Wow, I warn you now – this is massive.
We open on a grainy black and white TV showing a time appropriate episode of The Avengers.
We see Roger, looking stoic, his eyes slightly moist, obviously seeking to escape the reality of the event taking place, the wake following his father’s funeral. Fiona, his housekeeper, Mrs. Graham’s granddaughter, gently nudges him and lets him know he’s needed back with the mourners.
Rubbing his hand over his face, he reluctantly leaves the room to return to the people gathered to commemorate the late Reverend Wakefield. Clinking a spoon against his glass he gains the attention of the crowd, thanking them for their attendance, and giving the toast as desired by his late father. Claire and Brianna are amongst the mourners. Roger, once again seeks solace in the TV room with the children. Brianna, has been looking around curiously, asks Roger if he is in fact Roger Wakefield. Roger asserts that he is Roger Wakefield and says he has not had the pleasure, just as Claire steps into the picture and introduces Brianna to Roger.
Roger initially does not recall Claire, however when Claire mentions her late husband, Frank, Roger remembers. Brianna makes a point of mentioning Claire is not just a doctor, she is a surgeon. Claire tells him they are visiting from the States, Roger says he did detect an American accent. Brianna tells him they are from Boston, and Claire proudly says Brianna is a history major at Harvard, Roger says he is in fact on leave from the history department of Oxford. Bree is impressed. CV’s complete, Claire asks after Mrs Graham. Roger tells her she passed away a few years ago, however her granddaughter Fiona is there.
It’s a triple whammy, three dead, the Reverend Wakefield, Frank and Mrs. Graham. A portend of things to come I fear.
Claire is almost overwhelmed by memories “so many things are the same, and yet, so different” and leaves Roger and Brianna, both rather uncomfortable, as she wants to have a poke around. Roger and Brianna make awkward small talk, “first time in Scotland?” “Ah, ha.”. Roger asks if they have much time to look at the sights, “it’s a beautiful wild country”, Brianna fills in that they have just come up for the day to pay their respects and then they’re headed back to London.
Brianna says that Scotland was a special place for both her parents. Their conversation is interrupted by Fiona, who says Roger is needed to farewell some guests. As Claire is looking around we hear haunting music, as she realises “the ghosts are starting to chase me.” Switch back to guests leaving, with Claire and Brianna about to start their journey back to London, Roger invites them to stay over. Brianna a bit undiplomatically says “Sounds better than jolting down the wrong side of the road in the dark”. But Brianna also wants some time to take in the sights, and mirrors back to Roger “I hear it’s a beautiful wild country” her pronouncement is like a challenge. Claire agrees to stay on, letting Roger know she is well aware of the location of the guest room.
Much later that evening, we find Claire downstairs by the fireplace, legs tucked under her, wearing a pale blue quilted robe, sipping whisky, as she is joined by Roger. She explains she had trouble sleeping. Roger, faced with the clutter of the reverend’s papers, starts talking about history, mentioning it’s not just the family’s history, but Scotland’s as well. The college in Inverness has asked for Roger to donate the Reverend’s library to their archives. He is not sure he wants to part with it, particularly several rare editions dealing with Prince Charles Edward Stuart and The Battle of Culloden. Roger mentioned his ancestors fought and died there, the MacKenzies. Claire wryly mentions she once knew a lot of MacKenzies. Roger asks Claire how she said goodbye to the person you loved most in all the world, presumably referencing when Frank died. Claire, thinking of Jamie, admits she’s never been very good at saying goodbye, they’re gone and you just have to learn to live without them, because that’s what they would want. Claire excuses herself to go back to bed. Upstairs, she looks out the window at the moon (note that it is a full moon) and then turns to look at Brianna sleeping. Memories awakened, Claire tucks bedclothes over Brianna speaking out loud “God, you are so like him.”
Mournful bagpipe music leads us into a change from 1968 to 16th April, 1746, with Jamie (looking very cold) walking alongside Prince Charles Edward Stuart through groups of men and tents. Jamie announces the army is not ready for battle this day. BPC is undeterred, stating “Today is the day James”. We get a “Mark me” as he continues to say he will make a believer of Jamie. Jamie looks forlorn, realising he cannot change what is about to happen. Jamie sees Claire and tells her the Battle of Culloden will happen this day. Murtagh comes with news of British troop movements. Despairing, Claire says there is only one thing to do, taking Jamie inside to talk about it.
