Outlander 213: Dragonflies and Long Goodbyes

But for the hours of the night, I was helpless; powerless to move as a dragonfly in amber. – Diana Gabaldon, “Dragonfly in Amber”

Okay, people. It’s all going down. Right off the bat, the opening credits are announcing the introduction (or reintroduction) of some new names, and I’m seriously giddy. But first…

Let’s stare at Diana Rigg (AKA Emma Peel) in The Avengers. Why are we doing this? To let us know where (or when, I should say) we are, and that is…

1968:

And who is watching The Avengers? A very handsome man, in 1968 Scotland. Who is this man and why does he look so sad? Also, could his housekeeper be any more in love with him? That’s not important right now.

Our handsome Scottish host returns to his guests. He is giving a wake for his father, who we now realize was Reverend Wakefield. This, my friends, is young Roger Wakefield:

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And while that’s all very interesting, let’s freeze frame for a minute here on the gorgeous woman who’s at this little party:

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Just in case anyone was wondering if Claire would still be gorgeous 20 years down the road… um, it’s Caitriona Balfe, people. Girlfriend looks fine.

And now there’s an equally gorgeous young redhead walking through the party who Roger can’t seem to wait to meet. An American girl. Meet Sophie Skelton, aka Brianna!!!

Here they are together in a promo pic:

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So far, she looks like a perfect depiction of the character from the book (other than not being eight feet tall, but that’s fine).

Okay, lots of info needs to be imparted here in case you have no idea what’s going on. So to recap: 20 years have gone by. Frank is dead. Claire is a surgeon. Bree grew up in Boston, hence the American accent. Mrs. Graham is dead, but the love-struck house servant is her granddaughter Fiona.

Everybody good? We move on.

Scotland is a “beautiful wild country.” Maybe Roger can show us—I mean Bree—Scotland. Boy, is he cute or what?

Wait, what’s going on, Claire?

2016-07-09 12.19.59 “Mrs. Graham had warned me not to spend my days chasing ghosts… but now that I was here, the ghosts were starting to chase me.”

Bree is flirting with Roger, so it looks like we’re staying in the house for the night!

Cut to Claire, remarkably crows’-feet-free considering she’s supposed to be 48, having a late-night drink in the study. Now in the book, this segment went on for a while… in fact, we cut back to it still going on 1,000 pages later in Voyager. But we only have 90 minutes to tell a lot of story, so I think we might move things on a bit.

First, let’s talk about Culloden. Roger’s ancestors fought and died in Culloden… because he’s a MacKenzie. And now an important question:

2016-07-09 12.20.13How do you say goodbye “to that one person you loved most in the world?”

Well, Claire explains to us, “whether you want to say goodbye or not, they’re gone and you have to go on living without them.”

Okay, I know this is a downer. Stick with us, folks. Lots of story left to tell. And let’s start by cutting back to our favorite leading man, looking admittedly a bit worse for wear here. (Man, I’m already getting choked up. Damn you, Outlander!)

Okay, it’s April 16th, 1946. Not a good date because we’ve come to…

CULLODEN TIME:

2016-07-09 12.20.29And Jamie is warning Charles to abandon his plans for Culloden. And it couldn’t be clearer to anyone with eyes that he’s right. Even Jamie, the warrior that he is, is shaking with hunger and exhaustion. He’s not a “Doubting Thomas,” as the Bonnie Prince accuses him of being, he’s just not a moron.

Murtagh is preparing for war. What else can he do?

And Claire realizes there’s only “one possibility left.”

We’ll get to that in a moment. Let’s go for a drive first. Because it’s once again…

1968:

Driving through beautiful Scotland with our new beau, touring old castles, we hear more about how “kind” Frank was– a great irony as we’re surrounded by the ghost of his ancestor Jack Randall here. (This is Fort William, and if it’s creeping you out, it’s for a good reason. That wooden platform that looks like a stage? It’s the whipping post from season one).

2016-07-09 12.20.44As Roger now learns, it was Nathan Hale who said, “I regret I have but one life to give for my country.” Sounds like a THEME ALERT to me, people. Who will give his life for country this time? And is it inevitable that he do so?

