Neither were we father and son,” Jamie replies, “but it doesn’t make the pain any less or easier to bear.”

Sophie Skelton reveals particulars in regards to the funeral scene that was lower

Many followers are in all probability questioning why they didn’t get to see Claire and the remainder of the Fraser clan pay their respects to Murtagh, who was undoubtedly an enormous a part of everybody’s life. Well, in an interview with TV Line, Outlander star Sophie Skelton revealed that the Fraser household — together with Brianna, Claire, and Roger (Richard Rankin)  — have been filmed attending the funeral. But she stated the scene was lower from the episode due to Roger’s PTSD story arc.

“We had the Murtagh funeral scene — all of those were actually in that originally, and we did a whole scene there with us all around his grave and laying stones for him and everything,” Skelton advised the outlet.  “Roger was in the scene, and when [the behind-the-scenes crew] looked back at it, they said actually him being there looks too engaged. We really want to show how disengaged he is and how little time he’s spending with the family.”

It’s unclear if the funeral scene Skelton is speaking about will ever see the sunshine of day. But if showrunners launch it as an additional bonus clip, followers would probably be thrilled to see the Fraser household gathered round Murtagh’s grave, paying tribute to their departed friend.  

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