Full Season 2 Outlander Episode Titles Released! What DO they mean? ***SPOILER ALERT!!***


Written By: Janet Reynolds




Outlander fans have been playing "What's Next" about season two ever since the last credit rolled on season one. What will happen when Jamie and Claire arrive in Paris? Will they be able to change history and save Highland culture from decimation by the Brits? And, more importantly — at least to the diehard romantics among us — will Jamie and Claire the couple really be able to recover (aka have glorious sex again) after Jamie's torture by Black Jack Randall?

It's a game where book readers, in theory anyway, have the upper hand. We know what Diana Gabaldon actually wrote. But as we all know from having watched season one, TV is a different medium and executive producer Ron Moore is a tricky guy. He played a little loose (to some book purists anyway) with the facts fiction Gabaldon created. It all worked out, of course. The Starz show and its stars have won numerous awards and viewers, finally making it onto the mainstream media's radar with daytime talk shows, Saks windows etc.

But now, thanks to Outlander Italy's Tumblr announcement, we have access to the full season two titles and the real conjecture can begin. TV-only Outlander fans who don't want to know another thing about what might be coming should probably go read any one of our blog's other posts right now. And book people who would prefer to be surprised should click somewhere else, too.

But if you've been mapping out Dragonfly in Amber in your head in the shower for the last 9 months — an entirely theoretical example — wondering what parts will make it to TV and what parts won't, then this post is for you. We're going to play What's in a Name? and try to guesstimate what will happen in each of these episodes. All theories — conspiracy or otherwise — are welcome, but consider yourself warned. Once you click, there's no going back. You can't unread this.

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Here are the episode titles, according to Outlander Italy, and my two cents on what I think might happen. My only credentials are that I've read Dragonfly in Amber three times. So my guess is certainly as good as yours, and I hope you'll share your thoughts in the comments below. As you will quickly see, I don't have all the answers.

Without further ado....

2.01 "Through a Glass, Darkly": I think the first episode is going to open — and potentially stay — in the 1940s. While a substantive departure from the book, which opens in 1968, the original trailer that Starz ultimately tweaked before releasing its official trailer showed Claire clearly in the 1940s with Frank. The title suggests the angst and despair Claire is going to go through because she's had to leave Jamie in order to save the child she carries. It could end with the hand bit shown in the trailer, where Frank's hand in the 20th century is reaching for Claire's as she steps off the plane but it then morphs into Jamie's hand. That could transition us/leave TV-only fans hanging at the end of that first episode and also plays nicely off the hand imagery that was so much a part of season one key art (DVD/poster covers etc).

2.02 "Not in Scotland Anymore": My guess is this episode takes us back to the 18th century with Jamie and Claire arriving in Paris to begin their attempt to stave off Culloden. We'll probably meet Jamie's Uncle Jared, Fergus!, and some of the other cast of characters in Paris. The episode could  show Claire and Jamie inveigling themselves into the king's court and the business of spying. Oh and Claire will alienate/makes an enemy for life of the Comte de St. Germain by announcing his ship of booze is full of sailors with the plague, forcing it to be burned.

2.03 "Useful Occupations and Deceptions": This episode might be devoted to Claire and Jamie's daily Parisian life. The useful occupation part is likely Claire's entry into working at L'Hopital des Anges and meeting Mother Hildegarde, who is Mother Superior, and her wonderful dog Bouton! Maybe we see more dinner parties? Meet Mary Hawkins and Alex Randall? Get to know Monsieur Raymond? See Jamie dealing with the Prince and his wanton ways, which likely (in the TV version anyway) creates more tension for Jamie and Claire?

2.04 "La Dame Blanche": As book readers know, this is a nickname given Claire, ironically by Jamie, who wanted people to perhaps be a little afraid of her. This turns out to have some unexpected results, some good, some bad. Is this the episode where Mary Hawkins and Claire get set upon by masked men and Mary gets raped?

2.05 "Untimely Resurrection": Black Jack is not dead....and this is the episode where we all learn that. It also could be the one where Claire and Jamie have that big argument in which she tells him he can't kill Black Jack yet because that would mean Frank never gets born etc.

2.06 "Best Laid Schemes": Hmmmm. Is this where Claire gets poisoned? Maybe Moore plays with timing here. Perhaps this is the disastrous dinner party where Mary stands at the top of the stairs screaming after her rape and Alex Randall is with her? Or...?

