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Spoilers for Outlander follow..
Outlander star Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser in the Starz historical drama, has explained the secret meaning behind a recent ‘kilt’ scene.
In episode three of the final season, Jamie was out fishing when he ran into Fergus (César Domboy) and supported him after he made an attempt on his own life.
During the heartwarming scene, fans saw the return of a previous outfit worn on the show: her kilt.
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“I’m also curious… why the return of the kilt… to go fishing?” a fan tweeted at Heughan. The actor replied, “It was still illegal to wear a kilt at the time, the punishment would be huge.
“Jamie cannot risk himself in the presence of the crown, especially potentially working for them. However, when he is alone, in his own land without any risk, he can reveal who he really is…”
There is a historical focus on the banning of Scottish tartans on the show, and we see in a flashback, early in season six, that Jamie was given the punishment for an old man’s possession of his clan colors.
It’s not the first time fans have discussed the inclusion of kilts in the drama, as Jamie has worn one in front of soldiers before. In the season five opener, he wore one in the presence of the Crown.
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However, as Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series, explained: “nobody cared about enforcing a law like that, meaningless in the Colonies in 1770-ish.”
In addition to answering questions from fans, Heughan has also announced the upcoming release of his Waypoints memoir.
Speaking about the autobiography, he said: “I wanted to tell the stories and share the experiences that have shaped me, but to do so I needed to challenge myself and spend some time in my own company, away from the distractions of everyday life.”
“And for me there is no better place to reflect than in the wild Scottish Highlands,” he concluded.
outsiders is transmitted in stars in the US and airs on STARZPLAY in the United Kingdom.
We encourage anyone who identifies with the issues raised in this article to reach out. Organizations that can offer support include Samaritans at 116 123 (samaritans.org) or call 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). US readers are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov wave American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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