Outlander Season 3 – Episode 3

I have been to the Lake District in England twice, such an absolutely beautiful place, so serene and picturesque, home of Beatrix Potter and many stately homes.  Although different from Scotland, it would have been alike enough to make Jamie’s heart ache, but how he would have loved the stables and horses, the fresh air and relative freedom.  Still, a poor exchange for the Highlands he loved before Culloden, and his beloved Claire.




While most Jacobite prisoners were deported or executed, Lord John Grey arranges for Jamie to be taken in as a groom at the Lake District estate of family friends, the Dunsanys, where he will be known as Alex MacKenzie. Jamie enjoys being outside and working with horses again. The daughter of the house, Geneva, follows him about and flirts with him. She has been promised to their neighbour the elderly Lord Ellesmere but she wishes Jamie to take her virginity and blackmails him into it. She marries and is soon in labour with her first child. Jamie is enlisted to take her father to her. Sadly, she dies from complications from childbirth. Jamie and the coachman are called to a scene in the house and to bring pistols. In the ensuing kerfuffle, Jamie shoots Ellesmere as he threatens to drop the baby out of the window. The murder is covered up by Geneva’s parents and her mother offers him his freedom to go home to Scotland but as he has just learned he has a son he decides to stay and we see Willie grow up into a feisty little lad beneath Jamie’s watchful eye.



Claire has gone back to Boston to get affairs into order. She thinks back to a conversation she and Brianna had while cruising Loch Ness, discussing Gillian Edgars/Geillis Duncan and the methods of time travel from Gillian’s book. She also thinks back to when she first became a surgeon and met Joe Abernathy.

As she says goodbye to her home in Boston – Flashback – Frank and Claire fight about him going to live in England and taking Brianna, his alleged affairs, he accuses her of sleeping with Joe. He storms off, has car accident and then dies.

She receives a telegram from Roger to say he has found Jamie in the past.

What will be changed?

I first thought that Helwater would take the whole episode but looking at the break-up as it continues along, I think they will condense it more than I first anticipated.  They can’t have an episode without Claire in it, and I don’t think there is enough time in the season to add to much extra stuff.  Therefore, I think they will jump between the two timelines, showing what was happening with Claire while Jamie was at Helwater – bringing up Brianna, her life with Frank etc, as well as what is happening in 1968 to find him.  The first two episodes sort of broke up themselves, but now it is getting more difficult.  I don’t envy the writers!!

What can be left out?

There’s a lot of small detail that could be left out in Helwater, in 1968 and in the past but I think they have proven they can condense portions of the book and still cover the important parts, include some important dialogue and make it all seamless so I’m sure they will here too.

What CAN’T be left out?

I think it is important to see Jamie with Geneva, to show his gentleness and compassion even though he was forced to make love to her, even though we will all grit out teeth!  And we must see what happened to Frank.

What are we looking forward to most?

The scene where William is born – that will be a doozy!

 Most anticipated dialogue:

Not really dialogue but Roger’s telegram “HAVE FOUND HIM STOP WILL YOU COME BACK QUERY ROGER” 

Tissue Rating:  1/2 box (depending on how much you love Frank)

Sexy Times Rating: * – well, it’s not Jamie and Claire…..

Outlander Season 3 – Episode 2

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!




(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!)

Outlander Season 3 – Episode 1…..maybe?

I totally feel for Maril Davis, Matt Roberts, Ron Moore and the other writers of Outlander because breaking a book into episodes is bloody difficult!  Trying to find a break point, an end point, and fill the episode with relevant storyline without meandering all over the place is mind-exploding.  Anyway, bored and sick as I was, I gave it a red hot shot.  I’ve kept it short enough to scan through quickly over a cuppa.  Please tell me your own ideas too!  I’ll an episode every couple of days, but lets start, as they say in the classics, at the beginning.

EPISODE 1 – Battle, and the Loves of Men



Jamie awakens on the battlefield, unaware if he is alive or dead, the corpse of Jack Randall across his body. (Flashback to the battle where Jamie kills Jack). Some Highlander survivors find him and they take refuge in a farmhouse where they are eventually discovered by Redcoats led by Lord Melton. As the Highlanders give their names before their execution Melton realises he has captured Red Jamie, who had spared the life of his younger brother John William Grey, and he owes him a debt of honour. He sends him home to Lallybroch.


Picking up exactly where the finale of season 2 left off, Claire asks Roger to look into what happened to Jamie after Culloden. She talks to him about what happened when she came back through the stones, and their life in Boston.

Flashback – Claire is not adjusting well to being back and being a new mother. They fight and eventually they make love on the nursery floor, the first time since she has returned.

