‘Outlander’ Spoiler: What Happened to Jamie and Will He Be Alright?

Outlander fans got to see the Fraser family deal with a fair bit of drama in the April 19 episode. And spoiler warning, if you haven’t seen it yet, now’s the time to turn back. Jamie (Sam Heughan) gets seriously injured in the episode, and now many fans are wondering if Jamie will lose his leg. 

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for Outlander season 5, episode 9.]

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Jamie becomes Claire’s patient in season 5, episode 9 of ‘Outlander’

In “Monsters and Heroes,” Jamie and Roger trek out into the woods for a hunt. But as usual, there’s never a dull moment when it comes to this clan. Jamie gets bitten by a venomous snake, and because it’s the late 1700s, there’s no way to call for medical help. 

Roger tries his best to help Jamie and even attempts to suck the venom out of the wound. But he soon realizes that he needs to rush his father-in-law back to their family doctor, who of course, is his mother-in-law, Claire Fraser. 

After the two are found in the woods, Jamie is brought to Claire for treatment. Without any antidote or syringe to administer penicillin, Claire struggles to find a way to cure him. So she mulls the idea of amputating Jamie’s leg to stop the spread. 

Brianna puts her engineering knowledge to use

In season 4 of Outlander, Brianna reveals that she changed her major from history to study mechanical engineering at MIT.  But because she follows her mom back through time, she never gets the opportunity to pursue her career.   

But in “Monsters and Heroes,” just when the Fraser’s think they’re out of luck, Brianna utilizes her engineering skills and saves the day.  Just as Claire is getting ready to perform the surgery, Brianna tells her that she fashioned the snake’s fangs into a syringe that could be used to give Jamie the penicillin.  Claire then uses the fang-syringe to administer the medicine, which should make Jamie feel better. 

Jamie showed his vulnerability on this episode of ‘Outlander’ 

One of the things that became apparent in this episode, is that Jamie isn’t as tough as he once was. Maybe it’s the loss of Murtagh or just the sheer amount of violence and brutality he’s faced throughout his life, but Jamie begins showing signs of defeat. 

Sure, he was bitten by a venomous snake and at death’s door, but this wasn’t the first time he’s been near death. Throughout the five seasons of Outlander, Jamie has faced far more brutal and deadly circumstances with more will and strength. 

But this time, Jamie seemed to want to give up. The thought of losing his leg was not something he wanted, and it seemed like he’d rather die than live like that.  

Luckily, he had Young Ian (John Bell) there to give him the tough love he needed to snap out of it. Young Ian pointed out all the other people in Jamie’s life, including his brother-in-law, Ian Murray (Steven Cree) and his adopted son, Fergus (César Domboy), who were living with amputations. And as it turned out, Young Ian’s pep talk was just what Jamie needed to regain the will to fight.

For now, it looks like Jamie is going to be just fine. And with family around him that cares, he’ll probably recover from this injury in no time.