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Comparing Dougal's Death On 'Outlander' — The Book Vs. The Show

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Comparing Dougal's Death On 'Outlander' — The Book Vs. The Show

Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish may appear all buddy-buddy in the trailer for their new travel series Men in Kilts, but Jamie Fraser and Dougal MacKenzie on Outlander were never quite so friendly — and this nephew-uncle relationship certainly didn't end on a good note. With Men in Kilts on the horizon, now is as good a time as any to revisit the scene where Jamie kills Dougal and compare the screen version to the events of the book, including that major departure the Starz TV series took from its original source.

Jamie murders his uncle Dougal in Chapter 46 of the second Outlander book, Dragonfly in Amber, before the Battle of Culloden. Heughan's Jamie does the same in the Season 2 finale, "Dragonfly in Amber," but there's a key difference in how the deed is done.

While talking about Clanlands and Men in Kilts with The Dipp late last year, McTavish reminisced about what it was like for Dougal "to die at the hands of his nephew, helped by his treacherous bride." The death is also discussed in Clanlands, where he and Heughan reflect on Dougal's death and how Claire (rather controversially) got involved.

Ahead of McTavish and Heughan roadtripping in Men in Kilts, let's examine a far tenser time the actors shared the screen.

The Plot To Murder Charles Stuart

In both versions, Dougal's death comes after he overhears Claire suggesting that she and Jamie murder Charles Stuart. Knowing the Jacobites will be defeated at Culloden, she proposes they murder Bonnie Prince Charlie so there will be no reason for the Scottish soldiers to fight. Because she was treating Charles for scurvy, she offers to poison the tea she's been giving him. It would be the same ingredient she used to assist Colum with his death by suicide — yellow jasmine on the show, cyanide in the book.

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