Outlander Season 6 premiere recap: Meet the Christies

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Outlander Season 6 premiere
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A flashback starts the Outlander Season 6 premiere

The Christies appear at Fraser’s Ridge in the Outlander Season 6 premiere. Take a look at everything that happened in the episode.

Caution:  Of course, as it’s a recap, there are major spoilers from the Outlander Season 6 premiere in this post.

After a quick recap of events from Outlander Season 5, we pick up with a flashback to Ardsmuir Prison. There are even some familiar faces who turn up among Jamie’s followers, and it’s great to see them, even though it’s bittersweet.

Morale is low, and Jamie isn’t at a point of leading the people just yet. There is another person “in charge” right now. Tom Christie is leading his faction of Protestant followers, and the Catholics are all turning to Jamie to put Tom in his place. Jamie isn’t interested in it.

Murder at Ardsmuir Prison

One of the Catholic prisoners believes that he’s Bonnie Prince Charlie, and some of the Catholics go along with the facade. It’s just something to pass the time, while also annoying Tom Christie. Tom can’t help but point out that Scotland’s fate lies in the hands of a Protestant King, starting a fight among the prisoners.

Harry Quarry, the governor at the prison, isn’t happy with the situation at all. It’s clear that Quarry isn’t all that impressed with Jamie, who he calls “Red Jamie.” It’s weird not seeing Jamie dining with the governor considering what we know about his time later on.

Quarry makes it clear that he expects civility. He wants to stop the bowing at one of the prisoners, although Jamie points out that Old Charlie isn’t of sound mind.

Jamie continues to avoid leading his men until one incident. During a fight, another prisoner (another Jamie) is killed by a rock to the back of the head. Jamie stops the fight, and Old Charlie lays a piece of tartan on young Jamie’s chest. We see Jamie taking the lashes for the tartan even though everyone knows that it wasn’t his. This is when Tom sees the scars Jamie already has on his back.

Jamie now has an idea to help bring peace. Quarry is a freemason. Jamie wants Quarry to make him one, too. This way he can encourage all others to follow. It doesn’t matter that he’s Catholic. It’s not like the Pope is in Ardsmuir with him.

And so we see Jamie becoming a freemason. Tom joins with him, and it allows for a form of peace at Ardsmuir, even if the two men still don’t get along.