5 biggest questions from Outlander season 3, episode 11

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Photo credit: Outlander/Starz Image acquired via Starz Media Room
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While there were beautiful moments from Outlander season 3, episode 11, there were also some major questions.

Outlander fans took to social media with their questions after “Uncharted.” The episode left them with a lot of questions about the episode as a whole and the stories left to tell. The writers will answer many of the questions on Tuesday, but there are some that will go unanswered for various reasons.

Here’s a look at some of the biggest questions and potential answers from the episode.

What was Father Fogden’s deal?

Father Fogden was one of the most amusing characters in the episode. While he seemed like a caring priest, he had some crazing connotations and elements to his personality. One of those crazing elements was taking to the coconut, Coco.

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It turns out that Father Fogden was a priest who simply fell in love. He was now a widower and living with his mother-in-law. After 15 years of them living together, it’s not surprising that he went a little cuckoo. Smoking weed likely didn’t help him.

While he wanted to help get Claire to Jamaica, he also wanted to make sure the journey was safe for the two of them. He wasn’t trying to keep Claire captive, but just ensuring safety for all.

Why was 20 minutes dedicated to Claire’s walk through the wilderness?

The first 20 minutes of the episode weren’t the most riveting. In fact, if it wasn’t for the last 15 minutes of so, this could have been an extremely boring episode. With so much to cover throughout the episode, it’s surprising that 20 minutes were dedicated to Claire’s walk through the jungle.

It was likely to help set some panic and drama for Claire’s run back to the beach later. It also showed the despair and fear within Claire, as she looked for any source of water and civilization. This is a story predominately told from Claire’s POV, so it shouldn’t be that surprising so much was focused on her in this episode.


How did Claire get back to the beach so quickly?

Despite three days walking through the wilderness, it took Claire a few minutes to get back to the beach. How could this have happened?

Well, Claire knew the exact way to run to get back to the beach. Mamacita had told Claire to run straight ahead. There’s also nothing to suggest that Jamie was shipwrecked at the same side of the island as Claire had drifted to at the start of the episode. Fogden could have been closer to Jamie’s side than Claire’s side.

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Why did Claire steal the mirror?

Luckily Claire had the mirror to signal to Jamie, but she didn’t know she was going to need it. Why would she have stolen it from Father Fogden?

Well, there are a few reasons. The biggest is that Claire is a survivalist. She would have taken something that she deemed useful, and a reflective surface like a mirror is extremely useful. The mirror also had a sharp edge, so could have been used as a weapon if she needed it. At the time of stealing it, she may have considered it a way to get out of the “captivity” she’d found herself in.

Why was so much changed?

The Outlander episode skipped over a lot from the “Voyager” novels. There is a bigger storyline for Jamie, pirates are involved, and Claire has to save Marsali’s life. All this was completely overlooked but why?

Time will have had something to do with it. There has been a lot setting up the last two episodes of Outlander season 3. Trying to add so much of the book in was always going to be near impossible. Is it disappointing? It will be for some. As a show-first fan, the missing elements aren’t that obvious and the story certainly made a lot of sense overall.

It’s worth remembering that the show is an adaptation of the books. Elements will be removed and changed to suit budget and time constraints. Having a pirate ship and a huge fight scene would have cost a lot of extra money that the showrunners may not have had available. They had to make do with the story they could tell.

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Outlander continues on Sundays at 8/7c on Starz.