Jamie and Claire’s plan to infiltrate the Jacobite Movement begins with surprising success. Get a sneak peek of this week’s Outlander, airing Saturday, April 16 at 9pm ET|PT on STARZ.
Sassenachs, I don’t know about you, but I’m still not over last week’s Outlander premiere. SO MANY FEELINGS. I think what struck me most about “Through a Glass, Darkly” was the amount of insight we got into the Claire and Frank’s relationship in the aftermath of her return from the 1740s. For those of us who have read Dragonfly in Amber, picking up with Claire in 1948 was a shock. But I think what was most shocking for me was the depth of Claire’s trauma. (Go HERE for a full recap of the episode.)
Seeing Claire kneeling at Craigh na Dun, wailing into the sky, completely broke my heart. It was even more gut-wrenching to then watch her fall apart again once she learned she was back in the 1940s and the British *still* won Culloden. It was all for nothing! Claire and Jamie’s bid to change history had failed, and she was now returned to a life that she didn’t want. Claire’s inability to deal with the noises and her frantic search through history books for any record of Jamie Fraser were all indicative of how much her experiences had fundamentally altered her.
With that said (and contrary to the book), Claire thankfully found some solace with Mrs. Graham, who believed her improbable story. And strangely enough, even Frank believed Claire’s about her time with Jamie. He accepted her love for Jamie, accepted the pregnancy, and apparently still loved her unconditionally. But both Mrs. Graham and Frank urged Claire to leave the past behind and move on… and Claire would. For the sake of her child and her promise to Jamie to live, Claire would make a new life for herself.
Just as we saw Claire stepping into that new life in Boston with Frank by her side, (in the BEST transition EVER), we were transported back to Claire and Jamie’s new beginning in Paris. It was time for us to learn what Claire (and now Frank) already knew: the circumstances surrounding Claire and Jamie’s failed attempt to alter history and the reason the two soulmates would ultimately separate. It all began with a plan to infiltrate the Jacobite movement, a case of smallpox, and a new enemy (Le Comte St. Germain)…
This Saturday’s episode finds Jamie and Claire adjusting to their new, lavish lives in France while further entrenching themselves into Parisian politics. In “Not in Scotland Anymore” (written by Ira Steven Behr, directed by Metin Hüseyin):
Life in Paris is not without its trials as Jamie struggles to triumph over the traumas of his past. A fortunate meeting with Jacobite leader Prince Charles presents opportunities, while the Duke of Sandringham’s presence brings complications. (via STARZ)
Watch these two clips from the upcoming show. In the first, Jamie and Murtagh engage in some swordplay, an attempt to help Jamie strengthen his left hand. And in the second video, Jamie learns that he will get a chance to meet the Bonnie Prince sooner than initially expected:
We probably shouldn’t be shocked that Prince Charles would want to talk politics and business in a brothel… this is 18th Century France, after all 😉
But poor Jamie! He’s still really struggling to overcome the physical and emotional scars of his time with Black Jack Randall. I just hate to see Jamie suffer *sigh*
Take a look at 10+ images from “Not in Scotland Anymore” which give us more of a glimpse into Jamie and Claire’s life in Paris and their new “friends”.
Outlander airs at 9pm ET|PT on STARZ. Tune in and come live tweet with me while we watch (@WeSoNerdy)!
— Outlander (@Outlander_STARZ) April 13, 2016