This Was the First Truly Happy ‘Outlander’ Finale Ever, and I Loved It

“Eye of the Storm” left us gasping.

Outlander season 3 finale Caitriona Balfe Sam Heughan

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Warning: Contains spoilers for Outlander, season three, episode 13, “Eye of the Storm.”

I’m in denial. Outlander is over for another season. But our beloved Frasers departed with a bang (literally, of course), as well as some good old unrequited love, crazy-good special effects, throat-slashing, and Ocean Bieber drama—but also some frustrating situations.

Ready to weather the storm? Let’s go.

1. Claire’s remarkably calm for someone a) who’s looking for a missing captive and b) whose husband has just been captured. I’m sweating bullets over here, and this show isn’t even real.

2. “I’m your wife. I’m coming with you.” I’m bummed we didn’t get to see more of Marsali and Fergus this season. I can see why we didn’t, obviously, but still.

Outlander David Berry as John Grey

How I love thee, John Grey!

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3. “I’m tired of your blethering.” Young Ian has really held his own against Geillis—who has not only kidnapped him, drugged him, and forced him to have sex with her—but is now furious because she thinks he’s purposely kept secrets from her. This just shows how fanatical she’s become about the prophecy about the future Scottish ruler; despite what Ian’s saying, she still thinks there’s some kind of conspiracy to uncover.

4. Claire and Geillis have always had a fascinating, unpredictable relationship.“We’re friends,” says Geillis, but we know better. She doesn’t have friends anymore, only pure political ambition.

5. God, I hate that horrible ocean baby, Captain Leonard. The Justin Bieber of the Seas is making cute jokes about Jamie’s “drollness” while taking him to his death.

6. Which is why it’s so goddamn satisfying when Lord and Savior John Grey does an “I don’t think so” and takes custody of Jamie instead. Sorry, Biebs! You can’t fight the love of a Jamie Fraser. All this army vs. navy shade is honestly delicious. “Do you mean to say you have neither warrant nor affidavit to support your claim?” Look, I’m already a big fan of due process, but when John Grey is insisting upon it, it all becomes rather, um, more appealing. However, I cannot be sure this is not going to come back to bite John and Jamie in the ass.

7. Imagine looking at the love of your life for the last time and just saying, “Good luck.” JOHN IS SO ENGLISH, I CAN’T.

8. “Strange how fate keeps bringing us together.” Geillis has a point. Her and Claire’s lives seem so strangely entwined that if I were fixated on changing the course of history, I’d be suspicious about Claire, too. But her bias is clouding her judgment. Claire didn’t purposefully come back in time like Geillis did, and Claire doesn’t have any bigger aim in staying in the past—she’s just there for Jamie. Still, Geillis is on her Scottish nationalist BS.

9. “I’ve no idea what you’re getting at.” Claire is utterly bewildered, and now Geillis’ game is out in the open. Even more dangerous than not knowing what Geillis wants is seeing that she’s beyond reason.

10. Oh God, oh God. In trying to save herself, Claire’s going to tell Geillis about Bree…who is, per the prophecy from the last episode, the child who was 200 years old when she was born. DON’T DO IT, CLAIRE.

11. “I’ve read better stories in Mills and Boon.” LOL. The anachronism of the episode is a pretty good one.

Outlander Season 3 Finale Geillis Young Ian

“I said I didn’t take your Pop Rocks! I don’t even LIKE them.”

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12. I want to rip those photos of Brianna right out of Geillis’ scheming hands. But it really did send a shiver up my spine when Geillis recalled meeting Bree at the rally. This is full circle with a vengeance.

13. Jamaica has a rich dance culture and history, but I’d rather not have seen an anonymous group of presumably local people dancing used as a backdrop for these Europeans’ power struggles and murderous intentions. This scene is spliced with a visual of the women Claire once saw dancing at Craigh Na Dun, to show the similarities between the two portal locations, which makes sense. Yet it feels more gratuitous here—especially with the many quick cuts emphasizing a bloody animal sacrifice, which gives the scene a stereotypical, threatening air. This feels like a misstep to me.

14. I am delighted that Yi Tien Cho and Margaret Campbell have a happy ending together. Both characters have been through a lot. But I’m annoyed that Yi Tien Cho’s full purpose in this season has been to save Jamie and Claire. Everything he’s done has essentially served their plotlines and helped them get to the next point—even in this scene, where he is able to protect them from the dancers. Jamie doesn’t even congratulate Yi Tien, after all he’s done for them.

15. OMG AS IF THAT RABBIT IS BACK. Unbelievable.

16. Margaret channeling Bree is one of the most touching and spine-chilling things that’s happened in the season, and that’s saying a lot given we had a bath of goats’ blood last episode. Who is the monster she’s talking about? Could Geillis be so fast in finding her?

17. Once Claire hears about the Brahan Seer prophecy (based on a real legend, by the way, whose last name was Mackenzie!), she knows immediately what Geillis is doing. Bree’s in huge danger.

18. Wow, who knew that Sam Heughan could make me cry just by saying the name “Faith”? Give him an Emmy.

 

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