Critic Consensus: The strongest episode of Outlander's second season so far, "Prestonpans" is a tense and bloody battle that doesn't sugarcoat the terrible losses of war.

Episode Info

Jamie uses Claire's knowledge of the future to lead the Jacobite army into battle against the British, while Claire tends to the wounded, a harsh reminder of the cost of war.


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 Prestonpans

The message? Flowery, sugar-coated deaths won't be a thing during this war, even if it's for a fan favorite.

Jun 13, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

This episode serves, mostly, as a reminder of the costs of war-and who pays the price for the whims of the warmongers.

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Prestonpans, Outlander's tenth episode this season, is bookended by scenes of death - sharp, visceral, gutting death witnessed on a personal level.

Oct 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Mark me, James: we will win this war. Prince Charles has led our characters into battles good and bad, misguided and inspired, but all unstoppable.

Jun 25, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

In the end... whether you win or lose, there is always a heavy price that accompanies war.

Jun 13, 2016 | Rating: 8.4/10 | Full Review…

Outlander's message, though muffled during the fighting, again makes itself clear: The battlefield may be exciting, but there's little glory there. Just a lot of gore.

Jun 13, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Outlander brought the Battle of Prestonpans to life with great execution and depth, and it easily ranks as the series' best action sequence to date.

Jun 13, 2016 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

After a couple of humdrum episodes, Outlander returned to fighting form this week with "Prestonpans," a bloody, emotional hour that found Jamie and his clansmen mourning one of their own.

Jun 13, 2016 | Full Review…

We've got belly wounds, peeing contests and Dougal's ego (again!) to deal with.

Jun 13, 2016 | Full Review…

Ultimately, the sweeping, impersonal nature of all the battle scenes rings as thematically relevant for the episode.

Jun 13, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…