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2.13 ║2.11  “Red Jamie won’t get far, but… but you. I can save you, and I will.” 

I’m a dead man already, so I choose the battlefield. No. Then I will stay here with you. No, no, you won’t. At the witch trial, if I’d have gone to the stake with Geillis, would you have left me? Left you? I would have gone to the stake with you, to hell and beyond, if it had gone to that, but I wasn’t carrying your child. You can’t know that. It’s much too soon. It…

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How 'Outlander' Season 3 Could Save The Show
If 'Outlander' is bolder about changing the books, Season 3 could be its best yet.

When a show experiences a sophomore slump, it’s often hard to bounce back — but Outlander is in a unique position. Its first season made waves with its unusually progressive attitude towards female sexuality. It’s all too rare to see a female character afforded the balance of depth and sensuality as Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe), and both the show and character landed on TV screens as a breath of fresh air.

Season 2, however, left much to be desired, bogged down with a dramatically inert premise (Jamie and Claire spend all season bemoaning their inability to kill Bonnie Prince Charlie because Plot Reasons — until suddenly they change their minds at the 11th hour and fail anyway). That’s not even mentioning characters whose arcs went nowhere (the Comte St. Germain), and a plot that relied too much on improbable coincidences (Black Jack appearing everywhere) rather than organic character motives. In Season 2, the show shrugged off the areas in which it was exceptional, like sex and gender dynamics and leaned into its weak spots.

Season 3 must now prove that the promise that Outlander displayed in Season 1 was not a fluke. Luckily, it has ample opportunity in three key areas.

Rape

Outlander features a lot of rape. Season 1 ended with one of the longest, most harrowing rape scenes on recent television. In Season 2, not one but two characters were raped (Mary and Fergus). The scenes were mercifully shorter than the sequence in “To Ransom a Man’s Soul,” but they were arguably more disturbing, as one character was a minor (Fergus). Season 3 is approaching yet another rape scene, and this will be harder to swallow because — spoiler alert — Jamie is the perpetrator. But if the show wants to continue being renowned for its thoughtful navigation of gender issues, it could use this thorny area not as a breaking point but rather as an opportunity to challenge its source material. The books were written in the ‘90s, when cultural conversations around consent were different. Today, particularly when we’re questioning the amount of rape on television, Outlander can’t be afraid to depart from its source material. Just as Jamie and Claire try to change the past, the Outlander writers can too.

Lord John Grey

Part of what made Outlander’s first season great was its in-depth approach to female sexuality. Season 2 lost that thread, as it put relationships on the back burner for the kinds of political machinations that other shows frankly do better. While there’s nothing wrong with this in theory, sex and interpersonal dynamics are Outlander’s strength. But a new Season 3 character — Lord John Grey, who will be played by David Berry — will give Outlander the opportunity to navigate a gay man in as thoughtful a manner as it has navigated women thus far. It should look to James Flint on Black Sailsas an example.

Mr. Willoughby

Yi Tien Cho, otherwise known as Mr. Willoughby, is Outlander’s version of Long Duck Dong from Sixteen Candles. When we watch it now; it’s horrifyingly racist. When John Hughes wrote it in 1984, there was far less of a demand in the wider culture for writers to not be racist. The same applies to Voyager, which came out in 1993. If Outlanderwants to avoid being Sixteen Candles, it could either omit Mr. Willoughby entirely or develop him beyond a caricature and use it as an opportunity to include a fascinating portrayal of a Chinese man in 1700s Scotland.

Outlander Season 2 suffered because the show seemed unwilling to escape the shackles of the books. It could continue in that vein and stray into a series of increasingly troubling plot areas — or it could boldly save the show and remind us of why Season 1 was so captivating. It’s the show’s choice. All it needs to do is step through the stones.

‘Geneva, the Rapist’ | by Diana Gabaldon | Dec.8, 2016

I understand there’s a current recrudescence of the question as to whether Jamie’s sexual encounter with Geneva Dunsany was rape.

No, it wasn’t.

There are two parts to this question, and I’ll answer them both, but separately.

Part I: Reality

1. The situation is laid out pretty clearly: Geneva wants Jamie to have sex with her because she’s about to be married (very much against her will) to a man old enough to be her grandfather, and the only thing she can control is who she gives her maidenhead to. She’s spoiled, impulsive and doesn’t care about anyone but herself, so makes up her mind to deprive her elderly husband of the virgin he thinks he’s getting.

2. Jamie is a prisoner on parole, employed as a groom on her father’s estate. She’s sexually attracted to him, and has been flirting blatantly with him for some time—all of which he ignores. He’s the best prospect she has for what she has in mind—and she doesn’t like being flouted–so she orders him to come to her room and deflower her.

