On Sunday night’s new episode of Outlander season 5, we saw a pivotal moment when it comes to Jamie Fraser. Once it was clear that Lt. Know was going to learn the truth about his relationship with Murtagh, he recognized that he was fully compromised. He was going to find out the truth about everything, and that meant seeing everything that he was fighting for turned into ash.
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What makes this situation so sad is simply this — Jamie didn’t want to kill Knox. The two had a kinship and Jamie understood him on an emotional level. They’re just fighting for different things. Knox is loyal to the Redcoats and Jamie, in the end, is loyal to Murtagh. He doesn’t want to kill all the British, but he also doesn’t want to kill one of the most important people in his life. Knox was an inhibitor all of a sudden to his idea of peace and through that, he became a casualty of war.
The entire farewell scene with Jamie and Knox was a thing of beauty and in the video below, Sam Heughan describes you it all came together. He breaks down some of the decisions Jamie made in the moment, plus the process of filming the scene itself and the stunt that follows. He also notes that what happened to Knox will weigh on him — he understood the ramifications of his actions, but he doesn’t take it lightly. The big problem from here is going to be seeing who takes the blame for Knox’s death. It could very well stoke the fires of war and cause more chaos with the Regulators sooner rather than later.
The foundation is set for more great stories now, and we’re beyond curious to see what the ripple effects of Jamie’s latest actions will be.
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