Ach, Droughtlander. That inevitable purgatory between Outlander seasons. What’s an Obsessenach to do? (You know, besides obsessively stalking social media for even the slightest tidbit of what’s happening in Scotland on set? Because, yes, the gods be praised, they are FINALLY starting to shoot season 3!)
Claire: What are you thinking?
Jamie: I’m thinking it’s not a very honorable path you have us on. We’d be lying to my cousin, lying to everyone.
Claire: You have to remember what’s at stake, saving thousands of lives.
Jamie: Even if the price is our souls?
Claire: That won’t happen. You have to trust in this.
Jamie: In this I do and in this I will.
Episode 2: “Not in Scotland Anymore”
I probably could have made a post comprised entirely of Murtagh-only moments because, let’s face it, the enhancement of his TV character over the book character is one of the brilliant moves the show’s writers have made. And in season 2, Murtagh shines with many of the best lines. This batch comes after he and Jamie are practicing dueling in the park, much to the amusement and derision of the French high society watching these silly sweating men.
Episode 3: “Useful Deceptions and Occupations”
Ah Mary. So sweet. So innocent (at least in the beginning). So… not French. And Louise — can we just take a moment to revel in this woman’s wonderfulness? Claire Sermonne nailed it as Louise de Rohan.
Mary: Men don’t do that where I come from.
Louise: And where is that? The moon?
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Episode 4: “La Dame Blanche”
While this episode also includes Louise saying to Claire, upon telling Claire she is pregnant by her lover, “You mean sleep with my husband? But my love would be furious!“, it’s not my overall pick. For that, I have to go with Jamie’s speech, lifted mostly from the wonderful original words of Diana Gabaldon’s book on the effects of Wentworth and his struggles simply to make it through each and every day. This whole scene was so heartbreaking and so well done by Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe.
And then later after Claire goes to Jamie and they literally reunite for the first time —”Come find me, Jamie. Come find us.”:
Jamie to Claire: “Remember I told you I was lost? Well, I think you’ve perhaps built me a lean-to at least and a roof to keep out the rain.”
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Episode 5: “Untimely Resurrections”
How many of you wanted to reach in and shake Claire during this scene in which she’s asking — no, let’s be fair, telling — Jamie to hold off killing Black Jack Randall for a year? I may or may not have been yelling at the screen telling Claire to please stop caring about that SOB. That might have happened. Might. Anyway, the first part of this quote is where Jamie says, “Him or me. You have to choose.” Why oh why is this even a choice??? (And, yes, I’ve clearly read the books so I do have some other Frank info that influences my yelling astute analysis.)
Jamie: A year. Not one day more.
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Episode 6: “Best Laid Schemes”
Jamie: It’s your father. I can’t wait to meet you.
This is Claire’s episode all the way. Caitriona Balfe nails it every second she’s on screen. Is there any moment more gut-wrenching than when she is asking for her baby? Or the utter despair when she is asked to confess her sins during last rites and she responds, “My sins are all I have left.”
But I’m going to highlight the scene between her and Jamie at the end when they are finally — and tragically — reunited, desperate to find their center again and unsure if they ever will.
“I asked for your forgiveness once. You said there was nothing to forgive. The truth is I already forgave you long before today for this or anything else you could ever do.”
Episode 8: “The Fox’s Lair”
Let’s be clear, the one redeeming moment of this entirely useless episode: Jamie talking Gaelic to Jenny’s baby and Jenny’s quote about how you can say things to a baby you can’t, especially if you’re a man, say to anyone else. And also because this GIF can now be available forever. You’re welcome.
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Episode 9: “Je Suis Prest”
But for importance, I’m going with Claire and Jamie’s chat after she finally realizes/admits she’s got PTSD. This add-on to the TV adaptation was a good idea, in general, and this moment is another (of the sadly few in this season) where we see the depth and solidity of Jamie and Claire’s relationship.
HAHAHAHAHA. Awesome Jamie eye roll. Perfection.
And then when the Prince notes, after Jamie suggests he remain in the back so nothing happens to him because Jamie would hate to have to tell his father the bad news, “Mark me. I don’t think my father is that fond of me.”
And this episode has another moment of Murtagh levity when he and Jamie try to decipher Claire’s Gaelic-coded message. “She’s even misspelled help!” he exasperatedly says.
But the line I’ve chosen is a more serious Murtagh line. As Jamie’s godfather, he has taken his role as protector very seriously, and the rape of Mary Hawkins and the near-death of Claire and his perceived failure to keep them safe have weighed heavily on him. Finally, he gets to settle the score with Sandringham.
Murtagh: “I kept my word. I lay your vengeance at your feet.”