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“Faith” (Season 2, Episode 7)

What happens: Claire and Jamie struggle to reconnect after Claire’s pregnancy ends in a stillbirth. Their daughter is secretly christened as Faith by the nuns who delivered her.

Why it’s important: Outlander really knows how to stick the landing when it comes to personal drama. Similar to “To Ransom a Man’s Soul,” “Faith” sees the Frasers learning to live with the unthinkable. Even though Claire is a nurse with 20th-century training, she was so excited to be pregnant that it never occurred to her that delivering a baby in the 1700s would be difficult, even life-threatening.

Well, that magical thinking comes to a crashing halt in this episode. Jamie is in prison and Claire is forced to go through the experience of delivering a stillborn baby on her own. Even though she rationally knows Jamie would have been there if he were able, Claire is furious that she had to go through the heartbreaking experience by herself. Rage is a very real aspect of grief, but not something we see very often in pop culture. “Faith” is all the more devastating because of it.

This episode also marks the blessed end of Claire and Jamie’s attempts at stopping the Jacobite rebellion. Claire eventually manages to get Jamie out of the Bastille, the couple reconciles and visits Faith’s grave together and then they make their way home to Scotland.

The best part (in a manner of speaking): As a shell-shocked Claire rocks her baby, her friend Louise gently approaches and convinces her it’s time to say goodbye to Faith and let the nuns take her away. It’s probably the most shattering scene of the season.