Before I begin, let’s talk about Jamie Fraser. It feels as though Outlander has been very clever to use last week’s episode as a halfway point between the two characters. The focus on Claire, up until her decision to stay with Jamie, left her newly appointed husband in a bit of a cliché quandary. Apart from his belt beating, Jamie was a Knight in Shining Armour who could do no wrong. He took lashings for women, protected Claire from everyone and defended his family’s honour. So the focus away from the time travelling heroine and filling Jamie with a more in depth look at this character in episode twelve - Lallybroch
It’s nice to see Jamie acting a little bit more of a petulant child, struggling to find his place back home. Whilst he has seamlessly held it together, not just for him but for Claire, the stresses seem to come out when he sees his sister for the first time since his brutal involvement with Randall. The reunion is bittersweet and the writer’s implement Jamie’s distressing memories so well that he becomes weaker than what we know but in an evocative and depth filled way. Jenny’s realisation at the pain that Jamie suffered was handled with sensitivity despite their headstrong ways and as Jamie romps around, trying to be a fair Laird but struggle with the balance of power and his sister’s seeming duty to him.
Outlander is a must see and lifted off into excellence. Where this next position and land will take Claire and Jamie is tentative. But it is burning with unbridled promise.