Claire helping Walter to die
When Claire is taken, she’s immediately set to a pig pen. That’s where she comes across Walter Woodcock, the man whose leg had to be amputated the episode earlier. He is now struggling to breathe, and Claire knows what that means.
She wants to help Walter improve, but it’s not going to happen. Instead, she helps him pass away peacefully, thinking about his wife.
This is a small change from the books and one that I like. In the books, Claire doesn’t know if Walter survives or not and there’s a question about whether he’ll get back to his wife. The show makes it clear that Mercy Woodcock is going to be a widow when Claire meets her.
William helps Claire and Young Ian escape
I love that William immediately recognizes Claire. He also makes it clear that he respects her, despite her being a rebel. When she asks for things to help treat patients, he gets as much as he can. Food is a problem since supplies are days away.
Then he sees Young Ian in the camp. Young Ian pretends to be a scout for the Mohwak, who are on the British’s side. William works out the truth, though. He is willing to honor the debt of his life by letting Young Ian go, but he can’t let Claire escape.
He does have a heart, though. He realizes that he should let them both go, and the flying arrows thanks to Jamie is enough of a distraction to make it possible for Claire and Young Ian to escape. William proves that he is a good man, just like John and Jamie.