SCOTTISH REACTION TO OUTLANDER SEASON 3 PREMIER



Outlander's Season 3 Premiere Explores the Emotion of Culloden

After 14 months of Droughtlander,Outlanderreturned to Starz tonight in spectacular, devastating fashion, as a dying Jamie, awaiting execution as a traitor, relives the Battle of Culloden through a violent fever dream. Meanwhile, in 1948 Boston, Claire and Frank circle each other in an awkward, stilted—at times explosive—attempt to settle back into marriage while awaiting the birth of Claire's baby. The premiere provided an even balance between pain (ghastly reminders of war, the death of Jamie's beloved cousin Rupert, Claire and Frank's inability to connect) and joy (the birth of Brianna)—or at least, something approaching it (Jamie's safe return to Lallybroch).

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Below, nine things you need to know aboutOutlanderSeason 3 Episode 1, "The Battle Joined."

1) Jamie survived Culloden—barely.

The episode opens on Culloden field, where hundreds of Highlanders lie motionless in the grass. The British Army stabs any Scotsmen who show signs of life. Jamie lies on top of a pile of men, with Black Jack Randall, dead—finally!—lying on top of him. Jamie is barely conscious and breathing raggedly. As dusk falls and it starts snowing, he remembers the battle in fits: Bonnie Prince Charlie so sure he'd win, Jamie demanding the prince order a charge on the British, the Highlanders falling as they're struck by British gunfire. Jamie also relives the painful moments after Claire went through the stones; he holds her shawl and pounds the stones with his hands. These scenes move quickly, but offer a real intensity, delivering you straight into the chaos of the battle and, by extension, Jamie's mind.

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Jamie and the Highlanders charge on the British Army during the Battle of Culloden.
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Floating in and out of consciousness, Jamie returns to the thick of the battle: he runs into Murtagh on the field and the two share a panicked joke, attempting to bely the terror of their situation. Jamie and Black Jack Randall spy each other across the field and time seems to stop. The battle fades around them as the two engage in an intimate fight to the death: BJR stabs Jamie in the leg and Jamie forces his dirk into Black Jack's side. Soon, they're the only two people standing on the field; because the fight is from Jamie's viewpoint, this likely just how he remembers it. Exhausted, Black Jack falls into Jamie's arms, and the two collapse into a pile of bodies. After dozens of mentions of this infamous battle in seasons past,Outlanderfinally delivered the reality of its horrors on a scale both overwhelmingly vast and painfully intimate.

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Now Jamie is hallucinating: he sees Claire walking across the field in a white nightgown and shawl. She touches his face, asking if he's still alive—then she transforms into Rupert. "Let me be," Jamie begs. Rupert isn't having it. "I’m not gonna leave you to die in the mud," he says.

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In the aftermath of Culloden, Jamie imagines Claire walking across the battlefield.
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2) Claire tries to play housewife in Boston.

In 1948, Claire and Frank survey a home in Boston. Claire fears they can't afford it, but Frank assures her it will be fine. They select a place for his study and Frank shows her the kitchen, putting on a poor imitation of a cowboy and joking about Claire "rustling up vittals." Claire notes she's "out of practice." They're trying so hard to ease back into their relationship, and Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies's performances make the hesitation and awkwardness almost tangible.

The scene flashes forward a few months, with Claire, now visibly pregnant, unable to light the gas stove. In a fit of frustration, she buys wood for the fireplace, and a bemused, overly-friendly neighbor joins her as she cooks over the open fire. "Most men in this world...don't want their wives doing anything out of the ordinary," the neighbor notes. "Cook, clean, raise the kids, look pretty when they meet the boss. You're lucky. You won't find another man like Frank again." Claire smiles politely. Shedidfind someone like Frank—two centuries ago.

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A few weeks later, Claire remembers her neighbor's words as she joins Frank to meet his boss. It goes about as poorly as expected. While discussing the upcoming presidential election and Dewey's likely win over Truman, Claire remarks she read in theGlobethat voters might elect Truman again, since Dewey offers nothing more than platitudes. Frank's boss tells him to monitor Claire's reading material, "Or next thing you know, she’ll be trying to get women into Harvard Law." Claire pushes back, but Frank's boss tells her to enjoy her impending motherhood and changes the subject. In decidedly un-Claire-like fashion, she again smiles politely. Just as she learned to control herself to survive in 18th-century Scotland, Claire again must find a way to adjust to new, unpleasant circumstances.

3) Jamie is set for execution as a traitor to the British crown.

Rupert has taken Jamie to a shack near the battlefield, where the rest of the Scottish survivors are hiding from the British. Jamie overhears Rupert and another man, Gordon Killick, discussing ways to escape, but the two men realize they don't have much of a chance. Jamie asks Rupert if he knows of Murtagh's whereabouts, but no one has seen him.

The British army arrives and Lord Melton announces he has orders to execute all Scottish traitors. He asks if any of the Scotsmen profess innocence, and Rupert grins wryly. "Traitors all," he announces proudly. Melton tells him the Scottish soldiers will be shot. In a show of mercy, he offers the prisoners paper to jot down their final words.

