Warning: gigantic spoilers forward for Episode 5 of Outlander Season three, “Freedom & Whisky.”
Outlander ended Season 2 on kind of a bummer as Claire went again to the 20th century and Jamie went off to virtually sure loss of life at Culloden. That mentioned, we have at all times recognized that Jamie and Claire had been going to reunite on Outlander in some unspecified time in the future in Season three. Outlander is the saga of those two characters and their love story, and it was actually solely a matter of when and the way they might get again collectively. Properly, “Freedom & Whisky” gave us our reply because the episode lastly reunited Jamie and Claire after twenty years of pained separation. Because it seems, their reunion was surprisingly hilarious. Who would have guessed?
“Freedom & Whisky” was truly fairly heartbreaking for a lot of the hour, as Claire and Brianna slowly got here to phrases with their impending break up in order that Claire might return to the 1700s to be together with her real love. Whereas many viewers have most likely been counting down the episodes till Jamie and Claire are lastly again collectively, it wasn’t simple to look at these two ladies who love one another very a lot face the truth that they could by no means see one another once more. Thankfully, the heartbreak was changed by levity as soon as Claire made her technique to Jamie’s printshop in Edinburgh, circa 1768.
Claire needed to work up her nerve to enter the store and reunite together with her husband after 20 years, unsure if he would nonetheless discover her enticing or if he even nonetheless liked her. She walked into the printshop and heard Jamie yelling at her to convey a supply, believing her to be any individual else. His again was to her and he saved at his job till she known as out to him at instructed him that it was his long-lost spouse who had returned to him, not his supply boy. Tears of pleasure and pleasure had been brimming out of Claire’s eyes as she lastly noticed Jamie once more after 20 years, undoubtedly hoping for an equally joyous response from him. Jamie rotated and met her eyes for an extended second… after which handed out chilly on the ground.
In the event you had been hoping that there can be swelling violins and golden rays of sunshine as two lovely individuals ran towards one another in epic slow-motion for the large reunion, you had been undoubtedly disenchanted by Jamie fainting useless away on the sight of Claire again within the 18th century. I am unable to communicate for anyone else, however I wanted the snort after the heartbreak of watching Claire and Brianna say goodbye for what might very nicely be the final time. Jamie actually swooning on the sight of Claire introduced the correct quantity of lightheartedness to a massively dramatic scene, and it was one thing many people most likely wanted after the heaviness of the 5 episodes main as much as the reunion.
Apart from, we’ll most likely get an epic romantic reunion as soon as Jamie wakes up from his swoon and processes that Claire actually is again and not a hallucination. The poor man had no approach of realizing that he might probably ever see her once more, and he is from an age when witch trials nonetheless often happen in his native nation. Passing out at her sudden reappearance is a superbly cheap response, though that does not make it any much less humorous that huge, robust, tough Jamie who survived years in heavy shackles with out criticism fainted on the sight of a lady in a costume sewn out of raincoats.
Talking of these raincoats, Jamie swooning wasn’t the one barely foolish scene of “Freedom & Whisky.” As soon as Claire made her resolution that she would journey again in time, she needed to take care of some practicalities, corresponding to 18th century foreign money and costume. Brianna and Roger took care of getting her some cash that will be helpful, and Claire took to stitching her costume with some particular pockets to hold her numerous 20th century equipment. Roger made the joke that she would wish to make her personal utility belt just like the Caped Crusader, which led Brianna to remark that he watches a whole lot of TV and for the following scene to be set to a fairly hilarious track: the theme track from the Batman ’66 TV series.
Sure, Claire took to chopping up some raincoats to stitch a 18th century costume whereas the notoriously catchy “nah nah nah nah Batman!” track performed over the scene, and it was undoubtedly an surprising alternative for a present that kicks off each week with a stunning model of “The Skye Boat Music.” It was a alternative that definitely took me unexpectedly, though not in a nasty approach. After 4 and a half episodes of tragic plot twist after tragic plot twist, I used to be completely tremendous with a a Batman-themed break within the rigidity earlier than I knew Jamie was going to be swooning right into a cliffhanger of types. In fact, Jamie did cross out after reuniting with Claire in the Voyager book, however there was no saying if the present would adapt that individual ingredient of the story immediately.
Now that Jamie and Claire are reunited, Outlander could start to really feel extra just like the present we got here to know and love in Seasons 1 and a couple of. There are undoubtedly nonetheless some devastating losses to come back, however no less than the 2 leads can be collectively. We’ll sadly have to attend an additional week earlier than we see what occurs subsequent, because the present won’t be again for a brand new episode till Sunday, October 22 at eight p.m. ET on Starz. In your different viewing choices, check out our fall TV guide.