If there’s one sure-fire way to meet a bunch of new people, it’s by moving to a different country. So with Outlander’s Jamie and Claire ending season 1 by setting sail for France, it’s no surprise that there has been a recent onslaught of new casting announcements.
At the end of Outlander’s first season, Jamie and Claire were on their way to France to try to both infiltrate the Jacobite rebellion and prevent the Highland uprising. In other words, they were looking to change history.
While Outlander fans are still coming to terms with that devastating season 1 finale, the show is already well on its way to season 2.
Of all the things we needed from television this week, you’d think another sickening hour of rape would have been far, far down the list. But the season finale of Outlander arrived just in time to make a significant contribution to the current outcry over the representation and the amount of sexual violence on TV these days. Last week, The Mary Sue announced it would no longer recap Game of Thrones, in which the rape of women is routine and depicted with callous casualness. (Such is life in George R. R.
Well, we did it. We made it through the most harrowing hour of Outlander’s first season—which also happened to be the last hour of Outlander’s first season. If you’re a reader of Diana Gabaldon’s source material upon which the Starz series is based, you’ve likely been dreading this episode all year. (I know I have.) And it was, in fact, one of the most vicious hours of TV that I’ve ever watched. But credit should also be given to the Outlander team for not shying away from Jamie’s rape and its terribly messy and necessary aftermath.
This story contains spoilers from Outlander’s season finale. You’ve been warned—read at your own risk!
The season finale of Starz’s Scottish drama featured a moment that may have caught new fans by surprise though Outlander book fans saw it coming: In an unbelievably vivid scene, Jamie (Sam Heughan) was brutally raped by Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies). Yes, really.
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.
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