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The Devil's Mark 

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Claire and Geillis stand trial for witchcraft; Claire learns a secret about Geillis' past.

Director:

Mike Barker

Writers:

Diana Gabaldon (based on the series of books written by), Ronald D. Moore (developed by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Caitriona Balfe ... Claire Randall
Sam Heughan ... Jamie Fraser
Lotte Verbeek ... Geillis Duncan
Bill Paterson ... Ned Gowan
Tim McInnerny ... Father Bain
Nell Hudson ... Laoghaire MacKenzie
Kern Falconer Kern Falconer ... Kilgore
Mark McDonnell Mark McDonnell ... Watt
Johnny Austin Johnny Austin ... John Macrae
Lucy Hollis Lucy Hollis ... Jeanie Hume
Mark Prendergast ... Alistair Duffie
Kim Allan ... Robena Donaldson
Rhys Parry Jones ... Warden 3 (as Rhys Parry-Jones)
Pauline Lynch Pauline Lynch ... Woman
John Michael-Love John Michael-Love ... Burly Man
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Geilis and Claire are imprisoned pending their trial for witchcraft. Geilis admits to Claire that she killed her husband Arthur, which isn't a surprise. She also admits that she is devoted to the Jacobite cause. The trial itself has all the makings of a one-sided affair but Ned Gowan arrives in time to provide both of them with something of a defense. The witnesses against them include Geilis' housemaid, a woman who bought a love potion from her and Laoghaire who claims Claire stole Jamie from her with magic. As the trial comes to an end, Ned tells the two women that the only solution is for Claire to save herself by denouncing Geilis. She refuses to do so but Geilis saves her - and reveals her great secret. Jamie takes Claire from the court and Claire tells him the truth about her past. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Scots

Release Date:

18 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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Left Bank Pictures See more »
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Trivia

Lotte Verbeek (Geillis Duncan) has the same name as a real 16th-century Scottish woman who was the first person accused of being a witch in Scotland. The whole witch trial madness stemmed from her accusation. See more »

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The last witch executed in Scotland was in 1707 - a generation before the time of this story. The last witch trial was also well before 1743, and the rescinding of the 1563 act, which is mentioned in the episode, was observed in Scotland. Furthermore the (earlier) enthusiasm for seeking out witches was largely a phenomenon of the Lowland Scots and was quite rare in the Highlands. See more »

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Geillis Duncan: Looks like I'm going to a fucking barbeque.
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Skye Boat Theme
Written by Bear McCreary
Performed by Raya Yarbrough
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Perfect episode, exactly what I wanted when I heard the premise of the show.

This episode is my favourite along with "The Garrison Commander". It was packed with an equal mix of shocks and touching moments. After being captured last episode, Claire and Geillis are put on trial for being witches. With Jamie and Dougall away, they have no escape, so they have to try and win a trial they have already lost.

This is great because it is a pure dose of the exact reason I love the show; a 20th century woman equipped only with her knowledge of history and medicine trying to survive in 16th century Scotland. I loved the early episodes, because that's what they gave me. Any slip up she made could result in her death. This resulted in great tension and smart writing.

But, as it went along, the show really became all about Jamie and Claire's love story. I was nervous going into this show that it would be just that. This is why I didn't enjoy the wedding episode at all. I'm not opposed to the idea of a this being a romance story, but I didn't find Jamie to be a particularly interesting character. He's just too perfect, protecting Claire at every turn. This robbed the show of tension and removed the aspect of this woman using only her wit to survive that I loved so much. The show just became a loop of Claire getting into a bad situation, and Jamie rescuing her.

I've heard that their romance is much better in the books, that the screenwriters of the show just aren't as good at dialogue as the author. And, to the writers' credit, I finally bought Claire and Jamie's romance by the end of this episode. If they can maintain the balance of this episode, I feel like both I and the book readers will be happy.

The episode was pretty much perfect. So many running threads converged perfectly. It had several great twists. I wasn't a fan of the very end of the episode, but that's me talking. It think the end is exactly what most fans wanted. It's nothing to do with the show-runners, and more with the author of the books.


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