I wasn’t going to recap this, and then I got rolled over by a bunch of tweeps who knew my weakness: Tobias Menzies breathing oxygen. Sure enough, I checked it out and he it started speaking to me.
Still, I fought it because usually Wednesdays are my nights to drink wine until everything is pleasantly fuzzy, and I really value my me-time. But then THIS HAPPENED. This was Tobias’ reaction to the term “Droughtlander,” and it was so awesome Starz had to add subtitles so no one felt left out of its warm glow. Rain has nothing to do with it. Anyone on Twitter knows this man’s sense of humor is as fine as an perfectly aged cheese. He can’t help the cheek.
I have no defense against the dimples, so here we go. Let’s hit these last 9 weeks running, shall we?
Over some scenes of stuff we’ve seen before comes some documentation of the accolades the show has received during hiatus, and this is nothing, folks. In the sexual parlance of my HS years, this just the tip. The best is still to come!
Outlander fans are ON IT. And under it, and probably hiding in its trunk. But LOVINGLY. So where did we leave off again?
Ah. Right. These kids here. Sticky wicket. But it gets better, right? RIGHT?
Uh-oh. I mean sure, bad things happen in a drama, but nothing DIRE, right?
WHAT HAPPENS? Sweet gelatin dessert, is there a Yeti? Is her husband naked? The Yellow King? What exactly are we talking about? Am I about to be Ned Stark’d? DON’T NED STARK ME.
Excellent. Married sexytimes is the mayo in my Outlander sandwich. Nobody wants a dry sandwich.
Been there, girl.
Another brief bit from Caitriona, where she tells us that we’re going to love seeing how they “stay together, not just get together.” That’s nice. Not enough shows explore the reality of a long-term marriage between time travelers and gingers.
This all looks in order.
Brief appearance by Ron, who comments, “It’s going to be dark,” and I wonder if this means more nighttime scenes by candlelight but the next frame makes what he’s referring to pretty obvious.
I am DEFINITELY NOT looking forward to these scenes. God bless Tobias and his ability to creep me out. Sam describes the Jack-Jamie relationship as one of a sort of “strange, twisted respect.” Not sure Aretha would agree.
Ron’s back to tell us that the back half is all about resolutions, and delving into the political aspects of the Jacobite rebellion, including what it means to the Mackenzie brothers. And Claire and Geillis will also be featured.
And we meet Jamie’s sister Jenny, an eleven on the Sass-meter and more evidence that the Fraser gene pool is worth its weight in gold.
And her sweetie husband, Ian.
We see Jenny briefly chastise Jamie and Claire for thinking that “life started when [they] walked though that door”, but I think they make up later because at some point they Thelma and Louise it like pros.
Ron mentions that the final episodes will go in an unexpected direction, and Cait advises us to “have a cushion ready to hide behind”, but I would advise you to fill that that cushion with alcohol, because really, unexpected would be a musical featuring My Little Ponies. That train of thought led here:
But as much as I try to cheer myself up with the usual nonsense, it’s clear this next block of episodes is going to be a tough one.
But oh look, it’s one of my favorite people, back to use one of my favorite weapons: common sense and a sexy knee-high boot.
God, Tobias, you’re right. I don’t really have a leg to stand on here. I mean, I am recapping a promo for crying out loud.
So I ignore Sam telling me that it gets “much much darker” and the quick clips that look dicey, and focus instead on the lovely quotes from industry insiders. If I start seeing subliminal messages in them, I’m sure it’s my imagination.
I can almost convince myself that it’ll be okay, and then some foreshadowing. “These are dangerous times,” Jamie advises Claire, “Be careful.”
Oh Jamie, it’s like you don’t even know the woman you married in haste!
I guess I should resign myself to the inevitable. Hopefully you will all excuse me when my recaps devolve into Mary J. Blige songs and pictures of baby hedgehogs. Because it doesn’t look so happy going forward.
Man, I REALLY want to know what that table setting did to piss Dougal off. COME ON APRIL.
At the end of the day, my relationship with Outlander is like Jack and Jamie’s. I know it will potentially scar me for life, but I gotta go there. Who knows? Maybe my gag reflex is stronger than I think.
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Lots of speculation on this l’il lady, and who she might be.
I have heard a few theories. It is agreed that the promo is from the first scene of the first episode back, 109, “The Reckoning.”
1. Claire in the sunlight. Most popular in the fandom, people hope that it’s just Claire coming to have the “tearing my guts out” chat seen in the longer preview released this past month. Pros: No other females, low-stress for the OTP. Cons: The woman is blonde, and her hair is straighter than Claire’s. Also, her clothing doesn’t seem to match what Claire is shown wearing later during that talk.
2. The barmaid from “The Exile” graphic novel. For those who don’t know, Diana Gabaldon wrote a graphic novel that told Outlander from Jamie’s POV, along with that of other men. This is a character that features into Jamie’s story rather tragically, although I won’t spoil it here. Pros: Would enrich Jamie’s back story, minimal impact if any to OTP. Cons: No real reason for her to be present in this scene, distracts from Jamie x Claire, and a real bummer, story-wise. Also not directly in Outlander novel.
3. Laoghaire Mackenzie. This is the one I’m currently running with. Ron Moore has said that 109 will be back at Leoch, so this theory makes the most sense with TV timing, which may slightly alter that of the book. SPOILERS FOR OUTLANDER NOVEL TO FOLLOW AFTER THE JUMP.
If in this version Jamie gets Claire and runs clear back to Leoch still angry, then Claire would be left at Leoch while he presumably goes to think nearby and Laoghaire, hearing he has returned, would then go to meet him and hear about the wedding. This sets up the trap, the trial, the rescue and the subsequent escape to Lallybroch in a timeline that matches other spoilers for the back half of this season. Pros: Fits in with the storyline, propels us towards future events. Cons: Laoghaire, you guys. No one likes to see her mack on Jamie, plus it starts the slide into a lot of bad stuff.
Edited to add an honorable mention. SPOILERS FOR DRAGONFLY IN AMBER. Besides the character from The Exile, fans have also speculated that the blonde could be Annalise, the woman that Jamie explains having loved and fought a duel over in the next book in the series. While it would make sense that he would remember this during a flashback, which this may well be, there are more cons that pros here. Pros: Would be “a” blonde, and make us book nerds feel good. Cons: Annalise was French and brunette. This woman is blonde, and wearing a plaid. It also doesn’t fit the timing and seems like an odd place to stick this particular story, even if the duel is being moved up to Season 1.
I think that’s all the theories for now! Of course we will find out for sure April 4, but isn’t it fun to guess?
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You guys, I can’t stop. I am probably sick like Black Jack except my illness causes me to look for sexay Frasers in frames of the next episode preview instead of beating the crap out of people and being a total tool that people hate. Lucky for you guys, this is the sort of juvenile nonsense that you have to look forward to when you follow me!
This is the flashback bit in between Jamie’s attempted kiss, frame by frame, because I heart you:
I’ll be in the shower, saying the rosary, hoping that I travel forward in time to Saturday.