The Deep Heart's Core
Outlander Season 4



Critic Ratings: 10
Critics Consensus

Fraser family dysfunction reaches a tipping point in "The Deep Heart's Core," but not without sinking to questionable depths in its ongoing depictions of sexual violence and trauma.

Episode Info

Jamie and Claire keep secrets from one another as they try to help Brianna process her trauma. The secrets they keep cause a bigger familial rift once they are revealed.


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 The Deep Heart's Core

At the best of times, this episode shines in the dysfunctionality of its core family.

Jan 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Probably the most exciting aspect of the hour was Roger stumbling onto the stones.

Jan 7, 2019 | Rating: 3.25/5 | Full Review…

I was hoping this convo would end with Jamie offering to teach his daughter some self-defense moves, but sadly, this doesn't turn out to be a Karate Kid moment.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

What a surprise! Things are not looking good.

Jan 7, 2019 | Rating: 8.5 | Full Review…

But this family feud is also comeuppance for Jamie. And that's rare enough to feel important.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Great, now mom and dad are fighting! Is there no end to the heartbreak?!

Jan 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

For anyone watching the show, especially those of us who are survivors, it felt extremely cruel and unnecessary to revisit it in such a graphic and stomach-turning manner.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

But this scene, no matter how much it's fine-tuned for 2019 viewers, will always be problematic.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

It's just zero to slut shaming in an instant.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

To make [Jamie] so tone deaf and ignorant when it comes to sexual assault is irresponsible, and it happens throughout the episode, starting at the very beginning.

Jan 7, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…