The season six premiere of Outlander sees Claire and Jamie Fraser beginning a new life in colonial America. The episode opens with scenes of Native Americans performing a tribal dance, setting the stage for the exploration of circles and their significance throughout the episode. Jamie and Claire are shown in 1767, making their way up the Eastern Seaboard after surviving a shipwreck in Georgia.
Jamie becomes involved in a plan to rescue two friends, Hayes and Gavin, who are facing execution. However, only one of them, Hayes, survives, and Lesley decides to give him a proper burial. During this time, Ian is haunted by his past trauma and has a conversation with Jamie about their shared experiences of sexual abuse.
Stephen Bonnet, a familiar face from previous seasons, shows up and takes an interest in Claire's wedding rings. Jamie and Claire help Bonnet escape and camp in the woods, where Jamie professes his unwavering love for her. The following morning, Claire gives Jamie a history lesson about North Carolina and its future as one of the states in America.
In an attempt to finance their trip back to Scotland, Claire wears her ruby necklace to attract a buyer at a dinner hosted by Mr. Lillington. They end up selling the ruby but consider staying in America after an attractive offer from the governor. Jamie and Claire inform their friends that they will be remaining in America, and Fergus and Marsali announce their pregnancy and plans to stay in Wilmington.
Claire receives surgical tools as a wedding anniversary present from Jamie, but their peaceful night is interrupted when they are attacked by Stephen and his men. Jamie is beaten, and the thieves steal the money from the ruby sale. In a horrific turn of events, Lesley tries to protect Claire but is killed by Stephen, who demands her wedding rings. Claire attempts to swallow them, but Stephen retrieves one ring before leaving her in shock and grief.
The season premiere sets the stage for a dramatic and intense storyline as Claire and Jamie face new challenges in America. The episode explores themes of love, history, and the harsh realities of life in the colonial era. Outlander fans can expect more gripping moments and emotional twists as the season unfolds.