1x02: Castle Leoch
Day 2 | #CountdownToSeason 4
There are a LOT of Jamie and Claire scenes for this episode that I honestly couldn’t choose which one is my favorite - so I’ll try and put it all. Continuing from episode 1 where they have established a trust and friendship to one another. Every JxC scene in this episode is dedicated to building up their friendship in spite of the place and situation they are in.
I believe this part was a very important foundation to their relationship that without these moments, these two would not realise their feelings of care and love to each other that will prove vital come the time they marry.
So here are some of my favorite scenes from episode 2:
1. Claire sees and touches Jamie’s scars.
When Jamie allowed Claire to see and touch his scars and told her the story of how he got them. It just shows that despite her Englishness, Jamie trusted her with his story even it meant offending the English, which Claire, obviously didn’t care for.
2. The moment Jamie loved Claire.
Claire was about to breakdown into tears…
With her glass face so telling, Jamie recognizes it immediately…He hugs in comfort and they get a little too close for Claire’s confused feelings.
When they broke apart, Jamie had a look in his eyes that just tells that he’s already vowed to protect Claire from anything - it’s after this look that he declares that promise.
When Claire asks this, it probably was that she was genuinely scared and concerned that she was really in a dangerous place and needed the security. But at the same time, I couldn’t help but think a bit that there was certainly a flirty or cheesy or romantic air to it, especially the way she said it. But that is just me :)
3. Claire bring Jamie bandages and lunch - THEIR FIRST DATE!
Okay, Claire probably wanted to get out of the Castle or really did just want to change the bandages or brought food because she missed breakfast and thought to just bring it with her - BUT COME ON, BEAUCHAMP! ;)
What I love about this scene is their conversation. Claire is a liberal woman in a very conservative time - but when she spoke to Jamie, shared her opinions on “grass as substitute food”, she did not hold back. She felt and knew that Jamie is the only person in that time that could understand her, who she can connect with and that’s why she’s drawn to Jamie in some way. Despite their 200-year cultural gap, Jamie, somehow, accepted her feminist views with respect and attraction.
It was also in this scene that Jamie told Claire that he was a wanted man. Again, we see Jamie trusting Claire, for some reason, despite the danger it can put him. it also shows that Jamie isn’t afraid to confront her on her views or when she has gone too far.
4. Claire tends again to Jamie’s wounds.
Lastly, my favorite scene was after Jamie took the beating and he was escorted away by Murtagh after he took the beating
Jamie searched for Claire, naturally, and though their eyes only met for but a brief moment, they already what each asked and needed do.
Look at the worry on Claire’s face!!
Of course, Claire asked why he took the beating and of course, Jamie gave a noble answer. But what I love about this scene is Jamie just looking at Claire with love sick eyes. He’s probably too happy with her just touching is face with both her hands, that’s why he can banter still. I could ride the theory that he took the beating just so Claire can tend to him again and they could spend time together - without being suspicious to everyone in the Castle.
I don’t want to talk about the goodbye scene
(and then Laoghaire showing up) but still, the mild heartbreak on their faces when they were saying farewell! Ugh, Jamie and Claire holding back or not realising their feelings yet is angst at its best!