Vengeance is a dish best served cold. That’s something Claire certainly learned when she got hers in Outlander Season 2, Episode 11.
When we left France, we started to wonder whether Claire would ever learn the identity of her attacker. That birthmark was prominent and it just had to come up at some point, but how could it when the Frasers went back to Scotland and the focus was on the Battle of Culloden?
Well, it turned out that the attack earlier in Outlander Season 2 wasn’t under the orders of a Frenchman at all. It was under the orders of a very particular English duke. Yes, the Duke of Sandringham returned and he finally got his comeuppance.
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So close to London
The episode starts with the run-through of the victories. The Jacobites have taken Carlise and Manchester and are now somewhere in Northern England. London is so close Bonnie Prince Charlie can taste the success, but can the others?
Jamie hopes that he can rewrite history, but nobody else understands the danger they face if they don’t succeed. As everyone starts to argue with each other, we can see the reason for the failure. The clans would never get along well enough to succeed.
It’s not enough and the next day Jamie is forced to return to Inverness with the Bonnie Prince. He’s been exiled and the cause is going to be for nothing. We already knew that with the Outlander Season 2 premiere, but nobody else does. Hope is disappearing, though. Jamie can’t even argue his cause to the prince since Charles has taken Jamie’s horse and left for Scotland.
One of their own is shot
Just after losing Angus, we could not go through the loss of another one of our own. Yet, Outlander threatened it, as the men and Claire started their march back to Scotland. They come across the British, who manage to shoot Rupert in the eye. This should mean death, but Claire is determined to save one of the men who had helped her when she first tumbled through the stones.
They find themselves in a church, where Claire is able to save Rupert’s life. The problem is the British are surrounding them and Claire has to pretend to be a hostage to help get them away. Dougal negotiates a deal that will see the men get away safely and Claire ends up back in the hands of the British.
It should be fine since they all know where Claire will likely be taken. Things go awry when the British take Claire elsewhere. Luckily, Hugh Munroe the begger is around. He recognizes her and listens in for anything she has to say. She’s able to get a message across to him, so he goes to tell Jamie where Claire is being taken.
Claire comes across a familiar face or two
That place Claire is being taken is to the home of the dastardly Duke of Sandringham. The Duke keeps Claire’s cover, but only because it will help him. He is suspected of being a Jacobite and he needs to get that scent of his trail. He also wants to be rescued, since he’s being held captive in this house. So, Claire manages to get a message in very bad Gaelic to Jamie and Murtagh.
Someone else is familiar in the home. Mary Hawkins is there, with the plan of marrying her off to someone called Mr. Granger. Claire promises to get her out of this marriage, but there’s an issue first.
They run into one of their attackers from France. That storyline finally circles back, as Claire recognizes the birthmark on his hand. The Duke had orchestrated the attack on Claire at the request of the Comte. Mary was just an unfortunate victim. As a fight breaks out in the home, Murtagh swings in just in time and chops the Duke’s head off.
He then offers Claire something she’s always wanted…the Duke’s head. Really, it’s Murtagh’s way of finishing up that duty to find the attackers, since he still feels responsible for everything that happened.
As for the man with the birthmark, Mary is able to grab a knife and stab him in the stomach.
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