foreigner is back, folks! The Drought Lander is over and words cannot express the happiness and excitement I feel.
It’s been two long years since Season 5 ended, when the pandemic had just started and we were still trying to make sense of our new world. Nearly two years later, we catch up with the Fraser family, who are picking things up after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) endured a traumatic attack at the end of Season 5. Thinking back on that scene and the moments that followed is just as heartbreaking now as it was then. It’s a shame that Balfe (and the show, for that matter) got absolutely no recognition during awards season for the work they did there.
At the start of Season 6, the American Revolutionary War is fast approaching. Jamie (Sam Heughan) is being pulled in a million different directions, and we see the stress starting to show in the premiere.
Perhaps the most important part of the episode is the arrival of the Christie family: Tom (Mark Lewis Jones), Malva (Jessica Reynolds), and Allan (Alexander Vlahos). Tom and Jamie were locked up together at Ardsmuir, so there’s some history in there that’s surfacing in a not-so-pleasant way this season.
This is just the tip of the iceberg and I can’t wait to watch all the episodes here at WinterIsComing. And with that in mind, let’s talk about the season 6 premiere, “Echoes.” SPOILERS below!
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For Jamie, the “echo” of the title is represented by Tom Christie. It’s an echo from his past, one he’d rather forget. But no matter what he tries, his past will always ring in his ears.
Tom and his children, Malva and Allan, come to Fraser’s Ridge in hopes of finding refuge. This is a complicated situation because 1) Jamie is in charge here, and; 2) Jamie and Tom were not friends during their time together in Ardsmuir. Tom isn’t happy that he has to get Jamie’s approval to live on Fraser’s Ridge and follow his rules.
It starts to get tense during the premiere, but I think the real damage will come later in the season. Even though we only have eight episodes, there is very much including a lot of friction between Tom and Jamie.
Fortunately, Claire is an angel and the nicest person to ever travel through time. She does everything she can to make sure the Christies have shelter. I have a feeling this will come back to bite her. Stay tuned.
We’ve come to know Claire as one of the strongest female characters on television. She is as resilient as they come and has endured more than most. I mean, being pushed back in time isn’t easy! Admittedly, she did she eventually found a handsome Scottish man who she married and has a happy life so it all worked out, but still.
In the Season 5 finale, Claire suffered a traumatic attack by a group of men. It was one of the hardest scenes to watch in the history of foreignerother than the one I never want to think about again from the season 1 episode “Wentworth Prison.”
Now Claire is trying to process what happened to her. There’s a lovely moment between her and Brianna (Sophie Skelton) to bring up here: Claire and Jamie’s daughter, unfortunately, has gone through trauma of her own. Just a few seasons ago, she was raped by Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers). Again, it was one of those foreigner moments that are hard to think about. Due to the unfortunate experience they have in common, Brianna reassures her mother that she is there for whatever she needs.
I hope Brianna’s support will help Claire through this difficult time. Unfortunately, Jamie also knows about this experience. The family support will go a long way.
However, I think we’ll see Claire get worse before she gets better. Despite all the support, she has an internal struggle and emotional scars are forming. I think we’ll see Claire make a lot of questionable decisions as she processes the trauma, and I fear that could spell disaster for the entire family.
Things just started on foreigner Season 6, and while we only have seven episodes left to look forward to, there is very much headed our way. The Christies who are around will put Jamie (Sam Heughan) in a very tricky situation. The man already has so much on his plate with the approaching war, and now that the governor of North Carolina has asked him to work with their Cherokee neighbors, things get very complicated.
Each character has a very interesting journey ahead of them this season. Hope you’ll join us as we recap the upcoming episodes and bask in the glory of Outlander’s yield.
Until next week!
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