Outlander very quickly became one of the best shows on TV. Well, Video on Demand anyway. Amazon Prime did something courageous in adapting Diana Gabaldon’s work that rivalled Game of Thrones and Vikings so well. The writing is splendid and gifted us a full fleshed “modern” woman, bringing her into the 1700s and exploring the tensions between Scotland and England. The story of Claire Randall magically being whisked back in time from 1945 to a war torn Scotland and scooped up in the arms of Highlander Jamie Fraser whilst trying to get back to her husband Frank. All the while the pair are pursued by the ruthless and sadistic Black Jack Randall, a distant ancestor to her husband…
The other side of Outlander, up until recently I’m going add, was enjoying Captain Jack Randall - the disgusting, awful and sadistic villain. Played impeccably by Tobias Menzes, the fleshed out villain likes dealing out as much pain against Jamie and Claire as possible. In some ways, it is blood lust and in many ways, it’s to remain in control and in their fearful minds as they dread. Since the series finale, an episode so filled with emotion as Randall exacted his sickening rape against Jamie, the villainous Black Jack has become as revolting as Joffrey and Ramsay Bolton combined. What makes matters worse for Claire is that Randall is the spitting image of her husband Frank, the man she abandoned in 1945.
In fact, he looks very much like Frank. Of course, Menzes plays both roles and they have a blood relationship so it’s natural that they’d look similar. But that similar? Surely, genetics and the bloodline would have soften the features, yet the pair are completely identical, that must be damn near impossible.
The fall through time and his journey play crucial part of his mindset now. Perhaps he hit his head or perhaps the shock made him lose himself. But the anger and the sorrow still stayed. He created a different personality to fit into the English, much like Claire, using pieces of historical knowledge to expand and remarkably level up the ranks. But keeping somewhere deep in his mind the torture of losing his wife to some waifish Outlander that he only saw once. As he appeased his awful side, his dark depression and haunting anger, becoming the terror that we know him to be.
And then he sees Jamie. Then he sees Claire and all the memories and emotions into one. The tyrant is truly born…..
Whilst book fans may already know the answer to this, it’s an interesting thing to muse upon. After all, the uncanny likeness and his hatred for the couple could spell one thing…that Jack Randall IS Frank Randall.