I have to say that reading through this section of the book I fell in love with John Grey as I do every time. He is such a sweet and tortured soul and his love for Jamie is heartbreaking. I have seen many ideas pop up in fantasy castings and can’t wait to see who they choose (I don’t have a particular “actor” in mind myself). Diana once said she saw LJG as a “Young Jude Law”, so let’s just pop this image here to help us along!
EPISODE 2 – WHEN I AM THY CAPTIVE
(alternative title – Ardsmuir)
Claire, Brianna and Roger search for Jamie through historical records while getting to know each other. Thanks to Fiona’s story of the Dunbonnet, they know he gave himself up and was sent to prison. Now they just need to search all the prison records to find him. Roger asks Claire how she became a doctor (possible flashbacks). She finds him – Ardsmuir Prison.
Jamie is incarcerated in Ardsmuir Prison and has become a leader to the men there, known as Mac Dubh. The new Governor of the Prison is 26 year old Major John William Grey (we see a flashback to his first meeting with Jamie to establish his identity). He is furious to hear that Jamie is there but eventually must ask for his help questioning a man who was found wandering the moor muttering about gold in a combination of Gaelic and French. After their return, Jamie escapes but is recaptured. In order to find out if Jamie had found the treasure, he befriends him, arranging for him to have dinner and play chess with him. He eventually finds out what he needs to know and Jamie uses the friendship to make things better for the men, resulting in a strange friendship. However, John becomes infatuated with Jamie and when he shows his hand, Jamie becomes angry and will no longer participate. Jamie takes the blame for another inmate when a scrap of tartan, which is forbidden, is discovered, and he is whipped. (Flashback – he recalls his first flogging at the hands of Jack Randall and the recovery).
1968 – They know he was at Ardsmuir, now they just have to find where he went after that.
What will be changed?
Both the search for Jamie back in 1968 (including a lot of flashbacks) and Jamie’s time in Ardsmuir were long and detailed in the book but I think they will condense them to fit in this one episode. The book includes Claire and Frank’s reunion after she returns through the stones but it has already been dealt with at the start of Season 2.
What can be left out?
I don’t think they will include a lot of John’s POV – his letter to his mother, his pining for his lover Hector. John’s sexual orientation should be obvious through actions and looks. Some of the flashbacks to Claire becoming a doctor may not be necessary either.
What CAN’T be left out?
Jamie finding out about the treasure and the “white witch” and his escape to search for them.
What are we looking forward to most?
Jamie meeting grown-up John Grey for the first time.
Most anticipated dialogue:
“Take your hand off me, or I will kill you.” (Jamie to Lord John)
Tissue Rating: ¼ box (or more, depending on how sad they make lonely Jamie)
Sexy Times Rating: *** (assuming they include Jamie’s sex dream in Ardsmuir!)