(With Game Of Thrones between seasons, I asked a few critics if they wanted to talk about the shows they’re using to fill the King’s Landing-shaped hole in their lives. First up, my colleague from The A.V. Club, Brandon Nowalk, discussing Starz’ Outlander.)
Ever since Arya set sail for Braavos, I’ve been ruing the wait until spring for more Game Of Thrones. A couple months later we got a show that’s been whetting my appetite for more Thrones, another pre-modern fantasy saga based on a series of novels. I’m talking about Starz’s Outlander, which airs its mid-season finale tomorrow.
The show starts in 1945, just after the war. English nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and her husband Frank (Tobias Menzies–Edmure Tully on Game Of Thrones) are spending their honeymoon touring his ancestral stomping grounds in Scotland, when she stumbles upon a Druid ritual and, long story short, she wakes up in the 18th century with a sexy Scot savior named Jamie (Sam Heughan). I was skeptical to see Game Of Thrones comparisons in early reviews of Outlander, but the season has largely lived up to them, not least for having Edmure Tully in such a prominent role….