“Outlander” has a history of breaking fans' hearts, but in terms of emotional drama “The Ballad of Roger Mac” is right up there. The Fraser family took a brutal beating as the crown pushed through the Battle of Alamance, but tragedy isn't done coming for this clan just yet. From a broken syringe and a major character’s death, to the fate of another lead being left in the air by the quiet, closing moments, there's plenty of uncertainty and unrest throughout this week’s hour.
As history predicted, the Red Coats easily overtook the rebels with their superior cavalry, but after Bree Sophie Skelton rode out to warn her parents and Roger Richard Rankin that Murtagh Duncan Lacroix and his men would inevitably fall, the family did their best to avoid war one more time. That meant Roger, who has struggled to find his place since deciding to stay in the past with his family, needed to put himself in danger and travel to the opposing camp in an attempt to call the Regulators off.
Unfortunately what makes Roger so likable in his own timeline — his logic, kindness and love — is exactly what men of the past are unable to reconcile in their own heads. He's a threat simply because he is different, and ultimately that's what endangered his life by the time the war kicked off. Despite Murtagh heeding his family's advice and trying to call off the men and save lives, honor was on the line and the farmers were all-in on the bloodshed. Still, things might have worked out for Roger anyhow had he managed to escape the camp, but then fate stepped in and brought him face-to-face with Morag MacKenzie Elysia Welch the woman he had saved on Bonnet's Ed Speleers ship.
When Morag's husband caught Roger hugging her a modern display of affection easily misconstrued here, he immediately turned violent, which was hard to watch emotionally for a number of reasons. Firstly Roger was trying to save the man's life and had offered a future for them at Fraser's Ridge, but secondly because it was that man who led Roger to being captured and — if the assumption at the end of the episode is correct — hanged.
There have been plenty of emotional moments throughout the history of the show, but Roger's potential death ranks right up there with the loss of Claire's Caitriona Balfe baby or Brianna's assault. Knowing his fate in the books and not knowing how the writers will follow that story makes it hard to write about here viewers who haven't read the books and don't want to know should be careful with their quick Google fingers, but even the fact that Roger could potentially be dead will sit heavily on Claire, Bree and Jamie Sam Heughan in the episodes to come. War is devastating; war involving family is next-level. Every decision...
SPOILER ALERT: This post contains details of tonight's The Walking Dead penultimate episode of Season 10, which is the de facto finale for the next little while thanks to the coronavirus crisis.
“You got a whole lot of family,” The Walking Dead‘s Daryl Dixon Norman Reedus tells the now parentless Judith Grimes Cailey Fleming in tonight's penultimate episode of Season 10, that marks the end of the current run, for now.
With AMC having to hit the pause button on the latest season of the zombie apocalypse series due to the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, “The Tower” may be the last we know of the TWD universe for a while. Still, coming off the departure of sorts of Danai Gurira and her beloved Michonne character just a few weeks ago and now the premature end of the season, TWD tonight wasn't going out without a few surprises.
As a trio of Survivors venture into an empty Pittsburgh that looks like most of the world's big cities right now, the Princess character from the Robert Kirkman-created comics made her unique debut, for better and worse. Also, as Judith comes to terms with losing both her father Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln and Michonne over the past two seasons, script flipping once villain Negan Jeffrey Dean Morgan tries to find a new role for himself with the daughter of Whisperers leader Alpha, who he killed in March 15's “Walk with Us” episode. And then there's the little matter of Alpha's murderous right-hand man Beta Ryan Hurst hearing his dead leader's voice and stewarding a herd of ravenous walkers to our heroes hiding out in an abandoned hospital - with the added “strange” injection, to quote showrunner Angela Kang, that suddenly the world of TWD seems eerily familiar to our own and its health crisis.
Working on Season 11 remotely, Kang chatted with me about the quicker than expected end to TWD‘s Season 10, why there will be no episode 16 for a while, what's coming next year and some urban tales.
DEADLINE: AMC announced on March 24 that next week's proper season finale will not be airing for the time being, where are things at now?
KANG: Obviously, we think everybody did an amazing job on episode 15. Hopefully, it serves a satisfying interim pause to it all, but you know, we were working really, really hard on 16 and cranking away.
DEADLINE: So why aren't we seeing the real finale next week?
For big episodes like that, to deliver them, it's basically about two weeks before air. It takes that long to get all of the post-production effects done and all the final finishing. So, we were about a week and a half out by the time the California governor called a shutdown to stuff because of...