Bree had a strong connection with her “father,” which is not surprising. Frank was wonderful to her… and she doesn’t yet know that that red hair of hers isn’t just some random recessive gene.

Anyway, where is Claire driving to… in her fantastic “Mad Men” glasses? (PS, mascara is really doing wonders for her, huh?)

2016-07-09 12.21.01Oh my… we’re at Broch Taurach. Just a couple hours’ drive now. Remember how many days it took to reach by horse? And the memories come flooding in. The voices of all the dead: Jenny and the children. And now Claire’s own voice, reading poetry with Jamie.

“Come and let us live, my dear. Let us love and never fear.” The poem is Out of Catullus by Richard Crashaw, and I know we have a lot of story to get to, but just listen to this bit:

 

Brightest Sol that dies to day 

Lives againe as blithe to morrow, 

But if we darke sons of sorrow 

Set; o then, how long a Night 

Shuts the Eyes of our short light!

Diana G—who I’m beginning to be convinced has read every book ever written– set the pace quite early with these books that poetry should be part of the text. There’s a lot more of it in Voyager that we’ll get to later, but it’s important to remember that not one reference is made by accident.

2016-07-09 12.21.15And now Claire can see him standing there, Jamie under the archway. It’s like his ghost haunts the wreckage. And we wonder, even though we know, how the hell did she lose him?

CULLODEN TIME:

Back to the 1740s, Claire says what we must have been thinking. “What if Charles were to die?” And now she reveals something Jamie didn’t know: she killed Collum, at his own request, with Yellow Jasmine… and she could do the same to Charles. “Like drifting into a deep sleep.”

2016-07-09 12.21.51“No one would ever know,” Claire insists. Bear in mind, however, that this wouldn’t solve all their problems. In the book, Claire reminds us:

The death of Charles Stuart would not end the matter of the Rising; things had gone much too far for that… All of us were traitors, lives and property forfeit to the Crown… The English, terrorized and humiliated at Preston and Falkirk, would not hesitate to pursue the fugitives, seeking to retrieve their lost honor and wash out the insult in blood.  – “Dragonfly in Amber”

But for now, the goal is merely to stop Culloden—and the massacre that it will be. Can they do it?

1968:

2016-07-09 12.22.04We are with Bree and Roger on a bluff overlooking a loch beneath a snow-capped mountain (note to self: visit Scotland). Boy, it looks like the opening-credit image we’ve been seeing for months, doesn’t it? I love how this episode is “really tying the room together.”

Sorry, what’s that, Bree? “Do you have any memory of an incident that happened with my parents when they were here?”

Now Bree tells Roger about some snooping of her own she’s done. Maybe she does suspect something is off, having found a very enigmatic letter written by Reverend Wakefield to her father. What exactly was that letter in the lockbox referring to? Shall we dig through the attic and find out?

Yes, Bree agrees. After all, “grubby doesn’t bother me.” (She giggles; he smiles. I’m already shipping this couple so hard.)

2016-07-09 12.22.16Claire drives into town. “Free Scotland” spray-painted on the walls. (Seriously, Scotland, not to get political here, but I think it’s time.) Anyway, what are we doing here? Why, finding the “Deed of Sasine”—that’s the transfer of title of Broch Taurach to Jamie’s nephew Young Jamie, necessary to protect the property from being seized by the British in case the revolution failed.

And a question arises: what exactly is the genealogy of Roger? And why is it important? Before we find out, it’s teenager time:

Bree accuses Claire of not missing Frank, wondering if she ever loved him. A not very convincing “I did” from Claire. Might be time to share a little more backstory, Mommy Dearest.

But now…

CULLODEN TIME:

2016-07-09 12.22.28“Make no mistake,” warns Jamie when he hears of Claire’s plan to off the prince, “this would be cold-blooded murder.”

“If we kill the prince, we take one life to save thousands,” Claire reasons.

But there’s an eavesdropper. Dougal is there, and he has some choice words for Claire: “You filthy, whoring witch!”

