'Outlander': Fans are invested in Brianna and Roger's love story over the show's OG couple Claire and Jamie
The ratings and viewership of Starz's time-traveling show 'Outlander' has only been soaring and episode 11 witnessed the highest viewership of the season
When 'Outlander' season 4 premiered last November, it was pretty much evident that our favorite time-traveling couple, Jamie and Claire Fraser would take the backseat and give the spotlight to the new young couple, Roger MacKenzie and Brianna Randall Fraser. With 10 episodes so far, the season has balanced the story plot of both couples, but it has been the young time-travelers' journey that has piqued the interest of viewers, especially with the brutal fate Brianna and Roger face in the 17th Century.
Yes!!! Roger and Brianna are a huge part of the story going forward. Jaime and Claire are as well but their relationship has matured, and there needs to be room for that growth and the addition of others. THAT is the essence of the books!— Kathryn Schmidt (@suzannek74) January 15, 2019
I think I hold my breath each episode praying Roger and Brianna reunite!!!! pic.twitter.com/pCssg26fzS— Jamie Saunders (@jamielea80) January 14, 2019
Even before the duo ventured through the stones, their 20th-Century love story itself was buzzing among 'Outlander' fans, and once Brianna set sail and Roger immediately followed suit, fans have been talking about their complicated relationship. Let's start with episode eight titled 'Wilmington', which was perhaps the most difficult episode to watch this season with Brianna's harrowing rape by the villain, Stephen Bonnet.
What was even more disturbing was that the rape happened the same night Brianna handfasted (a temporary marriage) Roger after reuniting with him in 17th Century Wilmington. Roger, who was adamant in his belief to marry her before sleeping with her, won her heart all over again by pursuing her "for 200 years".
However, that was shortlived as they soon got into an argument after Roger revealed that he knew that Brianna's parents' were to die at Fraser's Ridge even before she found out. The fallout wasn't the end of the tragedy, it was the rape that followed.
The showmakers decided to make the disturbing rape scene off camera, but that did not lessen the pain in any way. The smirks and smiles of men and their ignorance towards a girl getting brutally raped next door haunted many.
Sophie Skelton, who plays Brianna, did an exceptional job at portraying the difficult scene that touched the heart of many rape survivors.
I have been critical of past episodes but I thing this one was well done in my opinion....loved the way the rape was portrayed.....it so much more horrific left to our imaginations. great Job Sophie Skelton! Can't wait for next week. #sophieskelton #Wilmington— Katya4 (@Katya472941731) December 23, 2018
I am a beautiful survivor of rape, @SkeltonSophie. Your portrayal had me in tears and I was shaken. But I am deeply touched and impressed that you conveyed the numb devastation and soul sickness of the aftermath. I recognized my own pain and it was heartbreaking. I am fine.— Nancy Hibberd (@cinequeen1) December 25, 2018
The episodes that followed dealt with Brianna's PTSD and her coping with the horrors even after reuniting with her family; shivering at the gentle touch of her maid and having terrible nightmares about Bonnet. Roger, on the other hand, was beaten to a pulp by Jamie Fraser after being misinformed by Lizzie that he was Brianna's rapist.
Now that Roger has been captured by the Mohawks of New York, and Brianna has strictly told her parents to get him back and tell him the truth about her pregnancy, Roger's fate was left on a cliff hanger in episode 10 titled 'The Deep Heart's Core'.
The biggest question was if Roger would time travel back to the 1970s again? Managing to escape from the Mohawks, Roger found another time traveling portal, like that of Craigh na Dun, in the middle of the American forest. With Mohawks chasing him and his life in utter jeopardy, Roger had placed his hands on the stone when the credits began to roll.
Last Sunday's episode had to answer his fate, and it did. Roger stayed back in the 17th century. All for love! But guess what else happened?
The anticipation of Roger's fate was real. Episode 11 titled 'If Not For Hope', witnessed the season's highest rating so far.
According to TV Series Finale, the ratings increased by 10.53 percent this week, which means up to 1.265 million viewers. It is to be noted that the views are the live and same day ratings which do not include delayed viewings.
The soaring digits only demonstrate that fans are now invested in the story of the young couple, who are yet to unite in season 4. With only two episodes left, there is a lot to expect and watch out for, now that beloved Brianna is engaged to Lord John Grey. Some fans want the OG couple back, but what's the harm in looking forward to something new?
#Outlander, I love you, but we need to shift focus back to Claire and Jamie. This Brianna and Roger arc ain't it.— Dacia Massengill (@TheMsDacia) January 14, 2019
And yes, I am still surly about the fact that Brianna and Roger just popped through the stones like "wut up." I mean, WHAT ARE THE ODDS. pic.twitter.com/V4wyvpIKdG