Outlander Season 6, Episode 5 recap: Flora MacDonald’s event

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Outlander Season 6, Episode 5
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Flora MacDonald is honored in Outlander Season 6, Episode 5

We get to meet Flora MacDonald in Outlander Season 6, Episode 5. Meanwhile, tensions rise in Wilmington. Take a look inside the events of the episode.

Just like every other episode of this season, Outlander Season 6, Episode 5 brought us a lot of drama and pushed the story further into the territory of war. It all started with a flashback to 1746 and brought us a beautiful Gaelic rendition of the Skye Boat Song, before delving into the rising tensions and trouble.

We do need to start with the flashback to 1746. It is important considering Flora MacDonald turns up during the new episode. She helped Bonnie Prince Charlie get to mainland Europe via Skye after Culloden. And yes, that happened in real history.

The Gaelic version of the Skye Boat Song is something many of us have been waiting all series for. It couldn’t come at a better time, especially with the full change to the opening credits to focus on rowing to Skye. After all, the song itself is a real one that was adapted for the series to focus on Claire.

Jamie meets with the Sons of Liberty

For Claire and Jamie, the episode starts in Wilmington. Jamie meets with the Sons of Liberty, which is where he sees a very interesting jar on the mantle. A certain pirate’s testicles are there. Oh yes, Jamie sees the testicles of Stephen Bonnet.

There are a lot of discussions about loyalty throughout the episode. Jamie has to continue to play both sides for now, but it’s clear that people are questioning his loyalties. Throughout the episode, Lord John Grey is concerned that his friend is becoming a traitor. It doesn’t help that Lord John Grey has seen a list of names of those connected to the Sons of Liberty, and Jamie has been on a list.

It doesn’t take long for John and Jamie to have to head back to Wilmington. Tensions are rising, and it’s due to drawings sent to a printer to print. The drawings are of Flora MacDonald. Jamie tries to protect the printer and is hit with hot tar and the printer is shot in the arm, but there’s a bigger problem. One of the Sons of Liberty sees him protecting the printer. Of course, the Sons of Liberty question Jamie’s loyalty, but his actions help Major MacDonald see that Jamie is loyal to the Crown.

The events from the day and Flora’s words, do make Jamie concerned about what’s to come. He worries about what people will think of him when he turns tail, and he’s guilty of lying to Lord John about his allegiance.

When John finds out the location for the next Sons of Liberty meeting, Jamie agrees to attend. However, it’s not as a spy for the Crown. He admits to John that he is going to turn tail. John is understandably hurt that Jamie would choose the Patriots, but Jamie can’t fight for the Crown this time. He wants John to hear what the Sons of Liberty have to say, but John can’t do that. Jamie wants John to delay his men to go to the meeting, but he does make it clear that he doesn’t want the war to come between them.

The Sons of Liberty aren’t happy about Jamie’s actions at the printer, and Jamie points out that he thought he was around other men like him; men who weren’t afraid to listen to other opinions and allow freedom. Naturally, the Sons of Liberty don’t know they can trust Jamie, but he makes it clear that soldiers are coming. When they do turn up, Jamie and Cornelius are playing a game of billiards.