The Frasers say farewell to life on the open seas and hello to the new world – colonial America. This season, we finally meet Aunt Jocasta, get a brand spankin’ new villain, and see a pre-Constitutional America that our current president fantasizes about. Oh, and we’re getting more Brianna and Roger.
For the past five years, we’ve covered almost every single inch of Outlander. Over a hundred hangouts solely devoted to dissecting casting news, trailers, episodes, news, and rereads. We’ve given you four hundred and twenty moments we’ve noticed from the previous three seasons. Exclusive set visits in Scotland. Countless posts ranging from Jamie’s hair to the novels’ controversies to even the fandom. This meme.
Why do we devote so much time and coverage to this one show? Because with all of its shortcomings and the Captain Obvious voiceovers, we still love seeing Jamie and Claire Fraser come to life on our television. So while we wait for this new season to start, we’re looking back at our favorite moments from Starz’s Outlander.
My Favorite Moment: The wedding night from episode 107 “The Wedding”
When I first read Outlander, I was drawn to the emotional and physical intimacy between the 20th century Claire and the 18th century Jamie. It was passionate, raw, and they had sex as if the fate of man depended on it. Before I watched the series, I questioned whether the show would be able to convey this intimacy on the small screen. “The Wedding” answered my question: “Oh, hell to the yes.”
For weeks prior to this episode, we watched the on-screen chemistry between Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan grow and become palpable through our televisions. Our reward for our patience? The much anticipated “Not a Monk” first kiss.
Whether it was Jamie losing his V-Card under one minute or even Claire teaching that a little pain can mean equal a lot of orgasms, the wedding night was a visual feast for the female gaze. Through Claire’s sexual maturity and Jamie’s naivety and eagerness to learn, the show proved it could satisfy (pun totally intended) our need to see the passionate connection between the Frasers.
My Favorite Moments: Anyone holding a baby, anytime.
I’m a major baby person, so the most moving moments for me in Outlander have been when someone is interacting with a baby or child. Jamie with baby Maggie. Jamie with baby Ian. Jamie with Willie. Claire with Faith. Frank with Bree.
Dang, there are a lot of babies in this show, and so few gifs to show for it. Anyways, all the scenes involving babies are so emotional because every character suffers so much pain and loss involving children. Claire losing Faith, Jamie holding Maggie and thinking of Faith, Frank holding Bree, loving her but tortured knowing she’s not his, Jamie holding Willie and knowing that he can never reveal that he’s his father…tear jerking stuff, pretty much every time. Children bring out the most raw emotions in a person and I love seeing that on screen. I just sure hope there’s some babies in Season 4…*cough*
My Favorite Moment: Anytime Claire was in danger.
I loved the jeopardy and menace of Season 1. There were actual stakes…one of them the threat of being burned alive at a literal stake. Looks like I’m going to a fucking barbecue. Remember that priest? He was a threat to Claire! Leghair? A threat to Claire! Black Jack in the dining room? A threat to Claire! And sometimes when you’re in danger, girl, you need to be saved. Getting saved by Jamie Fraser? That’s my kink.
My Favorite Moment: The Reckoning
It seemed like it took an entire year to Jamie Fraser out of that window from Amy’s gif above and into Black Jack’s room to rescue Claire. And it almost did. There was a huge hiatus between episode 8 of season 1 and episode 9, The Reckoning. And it was very worth the wait. Truly one of the best episodes of the entire series, this one had everything: stakes, kilts, hotness, sex, danger, huge fights, spanking, feminism, and the first glimpse of Jamie’s point-of-view! It also took iconic lines from the book and interpreted them perfectly onscreen. I don’t re-watch the show very often, but this is one I have seen more than a few times.