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Outlander – Season 2

Based on the second book, “Dragonfly in Amber,” the second season of Outlander sees Claire and Jamie journey to Paris in an attempt to prevent the Battle of Culloden and alter history. They become embroiled in the French court’s politics, conspiracies, and intrigue, all while facing personal and emotional challenges.

Outlander – S02 E01 – Through a Glass, Darkly

The first episode of “Outlander” Season 2, titled “Through a Glass, Darkly,” opens with a significant time jump, but also takes us back to familiar ground.

Outlander - S02E01 - Through a Glass, Darkly
Outlander – S02E01 – Through a Glass, Darkly

Claire (Caitriona Balfe) suddenly awakens at Craigh na Dun in Scotland in 1948, having traveled through the stones again. Disoriented and heartbroken, she discovers that the Battle of Culloden has taken place, contrary to her and Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) efforts to change history.

Claire is soon discovered by a passing motorist and taken to a nearby hospital, where she reunites with her first husband, Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies), who is overjoyed to see her but confused by her reappearance after two years.

Throughout the episode, Claire grapples with her return to the 20th century and the loss of Jamie. She eventually confides in Frank about her time travel and her love for Jamie. While Frank struggles to accept her story, he’s more taken aback by Claire’s revelation that she is pregnant with Jamie’s child.

Despite the shocking news, Frank agrees to raise the child as his own on two conditions: they move to Boston, where he has been offered a job, and Claire must let Jamie go. Claire reluctantly agrees, effectively choosing a life for her unborn child over her love for Jamie.

Interspersed with these scenes, we’re taken back to the 18th century, where Jamie and Claire have arrived in France. Their mission is to infiltrate the Jacobite movement and stop the Battle of Culloden. They are taken in by Jamie’s cousin, Jared Fraser (Robert Cavanah), a wine merchant with connections to the French aristocracy. To earn Jared’s trust and assistance, Jamie offers to manage his wine business while he travels, effectively positioning them to start influencing the Jacobite movement.

The episode ends with Frank and Claire setting off for their new life in America, while in the past, Jamie and Claire step into the intricate world of French society, ready to alter the course of history.

“Through a Glass, Darkly” acts as a bridge between two vastly different chapters of Jamie and Claire’s lives. It sets the stage for their endeavors in France while also exploring the impact of Claire’s return to the 20th century.

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Outlander – S02 E02 – Not in Scotland Anymore

In the second episode of “Outlander” Season 2, titled “Not in Scotland Anymore,” Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) begin their mission to change history in the royal court of France.

Outlander - S02E02 - Not in Scotland Anymore
Outlander – S02E02 – Not in Scotland Anymore

The episode begins with Jamie still dealing with the nightmares and traumas of his abuse at the hands of Captain Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies). Claire is supportive and understanding, but it’s clear that Jamie’s ordeal continues to affect their relationship.

During the day, they navigate the world of French high society, aiming to gain the trust of the Jacobites and stop the rebellion. This sees them attending grand parties, engaging with influential people, and even meeting King Louis XV (Lionel Lingelser) himself in a rather unorthodox royal audience.

They meet the powerful and wealthy Duke of Sandringham (Simon Callow) again, as well as his secretary, Alexander Randall (Laurence Dobiesz), who turns out to be the younger brother of Jack Randall. This encounter leads to the shocking revelation that Jack Randall is still alive, a fact that disturbs Jamie but also gives him a newfound hope – he can still avenge his suffering.

Meanwhile, Claire makes the acquaintance of Louise de Rohan (Claire Sermonne), a high-society lady who introduces her to the customs of the French court, which starkly contrast with those of Scottish society. Claire also continues her work as a healer, setting up a makeshift clinic at home.

Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix), also adjusting to life in France, is smitten by a lady’s maid named Suzette (Adrienne-Marie Zitt), while Claire’s friend, Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day), a young English woman, is revealed to be the future wife of Black Jack Randall according to Frank’s ancestral records. This realization poses a dilemma for Claire about whether or not to intervene.

The episode ends on an eerie note, as Claire encounters Comte St. Germain (Stanley Weber), a powerful merchant whom she previously crossed paths with, resulting in the burning of his ship to prevent the spread of smallpox. His ominous warning suggests that he may become a formidable enemy.

In “Not in Scotland Anymore,” Jamie and Claire’s journey takes them deep into the political and social complexities of the French court, setting up new challenges and alliances that will shape their quest to change history.

