Outlander S2 Epi10 – Prestonpans
Directed by Philip John Written by Matthew B. Roberts
Trusting in Claire’s knowledge of ‘history,’ Jamie leads the Jacobite army into a critical battle with British opposition near the town of Preston. Meanwhile, Claire attends to the dead and dying, a reminder of the truest costs of war.
*SPOILERS* If you don’t want to know what happens, stop here!
Next episode is titled, Prestonpans. The episode encompasses the Battle of Prestonpans. We’re going to take Jamie and his troops and integrate them within the bigger Highland army. Prince Charlie returns and the first half is all these people trying to jockey for a position with him. Jamie is the one person who doesn’t have to since he already has the Prince’s ear. And through knowledge of Claire, he knows they’re going to win this battle, so he’s a little more relaxed than you would normally see a person going into a battle. So what we need to show in Prestonpans is how they win this battle. We stay true to the actual battle, it was about eight minutes long total and we pretty much almost show it in real time.
~ Matthew B. Roberts, The Hollywood Reporter
The Battle of Prestonpans was the first significant conflict in the Jacobite Rising of 1745.
Place: South East of Edinburgh in Scotland
Combatants: The Highland Army of Prince Charles and the Royal Troops of King George II
Generals: Prince Charles, Lord George Murray and Sir John Cope
Size of the armies: Royal Army: 2,300 men and 6 guns. Highlanders: 2,500 men.
Winner: Prince Charles’ Army
Source: The Battle of Prestonpans 1745
There’s not much to analyze with this episode. It all about the Battle of Prestonpans and the strategies the Prince (or lack thereof), Jamie and his officers come up with to win it. But, will there be other battles they have to overcome?
At the end of Epi9, Jamie and the Highlanders arrived at the prince’s camp. This episode he makes his appearance (and has finally made it to Scotland). Let’s just see how many strategies he has for the battle and IF he will join the men who are fighting for HIM!
Both sides are getting prepared.
KING OF MEN!
Now, who exactly is this lad?
Uncle Dougal was charged with riding forward to announce their presence to the Prince. Will that be enough to keep him in line? Will he continue to follow Jamie’s orders?
With Claire suffering from PTSD in Epi9, it will be interesting to see if she has any more episodes. Show knows of war, has seen men die; however, as she mentioned, this is different.
These are men she cares for, knows, and loves (so do all of us). I am sure Caitriona will give another stellar performance.
I’ve said it before, but I love the way the chapters about Prestonpans are so well described by [author] Diana [Gabaldon], you know, what happens at nighttime and the little ambushes and the fires. It’s such a historical thing, as well, for Scotland and it’s not been done for a long time on film, so we’re very lucky to be reproducing that on film.
~ Sam Heughan, Parade
THE KING OF MEN LEADS THE CLAN
This episode will be epic, heart-pounding and emotional!