Outlander Season 5, Episode 10 recap: Mercy Shall Follow Me

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The Outlander moment we have been waiting for finally happened–and it was well worth the wait.

Outlander has been teasing a face-off between the Fraser family and Stephen Bonnet. Ever since he hurt Brianna, Jamie and Roger have been itching to exact revenge, and this week, they finally get that chance. And I was so here for it.

Last week, Jamie fought for his life after a snake bite, and this week, he’s on a mission to take down the man that hurt his daughter. In pursuit of cornering Bonnet, Jamie, Roger, and Ian head to Wylie’s Landing where they’re supposed to have a meeting with him. Of course, he has no idea that he’s going to be ambushed, and is being lured there under false pretenses.

Unfortunately, Bonnet does not show up to the meeting, and instead, one of his pirate lackeys comes in his place. After some forceful encouragement, they’re told of the brothel that Bonnet often visits. That’s the most likely place they’ll find him.

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While the men are away, Claire and Brianna are hoping to play. They head out around town and even head to the beach for a friendly, competitive run. This day of relaxation turns into a nightmare when they realize Bonnet has been tracking them since they were in town.

This scene goes by extremely fast and is all too frightening because Bonnet manages to take Brianna after knocking both her and Claire out.

When Claire comes to on the beach, she realizes Brianna is gone. Meanwhile, Brianna comes to only to find out that she’s with Bonnet, on an island somewhere. This nightmare is never going to end, is it?

Outlander takes us down an anxiety-inducing path as Brianna pretends to go along with whatever Bonnet thinks he’s doing. It’s all very off-putting because Bonnet thinks there is some sort of future for their “family”. Brianna has no choice but to play along because acting in any other way will only set Bonnet off.

After opening up about his past, Bonnet seems to have let his guard down, but after he kisses Brianna (this was so cringe), he realizes Brianna is just toying with him. I don’t blame her for not being able to pretend with this creep but I only wish she had because once he realized what was happening, he did not hesitate to go back to his regular evil self.

Pissed off at Brianna, Bonnet calls in his prostitute servant and has sex with her–and makes Brianna watch. After a very awkward few moments, Bonnet leaves the two women behind, giving Brianna a window to potentially get some help. Unfortunately, the woman does not want to help Brianna out of fear of Bonnet and his rage.

Meanwhile, Roger, Claire, and Jamie end up at the brothel they were directed to, and happen to bump into the very same woman that Brianna was just with. It’s funny how things work out in Outlander because this woman just so happened to have a medical condition that Claire noticed right away. After helping her whatever way she could and giving her some money, the woman tells Claire where Brianna is behind held captive.

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At this point, Bonnet has lost all his senses and his anger towards Brianna has grown ten-fold. So much so, that he wants to sell her as a sex slave. But this isn’t Bonnet’s time to win because before he can do any such thing, the family shows up to save the day!

Roger does not hesitate to punch Bonnet and rain down hell on him while Jamie stands back and lets his son-in-law do what he promised he would let him–hurt and/or kill Bonnet. However, Brianna has something else in store for Bonnet. She wants him to go through a proper trial, be convicted, and then sentenced.

It doesn’t seem like the brightest idea, but apparently justice was served appropriately in the 18th century because Bonnet is sentenced to death by drowning. I know what you are all thinking–he’s totally going to survive this, isn’t he?

Well, you wouldn’t be alone there because I was convinced that this wouldn’t be the last time we’d see this horrible, evil man. As he stood there with the tide rising higher and higher, I had a heavy feeling in the pit of my stomach. But that horrible, icky feeling went away after shots fired and killed Bonnet on the spot.

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Who was the genius that fired those shots ensuring Bonnet is truly dead? Brianna!

I mean, after everything that has happened, someone has to make sure that he’s not going to come back to haunt them. After shooting him, Roger asks Brianna if she killed him out of mercy or because she wanted to make sure he was dead.

She doesn’t have an answer for him, and I say, who the heck even cares. Bonnet is dead and gone and that is all that really matters. Right?

Did you enjoy this episode of Outlander? Are you happy Bonnet is finally gone? Tell us in the comments below!