6 best Claire moments in Outlander season 3, episode 12

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While Geillis was an amazing part of Outlander season 3, episode 12, there were many reasons to love the main lady in the show.

Geillis’ reappearance was certainly one of the best things about Outlander season 3, episode 12. However, she didn’t quite overshadow the leading lady, Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser. Whether it was the sly looks she gave Lord John or the shock in seeing Geillis alive and seemingly well, Claire had some standout moments.

Here’s a look at the best Claire moments in Outlander season 3, episode 12.

#1. Reminiscing about the past with Jamie

Let’s start with that moment in the line to meet the Governor of Jamaica. Behind her and Jamie, Fergus and Marsali acted exactly as you would expect newlyweds to act. It was a beautiful moment, especially with Claire reminiscing about the past with Jamie. She was thinking everything many fans were: Fergus and Marsali really are like a young and care-free Claire and Jamie.

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Returning to the past hasn’t been easy for Claire. She has learned just how much changed for Jamie in those 20 years and she’s had to find a place with him again. This moment in the line managed to remove all the negativity and just get those looks between lovers back again.

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#2. Cradling her injured arm

While Claire walked through the slave market, she cradled the arm that had been injured. It would have been easy to forget to do this. After all, there’s no saying just how much time passed between the ship sailing and landing in Jamaica. However, Caitriona Balfe remembered that the injury was so severe that she needed stitches and penicillin.

This was just excellent continuity. It was something seen in season 2 when Jamie cradled his hand a lot after it was broken in Wentworth Prison. The continuity helps to add more realism to the show, especially when it comes to injuries.

#3. Reacting at everything in the slave market

Okay, this isn’t a best moment because of how good it was. It was the excellent acting and portrayal of 20th century Claire seeing the atrocities of slaves in the 18th century. She doesn’t agree with slavery at all. Although she’s heard about it and possibly read about it, seeing it in action is completely different. The overwhelm, fear, discomfort, and sadness were all clear emotions on her face. It’s not surprising she didn’t care what the people thought of her without the parasol.

This also brought out the protective nature in her. When she witnessed a slave being auctioned off and embarrassed in front of people, she ran to his defense and attacked the auctioneer with her parasol. It was typical Claire in those moments, although she could have made a situation worse for the young man.


#4. Understanding more about slavery and ownership

Claire wanted Jamie to help the poor boy, so he decides to buy him as a slave for Claire. She’s hurt by it, not quite understanding the action. Why couldn’t they just free him? This shows her naivety. Despite everything that she knows about the 18th century and her beliefs, she never considered what could happen to her new slave if she just tore up the paperwork or set him free.

It was a growing moment for Claire. She started to see that her 20th century knowledge would do her no good right now. But that didn’t mean she had to treat the young man as a slave.

#5. The sly looks at Lord John Grey

You could cut the tension with a knife in Lord John’s private chambers. After Claire learned that Jamie and John knew each other, she started to see the glances between the two men. Sure, Jamie only saw the guy as a friend, but she picked up on the love that John held for Jamie.

There was a look that told us she felt threatened. Despite knowing how ridiculous that thought was, she didn’t want her husband even considering time with Lord John alone. It’s not really surprising considering the things Black Jack Randall did. However, eventually she chats to Lord John and learns a little more. While there still some suspicion, the kindness in her eyes returns.


#6. Reacting to Geillis being alive

Lord John wasn’t the only ghost from the past to appear. Claire saw Geillis Duncan Abernathy at the governor’s ball. While the conversation with Geillis was short, it was the reaction to seeing Geillis that was a shock. She looked abruptly and quickly glanced around the whole ballroom, as if worried that she was seeing things.

Claire never expected to see Geillis again. The last Claire knew, Geillis had burned at the stake. She was certain that the two would never cross paths again, so she needed to know who this woman was that looked so much like her once friend.

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Did you agree with these moments? What were your best moments of Claire in the episode? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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