Season Two Summary

Now that the season is over, this page has been updated to provide a summary of the episodes and is no longer pure speculation. Now I have a Season Three Speculation page instead!

This page is all about what I think is going to happen next in Season Two. At the end of the season, once we have a definite Season Three (and hopefully we’ll know how many episodes were ordered), I’ll do another page for my speculations on that season.

Note: I am not affiliated with Starz or the Tallship Productions team, so this is just a fan who has read all of the books and watched a lot of TV speculating. But the rough shape of the season is going to follow the book, just like with season one, so I feel pretty confident about my choices. Who knows what they will change or add, though!

ADDENDUM: There’s a really good article over at Outlandish Observations about Season 2. They’ve got lists of all the new cast members and other info of merit. Check it out here.

ADDENDUM 2: We have a premiere date and a new trailer!! April 9th. I’m failing at embedding the video, so click here to watch it on the EW website.

ADDENDUM 3: Predictions now updated with actual titles!

PS- I will tweak this page as the episodes air. I’ll save the original version as a regular post, but this one will constantly evolve to adapt to what the show is actually doing, rather than remaining static as a prediction. Actual episodes will be marked with an asterisk (*) to show that they’re what really happened on the show.

My best guess at the Outlander season two breakdown, updated with actual episode chronology as they air:

*Episode 201 – “Through a Glass, Darkly”

  • Claire wakes at the stones. It’s 1948.
  • Frank goes to the hospital, where she is not dealing well with her transition back to the 20th century. A photograph is taken which may or may not lead a future Roger Wakefield to suspect that Brianna is not the daughter of Frank Randall.
  • At the Manse, Claire scours books on the ’45 to try and discover Jamie’s fate at Culloden. Frank tries to reconcile her story with his own sense of logic. Mrs. Graham encourages Claire to move on.
  • Claire tells Frank everything that happened, including that she’s pregnant with Jamie’s child.
  • Frank goes ballistic, but thanks to Reverend Wakefield’s words, decides to embrace Claire and the child. He has two conditions. One, he’ll be the child’s father. Two, Claire gives up searching for Jamie as long as Frank lives.
  • Claire agrees, and they go to Boston to start a new life.
  • The scene transitions to Jamie and Claire starting a new adventure in Le Havre.
  • Jamie convinces his cousin Jared to bring them into the Jacobite cause. by showing his scars. Jared brings Jamie on as a partner in the wine business.
  • Claire diagnoses a case of smallpox on the docks, leading to Le Comte Saint Germain’s ship and cargo being destroyed. A new enemy is created.

*Episode 202 – “Not in Scotland Anymore”

  • Claire and Jamie settle in to Jared’s townhouse in Paris. Jamie is still having nightmares.
  • In a search for herbs to help Jamie sleep, Claire visits Raymond’s apothecary shop. They share a mutual respect and a mutual enemy – Saint Germain.
  • Jamie and Murtagh spar in a garden. We learn that dueling is outlawed and Jamie is still weak, and are reminded that this season, Jamie, Murtagh and Claire are all “outlanders.”
  • Jamie is invited to see Charles at a brothel. Charles is a drunkard, a lecher, and absolutely certain of his own divine right to take the throne of Scotland for his father. Little things like reality cannot affect him.
  • Charles asks Jamie to make the acquaintance of the French Minister of Finance, so Claire is relieved to be invited to Versailles by Louise de Rohan. Louise also introduces Claire to her ward, Mary Hawkins.
  • At Versailles, Jamie is warmly accosted by Annalise de Meriac.  Jamie tells the story of his duel, and its outcome. Annalise takes Jamie to the king’s lever. Claire sees Mary with an unknown man, and escapes outside for some air.
  • There, she is accosted by Monsieur Duverney, and Jamie tosses him into the pond. This is the Minister of Finance. Fortunately, he doesn’t hold a grudge.
  • King Louis makes a joke about Duverney bathing in public, and Jamie reiterates his advice that the king should eat parritch to help with his constipation.
  • Murtagh spots the Duke of Sandringham. There is tension, and Jamie takes Murtagh away. Claire stays, and is introduced to Alex Randall. She learns that BJR is still alive, and must now decide whether or not to tell Jamie.