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Outlander – S02 E03 – Useful Occupations and Deceptions

The third episode of “Outlander” Season 2, titled “Useful Occupations and Deceptions,” follows Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) as they continue their mission to alter history.

Outlander - S02E03 - Useful Occupations and Deceptions
Outlander – S02E03 – Useful Occupations and Deceptions

As the episode begins, Jamie is busier than ever managing his cousin Jared’s wine business while also infiltrating the Jacobite movement. However, this leaves Claire feeling isolated and restless as she’s mostly confined to social duties, which she finds unfulfilling.

To find purpose, Claire rekindles her passion for healing and joins the L’Hopital des Anges, a charity hospital run by Mother Hildegarde (Frances de la Tour), despite initial resistance due to her unconventional methods and being a woman. Claire earns Mother Hildegarde’s respect, and they form a close working relationship. At the hospital, Claire befriends a young pickpocket named Fergus (Romann Berrux), who she later hires to steal correspondence from the Prince and his allies to gather information for Jamie.

Meanwhile, Jamie and Duverney, the French Minister of Finance (Marc Duret), manage to convince Prince Charles Stuart (Andrew Gower) that King Louis won’t fund his war. However, Prince Charles reveals that he has secured private funding instead, throwing a wrench into Jamie and Claire’s plans to thwart the uprising. Jamie realizes they need to learn more about who these secret investors might be.

Throughout the episode, Claire and Jamie’s relationship suffers due to Jamie’s frequent nightmares about his traumatic experiences with Captain Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies). This strain is heightened when Jamie learns that Randall is still alive, as he’s simultaneously filled with a desire for revenge and fear of facing his abuser again.

In another subplot, Claire’s friend Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day) confesses that she is in love with Alexander Randall (Laurence Dobiesz), Black Jack’s brother. Claire is torn because she knows from Frank’s genealogical research that Mary is supposed to marry Black Jack, which casts a shadow over her friend’s happiness.

“Useful Occupations and Deceptions” deepens the political intrigue surrounding Jamie and Claire’s efforts in France, while also exploring the toll it takes on their personal lives. The introduction of new characters like Fergus and Mother Hildegarde further enriches the storyline, adding new layers to their time in Paris.

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Outlander – S02 E04 – La Dame Blanche

The fourth episode of “Outlander” Season 2, titled “La Dame Blanche,” sees the tensions between Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) resolving, even as the political drama around them escalates.

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Outlander - S02E04 - La Dame Blanche
Outlander – S02E04 – La Dame Blanche

At the start of the episode, Claire’s medical duties and Jamie’s political maneuverings have been straining their relationship. Jamie is also dealing with PTSD from his traumatic encounters with Black Jack Randall. The couple manages to talk it out and reconcile, with Jamie admitting that he’s been struggling with his traumatic past and the news of Randall’s survival.

Meanwhile, Claire has been called “La Dame Blanche” (The White Lady) by the servants, a rumor spread by Jamie to fend off the advances of other women at the brothel where he and his political allies often meet. As a result, Claire is seen as a kind of witch by the superstitious servants.

The plot thickens when Claire and Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day) are attacked by masked men while returning from the hospital. The men recognize Claire as “La Dame Blanche,” which scares them off, but not before Mary is assaulted.

Following the assault, Claire and Jamie decide to speed up their plan to thwart the Jacobite rebellion. They organize a dinner party with the intention of revealing the Bonnie Prince’s secret funding scheme to his potential supporters, hoping to erode their faith in him.

However, the dinner party descends into chaos when Mary, traumatized and disoriented, stumbles into the dining room. In the ensuing commotion, the Comte St. Germain (Stanley Weber) and the Duke of Sandringham (Simon Callow) slip away, avoiding Jamie’s plan to expose them as the secret financiers of the rebellion.

“La Dame Blanche” depicts the intrigue and danger in Jamie and Claire’s attempts to prevent the Jacobite uprising, while also highlighting their commitment to each other. It sets up further challenges for them in their mission to alter history.

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Outlander – S02 E05 – Untimely Resurrection

The fifth episode of “Outlander” Season 2, titled “Untimely Resurrection,” picks up in the aftermath of the disastrous dinner party.

