Outlander The Battle Joined Season 3 Episode 1 Recap — After a year and a lot of social media comments, the so-called “Droughtlander” is finally over. Of course, fans know that this season would lead to the inevitable reunion of Jamie (played by Sam Heughan) and Claire (played by Caitriona Balfe) in that infamous print shop scene (which won’t happen until later in the season). However, there has to be that inevitable build-up to that reunion, and that’s what the first episode of this third season attempts to cover: what happened in the 20 years between the time that Jamie and Claire left one another and the time that they finally reunited?
Outlander The Battle Joined Season 3 Episode 1 Recap
So, we picked up where the Battle of Culloden left off, seen in flashback form through Jamie’s eyes. Ultimately, and perhaps most satisfyingly, he ultimately kills the devious Black Jack Randall (also played by Tobias Menzies) and the scene is equal parts beautiful, bittersweet, erotic, and bloody.
We knew, in the back of minds (especially if we’d read the books), that Jamie would be spared, and salvation comes in the form of the brother of one Lord John Grey, who brings Jamie back to Lallybroch — and to the arms of his sister, Jenny, and brother-in-law, Ian — beaten, bloodied, and barely surviving.
Unfortunately, it was hard to swallow that we would never again see our beloved Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix), and it was all-too-painful to watch Rupert get taken out and shot.
Meanwhile, in Boston in the 1940’s, Claire has to deal with the condescending “there-there” attitude of the men of the allegedly progressive Boston, who take turns alternately patronizing her clearly-vast knowledge of American politics (the parallels between Truman/Dewey and Clinton/Trump were astounding) and ignoring her wishes in the delivery room (which was, apparently, easy to do in the 1940’s, but would quickly get the hospital served with a lawsuit in the 2010’s).
And this is where we see the Ballad of Frank Randall really becomes poignant: Outlander is just as much about The Ballad of Jamie and Claire as it is about The Tragedy of Frank Randall, the good-natured soul who is fighting a battle for his wife’s affections with a ghost he could never — would never — catch as his wife grows increasingly distant and resistant to his affections.
In the next episode, we’ll see more about how Claire survived — albeit barely — without the love of her life, and we’ll see Sam Heughan in a cave. Interesting stuff, and a fine way to kick off the much-anticipated season.
Other episodes of Outlander reviewed on TV Eskimo:
s3e10 – Heaven and Earth
s3e9 – The Doldrums
s3e8 – First Wife
s3e7 – Creme de Menthe
s3e6 – A. Malcolm
s3e5 – Freedom and Whisky
s3e4 – Of Lost Things
s3e3 – All Debts Paid
s3e2 – Surrender
s3e1 – The Battle Joined
Outlander The Battle Joined Season 3 Episode 1 Recap characters and cast include:
Claire Randall – Caitriona Balfe (Now You See Me, Escape Plan, Super 8)
Jamie Fraser – Sam Heughan (A Princess for Christmas, First Light, Doctors, Heart of Lightness, When the Starlight Ends)
Frank/Jonathan Randall – Tobias Menzies (Atonement, Game of Thrones, The Night Manager, Catastrophe, Rome, The Shadow Line, Casino Royale, Finding Neverland)
Murtagh Fraser – Duncan Lacroix (A Terrible Beauty…, Vikings, Game of Thrones)
Jenny Fraser – Laura Donnelly (The Fall, The Program, Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands)
Ian Murray – Steven Cree
Rupert Mackenzie – Grant O’Rourke (Crying with Laughter, Scot Squad, In Plain Sight)
Lord Hal Melton – Sam Hoane (Legend, Endeavor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Golden Compass, Jane Eyre)
Prince Charles Edward Stuart – Andrew Gower (Rosewater, Being Human, Monroe)
Lord General George Murray – Julian Wadham (The English Patient, War Horse, Outpost, The Iron Lady, Exorcist: The Beginning)
Quartermaster John O’Sullivan – Gerard Horan (The Bank Job, Cinderella, Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, My Week with Marilyn)
Andrew MacDonald – Jim Sweeney (The Angel’s Share, The Groundsman, Coffee, Zombie Resurrection)
Dean Jackson – Colin Stinton (The Bourne Ultimatum, Closer, Rush, Fearless, The Machinist, Wire in the Blood)
Millie Nelson – Kimberly Nixon (Easy Virtue, Black Death, Midsomer Murders)
Dr. Thorne – Roger Ringrose (Berlin Station, Broadchurch, Call the Midwife, Silent Witness)