Friendship is something that we’ve discussed a little bit already in previewing Outlander season 3. In the past, we did so through the lens of the Jamie Fraser – Lord John Grey bond, one that should provide a fascinating viewpoint of male friendship that you don’t often see on television.
In the new post from Starz below, you get a small teaser of another key friendship that could define the story of Claire in the early going: The one between her and Joe Abernathy. (There are some minor book spoilers ahead, but only to the extent of them informing the season 3 plot.)
These two parties meet during the 1950’s, a time when she has been away from Jamie already for years and is trying to find some semblance of an escape. The two become medical interns together at Boston General, and an unlikely friendship forms that stems from them being different than everyone else around them. Claire is the only woman among the interns, while Joe is the only African-American. They form a close bond, and he remains valuable to her at a time when she doesn’t have many other people to rely on.
Without giving too much away, Joe’s value in the story is as someone who Claire feels like she can be reasonably honest to — he also happens to be incredibly perceptive, which enables him to understand her in ways few others would. He’ll discover some things about Claire that she doesn’t even tell him about in advance, and these could be a jumping-off point for a number of events down the road. Joe appears in multiple Diana Gabaldon books, and with that, you have to assume that he will appear in multiple seasons of the show. (Wil Johnson of Waking the Dead is playing the Outlander version of the character.)
Anytime you are in a dark place in life, you look for a beacon, someone who will understand you and offer guidance. Joe seems to be that for Claire, and she’s able to have conversations about Jamie with him — at least to some extent. The caption of the Twitter post below is validation of this very thing. We don’t want to give away how much she discloses/doesn’t disclose to Joe in the early moments of this season, but he understands that she’s lost some great love and there is a weight that this places upon her heart.
The events of the early portion of season 3 should offer some insight into where Claire’s head is at in the time between her returning from the past and the events of “Dragonfly in Amber.” Understanding how she battled and suffered in this period is ultimately essential; after all, it exemplifies her need to find her way back to Jamie. Outlander premieres on Starz September 10; the endless wait is almost at an end! Start getting prepared now…
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