*Episode 203 – “Useful Occupations and Deceptions”

  • Jamie is being run ragged keeping up with Charlie, the wine business, and Duverney. Claire is feeling left out and useless.
  • During tea and cards with Louise and Mary, Claire realizes who Mary is (in Frank’s genealogy), and this causes her to question whether or not Frank will actually exist. She decides not to tell Jamie about BJR being alive, because it might jeopardize Frank being born.
    • Claire may possibly be poisoned at some point, but I equate that with the Versailles portion of the book, not L’Hopital, so I’m guessing that’s been cut.
  • Claire sees Murtagh having sex with her maid, and freaks out. She apologizes – she is just upset about BJR, and Frank, and Jamie, and is frustrated not to have a purpose in Paris.
  • Jamie plays chess with Duverney, who agrees to meet with Charles and discourage him from mounting the rebellion.
  • Claire visits Raymond, and sees Le Comte Saint Germain there. She’s suspicious, but Raymond puts her mind at ease. They talk, and she is able to confide her frustrations to him. He suggests she go to L’Hopital des Anges.
  • At L’Hopital, Claire meets Mother Hildegard and Bouton. On her first ever trip, she stays late and Jamie is worried, frustrated, and upset because things just went pear-shaped with Charlie and Duverney at Madame Elise’s.
  • Jamie and Claire fight, with no resolution. Jamie rushes back out, where he sees Fergus picking pockets. He decides to hire him to work for their cause.
  • Claire is proud of Jamie’s plan, but there is still a great distance between them.
  • Jamie finds the musical cipher, and Murtagh tells him to go to Mother Hildegarde to decode it. He sees Claire in her element, doing surgery, and finally understands a little why she needs to do this work. But he need to feel accomplishment, too, which he does once Mother Hildegarde gives them the key to the cipher.
  • The musical passage promises money to Charles when he sets foot in England. It is signed S for Sandringham. Jamie is full to the brim with plans, now, and Claire and Murtagh are afraid. If Jamie talks to Sandringham and his secretary, one Alexander Randall, he’s going to find out that Jack Randall is still alive.
  • But Claire can’t bring herself to hurt him with the truth.

*Episode 204 – “Le Dame Blanche”

  • Claire is “poisoned” by bitter cascara at the chess parlors, while Saint Germain looms.
  • Jamie and Claire plan a dinner party for Charles, inviting the Duke and a number of other people. Claire confesses that BJR is alive. Jamie is excited – now he can kill him himself.
  • Claire visits Raymond to ask about the bitter cascara. He shows her his secret room, tells her she will see Frank again, and gives her a crystal that can detect poison.
  • Louise summons Claire and asks for assistance – she’s pregnant by her lover. At first she thinks her only option is to abort the child, but Claire gives her alternatives. She decides to make her husband think the baby is his.
  • Jamie comes home, aroused, from the brothel. Claire gets angry that he felt lust for another woman. Jamie explains that he’s been in agony since what happened at Wentworth, and they eventually reconcile, making love for the first time in months.
  • Charles shows up on their rooftop – with a monkey bite. Claire makes the connection to Louise.
  • Claire goes to L’Hopital to assist after an accident. They must walk home because the carriage has lost a wheel. She and Mary are attacked on the way home. The men only stop because they think she is La Dame Blanche.
  • Charles shows himself as a petulant windbag, but does not completely disgrace himself over dinner.
  • Mary freaks out during Jamie and Claire’s dinner party, leading to a brawl. Saint Germain leads Charles away, setting the stage for their future dealings.
    • Saint Germain also has someone summon the gens d’armes.

*Episode 205 – “Untimely Resurrections”

  • Duverney frees Jamie and Murtagh from the Bastille, but Alex is still imprisoned.
  • At home, Jamie reveals that he started the rumor that Claire is La Dame Blanche.
  • Murtagh swears vengeance against the men who attacked Mary and Claire.
  • Claire goes to visit Mary, and is conflicted about whether to free Alex from the Bastille.
  • Charles tells Jamie of his plans with Saint Germain.
  • Claire convinces Alex not to wed Mary, using logic and practicality. It is terribly sad, because she is destroying love out of love for her first husband.
  • Jamie threatens Saint Germain, who basically tells Jamie that he gives no fucks, and not to bother him until he has held up his end of the deal.
  • Claire comes up with the ruse to use a smallpox scare to destroy or confiscate the cargo.
  • Jamie gives Claire an heirloom as a gift for the bairn. Claire worries about becoming a mother, but Jamie promises they’ll act together.
  • Jamie and the Duke of Sandringham interact, ostensibly over horses, but truly about the future of the Jacobites.
  • Claire sees BJR in the gardens at (I assume) Versailles, while walking with Annalise. King Louis humiliates BJR for reasons unknown. Jamie sees BJR, and maintains his composure in front of the king, but then challenges Jack to a duel.
  • Claire makes a statement that BJR attacked her and Mary (I am very sad that there’s no Dougal in this episode!!!) and BJR is put in the Bastille.
  • Claire forces Jamie to swear that he won’t kill BJR until after he has fathered the child that will be Frank’s ancestor.
  • Jamie accepts her terms – a life for a life – but is livid that she would force him to forego his vengeance.

