Sunday evening gave Outlander fans a reunion they’ve been waiting for since the beginning of Season 2 (or for over 20 years for die-hard book fans) when Brianna (Sophie Skelton) finally came face to face with her birth father Jamie (Sam Heughan) in colonial North Carolina.
The scene was the most anticipated moment of the entire season for fans, rivaling Season 3’s Print Shop scene, which reunited Jamie and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) after twenty years apart following the Battle of Culloden. Jamie and Brianna’s meeting has a little less spark to it, though, because at the end of the day, they’re two strangers who are meeting for the first time rather than soulmates reuniting. The nature of their relationship added a different type of tension to the scene.
“I know that people want Brianna and her father to have this wonderful reunion, but it’s very different,” Skelton explained to TV Guide. “They’re strangers. With Jamie and Claire, they’re going to fall into each other’s arms and pick up where they left off. Jamie and Brianna are strangers. They’ve never met each other before.”
There’s also a dark cloud hanging over Brianna’s head as she comes face to face with her father for the first time. The interaction comes just hours after Roger (Richard Rankin) fled following their newlywed fight and Brianna was raped by Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers). In the wake of the horrifying incident, Jamie was not actually the person Brianna was hoping to find.
“It’s a bittersweet reunion in that Brianna has just gone through a lot of trauma,” Skelton said. “Actually, in that moment I think Brianna needs Claire. Seeing Jamie in that moment is just the next step to getting to Claire.”
Brianna was shortly reunited with her mother as well, but even Claire as a buffer couldn’t ease all of the awkwardness between Brianna and Jamie. However, it became obvious over the course of the episode that there is no doubt that Brianna carries her father’s hot blood.
“She’s a Fraser,” Heughan teased to TV Guide. “She has a lot of the characteristics of her father, which is stubborn and can fly off the handle.”
That’s only going to create fireworks when Brianna inevitably learns that Jamie mistakenly beat the hell out of Roger believing that he was Brianna’s rapist at the very end of the episode. His body was left who knows where, delaying a now more dire reunion between Brianna and her husband. Is it a mistake that a newly reunited father and daughter can get past when they’re both prone to fits of anger?
Outlander continues Sundays at 8/7c on Starz.