2.07 "Faith": Well, this is the name Mother Hildegard gives the baby that Jamie and Claire lose, after an untimely miscarriage that occurs at the precise moment Jamie is dueling Randall despite having promised Claire he would let him live for one year so that she could, under time travel theory, ensure Frank's ultimate birth. (proving that she is a far better person than I would have been like "Frank? Frank who?") This episode could include losing the baby, Claire almost dying and being saved by Monsieur Raymond's mystical powers, Jamie being taken to the Bastille without knowing if Claire or the baby is alive, Claire doing what she has to with King Louis XV to rescue Jamie and the ensuing poisoning of the Comte, and Claire and Jamie finally making up. Seems like a lot but this much is sure: I predict a total sobfest. Just the Faith part alone would be enough.

2.08 "The Fox's Lair": Part of the deal with the king is that Jamie must immediately return to Scotland after he's released from the Bastille. This episode might, then, be the first one in which Jamie and Claire are back in Scotland. They return to Lallybroch but then Jamie is forced to openly support Prince Charlie because the prince kindly has signed his name to a document of rebellion. He also asks Jamie to visit his grandfather, Lord Simon Lovat aka the Fox, to ask him to support the doomed cause. I hope we see the scene with the wooden false teeth and the fire.

2.09 "Je Suis Prest": Jamie realizes he's got nowhere to turn. He has to follow through with the doomed Culloden plan and he works to ensure that he can save the men of Lallybroch. Could this be where we meet William Grey?

2.10 " Prestonpans": I'm anticipating a lot of bloody battling here as the Highlanders take on the Brits and have a surprise win — which then sadly makes Bonnie Prince Charlie, surely one of the dumbest and vainest potential kings to grace history, to think he can win the whole shebang, despite not having any real troops or money. I think this could feature the kirk where Claire is sent to hide, only to be joined by Dougal, Rupert (sniff), and eventually Jamie as they seek sanctuary there from the Redcoats. If I'm right, then this could be the episode where Claire is handed over to the Redcoats to save the men in the kirk with the idea that Jamie will come rescue her. Cliffhanger ending could be Claire walking into the room of the house where she's eventually taken (not the one she and Jamie think she'll be in) only to realize it's the Duke of Sandringham holding her captive and that it was he who originally tried to have her killed in Paris.

2.11 "Vengeance is Mine": If I'm right about episode 10, this episode could be the rescue by Jamie, the sad murder of Hugh Monroe, and the delightful vengeance by Murtagh on the Duke.

2.12 "The Hail Mary": Even people who don't follow sports probably know that a Hail Mary is a last ditch, you've-got-no-other-options move. And in what could be another total tearjerker, this episode could be the one in which Jamie sends Claire back through the stones to save her and their child, a move to give what he otherwise knows to be a doomed cause some meaning. If I'm right, the episode could include Colum's death, which then leads to the fight-to-the death with Dougal, who misinterprets Claire's involvement with that death and believes her to be a witch.

2.13 "Dragonfly in Amber": How will this season end? We know Laoghaire has done some filming, which raises the very ugly idea that this episode steals a bit from Voyager and perhaps shows Jamie's cave years, followed by his ridiculous marriage of pity to Laoghaire (I will never forgive you, Jenny). We might also see Claire back with Frank but perhaps in the 1960s because we know Roger and Brianna have done some filming, too. Doing that would set up the absolutely gut-wrenching ending in which Roger announces to Claire that Jamie, in fact, did not die at Culloden. So we could end the season with Jamie married to Laoghaire and Claire realizing he didn't die. It makes me hyperventilate just to type that.

I know I didn't get everything. Where might Claire helping Black Jack with his sick brother in exchange for information fit? And what about Mary and Alex's shot-gun wedding? What episode might that be in? What do you think certain episode titles might suggest? Let's share and then see how right/wrong we are. Here's to a wonderful season two!

46 comments

  1. Great article!!!! I think I saw in the Dish interview from January & the Critics tour with Sam & Cait that Fergus is introduced in the 3rd episode. You have great ideas here! As I tell non-book people, have the kleenex ready!

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    1. Yes this season is going to be an emotional killer....Thanks for reading!

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  2. From your lips to Ron's ears - this is fantastic! A very solid prediction at what it all means and it was fun to revisit the major plot points - all in one blog post. Leaving me with this about did me in, "It makes me hyperventilate just to type that." Perfect. Well done, Janet!

