Episode 89: Discussion of Episode 111 “The Devil’s Mark”

In this episode, we discuss Outlander Episode 111 “The Devil’s Mark.” And in our not-so-humble opinions, this was the best one yet.

Our discussion of the episode is, indeed, in this week’s podcast. But this episode was so much more. We both agreed that this was the show’s most stunning work, yet. Lotte Verbeek, finally given more and meatier scenes, steals the show. This is the episode where two important things happen: Claire meets another TRAVELER, and Claire makes the most important CHOICE of her life. The first time she left Frank, it was not her choice. This time, it is. Finally, FINALLY, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander universe is set up. We come to know there are others who can travel, and it seems, from Geillis’ questioning of Claire, that she certainly was surprised that Claire came only “on accident.” Without a purpose, as she herself had.

Here are some of our favorite shots of Geillis from the episode. Truly, a wonderful performance by Lotte Verbeek.

Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan, in the thieves hole

Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan, in the thieves hole

Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan,

Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan,

Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan,

Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan

Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan,

Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan

Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan,

Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan

Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan,

Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan,


Links related to Episode 111

Outlander Episode 111 “The Devil’s Mark” on IMDB

Ron Moore’s podcast on Episode 111 “The Devil’s Mark”

Bear McCreary’s blog post on Episode 111 “The Devil’s Mark”

Writer: Toni Graphia

Director: Mike Barker

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12 Responses to Episode 89: Discussion of Episode 111 “The Devil’s Mark”

  1. Kate says:

    I agree – this episode was the best. And the law really did exist. It was one of the things that my husband pointed out to me that they were no longer trying witches as of the mid 1700’s.

  2. Lourdes says:

    Really enjoyed your podcast discussion of this episode! If I had any critique to make of book to screen adaptation, it was in the last 30 seconds. The shot walking to the stones then cutting to waking Jamie at the campsite came across a little sloppy, and for non-book readers (I would think) it could be confusing. If you read the Variety interview that Cat / Sam did after this episode, the “reasons for staying” came across as far more ambiguous than in the book. It was almost as if it was just as much about not reopening wounds Frank might be healing from in his time as it was to live out this grand love she had in the 1740s.

    • outlanderpod says:

      We agree. The reasons for staying is less straightforward. It will be interesting to see how they handle things in the upcoming episodes 🙂

  3. Such a fantastic episode – although I enjoy each one immensely – but it was so full of big moments from the book – among the most memorable scenes for me when I first read it. I remember gasping aloud when I read the line about Geillis and the smallpox vax scar. What a great twist! And my heart thumping when reading about Claire’s decision. Omg is all I can say! Even tho I knew the outcome of the story, when I watched the episode for the 1st time, I still felt some anxious flutters by the end of the hour, I guess my way of re-processing the enormity of Claire’s decision at the stones. Because I came to the books AFTER seeing the teasers for the Starz series, but BEFORE the first episode aired, I meshed the faces of Cait and Sam onto my mind’s eye of Claire and Jamie, and I am so happy for that – they are truly the perfect people to represent those characters and their stories.

    And back to Geillis – I grew to really really dislike her in the book, although I did appreciate her move to save Claire. BUT – in the tv show, I am so drawn to her as a complex character (the way that I am with Game of Thrones characters, for example). To have a character with questionable morals and even quite disturbing, cold-hearted behavior (hello!? she murdered her husband! his only fault being that he was not her match, was repulsive, etc. and stood in the way of her bigger aims – not an excuse for murder!) but to still feel empathy for them…. I really felt for her during the trial and when she was talking with Claire. Such an amazing performance by Lotte!! She has brought me a long way around to Geillis!

    Thanks for the recap and discussion, ladies! 🙂

    • outlanderpod says:

      Wow! What a great comment! Thank you for taking the time to share so much thought 🙂
      You really do have an interesting take on this! To have not been a reader before seeing Jamie and Claire, yet having read before seeing even episode 1. That is pretty darn special! We had read the first 7 books before seeing Jamie and Claire cast, but saw the early photos, etc., before reading book 8. Still too much time with the Book Versions in our heads, I assume. S has had the actors’ faces merge/take over for the book faces, now, whereas G still doesn’t have much of an actual face for either (Book Versions). Isn’t it odd how this all works?
      We agree–Lotte was amazing. For now… we like–maybe love?–Geillis. But we also know the books…so… 😉
      Thank you so much for listening and providing your feedback! We really appreciate it 🙂

  4. Athena Nike says:

    I liked this episod, it was intense and the performance of Lotte was great!

    I didn’t like very much the second part, when Jamie and Claire are in the woods and she reveals Jamie the truth.
    I think it was too rushed, especially the final scene: Claire doesn’t seem to decide of her own life, she doesn’t seem to choose consciously to stay with Jamie. In the book, that decision was more troubled and meditate.

    I hope you will understand what I mean, sorry for my bad English.

  5. deana Hervey says:

    Sweet baby Jesus! It was so good. Lottie was awesome and what a brilliant touch seeing her Red Shoes go by as she was carried out of the First Self-Righteous Church of the Highlands. Loved, loved, loved seeing Ned Gowen strut his stuff and he was packing! The expressions on Jamie’s face when Claire was telling her tale ran the spectrum of every emotion, but I don’t really think another highlander would have taken the news so well. But in the back of his mind Jamie looked like he was thinking, “Hhm, the bitch be cray cray, but I still want to tap that arse.” And of course what episode would be complete without the obligatory “Sassenach Witch-Wasted” scene? LOL and lastly I would line up and pay to bitch-slap LegHair into the next century.

  6. Jasmin says:

    I cried a lot… the last 20 mins or so killed me. T-T And I mean in a good way. Loved every second of it.

  7. Jasmin says:

    Also the barbecue comment by Geillis was also a HUGE hint because she used the f-word. And we know that this wasn’t a word known in that period. 🙂

  8. Jasmin says:

    Last comment: I was also confused why there were no familiar faces in the crowd… like Mrs. Fitz?! Of course Laoghaire was there (as a witness) but nobody else!?

  9. Jasmin says:

    Okay THIS is my last comment! xD I think Geillis gave up also because she knew Dougal had been send away with Jamie. But Jamie returned – I’m sure he heard of the witch trial – while Dougal didn’t. So Jamie showed up to save Geillis but Dougal didn’t. So she knew there was nothing to live for – if that makes any sense. 🙂

Let us know what you think! :)