Outlander Episode 115 Recap- From the Page to the Screen (WARNING: Contains Spoilers)

A week of tension and teases built up to the Saturday night premiere of episode 115, Wentworth Prison….and we were NOT disappointed. The episode lived up to viewer expectations while remaining almost entirely faithful to the book. From the opening credits, which ends with a variety of torture devices hanging on chains (hello! creepy eye holes in the iron mask), to the ending frame of Claire looking hopeful at the possible plan to rescue Jamie; viewers were kept constantly on the edge of their seats.

The true sadist nature of Black Jack Randall is examined further during this episode. Viewers are led to believe that Jack might actually be rescuing Jamie from the gallows, but that is just the beginning of his plan to psychologically and physically torture Jamie. You see, this is an episode about surrender. Jamie’s forced surrender to Jack to save Claire from death, Jack’s surrender to his sadistic side, and Claire’s surrender to the love she feels for Jamie. It’s these three stories of surrender, and ultimately love, that show the depth of the characters and move the story forward.

Many were shocked at the graphic depictions of torture, but in my opinion, although they were gruesome, the psychological torture inflicted on Jamie seemed far worse. From being brutally beaten and maimed, to being soothed and then “rewarded” for his submissive behavior, Sam’s Jamie shows every emotion on his face. It was at the 45 minute mark, that I found myself clutching my face crying at the man who was attempting to comfort his wife as his own hand was being nailed to a table. Emmy winning acting, indeed!

Scene from episode 115 Wentworth Prison

Scene from episode 115
Wentworth Prison

Outlander star Sam Heughan talks life, love and his place in the ‘Heughliverse’

An new article online via Herald Scotland was released May 8th.  In it, Sam talks Outlander, his relationship with his co-star (Caitriona Balfe) and his fans.

“Some fans are holding out for a real life love story, but Heughan deftly bats the suggestion away. “It is very sweet that they think that and the job has certainly brought us closer,” he says. “We didn’t want to make any preconceptions about the relationship and where they go in it. We wanted to live each moment and see where that takes us. As the viewers watch the show they will be living each moment with us” When it comes to gleaning any personal details from Heughan he’s about as forthcoming as his onscreen alter ego under interrogation from the Redcoats. You get the feeling you would have a better chance of drawing blood from the stones of Craigh na Dun.”

“Already the Scot has a growing fandom dubbed the Heughliverse. Devotees include the Heughligans, a group which was 35,000 strong at the last count and continues to grow. “The Heughligans are just one part of it,” he interjects. “There are so many fan groups and sub groups. There is the Caitriots and the Menziatics [fans of fellow actors Balfe and Tobias Menzies].”

Please read the entire article on the Hearld Scotland website here.

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