If you're an Outlander fan, then you're most certainly in love with Jamie Fraser and his chivalrous ways — not to mention his fiery red-hair, piercing blue eyes and Scottish accent. A huge part of what makes Jamie such a catch is the way he treats his beloved Claire, going out of his way to protect and guard her from any and all evil, whilst being endearing and caring. Yes, we can all agree that Claire is one lucky lady but, since she went back through Craig Na Dun to 1948, she left Jamie and all his loving behind in 1746.
In the #OutlanderSeason2 finale, Claire found out that Jamie hadn't died in the battle of Culloden as she'd expected, and she's determined to find her way back to his arms. However, Claire spent the last 20 years living with Frank and raising Brianna — her love child with Jamie — which leaves us to wonder what became of Jamie in that time. When Season 3 returns and Claire eventually reunites with her soulmate, she'll have some reckoning to do, and Jamie will have some pretty complicated stories to tell.
Could it be that he actually let Claire go and embraced a new romance? Scroll down and find out!
HUGE SPOILER ALERT: In case you haven't read Voyager yet, this article contains major spoilers about Jamie's life without Claire in the 1700s.
Jamie, The Faithful
All throughout the Outlander series, one thing stands out as the most obvious consensus: Jamie and Claire love each other deeply. No matter the danger or setback they face, they always seem to find their way back to each other. After sending Claire and his unborn child back through the stones, Jamie didn't expect to survive the battle of Culloden. He fought with his mind set on doing the right thing, regardless of it costing his life, but he ended up surviving it nonetheless.
What comes next is a series of twists and turns of destiny (which I'll not spoil here) but, for many years, Jamie simply can't find a reason to live without Claire. He struggles through it, and eventually devotes himself to his family, but Claire is always on his mind. If you've read Diana Gabaldon's Voyager, you know how hard it was to see Jamie broken and alone, while Claire began life anew with Frank. Don't get me wrong, she had it tough as well, but she succumbed first — just saying...
Jamie, The Needy
Where Jamie's character is concerned, the one thing that comes to mind is duty. He is a man who firmly believes in his father's hard-taught lessons about doing the right thing for everyone, especially for those he loves. In Claire, he found a partner who shared these ideals of rightness and honor and, in their love, Jamie found his purpose in life: to care and provide for her and their family. So, when he lost Claire and their child, he lost any sense of self-preservation and self-worth, because he also lost his purpose in life.
This mentally unstable Jamie is the one that finally gives in on one starry night in a cave. Reluctantly, Jamie takes Mary MacNab, Lallybroch's kitchen maid, to bed. This happens after spending the first few years post-Culloden living hidden from English soldiers, barely able to see his family every couple of months, and before he makes a decision that will change his life forever.
Jamie, The Help
Some more twists and turns later, and Jamie finds himself in England, working as a groom in the stables of Helwater, a property owned by Major Dunsany. The Major and his wife have two daughters, Geneva and Isobel, and, early on, the 17-year-old Geneva becomes infatuated with Jamie. She then makes him accompany her on her daily horse rides and, when she discovers she's to be married to a much older man, she decides she'll lose her virginity with Jamie.
On her defense, she does open up to Jamie and asks him to bed her but, when he obviously refuses, she blackmails him into a one-night-stand. They spend the night together — when Jamie shows her his loving skills — and, in the morning, Geneva comes to the conclusion that she's in love with him. Recently, Starz has cast Hannah James as Geneva Dunsany and Tanya Reynolds as her sister, Isobel.
Jamie, The Family Man
Twenty years is a long time, long enough for Jamie to totally accept that he'll never set eyes on his beloved Claire again, and that he'll never meet their child. As things begin to get back to normal, with the Crown offering pardons for those involved with Culloden who are still alive, Jamie is able to finally return home to Lallybroch.
While he might be a much calloused and changed man, his old love interest, Laoghaire, is still holding on to the hope of getting Jamie to herself. And she manages just that, when she marries Jamie with the help of his sister, Jenny. By then, Laoghaire has had two husbands, with two daughters from the second. Jamie dutifully takes on his role as a husband and a father to the girls, and finally begins to move on with his life — just as Claire travels back in time to find him.
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Part of what makes Diana Gabaldon's books and stories so enticing is the fact that her characters are made of flesh and bone, so to speak; they are as real as can be, and they face the most impossible decisions — much like we do in real life. Claire and Jamie's love story is one of ups and downs, of separation and loss and, most definitely, of forgiveness. To expect that both Claire and Jamie would spend 20 years apart — in different centuries, at that — and not get involved with other people, would be extremely naive. What matters is that, although he's met other people and carried on with his life somewhat, Jamie has ever only shared his heart and soul with Claire.
How would you react in Claire's place if you'd traveled 200 years back in time and found your husband had moved on? Would you forgive Jamie? Let us know in the comments!