OUTLANDER: Why did Jamie Fraser marry Laoghaire MacKenzie ?


OUTLANDER focuses on the adventures of Jamie
and Claire Fraser as well as their passionate romance. But why did the Highlander marry Laoghaire
MacKenzie? Why did Jamie Fraser marry Laoghaire MacKenzie? Outlander fans were left devastated after
couple Jamie and Claire were forced apart by historical events at the end of season
two. Claire went back through the stones and to
the 20th century where she was reunited with her first husband Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies). Her second husband Jamie, who can’t time
travel, continued to live in the past and also fought in the Battle of Culloden. They were separated for two decades as Claire
raised their daughter Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and remained living with her estranged husband
Frank. During this time, Jamie was left close to
death and bereft without his wife. However, after some convincing from his sister
Jenny Murray (Laura Donnelly), Jamie married Laoghaire. Sadly, their relationship didn’t work out
and before long she moved out with the pair estranged. Their circumstances mirrored Claire and Frank
in the future as both sets of couples were unhappy. When Claire returned to the past after Frank’s
death, she immediately sought Jamie out and the pair came back together again. Many fans have been wondering why Jamie would
even consider marrying Laoghaire in the first place. Part of the reason Jenny urged Jamie to re-marry
was to try and give him some happiness after Claire left a gaping hole in his heart. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter back in
2017, Outlander producer Toni Graphia explained the Starz show had a lot more to answer for
compared to the novels. In the original source material, Laoghaire
gets Claire put on trial for being a witch by sending a note. But in the TV series, she turns up to testify
against Claire, showing just how vindictive she can be. Laoghaire was jealous and wanted to punish
Claire for marrying Jamie in a shock move. Claire had encouraged Laoghaire to pursue
things with Jamie but in a twist, she had ended up wed to him for protection. Laoghaire had always been in love with Jamie
and the pair had some chemistry but the arrival of Claire turned his head. Graphia explained: “We knew this was going
to be a big shock to the audience, and non-book readers would really have trouble understanding
why Jamie would marry this woman who had threatened Claire.” She went on to say: “So that’s why we showed
that scene where you see Jamie falling in love with the two young girls and not Laoghaire,
because they were so sweet to him during a time when he was really lonely and depressed. “They brought him out of his shell, and it
was the first time he felt happiness again after losing Claire. “He didn’t even know they were Laoghaire’s
daughters and they brought him joy. “He never got to be a father to Willie [Clark
Butler] or Brianna [Sophie Skelton] and wanted a family so he made this match and ultimately
it didn’t even work.” So, it seems Jamie went through with the marriage
in a bid to build a life by himself without Claire. Also, he chose Laoghaire’s daughters rather
than her because of his desire to have children and be a father.

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