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Jamie’s Ghost

Diana Gabaldon has said two interesting things about the iconic “Jamie’s ghost” scene right at the beginning of Book 1 (and 01×01 in the TV show):

1. Jamie is ~25 years old at that moment

2. The scene will be explained in the last scene of the last book

Jamie was about that age when he fought at Culloden. Readers know how that was one of the times he nearly died.

So I think that as he’s delirious after the battle, he somehow sees Claire – who he had sent back through the stones on the morning of Culloden – in her own time.

But he doesn’t remember any of this until the very final moments of his life – and we know how memories of Culloden are slowly coming back to him in Book 7 and Book 8.

But this memory brings him peace, because at the very moment he’s leaving earth – and, presumably, Claire – he’s remembering the moment right before she came to him.

Totally speculation on my part…but I think it could be plausible…

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Wizard of…Outlander?

So I may be a bit late to the party on this one, but there are 2 *very interesting* parallels between Outlander and the Wizard of Oz (aside from the really obvious one in “The Gathering” (01×04)):

1. All the 1940s scenes are washed out, with muted colors. The moment Claire wakes up in 1743, we see lush greens and blues and real COLOR for the first time

2. Geillis wears red shoes. We see them close up twice – in “The Way Out” (01×03) and “The Devil’s Mark” (01×11)

So…no idea if this was intentional…but if it was: give credit where it’s due. Well played, Ron Moore.

 

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