Outlander S2 Ep1 Through a Glass, Darkly (Title Analysis)

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S2 Ep1 Through a Glass, Darkly

Because there are already so many people that do an excellent job at recapping Outlander episodes, once again, we want to do something different. For starters, we will provide conversations Blacklanderz had or their reaction(s) during two episodes rather one. Look for the first conversation after Epi 2 (well, we will try to hold off until then, but not sure we will be able to). Two, we will analyze the title of the episodes and try to explain what we think it means, but won’t give spoilers.

Starz Episode Synopsis

Returning to her own time, Claire must reconcile the future with the life she left behind. Shifting back to 18th century, Jamie, Claire and Murtagh arrive in France, but learns that Paris presents its own challenges.

TV Episode Synopsis

In the Season 2 premiere, Jamie and Claire arrive in France, where they hope to infiltrate the Jacobite rebellion and put a stop to the Battle of Culloden. Thrown into the plush world of French society, they experience court intrigue and struggle to make any headway politically.


In thinking of the title of the first episode, I think it could really be the overarching title for the first half of the season, while Claire and Jamie are in Paris. If not mistaken, it is part of a Bible phrase.

1 Corinthians 13:12 King James Version (KJV)

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

During the Biblical times, they did not have mirrors where one could clearly see oneself as we can today; the reflection was probably distorted. This clearly reflects Claire, Jamie and Murtagh’s reasoning for being in Paris, though initially it is neither visible to the people they encounter nor are the people they encounter reflecting their true characters.

When Claire and Jamie arrive in Paris, the people they encounter will only see them one way, as they will portray themselves – Jared’s cousin and cousin’s wife who have come to run his business while he is away (For now we see through a glass, darkly). However, we all know they are on another mission to stop the Battle of Culloden. Over time, the people will start to learn more about them (but then face-to-face; now I know in part), and Claire and Jamie will learn more about these people, who they really are (but then shall I know even as also I am known).

I am interested in seeing not only the adaptation of the book, but also how he actors continue to grow and expand in their craft.

So glad Droughtlander is finally over!

We have everything in place and ready to watch tonight’s premiere again . . . food, spirits – a ton of alcohol to get through the episode – and lots of Kleenexes.

~ Vida

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Slàinte mhath!


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