‘Outlander’ Season 5: Why That Heartfelt Moment Between Jamie and Roger Is so Important

Most Outlander fans know that Roger (Richard Rankin) has a rather strained relationship with his father-in-law, Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). In episode 9 of season 5, they share a heartfelt moment and bond over a certain issue. Read on to learn why that’s so important. There are spoilers ahead for season 5 of Outlander.

Jamie gets into some trouble

Richard Rankin and Sam Heughan
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Jamie takes Roger and some of the other men to go hunt. They separate and Jamie and Roger go off on their own. They stumble on some buffalo, and the next thing viewers knew, Jamie is bitten by a venomous snake while trying to reload his firearm. Roger must find a way to keep Jamie alive and get him to safety.

Jamie and Roger share a heartfelt moment

They are unable to make it back to Jamie’s home in his condition, so they make camp for the night. As fans know by now, Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers) is still alive and everyone is aware of it. Jamie asks Roger to be the one to kill him if he can’t.

“You must kill Stephen Bonnet,” Jamie tells him. “If I cannot you must do it. He’s alive.”

“I know,” Roger tells him. It turns out Brianna (Sophie Skelton) overheard her father talking about it at her wedding when she learned the awful news.

Jamie proceeds to explain his plan to confront Bonnet. “There’s a man, Phillip Wylie, indebted to me. He’s arranged for Bonnet to smuggle my whiskey if Bonnet agrees to a meeting,” Jamie explains to Roger.

“I don’t know if I could take another man’s life, even one who’s done what Bonnet has done,” Roger tells Jamie in response. He looks like he’s trying to contemplate it and he’s having difficulty.

“You must. If I cannot do it, you must,” Jamie tells him again. He’s looking more and more sickly from the snake bite and he needs Roger to tell him he’ll take care of the situation if he can’t.

Jamie says that Roger’s father served in WWII and Roger would have as well if he’d been of age. Roger explains that’s a different situation. “When a man is standing there before you flesh and blood with fear in his eyes…” Roger says.

Jamie recalls all the awful things Bonnet did to him and his family, especially Bri. He wants to make it all right by killing Bonnet. “For my mistakes, you must do this,” Jamie informs him. He also tells him he’s worried Bonnet will try to claim Jemmy as his.

“You’re here because of your love for Bri. She wouldn’t be alive if Claire and I hadn’t changed things. Even though I blamed you for hesitating to come back, I’m glad you’re here,” Jamie tells him.

Why this moment is so important

Jamie and Roger haven’t always gotten along and their relationship has been challenging. This moment when Jamie’s life hangs in the balance brought them both much closer together. Jamie is asking him to kill Stephen Bonnet, something he feels is his rightful duty. But if Jamie can’t do it, it should be Roger and Jamie is trying to get him to understand that.

Eventually Jamie gets to Claire in time, and when she’s ready to amputate his leg in hopes it will save his life, Roger’s choice to keep the snakehead and Bri’s quick-thinking come into play. Bri uses the snake’s hollowed fangs as a syringe to get penicillin into Jamie’s bloodstream.

Jamie is doing better, and it looks like he and Roger may face Bonnet together in the future.