Flash over back into 1968 – we find Roger and Brianna driving through the stunning Scottish countryside accompanied by the music of Solomon Burke’s “Baby, Come On Home”. Next we see Roger pushing open a formidable gate (in Blackness Castle, known for our purposes as Fort William – which changed it name from Fort William – believe me it’s true – after different William’s – I suppose that saved money for new signs – the Scots are canny that way). Roger tries to show off a little by quoting American history and is shot down by Brianna when he gets it wrong. Roger winces!
Brianna tries out a Scottish accent and its Roger’s turn to have a laugh at her expense. Brianna asks after her father, Frank, and Roger shares his memories. When Roger says Claire is very kind as well, Brianna says “my mother lives in another world” and she is struck with the chills. Roger says no wonder, given the amount of Scottish blood spilled there. A nice bit of young people bonding is happening.
Cross to Claire, driving, wearing glasses! (Oh dear, doesn’t she know there isn’t a Specsavers in the 18th century?). She is the sole occupant of the sole car on a lonely road, then arriving at Lallybroch. Poor Lallybroch, it is dilapidated, missing the roof, it’s broken front door chained up, debris scattered about. We hear voice overs from Jamie, Jenny, Rabbie and Claire herself, reminiscing about the people of the place she once called her home.
Desolate, she sits on the steps, looking around, then closing her eyes, imagining seeing Jamie in the archway, as she recalls a poem “Come and let us live, my Dear. Let us love and never fear. Jamie. “Then let amorous kisses dwell, on our lips begin and tell. A thousand and a hundred score, a hundred and a thousand more.”
She looks again and he is gone. Collecting herself and wiping away tears she drives away from Lallybroch. First eye moistness appears – mine that is!
We are plunged back into 1746, with Claire telling Jamie she has a way out, a last ditch effort to prevent the battle. If Charles Edward Stuart were dead the battle would not happen. She shows Jamie the yellow jasmine, the same thing Colum used to end his life (what only last night!!) – giving him a quick and peaceful death. Claire explains how it works, and Jamie seems to be considering the proposition, given that no one will ever know.
Leap back to 1968, with Roger and Brianna leaving the car and walking toward the shoreline of a loch. Brianna asks Roger is he knows anything about an incident involving her parents “something big that happened to them”.
As they sit on a blanket, Roger recollects Mrs. Graham crying over something and Frank Randall losing his temper. Brianna confesses she once looked into a locked box of her fathers, admitting she found letters from the Reverend Wakefield to Frank. One letter mentioned an incident, something big, maybe even terrible, something he didn’t want to commit to paper. It scared Brianna, she put it back, locked the box and never looked at it again. Roger looks thoughtful, then sparks up, saying his father kept a journal and he has boxes of them And if she doesn’t mind getting a little grubby. Brianna says grubby won’t bother her “you should see my bedroom”, embarrassed about that not coming out right. Roger laughs and puts her at ease.
Next we’re back at Inverness seeing Claire drive up and park her car in very much the same place as we saw back in 1945. Claire looks around and heads to the records office where we find the registrar has found a document Claire apparently requested earlier, the Deed of Sasine, dating from 1745 – signed as witnesses by Murtagh and herself. Before she leaves, she requests a genealogical search for Roger.
Back at the Reverend’s house that evening Claire teases Brianna, asking how her date went. Claire asks where they went, when she replies “Fort William, have you been?” Claire hesitates and answers “once” and that she didn’t much care for the place. When asked how she spent her day, Claire gives a vague answer about puttering around the village. Brianna asks if she went to places “you and Daddy went before”, Claire continues to be vague, and answers “some”. Brianna looks directly at her, pointedly asking if she misses Frank. Claire hesitates and responds “of course” whereupon Brianna says that sometimes it doesn’t seem like she does and questions if she ever loved him. Claire bristles, and Brianna presses Claire for an answer. Claire responds with an unconvincing “I did.” and she proceeds to the bed to sort out documents in a sleeve.
