Outlander Season 5

‘Outlander’ 5×08 Advanced Review: “Famous Last Words”

Outlander 5×08 “Famous Last Words” is an intensely emotional episode, even if the emotions the episode invokes in us are different from the ones invoked by the last episode. There are less gut-punches in this one, but that doesn’t mean your emotions won’t be pushed to the limit.

I’d still recommend that glass of wine, and maybe even a little chocolate.

This is what Outlander does best, emotions. Sometimes the things that get you from A to B, the situations that cause the emotional reactions in these characters are the problem, but the emotions rarely are. It’s like the show knows its forte is pushing characters to the limit and bringing out these emotional reactions in them, and us, and sometimes they’re willing to go way too far for that reaction.

All in all, this isn’t one of those times. I’m not a particular fan of this book storyline, because it relies on wrong place, wrong time, but I have less problem with this as a way to show life in those times than I am with the other storylines they usually deploy to show the same.

So, without further ado, here are some takeaways from “Famous Last Words”:

  • Of course, the elephant in the room is: Was that Roger? Is he alive. Thankfully, you get an answer right away. They already dragged it out for a couple of weeks, they won’t drag it out more.
  • This is my favorite non Jamie/Claire centric episode in, like, forever.
  • Not that this episode doesn’t give us a lot of one of our favorite looks for the Frasers: domestic Jamie and Claire.
  • Though this has been a long time coming, and I would certainly love more of a focus on it, there’s a strong sense of family in this episode, and not just the nuclear family, but the extended family.
  • Marsali has been one of my favorites for a while, but there was a moment this episode where I could have hugged her.
  • The final scene of this episode brought a tear or two to my eyes.
  • Grief is a continuous, hard thing, and this episode does a really good job of allowing the characters to both grieve and live, because what else can they do?
  • Outlander tries some innovative storytelling devices in this episode, and I predict those will be hit or miss: you either love them or you don’t. I didn’t particularly appreciate them, if I’m being honest.
  • There’s a song from this episode I’ve been singing over and over since I got to screen this hour – and no, for a change, it’s not the theme song.
  • Surprise, surprise! Or is it a surprise? And no, I’m not talking about the question of whether Roger is alive or not.

Are you excited for “Famous Last Words”? What are you looking forward to the most? Share with us in the comments below!

Outlander airs Sundays at 8/7c on Starz.

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