1968:

Bree is going to hang out in this big fancy building while Roger does something or other. And if you feel a bit jarred going back and forth between these two very different times, you should try reading the book sometime! But for now, something is about to tie these two stories together. I hear a familiar voice.

(PS- I’m already giving a thumbs up to writers Matt Roberts and Toni Graphia for some neat editing here. I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I felt the story dragged a bit in Dragonfly. Cross-cutting like this is really keeping me on my toes!)

2016-07-09 12.22.56Where was I? Ah, another redhead. And we know this one, of course. Why, it’s Geillis Duncan!!! (Sorry, Gillian Edgars now. My bad.) She’s giving a speech on the White Roses of Scotland. And already, she is obsessed with Bonnie Prince Charlie. “We are Bonnie Prince Charlie!” she shouts.

If it’s up to Geillis, there’s going to be another revolution right now.

“Sounds like just trading one king for another,” says Bree, echoing what I’ve been saying for months. (Is it just an American thing? I don’t get how one king over another is worth dying for either. Maybe it’s that whole religion stuff that people seem to care an awful lot about.)

2016-07-09 12.23.15Okay, let’s join Claire at the Culloden Museum, where’s there’s a very flattering wax sculpture of the Bonnie Prince (sans halitosis).

Uh-oh, THEME ALERT! There’s a dragonfly in amber in the museum! And not just any dragonfly in amber—it looks like the exact one that Hugh Munro gave Claire in season one. I wonder where it came from.

CULLODEN TIME:

“That woman was urging you to foul murder… the murder of your prince.” Dougal is furious, so furious that Claire starts surveying the weapons in the room, thinking ahead two steps that this isn’t going to end well.

Now Dougal is shouting at Jamie about Claire: “A lying slut who would lead a man by the cock to his doom.”

2016-07-09 12.24.33How will Jamie protect Claire without anyone dying? Can they talk about it? No, the time for talking is over.

It’s a bitter fight. Biting and finger slicing. Punching. Bones cracking. And finally… Claire knocks Dougal over the head with a crate. What will Jamie have to do? Nothing. Claire does it for him. She drives the knife into Dougal’s chest. He spurts out blood. He will now join his brother.

Jamie is devastated. “I’m so sorry, Uncle.”

And I think, ladies and gentlemen, we have finally reached our “all is lost” moment. There can be no recovery from this. You can see it in Jamie’s face. It’s all over.

1968:

2016-07-09 12.25.08Bree and Roger are in the attic and Roger’s singing to the rats. He’s cute but a bit square, I guess. Bree thinks it’s adorable, though. So maybe it’s working. (PS- What a great detail that he finds the old toy airplane. The prop master on this show is doing his job, aye?)

There’s a book of old photographs. A box of Randall stuff. Lots of papers about Black Jack Randall. (PS, maybe put those in plastic, huh? Probably worth a pretty penny.) And a letter from Frank: “Jack is not the man I thought.”

CULLODEN TIME:

2016-07-09 12.25.26Rupert walks in on Jamie, body still hovering over Dougal’s, knife still trembling in his hand. Rupert quickly condemns Jamie’s action, voiding their friendship. He will “Damn Jamie’s soul to the fiery pit,” he insists. But he agrees to wait two hours, at Jamie’s desperate plea.

That doesn’t give Jamie much time to take care of some stuff. What does he need the two hours for? We’ll find out in a bit.

1968:

Frank’s voice (a VO from last season, I believe) now narrates the devastation of the Battle of Culloden. A lonely gravestone marks Clan Fraser, which I can’t help but realize symbolizes the dead part of Claire. It’s like watching a woman stand on her own grave.

“I swore I’d never set foot in this horrid place,” she insists. But she’s here.

2016-07-09 12.25.43And “I’m not going to cry,” she practically tells herself more than Jamie. (I’m getting a real end-of-Death of a Salesman vibe here.) “You have a daughter, Brianna,” she tells Jamie’s ghost, “named after your father, just as I promised.”