*Episode 206 – “Best Laid Schemes”

  • Jamie informs Murtagh that there will be no duel with Randall. Murtagh doesn’t understand, and reacts poorly.
  • Claire is working at L’Hopital and speaks with Mssr. Forez, who shares with her some information about execution in order to warn her – and by extension Master Raymond – about the king’s intent to round up anyone suspected of practicing the Dark Arts.
  • Claire goes to warn Master Raymond, who agrees to leave the city.
  • Jamie and Claire talk about Jamie’s reasons for agreeing not to kill Randall – and he forces her to promise that, if they can’t stop the Rising, she’ll go back to Frank.
  • Plans progress to block Saint Germain and Charles from selling the Madeira. Claire tests her herbs on Jamie.
  • Murtagh is unhappy with the continued scheming, and Jamie tells Claire it’s time to tell Murtagh the truth.
  • Murtagh reacts with acceptance, and a jab to Jamie’s jaw. Jamie goes out to set up the smallpox scare, and Claire tells Murtagh that she knows about the future, but not enough.
  • Jamie and Fergus go to Le Havre to plant the herbal concoctions required to mimic smallpox.
  • The plan works, sort-of. Charles requires Jamie to transport the goods before anyone finds out about the malady. Jamie is now forced to set up a false robbery and send Murtagh off to Portugal to sell the wine.
  • Jamie goes to Madame Elise’s to settle the debts that Charles has run up due to his melancholy. Fergus tries to steal something, but picks the absolute worst room imaginable.
  • Claire comes home to find Jamie gone, with only a note – I must.
  • Jamie and BJR duel. Claire miscarries. The gen d’armes arrive and arrest Jamie – I assume because Saint Germain sent them.

*Episode 207 – “Faith”

  • Claire and her daughter  (Brianna, although she’s not named here) are in a library in Boston, 1954. The daughter is looking at a book on birds. She remarks on the blue heron, and Claire remembers Scotland; we fade back to Paris.
  • Claire’s baby is stillborn. Afterward, she has a terrible fever. Mother Hildegard sends for a priest, because they think she will die.
  • Raymond heals Claire in L’Hopital, using the blue aura that they share as travelers.
    • Because he has returned to the city, he is captured by the king’s soldiers.
    • Saint Germain is captured (in my head canon, it’s because he tried to send the gen d’armes after Jamie for dueling with BJR).
  • Claire finds out Jamie is in the Bastille, but is at first too angry to do anything about it. She returns to Jared’s house.
  • One day, Claire hears Fergus having a nightmare. He confesses the truth of the day at the brothel. Now understanding what happened, and why Jamie fought BJR, Claire goes to the King.
  • King Louis accepts Claire’s trade, and has her preside over a trial in which Master Raymond and Saint Germain are accused of black magic. Master Raymond makes use of Claire’s attempt to save both men with bitter cascara, and Saint Germain appears to have died. (I say appears, because in book-canon, he’s still alive; not sure how the show will handle this).
  • Louis takes the rest of his payment – a liaison with La Dame Blanche.
  • Claire is reluctant when Jamie returns home, and still shattered by Faith’s death. But she tells Jamie everything that happened, including with Louis.
  • They eventually reconcile at Faith’s grave, and there is hope for a new future in Scotland.

