Outlander fans spot major plot hole with Claire Fraser’s return to Frank Randall

Outlander: Sam Heughan on the first episode of series five

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In the stunning second season of the time travelling romance Outlander, Claire Fraser (played by Caitriona Balfe) makes the tough decision to return to the 20th Century and reunite with her first husband. Whilst her return through the Craigh na Dun formed one of the most heartbreaking storylines of the Starz series so far, fans are still confused by the ghostly appearance of a certain highlander.

Fan theories about the mysterious appearance of Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) in the 20th Century are still coming thick and fast during the series’ ongoing hiatus.

The overarching mystery of the series kicked off in the first season, when both Claire and her husband Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies) seem to witness a ghost standing outside their window.

Both Diana Gabaldon’s original series of novels and their subsequent small screen adaptation imply that Claire’s highlander husband Jamie has somehow made it to the future.

However, this shouldn’t be possible, as Jamie doesn’t possess Claire’s ability to travel through the time-altering stones of Craigh na Dun.

As the wait for the show’s sixth season, and Gabaldon’s next book in the series continues, fans have had plenty of time to develop various theories on the Scottish highlanders unexplained appearance.

Unfortunately, the ongoing speculation may have also exposed a glaring plot hole in one of the biggest threads of the time travelling fantasy epic.

One of the series’ most perceptive fans took to Reddit when they spotted some strange omissions in the sixth book of the series, A Breath of Snow and Ashes.

Potentially some major spoilers ahead, as the sixth book will form the basis of Outlander’s sixth season, which has yet to be released.

Redditor Olive1114 posted: “Much later, in ABOSAA, Jamie tells Claire he had seen her in the future, ‘sitting at a desk, with something in your hand, maybe writing.

“‘And there was light all round ye, shining on your face, on your hair.’

“Granted it had been 25+ years since Frank’s ghost story of a highlander ghost staring at her outside her window, but Claire still didn’t make the connection.”

Earlier in the story, before Claire had even met Jamie, Frank claimed to have seen a ghostly highlander outside their home.

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His description of the strange figure is a dead ringer for Claire’s 18th Century husband, right down to the stag brooch he wears on his plaid.

Despite his eerily accurate description, Claire doesn’t seem to recall her first husband’s story when Jamie confides in her about a vision of the future.

Moreover, Frank doesn’t seem to connect the dots when Claire returns to the present day in season two and eventually confesses her experiences with Jamie in 18th Century Scotland.

The post then questioned: “Do you think Frank remembers seeing the ghost and it helps him believe Claire’s story of time travel?”

“And does he ever realize that the ghost he saw was Jamie? Given his historian nature, I’m sure he could tie the stag brooch to the Fraser clan to confirm.”

Finally, the exasperated fan asked: “I’ve read the whole series and keep wondering why neither Claire or Frank remember/mention the ghost?!”

Jamie may or may not have visited Claire in the future, but the mystery of his apparent appearance has hung over the series like a dark cloud since the first season.

With season six and Gabaldon’s next book, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, due to be released soon, Outlander fans are hoping it’s only a matter of time before all their burning questions are finally answered.

Outlander seasons 1-5 are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.


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