#5. Colum MacKenzie going out on his terms
When it all came down to it, Colum decided to turn to Claire for help. He knew that he was going to die and he decided that it was going to be on his terms. There are a few elements of this storyline that are important and why it lands in the top five.
First of all, it’s the fact that he turns to Claire for this. Out of all the people in the world, he knows that not only will Claire have an option but he trusts her. He trusts Claire to find a way that will allow him to die painlessly and in peace. Of course, she points out that the way Geillis killed her husband Arthur Duncan was painful and nothing he’d want. There was a look of happiness and relief that he’d chosen the right person.
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Then there was the way he commented about suicide being a sin. Of course, many would believe he’d never go to Heaven, but Colum wasn’t interested in the fears of the afterlife. What was one more sin for a man who likely made some terrible decisions against people?
Finally, it was that moment with Dougal and Colum. This is the part that pushed this to number five on the list. Dougal finally had the chance to say so much and his brother was already gone. It was heartbreaking to see, and likely set up the final moments for Dougal. If only…there are so many if only moments in life.