TV Review: Outlander (Season 3, Episode 13)
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In this tumultuous instalment of Outlander, Claire fights to stop Geillis destroying her family. Eye of the Storm begins with a flashforward to Claire, who cheerily announces that she’s dead. Although her body is submerged in dark waters somewhere in the Caribbean, it seems unlikely that Outlander’s protagonist will be killed off before season four. Still, it wouldn’t be Outlander if Claire wasn’t constantly in danger. We rejoin the main storyline as Claire takes a carriage ride to Rose Hall, searching for her abducted nephew Young Ian. Claire investigates the slave quarters where she believes Ian is being held, but is captured by a shadowy assailant. Alerted to Jamie’s arrest by Claire, Fergus and Marsali contact Lord John Grey in the hope of gaining his release. Thankfully, the Governor pulls rank on Jamie’s jailer Captain Leonard, and points out that he has no authority or evidence to justify arresting Jamie. Back at Rose Hall, Geillis lambasts Young Ian for neglecting to mention his aunt is alive. Ian is taken back to his cell whilst Claire is brought to Geillis. Despite a mutual pretence of good will, neither woman trusts the other. Claire and Geillis are officially frenemies for life. Claire tells Geillis the truth about her life since the witch trials, and that she’s been back in her own time for the last twenty years. Geillis still thinks Claire worked to stop the Jacobite rebellion from succeeding, and has been following her for twenty years to prevent the rise of a new Scottish King (in fairness to Geillis, she’s half right about that). Geillis doesn’t see why Claire would leave her husband behind in the past. Claire tries to verify her story by explaining that she was pregnant. Quite why she didn’t mention the fact that she saw Geillis as Gillian Duncan in 1968, I don’t know, but the plot demands this tactical error from Claire. This detail triggers Geillis’s realisation that Brianna is the two-hundred-year-old child that must die to bring the new Scottish monarch. I could watch a whole episode of Claire and Geillis being frenemies, but Geillis quickly excuses herself stealing a photo of Brianna from Claire to aid her murderous quest. Claire sees a bound Young Ian being taken out into the night, and knows that something very suspect is going on. Reunited with the newly freed Jamie, the Frasers follow Young Ian and his captors into the night, eventually stumbling across a group of slaves engaged in worship. Yi Tien Cho and Margaret Campbell, who have fallen in love and intend to elope, were invited to attend and share Margaret’s prophecies.
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