Outlander Season 5, Episode 7 delivered an intense and heartbreaking episode. It also delivered a major cliffhanger and these five big questions.
If you were hoping for a happy episode of Outlander, well, I don’t think you’ve watched the series. Every episode tends to have something dark or sad happening, especially when it comes to the big battles. Outlander Season 5, Episode 7 was no exception.
In fact, I think “The Ballad of Roger Mac” was the saddest of all these big battle episodes. It brought not just one death but the hanging of a favorite character. Now we have a lot of questions for the next episode, which we’re not getting for two weeks!
That doesn’t stop the questions from circling in our brains. Here are my five biggest after the episode. They are aimed at the show only. While I know the book storyline, I’m focusing purely on the show and will avoid major book spoilers.
5. Will the Browns be punished?
Claire realized that Isaiah Morton wasn’t shot by the enemy. He was shot in the back by someone in the militia, and it’s clear that the “someone” was one of the Brown brothers. It doesn’t really matter which one it was, either.
Will the two brothers be punished? Or will they manage to get away with it because there was no proof of the shooting? While there is a book storyline in the future, it’s hard to say what the show will include after the Battle of Alamance and into Book 6.
4. Will we see Buck again?
It was such fun seeing Graham McTavish on our screens again, even if it was a character we will immediately hate. After all, Buck MacKenzie was the reason Roger was hanged at the end of Outlander Season 5, Episode 7. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want to see Buck again.
There is going to be some bad blood between Roger and his ancestor. Is there a chance they will come face to face again? The books say yes, but what about the show?
With McTavish in the role, it could be a little harder to bring Buck back. However, it’s not impossible. It’s just going to depend on McTavish’s scheduling.
3. What will Brianna do next?
Poor, Brianna. Her worst fear came true. It looks like she is going to be left without Roger. While there is a big storyline, we don’t know exactly which way the show will go with this storyline. Will Roger be okay or is this it for the character?
Either way, Brianna has a huge storyline coming up. She needs to raise a child, focus on dealing with Bonnet somewhere out there, and either helping Roger recover or mourning the loss of him. What will she do next?
2. Will Tryon punish Jamie?
After the Battle of Alamance was done, Jamie made it clear that his debt to the crown is over. That doesn’t mean Governor Tryon will agree with that. Tryon has a way of showing up when he’s not wanted or needed. And surely it could be up to him to decide whether Jamie’s debt and oaths are fulfilled.
Will Tryon punish Jamie after throwing the jacket on the ground? Or is this the end of Tryon showing up unwanted? There was a mention of him becoming the Governor of New York, but there’s a chance he’ll at least be mentioned in the future (and not just in the way the promo for Episode 8 shows). After all, he was a major part of the New York forces during the American Revolutionary War.
1. How was Roger mistaken for a Regulator?
The big question for many is how Tryon even mistook Roger for a Regulator. Tryon knew who Jamie’s son-in-law was. As the captain of the militia, he would have been known by a lot of people in the British Army.
This all comes down to whatever Buck did after knocking Roger out. It’s likely going to be explained, which links back to the animosity between Roger and his ancestor.
Note: I’m not asking the question of whether Roger is dead or alive. I don’t think the show is going to majorly divert from the book storyline here, so it’s a pretty obvious answer. Later today, I’ll go into that answer with book spoilers for those who haven’t read ahead and want to know.
What are your big questions for Outlander Season 5, Episode 7? Share them in the comments below.
Outlander returns with all-new episodes on Apr. 12 on STARZ.