Castle Leoch



Critic Consensus: "Castle Leoch" uses budding relationships and a feminist slant to establish the groundwork for an intriguingly unique episode of Outlander.

Episode Info

Claire is introduced to the laird, but suspicions about her grow as she makes a friend of the mysterious Geillis Duncan and the clan discovers her skills at healing.


Caitriona Balfe
as Claire Randall
Sam Heughan
as Jamie Fraser
Tobias Menzies
as Frank Randall/Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall
Graham McTavish
as Dougal MacKenzie
Gary Lewis
as Colum MacKenzie
Duncan Lacroix
as Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser
Annette Badland
as Mrs. Fitzgibbons
Lotte Verbeek
as Geillis Duncan
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Critic Reviews for Castle Leoch

I always love waiting for who our main character is going to connect with and who she's going to clash with. We get the start of all those relationships in this episode.

May 18, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

This is the episode of Outlander that sold me on the series.

May 18, 2016 | Full Review…

Outlander may be a slow-burn, much like HBO's Boardwalk Empire, but in that deliberate pacing lies some fascinating scenes.

May 18, 2016 | Full Review…

This week's episode was unique, not only because of the story it occupied its time telling, but because it made, to my mind, an unprecedented leap in quality from pilot to second episode.

May 18, 2016 | Full Review…

Claire's transformation into a stoic adversary of sexism is more than fully realized, but don't confuse her for a misandrist.

May 18, 2016 | Full Review…

Things got really interesting for our feminist time traveler this week and we quickly learned that the feminist struggle has been real for a very long time.

May 18, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A pair of scenes further paint an impressive picture of Jamie.

May 18, 2016 | Full Review…

The fact that we're taking this journey through the perspective of a woman makes things infinitely more interesting, especially because Claire so closely resembles the archetypal reluctant male hero we're used to seeing in the fantasy genre.

May 18, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Honestly I can't help but think how distraught I would be in this situation and the show hasn't done anything to disparage Frank's character so...hold on to your butts...I think I'm Team Frank. For now.

May 18, 2016 | Full Review…

Besides showing off the beauty of Scotland and a look at 18th century life, tonight's Outlander emphasized that even when you're offered basic courtesies, you can still be a prisoner.

May 18, 2016 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…