It’s time for My Outlandish Opinion and it might be one that fans don’t take kindly to. Book fans are not big fans of Laoghaire or her actions but I think people forget how old she is. She is just a young girl and thinks she is deeply in love with Jamie. Who can blame her for wanting what she felt was hers or could be hers?
In a recent interview with TVLINE Sam Heughan defended Laoghaire’s actions in last week’s episode. I agree with him one hundred percent. She is a young, impressionable lass who decides to go after what she wants. I said in my recap that I didn’t agree with her coming on to him at the lake but it was really the manner in which she did it. Dressed in only her corset and ready to give herself to him right at the lake was a little risque for that time and place.
“I think he’s absolutely tempted by her,” Heughan tells TVLine. “He has past history with her.”
Blasphemy!, you cry? Yeah, Heughan has heard it — and knowing that the sentiment is an unpopular one, the actor nonetheless defends Laoghaire’s actions.
“She’s totally misunderstood,” he says. “I’m going to get shot down in flames now, but she’s a good girl. It’s really sad, this young love that she feels. Had Claire not turned up, he probably would have been with her and ended up with her.”
He adds: “Jamie’s whole life and whole path certainly would have been very different had Claire not showed up.”
Heughan also teased that the remainder of the season would see great changes in young Mr. Fraser.
“We see him grow up drastically in this second part of the season. He faces a lot of responsibilities,” he says. “He has a duty he has to fulfill, a lot of problems with the clans and the politics there. It’s certainly about a man growing up.”
I felt that she should know Jamie is an honorable man by now and would have never went against his vows. Still she is young and he was tempted, that much was apparent. I know that this particular scene did not happen in the book but it added substance to the story and insight into both characters. It showed that Jamie is only human and not the perfect man that many of us readers (myself included)like to see him as. This will help non-book readers in how they view Jamie but the way the show is written, it will lead back to Jamie being perfect for Claire,despite his flaws.
While I didn’t like that she left an ‘ill wish’ under the bed, I can see what place it came from. Was it immature of her? Sure,but not any more so than her wanting a potion from Claire to make Jamie love her. I just keep telling myself she is only seventeen.
While it may be sad to think that Jamie would have married Laoghaire, this very well could have happened and this scene will come (*SPOILER*)back into play for a later season. Jamie was attracted to Laoghaire and tempted by her so this scene was needed in order for a potential scene later in the series. It also is a reminder, once again, that Jamie has flaws and is not perfect.
Please don’t flog me!