SPOILER ALERT: Don’t learn in case you have not but watched “Free Will,” the third episode of “Outlander” Season 5.

“Free Will” was an attention-grabbing “Outlander” episode as a result of an enormous chunk of the plot took Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) away from the primary storylines and diverted them into an entire horror present on the cabin of a pair named Aaron and Fanny Beardsley.

Non-book readers might surprise about this selection, nevertheless it’s one thing straight out of Diana Gabaldon’s novel on which the season is predicated, “The Fiery Cross.” It might have taken the present out of the motion a bit, nevertheless it definitely helped paint an image of how terrible frontier life might be.

Whereas Marsali (Lauren Lyle) continued her medical research, aiding within the penicillin experiment and studying the right way to sew up wounds and started to study to learn, Jamie returned to type the militia that Lt. Knox (Michael Xavier) dispatched him to assemble. He expressed fear about his kinsmen getting harm or killed combating for the English towards the Regulators, so Claire, a health care provider, insisted on coming with him.

Whereas out gathering the lads, Jamie caught a younger boy named Keziah (Paul Gorman) robbing their campsite. He and his deaf twin brother, Josiah (additionally Gorman), whom Claire beforehand examined for tonsillitis, have been indentured servants to the Beardsleys. Their household died of sickness on the ship throughout their journey to America, so the twins have been bought to the Beardsleys as toddlers. As quickly as they might, they ran away — partially as a result of Aaron beat Kezzie so badly as a younger boy he misplaced his listening to.

Once they advised Jamie and Claire of the horrific scenario on the Beardsleys, Jamie and Claire set off to purchase their contrac, however stumbled on circumstances much more horrific than they might have imagined.

When Claire and Jamie arrived, they discovered younger Fanny Beardsley there, claiming her husband was lifeless and residing in the home along with her goats. However one thing was clearly amiss, so Claire and Jamie poked round below the guise of looking for Kezzie and Jo’s indentured servant papers. What they found was that one thing was rotting by the ground from the second story of the cabin: Aaron wasn’t lifeless. It turned out he had been abusing Fanny for years. In the future, he was chasing Fanny to presumably rape her and he had a stroke. She left him mendacity in his personal filth and fed him simply sufficient to maintain him alive, torturing him by burning the soles of his toes. It was her punishment for the way in which he handled her.

It additionally got here to gentle that Fanny was pregnant when her water broke everywhere in the ground. Claire helped her give start and noticed that the infant was not Aaron’s — Fanny had an affair with a runaway slave. Fanny additionally advised Claire that she was Aaron’s fifth spouse. He killed his first 4 wives as a result of none of them might give him a child. Fanny mentioned their spirits hang-out the world as a result of he buried them within the woods.

Fanny insisted that her child’s father was a great man and that she beloved him. So the following morning, Fanny determined to return to him and left the infant there in Jamie and Claire’s care whereas they slept. Once they awoke, Claire and Jamie discovered Jo and Kezzie’s indentured paperwork in addition to the infant.

In the meantime, Aaron was nonetheless sitting there, barely in a position to talk after his stroke and all of the torture he endured. So after confirmed it was what Aaron wished, Jamie put him out of his distress. Then Claire and Jamie have been left questioning what to do with a new child child lady. They by no means did get to boost a toddler collectively, so it definitely crossed their minds to maintain her and lift her as their very own. Nevertheless, that selections was a cliffhanger, left to be resolved in future episodes.

“Outlander” airs Sundays at eight p.m. on Starz.