Claire has come for a reason. There is something she needs to say:

“Jamie, I was angry at you for such a long time. You made me go and live a life that I didn’t want to live. But you were right, damn you.” In the end, was the safety of Brianna worth all Claire gave up?

2016-07-09 12.25.55There was one thing she didn’t say at Craigh Na Dun when they said goodbye. And now it’s time: “Goodbye, Jamie Fraser… my love.”

Back on Bree and Roger:

What’s this “kidnapped by the fairies” stuff, Bree wants to know, not believing a word of it. Her mother disappeared for three years. Where did she go? (Because it sure wasn’t to the “fairies.”) Bree is going to find out.

Oh, now it’s real, people. Bree accuses Claire: she knows Claire had an “affair” for three years… and she’s started to put the pieces together. That red hair didn’t come from Frank Randall.

2016-07-09 12.26.47Okay, Claire, I think it’s time to tell a little backstory. Let’s all sit calmly on this couch while Claire tells us a little story.

“Yes, there was another man… and I loved him very much. And yes, he was your real father.” Bree realizes that “real dad” is probably why they’re in Scotland in the first place. Time to tell Bree about her real father, Jamie Fraser. But will Bree be willing to hear about him?

CULLODEN TIME:

Murtagh is not surprised that Jaime killed Dougal, “only that it took you so long.” Now the Deed of Sasine must be signed to protect Lallybroch. Fergus will take the signed copy to Jenny… he will not die at Culloden, if Jamie has anything to do with it. And the deed is more important to Jamie at this point than anything else.

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1968:

2016-07-09 12.28.19Brianna isn’t really going to go for the whole “fairies brought Mom to the 1740s and my real father is a 6’3” redheaded guy in a kilt” thing. Not surprising, I guess. But still, Claire screams at her daughter, “He was the love of my life!”

Boy, this is a tough scene. Bree is wishing her mom was dead, convinced she’s just a whore. How will this get resolved?

 

CULLODEN TIME:

We see how Claire’s name got smudged on the deed—her own tears sealed the ink. She now must say goodbye to Fergus, who is in all respects “like our own son.”

There is nothing they can do but watch him go:

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1968:

I gotta say, I agree with Bree, the odds of “some woman having the same name” as Claire in the 1740s is more likely than that fairy story. Time to drink more with Roger. Can’t blame her for that, either, while we’re on the topic.

2016-07-09 12.29.00Claire, meanwhile, has found something interesting: Geillis Duncan’s picture. 1968, is it? “This was no ghost. Geillis was here,” she realizes. Off to see Geillis, seen in a lovely wedding photo in her home with husband #1. (Boy, it’s like a game show. How will this contestant die? From the look of him, I would say liver disease.)

Nice house, by the way. But Geillis isn’t there. She’s at the institute learning more about “the Roses,” her obsession. And what do we find in Geillis’s notebook? A sketch of a stone circle.

But “Gillian” isn’t gone through the stones, not yet. She’s at the pub with Bree and Roger, “leaving tonight.”

2016-07-09 12.29.44Claire is reading through Geillis’s journals, and learning something that will come up again much later: Geillis believes you need blood or stones to get through the passage. But that’s not what’s concerning Claire at the moment. She’s too caught up in remembering the last time she saw Geillis, 200 years before. Can Claire stop Geillis from being burned alive in Cranesmuir as a witch?

 

CULLODEN TIME:

2016-07-09 12.30.07Jamie admits to Murtagh that the battle “was doomed from the start,” and so he charges his godfather to get his men back home– not to “die for nothing”– while he gets Claire to safety. But as for Jamie himself? He’ll return and fight in Culloden… as history demands. Jamie could never abandon the others. And Murtagh can never abandon Jamie’s side.

Don’t die for nothing, Jamie reiterates. “I won’t be… I’ll be dying with you,” says Murtagh.

1968:

“Tell me more about Jamie Fraser.” Bree is ready to hear it.

How do you describe a great lost love? Claire, excited to talk about him for the first time in two decades, can’t really sum up a whole man with just a few words. “It was the most powerful thing that I’ve ever felt in my life.”

