Outlander - Season 1, Episode 4 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Gathering



Critic Consensus: Strong narrative and performances make up for stagnant pacing in "The Gathering," an episode that meaningfully invests in the compelling relationship between two Outlander characters.

Episode Info

Claire plots to escape during the Castle's Gathering ceremony, but encounters with Jamie and a drunken Dougal alter her plans.


Caitriona Balfe
as Claire Randall
Sam Heughan
as Jamie Fraser
Tobias Menzies
as Frank Randall/Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall
Graham McTavish
as Dougal MacKenzie
Gary Lewis
as Colum MacKenzie
Duncan Lacroix
as Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser
Annette Badland
as Mrs. Fitzgibbons
Stephen Walters
as Angus Mhor
Lotte Verbeek
as Geillis Duncan
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Critic reviews for The Gathering

I was disappointed by how easily Claire backed down from her plan... I wish the writers played it out so that the scene fell more in line with her character.

April 14, 2015 | Full Review…

This episode really shows one of the strengths of the series in that it subtly and effectively, layers this relationship [Claire and Dougal] via unpredictable circumstances that arise throughout.

May 23, 2016 | Full Review…

"The Gathering" started out as what I thought would be my least favorite episode of Outlander so far yet ended up becoming the pivot point of the show for me.

May 23, 2016 | Full Review…

There's compelling insight into the character of Dougal MacKenzie.

May 23, 2016 | Full Review…

This is one of those episodes reminding us that Outlander is not at all interested in getting to the good stuff.

May 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

In this week's episode, titled 'The Gathering,' the men take center stage proving that they have the chops to keep this sprawling story from collapsing under the pressure of its own grandiose weight.

May 23, 2016 | Full Review…

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