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    1. Thanks Ashley.....and I hope I'm wrong about that ending because that would be sooooo hard to live with until the next season

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  3. I'm thinking the last episode will be the first and last chapters of the book where we meet Roger and Bree and we realize Jamie didn't die at Culloden. When that fact comes to light and Roger asks Claire if she wants him to help her figure out what happened to Jamie, she says yes and voila...sets up for Voyager.

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    1. Theresa--good idea about them combining the first and last chapters of DIA for the last episode. I hadn't thought of it that way. I just hope they don't leave us hanging too drastically. It's a long time between seasons after all! :)

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  4. Great thoughts! I really hope most of episode 1 isn't back in the 40s though. We have waited far too long for Jamie and Claire to be back on our screens to sit through a whole episode of the 1940's and Frank.

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    1. Kat I so agree. It's been soooo long and to not get at least a bit of Jamie and Claire together in the first episode would be tough.

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  5. That's a perfect transition to Voyager, very cinematic :)

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  6. I think you may be right on target! I hope so. I can't wait to see how it plays out.

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    1. We shall see Carol. It was fun to try to figure it out. We'll see if Ron thinks the same way I do :)

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  7. I think you may be right on target! I hope so. I can't wait to see how it plays out.

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  8. so freakin excited for this season. So just a thought here and there. My opinion only here. I think episode 1 will be the 1st half hr in 1940's then the rest coming into Paris in the 1740's. I sure do hope that they keep Hugh Munro's scenes in the series. Has anyone have any confirmation that he is in this season. Man, that is going to be sad!! From what I have heard, the last 2 episodes is going to have Brianna and Roger. I could be wrong, though. We are almost there ladies and gents!

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    1. I hope they keep Hugh too. He was so wonderful in season one and he plays such an important though small role in the book. I haven't read anything though about whether or not he was in filming. Can't wait!

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  9. I'm thinking S2 will open in Paris with Jamie and Clair. I also think that some of the 1940 scenes could be flash forwards. Were the episode opens with a scene of clair and Frank then flashes back to Clair with Jamie. Since Ron &crew did that with S1.

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    1. You could be right. Ron is certainly a master at manipulating that stuff and this is a book with time travel after all. If Diana can do time travel so can Ron :)

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  11. What about Jamie's time at Audsmuir and at Hellwater and Willie? He marries Laoghaire after all of that. And he does not stay with her long.

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    1. Michelle--yes all of that happens in Voyager (book 3). But Laoghaire did do some filming for season two so we know she's in something and all I can think of is that Ron has taken some elements of Voyager and put them in season two. He has already referenced how long Voyager is so moving some things around might help with that once they announce season 3.

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  12. Hhmmmmm. Only 13 episodes.... snif, snif.

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    1. Yes, Lisa, but what episodes they will be! And no break in the middle this time, which was so painful to wait through!

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    2. I read that they added an episode to accommodate the Bri and Roger storyline. Is this true?

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  13. Hhmmmmm. Only 13 episodes.... snif, snif.

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  14. According to interviews I have seen they start right where they left off. Caterina had said that Claire's big mouth gets her in trouble right away. I do like your account, just seems like a lot is going to be missed. As for the question about Ardsmore, Laoghaire, Hello after and Willie.... That's book 3. Can't wait for season 2.

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    1. Kathy yes I remember Sam saying Claire's big mouth gets her into trouble quickly. That's why I'm thinking that will happen as soon as they're in Paris. I'm just not sure if they'll be in Paris in episode one.....it's possible Ron will just do some in the '40s in that first episode and then do the second half or something with them in Paris--just enough to have TV-only viewers completely intrigued and confused. :) And yes Laoghaire etc is all book 3. I just know she did some filming and I can't think of any other reason than he pulled something from book 3....and we all know what THAT is....unfortunately :) Whatever happens it's going to be a wild season two ride!

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    2. Actually the trouble (in the book) does not happen in Paris but in Le Havre with the Comte

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  15. Trying to prepare myself for the possibility of an opening episode without Jamie. If you can't squeeze in a DIA re-read, you can read the synopsis in the Outlandish Companion.

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    1. Joyce...I know! And after such a long droughlander! Perhaps they will only spend half the episode in the '40s and bring us all back to a moment with Claire and Jamie before ending....assuming I'm right about this at all! Good idea about the synopsis in Outlandish. That's a fun book too. So many details!

