Favorite scene: Frank meets “Ghost” Jamie
Outlander’s premiere episode, “Sassenach,” is one of my favorite episodes containing a few of my all time favorite scenes, Claire meeting Jamie for the first time, Claire fixing Jamie’s “scratches,” and Jamie threatening to throw Claire over his shoulder. Any scene with Jamie and Claire could be called a favorite.
However, there is one scene in this episode that has become the subject of countless discussions. This is the scene where Frank meets presumably “Ghost” Jamie. When this episode first premiered show-only fans couldn’t fully appreciate the significance of the mysterious highlander, whom we have come to call Ghost Jamie. By the Season 2 finale it is safe to believe that most of those fans would recognize the figure as Jamie Fraser. Book readers would have immediately recognized him, but neither group has reached agreement on the nature of Jamie in the scene.
Show only fans and many book fans claim that the figure is indeed the ghost of Jamie Fraser. However, there are some book fans, myself included, who believe that the figure is an astral projection of Jamie. In a few places in later books we learn that Jamie has either visions or dreams in which he travels to the past or the future. He even recounts to Claire a dream he has of seeing her in the future in a place that sounds eerily similar to the scene where Jamie watches her in the window. It is for this reason, and others, that some believe Jamie has the ability to astrally project himself into other places and times.
Regardless of the nature of Jamie’s form, he has come to see Claire on the eve of her first trip through the stones. Since we are still reeling from the Season 2 finale where Claire leaves him to return to 1968, this scene has renewed meaning. In the finale, Jamie promises Claire that even if he has to endure two hundred years of purgatory that he would find her, and we see that Jamie kept this promise. He found her.
Hopefully, one day Diana Gabaldon will settle this issue once and for all. -D
This one was easy for me. My favourite scene in Sassenach is the opening scene.
I had NO idea Outlander even existed when it started (I know….was I living under a rock? How did I even go through life?).
My eldest son and my father both nagged me endlessly to watch “this show Outlander”, they just KNEW I would love it. Finally, I buckled and started watching right before the
hellatus break between 1a and 1b.
This was the moment that I knew I was hooked. The black screen, the slow reveal, the beautiful landscape…..then the voice over.
“People disappear all the time”
They had me. I was ALL IN! -S