We’re inching ever closer now to Outlander season 4 episode 10 airing this weekend, and it feels like we’re gearing up for something emotional.
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What we’ve certainly come to see over time with the series is that with tremendous sorrow or pain comes fantastic performances. We’ve already witnessed the best performance of Sophie Skelton to date on the show this season, in addition to getting reminders of the greatness of Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan. Outlander is not the easiest show for an actor to tackle. At times, you’re working out in the wilderness and dealing with a wide range of temperatures — you could see via the breath of the performers how cold it was at the time of the Jamie – Brianna meeting. You’re also having to put yourselves into the mind of someone centuries in the past who are, at times, going through unspeakable pain.
As we approach Roger’s story coming up this weekend, it’s fairly easy to identify where his pain is coming from. He was so close to reuniting with Brianna and had went through so much in order to make it happen. Did he make some mistakes before that and allow his temper to get in the way of what he wanted? Certainly, but he is trying to earn an element of redemption. He traveled all the way back down to Fraser’s Ridge after being forced to rejoin Stephen Bonnet’s crew and there is nothing that he wants more than an opportunity to reunite with the woman he loves. Unfortunately, a case of mistaken identity led to him being brutally attacked and now it’s hard to determine one way or another what his future will be.
Physically, this could be Richard Rankin’s most-taxing episode to date because Roger’s in the thick of it. He’s been beaten, he’s weary, and it may be easy for him to give up hope — not that we think that this is going to happen. He’s a determined man; the fact that he even came back into the past speaks to that heavily. Emotionally, the material is right there for him, as well. Roger is going to feel devastated and quite possibly confused over his present circumstances, but he will almost certainly not give up. He has to be prepared to do whatever he can in order to get back to Bree and suffice it to say, there’s potential for a fantastic scene with Sam Heughan if Jamie ever understands that he beat up the wrong man.
As excited as we’ve been for much of Roger’s storyline all season, this is where the scales tip and we hit a whole new level.
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