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4) The tension between Frank and Claire fuels an explosive fight.

Claire reluctantly attempts to make a home with Frank. As she prepares breakfast, she spies a bird at the window, and it seems to bring her peace. Frank enters the kitchen and the two engage in hesitant banter about how the English do things better (see: teabags). Claire makes mention of "our child," and Frank, moved, attempts to touch her belly. She freezes and moves away, and an awkward silence ensues. Claire breaks the tension by telling Frank she wants to become a U.S. citizen so the baby can have a real home, noting she's never felt particularly close to her British heritage. Frank, who as a historian has devoted his life to British history, is stunned. He forbids Claire from changing her citizenship.

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"I’m not the one who’s been fucking other people," Frank tells Claire.
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A furious argument follows. Frank is frustrated Claire is keeping him at a distance; Claire is tired of his talk of England and their former life together. "You asked me to leave behind everything that truly mattered to me, yet it’s fine to go on about the good old days," she yells. "Never talk about the past, that was the bargain.” Frank retorts, "The bargain was we raise this child together. It hasn’t even been born yet and you will not let me in." Claire scoffs, assuming Frank is referring to sex. She remarks that there are plenty of women in Boston who would fawn after Frank's British accent. Now raging, Frank shouts, "I’m not the one who’s been fucking other people." Claire throws an ashtray at his head. Frank tells Claire to make up her mind: she can stay or leave, but she needs to do whatshewants. He leaves the house and Claire sobs. Though the Battle of Culloden is meant to be the focal point of this episode, this argument between Claire and Frank feels just as significant; while Culloden symbolized the end of Highland culture, Claire and Frank can never come back from their words.

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5) Rupert is executed.

Back in Scotland, Gordon asks Jamie, returning to consciousness, if he wants to write a letter to Claire. "She's gone," Jamie says.

Rupert goes to Jamie's bedside for a few final words. "I didn’t want to say goodbye while you snored and farted in your sleep," he jokes to Jamie. The two laugh and reminisce about Angus. "It’ll be good to see him again," Rupert remarks. "It'll be good to see you together again," Jamie responds. He tells Rupert he'll see him soon. Rupert tells Jamie he won't forgive him for Dougal's death, but it's up to God to judge them both. Rupert walks out and faces the firing squad. The humor in Rupert's final moments make the loss of his character that much harder to stomach.

6) Frank asks Reverend Wakefield to research Jamie as Claire goes into labor.

Frank has been relegated to the couch, but he can't sleep. At his desk, he writes a letter to Reverend Wakefield, asking him to research an 18th-century Highlander named Jamie Fraser. He's either starting to believe Claire's story, or he wants to prove her wrong. Claire interrupts the note to inform Frank her water broke.

7) Lord Melton recognizes Jamie as the man who spared his brother's life. He sneaks Jamie away to safety.

The only men left in the shack are too injured to stand. When Jamie gives his name for the British record, Lord Melton recognizes him as the man who saved his younger brother's life before Culloden. Back in Season 2 Episode 9, Grey, spying on the Highlanders, tried (and failed) to kill Jamie. Jamie could've killed Grey, but instead sent him back to the British camp with a broken arm and a warning. Remembering the moment, Jamie tells Melton, "He promised to kill me. But I dinna mind if you do it for him." Melton feels obligated to spare Jamie's life, and though Jamie begs for death, they pack him off to Lallybroch. "I doubt he'll live through the journey," Melton notes. "At least his death won't be on my head. Or my family." After days of painful travel, Jamie awakens in the yard at Lallybroch, which he never thought he'd see again. Jenny is near tears with relief.

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8) Claire relives the terror of Faith's birth as her doctors put her to sleep for the delivery.

A strange doctor attends Claire at the hospital, telling her that her usual doctor cannot be reached. "Do exactly as I tell you when I tell you," he tells her. Claire assures the doctor she's not panicked. She tells him she had a miscarriage about a year ago, much to Frank's surprise. The doctors tell Frank to leave, and he tells Claire he loves her. She nods.

In the delivery room, the doctors tell Claire they're going to put her to sleep. “I’m perfectly capable of deciding how I want my baby delivered," she shouts. The doctors ignore her, and Claire descends into unconsciousness.

9) Claire and Frank vow to start anew with baby Brianna.

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Claire and Frank make amends after Brianna’s birth.
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In a scene frighteningly reminiscent of the moments after Faith's stillbirth, Claire awakens in a hospital bed. "Where's my baby?" she cries. "Is it dead?" Frank walks in carrying the baby in a bundle. "It's a baby girl. She's perfect." Relieved, Claire apologizes to Frank. "Forget all about that," he says. "This is all that truly matters now. We're gonna be all right. I promise." They tell each other the baby will be a new beginning, and they both seem genuinely happy—until the nurse walks in and asks, “Where’d she get the red hair?” The joy dissolves. There will be no happy ending for Frank and Claire.






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