Through a Glass, Darkly



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Episode Info

In the Season 2 premiere, Jamie and Claire arrive in France, where they hope to infiltrate the Jacobite rebellion and put a stop to the Battle of Culloden. Thrown into the plush world of French society, they experience court intrigue and struggle to make any headway politically.


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
Laura Donnelly
as Jenny Fraser Murray
Nell Hudson
as Laoghaire MacKenzie
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Critic Reviews for Through a Glass, Darkly

A pretty grim return to one of the most anticipated romance stories on television, n'est pas? Luckily, there was plenty of time to go back to the 18th century towards the back half of the premiere.

May 26, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…

So to sum it up, to show just how quickly the story is moving, how fabulously competent the hero at the center of it is and how much potential the story has in this new status quo...

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Good news! The couple has a new enemy.

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Like salt poured over a fresh wound.

Oct 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Claire's return to the 1940s takes up most of the episode and nearly all of my emotional reserve... I'm ready for a wee dram and a good lie-down, and Frank is ready to do damage to an old shed.

May 26, 2016 | Full Review…

At its best, the show... is a literate fantasy, in which a strong-willed, intelligent woman gets to have great sex and fantastic adventures... At its worst, however, it's clunky melodrama. "Through a Glass, Darkly" delivers dollops of both.

May 26, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

With Outlander Season 2 Episode 1, our lovely Claire is still torn between the past and the present, and it's obvious straight away things are not going to be easy for the Sassenach.

May 26, 2016 | Rating: 4.75/5 | Full Review…

I also think the show's insight into the happenings immediately following Claire's return gives depth to the character of Frank, and that's a good thing. We really do need to care for Frank, and Menzies needs to keep acting.

May 26, 2016 | Full Review…

This episode's laced with the harsh realizations of powerlessness for everyone. Claire comes to terms with the fact that she doesn't have the power to change the future, and Frank with how little power he has to change Claire.

May 26, 2016 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

The opening is shocking and full of grief, which is not what viewers have been hoping for, while waiting for the big return. The silver lining is that things get better as time goes on, and "Through a Glass Darkly" is a wonderful setup for the new season.

May 26, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…