The Outlander Season 5, Episode 11 title card has some viewers confused. How was there cellophane in the 18th century? It’s a very simple explanation.
If you’re a little confused by the addition of cellophane in the 18th century in the Outlander Season 5, Episode 11 title card, you’re not alone. There are many who have a question about it, but there’s actually a very easy answer. It’s not an inaccurate addition to history!
The one big clue that will give it away is the clothing of the character with the sandwich wrapped in cellophane. It’s Claire in her bat suit, which means this takes place sometime during Outlander Season 3. It’s when Claire steps through the stones 20 years after she left Jamie.
In fact, the moment is mentioned in a way. Claire brings up her memory of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich that Bree made for her for the journey. That sandwich Claire is eating in the title card is the last one of Bree’s sandwiches, and the cellophane comes from the 20th century.
There’s also a beautiful meaning to the cellophane blowing around in the wind. It’s a metaphor for Claire’s connection to her life in the 20th century blowing away. She is now committed to life in the 18th century—although she will bring some comforts of the 20th century with her.
It’s a beautiful title card for a beautiful episode. With other connections to “Voyager” throughout the episode, this just sets the tone for the whole thing. And it connects clearly to the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches Claire makes; the family substitution for journey cake. And of course, that connects to the title of the episode.
The best thing about the title card is that you don’t need to have read the books to understand the reference. It’s all about paying close attention to clothing and things around the characters to figure out when and where they are.
What did you think of the title card? Had you immediately got the meaning? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Outlander Season 5 continues with one more episode on Sunday on STARZ.