Outlander Season 1 Episode 8 served as the Starz show’s midseason finale, and proved that the bliss we saw at the end of last week was too good to last.
Claire and Jamie were all over each other in typical newlywed fashion, while in stark contrast, Frank was crushed by despair at the loss of his wife.
Also, Outlander Season 1 Episode 8 gave us our first look at life in 1945.
There is no sign of Claire. No leads, no sign of a struggle or crime. Frank is incredulous at the notion that his wife may have run off with another.
Claire and Jamie’s Christmas plans are cut shot by an attack, though the Scots prevail easily, while Frank nearly kills a man over a false lead.
After Jaime and Claire, smitten as they can possibly be, decide to get down and dirty in the woods, they are discovered by a couple of redcoats.
One starts ravaging Claire in a disturbing scene, with Jamie watching.
That knife training she received after the attack came in handy, though, as she got ahold of it and stabbed the assailant while pressed on top of her.
In the chaos, Jamie breaks free and quickly kills their other captor.
These events cause Claire to enter a state of shock, and she remembers her old life, before 1700s Scotland, and her promise to return to Frank.
Who, in 1945, talks to a woman who suggests to him that Claire may have actually traveled through time. He does not believe this theory, of course.
As we blast back to the distant past, Jamie leaves Claire behind to take down some redcoats, and as she walks through the woods, she finds some stones.
Not just any stones, the standing stones she has longed for.
On the other side of time, he hears her calls to him … until she is taken away by redcoats at that inopportune time, and she is captured, again.
Then her captor tries to rape her, again, but Jamie, having stormed the fort, saves the day and kindly (not really) encourages him to back off.
What will happen next when the saga continues?
We’ll have to wait until 2015 to find out, but fear not: You can watch Outlander online to catch up on all of the episodes so far. We highly recommend it.