Episode 5 of Outlander was explosive to say the least. Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) was forced to take action and reveal his true allegiance. Fans were left shocked and cheering for more. Read on to learn what happened. There are major spoilers ahead for episode 5 of season 5 of Outlander.
Jamie has been pulled in 2 directions all season
Jamie is dealing with a lot. He’s trying to be loyal to his people and everything he knows, but at the same time, he doesn’t want to lose Fraser’s Ridge by going against the British. He’s made a deal with the Redcoats to bring the regulators to heal, and this week things took a turn for the worst.
Lieutenant Knox seems to like Jamie up until this point, especially since Jamie takes his side when he kills a regulator. Jamie sits down with Lt. Knox for a drink and a game of chess and things take off from there.
Lt. Knox gets a knock on the door that changes everything
Suddenly, Knox gets a knock on the door. “Is that the document you’ve been expecting from Scotland?” Jamie asks him.
It turns out it’s a prison transcript after Culloden. “If I present this to the governor and news of it is circulated, then…”
“You’ll find my name on that prison role,” Jamie says.
“Oh I’m certain I will. I’m certain there is more than one James Fraser in Scotland.”
“Aye, but only one from Broch Tuarach,” Jamie admits. Knox looks at the prison transcript.
Suddenly Knox understands everything and he sees clarity. “It is written here that Fitzgibbons has the surname Fraser,” Knox says.
Jamie admits that Murtagh is his godfather
Jamie then decides to come completely clean. “My godfather,” Jamie proudly tells him. “Fitzgibbons is his middle name.”
“What kind of deceitful devil wears the guise of honor and talks of justice and of mercy? You released those men in Hillsborough. Everything you did, it was all for his sake,” Knox responds.
“Believe of me what you will, but Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser is a good man.”
“As God is my witness, I will do what must be done. ****** if I’ll be in league with a traitor,” Knox says as he gets up to leave.
Jamie explains why he isn’t a traitor
“I am no traitor. I’ve cheated death and the duty of other men’s ambitions. And I’ve got the scars to prove it. And I’ve done so without complaint. But I will not stand by and watch my kin be hunted like a dog for protecting those who can’t protect themselves,” Jamie admits.
“Tryon will put a rope around your neck,” Knox says.
Jamie asks Knox what he would have done in his place. “I would never break my word, betray my oath to king and country.” He grabs a blade and says, “Do me the service of standing down while I call for your arrest.”
“First and foremost, I swore an oath to my family. Surely you must understand. You’re a good man,” Jamie pleads.
Which of them is the better man?
“I took a life in that jail and you stood by and pleaded for mercy on their behalf. I believed you were a good man. Which of us is it then? Which of us is righteous?” Knox asks him.
Jamie bashes his head into the wall before he can open the door and call for assistance. Then Jamie chokes him until he dies. “Forgive me for not affording you a soldier’s death,” he says.
He puts Knox in bed, making sure to take off his shoes and put a blanket on him. He burns the prison transcripts as well. He lets the room fill with smoke and escapes out the window just in time.
And just like that, Jamie Fraser has chosen sides in a very symbolic and permanent way.