A dark story comes to a super satisfying conclusion in OUTLANDER’s “Vengeance Is Mine”!
Outlander started off its eleventh episode, “Vengeance Is Mine,” on a rough note as Prince Charles and Jamie came to a clash with Charles’ war advisers. The Scottish rebellion has successfully marched and taken charge of cities as far south as Manchester. Charles wants to march to London– and because Jaime knows a march to London is not part of the original history he so desperately wants to change, he wants it too– but Charles’ advisers want the troops to move back. Jamie gives an impassioned speech about moving forward, but it doesn’t win anyone over besides Charles.
In fact, Jamie’s intensity only serves to get him exiled, in a way: The war advisers ask his troops to head back to Inverness to prepare the war front there. His troops aren’t feeling particularly good about it and feel that the rebellion is failing, but Jamie tries to keep the positive spin going.
But of course, things are never that easy.
When the troops stop to rest after the first day, they’re ambushed by British soldiers. The group splits up, but Jamie and Claire stay with their Highlander family. During the chase, Rupert is shot in the eye. No, not yet Rupert! Don’t die!
Thankfully, he holds out a little longer. The soldiers hid away in a church, where Claire is forced to take out Rupert’s eye to remove the musket ball lodged there. YIKES.
But before the group can get too cozy, night falls and a pack of British soldiers descend upon the church. They want everyone in the church to turn themselves in (and eventually be hanged for treason,) but clearly the Highlander team’s not going for that option. Still, they’re sorely outmatched and won’t win a fight.
So Claire comes up with a plan… Or rather, suggests the same plan they used on young John Grey.
Jamie immediately begins to chest-thump. He’s the man, he’s responsible, he’ll trade himself in (and definitely get hanged), etc. etc. It’s meant to be protective and chivalrous, but it is a bit ridiculous. Claire has to stop and put him in his place a bit and we soaked it right up!
From there, Dougal takes a “fainted” Claire out to the British soldiers. Their enemies agree to leave the Highlanders alone in exchange for the woman.
The moment after she’s gone, Jamie is already planning out how to get her back. He tries to go on alone but of course, Murtagh ain’t gonna let that happen!
The two try to set off after Claire and the troops, but there’s one big problem: They don’t exactly know where she’s being taken, only the general direction of her travel.
Claire’s first stop is a nearby inn, where wanted posters for her husband and Murtagh are firmly planted on the door.
It doesn’t look like a great spot for a rescue and Claire spends most of her night asleep in a wooden chair to avoid leering British soldiers. But there’s hope yet! What Claire failed to notice the night before is that Jamie’s dear old friend Hugh Munro, the deaf beggar, was just outside the inn. The two stage an encounter in which Claire tells Hugh that the British are taking her to a noble’s estate called Belmont, hoping he can get the message to Jamie.
Of course, Claire doesn’t realize who owns Belmont until she’s standing right in front of him.
Over dinner, the Duke of Sandringham explains that he’s been playing on both sides of the rebellion for years, hoping to appease whoever wins. However, the British are weary of his Jacobite sympathies and set up camp around Belmont to keep a close eye on him. He’s desperately trying to prove his loyalty to the British so they don’t kill him.
Part of the plan involves Sandringham’s goddaughter, Mary Hawkins, who is in Belmont and due to be wed to another greasy old nobleman with strong British ties, much to her chagrin. But at least she’s happy to see Claire!
Sandringham convinces Claire to write a letter to Jamie to let her know about the circumstances at Belmont and the best ways to infiltrate the property. Sandringham’s head servant sends the letter to Hugh Munro, who later gives it to Jamie and Murtagh when he spots them in the road.
One problem: Claire tried to code the letter up a bit by writing it in Gaelic aaaaaand she’s terrible at it.
Things get worse with the messenger gets back and Claire spots a distinctive birthmark on his hand; the same birthmark that Mary’s rapist had.
Slowly, Sandringham’s plots unraveled. He had Claire and Mary attacked in France to pay off a debt to Le Comte St. Germain. He considered Mary’s rape a kindness, as Le Comte wanted them killed. And in the present, he’d warned the British about Jamie’s impending arrival, because turning in a fierce Scottish enemy would be the surest way to prove his loyalty.
Claire rushes out and find Mary, telling her to run and escape through the kitchens. Mary is too timid at first, but things get especially awkward with Sandringham and his man bring Claire down to the kitchens to await news of her husband’s capture and Mary bursts in.
The strangeness turns into all out panic when suddenly, Jamie and Murtagh join the fray. They snuck into the estate another way and made it to the kitchen entrance while avoiding the soldiers’ attention.
Sandringham’s plots and lies come out in front of everyone this time. Mary realizes she’s been living with her rapists for months. And while the men threaten and squabble, she quickly plots her revenge.
Mary stabs and kills Sandringham’s servant. When Sandringham freezes up in horror, Murtagh takes the opportunity to do something he’d promised all along. He may have been incapacitated in the night of the original Paris attack, but in the basement kitchen of Belmont, he brings Claire and Mary’s true attacker to justice.
It’s a gruesome but super satisfying ending to a dark part of the group’s history. Now, Mary must leave with them and hopefully, she’ll be able to forge their own path.
As for Claire, Jamie, and Murtagh? They forge back into the war in hopes of changing their world for good.