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
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.

Apr 15, 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 24, 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 24, 2016 | Full Review…

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

May 24, 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 24, 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 24, 2016 | Full Review…

Tonight's Outlander showed us that Claire is ready to leave, and that was a necessary move. The episode also showcased strong writing and performances that make you feel more invested in Claire's story and emotional.

May 24, 2016 | Rating: 8.7/10 | Full Review…

Claire was brought along for when the men inevitably got seriously injured and it doesn't take long before the worst happens... I've got nothing funny to say about this scene. This was legitimately hard to watch.

May 24, 2016 | Full Review…

The fourth episode of Outlander was full of suspense, and it was all about Dougal and Claire.

May 20, 2016 | Full Review…

The use of mid-20th-century music in a few of the scenes in "The Gathering" [was] a subtle yet clever way to remind viewers of Claire's true home without having to rely too heavily on those flashbacks. Point pleasantly taken.

May 20, 2016 | Full Review…