3. Naturally enough, he’s having none of this and turns her down flat. (Note that point, please…)

4. She responds by producing a letter that she’s intercepted, sent to Jamie by his sister, which not only pinpoints his family and Lallybroch, but contains enough information to get Jamie’s entire family arrested—and quite possibly hanged _en masse_–for treason, should the wrong people see it. Which, Geneva tells him, they _will_, if he doesn’t show up in her room at night, ready to do what she requires.

5. Sick with terror for his family—and helpless; he can’t strangle the girl, and even if he took the letter from her by force, she could (and would) tell the authorities everything in it. Given their relative social positions, she’d be believed, and Jamie and his family would be toast.

6. He goes to her room, and does what she wants.

OK. Now, personally, I have trouble seeing how anyone looks at that situation and emerges with the notion that it’s _Jamie_ who’s committing rape. By the mores of the early 21st century (more about that in Part II), plainly Geneva is a sexual predator, and Jamie is the one who very clearly says “No.” (“No means no,” right? Right? More about that in a moment…)

Geneva is blackmailing an innocent person, and a man who is a captive, without power or resources, coercing him into committing a serious crime (fornication with an unmarried young woman being technically a crime, even if consensual) as well as an immoral act—as well as something he patently, clearly, totally doesn’t want to do and has so stated in the baldest of terms.

It’s obvious that it’s Geneva who’s committing rape, not Jamie. Q.E.D.

So, why do a number of people think he is? See Part II.

Part II: Cultural Ideology

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25 Days of Outlander | Day 8

Favorite Master Raymond Scene: 

Claire visits Raymond to get something to ease Jamie’s nightmares.

Talk about perfect casting. What’s not to like about this sly, charmer?! I’d love to be his friend! Plus, he saved Claire’s life and dispatched the despicable Compte St. Germain! He can be on my team any day!

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Claire in every episode of Outlander1x02 Castle Leoch

I did know something of this era the politics, the people, their dress. Even some of their customs and colloquialisms were familiar. But it was all secondhand knowledge, acquired from books, museums, paintings. It was like landing on an alien world you’d only glimpsed through a telescope.

It was a fine day. A sky you could fall into, and never mind how far. The copper beeches near the house had gone to gold and rust, and a sweet, nippy little breeze whirled the fallen leaves round in skittish circles. Jamie remembered another day with air like blue wine, and Claire in it.

Lord, that she may be safe. She and the child. For an odd moment, he felt as though he stood outside himself, outside time, sensing Claire’s hand warm on his arm, her smile as she looked at Willie––red faced, tearstained, and obviously miserable, but still his bonnie wee lad.

Then the world snapped back into place[…]

—  The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon
If Claire Went Through The Stones - Part 2

Previously: Part 1


It broke him to his core, to watch her disappear, to have his home and his heart ripped from his grasp. He knew that her leaving was inevitable, and that she didn’t belong here, with him. But what hurt the most, was that he never got to say goodbye. He never got to tell her of how he was a better man because of her. Or how much she changed his life for the better. He would never forget her, for she was the love of his life, and would be the only one who he ever loved.


I had tried so hard to fight against it, falling in love with Jamie. Yet, it was the most powerful thing I had ever felt in my life, and something told me that fate had pushed us together. Who was I to get in the way of that? I had to go back. But first, I had to tell Frank. He deserved to know, at the very least.


I received many looks and sideways glances as I made made my way to Reverend Wakefield’s estate. I don’t know how long it had been since I’d been gone from this time, if no time had passed at all, or if it ran linear. I supposed that the Reverend’s house was the best place to find Frank. I’m sure Mrs. Graham would be delighted hearing all about my recent adventures.

I had expected to be so nervous I could hardly move, but when I reached the doorstep, the only thing I felt was calm.

“Claire!” An excited Mrs. Graham exclaimed as she opened the door and pulled me into a hug.

“Where have ye been? Ach, come in!”

I should have felt at home, at peace now that I was back in my own time, but I didn’t. My home was with Jamie and I belonged to him, as he did to me.

“Thank you, but i’m afraid I can’t stay long. Do you know where Frank is, by chance?”

“Yer no going anywhere until ye tell me just where ye’ve been! Frank… He left for Oxford about a week ago. Been lookin’ for you ever since.” He had given up, a few weeks ago knowing that would have destroyed me, but I had moved on as well.

“I promise I will explain everything, I just need to speak with him.” I insisted as she practically forced me inside.

“Who is it Mrs. Grah-” The reverend began but froze as soon as he laid eyes on me, he looked as if he’d seen a ghost.

“Hello Reverend. Is there any way you could contact Frank for me? I really need to speak with him.”

