The latest episode of ‘Outlander’ features all kinds of secrets being revealed. There is nothing like being under the gun (or under the fire), to loosen tongues and realize who your real friends are.
This episode picked up where the last one left off. Claire and Geillis have been arrested for witchcraft. The two frenemies are under some major stress. If found guilty, which would have been most typical of the time period, they will be burned at a stake—alive. In fact, it was so common for women to be found guilty of a witchcraft charge back then that the pyre and stake are erected on the very first day of their trial.
As tension mounts, and Claire and Geillis have their frienship put to the test, there is a sudden shocking reveal. Geillis is from 1968, and she intentionally traveled back in time. She proves to Claire that she is from the future by showing off her “devil’s mark.” It’s actually a scar from having had the small pox vaccine. Everyone but Claire think’s it’s the mark of Satan, because Claire has also been vaccinated against small pox and knows what the scar looks like. Just when Claire realizes that Geillis is also from the future, Geillis is taken away to be burned alive. Luckily, Geillis did Claire a solid by lying on the stand and claiming that Claire is an innocent she bewitched with black magic. Jamie takes Claire away, as she is now considered to have been a victim of Geillis’s bewitching, and the two head off into the sunset.
However, that interesting “devil’s mark” stays on Jamie’s mind. The second he saw it on Geillis, he recognized it as the same scar on Claire’s shoulder. Thankfully, the people in the court house never took a look at Claire’s shoulder to see if she had the same mark (plot hole?). He directly asks Claire if she is indeed a witch. Finally, Claire comes clean and explains that the scar was the result of having received the not yet invented small pox vaccine. She goes on to confess that she is from the future, and Jamie actually believes her. Though he does remark that it would have been easier for him to hear that she’s a witch.
Finally, the episode comes to an end and there is one last revelation. Jamie takes Claire to the mystical stones that transported her to the 1700s. He urges her to return to the future. Claire has to choose between Frank or Jamie. While it has always seemed that Claire wants only to return to Frank, we discover that the love she has for Jamie has outgrown her love of Frank. She chooses not to return to the future and stays with Jamie.
These were some big revelations for “Outlander”. That was a lot to come out in one episode. I did not foresee Geillis being from 1968, Claire telling Jamie the truth, or choosing him over Frank. This episode was a big turning point in Claire’s arc, and it’s also a turning point for Jamie. How well can Claire move away from the memory of Frank? How will Jamie deal with the knowledge that his wife comes from another time? It’s going to be interesting to see how the couple deals with all of that baggage.