'Outlander' Season 3 premier – Wounded Jamie on the Battlefield and Forties …

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'Outlander' Season 3 Premiere Recap: Jamie

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SPOILER ALERTDo not read if you have not watched “The Battle Joined,” the third season premiere of “Outlander.” 

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'Outlander' Season 3 Premiere: Wounded Jamie on the Battlefield and 1940s …

About Season
A season is a division of the year marked by changes in weather, ecology, and amount of daylight. Seasons result from Earth’s orbit around the Sun and Earth’s axial tilt relative to the ecliptic plane. In temperate and polar regions, the seasons are marked by changes in the intensity of sunlight that reaches the Earth’s surface, variations of which may cause animals to undergo hibernation or to migrate, and plants to be dormant.

During May, June, and July, the Northern Hemisphere is exposed to more direct sunlight because the hemisphere faces the Sun. The same is true of the Southern Hemisphere in November, December, and January. It is Earth’s axial tilt that causes the Sun to be higher in the sky during the summer months, which increases the solar flux. However, due to seasonal lag, June, July, and August are the warmest months in the Northern Hemisphere while December, January, and February are the warmest months in the Southern Hemisphere.
In temperate and subpolar regions, four calendar-based seasons are generally recognized: spring, summer, autumn or fall, and winter. Ecologists often use a six-season model for temperate climate regions: prevernal, vernal, estival, serotinal, autumnal, and hibernal. Many tropical regions have two seasons: the rainy, wet, or monsoon season and the dry season. Some have a third cool, mild, or harmattan season. Seasons often held special significance for agrarian societies, whose lives revolved around planting and harvest times, and the change of seasons was often attended by ritual.

In some parts of the world, some other “seasons” capture the timing of important ecological events such as hurricane season, tornado season, and wildfire season. The most historically important of these are the three seasons—flood, growth, and low water—which were previously defined by the former annual flooding of the Nile in Egypt.

Season three of “Outlander” finds beloved couple Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) separated, as she has time-traveled to 1940s Boston, and he is still on the battlefield in 1746. In the show’s usual fashion, we jump back and forth in time as the separated lovers are coping with new realities and even bigger dangers that seasons prior.

In the aftermath of the 1746 Battle of Culloden, bodies lie strewn on the ground. Among them, still hanging onto life, is James Fraser. As Cumberland’s men pilfer weapons from the dead, Jamie has flashbacks to the gruesome and bloody battle, in hand to hand combat with Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies). Jamie is seriously wounded and from the looks of it, Black Jack meets his maker, but confirmation of his demise does not come immediately. Jamie also has a vision of Claire walking toward him, but unfortunately for him (and for some of the audience) it’s not really her; it’s some of his men who carry him off the battlefield, dropping Jamie’s dragonfly in amber as they cart him away.

'Outlander' Season 3 Premiere: Wounded Jamie on the Battlefield and 1940s …

Meanwhile, in 1940s Boston, Claire is pregnant with Jamie’s child and trying to adjust to life with husband Frank (Menzies). Her survival skills come in handy when the stove won’t light and she cooks dinner over a fire in the fireplace. Later, Claire and Frank attend a university reception where Frank’s sexist boss makes his political views known, and when Claire makes a few points of her own, the men’s eyebrows raise, clear they’d rather the women be seen and not heard. As they leave, Frank asks Claire if she’s alright, and she replies she’s fine, but it’s clear she’s not; she’s struggling to adapt to this new time and undoubtedly missing Jamie.

The next morning, Claire makes breakfast for Frank, and when he declares his disdain for teabags and America’s obsession with the new, Claire tells him that’s exactly what she loves about Americans: they’re always looking to the future. Claire wants to apply for U.S. citizenship, but Frank is against it, citing indefinite residency due to his job. It is clear they are not connecting, and when Frank goes to reach for her growing stomach, she pulls away, and they fight over their relationship agreement. Claire reminds him they agreed not to talk about the past, while Frank says they agreed to raise the baby together. As things heat up, Frank lashes out and points out he’s not the one sleeping with other people, while Claire throws a teacup at him. “I didn’t force you to come to Boston. I’m not forcing you to stay,” Frank says as he leaves.

That night, Claire’s water breaks jut as Frank is writing a letter to the Reverend asking about James Fraser. At the hospital, the doctor of course speaks to Frank instead of Claire, but he doesn’t know her medical history, and she has to point out that she had a miscarriage a year earlier. Frank tells Claire he loves her before being ushered out of the room for her sedation and the birth. Though Claire doesn’t want the sedation, the doctors ignore her wishes. Eventually, though, she wakes and Frank returns, this time with her (and Jamie’s) daughter in his arms. They get teary-eyed looking at the beautiful baby girl and kiss, and Claire declares that it “can be a new beginning for us.” The nurse does ask where the baby got her red hair, though.

Back in Jamie’s timeline, Cumberland’s redcoats hold a seriously wounded Jamie and his fellow Scotsmen as traitors, preparing to execute them. Jamie is told Murtagh (Duncan Lacroiz) and his men got lost during the battle. Rupert MacKenzie (Grant O’Rourke) tries to buck up a couple of the younger men before they go to their death, and then he follows them. But when Jamie declares his full name to a redcoat, the soldier realizes Jamie once saved his brother, who promised Jamie a debt of honor so the redcoat can’t kill him. Instead, he sneaks Jamie out in a wagon full of hay and sends him away. Jamie wakes up at home, in Lallybroch!

“Outlander” season 3 airs on Starz Sundays at 8 p.m.