miccaeli miccaevelli / 21 / australia
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Hi, could you please explain that scene in the 2nd episode of Outlander where they're talking to that little boy and Claire said something wrong about the boy being someone's kid and the scene became really tense. I haven't read the books and i'm confused as to what she said wrong and what was going on? Thank you :)
asked by Anonymous

Okay, fair warning - this is explained in the books and it will most likely come into the show, but if you can’t wait/want to know anyway, read on~

As we’ve seen in this ep, Colum suffers from Toulouse-Lautrec syndrome. Because of this he isn’t fully capable of performing all the duties expected of a Scottish laird, and so Dougal is the clan’s war cheiftan - he rides around, visits tenants, steals cattle from other clans, u no the usual Highland hobbies. People in books often say ‘Colum is the mind and Dougal is the body’ - this has caused a bit of a rift/power struggle between the brothers that is the cause of some of the leadership tension we saw in this ep.

Toulouse-Lautrec syndrome has many symptoms, one of which is infertility. But Colum still needs an heir to be chief when he dies, so he, his wife Leticia and Dougal come up with the grand plan of having Dougal get Leticia pregnant, then pretending the child, Hamish, is Colum’s so he can be heir to the clan. So Claire, drunk off her face, mistakenly (correctly) thinks Dougal is Hamish’s father, resulting in the awkward (HILARIOUS) silence we saw.

The kicker in all this is that in 1743, Colum’s condition is barely understood - but Claire, being a nurse from the 1940’s, knows what Toulouse-Lautrec looks like, knows that Colum is infertile, and that he can’t possibly be Hamish’s father. And Colum knows she knows. This means Claire knows the secret that could tear the clan apart, and makes her even more dangerous than they originally thought she was. AND THE PLOT THICKENS~

Outlander ep 2 is out!! If you need a link, just shoot me an ask - and please specify if you want a torrent, direct download or stream!!

If you don't mind, I'd love to hear the last theory on ghost!Jamie. I'm currently reading the series (about a third of the way through book 4) so it might be less spoilery for me? Idk. I'd like to know, though! I'm glad you've been pushing Outlander so much because that's why I started with it and oh god I love it SO MUCH but don't really have anyone to talk to about it.
asked by pretendings

omg ok i got a few asks about the other ghost theory (!!! I LOVE THAT Y’ALL LOVE OUTLANDER SERIOUSLY WELCOME TO MY JUNGLE) so I’ll chuck it under a read more! Spoilers for the time travel mythos of the series that’s scattered across the books, and I’ll give fair warning about spoilers for the latest book:

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Hi! i got into outlander only recently and was wondering what the deal is with ghost!jaime watching claire in the window and how he came to be that way? i haven't read the rest of the series yet but i dig the show tho. thanks and stay hella mad about outlander xoxo
asked by Anonymous

OKAY Y’ALL HERE’S THE SKINNY ON GHOST!JAMIE

It’s not said in the books who the ghost is, but Diana has confirmed on her site that it’s Jamie:

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She’s also said that she knows exactly how the series will end, and the last scene will feature ghost!Jamie. She’s also said (i can’t remember where, probs on compuserve aka the weird forum she hangs out in lmao) that when he appears, ghost!Jamie is 25.

So there’s been a lot of speculation about the ghost (as you do - these books have been around for like 20+ years lmao. it may not be at westeros.org level but there are a lot of theories), how he’s there, why he’s there, etc. He appears on Samhain, which is of course All Soul’s Night, when ghosts that have unfinished business wander the countryside. This has lead people to think that when he dies in the main storyline, Jamie’s spirit is left in distress and will only find peace when he sees Claire again. This is foreshadowed/hinted at a few times in the series, eg.

"I will find you,” Jamie whispered in my ear. “I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years of without you-then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust. But there is the one thing that shall lie in the balance. When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest… Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well.

YEAH LMAO I HAD TO INCLUDE THAT WHOLE QUOTE CAUSE IT KILLS ME but yes that’s a theory with a lot of basis imo. Plus I like it cause I’m an angst loving fucker and what’s better than having one half of your otp exist in a half state not able to find peace until he sees the love of his life again only to have it be when she’s married to another dude? :D?

Another theory is that when Jamie has a near-death experience at [SPOILER REDACTED], his body/spirit manifests forward in time, seeking Claire. This also has credence because he’s 25 when it happens and he’s 25 when he appears as a ghost, and later in the series when he tries to recall [SPOILER REDACTED] he can’t remember anything at all.

There’s another theory that ties in to the time-travelling mythos of the series, but I don’t want to tell you too much about that because of spoilers. If you don’t mind being spoiled though, give me a holler I’LL LITERALLY TALK ABOUT OUTLANDER ALL DAY

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