Outlander’s Wentworth Prison aired on May 16, 2015 on the Starz Channel at 9pm EST.
Synopsis: Jamie has been captured and taken to Wentworth prison where he saved from hanging but not from the sadistic Black Jack Randall while Claire, and the highland men try desperately to free Jamie.
Well I’ve seen Outlander episode 15, Wentworth Prison about 6 times since it was released on Starzplay at midnight Friday. I was out of town at the time and unfortunately the wifi connection was so poor in our hotel that I couldn’t get it to stream on my iPad so I ended up using my iPhone to watch it, but I did watch it, twice in fact.
First let me say if Tobias Menzies, Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan don’t get nominated for Emmys, then something is sorely wrong with the Television Academy. Their performances were outstanding to say the least. I felt everything they were conveying though their facial expressions even when there were no spoken words. It was raw, it was appalling, it was in the words of Black Jack, a beautiful masterpiece.
Tobias definitely portrayed BJR as disturbed individual that he is with just a touch of his hand, a look or a slight inflection in his speech. It was enough to make your skin crawl.
Caitriona was spot on with bringing Claire to life by balancing a cool head with a breaking heart. She truly tore my guts out. I could feel the pain she was going through and how difficult it was for her to keep it together. When she left the prison with contents of Jamie’s sporon in that box, OMG that was so heart wrenching. Then she loses it just outside the prison and bless his heart Murtagh gathers her up in his arms. That Murtagh is a deeper man than we may ever know.
Sam, holy lawd, that man can control an entire scene with just his eyes and facial expressions. He truly amazes me. These scenes had to be very difficult to get though emotionally as well as physically. He truly has taken this role and became Jamie Fraser.
The writer, Ira Steven Behr, stayed pretty close to the book with a few exceptions. I thought the hanging sequence they added was good, although I thought it was a bit drawn out and the neck snapping sound was a bit over the top. It did however, add some tension to the show and having MacQuarrie in the scene was a nice touch. Showing him again in the pile of dead bodies when Claire is thrown out of the prison by BJR near the end showed just how cruel life and death can be.
There was no Claire fighting off wolves scene although you could hear wolves in the background howling. Which was a non-issue for me really. I didn’t feel it that really moved the story along anyway. They also cut out part of when Claire is trying to unlock the shackles around Jamie’s ankle and he explains how to beat a key into the lock to break it. Not a big issue either and I’m sure they filmed it but had to edit for time.
All in all I thought it was an excellent episode although I was a bit disappointed that Jamie actually didn’t get rescued. If they don’t actually show the rescue, well, let’s just say a lot of fans are gonna be pissed off.
15 HiRes Pictures from Wentworth
Screenshots from the Wentworth