Outlander: 5 things we want to see in the season 3 finale


Claire and Jamie’s third big adventure will conclude Sunday night, so we put together a wish list of what we’d like to see in “Eye of the Storm.”

Where has the time gone, Sassenachs? It seems like Outlander just came back into our lives and it’s about to leave again. (I suddenly have a better appreciation for how Claire and Jamie feel every time they’re ripped apart.) Season 3 will end Sunday with “Eye of the Storm” — an ominous title if there ever was one — and there are still so many plotlines that need to be wrapped up. How will Jamie escape (again) from the redcoats? How is Young Ian holding up after last week‘s cold open? Will Geillis finally figure out what Margaret Campbell saw in her prophecy?

Only so much story can fit into an episode, unfortunately. Season 3 has had its ups and downs, so I’m really hoping the finale makes up for all the rough patches. In particular, here are five things we at Culturess want to see in “Eye of the Storm”:

More Fergus and Marsali

Okay, so the relationship between Fergus and Marsali is probably my favorite thing from season 3. Not to throw shade at Jamie and Claire, but Fergus and Marsali are like our heroes if our heroes weren’t so over the top and intense. Fergus and Marsali’s chemistry is palpable and they’re a lot of fun to watch. I root for them just as much as I root for Claire and Jamie — and they don’t even meet Outlander‘s standard quota of one impassioned romantic speech per episode.

Some answers about those mysterious bones

The bones Joe Abernathy presents to Claire in “Freedom & Whisky” have been driving me crazy for going on two months now. Who do they belong to? Why and how was the person killed? Why does Joe, who is a surgeon, care about an excavated skeleton?

At this point I’m guessing that the bones belong to Margaret. Geillis seems like too interesting a villain and too much of a match for Claire to be killed off before next season. Plus, Geillis has a history of performing sadistic rituals in order to travel through time. Yeah, I don’t think Margaret is long for this world. Poor Yi Tien Cho.

The glorious return of Murtagh

I believe Murtagh is alive for two reasons: 1) We don’t see him die in or after “All Debts Paid” and 2) Jamie never refers to him after “All Debts Paid.” If Murtagh were dead, or Jamie thought him to be dead, Jamie would have said something by now to Claire.

After all the fuss Jamie went through to be a seditious pamphlet printer (which is actually a lot more transgressive than it sounds), it would only make sense if Murtagh was somehow secretly involved. Maybe he stayed on in the colonies after his prison sentence to spread the word about the Jacobite cause? He would surely find sympathetic ears in a pre-Revolutionary War America. Or maybe he’s keeping an eye on Willie for Jamie? Or helping out at Ned Gowan’s law practice in Edinburgh?

It doesn’t really matter what he’s been doing: I just want Murtagh to burst back on the scene in “Eye of the Storm.” If he helps save Young Ian, all the better.

A glimpse into season 4

The plot of Drums of Autumn — the fourth Outlander novel and source material for season 4 — is a complete mystery to me, so I have literally no idea what’s next in store for our heroes. So I would appreciate any sort of hint in “Eye of the Storm.” It doesn’t have to be an extended preview like the flashforwards in season 2’s premiere and finale, or even a flashforward at all, really. If Ronald D. Moore and company plant any Easter egg in the episode, one dedicated Outlander aficionado or another will notice and flag it for the rest of us.

There’s a lot of time between season 4 and now. I need something to tide me over.

Another big, romantic reunion for Jamie and Claire

This latest separation of Claire and Jamie had better be over by 9 p.m. on Sunday night. That’s all I’m going to say about Jamie’s arrest in “The Bakra.” Outlander‘s habit of bringing our heroes together just to tear them apart again is getting on my nerves.

However, I’m not a robot. I enjoy it when Outlander indulges in unabashed romance, as it does whenever our heroes find their way back together. This specific wish for “Eye of the Storm” can be boiled down into three words: turtle soup, anyone?

Next: Outlander S3E12 recap and review: The Bakra

Outlander’s third season finale airs Sunday, December 10 at 8 p.m. ET on Starz.