Dougal MacKenzie is an interesting character in the “Outlander”-verse. Like any good character on the page or TV, he is neither a good guy nor a bad guy. He’s colored by many shades of gray, which only makes him that much more engaging as a character.

However, the Starz version of the character seems even more captivating than in the books. It’s due in no small part to Graham McTavish, who embodies Dougal with such strength but also such cunning and wile and humanity and humor. “Prestonpans” was not only an outstanding episode of the show, but a wonderful showcase for McTavish’s Dougal.

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It began with a scene that is not from the novels, where Dougal does some reconnaissance on the marsh between the Scots and the Brits. What a marvelous scene for the show’s writers to inject into the series.

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It’s so ballsy and so Dougal. We’d want to hug him too, Bonnie Prince Charlie.

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Then, of course, he turns around and does something like this:

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Which is also so very Dougal. Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t read “Dragonfly in Amber.

What it all amounts to, however, is a character who, whether you love him or hate him (or both), brings such flavor to “Outlander.” We hadn’t really realized until the show returned to Scotland just how much we missed good ol’ Dougal.

Since we’re going to lose him before season’s end, all we can say is:

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Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."