Outlander season 5: Heartbreaking hidden meaning behind Murtagh’s final words revealed

Outlander fans were dreading the death of Murtagh Fitzgibbons (played by Duncan Lacroix) after the first two seasons. Fans of the franchise were expecting his death, as it came quite early on in the Diana Gabaldon-penned books on which the Starz series is based. However, as the show kept him alive, viewers presumed his untimely end would eventually come along.


The latest episode saw these fears realised, as Murtagh was killed off whilst protecting his godson, Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan).

While this was a huge blow for both fans and Jamie, it was something that needed to happen to realign the show’s narrative with that of the books.

However emotional and harrowing Murtagh’s end was, though, it did contain a huge reference to the character’s death in the books, as Murtagh star Duncan Lacroix has now revealed.

Viewers will no doubt remember the Battle of Culloden back in season two, which left Jamie almost dead himself.


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This is the battle in which Murtagh was originally supposed to die.

Now, Murtagh star Duncan has revealed this original death scene has a huge connection with the show’s version of Murtagh’s death.

Speaking with Collider, he explained saving Jamie in the battle was what needed to happen for Murtagh’s character.

He said: “I think, in a way, that’s how we kind of postponed – but kind of stayed true to the books.”

Duncan then revealed the connection between the scenes, adding: “Because the last lines he says to Jamie are the last lines he says to Jamie at [the battle of] Culloden.”

During his death scene in the books, Murtagh told Jamie at the Battle of Culloden: “Dinna be afraid, a bhalaich. It doesna hurt a bit to die.”

Murtagh utters these same words in America during his death scene on the Starz show, bringing the two franchises together.

In another recent interview, Duncan spoke out about which part of his final episode affected him emotionally.

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Touching upon his final scenes, he confessed: “Yeah, you could feel the strength of the performance going on around you, and I was fine.”

In particular, the biggest scene for him was alongside his on-screen daughter-in-law, Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe).

Duncan went on: “It was actually when Caitriona – she grabs my hand and says, ‘Oh, Murtagh, my friend.’

“And I then I was like: ‘Oh, oh. This is actually really [sad].’ That was quite upsetting.”


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He concluded: “Yeah, I felt the power of the scene there.”

Losing Murtagh in the show will be a huge blow for all of the characters – but with Roger Mackenzie (Richard Rankin) now supposedly being killed off, the show lost a huge amount of its cast.

However, with Murtagh dead in the book as well as the show, but Roger still alive in the books, will he make a triumphant return?

Outlander season 5 airs on Sundays on Starz and Mondays on Amazon Prime Video.

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