When Claire first traveled through the stones at Craigh na Dun, leaving her husband Frank behind before slowly falling in love with red-headed Scotsman Jamie, it seemed the most improbable of love stories.

But the deep love that blossomed between the two, enduring through war battles and the loss of a child, is the kind of love that comes once in a lifetime. And when Claire and Jamie are separated before the battle of Culloden Moor, with Jamie guiding his love back through the stones to save her life, the question was, would they ever find their way back to each other?

And on Sunday’s extended Outlander episode “A. Malcolm,” Jamie and Claire have that long awaited reunion, 20 years in the making.

Outlander Season 3

Jamie has gone through several incarnations since that goodbye at the stones. Building a life after losing his love has proven difficult. He escapes into different characters from Dunbonnet outlaw to Mac Dubh. In “A. Malcolm,” Jamie is now Alexander Malcolm, a print maker passing his days in a print shop.

It is at the print shop that Claire finds Jamie and the two finally come together again in an emotional reunion. Claire tells Jamie he has a daughter, Brianna, and Jamie, in turn, shares with Claire that he has a son, Willie. The two must get to know each other again physically (shades of “The Wedding” episode come to mind) but also mentally and emotionally. They have both been through so much and have both been changed by time and circumstance.

As the episode unfolds deliberately, initial hesitations and awkwardness melt away and Claire and Jamie rekindle the flame that burned so brightly all those years ago. All the pain, distance and time are cast aside and the pair once again become lovers, safe in each other’s embrace.

“A. Malcolm” tacks closely to Diana Gabaldon’s book Voyager, and the 74-minute episode was perhaps the most anticipated in the series so far. Sam Heughan as Jamie and Caitriona Balfe as Claire both succeed in conjuring not only the chemistry between their two characters, but the emotional bond they share, played out beautifully and tenderly, doing justice to the story.



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