Outlander - S02E05 - Untimely Resurrection
Outlander – S02E05 – Untimely Resurrection

As the episode starts, we see Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) dealing with the fallout of the chaotic dinner. They are helping Alex Randall (Laurence Dobiesz) – who was mistakenly arrested for the assault on Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day) – to secure his release from the Bastille, while also looking after a traumatised Mary.

Soon, a new shock comes their way: Jamie encounters Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) while at Versailles with Claire. Randall is there to petition King Louis XV (Lionel Lingelser) to reinstate his brother Alex’s position, which he lost following his arrest. It’s a tense, nerve-wracking encounter. Despite Jamie’s initial impulse to kill Randall, Claire convinces him to hold off, fearing that if Randall dies now, Frank (also played by Tobias Menzies), who is a direct descendant of Randall’s yet-to-be-conceived child, might cease to exist.

There’s also an intense exchange between Claire and Randall, with Claire gaining some cold satisfaction from letting him know she’s aware of the historical record of his imminent death at the Battle of Culloden.

Simultaneously, Jamie and Claire are trying to manipulate Charles Stuart (Andrew Gower) and his relationship with his mistress Louise de Rohan (Claire Sermonne), who reveals to Claire that she’s pregnant, likely by Charles. Claire hopes that if Charles finds out about the pregnancy, it might distract him from his Jacobite cause.

By the end of “Untimely Resurrection,” Jamie and Claire’s relationship is strained once more, as Jamie is both frustrated at having to let Randall live and excited by the prospect of exacting his revenge. The couple’s efforts to thwart the Jacobite cause have also become increasingly complicated, signaling more challenges ahead.

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Outlander – S02 E06 – Best Laid Schemes

The sixth episode of “Outlander” Season 2, titled “Best Laid Schemes,” follows Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) as they continue their efforts to thwart the Jacobite rebellion.

Outlander - S02E06 - Best Laid Schemes
Outlander – S02E06 – Best Laid Schemes

The episode starts with Jamie agreeing to Claire’s request to spare Black Jack Randall’s (Tobias Menzies) life for a year to ensure Frank Randall’s existence in the future. However, Jamie seeks to manipulate events so that Randall will end up challenging him to a duel.

Meanwhile, the plan to disrupt Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s (Andrew Gower) funding is put into action. Jamie, Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix), and several others raid the wine shipment that is supposed to be sold to raise funds for the Jacobite rebellion. They make it look like bandits have attacked and stolen the wine, which would leave Prince Charles in significant debt.

Claire’s medical knowledge comes into play when she tries to treat Alex Randall’s (Laurence Dobiesz) illness. Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day) insists on helping take care of Alex, and Claire realizes that Mary genuinely loves him. This poses a new problem as Claire knows that Mary is supposed to marry Black Jack Randall to ensure Frank’s existence.

Later in the episode, Claire starts experiencing severe pains and is rushed to L’Hopital des Anges, where Mother Hildegarde (Frances de la Tour) helps her. It turns out that Claire has had a placental abruption and is at risk of losing the baby. Jamie is not there during this crisis, as he’s gone to duel with Randall, having found out that Randall assaulted Fergus (Romann Berrux), their young pickpocket.

“Best Laid Schemes” is a pivotal episode in Season 2. The tension increases as Jamie and Claire’s plans lead to unforeseen consequences. The fallout from Jamie’s decision to duel with Randall despite his promise to Claire, coupled with Claire’s medical crisis, sets the stage for dramatic developments in the upcoming episodes.

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Outlander – S02 E07 – Faith

The seventh episode of “Outlander” Season 2, titled “Faith,” is a harrowing episode that sees Claire (Caitriona Balfe) facing a devastating loss.

Outlander - S02E07 - Faith
Outlander – S02E07 – Faith

At the start of the episode, Claire is in L’Hopital des Anges, where she has been rushed due to complications with her pregnancy. Tragically, she loses her baby, a girl whom she names Faith. Claire herself is also in a critical condition due to septicemia, and she is taken care of by Mother Hildegarde (Frances de la Tour) and her dog Bouton.

During this time, Jamie (Sam Heughan) is not with her as he has gone to fight a duel with Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) and has been arrested and put in the Bastille for duelling, which is illegal.

In her grief and fevered state, Claire hallucinates and sees her dead daughter. Mother Hildegarde, showing great kindness, arranges a clandestine Catholic baptism for Faith, who is then buried in the cemetery for the unbaptised, a rare honor. She also has a musician friend, Johann Sebastian Bach, compose a piece in Faith’s memory.

