I don't know about you but periodically my mind wanders back to the Outlander season three finale and I wonder: Why didn't they tells us who survived the shipwreck? So I thought I'd pose some questions I know I'd like addressed or have possibly been address on Twitter.
1. Did everyone survive the shipwreck?
Jamie and Claire washed up on shore alive only to be found by a couple who tell them they are in the Colonies. But when last Claire came up from below deck of the Artemis; Young Ian, Fergus, Marsali and the rest of the crew were on board. So did these people survive? Did you rescue Young Ian only to let him die at sea? Are Fergus and Marsali going to be able to build a life together?
I'm thinking they are fine because the Fraser's do have amazing luck and it would seem really wrong to build up some of these characters, bring them all this way only to leave them in season three.
2. What will Jamie and Claire's life be like in the Colonies?
Well, I'm going to say everything is a little bigger and there is less civilization built up, as they know it anyway. But the Colonies were't empty of people and a whole mess of Jamie's Ardsmuir men where transported to the Colonies so maybe we'll see some friendly faces. (Please be Murtagh, Please be Murtagh.)
3. Will Murtagh be there?
So remember Murtagh was one of the Ardsmuir men sent to the Colonies as an indentured servant. And I can only imagine how that went because Murtagh might be there to help Jamie with anything and everything but he's not very likely to do it against his will.
But he's there, right? According to the latest Twitter buzz... HE IS! I don't know about you but I missed Murtagh.
4. Is Young Ian staying in the Colonies or going back to Scotland?
Jamie did tell his sister he'd send him home. But before he was kidnapped he was going to France to learn the wine business like his brother, father and uncle before him. So maybe he'll stay. Why else would they want us invested in him in the third season? But then Jamie would feel guilty (maybe) about keeping Young Ian away from a Jenny and Ian who are truly worried about him?
5. Does being in the Colonies mean Jamie's not wanted anymore?
So Jamie is wanted for sedition, right? But wouldn't you think this means he's still wanted? So being in the Colonies with a bunch of British wandering around doesn't seem safe. However, has word of his crimes spread to the Colonies? I mean Captain Leonard was after him because of the word of one of his crewmen. But that was essentially negated by Lord John Grey. I mean barring Leonard appearing in the Colonies, no one should know anything about this... right? Technically, I think Jamie is still a wanted man but it is possible this won't be as big of a problem in the Colonies. We'll have to see.
6. Will Bree and Roger return?
Well I hope so. Last we saw, Bree and Roger were getting closer. Now she lives in Boston and he lives in Scotland or England depending on the time of year but what is distance to keep them apart. Time couldn't keep Jamie and Claire apart forever.
And we know that both Bree and Roger heard the stones when they went to stop Geillis from going back in time at the end of the second season. Does this mean one or both of them will go back in time?
And there is the fact that at least Sophie Skelton has been seen on set. Oh and Richard Rankin has mention he's had to learn to ride a horse.... hmmmm.
7. BJR is dead. Geillis is dead. Who will the Fraser's have to go up against next?
It is bound to happen. Their will be another "bad guy" in Outlander. The question is who? If TV fans have been watching the internet they will know about Ed Speleers being cast as Stephen Bonnet who is a pirate and smuggler. Jamie hasn't been a pirate but he's been a smuggler so is Bonnet the bad guy? Probably. But how bad is bad? We'll have to wait to find out.
8. How close to the American Revolution are Jamie and Claire?
Let's do the math. In 1968 (Of Lost Things), Roger confirms that Claire jumps 202 years when she travels. So if she went back in time to Jamie it would have been 1766. And we know she went after Christmas so that means by the time they've boarded the Artemis and been traveling it is 1767 at least by the time they wash ashore in the Colonies.
Now look up American Revolution. "Took place between 1765 and 1783." It starts with the Stamp Act which was the rejection of the Authority of the British Parliament to tax the Colonists.
The Boston Massacre takes place in 1770 and the Boston Tea Party takes place in 1773. In 1774, the Patriots set up an alternative government and in 1776 the Declaration of Independence is drafted. Also in Spring 1776 Washington forced the British out of Boston and the British return in July 1776 about the time of the Declaration of Independence. And then things escalate from there.
So to answer the question, they step into a hornets nest. There is already tension between the Colonists and the British and it will only grow. But they are still a few years out from some real fighting. But don't be surprised if the tensions start next season and only escalate going forward.
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