Comparing Claire & Jamie’s ‘Outlander’ 20 Year Reunion — Book Vs. Show

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Comparing Claire & Jamie’s ‘Outlander’ 20 Year Reunion — Book Vs. Show

Can a love story still be a love story if the lovers are apart for 20 years? As Outlander proved, it sure can. In fact, time travel definitely made the heart grow fonder as evident in Season 3's "A. Malcolm," when Jamie and Claire finally reunite.

After five episodes (also two freakin' decades) in different centuries, the two lovers had an epic reunion in Jamie's printshop that came straight from Diana Gabaldon's books. It all starts at the end of "Freedom & Whisky" where we follow Claire as she touches the printshop's sign, enters, and greets Jamie, who promptly faints. But the real deal goes down in "A. Malcolm," and in Part 6 of Voyager, Chapters 24 and 25.

Below, we examine the adaptation of Jamie and Claire's clumsy reunion in 1766 after he said goodbye to her at Craigh na Dun in 1746.

Jamie's Point Of View

The episode cruelly didn't pick up with Claire and Jamie in the printshop where "Freedom & Whisky" ended. Instead, "A. Malcolm" starts with Jamie getting his stock tie adjusted by another woman (gasp!), and follow "a-day-in-the-life" of the printer formerly known as Jamie Fraser.

This glimpse into his life in Edinburgh hanging with Hayes, Lesley, and Geordie isn't from the books as their reunion is written strictly from Claire's perspective. Oh, and that woman? Don't worry, it is only Madame Jeanne — the owner of the brothel he lives at now. Not eyebrow-raising at all.

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