The Hail Mary opens with Claire and Jamie arriving in camp just outside of Inverness. Spirits are low because the Jacobite army is doing nothing but retreating. Last we say they had decided to turn back and that was approximately December of 1745. Now, it is April 1746 and nearly time for the dreaded date of the Battle of Culloden (April 16, 1746). There is little food to be had but despite all the things pushing Jamie and Claire closer to the fateful battle which we already know separates them (remember in the premiere episode of the season Claire is in 1948), Jamie is going to go continue to go to the war council’s in hopes of finally seeing Charles make a smart decision.
Meanwhile, Claire goes into Inverness for medical supplies because well we know bad things are on the horizon and also some medicals might help those hunger pains.
At the Apothecary shop, Claire runs into Mary Hawkins who is purchasing laudanum for the second time that week. Claire is excited to see Mary but clearly Mary isn’t all that keen on seeing her good backstabbing friend Claire. Mary does tell Claire that Alex Randall contacted her when he got another position in Inverness and she came to marry him. So clearly Mary’s bolder than she used to be. Claire congratulates her but again Mary is rather cold, seems she talks to her betrothed and he told her about Claire’s interference in their relationship. Claire makes the same excuses she gave to Alex back in Untimely Resurrections about his lack of position because she’s sound crazy if she told Mary her baby daddy is supposed to be Jack Randall. Claire does apologize and then asks after Alex’s health which apparently is not great but Mary is optimistic. Claire wants to come by and see Alex for herself and Mary agrees.
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