*Spoilers for Outlander season six, episode seven below*
Outlander fans were very excited to see Lizzie Wemyss and Josiah and Keziah Beardsley’s throuple storyline make it to the small screen in the penultimate episode of the show’s sixth season.
Readers of Diana Gabaldon’s books will have known to expect the rather unconventional living arrangement – certainly for 18th century America – as it appears in the novel A Breath of Snow and Ashes, upon which the latest season is loosely based.
However, viewers were praising the way the scenes were handled, calling the character ‘ahead of her time’ and gushing over the ‘beautiful’ handling of the ‘unique and sweet love story’.
In the most recent episode, Lizzie (Caitlin O’Ryan) told Claire (Caitriona Balfe) that she was pregnant and unsure of who the father was, before revealing the full – and I do mean full – details of her relationship with Josiah and Keziah (both played by Paul Gorman).
Sharing that their relationship had turned sexual while Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire were away from Fraser’s Ridge and the boys were applying ointment to her in an attempt to ward off the returning malaria, Lizzie took agency over their set-up, confirming that it was ‘my choice, I swear’ and that she ‘felt safe, with arms around me’.
Revealing that one thing had led to another the first time (when they were ‘slippery with ointment’, ahem) had a rather surprised Claire – even as a 20th century transplant – exclaiming: ‘Elizabeth Wemyss, I’m not sure it’s possible to engage in sexual relations with two men without meaning too.’
Lizzie then decided to share that ‘they’re identical everywhere, if you take my meaning’, which is in fact something they later try to take advantage of in the books.
As Jamie demanded that she chose to marry one of the twins, Lizzie declared: ‘You do not understand. They’re one soul in two bodies.’
However, he performed a handfasting with Lizzie and Keziah after making the men draw straws, which then saw Lizzie and Josiah head to Roger (Richard Rankin) to get him to handfast them so they wouldn’t be separated.
‘Lizzie and the twins first non-monogamy couple in history,’ tweeted one excited fan, while others called her ‘ahead of her time’ and the real MVP’.
‘This scene was so incredible. Lizzie having agency, not ashamed, expressing how she felt safe & how nice it was. @_CaitlinORyan is incredible & delivered the Lizzie I always wanted to see,’ commented one fan.
Another observed: ‘I love everything about this scene. Lizzie and her newfound experiences and confidence. Claire wanting to be helpful to Lizzie.’
They then joked: ‘But also Claire: “Please let there be a medical emergency…right now!”’
One viewer branded Lizzie ‘queen of TMI’, while another admitted: ‘Claire has so much composure while listening to Lizzie going into detail. I’m dyyyying just watching it.’
The sixth season has put the Frasers through it once more, with Malva Christie (Jessica Reynolds) killed and Claire the prime suspect after the youngster publicly accused Jamie of being the father of her baby.
There’s just one episode left in the curtailed season to (hopefully) set things right, but with the Christie family furious and grieving, there’s bound to be more shocks in store.
Outlander season six is now available to stream on Starzplay.