Remember When Claire Said She Didn't Know Jamie's Name On 'Outlander,' But She Totally Did?

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Remember When Claire Said She Didn't Know Jamie's Name On 'Outlander,' But She Totally Did?

Entering an arranged marriage against your will after you've traveled 200 years into the past and when you're already married to another man is a stressful time in any woman's life. So perhaps it's understandable that Claire was behind of the most notable mistakes in Outlander during "The Wedding." This plot error (if it is even a plot error) would be the fault of production rather than Caitriona Balfe's Claire. But when you think of the fictional character's mindset at the time, it's far easier to overlook the goof.

As fans and sites have noted in the past, there's a bit of an issue with one of the most memorable moments in one of the most beloved episodes of Outlander. Just as Claire is about to enter the church to marry Jamie in Season 1, Episode 7, "The Wedding," she realizes she doesn't know her intended's full name. Since he was a wanted man, he had been introduced to her as Jamie MacTavish. She tells him, "I can't marry you. I don't even know your real name." Her flustered state leads to the iconic reveal of Jamie's many many names. "It's Fraser," he replies. "James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser." She holds out her hand and introduces herself as "Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp."

Claire's remark could've been a stalling tactic (which was fairly effective considering it took Jamie 11 seconds to get his whole name out). But she seems genuinely concerned that she's about to marry this man without knowing his name. Not much about Claire's situation is relatable, but that part certainly is. And the scene is true to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander book. The thing is, Claire actually did know Jamie's real name.

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