*Episode 208 – “The Fox’s Lair”

  • Jamie and Claire have been back at Lallybroch for an unspecified amount of time, but long enough to begin to heal. The potato crop is harvested, and Jenny has had another baby.
  • Then the Bill of Association arrives, and Jamie decides the only way to stop Claire’s future is to make sure that Charles wins.
  • Charles has asked Jamie to recruit the Fraser clan, which Jenny thinks is a bad idea. Jamie reveals that his father was Lord Lovat’s acknowledged bastard, but he is obviously uneasy about approaching him because he can’t sleep. He sits up with his new niece, and Jenny and Claire watch. It’s a tender moment, and poignant because this family will soon be torn apart.
  • Surprisingly, Colum MacKenzie is at Beaufort Castle. He wants the Frasers to remain neutral. He brought Laoghaire with him – who has found God, apparently, and seeks to make amends to Claire.
  • Claire isn’t particularly interested in amends, but she tells Laoghaire that she pities, not hates her. Jamie says Claire is more forgiving than he is.
  • At dinner, Jamie attempts to gain the favor of the Fraser men, but Colum argues against rebellion. Young Simon tries to stand up and agree with Jamie, but his father shames and rebukes him. Claire notices that Young Simon is attracted to Laoghaire. So is Lord Lovat – and Laoghaire definitely is not interested.
  • Jamie figures out that Simon is trying to get something from Jamie in exchange for his help.
  • Claire meets Maisri, the Seer.
  • The Auld Fox tells Jamie what he wants – Lallybroch. Jamie makes no agreements.
  • Claire decides to use Laoghaire to bolster Young Simon’s confidence.
  • Colum and Jamie argue about whether Jamie should give up Lallybroch to secure Fraser assistance in the Rising.
  • Claire meets Maisri in the local church, who tells her of her vision – the Auld Fox with the shadow of an axe over his face. He’s going to die a traitor’s death.
  • Jamie retreats to his comfort place – the stables.
  • Claire fakes a vision, using what she learned from Maisri, and Young Simon stops his father from attacking Claire because of it. Lord Lovat signs the neutrality agreement with the MacKenzies, and sends Young Simon off to follow Jamie and Claire.
  • BUT – the Auld Fox has his cake and tries to eat it, too. He sends men on the pretense that Young Simon convinced them to follow him, so that they appear to be in support should the Stuarts win. Signing the neutrality agreement with the MacKenzies saves himself from being tried as a traitor should the Rising fail. He’s hedging his bets. But Maisri’s vision of Lord Lovat and the axeman might still come to pass. Claire has hope that the future can be changed, but we already know that they are going to fail.

*Episode 209 – “Je Suis Prest”

  • Jamie begins training his men to follow Prince Charles.
  • Dougal arrives with only Rupert and Angus. Dougal wants to take charge and there is tension between his way – the wild Highland Charge – and Jamie’s knowledge of modern warfare from fighting with the French. But Jamie eventually prevails, treating his men like a proper army, including disciplinary measures.
  • Claire suffers from flashbacks to her experiences in WWII. She has to deal with her memories and the choices of the past, and makes Jamie promise that he won’t make her leave him like she was once forced to leave two men to die in the road.
  • Lord John Grey (who gives his name as William, and uses one of his father’s lesser titles) sneaks into camp and recognizes “Red Jamie” from English propaganda against the Jacobites. He attacks Jamie, and Claire pretends to be an English captive so Lord John will give up information about his group of soldiers and their whereabouts. He vows that he will repay Jamie for the debt of his life – and then he will kill him.
  • Jamie insists that he be lashed for carelessness in the wake of the invasion into the camp. Then he and some of his men (but not Dougal – he orders him to stay and guard the camp) go and steal the cotter pins and wheels from the British cannon so they cannot be moved.
  • The episode ends with Jamie leading his men to the main Jacobite camp. The battle of Prestonpans is on the horizon.

*Episode 210 – “Prestonpans”

  • I wouldn’t have given an entire episode to the battle, but whatever.
  •  Jamie and the generals fight about the upcoming battle. Dougal proves the ground is too boggy for a charge by riding out in front of the British camp.
  • Claire sets up a surgery. Prince Charles requests that the British also be treated – they are his father’s subjects, too. (Actually, he asks that they be treated first – which Jamie knows Claire won’t do. Claire will treat whoever is most injured first).
  • Claire and Fergus meet a man who knows a secret path to the British position. The Highlanders use the element of surprise and rout the British Army.
  • In the battle, Kincaid is killed outright. Rupert is wounded. Angus is injured by a cannon blast.
  • Dougal proves his brutality, killing the British wounded on the field. He finds a familiar officer–Jeremy Foster–and slaughters him.
  • In Claire’s surgery, Jamie entertains the men by pissing in a cup. The prince enters and tries to make a speech, but is interrupted by Dougal, who carouses and then tries to attack the British wounded. Prince Charles orders him removed from the army, but Jamie suggests that he’ll do well with a cavalry command. Dougal congratulates Jamie on being as devious as Colum.
  • Angus collapses. He’s been bleeding internally from a cannon blast. He dies on the floor. Rupert, who has been injured but will recover, takes Angus’s sword.
  • While the men celebrate their victory, Murtagh, Jamie, and Claire commiserate over the aftermath–and the knowledge that they haven’t changed history at all.
  • Rupert and Ross get roaring drunk and sing a drinking song to try to deal with their losses. Everyone cheers at the conclusion of the song, but Rupert is broken.

