By Alex Doria
At last, “Droughtlander” is finally over! The second season of Outlander premiered on Starz on April 9th to stellar reviews and audience numbers. As a fan of both the book series and the television show, I was beyond psyched to see the next chapter in Claire’s journey of time travel to the Scottish Highlands and her epic love story with her very own highlander.
When we last saw Claire and Jamie, the couple were setting sail for France after Jamie’s horrific physical and psychological torture at the hands of Captain Jonathon “Black Jack” Randall. Claire had to fight to bring back her husband from the brink of death. No joke—it was one of the most horrendously violent sequences that I have ever seen on television, involving physical violence, rape, and even the branding of Jamie’s flesh.
Thankfully, true love saved the day, and Claire was able to pull Jamie out of the darkness and into her arms. If you’re looking for a hero, look no farther than Claire Fraser. With her skilled hands as a healer (i.e. a war nurse, gotta make concessions for the times since women could not have a real job in 1745 *sigh*), Claire can tough it out with the rest of the highland lasses and kilted Scottish warriors. She’s fifty percent sass, fifty percent determination, and one hundred percent a kick-ass lady.
With the final endnote of season one revealing that Claire is pregnant (SQUEAL), viewers of Outlander turned to the second season with as much optimism as the finale finished with. However, they were in for a cruel surprise when the season premier opened with Claire back at that dreaded stone circle, Craigh Na Dun, and screaming in agony at the center stone that has dragged her through time once again. There aren’t enough Gaelic expletives to describe how sad it is to find Claire in her native time period in the year of our lord nineteen hundred and forty-eight.
And then there’s Frank. And while many of us Outlander fans may be able to think of nothing except, “WHERE IS JAMIE FRASER?!”, you can’t help but react to the earnestness and tenderness with which Frank treats his wife after having believed her to be lost after disappearing two years prior.
Despite the fact that he shares his face with his dastardly ancestor, Black Jack Randall, this doesn’t deter the hearts of the audience from being moved when he tells Claire that despite everything she has told him of what has happened to her and the choices that she made, that he loves her unconditionally and will ever be her champion.
Until Claire informs him that she is pregnant with Jamie Fraser’s child. For the first time, Frank’s ancestry shows through his otherwise calm and collected demeanor as he nearly strikes Claire and proceeds to destroy everything he can find in the garden shed. Yikes. Talk about history repeating itself.
Just as we were beginning to despair of seeing Jamie and Claire together at all in the premier episode, we were thankfully taken back to 1745 where our favorite ginger highlander and Claire began their plotting to stop the Jacobite Rebellion from occurring. Most importantly Claire and Jamie need to stop the Battle of Culloden in 1746 where the highlanders are fated to die and be wiped out completely.
If Claire’s return to 1948 is any indication, the fight to stop the Jacobite Rebellion will not be easy. But as Claire and Jamie would attest: it’s a fight worth fighting for.
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