Flip over to 16th April, 1746, 8:17a.m. To be precise. We see a small bottle labelled Yellow Jasmine and Jamie tells Claire it would be cold blooded murder. Claire says “to stop a slaughter”, as we get a view of Dougal eavesdropping through a door cracked open. “One life to save thousands” Claire says, as Ross enters the room bearing a summons from Lord George from Jamie to join the men preparing for the battle. Dougal enters the room hearing Jamie and Claire plotting to kill BPC. Dougal calls Jamie “You ungrateful son of a bastard” and Claire “a filthy whoring witch”.
Dash back to 1968, and Roger and Brianna climb the steps to a modern looking building, Inverness College. As they enter Roger says he’s meeting the curator on the second floor, leaving Brianna to her own devices for while. Boy, I just wonder if it’s like mother like daughter. Let’s see what she gets up to alone.
Their entry is backed by the Four Tops singing “Reach Out I’ll Be There”
“Now if you feel that you can’t go on (can’t go on)
Because all of your hope is gone (all your hope is gone)
And your life is filled with much confusion (much confusion)
Until happiness is just an illusion (happiness is just an illusion)
And your world around is crumbling down, darlin – reach out.”
Nice… we get it.
Brianna walks away, looking around and goes up a set of stairs. As she enters a wide open space we hear a familiar voice addressing a group of very interested students. Geillis Duncan, or in this century Gillian Edgars, is giving a speech.
A nice thing to note is the huge artwork which takes up most of the (r) wall. This was created by Kimberley Bright, Assistant Art Director, in the Art Department.
“My brief from Gary Steele, our Production Designer, was to create an artwork that looked like it had been made by the University students. He showed me lots of images he liked that included Picasso’s 1937 painting ‘Guernica,’ pastiches of that painting, and various student protest paintings and posters from the 1960s, so that was my starting point. I spent a bit of time researching these images and looking for other similar paintings, drawings and posters for inspiration. Then I made loads of crazy sketches of abstract patterns, objects, shapes, and faces based on my reference material with charcoal on paper which was a lot of fun to do. When I was happy with the quantity of images, I scanned them all and started layering them up and playing around with them on Photoshop to create the artwork for the mural, which was a very experimental process for me that I really enjoyed. When we were all happy with the final artwork we had it printed on canvas and the construction team installed it onto a huge wooden stretcher at the location (the Inverness College scenes were filmed at Sterling University). The finished print was 55 feet long and 11 and a half feet high, so by far the biggest artwork I have ever created. It’s now hanging up at the Outlander studios, so I see it every morning when I arrive for work.” What a wonderful legacy!
Gillian is speaking out for a Free Scotland, a large banner of the White Roses of Scotland behind her, referencing the Battle of Culloden and Bonnie Prince Charlie while rousing the crowd into chanting. Brianna smiles, taking it all in. When the crowd is dispersing, admirers are having their photo taken with Gillian, such is her charisma. While Gillian is handing out flyers for her next event, Brianna takes up a little history sparring with her. Roger turns up, introduces himself and Gillian invites them both to a big rally where she says “we’ll be making history”.
Claire, on her own again, is seen to enter the Culloden Visitor Centre and Museum. Our first view inside is a bewigged wax figure. Another visitor engages Claire in casual conversation, looking at the was figure he says “Tall fellow, wasn’t he?.” Claire, crossing her arms defensively, says “He wasn’t that tall in real life. He could have been great. He had the name, the cause, the support of good men.” A fool turned into a hero. As she walks away from the wax figure, she overhears a couple, examining something in a display cabinet, mentioning a dragonfly. Cue dramatic music and Claire heads over to the cabinet displaying artefacts found on Culloden Battlefield. Cue my first outbreak of real crying – alas, it won’t be the last.
Now back to 1746 – I am getting tad dizzy now – where Jamie tries to placate Dougal, but that’s not a happening thing. The camera does a LOT of focusing on sharp weapons. Jamie says Dougal is cold and hungry (give that man a snickers someone). Dougal speaks of betrayal and insults Claire, whom Jamie defends. Dougal draws a sword (who knew he was an artist!) and attacks an unarmed Jamie. Claire ducks away and Jamie stands in front of her as Dougal offers Jamie a quick death “for your mothers sake”. Jamie wants to talk it through, Dougal cuts Jamie’s hand in the struggle. The men are equally matched in strength. Hand to hand combat ensues.
