It seemed as if Claire def. chose to go back to her own time in 1x8, as she was just about to put her hands on the stone before the red coats caught her. But, I've heard that in the books she has to make a decision whether to go back or not. Do you think that decision will be portrayed in later episodes?
It may because that is part of another story arch. In the book, she is trying to go back to the stones before almost drowning in a river before Corporal Hawkins saves her and brings her to Black Jack. I think this was also a good way of closing off the eighth episode.
But in the books she never actually makes it to thr stones when Corporal Hawkins saves her from drowning, she only makes it back there after the… trial (Dont want to give away any spoilers) and it’s because Jamie brings her there.