As Claire recovers, she learns that Black Jack Randall has been injured in the duel and is impotent, but still alive. Moreover, she discovers that Jamie broke his promise not to duel with Randall for a year after Fergus (Romann Berrux) was assaulted by Randall.

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To get Jamie out of prison, Claire strikes a deal with King Louis XV (Lionel Lingelser). In a strange and mystical scene, Claire is asked to judge the guilt of Comte St. Germain (Stanley Weber) and Master Raymond (Dominique Pinon), who are accused of practicing dark sorcery. After a performance of seeming sorcery herself, she accuses St. Germain but asks for Raymond to be exiled instead of executed. Following this, she reluctantly sleeps with the King as part of their bargain.

Finally, Jamie is released from prison, and he and Claire reunite. They grieve their loss together and decide to return to Scotland, their relationship fundamentally changed but still enduring.

“Faith” is one of the most emotionally intense episodes of “Outlander,” tackling themes of loss, grief, and the lengths one would go to protect those they love. The episode also closes out the Paris storyline, setting up the next chapter in Scotland.

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Outlander – S02 E08 – The Fox’s Lair

The eighth episode of “Outlander” Season 2, titled “The Fox’s Lair,” marks Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) return to Scotland after their time in Paris.

Outlander - S02E08 - The Fox's Lair
Outlander – S02E08 – The Fox’s Lair

The episode opens with Jamie and Claire safely back in Lallybroch. They are enjoying a quieter life, with Jamie farming and Claire pregnant again. However, this tranquility is interrupted when a letter arrives from Charles Stuart (Andrew Gower), declaring that Jamie is a supporter of the Jacobite rebellion.

Jamie decides they must travel to his grandfather, Lord Lovat’s (Clive Russell), estate to try and sway him to the cause. This is important as having Lord Lovat’s support could lend legitimacy to the rebellion. Claire accompanies Jamie despite being heavily pregnant.

Lord Lovat, also known as the “Old Fox,” proves to be a manipulative and calculating character. He is unwilling to publicly declare his support for the rebellion but is equally unwilling to openly oppose it. He wishes to play both sides to ensure he’s on the winning one.

Meanwhile, Claire attempts to use her reputation as ‘La Dame Blanche’ to intimidate Lovat, who is superstitious. Jamie’s half-brother, William (Scott Kyle), also known as Young Simon, shows a keen interest in the Jacobite cause and in earning his father’s respect.

Laoghaire (Nell Hudson), who was previously infatuated with Jamie and caused trouble for Claire in Season 1, reappears in this episode. She seeks Claire’s forgiveness, and Claire cautiously grants it, hoping Laoghaire has changed.

The episode concludes with Lord Lovat granting troops to Jamie under his son’s leadership, which is a move to ensure plausible deniability if the rebellion fails. However, if the Jacobites succeed, he can still claim he was part of it. In the final scene, a British ship is seen arriving, signaling the impending conflict.

“The Fox’s Lair” serves as a transition episode that prepares the stage for the upcoming battles in Scotland. It delves into the political machinations of the time while further developing Jamie and Claire’s characters and relationship.

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Outlander – S02 E09 – Je Suis Prest

The ninth episode of “Outlander” Season 2, titled “Je Suis Prest,” brings the audience back to the build-up of the Jacobite Rebellion and the impending Battle of Culloden.

Outlander - S02E09 - Je Suis Prest
Outlander – S02E09 – Je Suis Prest

As the episode begins, Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) arrive at the McKenzies’ camp, where Jamie assumes command of the troops preparing to fight for Charles Stuart (Andrew Gower). They soon realize, however, that the men are ill-disciplined and poorly trained. With the help of Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix), Jamie sets about turning the ragtag group into a competent military force.

While this is happening, Claire begins to experience a form of PTSD due to her experience as a combat nurse in World War II. The sights and sounds of the military camp bring back traumatic memories from her past, particularly the death and destruction she witnessed during the war.

During their stay in the camp, they encounter an English deserter named William Grey (Oscar Kennedy) who tries to kill Jamie, believing him to be the notorious Jacobite ‘Red Jamie.’ Jamie manages to capture him, and from him, they learn of a British army camp nearby. In return for his life, Grey swears to not reveal any details about their camp and states that he owes Jamie a debt of honor. This encounter foreshadows the important role the Grey family will play in later seasons.

