Outlander EP explains the use of the song at the end of the Season 4 premiere

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Outlander Season 4, Episode 1 has opened up a debate about the music choice at the end. EP Maril Davis has taken to Twitter to share why the song was used.

After watching Outlander Season 4, Episode 1, fans had mixed opinions about the song choice. You’ll now know where I stand on the choice and why, but others absolutely loved it. There were others who viewed it as an overly political statement way too close to the mid-term elections.

Users took to Twitter to share how they perceived the song choice. They got the meaning and reasoning behind it but it still felt like it had a political meaning. Now, Outlander EP Maril Davis has shared the reasoning behind the song choice.

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This was never meant to be a political statement, but I can see why people have viewed it like that. That doesn’t mean I agree, by the way, I can just understand why people view it this way. While this beautiful song about how wonderful America is played, Claire and Jamie (and others) faced something very different. They witnessed first-hand the cruel realities of pirates and the Colonies.

And, yes, it’s easy to understand why this would come across as a political statement, especially so close to the mid-term elections. I do think the timing was more by chance than anything else.

Davis shared on multiple occasions that the song wasn’t a political statement. If it was, she’d certainly say so. And we know that she hasn’t talked politics on her personal Twitter before. However, on this occasion, it was never supposed to be political. It was all about how Claire and Jamie are seeing the opposite of what Ray Charles sings about in the song.

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The use of something beautiful and positive over a violent scene is a way to help detach from the moment. This is the first time Outlander has done something like this — usually keeping the focus on the violence and pain — so it is something many wouldn’t have been ready for.

That detachment didn’t work for me, but it worked for others. But I love that the show was willing to take this risk in production, knowing that it wouldn’t work for everyone. Risks are always worth taking! But this wasn’t supposed to be political.

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What did you think of the song choice? Do you agree with Maril Davis about it not being a political statement? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Outlander airs Sundays at 8/7c on STARZ.