But now there’s work to be done. Maybe Roger can help with finding Gillian Edgars (Geillis).

2016-07-09 12.31.06And now we find out some plot stuff that’s rather important: Claire knows that Roger’s ancestors are Dougal and Geillis. (How is this possible, when Geillis was burned alive while pregnant last season? Um… don’t worry about that right now. Just roll with it.)

Long story short, Claire can’t stop Geillis from going back in time, because Roger would never be born. So they resolve to do the only thing they can—warn Geillis to be more careful about the whole “I’m a really weird witchy lady” thing that she does so well.

Off to the stones! (As Roger points out, worst-case scenario, they “watch her bang her head into a five-ton block of granite” and finally admit that she didn’t time travel. Or did she?)

But first…

CULLODEN TIME

2016-07-09 12.31.34Could Jamie and Claire escape together? No, he’s a dead man already. “I choose the battlefield,” he declares. He won’t let her die… because he knows she pregnant. “This child is all that will be left of me… ever.”

Jamie won’t give Claire a choice. She will have to go back through the stones.

 

1968:

Alcohol thrown on a body. The click of a lighter. The small flame, bursting into a larger one. “It smells like a fuckin’ barbeque,” Roger realizes.

2016-07-09 12.32.20Geillis, we now see, is responsible for the pyre. Dressed in 1740s clothing, she hears the gang approach, but doesn’t wait to be confronted. She touches the stone and…

Disappears.

Well, maybe now that Brianna and Roger actually saw Geillis go through the stones, they’ll believe it.

And now—THIS IS IMPORTANT—Brianna and Roger hear the buzzing. And they see… the burning body. Geillis, remember, thought you needed “blood” to get through the stones. A lot of it, apparently. Like, a husband’s worth of it.

CULLODEN TIME:

Jamie and Claire also arrive at the stones. “How can I go back?” she asks.

2016-07-09 12.33.09And Jamie knows, of course, exactly what he’s sending Claire back to—Frank. “Tell him I’m grateful. Tell him I trust him. Tell him I hate him to the very marrow of his bones.”

Claire hears the buzzing, but does Jamie? No. He doesn’t hear anything. And even if he could go back through the stones, “it’s not my place.” (Side note: I like that Jamie decides this for himself. In the book, I seem to recall Claire debating whether or not Jamie could make a life for himself in the 1940s… if it were even possible for him to time travel. But here, Jamie chooses his own fate.)

“I’ll find you. It’s a promise.”

200 years without Claire. That’s what Jamie is willing to wait through. 200 years of purgatory so he can see her again. Jamie has given up a lot for Claire, betrayed a lot of his beliefs. But now, in their final moments, he declares all that to be worth it.

“Lord, you gave me a rare woman,” he says. “God, I loved her well.”

Just time for one more quickie. But the bombs explode in the distance. War is calling. “It has begun.”

Claire gives Jamie the dragonfly in amber… “blood of my blood…” “And bone of my bone…” “As long as we both shall live.”

And he gives her the ring with the stone inside. She promises to name their son “Brian” after his father. A dance, shaking. “I love you. I love you.” “And I you.”

She can’t say goodbye.

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But he can.

1968:

No, Bree, Claire didn’t kill anyone to go through the stones. She is not like Geillis.

And Bree has a realization: this is the last place Claire saw Jamie. She believes her mother now. She will believe her from now on. So no more lies. “From now on, I only want the truth between you and me. All right?” (Sounds like something Jamie would say, no?)

Roger shows up, having called the police. And he’s got some more research in his pocket. After the Battle of Culloden, a Fraser of Lovat escaped execution. Only five Fraser officers fought that day. And four of them have their names on the plaque of the dead. But James Fraser, whose name was never recorded as being dead, seems to have been the one that escaped.

“He didn’t die at Culloden,” Claire realizes.

“He meant to die, but he didn’t,” Roger explains.

(Oh, if only it were this simple in the books! This conversation continues for, like, 100 pages in Voyager. But that’s not important right now.)