*Episode 211 – “Vengeance is Mine”

  • In the aftermath of Prestonpans, the army marches south into England. But in Derby, the prince’s advisors say it’s time to turn back. They send Jamie and Dougal ahead to make things ready in Inverness.
  • Then British soldiers attack their camp. Jamie flees with Claire, Murtagh, Rupert, Dougal, and Fergus, and Rupert is shot. They take refuge in a church, where Claire removes the bullet from Rupert’s eye.
  • The British find them and threaten to burn them out. Claire decides to sacrifice herself to save the others.
  • Claire is taken to the Duke of Sandringham. Hugh Munro sees her, and goes off to find Jamie. On the way, he receives a note from Claire warning Jamie that the Duke’s house is being watched by British soldiers.
  • Mary is there, too. Claire finds out it was Sandringham’s men that attacked them in Paris, and the duke villain-monologues his plans, then has Claire locked up. Mary lets her out, and the two try to escape.
  • Jamie and Murtagh arrive, and Murtagh kills Sandringham. Mary kills Danton, her rapist.

*Episode 212 – “The Hail Mary”

  • In Inverness, Mary brings Claire to see Alex Randall. There she encounters BJR. BJR makes a deal: he’ll feed Claire information in return for her healing skills with Alex. The information he provides gives Jamie an idea for a last-ditch assault that might avoid Culloden Moor.
  • Colum arrives. He speaks with Claire and tells her that Geillis Duncan’s child lives. Then he asks her for something that will allow him to die peacefully. She gives it to him.
  • Alex wants BJR to wed Mary to provide a name for his own unborn child. This is Frank’s true ancestor. BJR disagrees at first; he doesn’t want to hurt the woman that his brother loves. But Claire reminds him that he’s going to die soon.
  • Colum tells Dougal and Jamie that he wants Hamish to be the next laird, and he wants Jamie to act as a sort of regent. Dougal is upset, but when Colum asks him to say that he’ll put the lives of his men over his cause, he can’t do it.
  • Alex dies, and BJR explodes in anger.
  • Colum dies, and Dougal turns inward with grief.
  • Jamie is incredulous that Claire would make Mary wed BJR, but Claire promises that, if BJR doesn’t die at Culloden, she will help Jamie kill him.
  • Jamie rides off for a night attack on the British, but it falls apart when the prince gets lost and doesn’t show up with his half of the troops. Culloden is now inevitable.

Episode 213 – “Dragonfly in Amber” (Note – knowing that this is a 90 minute episode changes what I think is going to happen. So this is new!)

  • The episode opens with Claire and Bree at Roger Wakefield’s door. It’s 1968.
  • Claire asks Roger to search for her list of men who were at Culloden. Maybe flash back to Frank telling her not to look for Jamie while he’s alive. Roger’s agrees.
  • Show him going through the Reverend’s things and finding out about Claire in 1948.
  • A few scenes of Bree and Roger, then they all go to St. Kilda’s and Claire sees the graves of BJR and Jamie.
  • Jamie and Claire arrive at Culloden House. Things look bleak. They consider poisoning Charles, but can’t go through with it.
  • Unfortunately, Dougal overhears them, and tries to kill Claire. Jamie kills Dougal instead. Rupert sees Jamie kill Dougal.
  • Jamie signs the Deed of Sacine, turning Lallybroch over to Young Jamie Murray. Fergus rides for Lallybroch to deliver it. Jamie takes Claire to the stones. They make love for the last time, and mark each other with their initials.
  • Claire flees through the stones.
  • We may or may not see Jamie at Culloden with Murtagh.
  • Back at the vicarage, Claire has finished telling her story. I don’t think they will deal with Bree not believing yet, or Gillian Edgars. Instead, Roger will quietly tell Claire that, in the course of his research, he has read something that she needs to hear. The season will end with Roger quoting the line about the “officer from the Master of Lovat’s regiment” who survived. “He meant to die on Culloden Field,” Roger whispered. “But he didn’t.”

 

 

 

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