'Outlander' season 4 episode 12 preview: 'Providence' has an answer to Brianna's query if revenge can heal

The trailer for the upcoming episode seems ominous as Jamie Fraser tells Brianna that he is uncertain if he will see her again and answers her question on revenge


                            'Outlander' season 4 episode 12 preview: 'Providence' has an answer to Brianna's query if revenge can heal

Non-book readers did not see this coming, so it was comfortably uncomfortable to see the engagement of Brianna Randall Fraser (Sophie Skelton) and Lord John Grey (David Berry) in the last episode titled 'If Not For Hope'. The heavily pregnant daughter of Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) Fraser, was subtly forced to find a suitor by Aunt Jocasta (Maria Doyle Kennedy), and with the arguments given by the latter, that an unfathered child will be subjected to ridicule in the 18th Century world, the time-traveling lass had to oblige. Out of several suitors, Brianna, who is as "perspective" as her mother, decided to ask Grey to marry her, knowing full well that he is a gay man, fondly in love with her father.

Brianna's sense of approach to tackle the situation wasn't the best since she decided to threaten Grey to ask her for marriage before another suitor, particularly Mr. Forbes (Billy Boyd) did. This strategy, of course, did not work so, after a brief tete-a-tete, Grey had a change of heart and decided to announce their engagement. On a side note, Brianna has no clue that Grey's son, William (Oliver Finnegan), is, in fact, her father's son, and is basically a stepbrother. However, as of now, the arrangement seems to work in both their favors and Brianna finally decides to open the letter her father sent via Grey.

David Berry (Lord John Grey), Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall Fraser) - Outlander Episode 411 (Starz)
David Berry (Lord John Grey), Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall Fraser) - Outlander Episode 411 (Starz)

The promo trailer for the upcoming episode gives an insight on what Jamie has penned to his daughter, who recently slapped him for not only beating her lover, Roger MacKenzie (Richard Rankin), to a pulp but also accusing her of "bedding a man with lust," instead of understanding that she was raped. "You do not get to be more angry than me," Brianna had told Jamie after he exploded in rage. Even in the recent episode, she retorted to Grey, "don’t talk to me about my father’s honor."

Since the last episode concluded with Roger getting thrashed by the Mohawks of New York and the Frasers proactively looking for him, 'If Not For Hope', spurred ample hopes for both the young time-traveling couple.

Brianna also seems to have considered forgiving her "savage" father as she breaks open the letter. 

"Daughter", the promo teaser begins as Jamie narrates he may or may not see Brianna again. Grey looks at Brianna with worry as she puts up a strong front, battling her emotions. "I've been thinking about your question whether or not revenge would heal the wrong done to you," Jamie states as the scene moves to the Frasers' on their long arduous journey to New York to get Roger back from the Mohawks. "I advise you now that you must not seek it," Jamie affirms.

The scene then moves on to Roger, who looks nothing like the Oxford professor he was in the 20th Century. 

"Freedom is hard won but it is not afraid of murder," Jamie pens as Brianna looks troubled, walking away from Grey. Roger is then seen tied in chains in a prison-like setting. "Your loving father," Jamie concludes the letter.

Fergus (César Domboy) is then seen marching with a group as the trailer alerts us that only two episodes are left for season 4.

Roger is seen running in the woods again, and as for Murtagh Fitzgibbons (Duncan Lacroix) his mission to capture Stephen Bonnet seemed to have backfired and landed him in police custody. The 30-seconds-video ends with a Mohawk about to hit Roger.

The upcoming episode, aptly titled 'Providence,' for the fate-driven drama airs on January 20 on Starz. The official synopsis released, reads; "Brianna confronts a violent figure from her past in an attempt to cope with her trauma; Roger befriends a fellow captive and endeavors to escape the Mohawk Village, while Fergus and Marsali plan a dangerous mission."