What is important is this:

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Dawn breaks.

The light on Claire’s beautiful face, like a glimmer of hope:

Brightest Sol that dies to day 

Lives againe as blithe to morrow, 

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“I have to go back.”

THE END!

“Time Has Come Today” plays over the closing credits. And I think we all know what the “time has come” to do.

In his recap, Ron Moore explains that he felt starting the season in 1968 was a little too jarring, so he opened episode 201 with the 1940s, and closes with the ‘60s. (I agree, by the way. Not that Ron asked me first, but still.)

Matt Roberts talks about the “goodbye to Jamie” scene at the gravestone in Culloden, and how that scene was necessary to really feel the impact when we realize Jamie’s not dead. (Well, not dead 200 years ago, anyway.)

And Toni Graphia presents the dilemma to which we will return at the beginning of next season: Could Claire now decide to leave her daughter? She’ll have to choose between two great loves—Brianna and Jamie. Which one can she live without?

And that’s all she wrote, folks… for this season, anyway. What did you think? Let us know in the comments below. In the meantime, be sure to “like” this page as we begin to review Voyager , the third book in the series (before the next season begins!)

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32 thoughts on “Outlander 213: Dragonflies and Long Goodbyes

  1. I could hardly wait for this finale yet I dreaded it as well. There is no more Outlander for (how many weeks?), too many weeks. I’ve read the books but I want to see the films – once a week, even with slight deviations from the books. Caitriona is such a good actress. She carries this story so well. When will they start filming Season 3? Anyone?

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  2. I wish I had read the Outlander books before I visited Culloden about 15 years ago. I am a Fraser and I did do some research before my trip and I felt sad as I stood at the Clan Fraser stone ~~but the impact that I had while watching Claire standing there was so powerful !! My family were part of the migration to Nova Scotia and this series has bought to life the loss that they felt at not only the deaths of so many but the loss of their home land, their culture and way of life. Thank you Diana Gabaldon for bringing to life a history of the Fraser Clan !!!!!

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  3. I hate that we have to wait for next season. This you really needed to follow closely because of the intricacies in some of the characters. Since Claire, Brianna and Roger hear the buzzing will they go back as well?

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  4. Wow . Not a dry eye in the house. I cried through the entire finale . Very well done! I cried when Murtagh said, “I’ll die with you.” I love the actors portraying Roger and Brianna. They are both perfect. I could go on and on. When Jaime led Claire to the stone and held her hand as she went through ..OMG, flood of tears. Now comes the Outlander withdrawal . I’ve read all the books and the first one 3 times, so I know what will happen but at times it is still hard to watch. Thanks to everyone involved in bringing these amazing books to the screen. Thank you Diane Gabaldon for writing them.

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  5. I was also dreading this episode. I hurt my arthritic hands clasping them so tightly! These stories are so real it’s scarey. I am reading Dragonfly in Amber and was confused as to why we were reliving Culloden, but it was necessary. One of the greatest love stories so well told and portrayed!❤

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  6. I was very happy with the ending of Season 2, meaning I thought they handled it very well. So very well, in fact, I immediately pulled out my copy of Voyager to the well-thiumbed print shop scene repeating again and again “Its gonna be alright, its gonna be alright”

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  7. Excellent work! Every aspect of this series was done well. The did a great job of transforming the book to a series. Can’t wait until season 3.
    The whole staff & crew deserves an award.
    Thank you

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  8. I love the way you recap the episodes…Have read all the books many times , can’t wait for #9..Love the TV series, but like the books better…really like the way you review them. When is season 3?

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      1. Speaking of Voyager: I have read the entire series more than 5 times (that’s just when I stopped counting) and when I began rereading AGAIN, I started with Voyager simply because their reunion is just sublime. I can barely read the recaps w/o tears. As Susan Tomase said, above, these stories are SO real. When I’m reading, I’m simply not here. I’m THERE. In the books, in the times, in the places so perfectly brought to life by Diana Gabaldon. Love the Starz series as well, and totally understand the necessity of paring down to the “heart of the matter.”

