Written by: Anne Hawkinson
Finally, “It’s time,” Murtagh tells Jamie, meaning it’s time to leave for the battle. Angus gets a kiss from Claire and Rupert promises her he’ll be back to share a stiff celebratory dram. Murtagh deserves a word of encouragement, a hug, or even a squeeze from Claire. Something. Anything! Instead, she asks him to watch over Jamie, which I understand, but a moment of affection and gratitude for Murtagh alone would perhaps have given us a wink and another sweet smile. And we can only wonder how much it would have meant to Murtagh. Murtagh’s answer to Claire? “Always.” Loyal, unselfish Murtagh. The tears are in freefall as I reach for another tissue. He gently squeezes Claire’s hand and walks away. He gives affection when he should be on the receiving end. Off he goes to battle, with no one to champion for him.
Do you share Anne’s Murtagh crush? Do you think he’s overlooked by Jamie or Claire in particular? What are your favorite #MurtaghMoments