Previously on The Living and the Dead: Creepy things started happening as soon as Nathan Appleby came home, and it seems like it’s driving him pretty crazy.
At last, we get the story of Lara, or Red Coat Lady, as I’ve been calling her. The poor woman’s a new mum, currently living with her baby daughter in a mental health facility. She voluntarily checked herself in because she’s being haunted by Gabriel, who wanders into her room at night to stare at her all dead-eyed and demand that she help him. Naturally, she thinks she’s experiencing some sort of psychosis. She’s nervous for good reason, too: turns out this horrible dead child has been haunting all the women of her family for several generations now, and it’s implied that the experience drove Lara’s mother to suicide when Lara was only three months old.
Previously on The Living and the Dead: Charlotte got pregnant, which would be great if she weren’t seemingly living at the mouth of hell. An unusual number of people in a tiny village were haunted, some to death, including Nathan, who keeps seeing a very 21st century woman in a red coat running around his house. It may be slowly driving him crazy.
So, if the last episode was the one where Nathan started going a bit off the rails, this is the one where he drives the train right over the edge of the bridge. Deliberately. He’s going full-on nuts, is what I’m saying.
Previously on The Living and the Dead: Nathan’s spooky village is a haunted nightmare town, and the living people aren’t that much better. One of them, Jack, was convinced that another guy he loves to bully cursed the harvest and tried to drown him as a witch. The other guy was saved, and Jack was banished.
It’s the Nathan Starts Losing It episode! Hooray! I’m surprised it took him this long—you can’t expect even the most rational and centred person not to start cracking up when they’ve been hearing voices, seeing things, and dealing with all the bizarre nonsense going on around Shepzoy.
And on that note: Nathan’s turned to the power of Ouija in an attempt to contact Clarity (whose name is starting to seem kind of like a cruel joke, no?). He gets no answers with that, but after he leaves the room, the word ‘daddy’ appears on a mirror.
Previously on The Living and the Dead: Nathan and his wife, Charlotte, decided to make a go of farming, which would be challenging enough, but it turns out the tiny village is super haunted. Or something. Maybe there’s something in the water, because now even Nathan’s starting to see and hear things. Ghost children tempted a village boy, Charlie, to an old mine, where he died.
It’s harvest-time, and since this period is so vital to the survival of Shepzoy, feelings are running a little high. Nathan’s a little distracted by guilt over Charlie, whose mother has decided to pack up her horrifyingly creepy daughters and leave. She thinks the place is cursed. I can’t blame her for that. I’m starting to think so too.
Previously on The Living and the Dead: Nathan Appleby and his wife, Charlotte, decided to leave London behind and give late-19th century farming a go, taking over his family’s place in Somerset. But apparently this place is haunted as hell, because first the vicar’s daughter appeared to be murderously possessed, and then Nathan saw a woman wandering around his house with an iPad.
First, some housekeeping matters.
It’s 1894. Nathan Appleby has returned home to rural Somerset, accompanied by his very cool, modern-woman wife, Charlotte. Nathan, too, is a modern man, a psychologist who’s just returned from a trip to Vienna, where he gave a talk about psychological trauma. He’s back in Somerset to see his mother, who’s dying. It’s the summer solstice, and while Nathan and the locals see to the usual traditions (lighting and dancing around a bonfire), someone goes to Nathan’s mother’s room. We don’t see who it is, but she tells them to leave her son alone, and then dies.
Previously on Outlander: Claire and Jamie tried really, really hard to avoid the Battle of Culloden, but alas, ‘twas not to be.
1746: The battle is nigh. The very morning of, Jamie is still begging Charles to call the whole thing off, reminding this idiot that his entire army is cold, hungry, and seriously ill-prepared. Charles is basically all, ‘Whatever, doubter. Let me drop some more religion on you, because that often serves one well in circumstance such as these.’ Culloden is on.
Claire decides the only thing to do is to assassinate Charles, which is precisely what Murtaugh has been telling them to do since Paris day one, right? And they told him that wouldn’t work because…reasons. But now that it’s Claire’s idea, it’s totally cool. What Claire wants, Claire gets, and she’s not going to let a little thing like an actual human life stand in her way. And yes, you could make the argument that she’s hoping to save many lives here, but let’s not kid ourselves: she’s only doing this because she’s worried about Jamie. If it were just a bunch of Highlanders marching off to their doom, she’s probably just shrug and mutter, ‘War really is hell, in any century.’ And maybe patch up the survivors.
Previously on Game of Thrones: The date of Cersei’s and Loras’s trials were set, Dany got herself a fleet, and Jon retook Winterfell.
Last episode of the season, folks! In previous years this has tended to be a quiet episode, but this year the powers that be decided to go a little off script and do something exciting. And thank God for that, because most of the rest of the season was a bit draggy, don’t you think?
Previously on Outlander: Claire interfered in the relationship between Mary and Alex Randall but was then able to save Mary from the clutches of the Duke of Sandringham, so I guess they’re moving towards being even.
We’re just a few days from the Battle of Culloden (and, we later learn, Black Jack’s death, so, sad yay?). While Jamie’s rushing around trying to 1) prevent the battle (since the men are starving and dispirited) and, when that doesn’t work, 2) gathering as much intelligence on the British as he can in order to try and turn the tide at the last moment, Claire’s being tasked with easing a couple of people out of this world.
Previously on Penny Dreadful: Everyone set off to look for Vanessa, who’s now fully committed to Dracula, which is not good for the world.
It’s the last episode ever, and we get some new credits. For those interested, the shots of Vanessa are pretty much all of her doing something religious.