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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:
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:
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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