On this day in Outlander history: The Way Out

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Outlander Season 1, Episode 3 aired for the first time on this day in Outlander history. It’s a beautiful episode that pushes Claire’s need to heal while proving she’s certainly from the future.

Outlander Season 1, Episode 3 is one of those episodes that sticks with you. There are multiple elements that show the time period Claire is stuck in; the superstition and methods of punishing people. It’s also an episode that proves Claire isn’t from this period and Geillis definitely starts to figure out it.

“The Way Out” focuses a lot on the way the past treated people and illnesses. With little knowledge of poisoning and medicinal knowledge, the belief was that people were possessed or had been attacked by demons or some sort of witch’s spell. It’s not surprising that Claire comes across a boy who has the case of the demons.

Yes, really!

Geillis figures out the truth

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Claire knows that it likely isn’t the case and there’s something more medical at play. Yet, while she figures that out, she also sees how a young boy is treated after being caught stealing. This is the episode we just know that Geillis figures out that Claire is from the future. How much she knows is unknown, but she definitely knows something.

Of course, this episode is also important for the next run of episodes in Outlander Season 1. She continues to alienate herself from others by not getting with the times. As much as much of the world has moved on from the punishments doled out in the 18th century, she’s not in her time. She isn’t going to be able to change anything. But that’s a completely different article!

From this episode, she makes an enemy of Father Bain. It takes a while, but that definitely comes back to haunt her!

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The entertainment at the castle

The title of the episode is linked more to the entertainment at Castle Leoch one night. Fortunately, Jamie is there to translate the musical entertainment and it’s just the song Claire needed to hear. The words are all about someone stepping through stones and going through time. This is where the idea of traveling 200 years forward and backward comes into play.

As Claire was starting to believe she was stuck in 18th century Scotland, she realized there was a potential way back. That the stones could work for her.

While many book fans were waiting for her to find love with Jamie, all I can ever think while watching it is that it’s about time she tried to get back to Frank! After all, he was the man she loved at that moment in time.

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