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  16. So regarding the bit about Laoghaire. A source I know in Scotland was party to the filming when Laoghaire (Nell Hudson) was on set. I was told she filmed scenes WITH Claire (Caitriona). So, that leaves one to wonder. This is definitely a scene NOT in DIA. So, what could it be? There was lots of speculation when those photos of Nell/Laoghaire on se came out. It was in early December as I recall. I am thinking it was more of a set-up for Season 3 and increasing the tension between Claire and Laoghaire. At some point, Colum tells Claire in the book that Laoghaire has been married. But, maybe Laoghaire and Claire hash this out which would be a change from the book. But, just a guess.

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    1. Anne--It's one of the things I'm most anxious/intrigued by from what we know about who has been filming during season two. My antipathy for her is pretty high--really hated that Jamie married her in book three, although it ends well obviously....we shall see what Ron does!

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    2. I wonder if it is when Jamie and Claire return to Scotland from France. They do go back to Lallybroch. There are only 13 episodes barely enough to cover DIA never mind take elements from Voyager. Guess we will soon all know!

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  17. Pretty good predictions - not sure I agree 100% with the last 2.

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    2. Pretty good predictions - not sure I agree 100% with the last 1

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    3. Donna---I'm not sure I've got ANY of these right.It's just my best guesses based on having read the book and trying to imagine how it could be done for TV, which of course is different. Another reader suggested that perhaps we just learn of Laoghaire's first marriage when Claire and Jamie briefly return to Lallybroch--which would make sense too. I had forgotten that of course she would have been married for the first time when they were there because it wasn't really a thing in the book. I would just as soon put off her marriage to jamie for as long as possible :)

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  18. I think for the most part your are on the money. But, I think the last episode should end with Claire in the 60's with Bree and Roger finding out that Jamie didn't die at Culloden and us seein him married Laoghaire. Book readers will be in the know but viewers will go crazy and be on the edge of their seats!!!!

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    1. Alison--I feel like ending in the '60s is necessary too. Otherwise I don't know how they're going to jump into Voyager. Maybe the opening in the '40s will become a flashback in season 3 as they jump full into the '60s like Voyager. And then it could end in the '60s with what you describe....either way I think we can expect gut wrenching....

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    2. Janet – I think those are some pretty good assumptions. I saw an interview with Sam and Cait and I think Cait let the cat, so to speak, out of the bag. She did say it starting out in 1948; I did see some snippets were Claire in walking down a paved road in her 18th century clothing asking what year is it. I like the transition of Frank’s hand morphing into Jamie’s. Like the 1st ep in season 1 I only think we will be in 1948 for maybe ½ the show.

      There are only 13 episodes, barely enough to cover DIA without pulling elements of Voyager in. But who knows. Ron is going to do what Ron wants to do.

      BTW just discovering this blog and really enjoyed the discussion here.

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  20. Loved your surmasing Janet,I think RDM loves to do surprises,so the 1st,might be 1948 with Claire back(spoiler),then the show will just flow on from, as its written in DIA.Going on hols to Tazzie,have to catch up with wonderful Outlander when I'll be back,so looking forward to it all!

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    1. Thanks Zsuzsip. I'm hoping the first episode doesn't spend too long in the '40s. We need our Claire and Jamie fix after sooo many months from season one! Enjoy your holiday!

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  21. I think Colum has to die before Prestonpans otherwise the MacKenzies wouldn't have been in the battle because Jamie told Colum to take his men home,it was only upon his death that Dougal took over as Laird and took them to war.

    I wonder if the scenes with Laoghaire are to do with Colum asking Claire if she wants Laoghaire punished for her part in the witch trial.

    I don't think they'll be including anything from Voyager in this, there's more than enough to cover in DIA without bringing anything else forward and it wouldn't make sense to include anything that happens after Culloden because I'm certain they're not going to be showing that battle at all this season. I'm sure as soon as Claire goes back through the stones that's the last of the 18th century till Season 3.

    Yes I think the season will end in 1968 with Roger telling Claire that Jamie failed in his last mission.

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    1. Chelly good point re Colum. I had forgotten that sequence. And that's an interesting point re Laoghaire and Colum and Claire too....Only a few more hours and we'll at least know how it's starting!

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  22. I guess we won't see a lot of Bree and Roger, 2 episodes tops! why 13 episodes Starz whyy?!!

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