In a bid to find out which episode of the hit show Outlander is the fans’ favourite, we decided to ask you, our readers, to pick out the episodes you loved, and using the results put a top 10 list together.
Unsurprisingly, there was a tonne of suggestions, as it seems all of you have so many different parts of the show that you loved.
From Jamie and Claire’s wedding and Jamie meeting his daughter Brianna for the first time to the battle of Culloden and our favourite duo reuniting after decades apart, there are so many key scenes that really stood out for you.
So, with that in mind, here is the final shortlist of the best Outlander episodes as chosen by you (Warning- we’ve tried to keep it as spoiler-free as we can but it will give away details about each episode that you might want to avoid if you haven’t caught up yet).
The top 9 Outlander episodes (in reverse order)
9. Monsters and Heroes (5.09)
Jamie faces an enemy that he can’t defeat, with a bite by a venomous snake placing him at death’s door.
Though the peril he faces means there’s a lot of focus on him, it’s Claire that really shines in most of the scenes, especially in the scene with daughter Brianna as they work together to save Jamie’s life – and his leg.
8. Dragonfly in Amber (2.13)
The confrontation at Culloden finally arrives and boy what an episode this is.
Tough choices, bittersweet partings, and revelations, Dragonfly in Amber sees Claire’s haunting return to Lallybroch as well as finally revealing the truth to Brianna about her father.
Jamie makes some tough decisions parting with Claire to save her and their unborn child before returning to a fight he knows he and his comrades can’t win.
7. The Birds and the Bees (4.09)
There’s a lot going on in this episode, but the reason so many of you loved it – and we include ourselves in this – is one moment in particular that we’d all been waiting for.
Jamie finally gets to meet his daughter Brianna, and it’s as emotional and wonderfully acted as we could have hoped for.
6. Sassenach (1.01)
It now seems so long ago, but who can forget their first introduction to the magical world of Outlander?
Mysterious time travel, Jamie’s Ghost, the first meeting of Jamie and Claire – and Black Jack Randall, the arrival at Castle Leoch, Sassenach has it all.
As Susan Fiechtl Lackey wrote: “Sassenach. It is the ultimate hook, cliffhanger, and pilot, all in one. If not for Sassenach, and its brilliant writing and production, the show may not have continued past the first season.”
5. The Reckoning (1.09)
“Sometimes I wonder why I chose not to take his life.’
Haunting words and ones we won’t soon forget in this episode that sees Jamie risking it all to save Claire from Black Jack Randall.
It’s a thrilling moment that foreshadows the continuing menace the evil Redcoat will provide for the pair in future.
4. Faith (2.07)
Dealing with some sobering moments and darker themes, Faith sees Claire deal with true loss and the acting here is what really sets the episode apart.
Faced with her husband in prison, a lecherous king and a tough choice it really shines a light on Caitriona Balfe’s acting skills and really shows what our time travelling heroine is really made of.
3. Uncharted (aka Turtle Soup) (3.11)
Despite the overarching menace that is an overbearing preacher (Father Fogden), this episode stands out for not only Claire being reunited once more with Jamie, but also for shifting the dynamic of their relationship.
It not only sees Jamie trying to help Claire after she injures herself but also offers an interesting discourse on consent when Jamie realises that thanks to some heavily sherried turtle soup, Claire might not be in full control of her faculties and he perhaps shouldn’t take advantage.
It’s another touching step in their relationship and shows how much Jamie has grown in his role as her husband.
2. A. Malcolm (3.06)
Another truly iconic episode that stands out for one particular scene. So many of you suggested A. Malcolm thanks to the moment that Claire and Jamie finally re-united.
Not only is it a wonderful, tender, and much anticipated moment – it’s also hilarious too, with Jamie’s brilliant reaction to Claire’s return sure to live long in the memory.
1. The Wedding (1.07)
It seems you are all romantics at heart, as the seminal episode that truly cements Jamie and Claire as a couple was by far your favourite.
With almost double the votes than any other episodes, The Wedding was described by more than a few of you as your “absolute favourite”.
Poignant, emotional and brilliantly written, it’s the first time the pair really get to know each other and create the bond that would. not only go on to shape the entire show, but also see them survive the centuries they are apart.