If you have not watched the season finale, why would you read any further than this? Go ahead and click the back button, and kindly watch the episode, if you are a crazy spoiler avoiding freak.
We all knew it was coming. I still was not ready!
1960’S-ROGER, BRIANNA, CLAIRE, and ….Geilles/Gillian???
This season has been different from the book in many aspects. The writers and show-runner Ron Moore decided it would be confusing to most of the non-book reading viewers if they started out in the 60’s. Instead, the season begins with Claire having just returned to the 1940’s through the stones. I like the change. I can understand why they made it. I hated seeing all the hate most of the changes got from viewers/fandom/book-readers. Sorry. They cannot possibly keep everything the same. Especially since they only have 13 hours to translate 752 pages of text from Dragonfly in Amber to script for the show. They will have to make compromises. It is what they do 1,000 times better than Game of Thrones. They make compromises, but still get the story to the same end result as it does in the novel. Anyway, back to this episode; the episode ends how it began in the book: with Claire taking Brianna on a journey through Scotland in order to tell her and Roger about their roots.
It starts in the 1960’s. Adult Roger Wakefield is sadly watching “The Avengers” with Diana Rigg/Emma Peel/Bad Ass Olenna Tyrell. He is at the old Manse for his adopted father’s wake, the late Reverend Wakefield.
Well, first we see Claire in the crowd during Roger’s speech about his late father. Claire looks good for a 50-year-old. The only indication of her age is the light grey streaks in the front of her 60’s bouffant. Well, Roger tries to get back to watching The Avengers with the children, and sees a red-haired girl walking through the crowd of mourners. He notices her a few times, until she finally approaches him, asking if he is Roger Wakefield. Notice how eager he is to introduce himself!? But, here comes Claire to introduce herself and….BRIANNA. Obviously the daughter Jamie and Claire sacrificed everything to protect. Look at that red hair. Although, I found her to be more like Claire than Jamie in this particular episode. She was blunt, logical, and a woman of action. There were hints of Jamie in there though! Season three could shed some light on other personality traits inherited from her parents (besides a very important and particular gene).
Brianna seems to be a daddy’s girl through and through. She mentions him a few times, and seems to resent the fact that Claire never really seemed to love him. Brianna is so perceptive, that she even knows something fishy happened the last time her mother and “daddy” were in Scotland, 20 years before. I caught that glare in her eye when Claire told Roger that she was very fond of the reverend. “So was Daddy!” You can also tell that Claire kept her promise to both Jamie and Frank. She promised Jamie she would live and take care of the only part of him that would be left: Brianna. She also promised Frank that she would not speak of Jamie to Brianna, and to let Frank be the only father she knows. Claire is a better woman than me.
I love the fact that Roger asks Claire about how to say goodbye to someone you love. “You go on living because that’s what they would want.” speaks volumes because if any one knows how that feels at this point in the story, it is Claire.
Historically speaking, I am not sure I understand how Charles Stuart was able to lead all of those Scotsmen to their doom. He is clearly the most inept and delusional leader. Said Scotsmen must have truly wanted to restore someone they honestly believed to be the rightful christian king to the throne very badly to follow that Bonnie Prince.
On the same note, Jamie and Claire were truly desperate to stop the coming slaughter. So desperate that Claire hands Jamie that vial of yellow jasmine that she gave Column and plans to put it in the scurvy-ridden Bonnie Prince’s tea. Well, Dougal comes in to ruin more lives by trying to kill Claire and Jamie. It wouldn’t be the first time he tried to kill Jamie, would it? Book readers know, but it is something I will get into on a later post about the books.
I find it interesting that Bree knows something big happened between Claire and Frank during the visit to Scotland in the 40’s. This is what prompts Her and Roger to start going through the Reverend’s old letters and research. They find the story of Claire returning from her trip with the faeries.