His face had gone pale and he looked as if I committed murder in front of him.

“Ye- Yes. Right away.” He had no inclination to stay, perhaps to him, I had left Frank on purpose. Only now I actually would be.


Frank was ecstatic to hear that I had been found, or rather found my way back. He had booked the next train out to Inverness as soon as he’d received the call.

Meanwhile, I had told Mrs. Graham everything about how I fell through the stones and found my way into the Mackenzie clan. How Frank’s ancestor was just the opposite of everything he had imagined him to be. How I married a dashing highlander boy to keep me safe, and how I inevitably fell in love, despite every intention not to. I could tell by the look on her face that she believed every word I had said, perhaps imagining herself in my place. Reverend Wakefield kept his distance from me, he stuck to his office or played with Roger in the backyard. I didn’t mind, Frank would be here soon, and then I could go back.


It wasn’t until the next day that Frank had finally arrived, I think he could sense something was wrong, so he wasn’t as affectionate towards me as he usually was.

“Claire, I’m so glad you’re back.” I could sense the hesitation in his voice, almost as if he knew that I wasn’t here to stay.

I tried my best at a reassuring smile, but as Jamie often told me, my face was glass.

“Frank… I wanted to speak to you because, I can’t stay. I know it sounds crazy and you don’t have to believe me but i’ve fallen in love with another man. in 1743.” I could see his heart shatter through the look on his face when I said those words. Whether he believed that I fell through time, didn’t matter. I had fallen for another man.

“I need you to know that it wasn’t my intention, to fall in love. I tried to get back to you every chance I had, but there was always something that got in my way. I married him so he could protect me, not out love. But that is what it turned into, and i’m sorry Frank. You were once the love of my life, but i’m here to give you closure so you can move on. I still love you, a part of me always will. But I can’t stay.” Months ago it would have broken my heart to say those words, or even the mere thought of leaving him. But here, now, it was no longer my place. I just hoped that I could still find Jamie if-  when I got back.

The rest of the conversation had been a blur, as well as the journey back to the stones. Frank was broken, that much I knew. But he would move on, and get past this. Perhaps find the same love that I had found with Jamie.


I only remember the look on their faces just before I passed through again. Mrs. Graham’s was of fascination and hope. The Reverend of shock and disbelief. And Frank, of heartbreak.

Then oblivion.


Jamie had tried to make his way back to Lallybroch, but he couldn’t. Not without Claire. Part of him knew that she was gone, and that eventually he would have to leave, but another part was still hopeful. If there was any chance that she felt the slightest way towards him as he did her, maybe she would come back. So he waited, where they had spent their last night together two days before. He had tried his best to sleep, his mind often wandering to Claire and the life they might have had together. It was only when his tears ran dry that he drifted to the crackle of the fire and the sound of Donas munching on grass.

On your feet soldier.” He almost thought he dreamed it, but when he opened his eyes, there she was. She came back.

In a moment his lips were on hers and the saltwater of their tears mingled together.

“Claire, I thought you were gone for good.”

“I came back. I had to.”

The smile on his face warmed me to the very marrow of my bones, and my heart surged with joy. God the love I had for this man.

“Claire I need ye so much I can scarcely breathe,” He breathed in between kisses. “Will ye have me?”

“Yes, yes i’ll have you.” And then his mouth was on mine again and we were on the ground. His plaid that had covered my torn bodice was gone, exposing me to him. His mouth drifted down, peppering kisses along my collarbone and my breast. He hurriedly pushed my skirts out of the way and wasted no time sliding home.

I had expected him to go hard and fast, based on how hungry his mouth was for mine. But he moved slow, savoring the feeling, and allowing me to savor it as well. I rocked my hips in time with his, gasping his curls as I felt him throb inside of me. His movements became faster and harder, seeking his release.

My nails dug into his buttocks, grounding me as he came home, filling me.

I love you.” I breathed. 

Day 8 - Favorite Master Raymond Scene

The 25 Days of Outlander has returned!


I’ve always loved Master Raymond - and his portrayal in the series just brought the character to life!

Master Raymond is the first character we meet in all of the Outlander saga whom we know to have “special” powers. Healing powers. Which, as we know, he uses to heal Claire following Faith’s birth.

I so love how the healing scene was adapted in 02x07 “Faith.” But what I love more about the scene is what he says to Claire right at the very end - something that wasn’t in Dragonfly in Amber:

Have faith.

Faith that Claire and Raymond will see each other again. Faith that Jamie and Claire will be restored to each other - and that they will forgive each other, and help each other heal.

Faith in all things - particularly those that have been lost.

Here, in this scene, Master Raymond not only gives Claire her life - he sets the stage for her to restore her faith, despite the loss of Faith - and faith.