In last week's episode of Outlander, actor Duncan Larcoix made an unexpected return to the series in the much-beloved role of Murtagh. His continued appearance on the show is a significant departure from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books, in which Murtagh dies during the battle of Culloden.
But young Ian found him alive and well, working as a blacksmith in the American colonies, and a sneak peek of this Sunday's episode shows him helping Claire collect water from a stream near Fraser's Ridge.
As he grabs both buckets, Claire teases him, "Pride goeth before a fall, and a broken back." To which he quickly retorts, "Be thankful for the help while you have it." It's clear his time helping out on Jamie's new homestead is finite.
After a bit of ribbing, Claire confesses that she's glad Murtagh has been spending time at Fraser's Ridge. "Having you here has really made Fraser's Ridge feel like home," she says. "Are you sure you can't stay?"
But Murtagh has the forge in town to run. "If I am to stay in North Carolina at all, I need to pay my taxes. And you kin what that means."
The clip ends with Murtagh revealing that a few of his fellow Scots in Willem’s Creek have gone to see the governor in hopes of decreasing the tax burden.
"As we speak two of our best men are presenting the governor with our petition for fewer taxes," he says. Claire questions. "your regulator friends?" And Murtagh simply nods as the footage cuts out.
Watch the full clip below, and tune in to new episodes of Outlander Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET on Starz.
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