This may feel familiar: On Outlander season 3 episode 10, you are going to see Sam Heughan’s Jamie and Caitriona Balfe’s Claire separated again. This happened for much of the early part of the season, and it’s happening again on Sunday’s episode “Heaven & Earth” for a completely different reason.
What’s going on this time? It’s very different than when Claire went through the stones at the end of season 2 under her own accord. She’s been captured and brought over by Captain Leonard over to the British ship, where she is going to be enlisted to help stop the spread of a deadly plague. While this situation is far from ideal for her, we do think that she doesn’t have much in the way of a choice in the matter. She has to try and help some of these people! Otherwise, she runs the risk of not making it to Jamaica either because A) they choose to punish her in some way or B) she ends up becoming ill herself. There are so many things that can go wrong, so she needs to emphasize finding a way to do some good on this ship before things get any worse.
Ultimately, Claire will show herself to be a willing participant aboard the ship as doctor. You don’t see a gun to her head in any of these images, and because of her profession she is sworn to help whoever needs her. It looks as though she’s also going to have a little bit of help ensuring that some of her patients are okay, which may make it just a trifle more feasible.
Will she still be thinking of making it back to Jamie every second of the way? Given that she traveled so far back in time in order to see him, that feels as though it’s a given!
As for Jamie…
These second set of photos showcase Heughan’s character, and while things at first may appear to be okay with him, it’s not going to stay that way. Once he finds out more about Captain Raines and his role in getting Claire over to the British ship he’s going to lash out — which, in turn, is why there is a gun pointed at his head. He’s already found himself in a familiar position separated from Claire, and he’s about to find himself in another — imprisoned.
Will there be some help that comes his way? Potentially yes, given that he does have an ally aboard the ship in Fergus who has saved him from some difficult binds before. In the Outlander season 3 episode 10 promo, Jamie seems to make a promise to him — if he helps him escape this predicament, he will offer to him his blessing to be with Marsali. The twist here of course is that if Fergus does help, he is in turn putting himself at risk. There are a lot of key decisions coming up on “Heaven & Earth,” and that makes the material all the more rich.
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