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.
Big sigh of relief, right? Though if you’re a reader of Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling book series upon which the Starz series is based, you knew about all that hanky-panky already. Showrunner Ron Moore does caution, however, that the upcoming episodes (premiering April 4 at 9 p.m. ET) might not live up—steaminess-wise—to the precedent set in episode 7. You know the one.
“The wedding episode sort of stands alone in the firmament,” Moore says. “There’s not another episode that’s as romantic and as sensual and has all those elements at play in it.”
A former WWII nurse thrust back in time. A strapping Highland warrior on the run from the Red Coats. When the two collide in the chilly countryside of 18th-century Scotland, it’s…hot. Really hot.
It’s been a long time coming for Outlander fans who have been eagerly waiting for a new episode since September. The beginning of the first season left fans with so many questions and expectations for the second half—and really, who isn’t excited for that skinny-dipping scene on the horizon?
Talking about Outlander means talking, at least in part, about sex. But the sex is not all swoonworthy as the saga continues, and sexual desire can lead to menace as well as euphoria.
Is the honeymoon over?
After Outlander’s stunning wedding, it’s only natural to be eager to see where the relationship between Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) goes when the show returns April 4. An exclusive featurette gives audiences a hint of what to come, and it’s not all pretty—even though Jamie and Claire are. “You’re tearing my guts out, Claire,” Jamie says in one clip. Still, there’s also some kissing.
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