Jamie finally gets the upper hand after Claire smashes a crate over Dougal’s head. Jamie turns the dagger, once pointed at his own chest, towards Dougal, now laying on the floor. Still, Jamie is unable to overcome Dougal. Seeing this Claire adds her weight, pressing Jamie down until the dagger stabs Dougal, killing him. Both Jamie and Claire, always better as a team, recoil in horror at what they have done, Jamie whispering “Sorry, Uncle.”
Returning to 1968, it’s time for Roger and Brianna to get grubby. Strong torchlight splits the dark in a dusty attic. Luckily Brianna finds the Reverend’s journals almost at once. A rat runs past Brianna’s foot. Roger offers to do a rat satire to clear out the rodents. His rendition is magic! Magic I say. As Roger looks about he finds the small model plane toy we saw him with in Episode 201. Brianna really is spot on lucky as she easily finds a box labelled “Randall”. It contains an old document referencing Jonathon Wolverton Randall, photographs and letters. They resolve to go back to the library to study the documents.
Oh gosh, back to 1746 again. Rupert enters the room finding Jamie, dagger in hand, crouched over Dougal’s body. Jamie asks Rupert for two hours to attend to a few matters, then he will return to answer for what he has done. Rupert begrudgingly agrees to the two hours. I’ll leave you find out what he says – it all about the eyes you know.
Flash over to a lonely moor, in 1968. Culloden Moor. Its stone cairns set among low heather and boggy ground, as we hear voice over from Frank describing the battle. We get a close up of the Clan Fraser burial marker, a passing woman places heather on the grave, sees Claire, pauses and asks Claire if she is a Fraser, Claire responds ‘Yes… I am.” The woman walks away, leaving Claire looking pensively at the marker stone. Claire looks around, and starts to speak. “I swore I’d never set foot on this horrid place, but here I am… and you’re here too. Or your bones, at least. I’m not going to cry. Because you wouldn’t want that, and besides…”
Claire drops to a crouch beside the stone. “I’ve come with good news. You have a daughter, Brianna. Named after your father, just as I promised.
Jamie, I… was angry at you… for such a long time. You made me go and live a life that… I didn’t want to live. But you were right, damn you. Brianna was safe… and loved… and raised well. But sometimes, oh, when she turns and the light catches her red hair… or I see her smile in her sleep… it takes my breath away… because I see you. She was born… 7:15 on a rainy Boston morning.”
We hear somber music as we see Claire’s back, time obviously having passed she says “That’s everything. Everything I can remember. See? No tears. Bet you didn’t think I could do that, did you. That day at Craigh na Dun… we said a lot of things, but there was one thing I didn’t say. Couldn’t. And I haven’t for 20 years. But I’m here… and now it’s time. Goodbye Jamie Fraser. My love.” Claire places her hand on the burial marker and finally says “Rest easy, soldier.”
Well… that little monologue left me almost without a will to live! Pass the alcohol and tissues please!
Next we see Brianna and Roger studying documents they found in the attic. Brianna is perplexed to find a newspaper clipping with the headline “KIDNAPPED BY THE FAIRIES” revealing Claire’s disappearance and return – three years later. Roger says “We found your incident” and then they delve into the Reverend’s journal, Roger pausing to question Brianna on whether she wants to do this as she may not like what she finds. She boldly states “I want the truth, no matter what.” Next scene we find Claire about to pour tea, innocently asking Brianna if she would like some, unsuspecting of the tirade about to happen. Brianna starts an inquisition into what Claire has really been doing for the past two days, asking “Did you see him?” Claire looks at her puzzled, asking “Who?” Practically baring her teeth to Claire, Brianna says “My father.” Claire says “What kind of question is that?” Brianna almost spews at Claire “not Daddy” “the man you had an affair with, the man you were with for three years”.
