Alright... penultimate episodes are always intense, and this one was no exception, with a couple of major deaths and a final sealing of some tragic fates. Let's get going.
We get a time jump in this episode, which was a little bit awkward. Other than Claire telling us that time had passed in some rather sloppy exposition, I didn't really get the sense that things had changed. There was a lot of telling instead of showing in this episode. For example, Jamie warns Prince Charles that the men are weak from lack of food and rest, but we don't really spend much time with these men, to see how run down and demoralized they've become. In fact, this complaint stretches into an even bigger one: there were two very important character-driven plots in this episode, but they took up so much space that the third plot, the one concerning the actual uprising, got relegated to a subplot. In short, Jamie manages to convince Charles to lead a surprise attack on the British camp. Claire finds out the location from Black Jack Randall, which I'll get to in a second, and the men all move out to attack. But Charles' troops get lost in the night, and Jamie's column of men is forced to turn back, unwilling to attack with insufficient troops. This means that Charles' original plan will follow: they will meet the British the following day on Culloden Moor.
I mean, this is important stuff, guys. The whole season has been building up to this fateful battle. And the plot leading up to its inevitable arrival was relegated to a rushed few minutes of screen time at the start and finish of the episode. It's difficult to complain too much about this, because the other plot threads were really intense and I enjoyed them a lot. But is this really the time to be pushing the Jacobite plot into the background?