Outlander Season 7 Episode 2 Recap: 6 Story Reveals

Contains mentions of sexual assault.

WARNING! This article contains SPOILERS for Outlander season 7, episode 2 and the Outlander books.Outlander season 7, episode 2 proved just as memorable as the fantasy drama season 7’s premiere, managing to deliver also on the time travel that always characterized the series. After the Outlander season 6 finale and its season 7’s premiere only added doubts about Malva’s murder, Outlander season 7, episode 2 finally dispelled all mysteries surrounding the death of Claire’s apprentice, revealing the whole truth of Malva’s tragic story. The second installment of Outlander season 7 brought as many joys to the Frasers as bittersweet moments, along with genuinely shocking confrontations that advanced one story looming over Jamie and Claire since Outlander season 4.

Including various fan-favorite characters’ returns, Outlander season 7, episode 2 started to show even more clearly how the American Revolution affected the lives of the Frasers. Brianna having the chance to meet her half-brother William only to learn how much he believed in the British cause was the glaring example of how much the Revolution divided Outlander’s characters, involving even Jamie and Lord John Grey’s friendship among its casualties. The birth of Roger and Brianna’s daughter Mandy was the catalyst for their return to the future, but Outlander season 7, episode 2 didn’t stop there with its many plot twists, reintroducing an escaped and ready-to-cause trouble Wendigo Donner.

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Malva Loving Claire Is The Most Heartbreaking Detail In Allan’s Confession

Caitríona Balfe as Claire Fraser in Outlander season 7 episode 1

Allan Christie’s confession to Claire at the beginning of Outlander season 7, episode 2 finally revealed the truth about Malva’s death, simultaneously confirming how Tom’s confession was false. Still, piercing the confessions of the two men together, Claire managed to have a clear picture of what they thought of Malva. If Tom always believed that Malva’s ambition and slyness were markings of her being a witch, his son Allan had sexually abused Malva and eventually murdered her once he realized he couldn’t control her.

Allan’s shock while admitting to Claire he killed Malva because she loved Claire and wanted to protect her and Jamie from Allan’s scheme confirmed not only all the tragic details of Malva’s already sad story but also how Claire was the only one that ever believed in her. Despite being angry at Malva when she accused Jamie of getting her pregnant and even more so because she almost believed her, Claire always gave Malva the benefit of the doubt. In the end, Claire was the only one who nurtured Malva’s thirst for knowledge and treated her like a person instead of an object, revealing Outlander’s saddest detail about Malva’s story.

Mandy’s Heart Murmur Sets Up Joe Abernathy’s Return In Outlander

Richard Rankin as Roger Mackenzie, Sophie Skelton as Brianna Mackenzie in Outlander season 7 and Wil Johnston as Joe Abernathy in Outlander season 3

Outlander season 7, episode 2’s happiest moments involved the Frasers getting to know Roger and Brianna’s newest daughter Mandy. However, Claire’s discovery of Mandy’s heart murmur set in motion the Mackenzies’ travel back to the future, as her problem could have never been solved in the 1700s, even with Claire’s knowledge of modern medicine. While the separation of Jamie and Claire from Brianna and Roger proved even sadder than when Claire first left Brianna to travel back in time, Mandy’s condition also hints at another positive character’s return to Outlander.

Joe Abernathy was one of the few friends Claire made after going back to her time in Outlander season 3, as the other residents’ bigotry made them routinely exclude Joe and Claire. Claire’s “I know someone who can” line about finding help for Mandy clearly hinted at Joe, as not only he was a doctor just like her, but he also continued to practice medicine in the future. Given how the separation from their family will be felt just as much by Roger and Brianna as by Jemmy, Joe Abernathy will hopefully serve as a familiar face and positive character for the Mackenzies, as he was for Claire in Outlander season 3.

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Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser and David Berry as Lord John Grey in Outlander season 7

Lord John Grey’s close friendship with Jamie has been a staple since Outlander season 3, with their connection being rekindled even if they were continents apart at times. While Jamie could never reciprocate Lord John’s romantic feelings, their friendship was always deeply important, and Lord John found himself saving Jamie and his family multiple times in Outlander. However, their meeting in Outlander season 7, episode 2 made it clear that despite how much they care for each other, their belonging to opposing sides in the American Revolutionary War made their open friendship much more difficult.

With Jamie’s biological son William taking part in the fight on the English side, Lord John understood even less why Jamie insisted on remaining non-affiliated to the English. However, with both of them in North Carolina at the time of the war, Jamie’s suggestion of not meeting each other proved sensible. Indeed, not only could not meeting guarantee William not seeing Jamie, but it could also mitigate the treason accusations that could be moved at them if they openly met with someone on the other side. Hopefully, Jamie and Lord John will eventually meet again without the war looming over them in Outlander.

Bree & Jamie’s Relationship Has Come Full Circle From Outlander Season 4

Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser and Sophie Skelton as Brianna Mackenzie in Outlander season 7

Bree’s passionate appeal to Lord John Grey regarding William’s right to know the truth about Jamie in Outlander season 7 proved how much her and Jamie’s relationship has grown since Outlander season 4. Just like she told Lord John, Brianna felt somewhat betrayed to learn the truth about her parentage at first and tended to take Frank’s side over her mother’s. However, after becoming an official Outlander time traveler to warn Claire and Jamie about Fraser’s Ridge’s fire, Brianna managed to build a rewarding relationship with Jamie, one that didn’t cancel what she had with Frank, but that added love to the equation, letting Bree gain another father.

Brianna and Jamie’s emotional meeting among the forest’s fireflies cemented their father/daughter relationship, as the two could imagine a future made improbable by Jamie’s inability to time travel and Brianna’s upcoming trip back to her timeline. Despite the hasty separation, Jamie and Brianna managed to make the best of the situation, focusing on all the positive gains from their fortuitous meeting rather than the Mackenzies’ sad, impending departure. This made Brianna more appreciative of what she had the chance to experience on her time travel back home than when she first traveled back in time in Outlander.

Jamie’s Proposal To Claire Shows He’s Still Looking Out For Her If He Died

Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser in Outlander season 7-1

Jamie offering the gem to Claire in Outlander season 7, episode 2 showed how he once again planned for the event of his death, even if he offered her the gem as a way to show her that she could have followed Roger and Brianna if she wished to. Claire’s return to the past established her determination to spend the rest of her years with Jamie. However, his speech still showed how Jamie was ready to let Claire return to her timeline, just like he let her go in Outlander season 2’s finale to protect her and Brianna.

Wendigo Donner’s Invasion Prompted Fraser’s Ridge’s Fire Predicted In S4

Caitríona Balfe as Claire Fraser in Outlander season 7 episode 2

Wendigo Donner appearing in Outlander season 7’s premiere indeed set up Fraser’s Ridge’s fire, and Outlander season 7, episode 2’s cliffhanger ending proved that by letting the event first announced in Outlander season 4 finally happen. While Claire and Jamie likely survived the explosion, it’s unknown why that fire was reported as the reason why Claire and Jamie lost their lives in the newspapers. Still, Wendigo’s return finally concluded his story and badgering of the Frasers, hopefully letting Jamie and Claire continue with their lives with fewer difficulties in Outlander season 7.

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