Outlander: Here’s How Jamie Survived Culloden | TVGuide.com

 

[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Sunday’s Season 3 premiere of Outlander!Read at your own risk.]

Outlander returned Sunday night, and while it was a relief to know that Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) survived their respective journeys — it’s obvious there is a long road back to seeing them in each other’s arms.

We already knew that Jamie survived the Battle of Culloden. But the premiere episode answered how he did it. The episode opened with a barely conscious Jamie coming to beneath a deceased Jack Black Randall (Tobias Menzies) on the frosty moor of Culloden. Flashbacks revealed how the two entered a grueling duel to the death, with Jamie coming out victorious.

Sam Heughan, <em>Outlander</em>Sam Heughan, Outlander

Between visions of the fight and narrowly escaping patrolling British soldiers, Jamie was rescued by a Rupert (Grant O’Rourke) and sheltered in a small farmhouse with other injured Scotsmen. It didn’t take long before the Englishmen found the squatters though and began to execute them one by one for treason. Jamie had to watch all of his friends, including Rupert, be killed by firing squad before Commander Grey — the man heading up the executions — recognized Jamie as the man who saved his younger brother from a similar fate during the battle of Prestonpans.

Grey can’t in good conscience kill Jamie because he’s the man who saved his brother, so he arranged for a wagon to take Jamie back to his family — where he arrived safely at the end of the episode.

 

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