Did anyone notice the dragonfly in amber gift that was in Culloden House Museum? It was a wedding gift that Hugh Munroe gave to Claire. The novel, and this finale episode were named Dragonfly in Amber. Diana Gabaldon’s website states that dragonfly in amber is: 1.) a symbol of Jamie and Claire’s marriage as represented in the gift that Hugh Monroe gives Claire; and 2.) a metaphor for preserving something of great beauty that exists out of its proper time (Gabaldon, 2016).
Geillis Duncan is back! Just as crazy, and just as mysterious. In the 60’s, she is known as Gillian Edgars. She is with the White Roses of Scotland, and makes grand speeches about being Bonnie Prince Charlie. Hell, everyone was Bonnie Prince Charlie during that speech. She is still up to her old tricks. She marries weak men, kills them to get what she wants, and disappears.
Ahhh. Roger’s singing voice. A sign of things to come! That rat satire was something special. I’m kind of crushing on Richard Rankin now; however, he can’t take Jamie Fraser’s place!
Saying goodbye came up a few times this episode. Claire visiting what she thinks is Jamie’s final resting place, and saying goodbye to him was heartfelt, and well acted by Caitriona Balfe, with that 60’s hair.
Well, Brianna has finally figured out that Frank is not her father. Look, I know this is for TV, and children are going to be reasonably upset when finding out that the father they have known all their life is not their biological father, but you don’t talk to your mother that way. I wanted to slap her through the TV screen. I remember thinking the same thing when reading that scene in the novel. She sat there and told Roger she wanted “the truth no matter what,” but when presented with the truth, she didn’t want to hear it. Never in life would I disrespect my mother the way Brianna did Claire. It made me angry; especially knowing that Claire was telling the truth. Claire even told her that Frank made her promise not to talk about Jamie, and Brianna responds with “Don’t you dare blame it on daddy.” Brianna has a lot of growing to do. We will see next season.
With that being said, I was missing the “fireplace poker through the window” Fraser temper! That would have been a sight.
I found it funny that Murtagh was not a bit surprised when Jamie told him he killed Dougal Mackenzie! He was only surprised that it “took him so long” to do it! I know that’s right! ABOUT DAMN TIME!
I found it a bit odd that Brianna was throwing back whisky. She can’t stand it in the books. I can’t remember if she did actually go and drink some with Roger in the novel. I will have to go back and check that out.
Now, about that “afternoon delight” before Claire’s flight through the stones! Yeah, I needed that. Also, that single tear on Jamie’s face was heartbreaking to say the least.
Well, we find out that Jamie is the captain that survived! YES! Claire can take her happy ass back through the stones to find her husssband! Although, you can tell she is torn between going to be happy with Jamie, and staying with Brianna.
TIME HAS COME TODAY! Good song choice. Very 60’s, and appropriate!
I will be re-watching the season, and posting commentary on the whole season. Additionally, I will be re-reading the novels, and making posts about those as well.
Things to remember for next season:
-Brianna talking to Roger about Fort Ticonderoga, and the American Revolution.
-While not in the show, Dougal whispers to Jamie in the novel about his actions before the events of the first season/book. Maybe they will include this in future seasons.
-The “Free Scotland” Graffiti and Scottish flag that was painted on the records building that Claire visited. Also, the White Roses of Scotland that Gillian was associated with will be significant in season three and later seasons.
-Brianna meeting Gillian Edgars in the 60’s. That is all I will say for now.
-Frank’s letter to Reverend Wakefield, telling the Reverend to abandon the research project on Johnathan Randall. “He is not the man I thought he was.” Did he believe Claire eventually in life, and does he know more about the stones, and Jamie Fraser?? Read the novels! Letters are going to possibly play a huge part in future seasons.
-Claire visiting Lallybroch; the only place she has ever felt at home with Jamie. Also, the 100 kisses and 1,000 more” poem was beautifully done.
-Brianna saying “This place gives me the chills” at Fort William. This is where her Da, Jamie was flogged along with 100’s of other Scotsmen.