First, your obligatory ***Spoiler Warning: This post contains discussion of this week’s Outlander, Season 2, Episode 6. If you’re not caught up, you may want to back on out. Spoilers***
So, as a newcomer to Diana Gabaldon’s book series — I’m slightly over halfway through the first novel — I have (at least) one question about Jamie’s betrayal this week: Tit for tat? Is what’s good for the goose also good for the gander? Turnabout is fair play…yes? What I mean to say is, since Jamie broke his promise not to duel Black Jack Randall, albeit in a most elegant (if not cowardly) way,
does Claire get to publicly shame and humiliate him for not keeping his word, and thereby putting their lives — including their unborn child’s — in danger? I’m not certain whether he knew about Claire’s recent bleeding, but I am sure he put aside her feelings about Frank being an innocent in their current situation — and how upset she was at the mere idea of Jamie and Black Jack having it out right now — so her husband was at the very least knowingly distressing his pregnant wife. More importantly, Jamie didn’t truly think through the possible consequences of his actions; Claire told him dueling was against French law and that he could be arrested and worse, face a death sentence (presuming Jamie would live through the fight). Jamie put Claire’s concerns and warning aside, and decided revenge was more important (so much for those accusations the show is turning Jamie into a wuss). Of course, knowing as we do that it’s highly unlikely that a) Jamie would be killed during the duel, and b) Jamie will actually be punished by death, I’m going to go ahead and assume that the King likes the couple enough to set aside such a sentencing, and Jamie will eventually be released. So finally, here’s my BIG QUESTION: Will Claire eventually get to pay Jamie back that bedroom beating she suffered in season 1?
I know, I know, that’s never going to happen, BUT IT TOTALLY SHOULD.
Regardless, as cool as it was to see to see Jamie have a modicum of revenge against Randall,
the most interesting aspect of the entirely-too-short sword fight was where the point of Jamie’s blade met Black Jack’s flesh:
Why yes, that is Black Jack’s crotchtacular area, the area where Randall’s most cruel weapon against Jamie resides (resided?). Did Jamie intend to emasculate his terrible opponent all along, or was that just a lucky shot? Either way — and such a fate would be truly fitting retribution, if not the permanent ending Jamie sought — I don’t believe for one second that this was the end of Black Jack; not even close. Though his eyes closed, appearing as if his fate was sealed, there’s no way Randall got off that easily. What it may put into question is whether his injury affects the continued Randall lineage, and thereby Frank’s existence. Could this fight be the impetus for Claire trying to go back to him — to see if Frank is still alive?
My skepticism about Jamie and Black Jack’s fate also extends to Baby Fraser; though next week’s previews would have us believe Claire’s unborn child is in grave danger, but anyone who saw the Season 2 premiere probably isn’t too worried about the babe. Between getting some necessary rest and Mother Hildegarde’s counsel, mother, child…and Black Jack will likely all be back in action within a short time period, so the only real question is: When does Claire get to punish Jamie for his disobedience? Well, that’s not exactly true; there is one other important question: Was that Randall’s uniform in the brothel room that little Fergus sneaked into and he slipped a bottle of perfume into a pocket — and if so, what happened to the lad? (Do we really want to know?) That little trip to Maison Elise is likely what pushed Jamie over the edge, though I’m not certain Claire will care what his reasons were.
See you next week when we all pretend to be on tenterhooks for Episode 7: “Faith”.