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Outlander season 6: Sam Heughan opens up on Jamie Fraser's 'traumatic' loss

One moment which has really stood out for actor Sam Heughan, who is best known for playing highlander Jamie Fraser, was the death of Murtagh Fitzgibbons (played by Duncan Lacroix). Not only did Sam’s character lose his godfather but the actor lost a close friend as Duncan’s time on Outlander came to an end. However, he acknowledged the writing of Murtagh’s death helped set up Jamie’s story as he heads into season six.

Reflecting on Murtagh’s death, Sam said: “It’s really hard to put it into words really, you know we have this amazing actor in Duncan Lacroix who he’s just been a really strong part of the storyline.

“Murtagh, the character, has always been there for Jamie, he’s been this silent guardian, this father figure.

“But Duncan as an actor has been our best friend and chief entertainer on set.

“And the man who will be probably be drinking the most whiskey,” he added.

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“He really is a lot of fun but also an incredible actor and to lose him that day was quite traumatic for Jamie.”

Explaining how Murtagh’s death affected Jamie, Sam remarked: “So then, there was this story of Jamie coming to terms with that and journey through that grief so it’s first of all, it’s shock then it’s anger and all these stages of grief.

“Then we get to the tent and Claire cannot help him and he realises he’s lost his godfather and it was just some really great writing to be honest.”

Speaking at Paley Fest LA last month, Sam continued: “Then Jamie is confronted by Governor Trvon and out comes Jamie’s emotion, his grief.

“We have scenes, we have characters, we have things in the books we haven’t covered. We can call back on stuff.”

Hinting Claire could find a new ally in the form of another time traveller, Sam added: “We have seen there are other time travellers out there.

“It feels as though the universe is opening up a bit more for us to draw upon, as well for the writers.

“For the actors, we have all that experience with each other. We know how each other works now and, most of the time, we enjoy working together.”

Meanwhile, speaking of his departure from the show, actor Duncan said of Murtagh’s death: “It’s weird.

“When you’re in there doing it season after season, you don’t think that much, and then when I was filming the death scene, it all sank in.”

He told Den of Geek: “I got really emotional, not just for the scene, but just for the whole experience coming to an end.”

Outlander seasons 1-5 are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video now.


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