After almost a year of waiting for #OutlanderSeason2 , it's hard to believe the season is now on its last episode. In an interview for Access Hollywood, Sam Heughan and executive producer Maril Davis gave fans some hints as to what can be expected of the 90-minute finale. According to Sam Heughan, who plays fan-favorite Jamie Fraser, it will be "very emotional". Maril even offered some advice to all of us who are counting the minutes for the episode:
"Caitriona and Sam are heartbreaking. Get your tissues and whiskey 'cause you're gonna need it."
There are a lot of plotlines that need closure for the season, so the finale is sure to be packed with much Culloden action, some MacKenzie Clan business between Jamie and Dougal (Graham MacTavish) and, of course, a much anticipated revelation.
Enter Brianna MacKenzie Fraser
Because Outlander's producer and creator Ronald D. Moore changed the order of events from the books to the show, we're yet to meet Brianna Fraser - Claire and Jamie's daughter. In the episode 'Faith', Brianna made her first appearance as a child but, since she appears in the first chapter of 'Dragonfly in Amber', her adult version has been highly expected by book readers.
The introduction of Brianna and Roger Wakefield as adults means a lot for the seasons to come. Season 3 and Season 4 will follow the stories from 'Voyager' and 'Drums of Autumn', respectively, and both Brianna and Roger help move the plot forward a great deal. They also develop a pretty endearing relationship, which I'm hoping we get to see blossom next season.
The Past Wants to Happen
As proven time and again, the past is not something to be messed with. A change in the outcome of the Battle of Culloden Moor would affect not only Claire and Jamie's fate, but also Scottish history. So, even though we may cheer for the Jacobites, the Culloden boat has sailed and things will definitely be dire for Jamie and his men.
History tells us what a massacre the Battle of Culloden was, and that the aftermath of the battle proved to be the end of the Clan system and the weakening of the Scottish culture. There would be no more tartans, Gaelic or Pipes for many years, while the people suffered with civil penalties imposed by the British and the hardship that follows any war. Although a 90-minute finale may not be sufficient to show such events in detail, it's fair to assume that Lallybroch will exemplify - to some extent - what the Highlanders went through.
A Love Lesson From Jamie
Jamie and Claire Fraser have spent the entirety of the second season doing their best to prevent the Jacobite rebellion from succeeding but, since their efforts didn't bear fruits, Culloden will be the last installment in their journey - for better or worse. Early in the season, Jamie promised Claire that she would never be alone again. That was a clear foreshadowing of what's to come in the finale.
Outlander's season premiere already provided some clues as to where exactly - both in time and space - Claire will be by next Saturday's episode. In 'Through a Glass, Darkly', Claire emerged back in 1948 at the stones of Craig na Dun and, given the chance to interact, her first question was who won the Battle of Culloden. That means that Jamie will remain true to his promise and send Claire back through the stones, where she'll have Frank to look after her - and Brianna.
It's fair to assume the finale will show us every little moment that happened before Claire time-traveled and, if the teaser is any indication, this is possibly the "heartbreaking" scene which Marin was referring to.
For those who know Diana Gabaldon's source material, the finale might seem straight out of the book pages - twists and all. However, Sam Heughan has given book readers a reason to stay on their toes. In an interview with IGN, he's hinted that the finale will hold some surprises for them:
[Season 2] certainly has a climax. [Ron Moore] has also got some surprises."
The fact that this will be the last we'll see of Jamie and Claire for the good part of an year is already emotional on its own, but with Culloden, Brianna and Craig na Dun on the way, I'd say only the one whisky bottle might not be enough!
Outlander Season 2 Finale, 'Dragonfly in Amber', airs this Saturday, July 9th, on Starz.