Each Outlander episode this season has left it’s special mark, but Episode #111: THE DEVIL’S MARK sets the emotional bar very high with Claire, Geillis , and Jamie taking us on a whirlwind adventure of fear, suspense, revelation, sacrifice, honesty, and love.
Jamie (Sam Heughan) is at #PeakPerformance in this episode, saving Claire from being burned as a witch, putting his trust and faith in her word, placing Claire’s pleasure before his own, sacrificing his own happiness by allowing her to return to the 20th century, and finally, receiving his reward for all his good deeds.
When amassing my collection of Jamie faces for each episode, I normally work around camera angles, dark or difficult lighting, motion blur, and sometimes goofy expressions. This week, the camera loved, loved, loved Jamie, and he loved the camera right back with quite a bit of eye contact and wistful stares in Claire’s general direction.
What this amounts to is my most difficult Top 30 yet. How do I choose between this perfect image versus that? It’s a dirty job, but I’m up to the task. After all, this episode is about sacrifice.
I present to you now, Jamie’s most perfectly photographed Top 30 of the season so far:
#29: Jamie’s I’m So, So Sorry Face – Don’t worry, lad. You’ll think of a really good way to make it up to her.
#28: Jamie’s Is This The One? Face – I’m not honestly looking at Jamie’s face right now. What are you looking at?
#27: Jamie’s Waking Up Face – Not to ruin the moment, but if Claire had been a British Red Coat, Jamie would probably be dead or captured right now.
#26: Jamie’s Hearing Geillis’ Confession Face – Is Jamie
A: Thinking about spanking his wife again for disobeying him?
B: Wondering if that was his crazy ex standing in front of his wife?
C: Hoping his wife is a time traveler and not a witch?
D. None of the above.
#25: Jamie’s Resolution Face – Yep. That’s exactly what resolution looks like.
#24: Jamie’s I’ll Stay At The Camp Face – Doesn’t that camp scene make you want to watch it again . . . and again . . . and again?
#23: Jamie’s My Wife Is From The Future? Face – Hey, if you’re into that kind of woman . . .
#22: Jamie’s You Belong On The Other Side Face – Gotta tell you. It’s not that great over here. All we have is PocketJamie.
#21: Jamie’s Your Husband Is Alive? Face – Yeah, but he looks too much like Black Jack Randall. Claire’s not sure she wants him any more.
#20: Jamie’s I Believe You Face – Come on. For a minute there, you did think she was a raving looney, right?
#19: Jamie’s It’s What You Wanted Face – Are we talking about last night, ’cause if not . . . ?
#18: Jamie’s Look Over There Face – I’d rather look over here.
#17: Jamie’s Let It Be The Truth Face – Okay. You have questionable taste in blondes, but exquisite taste in brunettes.
#16: Jamie’s Believing Is Seeing Face – Closing my eyes. “I believe. I believe. I believe.” Opening my eyes. “Damn. No Jamie.”
#15: Jamie’s No One Will Harm You Face – He keeps saying that . . .
#14: Jamie’s Time To Say Goodbye Face – Can we hurry this along? You’ve got a backlog of women waiting, Jamie.
#13: Jamie’s I Promise You The Truth Face – Okay. Did you ever really like Laoghaire?
#12: Jamie’s Skinning A Rabbit And Talking About Lallybroch Face – Gotta love a man who can skin a rabbit. Of course, you know I’m really talking about how good he is with his hands, right?
#11: Jamie’s Staring Wistfully At Claire Sitting By The Water Face – Sacrifice sucks.
And here we are at Jamie’s Perfect Top 10:
#10: Jamie’s Goodbye, Sassenach Face – The set of the jaw, the steel in the eyes . . .
#9: Jamie’s Hearing Claire’s Goodbye Face – Stay out of this man’s line of sight. He’s bringing home the Emmy. #EmmysForOutlander
#8: Jamie’s Going Home To Lallybroch Face – Okay, you big babies. Quit your crying. They’re going home to Lallybroch.
#7: Jamie’s Are You A Witch? Face – Yes! She’s a witch! Pick me. Pick me.
#6: Jamie’s I Believe You Face – If Jamie believes in time travel, he’ll pretty much believe in anything.
Now, I just need to figure out a way to make this work for me . . .
#5: Jamie’s But T’would Be Easier If You Were A Witch Face – Iconic scenes call for iconic faces. If this ain’t one, I don’t know what is.
#3: Jamie’s I’m Not Ready To Let You Go Face – We’ll never be able to let either of you go. Waaahh.
#2: Jamie’s Staring Wistfully At Claire Sleeping Face – Raise your hand. Who knew where this was going?
#1: Jamie’s I Want To Watch You Face – Who could have known watching would be so damn sexy?
Outlander Episode #112: LALLYBROCH premieres on Starz on Saturday, 25 April 2015 in the U.S.
If you missed last week’s Top 30, you’ll find it here: Jamie’s Top 30 Looks from Outlander Episode #110: BY THE PRICKING OF MY THUMBS
My recapped review of this episode is also available: A True Fan’s Review of Outlander Episode #111: THE DEVIL’S MARK