The undercurrent of long held animosity about Brianna’s suspicions of the truth of her parents’ marriage bubbles to the surface in spectacular fashion. Having done some elementary math Brianna makes all sorts of uncomfortable assumptions, like Claire has returned to Scotland to seek out Brianna’s real father, perhaps to even engineer a meeting.
Looking quite fragile, Claire says “it’s complicated”, while Bree contends it’s very simple actually “you were three months pregnant when the fairies brought you back to daddy”. Roger, head down and concentrating on a document, enters the room, feels the tension and stops mid sentence, offering to leave them alone. Brianna insists he stay, it’s his house and he hasn’t lied to anyone (ouch). Claire quietly suggests they talk alone, but again Bree insists Roger stay, Claire reluctantly agrees. Bree and Roger sit as Claire speaks, admitting there was another man, who she loved very much, Brianna’s real father. Brianna says “You lied to me” When Claire says it’s what Frank wanted, Brianna reacts “Don’t you dare blame this on him.” Brianna presses on asking if the real reason they visited Scotland was so Claire could meet up with Brianna’s father, and arrange a surprise introduction. Claire look pained, and says it’s not possible anyway, he’s dead. Claire says it’s twenty years since she uttered his name, but she needs to tell her about her real father, Jamie Fraser. When Brianna responds stating she doesn’t want to know, Roger reminds her that she wanted to know the truth “No matter what – This is it.” Brianna remains seated, looking a little haughty, as Claire begins. She says “Jamie loved you very much even though he never met you. And he would have raised you if it wasn’t for the Battle of Culloden.”
Switch back to 1746, with Jamie admitting to Murtagh that he’s killed Dougal. Murtagh is not surprised, only surprised it took him so long and asks what’s to do then. Jamie unrolls a document with lots of nice curly writing “Broch Tuarach Deed of Sasine” which conveys the title of Lallybroch to wee Jamie, son of Jenny and Ian Murray. It is dated 1745, prior to the rebellion and Jamie having become a traitor. Wee Fergus is charged with obtaining ink and a quill so Claire and Murtagh can witness the document. Jamie tells Fergus he must ride to Lallybroch to take the signed document to Madame Murray, it it worth more than Jamie’s life. Fergus does not want to leave Jamie, but Jamie insists saying it’s more than the deed, someone must remember. Fergus, bless him, says he will not fail Jamie.
Meanwhile back in 1968, tensions rise as Brianna looks sceptically at Claire, while Roger just wants the floor to open up and swallow him whole. Brianna says Claire must have been cooking up the story, and Claire admits it sounds crazy. Bree insists its a fairytale, Claire insists its not, while Frank was her father to Bree in every way that mattered “except one, he did not make you, Jamie and I did.” Claire reaches out to Brianna who flinches and turns away from her. Claire says Bree is just like him, her hair, her mannerisms. Bree can’t believe Claire’s story about Jamie and the Battle of Culloden.
In an effort to prove it Claire brings out the copy of the Deed of Sasine, and points out her signature. Brianna, tears poised in her eyes, harangues Claire and Claire desperate, yells back “He was the love of my life” They stare at each other, Brianna asking “Why are you doing this?” Claire responds that she’s doing this because it’s the truth. Brianna replies that “only two people know what the truth really it and one of them is dead. Too bad it wasn’t you.” Stung and hurt, Claire looks heartbroken as Brianna walks away.
Flipping out, oh sorry I mean back, to 1746 we see Murtagh and Claire sign the deed, a teardrop falling from Claire’s eyes as she does so. Jamie tells Fergus “he’s a soldier now. Mon fils, I love you like a son”. Cue more tears (mine), as Claire takes Fergus in her arms, saying “like our own son”. Fergus looks around the room before departing, Murtagh bows to him. Fergus walks away, Jamie, Claire and Murtagh looking as he does so. Fergus turns back to them, he and Jamie exchange nods of respect before Fergus walks away.
Back in a nice warm Scottish pub, Brianna insists the copy of the deed doesn’t mean anything, and Claire has made it all up. Roger feels the deed is authentic but doesn’t know what it really means, though he does point out Bree had said her mother lived in another world, and just maybe she’s trying to show Bree that world. Brianna is highly skeptical asking if Roger really believes Claire has travelled 200 years back in time through the stones. He tells Brianna it’s not important if he believes it, it’s important that she (Claire) believes it and perhaps they should keep an open mind. Brianna cheekily suggests they keep an open tab instead.