Brianna discovers the legend of the Dunbonnet and realises it is Jamie.


Jamie (“The Dunbonnet”) has been living in a cave not far from Lallybroch for the past 6 years. He comes to the house to wash and shave once a month when it is safe. Jenny is pregnant again, but Ian has been taken to Inverness under suspicion of being a Jacobite sympathiser so Jamie says they must come for him when her time comes. Fergus fetches him but while he is with Jenny and her newborn, Redcoats arrive looking for illegal weapons and Jamie has to hide in the cupboard with baby Ian, trying to keep him quiet as Jenny tells them the bairn died. Young Jamie overhears and is hysterical and in the resulting stramash the soldiers depart. A couple of months later, Fergus is intercepted bringing Jamie supplies and has his hand cut off. Jamie decides to have himself recaptured to save his family and the people of Lallybroch. Mary McNab comes to him with food and offers herself as comfort.

What will be changed?

Although it was fine to omit it in the books, I think viewers will feel they have earned the right to see Black Jack’s death, and it also gives the creators the chance to show a bit of the Culloden battle, as it is not actually included in the book. They could also include Murtagh’s death in there as well.

What can be left out?

Although there’s a good chance the entire sex scene on the nursery floor will be shown, if they decide to do the flashback, I don’t think viewers are ready to see Jamie with Mary McNab so I expect we will just see him take her hand in acceptance and the rest will be implied, as it is in the book.

What CAN’T be left out?

Fergus losing his hand – that’s a must!

What are we looking forward to most?

The scene with Jamie and baby Ian in the cupboard is a tense, emotional and even slightly funny scene – classic Diana!  I for one can’t wait to see that on screen!

Most anticipated dialogue:

“I dinna want to go home! I want to be shot!” – Jamie to Melton

Tissue Rating: ¼ box (for Fergus alone – maybe more if they up the emotional tone on Jamie wanting to die).

Sexy Times Rating: ** – well, it’s not Jamie and Claire…..


It’s a beautiful winter’s day here. The sun is shining through the windows and warming up the very clean floors. While I was having a lovely Sunday lie-in this morning, my wonderful husband got up and vacuumed and steam-mopped all the living, dining and kitchen area. He moved all the furniture and cleaned under them as well. So I made pancakes, because they all love them and we haven’t had them for a while. The reason the floor really needed a good clean is due to our newest family member. Adding to our menagerie of two elderly beagles (Boo and Obi), our 2yo Siberian cat Milly, our Eastern Bearded Dragon Norbert, Samurai Fighting Fish Bilbo and our two nesting lovebirds Peach and Mango, we have recently welcomed Audrey, the Miniature Dachshund puppy. Audrey, who has recently completed puppy training and can sit, stay, drop, roll over and shake hands, is alas not toilet trained because her Mummy, my 19yo daughter, has no idea where to start with it. Therefore we are on the constant lookout for puddles and poops and sometimes the house smells like a puppy toilet. Nevertheless, she is quite adorable and she also has a purpose. She will be trained as a therapy dog to help her Mummy with her anxiety, depression and OCD. In the meantime, she has brought her a lot of love and joy, and for that we are quite thankful.



I’m also at a loss tonight because no more Outlander on Sunday nights, after that amazing Finale last week! So now we are officially in Droughtlander! It has been a long week for me, sick on the couch and bored. So bored, in fact, that I actually broke up the next book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series – Voyager – into possible episodes for Season 3, just for fun. I learned something important from that exercise. I re-read these books regularly and I do not skip a single word. They are a luxurious read full of lushly drawn characters, incredible world-building and tangled plots. Pages upon pages are spent on descriptions of the scenery, the weather, the sights, smells and feel of a place, taking the blank canvas of the reader’s imagination and painting a detailed picture. More pages are expended on the thoughts of the character in whose POV she is writing at that time, until you feel that you are inside their head, that you know that person intimately. Conversations are peppered with descriptions of the tone of voice, the facial expression, the actions of the character. It creates a visual in the reader’s head, unique to each of us. But when predicting what might be included in each episode I realized that the scenic descriptions that take pages upon pages can be achieved by the sets and locations where the scene is filmed and they are absorbed in a simple glance (thanks to the Emmy Nominated Jon Gary Steele and team). Those thoughts that are so wordy in the book, are dealt with using voiceover, facial expression and added diaglogue. The dialogue itself can take page upon page but takes little time at all when performed by the talented cast. And so, the perception that there is too much in the books to include in a show is too simple a concept, and the end result is that I not only deeply appreciate the incredible storytelling of my favourite author, but also the phenomenal talent it has taken to bring it to life on the screen. What an enormous job! And they have done it so well.

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