Mrs. Bug met a traumatic end in Outlander Season 7, Episode 3. Is this a storyline that happens in the books, or is it a show invention?
Caution: This post contains major spoilers from Outlander Season 7, Episode 3
If you’re a show-first fan, you likely didn’t expect that ending to Mrs. Bug’s story. The Bugs have always seemed sweet and kind. Well, Mrs. Bug did. While she was certainly a little judgy (wasn’t everyone in that time period?), she tried to help the Frasers, who gave her and her husband work and a home.
So, finding out that they were behind the stolen gold was surprising. Then we got to see how the story would play out, with Young Ian having to take her life to protect those close to him. He didn’t have a choice, but now Arch has promised to get revenge.
What show-first or show-only fans want to know is whether this is a storyline from the books. We know the show has changed things in the past, but was this one of those moments?
Murdina Bug does die in the Outlander books
This is a storyline taken straight from the books. Do you remember when the Bugs were first introduced and book fans questioned how little they were used? There was a fear that the whole storyline wouldn’t be included. That’s because we get to know them much more in the books. We find out a little of their history, especially in the aftermath of Culloden.
If we had all of that from the Bugs introduction in Outlander Season 5, the death in the episode may not have been as much of a shock. Or maybe their true loyalties may not have been a shock. It did seem to come out of nowhere in the series.
However, the overall storyline of the Bugs going after the gold and Murdina being killed by Young Ian did happen. Watch out for Arch!