Back at the house, Claire leafs through the documents Roger and Brianna had found, then sees the flyer for Gillian Edgars “The White Roses Of Scotland”. Geillis Duncan being another ghost from Claire’s past who came through the stones in 1968. Claire seeks Gillian out, finding her home, and husband, both of whom she had left several weeks ago. Gillian’s husband Greg is much the worse for drink, and when he nods off in his chair and Claire has the opportunity to take Gillian’s notebooks.
Still in the pub, Gillian sees Brianna and Roger, telling them they missed and great rally and she’s leaving tonight to further the cause. While back at the reverends house Claire is engrossed in reading Gillian’s notebooks, and is stunned to find Gillian believed a human sacrifice was needed to go through the stones. Claire decides she must try to stop her, knowing the outcome of the witch trial, not to mention Gillian is about to sacrifice someone unnecessarily.
We return to the cold and wet of Scotland, where Jamie instructs Murtagh to gather the men from Lallybroch and get them out of there, to lead them off the Moor and away from the battle saying he’ll not have his kin die for nothing. Murtagh asks Jamie what he is to do, Jamie tells him he’s to take Claire to safety, then he’ll turn back to Culloden to fight till it’s done. Murtagh says he’ll guide the men to safety and then return to fight at Jamie’s side. Jamie says he’ll not have Murtagh dying for nothing and Mr Honourable Murtagh says it will not be for nothing, he’ll be dying with Jamie. Is it too late to #SaveMurtagh, seriously, SAVE MURTAGH!
1968 again, Brianna enters the guest rooms she is sharing with Claire, saying she doesn’t want to argue, but won’t buy into Claire’s time travel delusion either, but she does want to know more about this Jamie Fraser and asks Claire to tell her about him. So Claire does just that, at least partly. Brianna softens a little, until Claire mentions she visited his grave on Culloden Moor, and then she loses it. Claire continues, saying she didn’t intend to fall in love, that she fought against it, but she could deny what she felt. “It was the most powerful thing I’d ever felt in my life…” Claire and Brianna face each other, looking thoughtful.
Claire, enters the library and Roger asks “How is she?” and Claire responds saying they’re talking at least. Wryly, Roger agrees that’s a fair improvement on shouting. Claire asks Roger if he knows Gillian Edgars, as she does so Brianna enters the room saying she’s met Gillian and liked her, except she was a little crazy on the whole nationalist thing. Claire asks if they know where Gillian is now as Claire must find her. Roger tells Claire they ran into her at the pub and Gillian said she was leaving town tonight. Claire understands what this means, she’s going through the stones. Brianna instantly gets frustrated at talk of the stones. Claire explains Geillis once saved her life and perhaps she can do the same for her. Except, she can’t. ENTER time travel conundrum – if Claire stops Gillian how will Roger be born? Ever practical, Roger decides he can’t just evaporate. Brianna once more refuses to accept any notions of time travel and can’t believe Roger is prepared to do so, which he does “just to be on the safe side”. This is too much for Brianna who says Roger is feeding Claire’s delusions. Brianna storms out, followed closely by Roger, who tells her this may be a chance to get Claire to face the truth and see what Gillian has to say about time travel. Brianna finally agrees to go and find Geillis/Gillian.
TV commercial for a Ford 4 wheel drive – you’d think Mitsubishi would do an ad for Outlander!!
Twist back to 1746 – Jamie is walking Claire purposefully through the encampment, going against the flow of the men preparing for the battle. Claire asks where they are going, Jamie says he can save her. Claire, desperately, suggests they can leave together and sail somewhere. Jamie tells her the ports are closed, he’s prepared to die, a musket ball, maybe a blade – better than the hangman’s noose, or the wraith of the MacKenzies – he’s a dead man already, so he chooses the battlefield. Claire, increasingly anxious as he pulls her along with him, says she will stay with him. She asks if at the witch trial, if she had gone to the stake, he would have left her? Jamie says he would have gone to the stake with her (That’s why we love our King of Men…) to hell and beyond – but he wasn’t carrying their child. Claire looks surprised, he’s kept track of her cycle despite the war and knows she is pregnant.
