Common Ground
Outlander Season 4



Critic Ratings: 13
Critics Consensus

"Common Ground" finds the creators of Outlander once again dancing around the inherent race issues of the show's source material to produce an episode packed with plot twists -- and Claire in pants.

Episode Info

Claire and Jamie struggle to make a home for themselves in the backcountry of North Carolina during the period of colonial America at yet another turning point in history -- the cusp of the American Revolution.


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
David Berry
as Lord John William Grey
Wil Johnson
as Joe Abernathy
John Bell
as Young Ian Murray
Hannah James
as Geneva Dunsany
Tanya Reynolds
as Isobel Dunsany
Ed Speleers
as Stephen Bonnet
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Critic Reviews for Common Ground

I'm no historian and I'm sure there were peaceful interactions between colonialists and natives, but the idea that this conflict was so easily resolved is a little bit hard to swallow.

Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The symbolism of Jamie killing a Native American by impaling him with one of the stakes that marks his (stolen) land is completely bonkers.

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Common Ground, slows down to take in the beauty of Fraser Ridge and in doing so crafts a beautifully paced episode with little else left to desire by the end.

Nov 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Writer Joy Blake has expertly weaved the tales of the Cherokee, the Frasers, the relationship and pulls of a mother and a daughter, and a man desperately in love.

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…

A pretty significant piece of information... adds some genuine suspense to the story, and Outlander reveals it fairly late in the episode, making for a solid cliffhanger.

Nov 26, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Claire donning pants and being a part of her small family life on the mountain is so fantastically delightful. I'm looking forward to more of it.

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The image of Claire and Jamie embracing within the foundation of their new home shortly before the scene crossfades to a roaring fire is MEAN, SHOW.

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The episode does seem aware of the friction between framing Jamie as its hero and the fact that he's settling on ancestral Cherokee land, but fleetingly...

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…


Nov 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"Common Ground" makes room for both the optimism and boundless potential of starting fresh in a new land, and for a reminder that the land was only "new" to the white people who took it over.

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…