After watching this episode for …well, I honestly can’t say how many times I did watch it! I know that I eagerly waited for midnight Friday to see if Starz will have it ready for us, as they’ve been doing it for the second half of the first season [btw does anyone know WHY are they doing it? I’m not complaining because regardless of it, I watch it Saturday night again and enjoy Tweeting along with you all!], and they did, so the first time I saw it, not gonna lie, I was a mess. And I was alone [hubby worked third that night], so it was probably a good thing.
The second time I saw it with him in the early dawn hours [went to sleep at 5 a.m.!] and the third time I watched it on mute as Ron D. Moore and the writer of the show, Toni Graphia were talking about it from the podcast. As for the other times? It looked like if the TV was on, it was always cued to Starz, so what was I to do?! 😉
After this asswipes testimony, back to the thief hole they went where they bonded while drinking whisky Ned provided …talking about Dougal, and the Jacobite cause. It appears our little witch is all about the Prince and Scotland.
In the morning, up they go for a second day of this travesty of a trial and a couple of witnesses neither of them expected. First up, Leery …
Since I’ve read all the books and not to spoil it for those of you that hadn’t read them all, I see a huge problem by making this character this much vindictive. But then again, I’ll trust Moore & Co. that down the line, they’ll reconcile this to my satisfaction and with a plausible explanation.
Both Claire and Geilles know what was coming as they see this turd walk in, and then all three of us are stunned with his testimony. Talk about reverse psychology! By admitting Claire’s treatment of the boy saved his life and castigating himself, Father Bain’s plea to be let go from his congregation, falls on deaf ears and dumb reasoning that only witches can do such a thing to a priest!
The court erupts in calling for burning of both women, and Ned sees that the tide isn’t in their favor, so he quickly asks for the recess and gets it. He ushers the women in the back room, and it seems that only one of them could be saved, and Ned suggests it be Claire. As they’re left alone, Geillis demands the truth from Claire, and gets it, which is not what she expected.
Back at the courthouse/church, Claire is expected to denounce Geillis, but she just couldn’t bring herself to do it, at which point the “judges” pronounce the sentence of death for both, and upon hearing it, Ned goes into protective mode, brandishing a gun, while Geillis looks at Claire and tells her she thinks it’s possible, and says 1968! but our Claire isn’t ready to go down without a fight, so she’s screaming bloody murder to the bloody bastards!
Judges can’t let that go, so they decide before they burn her, they’ll strip her back and whip her. The mob is crazy with blood lust, as is Leery telling Claire she’ll dance on her ashes that night. WTH!!!! Now I’m really hating on this bitch! Geillis cringes as they begin whipping Claire but after five-six times, in walks Jamie, swords drawn at the crowd telling them that he’s sworn oath to God to protect this woman supersedes any authority they have on her.
OMG! This was awesome!
Sam Heughan IS Jamie Fraser! Period! I’m done in with this man’s talent! He embodies this role and I’m buying it line, hook and sinker!
HOLY SHIT! The voice this woman has! When she says the word “confess” you can feel her anxiety, fear for not just her life but for Claire & Jamie, acceptance of her faith and defiance! The waterworks don’t stop even at the end credits because fucking Bear McCreary guts me with the music as the screen fades to black! #Emmy4LotteVerbeek
Our couple takes a flight and comes to a rest in the woods… and Jamie finally asks Claire that there be honesty between them always, which she agrees to …which I know exactly what’s coming but I’m still in a Geillis crying mode so now I have to turn into Claire and Jamie crying mode!
And here is Jamie’s reaction!
Surprise and shock… bet that’s not what he expected to hear … Here he’s remembering the bard and his ballad …
And I can see him accepting it right here! #Emmy4SamHeughan and #Emmy4CaitrionaBalfe for a rare talent only a handful of seasoned actors have: to tell the story by very little words and a lot of facial expression! BRAVO!!!!
She still doubts he believes her, but he assures her that he does and asks her to tell him more, and she pours it all out!
I love it when these two bond!
He finally realizes that she’s been trying to get to the stones all along, wanting to go back to her own world, her own time and to her rightful husband. You can see the wheels turning in his head, and he makes a decision right here to do the right thing. The honorable thing!
She thinks he’s taking her to Lallybroch …they travel some more and bond some more!
Okay, so this scene pops up… Seriously HOT! I mean, no clothes has been taken off! And a man saying I’ll give you pleasure because I want to watch yours, that’s H.O.T. I knew what he was doing. She had no clue!
As the day comes, he asks her if she’s ready to go home… She has a huge smile on her face and says YES!
Yeah …crying … the actors are superb! Did I say #Emmy4SamHeughan and #Emmy4CaitrionaBalfe?!!!
He knows this is what she wanted all along, and she confirms it for him.
He takes her hand and walks her to the stones, drawing his sword just in case some redcoats are about …
… he checks the area and asks her how did this work for her the last time…Claire is slowly explaining it to him and extends her hands toward the stones …
… and he pulls her back! He’s not ready just yet, he says, and she understands …
He then tells her that there’s nothing but violence and danger for her her …
… she is better off going back to her own time and safety and … Frank …
He says goodby to his Sassenach and turns to go, but she calls out to him …
… but he doesn’t turn around, and she whispers goodbye …
Alone, she sits in front of the stones and is deciding if she should go or stay …
I have to say that these scenes had no need of a voice over because you could see the emotions in their faces.
I hear a lot of fans wanted voice over here to hear her thought process as she makes her decision, but personally I’m glad not to hear it. I can see exactly what she’s thinking.
She turns around to see his fires at the camp … Walks up to the stones … and it’s fade to black! SHIT! I know what happens next, but I’m cursing a storm and hope to God this isn’t a cliffhanger!
Thank you Ron! The next scene is in the dark of night, and our hero’s asleep … when he hears “On your feet soldier!” he is awake, but I bet he’s not sure if this is his dream or his reality!
She nudges him as he’s looking at her …and looking shocked, bewildered, happy as a clam when she says “Take me home … to Lallybroch.” Tears in his eyes, he nods his head, smiling and reaching out to her. He knows without a doubt, she chose to stay with him.
And I’m a mess …
And fading to black has never been sweeter! Bear dude, the music genius that he is, decides to give us his happy tune and I’m crying like a baby!
Can you tell I loved this episode? A lot of fans are saying this episode trumps even The Wedding 😉 I’m equally divided on both. This one is chock full of action, drama, character development and if it was emotionally draining on a viewer, I can’t even imagine what the actors went through!
As always, you’re welcome to jump in and talk Outlander to me 😉
Anything you didn’t like? What was your favorite moment, besides the obvious 😉