In this edition of our weekly “Outlander” video recap discussion (watch below), I am once again joined by Gold Derby editor Tom O’Neil (self-professed “number-one ‘Outlander’ fan”) and contributing writers Amanda Spears and Ted Stevenson to dish the finale of what has been a sensational second season: “Dragonfly in Amber,” directed by Philip John and written by Toni Graphia and Matthew B. Roberts.
In this highly anticipated 90-minute episode, we flash forward to 1968. Claire (Catriona Balfe) revisits her past and reveals to her daughter Brianna (Sophie Skelton) that her real father is Jamie (Sam Heughan). Back in the 18th century, Jamie and his army of Highland warriors are set to take to the battlefield at Culloden, where Jamie will have to do everything he can to save those he loves. As the episode ends, Claire finally learns the true fate of the love of her life and sets out on yet another adventure.
Fans have been on the edge of their seats for two whole weeks since the penultimate episode aired, and we all agree that the wait was well and truly worth it. “This is fearlessly going over the top with romantic abandon and it’s breaking all of its old rules,” O’Neil proclaims with glee. “The whole thing was magical! I was breathless, right up to the end.” That was a sentiment shared by all of us. “I was in tears, I’m not going to pretend I wasn’t,” Spears admits. As she relives her favorite moments from the episode, she stops herself, joking that “I’m not going to cry! I want to be the one woman on these chats who doesn’t cry!” Stevenson especially embraced the time travel aspects of the story. “I loved the through-line of fate in it all and how they’re all connected to their ancestors,” he says, adding “it was so brilliant and so much fun.” For me, the highlight was the two main stars of the show. “I just loved Sam and Caitriona in this episode. They once again proved that they have really inhabited these characters so perfectly, and they are really really good actors.”
We pick apart many of the surprising plot twists and turns of the episode and then dive into the show’s Emmy prospects overall. We then look forward to what we might expect for season three in some detail, picking up on some clues we have already heard to date.
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