This episode, in addition to installing all the ingredients for a war that we know is imminent, and even if it focuses on the marriage of Brianna and Roger, it is that of Jamie Fraser, no doubt. It is of all plans, it is of all actions, it is of all stories and above all, of all emotions.
Father, grandfather, husband, spiritual son; chief, warrior, but also earth, as much as builder; Scottish - he claims it - and yet American - he proves it - he shines as in the days of his Scottish youth. Age has no effect on his superb, any more than on his ability to unite, to encourage.
Everything is built around him because he brings hope and projects.
At the heart of Fraser Ridge, everyone is bustling with activity for the big wedding, and the contrast is striking with the lonely and lonely cabin in the heart of the forest in which we had left the Fraser at the end of last season. Besides, this is confirmed by the voice of Claire, who, as usual, leads us through the meanders of history: A house is more than a roof, she tells us. , it is a community.
Like a knit, chaining a stitch from the past with a stitch from the present, we are confirmed, with humor that, even if he accepts it in the family, Jamie is not yet willing to trust Roger completely, and it is not clear what is the most difficult for him to bear, that the latter has taken so long to join his daughter, that he seems unfit for all the trades necessary for survival in a country in the making, or the makes him Presbyterian…
But as usual, Jamie is not a man to refuse the peculiarity of those around him and we feel that this resistance is only asking to give in.
We are reminded that, even if she is in love and desires this marriage more than anything, Brianna still suffers terribly from the trauma that Bonnet made her suffer. The door is wide open for the reappearance of this terrible character, which Lord John confirms to Jamie.
We are also confirmed that Claire is still and always essential, both as support for Jamie, as a doctor, as mistress of the field. She has around her all the people she loves, husband, children, grandchildren. We have never seen it so radiant and fulfilled!
Because in the end, marriage in itself is not very important except that it offers the ideal scenery to implant all the characters necessary for the plot.
There is the family, with among others, Jocasta Cameron.
There are friends from the past including, of course, the wonderful Lord John, still as noble and lonely as ever.
There are also new friends, who would go unnoticed if we did not take the time to find their names in the credits! The young Josiah Beardsley, who already pleases Lizzie terribly; Murdina and Arch Bug; Isaiah Morton and Ronnie Sinclair and especially Duncan Innes which we hear about for the first time as a pretender to Jocasta. We discover it furtively during the party talking to the Reverend Caldwel, surely in order to prepare his own wedding!
But there are also the enemies, in the person of Governor Tryon, representative of the crown, more manipulative than ever. He prowls, like a predator, like a wild beast on the hunt and he reiterates his royal grip on a man he intends to keep under control.
This is what the episode basically tells us about: The cross of fire. Of this showdown between Tryon and Jamie, between the crown and the settlers. Between colonization and freedom. Between war and peace.
And between these two opponents, there is Murtagh.
Murtagh, whom we are shown in the introduction, young and noble, kneeling before little Jamie who has just lost his mother. 'I will always be by your side,' he swears to him ... and we know he has kept his word. Murtagh who, we suspect, will soon lose everything, Jocasta, Jamie, Fraser Ridge, and perhaps even America.
The final scene is overwhelming because we know what links these two men. We know they have already been lost for 20 long years. We know that beyond blood ties, they are nevertheless like father and son.
Jamie, who has never backed down from any fight, must release his godfather from his promise and we feel everything that is torn in him, all this unbearable suffering that runs through him right through.
Jamie, on his knees, crying over cruel destiny, now has every reason to make choices for revolt.
These are the choices that the fifth season will tell us.
Besides, if we linger on this wedding throughout the episode, it is not for the pleasure of the dance, but so that we have in mind everything that must be saved, everything what it would be unbearable to lose.