New Graham McTavish Interview from Access Hollywood   1 comment


From Access Hollywood:

“Outlander” wrapped up its second season on Saturday night on Starz, and while much of it was set in 1968 there was still a big focus on the buildup to Culloden.

(Spoiler alert! This article contains major plot details from the show.)

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Graham McTavish’s character, the war chief Dougal MacKenzie, was one of the strongest and fiercest Highland warriors on the show, but his dedication to his cause – restoring a Stuart King to the throne – got him killed. Before the battle of Culloden, Dougal overheard Jamie and Claire Fraser contemplating a plot to kill Bonnie Prince Charlie to stop the battle.

From their point of view, which was informed by the time-traveling Claire, who knew how the battle would end, it would have been the price of one life to save the Highlanders. But, from Dougal’s standpoint, as a loyal Jacobite, it was treason.

He took up arms and attacked his nephew and Claire, but in the end, the Frasers got the upper hand and Dougal was killed. spoke to Graham McTavish about saying goodbye to the show. Claire and Jamie are both responsible for [Dougal’s death]. You knew [your character’s exit] was coming. Is it tough to do when it’s coming? Is it tough to say goodbye to this character?
Graham McTavish: Definitely, definitely. It’s tough to say goodbye, definitely. Always. When you’ve grown fond of — not just the character that you’re playing, but the characters that you’re acting with and everybody, it is hard, but it’s the story that you’re telling and you want to do your best to tell it is as well as you can and that was what really informed the day when we were shooting that. We had a lot of laughs, to be honest, on that day. I mean, we really did, because when they finally do kill me, they’re both above me with their hands clasped on the dirk, plunging it into me. Because I’m fighting back, Jamie’s pushing and Claire joins him and it’s her weight and her involvement that finally seals my fate. And so, it’s a great visual image from my point of view of these two sort of almost Macbeth and Lady Macbeth figures, but I wouldn’t want to take that comparison too far, but they are complicit in that moment and… we very much wanted to show that [Claire] wasn’t some pathetic, weak bystander who was just watching her husband nearly get killed, that she would be involved and that’s what we pushed for in that moment. But I took the opportunity of taking a nice little photo with my iPhone of the two of them above me with the knife, because I just thought, that’s the last thing that Dougal MacKenzie sees is the two of them grinning away (laughs), just finishing him off. It must have just been the worst, worst way for him to go, I think. He would hate it. Hate it. It would be bad enough to be dying but—

Access: He thinks they’re betraying this cause.
Graham: Oh yeah!

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  1. Pinned onto Outlander the Series.

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