'Outlander' Season 4 review: 'Wilmington', is the most heartbreaking episode featuring sex, gore and brutality

'Wilmington' will break you down as this episode teaches us people don't change and temporary happiness is sadness at best


                            'Outlander' Season 4 review: 'Wilmington', is the most heartbreaking episode featuring sex, gore and brutality

'Down the Rabbit Hole' was, hands-down, the best episode of season 4, but what came with 'Wilmington,' was nothing but despair. A temporary happiness is sadness at best, and that's what happens to Brianna Randall, who after reuniting with her ex-boyfriend Roger MacKenzie in the 18th century, is only left alone, miserable, vulnerable, and destroyed.

The beautiful red-head daughter of Claire and Jamie Fraser, whose brave heart is paralleled to her mother's, finds herself lost and exposed as Roger MacKenzie marries her, beds her, leaves her, only to be raped by the villain Stephen Bonnet.

This episode is bound to crush the hearts of every 'Outlander' fan because nobody deserves what Brianna goes through especially after seeing her grow through the season, her traumas are felt in each and every nerve. I know I have to get to the plot of the story and narrate what exactly happened, but the ending has left me dumbfounded.

Breathe.

At first, Roger is desperately looking for Brianna with a sketch of hers and asking every single person in Wilmington if they've seen her. He also chances upon Fergus, but unfortunately, Roger has no idea about Fergus' relations with Claire and Jamie.

Just when Roger gives up, he hears Brianna's voice and when she looks back, she sees Roger standing at the door. They reunite! There begins a downward spiral of temporary happiness.

Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall Fraser), Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield) - Outlander Episode 408.
Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall Fraser), Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield) - Outlander Episode 408.

Then he takes her out, talks out their differences, finds an empty house where he asks her to marry him and even has steamy sex on the rug by the fireplace. The last time, Roger and Brianna were together, they broke up on terrible terms as Roger believed that he wouldn't have sex with her until and unless they got hitched.

After all this time, even sailing to 200 years back, Roger tells Brianna that he still hasn't changed his mind. It is either all of Brianna or none of her, he believes. Brianna, who is ecstatic that he time-traveled for her agrees to marry him. "How can I not marry a man who pursued me for 200 years?"

Cringe.

Without a ring, but only a bracelet (a sign she should not have said yes) they attempt a handfasting ceremony, which basically is a temporary marriage till they take their vows.  Meanwhile, Jamie and Claire visit the governor for a Shakespeare play and while it is revealed the governor knows about the growing political insurgence, he shares with Jamie the name of the insurgent leader; Murtagh Fitzgibbons, who, as we know is Jamie's godfather.

A surprise in store comes in the cameo of a very well-known historical figure; George Washington, the first President of America. Claire, who obviously knows who he is because she hails from the future, gushes over him and also accidentally slips out how he spent his childhood picking cherries and quickly dismisses it as a "figure of speech."

However, Claire gets to show her skills as a doctor/healer, as one of governor's confidant, Mr. Fanning, has a major hernia attack. She operates on him while Jamie takes that as an opportunity to venture out and inform Murtagh, their plans are known to the red-coats, so, it's wise not to attack. Both are successful in their undertakings.

Sigh.

While the governor is impressed with Claire, he is skeptical about who informed the insurgents and places his doubts on George Washington, who left when Fanning had the attack and even gave Jamie the much-needed ride. Jamie keeps mum about it, because according to the governor, he never left, since he was back when Claire was done with the gory operation.

Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser), Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) - Outlander Episode 408
Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser), Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) - Outlander Episode 408

As for the new married couple, Roger and Brianna, they have steamy sex in a stranger's house and they do it all, you know the typical 'Outlander' sex. As they lie on the stranger's bed, cuddling and talking, Roger blurts out he knew about Claire and Jamie Fraser's death.

This upsets Brianna because he withheld vital information from her and as they get into a heated argument, Roger brings forth his a**hole-persona telling Brianna that since she is his wife, she is bound to listen to him. Brianna tells him to go back, and like a douchebag, he leaves.

Well.

As Brianna returns to the motel, she chances upon Stephen Bonnet, who teases her at first and then takes her into the room after showing her the ring that belonged to her mother. Brianna recognizes the band and questions Bonnet as to where he got it from.

Thinking that he wants money, she follows him, but in no time, he undresses her, throws off her boots, locks the door and mercilessly rapes her. The scene is only made more disturbing as men and women carry on their chores and games despite knowing Brianna is getting raped just across the room.

After raping her, Bonnet says he thought she was a virgin and tosses her the ring. Brianna leaves, walking like a dead corpse, collecting her boots and leaving us in despair. There is no unseeing or undoing this episode, so we only hope the last episode titled 'The Birds and The Bees,' has a silver lining for our red-headed brave heart.

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