The build-up to war has been long and steady this season, and now it’s finally over. Jamie’s troops have reached the Bonnie Prince, and the first major meeting of the Jacobite and British armies at the Battle of Prestonpans is at hand. Viewers are about to get thrown headlong into the world of war. Along the way, they’ll learn that war is not simply a series of individual battles. It is a constant state of conflict. Here are the top five conflicts that will be fought in this episode.
- The Skirmish for Status. Prince Charles is back, and everyone wants to be his most trusted advisor. All the leaders will be competing for the right to sit at Charles’s right and to have his ear. All except Jamie, it seems. He expressed reluctance to engage with the 1745 version of office politics last episode. Will his resolve hold strong, or will he fight to be next to Charles once again?
- The Press for a Plan. With every good battle comes the need for an equally good battle plan. The episode preview shows a mysterious Irish lad pointing out hidden routes. Who is this young man, and just how does he know the terrain of Prestonpans?
- The Carnage in the Clinic. War makes good business for hospitals. In this episode, Claire is in charge of the field hospital. As she tends to the casualties in 1745, will she be able to overcome her flashbacks (or is it flashforwards) to WWII?
- The Barrage of the Battle. It’s the obvious one here- viewers can expect to see the Battle of Prestonpans. There will be blood, there will be gore, there will be loss of life on both sides. What remains uncertain is the outcomes. Will the battle follow history as written and grant the Jacobites victory? Or will Claire and Jamie’s plans fall apart right at the beginning?
- The Fighting in the Future. Regardless of the outcome of this battle, one battle cannot win the whole war. There will be many more to go before the future is decided once and for all. But how will the outcome of Prestonpans affect Jamie, Claire, Charles, and the rest of the Jacobites’ chances for success?
Episode 210, ‘Prestonpans,’ airs Saturday, June 11th at 9pm/8pm Central on Starz. Catch up anytime online or on the Starz mobile app. Then, check back to FanFest.com each week for episode previews and recaps.
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