Even without having read Diana Gabaldon's books, it was easy to see that Claire and Jamie Fraser were destined to end up together. But I've absolutely loved the way in which it happened, seemingly as organic as two people first becoming friends and then finding something more a little further in the relationship. Starz even spent an entire episode on the wedding, going through the three demands that Jamie met in order to take his bride: 1) he wanted a real priest to marry them 2) he expected a ring to be made from a key (primarily the "bow" part of a key, which in itself taught me that a medieval key consists of a "blade" and a "bow," and 3) Claire would need the finest dress that they could get on short notice.
Instead of being some horrible plot device to save Claire from the evil "Black Jack" Randall, Jamie's insistence on details for his wedding turned the whole affair into one of the most romantic things I've ever seen. There was even courtship, with an exchange between the two of them that occurred after their wedding that went from Jamie telling Claire all about his lineage to their making love for the first time, to getting food and wine, and more sex, and well...yeah. It was pretty great considering that it could have been pretty awful. But maybe the true magic of the series is Claire, probably the best heroine I've come to enjoy in what seems like ages. Claire has this ability to see the worst of circumstances in the best light, and it's rather wonderful to see what she'll do next to get herself out of a situation. Or in the case of the cliffhanger ending of the mid-season finale, what luck will bring her when she is completely out of options and she's played her best hand only to fail miserably.
The most tense part of last night's mid-season finale though was Claire realizing she was just a hop, a skip, and a jump away from the pile of rocks that we can only assume will whisk her back to her own time period if she can only touch the center rock. Her husband in the future was at the stones at the same time on film, just about to leave when he heard her voice calling to him from the rocks. As romantic and tense as this seems, one thing I'm a little mystified with is the whole time travel mechanic going on here. It would appear that both timelines (Claire's future and her past) are moving at the same pace. So when she does eventually make it back to her timeline, whatever time that she's spent in the past will have passed for her in her future (essentially making her a "missing" person). It's an interesting mechanic because it means that time has consequence above and beyond the meddling one can do in the past that forges a divergent future. As far as time travel devices go, the rocks at Craigh na Dun are pretty stingy in this respect because if you're able to send someone into the past to live a different life, the least you could do when that journey's over is deposit them in the exact time in which they left so that (to an outside observer) you've only been gone a second. But doing it this way, Claire leaves a trail of broken hearts and broken men no matter "when" she goes.