Outlander explained: Does Jamie lose his leg in Outlander? Does Jamie die?

Starz drama Outlander saw one of the main characters thrown into peril this week. The latest episode was called Monsters and Heroes and saw Jamie Fraser (played by Sam Heughan) battling against death. Jamie was bitten by a venomous snake and appeared to be on his deathbed.

Does Jamie lose his leg in Outlander?

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Outlander season 5, episode 9

Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) was at a loss as there was little she could do apart from amputating his leg and stop the poison from spreading.

Her glass syringe was smashed previously and so she couldn’t administer her homemade penicillin directly into his bloodstream in the hopes of saving Jamie.

Jamie forbade Claire to take his leg, suggesting it would somehow be worse than dying.

He told as much to his nephew Young Ian Murray (John Bell), who was disgusted given his own father (Steven Cree) had lost a leg in battle.


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Also, Fergus Fraser (César Domboy) was far from impressed after he too had lost his hand when attacked by some cruel soldiers when he was a boy.

Jamie later realised he was wrong and to die rather than having his leg amputated seemed absurd.

He asked Claire to take his leg if it meant he survived, something she felt was the only option left.

Luckily, a stroke of genius on the part of Brianna Fraser (Sophie Skelton) and her engineering mind helped to save her father’s life.

Her husband Roger MacKenzie (Richard Rankin) still had the dead snake’s head and Bree realised the porous fangs could be used to administer Penicillin, thus saving Jamie.

Just when it looked like Jamie might lose his leg or die, he survived and didn’t require an amputation.

The storyline is taken from the Diana Gabaldon novel The Fiery Cross which plays out in the same way.

Ultimately, Jamie is fine and doesn’t die, but it does give him a deeper sense of his mortality.

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Nevertheless, fans know Outlander is going to end with Jamie’s ghost encountering Claire in the future as he projects forward through the centuries to see her.

Speaking to Glamour, Heughan opened up about the moment Jamie told Claire of a door as her teetered on the brink of death.

The star said: “To be honest, I think there’s still stuff to be revealed.

“I sort of secretly know what it is, but [it’ll be] revealed by Diana [Gabaldon, the series creator] with these next few books and the next few seasons.”


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He added: “For the time being, Jamie has chosen to remain here on this planet with Claire and they need each other.”

Monsters and Heroes also featured one moment, which is likely to have left many fans with raised eyebrows.

Just when it looked like Jamie was about to depart this mortal coil, he asked his wife to “touch him”.

Claire then disrobed and appeared to perform a sex act on him, which was surprisingly effective and revived him.

Heughan said of the scene: “I think you see a new sensitivity and intimacy between Jamie and Claire that’s not what you think it’s going to be.

“It is Outlander and some pretty terrible things happen.”

The actor continued: “If time would only allow them to be together! Then we’d probably explore this more.”

Outlander season 5 airs on Sundays on Starz and Mondays on Amazons Prime Video

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