Outlander Imagined Season 303 Helwater
My interpretation of a possible storyline for Outlander Episode 3 – Helwater
Helwater – In the Lake District – September 1756
Jamie is once again grieving from loss and he is angry. This time the forced separation from his fellow Highlanders and the Highlands is the cause. All the men except Jamie are to be transported to the American colonies and sold under a bond of indenture for seven years – no better than slavery and with no hope of ever returning to Scotland. Jamie has been given his parole. Major Grey has made particular arrangements for Jamie – not entirely unselfish ones. Grey still believes Jamie knows where the gold is.
After a very awkward four days riding, during which Jamie has not spoken a word, he and Grey arrive at Helwater where he is to remain at His Majesty’s Pleasure serving in any menial task his new master requires. Grey plans to visit him once per quarter. It seems to Jamie to be at Grey’s pleasure not His Majesty’s. Grey suggests Jamie change his name – he is to be known as Alex MacKenzie. Alex is to be a groom on the estate of Lord Dunsany. At the very least, once his muscles become accustomed to work once more and the turmoil of his mind settles, he feels some comfort in the company of the horses. Time passes and Jamie finds the Lord’s daughter seeking out his company.
Geneva Dunsany is beautiful and spoilt, she shamelessly flirts with Jamie, with whom she is infatuated. She announces she is to be married to the elderly Lord Ellesmere, and is distraught at the prospect. She asks Jamie if he has been married and is happy to find he has, therefore he will know what to do in bed. Her bed. Jamie rebuffs her advances. However, she is desperate for Jamie to take her virginity and is not afraid to blackmail him to get her way. She threatens his family at Lallybroch having intercepted a personal letter. Trapped, and more worried his family than himself, he must concede to her demands. His body, more than his mind, makes love to her. Despite the lack of love there are moments of tenderness between them. Her marriage to the elderly Lord is due in three days.
Helwater – January 1758
Gossip from the household servants tells Jamie that Geneva is pregnant and due to deliver shortly. He has done the math, the baby is almost certainly his. Despite a dreadful storm, the carriage is called for urgently. He must take her Lord Dunsany and his younger daughter Lady Isobel to Geneva’s bedside where Lady Dunsany already awaits.
Jamie is given food in the kitchen, where facts of a scandal emerge. Lord Ellesmere knows he is not the father of the child. The child lives, while the mother has died in childbirth.
Accusations fly with Ellesmere and Dunsany ending up in a physical fight. Jamie breaks up their fight. Lady Dunsany enters the room carrying the child. Ellesmere snatches it from her arms and threatens to drop the baby out the window. Jamie reacts instinctively, taking a pistol from the coachman and shoots Ellesmere dead. Jamie leaps forward taking his son into his arms.
The Coroners Court has ruled death by misadventure. Jamie is not linked to Lord Ellesmere’s death. The Dulsany’s bring their grandchild, and importantly heir to the Ellesmere fortune, back to Helwater. Soon after, Lady Dunsany makes an incredible offer to Jamie. Does he want to go home? Back to Scotland? A thousand thoughts of family and the land of his birth flood his mind. He makes a decision. Jamie chooses to stay at Helwater feeling ever more imprisoned by the fact of the baby, who is crowned with pale gold fuzz. He watches he secret son, William, growing up. Jamie feels the happiest he has in years.
Interspersed with Flash forwards to Claire’s search for Jamie after Ardsmuir. Flashbacks to Claire and Frank with Brianna. We see the two children, born in different centuries, growing up.