In another storyline, Dougal MacKenzie (Graham McTavish) arrives with a group of his own men, having heard of the Jacobite army’s formation. However, there is tension between him and Jamie, as Dougal is eager to charge into battle, while Jamie believes in the importance of discipline and strategy.

Finally, after days of rigorous training, Jamie’s men manage to execute a successful mock charge, demonstrating that they are ready for the challenges ahead. The episode concludes with the sense of an impending storm as they prepare to join Charles Stuart’s main force and march towards the inevitable conflict.

“Je Suis Prest” is an episode of preparation and anticipation. It highlights Jamie’s leadership skills, Claire’s personal struggles, and the tension between different factions in the build-up to the Battle of Culloden.

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Outlander – S02 E10 – Prestonpans

The tenth episode of “Outlander” Season 2, titled “Prestonpans,” sees the Jacobite Rebellion enter its first major battle.

Outlander - S02E10 - Prestonpans
Outlander – S02E10 – Prestonpans

At the beginning of the episode, Jamie (Sam Heughan) and his men are now part of the Bonnie Prince Charles’ (Andrew Gower) main army. However, they find themselves in a difficult situation as they are facing the British army across marshy ground, with no safe way to launch an attack.

During this time, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) is busy setting up a field hospital to treat the injured men from the upcoming battle. She and the other women, including Jenny’s (Laura Donnelly) husband, Ian’s (Steven Cree), niece Margaret (Sarah Higgins), and Fergus (Romann Berrux), prepare for the worst.

The turning point comes when a local man named Anderson (Andrew Rothney), who is loyal to the Jacobites, offers to guide Jamie and his men through the marshes. This local knowledge provides the Jacobites with an advantage, allowing them to plan a surprise attack on the British forces.

Dougal MacKenzie (Graham McTavish) is given the chance to prove his loyalty to the Prince by risking his life to test Anderson’s guidance through the marshland. Surviving the dangerous journey through the marsh, Dougal confirms the path’s safety, thus enabling the surprise attack to go forward.

The attack on the British camp is brutal but successful, and the Jacobites win their first major victory in the Rebellion at the Battle of Prestonpans. However, the victory is not without its costs. Many men die in the battle, including Ross (Scott Ainslie) and Kincaid (Gregor Firth), who were soldiers under Jamie’s command from Lallybroch.

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The episode ends with Jamie and Claire holding each other in the aftermath of the battle, surrounded by the wounded and dying, as they brace themselves for the challenges yet to come.

“Prestonpans” showcases the harsh realities of war, the cost of victory, and the depth of Jamie and Claire’s commitment to their men and the cause they’re fighting for. It sets the stage for the coming trials as the Jacobite Rebellion continues to unfold.

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Outlander – S02 E11 – Vengeance is Mine

The eleventh episode of “Outlander” Season 2, titled “Vengeance is Mine,” brings a shift in momentum for the Jacobite Rebellion.

Outlander - S02E11 - Vengeance is Mine
Outlander – S02E11 – Vengeance is Mine

The episode starts with the Jacobite leaders arguing over their next move. Bonnie Prince Charles (Andrew Gower) overrules the decision to march towards London after their victory at Prestonpans, instead choosing to return to Scotland. Jamie (Sam Heughan) strongly disagrees with this decision, but his argument falls on deaf ears.

Forced to retreat, Jamie, Claire (Caitriona Balfe), and their band of soldiers find themselves in Northern England. When the British army attacks their camp, they are forced to flee, ending up in a church. Unfortunately, British soldiers surround them, and they are trapped.

To buy Jamie and the rest of the men some time, Claire suggests she play the English hostage card again. She stays behind, pretending to be an unwilling captive of the Scots, while Jamie and the rest lead the soldiers on a wild goose chase.

Claire is taken to the local British command, which, to her horror, is held at the home of the Duke of Sandringham (Simon Callow). The Duke reveals his true colors, admitting he has been playing both sides. It turns out the Duke is the one who orchestrated the attacks on Claire and Mary (Rosie Day) in Paris.

Hugh Munro (Simon Meacock), who is working in the Duke’s kitchen, recognizes Claire and sends a secret message to Jamie about her whereabouts. Jamie, Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix), and the men storm the house to rescue Claire. During the chaos, Mary stabs her attacker, and Murtagh beheads the Duke of Sandringham, avenging the attacks on Claire and Mary.

