5 Biggest Shocks from the 'Outlander' Season 2 Finale

Ach! Things just got real on Outlander

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The Season 2 finale of Outlander was full of twists and turns, and we are still reeling from the big shocks from Saturday’s episode. After “The Hail Mary” we were still left wondering how Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) were going to wrap up the disastrous fate of the Battle of Culloden – and how a once-again-pregnant Claire was going to return to her present day. Luckily for us, the season finale answered all those questions and more (including just how well a stunningly 50-year-old Claire would ease in the fashions of 1960s) with an action-packed and satisfying 90-minute episode. Read on for our favorite surprises of the finale. (And, obviously, spoiler lie ahead for those who haven’t seen the episode.)

1. Jamie (and Claire!) Kill Dougal

Sure, it was a kill-or-be-killed scenario and, yes, things had become pretty strained (to say the least) between Jamie and Dougal (Graham McTavish), but it still was pretty shocking to see Jamie ram a knife into his uncle and former protector. And let’s not forget that Claire was the one providing the extra support to kill him off! (Although, to be fair, Claire wasn’t exactly part of the Dougal fan club.) The Frasers may have had no choice but to kill Dougal after he overheard their scandalous plan to kill Bonnie Prince Charlie, but we also can’t help but understand why Dougal, after everything he had been through to fight for Scotland, would be so shocked by Jamie’s plot that he would be moved into a murderous rage of his own. Either way, the Highlands are now down one strapping bearded Scotsman – Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix), it’s all up to you now.

2. Geillis Is Back

Speaking of the Dougal fan club, Geillis (or rather, Gillian?) has returned. And she’s still the same Scotland independence-loving woman we know and love, just minus a few pieces of whimsical knitwear. While it should surprise no one that Geillis (Lotte Verbeek) was a Scottish Nationalist (one can only imagine what she thinks of the latest rumbling of independence post-Brexit) her return is still a welcome shock, even if we knew she had to make an appearance as soon as we saw that the year is 1968. And apparently she hadn’t lost her knack for killing off her creepy husbands – even if her ’60s husband death is perhaps a bit more foreshadowing of her own demise. Either way, we don’t see her for long, as she goes through the stones before Claire can warn her of what’s ahead.

3. Roger Is Gellis and Dougal’s Relative

Handsome beards run in the family! And apparently, being related to a time-spanning 20th-century-meets-18th-century love affair is more common than one would think in Inverness. Claire tells Roger (Richard Rankin) that she believes that he is Geillis and Dougal’s relative after she has already told the whole truth to her nonbeliever daughter (Sophie Skelton), and he is at least willing to humor her and go visit the stones.

4. Jamie and Claire’s Have Their Least-Sexy Love Scene, Ever

Right before he sends Claire back through the stones, Jamie throws his wife down on the grass for one last Outlander-worthy sex scene. But sadly, this isn’t exactly the sexy love scene that we’ve come to know and love. In fact, it feels rather cut short once Jamie hears the gunfire from Culloden. (Also, the sacred stones feel like a weird place for a mid-day romp.) Still, it leads to Jamie and Claire’s tear-jerking and romantic parting, which makes up for the lack of sexiness in this episode.

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5. Jamie Did Not Die at Culloden

Last but not least, let’s get to the biggie – which was 20 Outlander years in the making: Jamie didn’t die in Culloden, despite Claire accepting that had happened after she returned to her present day ahead of the battle. Now, for the real question – can and will Claire going to go back through the stones? Unfortunately we won’t find out until after the #Droughtlander.

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