'Outlander' season 4 episode 11 review: 'If Not For Hope' was the silver lining we were waiting for, but with a catch

Sunday's episode of 'Outlander', 'If Not For Hope', gave us the much needed silver-lining but also gave us so many more things to worry about, especially Roger's fate


                            'Outlander' season 4 episode 11 review: 'If Not For Hope' was the silver lining we were waiting for, but with a catch

After a series of difficult episodes, 'If Not For Hope' gave us the much-needed sigh of relief!

The first news that needs to be immediately announced is perhaps what is shown in the last scene of the episode — Roger MacKenzie (Richard Rankin) is still in the 17th Century! He did not time travel back to the 1970s and decided to stay back for love and for Brianna Randall Fraser (Sophie Skelton). This may have been a foolish call since he is beaten black and blue again, this time by a group of Mohawks, after being made to walk for two months!

Roger's fate in the 18th Century has been extremely rough, so the fact that he decided to stay back despite getting an easy way out only proves that he is more of a man than we have given him credit for.

Or it could be that the stones in the middle of a forest, en-route to New York, did not work, but let us just believe that it was his choice to stay back, which probably is the case.

Mohawk Tribe - 'Outlander' Episode 411 (Starz)
Mohawk Tribe - 'Outlander' Episode 411 (Starz)

Another sigh of relief comes in knowing that the Frasers pursue Roger convinced he is alive after finding the dead body of his captive counterpart. The Frasers have also figured out the village of the Mohawks, a place called Shadow Lake. Since they are actively on the chase, the Frasers may soon enough come to rescue Roger, but they better speed up because as much as a romantic hero Roger may be, he may not be able to survive the crude wilderness of the 17th Century.

As for another sigh of relief, (we told you there were many) Brianna's moral security as a single pregnant woman in the century, doomed by a missing husband and a horrifying assault, is well taken care of by Aunt Jocasta (Maria Doyle Kennedy), who is determined to find her a husband. Many men instantly fall in love with Bree, but she knows that Roger will be found, but is unsure if he will accept the child which may not be his.

Brianna Randall Fraser (Sophie Skelton) season 4 episode 11
Brianna Randall Fraser (Sophie Skelton) season 4 episode 11

Before she lands herself into a mess, just because it's the 17th Century's belief that a single pregnant woman's child will be deemed a bastard, she cleverly plans to avoid the marriage proposals she knows she is getting.

Knowing that Lord John Grey (David Berry) is a gay man who is in love with Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) because Bree is as "perceptive" as her mother, and also because Bree had seen Lord John Grey make love with one of her suitors, Bree asks Grey to marry her before anyone can ask her hand in marriage. Clever and strategic Brianna, however, does not necessarily convince Grey with all her threatening, but however, manages to win his favor when he realizes that he can definitely help the damsel in distress.

With nothing to lose and everyone in a happy place, Mr. Forbes (Billy Boyd), who was about to propose Bree, is subtly rejected as the news of Bree and Grey is announced, much to Aunt Jocasta's joy.

We also learn quite a bit about Jamie's mother, Bree's grandmother, Ellen MacKenzie Fraser, in the episode, so it understandable where Bree gets her stubbornness from as well her artistic side. The episode starts with Bree making sketches, much to Lizzie's (Caitlin O'Ryan) dismay, who believes she is painting something devilish. Later, Bree decides to sketch one of Aunt Jocasta's slave girl Phaedre (Natalie Simpson), and many are baffled by it because she painted a portrait of a "Negro". Brianna, in her graceful poise, answered to the crowd by saying she paints anything that inspires her.

Natalie Simpson (Phaedre), Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall Fraser) - 'Outlander' Episode 411 (Starz)
Natalie Simpson (Phaedre), Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall Fraser) - 'Outlander' Episode 411 (Starz)

As for Jamie and Claire (Caitriona Balfe), the ultimate 'Outlander' couple, tension couldn't fare till the end of the episode, so they make up and make love and all is good. There another sigh of relief.

However, our sigh of relief, as it can be used as an expression now because of such repetitive usage, is snatched when Murtagh Fitzgibbons (Duncan Lacroix), the "wanted" political leader of a revolutionary party, is captured by the police in Wilmington, just after he had successfully nabbed Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers).

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