The episode ends with Claire, Jamie, and the rest of their group returning to the safety of the Scottish highlands. “Vengeance is Mine” is an episode full of twists and turns, illustrating the consequences of the Prince’s decision and showing the lengths Jamie and his men are willing to go to protect their own.

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Outlander – S02 E12 – The Hail Mary

The twelfth episode of “Outlander” Season 2, titled “The Hail Mary,” focuses on the eve of the Battle of Culloden, the historical battle that the characters have been trying to prevent all season.

Outlander - S02E12 - The Hail Mary
Outlander – S02E12 – The Hail Mary

The episode starts with Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) arriving at the Jacobite camp near Culloden Moor. They’re still trying to stop the battle from happening, knowing from Claire’s historical knowledge that it will end disastrously for the Scots.

They discover that Colum MacKenzie (Gary Lewis) is at the camp. He’s dying and has come to make his peace with his brother, Dougal (Graham McTavish), and to decide who will be the guardian to his son, Hamish. He surprises everyone by choosing Jamie over Dougal, which infuriates Dougal. In a poignant scene, Colum asks Claire for a merciful death, which she grants him using her knowledge of plants to ease his suffering.

Meanwhile, Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) has also returned to the narrative, as his brother Alex Randall (Laurence Dobiesz) is dying. Alex is in love with Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day), who is pregnant with his child. To secure Mary’s future, Alex asks his brother to marry her. Claire agrees to help ease Alex’s suffering only if Jack marries Mary, thus ensuring her and her child’s future.

In an ironic twist, this means Claire has facilitated the marriage that she knows will lead to Frank Randall’s ancestry (since Mary Hawkins is supposed to be Frank’s ancestor). Claire’s decision secures Frank’s existence in the future, ensuring the timeline remains intact.

“The Hail Mary” sets up high stakes for the season finale, with the seemingly unavoidable Battle of Culloden looming on the horizon. The episode showcases the desperation of the characters as they grapple with morality, duty, and the inevitability of history.

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Outlander – S02 E13 – Dragonfly in Amber

The thirteenth episode of “Outlander” Season 2, titled “Dragonfly in Amber,” serves as the dramatic season finale. This episode shifts between two timelines: 1746, the day of the Battle of Culloden, and 1968, where we see a much older Claire.

Outlander - S02E13 - Dragonfly in Amber
Outlander – S02E13 – Dragonfly in Amber

In the 1746 timeline, the day of the Battle of Culloden has arrived, and Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) are still trying to prevent it. They plan to kill Bonnie Prince Charles (Andrew Gower) to halt the battle but are unsuccessful. Dougal MacKenzie (Graham McTavish) overhears them and, enraged by what he perceives as treason, attacks. In self-defense, Jamie and Claire are forced to kill him.

Understanding that the battle is inevitable and fearing for Claire’s safety (as she is pregnant), Jamie insists that Claire return through the stones to her original timeline. He hopes this will ensure the safety of her and their unborn child. They share a heartfelt goodbye, and Claire goes back through the stones just as the Battle of Culloden begins.

In the 1968 timeline, Claire has returned to Scotland with her grown daughter Brianna (Sophie Skelton), who is unaware of her true parentage. They’re in Scotland for the funeral of Reverend Wakefield. There, they meet a grown-up Roger Wakefield (Richard Rankin), who becomes a pivotal character. Claire revisits the places that were significant to her and Jamie and ultimately reveals to Brianna that Jamie was her real father.

Meanwhile, Brianna and Roger discover evidence of Claire’s time-traveling adventures and the existence of Geillis Duncan (Lotte Verbeek) in the 20th century, under the alias Gillian Edgars. Claire realizes that this is before Geillis travels back in time and sacrifices her husband for the passage, thus sparking the chain of events of the entire series.

They rush to stop Geillis but arrive too late. They witness Gillian/Geillis pass through the stones, affirming to Brianna and Roger the truth of Claire’s extraordinary story.

“Dragonfly in Amber” ends with the revelation that Jamie didn’t die at Culloden as Claire had believed. Armed with this knowledge, Claire decides she must go back in time again to find him, setting the stage for the next season. This episode ties together loose ends while also opening new pathways for the story to continue.

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