The Hanged Man: Mental Health and Roger Mac’s Transformation
Outlander Episode 508 tackled some very important mental health issues — PTSD, depression and suicide — after Roger’s hanging and Young Ian’s yet-to-be-revealed troubles. Andrée Poppleton looks at how successfully the show portrayed these important ideas.
Thank You Jon Gary Steele: A Look Back at his Wonderful Outlander Sets and Design
first posted at Outlandercast on Feb 5th, 2020
by Janet Reynolds and Andrée Poppleton
Jon Gary Steele helped make the Outlander TV show a fan and critic favourite, overseeing set design and creating some amazing sets. This tribute post looks back at some of his most memorable sets.
Outlander Retrospective – Behind the Scenes in Episode 412, ‘Providence’
(First posted at outlandercast in January 2019)
I reckon that when Claire gets her eyes and surgeon’s hands on Roger next week her diagnosis will be fractured clavicle. #PoorRoger. He is having a VERY difficult time and we are all hoping for a miracle next week.
In this week’s emotion-packed Outlander episode 412 we saw four locations: River Run, Wilmington, the Mohawk Village and the forest scenes with Claire, Jamie and Ian on their quest to locate Roger. With my #BTS radar and enjoyment of all things that go on in the background to make the show, I was thrilled to see Barry Waldo’s posts on Instagram this week. He showed us the inside set that Gary Steele and his team created for River Run. Who knew that the verandah was created on a stage complete with a painted backdrop of the view out to the river. Wow! Couldn’t resist adding those here as they are so interesting.
The scenes with our intrepid threesome searching for Roger — and that heart-rending voiceover by Jamie — were filmed at Cumbernauld Glen on that sunny day when we watched the filming last May. Matthew Fairley spotted the three weaving in and out of the trees on horseback.
And for Wilmington, here are a few more shots from Matthew from his recent visit to the site, as well as a couple of aerial shots of the “town.”
I saw on social media that someone has dubbed Fergus and Marsali, the 18thcentury Bonnie and Clyde! Hope we’ll see them arrive to settle at the Ridge before the show ends.
The most exciting and traumatic scenes this week were in the Mohawk Village, Shadow Lake. Back to Faskally Woodnear Pitlochry in the Scottish Highlands.
A most magnificent part of the world. The day we were there, a beautiful summer’s day in June, we could not see much, as filming was underway. We had a lovely walk in the forest and by the water’s edge, though.
When we walked down to get a view up towards the village over the loch, we met some folk who were staying in a holiday park at the edge of the loch. One bloke told us a story of the night before when he had gone to the local pub and ”it was full of Indians,” he said! He and his friends had no idea what to make of that.
On the days before we were there, Matthew, Susanne Evans and Pauline Duncan (of Northlands B and B in Pitlochry) each went and got some amazing close-ups of the village dwellings, including fabulous details of the interiors, with the sleeping platforms and all the minutia of village life. Skins, dear carcass, fish drying — what a set up! It was like actually traveling to another world and time.
Have these guys thought of a theme park? Surely “Outlander World” would draw some big crowds?
At this point who can predict what will happen in the last episode? Even for book readers its tricky to know how they are going to close the show. We’ve heard it will be some kind of cliff hanger so we will wait patiently for “Man of Worth.” See you then.
Thanks to my contributors this week: Matthew Fairley, Susanne Evans and Pauline Duncan.
Andrée has been an Outlander fan since December 2015 when she took a friend’s advice to watch this “great show.” Well that was great advice and since then she has travelled from Australia to Scotland twice and spent lots of time checking out the Outlander action. You can follow Andrée on twitter @andree.poppleton and Instagram @AndreePoppleton for more Outlander action.