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  9. Even as I read your review, it is clear that Culloden and Jamie were rushed and cut short by Claire in 1968. Balfe does not have to carry the show. Sam Heughan is a terrific actor. Claire did not have to help him kill Dougal. Why do they do that? Why do they weaken and diminish this character when they have an extremely talented actor who so completely embodies the greatest hero in modern literature? I disliked immensely the blatant push of Frank in this season and do not buy for a minute that beginning as the book did would have been too difficult for viewers. If they had much of 1968 in episode one rather than providing a showcase for Tobias Menzies, we would have had a more satisfying finale with Claire and Jamie and Culloden. The best part of this episode for me was Jamie at the stones delivering Diana Gabaldon’s words.

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  10. I didn’t want it to end! I’ve never read the books. I prefer to see the series with no information ahead of time. I wanted to be taken on an adventure all by itself! My heart was filled yet broken at the same time. It will be, in my mind, a long time coming for the next season. Bravo to every single person involed with Outlander! I say again , BRAVO!

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  11. I couldn’t get this episode out of my mind. Even dreamt about it last night. I absolutely loved the way it went back and forth from 1968 to 1746. Amazing acting by all involved, probably one of the best this season Kudos to all involved whether it was acting, directing, stage, etc. it couldn’t have been so magnificent without you all but especially Diana. Thank you!!

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  12. As usual, loving my Outlander.! But, I felt that the ending was rushed. I would have liked to see a two hour finale… New connections explored a little more… More of Culloden… (Not the battle I know that eats budget) After all the entire season was wrapped up in it… Bree totally swallows the stones and embraces her mom without a second thought??? I think that could take a moment… Loved them still can’t wait till next season…

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  13. *****UPDATE*****
    It’s the next morning 7/9 and I rewatched S2 finale with a different perspective and set of eyes than I did last night. I absolutely LOVE LOVED it better than the 1st viewing and had lots of tears spilt and tissues used. I’m on my 3rd watch now. Total emotional crying roller coaster with Jamie & Claire that I expected and got on the 2nd watch. Love Roger & Brianna. (A+++). Lesson learned: Next time put the IPad down while watching Outlander!

    Well…… I was hoping for a lot more emotional reaction with the storyline. “Faith” had me an emotional wreck and I felt Claire’s pain. I had my tissues handy but barely used 1. The one I did use was for when Jamie was holding Claire and moving toward the stones. There my tissue was soaking. I, too, was not impressed with Brianna drinking whisky. Truly that part of the story didn’t need to be changed. Not every minor “key” point from the book has to be changed up. That threw me off. She didn’t like whisky!!!! Other story details have to be adapted to get so much told in 90 minutes. I was hoping maybe the end would show Jamie opening his eyes after the battle and then fade out to the credits. Overall, I give it an A-. I kinda felt cheated I didn’t get to use more tissues. I loved Brianna and Roger!! Can’t wait for Season 3. I hate Droughtlander!! (Blacksails finale got an A++).

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  14. I’ve read and loved the books. Watch and love the series. Ron Moore and the writers never fail to impress and amaze me, as do the actors. Can’t get enough.

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  15. Brianna & Roger heard the buzzing of the stones. This tells us they can go back with Claire. Both had already traveled through the stones. Brianna in utero & Roger sometimes as a child. I do remember in an episode the Geilis was able to have the baby before dying. I thought Jaime Marie’s someone else & they had a daughter too?

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  16. Loved the finale and of course tears fell. I am engrossed in this story. Have not read a word but anticipate buying the books. Had a few questions pertaining to the return to 1700 Scotland however, I figured it out at the end. Can’t wait for the new season. Praises for the cast and company.

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  17. WOW. Everything is what you envision as you read these amazing books. Diane Gabaldon is brilliant, and so is the entire creative team of this beautiful series. I have to admit I just watched it for the second time today and was even more impressed. Bravo!