“This child. This one is all that will be left of me… ever.” CUE me crying again, as I see Jamie’s hand quiver as he holds Claire’s hand against her stomach. Jamie begs Claire to go, she is equally adamant she can’t leave him. Jamie has to get back to Rupert and he brings up the fact that Claire made him a promise to go back, back through the stones, back home if it came to this. Claire ever more desperate says Jamie is her home, Jamie says she is his, but this home is lost and she and the bairn must go to a safe place to a man who can care for them both. Jamie prepares his horse and he holds out his hand to a tearful Claire declaring there is no time.
Meanwhile back in 1968, in the dark, we see liquid being poured out of a container onto a prone body, then a car carrying Roger, Brianna and Claire pulls behind a parked car. Claire declares the vehicle to be Gillian’s husbands car. The three of then hurry up the slope and are struck by a smell. Roger notes it smells like a barbecue. Then we see Gillian, dressed in 18th century garb, looking at her husband’s burning body, she turns to face the stone and begins to run towards it, just as Claire (calling out for her to stop), Roger and Brianna appear in view. Gillian has disappeared- gone through the stone – a that point Brianna states – she went right through that. Then Brianna asks Roger if he hears buzzing, aye, he does. Brianna looks from the stone to Claire, with an expression of astonishment. Roger is sent to get help.
Back to Jamie and Claire riding through the trees, approaching Craigh na Dun, then Jamie walking towards the stones, taking a reluctant Claire by the hand, she stops, saying how can she explain all this, how can she go back.
Jamie says she can tell Frank whatever she will about him, about them, (in that split second there is a rainbow in the background) it’s likely he’ll not want to hear, but tell Frank he’s grateful, tell him I trust him, tell him I hate to the very marrow of his bones. Did you SEE the rainbow? A tiny one… But still there.
Jamie clasps Claire’s hand pulling her forward, she hears the buzzing, she doesn’t want to go without him, suggesting he could come too. He says he doesn’t hear any buzzing and proves he cannot by placing his hand on the stone and nothing happens.
In any case, his destiny lies on Culloden Moor, but he’ll find her he promises “if I have to endure 200 years of purgatory, 200 years without you, then that is punishment, that I have earned for my crimes, for I have lied, killed, stolen betrayed… And broken trust. But when I stand before God, I’ll have one thing to say to weigh against all the rest. Lord… Ye gave me a rare woman… And God, I loved her well.” Jamie pulls Claire to the ground and they make quick desperate love as they hear cannon fire in the background. Claire reaches into her pocket and pulls out the piece of Amber given by Hugh Munro as a wedding gift and tells Jamie to keep it with him. They repeat their wedding vow “Blood of my blood… Bone of my bone…” As we hear more cannon fire, Jamie pulls a ring with a stone from his pocket and gives it to Claire, his fathers ring. She promises to name the baby Brian after his father. Jamie “dances” Claire backwards towards the stone, each declaring their love for the other. Jamie places his hand over Claire’s and moves her toward the stone.
Again, back in 1968 we hear Brianna exclaiming “It’s true then. Everything you said is true.” Brianna comes to realisation that this is the last place Claire saw Jamie. She states she now believes Claire, she doesn’t understand, but she does believe. “No more lies. From now on, I only want the truth between you and me.” Echo’s of Jamie’s words to Claire… Claire says Brianna is so much like her father. “Yes, only the truth. From now on.” They embrace, both tearful. (Like me…)
They sit on a log awaiting Roger’s return as the sky lightens. Roger has called the police anonymously. Brianna asks Roger to show Claire the research the Reverend Wakefield had done. A Fraser survived Culloden – his name was James Fraser – Jamie…
Claire, her face lit by the glow of the sun rising behind the stones, declares “If that’s true. Then I have to go back.”
We don’t fade to black, the camera shot seems to push forward and crash into the stone.
Today I watched Season 1, episode 1 – and the scene of the sun rising through the stones is VERY similar to the sun rising through the stones at the close of Season 2. Very similar…