Outlander brought viewers to the edges of their seats this weekend with the STARZ show’s season five finale. After Claire Fraser (played by Caitriona Balfe) was captured in the final moments of episode 11, viewers knew episode 12 would involve some horrific events – and they weren’t wrong.
Trigger Warning: The following story includes references to rape which some readers may find distressing.
During the season five finale Claire was kidnapped, held captive, and sexually assaulted by her captors.
This was a particularly tough watch for many viewers as her loved ones looked for her tirelessly.
Even after she was saved by her husband, Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), Claire was still suffering from her traumatic event.
Following the distressing scenes, fans have spoken about how “glad” they are another sex scene was removed from the episode.
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During the same sequence in the Diana Gabaldon book franchise of the same name, fans noted Claire was later urged to have sex with Jamie shortly after her rape.
This was an attempt by Jamie to potentially impregnate Claire so the couple wouldn’t worry too much about her being potentially with child from her abuser.
Reddit user Reamund recently pointed out: “I’m so glad they left out the scene where Jamie gets Claire drunk and convinces her to have sex with him after her assault.
“I know his intention was to make it impossible to know who the father would be if she got pregnant, but… blech. It left such a nasty taste in my mouth.
“And after seeing just how battered and shattered they made Caitriona look, it would have been a really tough sell.”
The fan went on to suggest this issue was being pushed aside completely with a scene from episode 11.
They added: “I figured they were hinting at cutting that scene by showing her with symptoms of menopause in the previous episode and I’m glad they did. Hopefully it’s not something they include next season.”
Other fans were in agreement, as one wrote: “I was so glad too! While I read it, I felt exactly the way you described your experience.
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“Can’t really put it into words, but it was a strange negative feeling that took me out of the book. So I really crossed fingers so the makers would change it and I am really glad they did.”
While viewers were happy with how the show handled the situation, they certainly aren’t going to be happy with how season six is progressing.
Recently Jamie star Sam spoke out about the arrival of season six, and how it is shaping up.
Whilst talking during a Q&A on Twitter, Sam was asked: “@w_network @SamHeughan Any idea as to when season 6 will begin production?”
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He replied: “We were supposed to start this week. We have scheduled for Fall. Will just have to see…”
Fans were instantly upset about the lack of conviction in the filming schedule, as one responded: “Droutlander!! Another pandemic.”
Another tweeted: “Hopefully sooner than later.. but definitely understandable,” prompting another to add: “Here’s to hoping it’ll happen in the fall!” a third posted.”
Outlander season 5 is available to stream on Starz and Amazon Prime now.
If you have been affected by the issues raised in this story, please call the Rape Crisi helpline on 0808 802 9999, or visit rapecrisis.org.uk.
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