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  18. I absolutely loved all the Episodes but the Finale was Genius at Work! So much to be aired in 90 minutes and you nailed it. Roger was a hit from the beginning with me, took a few “minutes” for Bree. Everyone involved with this show(don’t want to leave anyone out so won’t try to list them) is just fantastic. I can’t wait for “Voyager”, have read it twice but will be reading it again as I have with all the books. In film you have made me understand the books better and that is not always the case with adaptations. Please, Please Everyone involved get a good rest because DG’s material is calling! Bravo from Texas!

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  19. Beautiful ending to a beautifully done season 2! Only 2 things I wish had been included in the finale in 1968. It would have been so effective to portray what really showed Claire that Jamie was alive in his time, which was when she saw the newspaper clipping of the article printed by A. Malcolm, Printer. This was such a beautiful revelation, which gave all of us hope of Claire’s returning to Jamie. Even so….I loved it all!!!

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    1. Isn’t that part in Voyager? At the end of DIA, Claire finds out Jamie survived Culloden. Roger asks her if she wants him to find out what happened to him after Culloden and where he was 20 years from then.

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  20. I echo what the previous comments have said. Having read all the books makes it even more entertaining to see how the writers have combined and adapted the various segments of the books to make a masterpiece for fans. Thank you to the writers, actors, costumers, just everyone involved. It was fantastic! Now on to Season 3!

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  21. My husband asked me how G – the “witch” who was burned – could travel through the stones in 1968 and travel back to Scotland BEFORE Culloden, but when Claire travels through the stones the second time in the year 1968 Claire “lands” in a different year of the past! Claire will return to a year twenty years AFTER Culloden. My husband asked why would both women leave the year 1968 but “land” in two different time periods?

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    1. That’s a good question. The short answer is that Diana answers it towards the end of book three! The long(er) answer is that it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but due to the constraints of the story, Diana was forced to come up with a (somewhat ridiculous) plot device to make it work. Sci fi is tough, y’all. 🙂

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    2. Book explanation and Rogers research in An Echo in the Bone finds…. it’s always 202 years. Fairy tales always say “200 years”. Per Roger, Geillis went back further than she should have…… no explanation found how he knew that. Mrs. Graham said each traveler has there own experience. Some thoughts Claire had is because they had been talking about BJR the night before is why she ended up in his location. Diana’s books are so complex to find exact background findings. Love her story telling. when Roger and Brianna went back……… Brianna was focused on her Mom/Jamie. Roger on Brianna.

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  22. Love your recaps every week, glad you are going to do the Voyager Review!! Loved the season finale, every thing about it, the change in centuries, the music, the 60’s clothes, the whole production was amazing. It did surprise me a lot though, I was expecting a bloody war of Culloden, since they are trying to make it a more manly show, than a chick flick, but loved it. My fav’s scenes were the same as most everyone, Lallybroch, Culloden Goodbye, Jamie letting her know that he knows she is pregnant, and of course the end in both centuries. The death of Dougal was impressive, the acting and choreography was outstanding and bringing Claire to the fight was to me very much needed, she is a strong woman, she can’t sit there and watch, even Mr. McTavish said that after the fact, and I agree totally. Thank you so much for your recaps, looking forward to more next year, according to what I have read, Mr Moore said filming should start by Aug/Sept! Hopefully we will have season 3 sooner than April 2017!

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    1. Hi….. Her dying at the stake has nothing to do with Roger. The baby was born prior to her burning at the stake (presumably / Voyager). In 1968, before Geillis went thru the stones, if she had been warned ahead of time what events would take place, “possibly” her and Dougal would not have conceived a child. THEN it would affect Roger and he and his family lineage would never exist. Like Claire’s wedding ring from Frank. She thought it would disappear off her finger if BJR & Mary did not marry & have a child.. Frank would not exist then. Love Diana’s twists and turns !!

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  23. This is the most BRILLIANT recap ever! I wasn’t as nuts on all of Season 2 (I think I have to go back and binge it to really get into it) but this episode had me choked up all the way through – especially when she sees Jamie’s ghost in the archway! And if I look like Catriona Balfe in my 40s (50s?) I will be one very happy person.

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