‘Outlander’: The 1 Thing That Links Two of the Most Tragic Characters

Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) have faced a lot of difficult obstacles in the first four seasons of Outlander, but there is another pair whose stories are even more tragic. Enter Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies) and Laoghaire MacKenzie (Nell Hudson). Frank and Laoghaire both endured devastating storylines on Outlander, but many fans may have missed how the two characters are linked.

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‘Outlander’ stars Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, and Tobias Menzies | Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images

A look at Jamie and Laoghaire’s relationship

Outlander’s fourth season was one of the more emotional runs to date. After going back in time to reunite with her parents, Briana Fraser (Sophie Skelton) found herself at Jamie’s Lallybroch estate.

In Lalllybroch, Brianna ran into Laoghaire, who chided her for trying to find Jamie and said he would never accept her as his daughter.

Backing up, fans will recall how Jamie and Laoghaire were married during the two decades that he was separated from Claire. Although Laoghaire clearly loved Jamie (who wouldn’t?), he did not share the same feelings.

Their history actually extends back to the first season of Outlander. At the time, Laoghaire was fighting hard for Jamie’s love, but he was already falling hard for Claire.

She eventually accused Claire of witchcraft out of jealousy. Luckily, Jamie was on hand to save Claire from being killed at the stake.

This is how Laoghaire and Frank are connected

Just like Jamie was never able to return Laoghaire’s love, the same held true for Claire and Frank. When Claire traveled back to her time following the Battle of Culloden, she spent twenty years by Frank’s side.

Although they both raised Brianna, Claire could never let go of her love for Jamie. And when she discovered that Jamie had survived the battle, she traveled back through the stones to reunite with him.

According to Express, Outlander producer Maril Davis recently opened up about the link between Frank and Laoghaire. Davis revealed that, while they never met each other, the two characters shared the same tragic love story.

“For me, the most interest part of this was when we discussed the parallels between Frank and Claire and Laoghaire and Jamie,” Davis shared. “Frank and Laoghaire have both loved people but not actually been loved back. The parallel of that and trying to show that story, to me, is such an interesting arc.”

Given how Brianna and Laoghaire crossed paths last season, we probably have not seen the last of Jamie’s former wife. If we do see her again, it would not bode well for Jamie and Claire.

‘Outlander’ reveals season 5 opening credits

The opening credits for Outlander are different every year, but in season 5, producers decided to keep two elements that have become very special to fans.

The two clips include the shots of the dancers performing a ceremony at the stones and Claire running through the woods in a white dress. As fans are well aware, both of these scenes come from the very first episode and have been kept ever since.

The stones are a good reminder that Claire’s life was forever changed when she traveled through them and met Jamie. And the scene of her running through the woods proves that she is never truly out of danger.

The two scenes could have been cut from the opening credits, but the fact that producers kept them teases that season 5 will see Jamie and Claire getting back to the basics.

What’s ahead for Jamie and Claire?

The upcoming season of Outlander is based on Diana Gabaldon’s novel, The Fiery Cross. While the cast and crew of Outlander have not revealed too many details about what’s to come, we do know that some of the themes include family and loyalty.

As far as Jamie and Claire’s storyline is concerned, the two will be working hard to build their small community on Fraser’s Ridge. They will also be facing mounting tensions from the upcoming Revolutionary War, which threatens to upend everything they have built in North Carolina.

Although they will face plenty of obstacles this season, we are confident that they will make it through in one piece. After all, they have both gone through similar experiences in the past and have proven that they know how to navigate tricky political waters.

Whatever happens, fans can rest assured that season 5 will be an exiting one.

The new season of Outlander is scheduled to premiere February 16 on Starz.