OUTLANDER Season 1 Finale Recap: “To Ransom a Man’s Soul”

Well that was a hell of a thing. Outlander’s first season ended with, to quote a friend, “50 minutes of torture, and 5 minutes of happiness” (more or less). There are many things to unpack about “To Ransom a Man’s Soul,” but let’s start with the choice to revisit further what happened between Black Jack Randall and Jamie. The season’s penultimate episode was largely constructed around Jamie’s imprisonment and torture at the hands of Black Jack, but “To Ransom a Man’s Soul” took us back and fleshed out, literally, what most viewers could have just imagined. It was enough to see Jamie lying like a corpse next to Randall, his eyes dead from the trauma he had experienced. But Randall then denying him his request to be killed quickly was the final crushing blow to his spirit. Surely he had thought that so long as Claire was safe, he only had to make it to the end and he would be rewarded with a clean death. Image via Starz But Randall had done several things to torture Jamie beyond the physical, like “bringing Claire” into the proceedings, and then using that to shame Jamie over what had transpired between him and Randall. He also made Jamie brand himself with Randall's initials as a final, dehumanizing blow. What made all of this even darker and more difficult to bear was that it went beyond a forced sexual assault. As Jamie says to Claire, it wasn’t just that Randall raped him, which he did. ...

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May 30, 2015