Outlander: When do Jamie and Claire die in Outlander? Obituary explained

Starz series Outlander is taking a short break for a couple of weeks. Season five has left fans on a cliff-hanger after it looked like a major character had perished in battle. The latest instalment titled The Ballad of Roger Mac proved to be a mournful one with much death and destruction.

When do Jamie and Claire die in Outlander?

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Outlander and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels

The episode has led some fans to wonder about the fate of star-crossed lovers Jamie Fraser (played by Sam Heughan) and his devoted wife Claire (Caitriona Balfe).

Claire has travelled through and lived in different eras, first meeting Jamie when she was in her early twenties.

The pair were then separated for 20 years before an emotional reunion.

They are now living together in North Carolina at Fraser’s Ridge with their daughter Brianna MacKenzie (Sophie Skelton).


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However, the characters aren’t immortal and will die at some point. Their mortality was compounded by Jamie’s 50th birthday recently.

Also, as Jamie went off to battle against the Regulators, he told his beloved wife: “That obituary Bree brought us, I dinna ken if it’s true.

“But what I do ken is this, there may come a day when you and I shall part again, but willna be today.”

Season four saw Brianna and Roger MacKenzie (Richard Rankin) stumbling across an obituary and travelling back in time to warn Jamie and Claire.

They were given the document, which was among the dearly departed Revered Wakefield’s (James Fleet) research.

The crucial part reads: “It is with grief that the news is received of the death by fire of JAMES MACKENZIE FRASER and his wife in a conflagration that destroyed the home and the settlement of Fraser’s Ridge.”

The date was January 21, but the year was smudged with only “177” visible and the last part unknown.

As Jamie suggests, the veracity of the obituary can’t be confirmed but if it is real it suggests the couple could die between 1770 and 1779.

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The Battle of Alamance has just happened in the show, suggesting the year is 1771.

However, Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies) also found the obituary and was left shocked by it.

In a scene from season four, Brianna walked into Frank’s office after he happed upon it. The historian was left grief-stricken as this document seemed to confirmed Claire was telling the truth all along.

The obituary also features in the book The Drums of Autumn with the passage read: “A small notice from a newspaper, printed on February 13, 1776, in the American Colony of North Carolina, in the town of Wilmington.

“It is with grief that the news is received of the deaths by fire of James MacKenzie Fraser and his wife, Claire Fraser, in a conflagration that destroyed their house in the settlement of Fraser’s Ridge, on the night of January 21 last.


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“Mr. Fraser, a nephew of the late Hector Cameron of River Run plantation, was born at Broch Tuarach in Scotland.

“He was widely known in the colony and deeply respected; he leaves no surviving children.”

The obituary in the book suggests they died in 1776 and the later novels went into more detail about the obituary and its meaning.

In the novels, the obituary was something of a misdirect – much like the fake gravestone Frank planted in Inverness as a way to encourage Claire to tell Brianna the truth about her parentage.

Whether the writers will follow the novels closely remains to be seen. But the bottom line is Jamie and Claire will die at some point and their lives are finite.

Indeed, Outlander will see Jamie’s ghost travel to the future and meet with Claire in 1940s Inverness, so death inevitable.

Outlander season 5 airs on Sundays on Starz and Mondays on Amazon’s Prime Video

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