An explosive night! Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) big secret is out on Outlander, and she never could have guessed how Jamie (Sam Heughan) would react. Backed into a corner, Claire finally had to reveal to her husband that his worst enemy, the man responsible for all his problems and nightmares, aka Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) is still alive. But instead of breaking down under the weight of that revelation, or making any rash decisions to go back to Scotland, Claire was shocked to see how happy that information made Jamie. In fact, it seemed to bring back the old Jamie, the man she fell in love with back in Scotland before Black Jack made their lives a living hell. Jamie’s renewed spirit all hinged on one thing: The fact that he can now kill Black Jack himself out of revenge.
As a result of Jamie’s new outlook, his relationship with Claire finally got back on track. They slept together for the first time in months, hinting that things might finally get better for them as a couple. But when they tried to throw a dinner party together to get the Duke of Sandringham (Simon Callow) face to face with Bonnie Prince Charles (Andrew Gower) for the first time to show how unstable the prince really is, things took a sharp turn for the disastrous.
So, why did Jamie react the way he did? Sam Heughan told THR, “I wanted to play Jamie as sort of a shadow of himself for the first few episodes. He’s not himself. He’s being someone else. He hasn’t dealt with this trauma and his post-traumatic stress. He’s not quite himself and the thing that cures him or releases him is the knowledge that Randall is alive and there, we see Jamie again. It’s like finally he’s been released from Randall’s nightmare. His cure comes from a very strange place, from Randall himself. But I guess it’s like that with any sort of trauma or accident you have or any fears you have — you have to face that to get over it and move forward. The only way he’s cured is with Black Jack himself. The fact that Black Jack is still alive gives Jamie hope again. That gives him the power to once again take control of his destiny and of his life. That finally rids him of the nightmare that is Black Jack Randall. It’s strange that the salvation of Jamie comes in the form of the very thing that injured him. It leads to some really dramatic stuff later on this season.
Was it a relief to play the old Jamie again? “Yeah, absolutely. I was worried that it might not come across or that he just wouldn’t be as interesting or captivating, but it’s great. It allowed him to find himself again but in a way, by doing that, he makes a big mistake. I can’t say anything more about that because it’s a spoiler,” said Heughan.
Caitriona Balfe explains how the brutality toward Claire and Mary, “For Claire, it’s an awareness of what the dangers are in Paris. But it also makes her more determined than ever to find out who’s responsible and to succeed at their goals so they can get out of Paris and go back home. Paris, they thought it was going to be a fresh start in a new place with a new life, but it’s just been the opposite of that. It’s been tough on their marriage, it’s been tough on them individually, and now it’s also not a safe place to be physically. It’s pushed them to be more determined to succeed.”
Adding, “It changes everything for Mary. She loses her marriage proposal because she’s deemed to be soiled goods. She was a very innocent, young girl and now that innocence has been taken away. But it’s also the beginning of Mary and Alex’s relationship. We’ll see a very more mature, much tougher Mary Hawkins after that,” Balfe.
Preview next week’s episode below:
Outlander airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. on Starz.
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