Terry Dresbach

Outlander Costume Designer

Reply To: The character of Murtagh in the Series


Dear Dorothy;

I agree that the Murtagh in the TV series has a larger presence than in the books. I would think that people who haven’t read the books would have wondered why he was always there near Jamie, although as the episodes go by, it becomes clearer that he is choosing to watch over Jamie. In the book The Exile, Murtagh actually sees Claire come from the stones, or at least the stone circle, so he has some idea of her being out of that world. It does give some impetus to his rescuing Claire from BJR, and then for taking her back to the McKenzies in the house in the first episode. I wonder if in the next 8 episodes there will be any more development of Murtagh’s view of Claire. Anyway, I have loved his character very much.