Episode two of Outlander aired this week and was the most harrowing instalment ever in the history of Outlander. The episode took a much darker tone as it delved into the brutality of slavery meted out in the English colonies. The instalment titled Do No Harm really tested viewers with challenging and often hard-to-watch scenes.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Outlander season 4, episode 2
Do No Harm ended with Jamie (played by Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) left devastated at the treatment of one slave called Rufus (Jerome Holder), who made the mistake of attacking one of his masters.
The couple looked shell-shocked as the man was taken by a lynch mob while they could only stand by, unable to do anything.
At the start of the episode, the couple arrived at River Run and met with Jamie’s relative Jocasta Cameron (Maria Doyle Kennedy).
The ageing aunt revealed that she wanted Jamie to become her heir and taken over River Run after he death.
She sprung the announcement upon him, leaving him to think about his decision.
Jamie thought about the idea but Claire told him that she would never own slaves.
Following Claire’s refusal, Jamie went to speak to Jocasta about a solution to owning slaves.
But there was no positive outcome after he was informed that it would cost vast amounts to set free all of Jocasta’s slaves.
He was also told that other plantation owners wouldn’t look kindly upon him, possibly leading to further tension.
As the episode drew to a close, it looked like the couple were trapped at River Run but will Jamie take up his aunt’s offer? Where will the couple go?
Could Jocasta try to hold onto the couple or will she concede to them?
It looks like Jocasta means for Jamie to take over from her which could cause much friction and turn them into prisoners.
Then again, could the infuriated locals want them to leave, forcing them to depart from River Run for fear of causing further problems for Jocasta?
One potential option for Jamie and Claire could take up Governor Tryon’s (Tim Downie) offer of land for loyalty.
Despite Claire’s protests, Jamie looked like making an agreement with Tryon could be the only way out of River Run.
The deal also seems too good to be true and could cause Jamie and Claire trouble later on, particularly with the American Civil War looming large on the horizon.
Fans will have to wait until next week to see how things play out but it’s not looking good for Jamie and Claire.
Given this dark new vein, the pair is going to be facing new dangers that will really test them.
Outlander season 4 drops on Amazon Prime on Mondays