The end is nigh, Outlander fans. Tonight’s “Wentworth Prison” and last week’s “The Search” have set the stage for a brutal end to season 1. (You’ll want to note that the finale airs May 30—not next week.) So without further ado, let’s revisit the bloody events of this penultimate episode.
All together now: “On the road agaaaaaaaain. Just can’t wait to get back on the road agaaaaaaaain.” Jamie and Claire are, without a doubt, one of the most mobile couples on television—and without the benefit of planes, trains, or automobiles! Just imagine the capers they’d get up to if they had, like, a Honda Civic. In what has become something of a recurring theme in this first season, one Fraser has become captive, the other rescuer. In “The Search” it is Claire who must deliver Jamie from the clutches of the Red Coats.
Outlander the TV show has deviated from Outlander the book just enough that I wasn’t sure what to make of the concluding moments of last week’s “Lallybroch,” as Jamie stood surrounded by a band of dirty ruffians. Had disgruntled Mr. MacNab turned Jamie in after the Laird punished him for beating his son? (A plot twist that would have made Jenny’s line, “Our tenants are like family.
Last week, Outlander ended with Claire (Caitrona Balfe) waking up alone in bed—only to find Jamie (Sam Heughan) surrounded by men holding pistols to his head. Though it’s not entirely clear what ensued, judging by this new exclusive clip from this Saturday’s episode (airing at 9 p.m. on Starz), no shots were fired.
One of the cutest bits of trivia I gleaned from my interview with Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan leading up to the midseason premiere of Outlander was that actress Laura Donnelly—who plays Jamie’s strong-willed sister, Jenny—also auditioned for the role of Claire. Which means that, yes, Sam has made out with his sister. (On-screen sister!) But it’s clear from “Lallybroch” that these two actors are much better suited to portray bickering yet adoring siblings.
What a gut punch! (And I don’t mean the Black Jack Randall kind.) “The Devil’s Mark” has got to be the most emotional Outlander episode thus far. Despite knowing the events that were to unfold, I still became misty-eyed over both Geillis’ sacrifice and Claire’s big decision. Grab your tartan hanky, and let’s go to court!
Following their arrest for witchcraft during last week’s “By the Pricking of My Thumbs,” Claire and Geillis find themselves at the bottom of the thieves’ hole awaiting trial.
Spoiler alert! In its 11th episode, Outlander saw Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Geillis (Lotte Verbeek) prosecuted for witchcraft, which lead to the shocking discovery that Geillis is also from the future—1968, to be precise) While Claire was eventually rescued by Jamie (Sam Heughan)—and judging from the flogging she received, not a minute too soon—Geillis had no such luck and was hauled off to be burned at the stake.
The Slap. The Dukes of Hazzard. How to Get Away With Murder. Tonight’s Outlander rolled three TV shows into one. It was a stuffed episode, to be sure, but one that managed to keep the momentum going after last week’s action-packed return.
It’s been a long frigid winter without Jamie Fraser warming our hearts—and loins. So how lovely for showrunner Ron Moore to end the Droughtlander with a premiere told from the point of view of the hot Scot! But there’s much more to this framing device than simply quenching fans’ thirst. For one, letting Jamie explain his actions—especially in that spanking scene—fosters understanding (and dare I say sympathy?) for the belt-wielder.
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