Why would Jamie break his vow to Claire on Outlander?

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Jamie is a man of his word, but in Outlander Season 2 he broke a vow to Claire. Why would he do that when he prides himself on being trustworthy?

One thing that Jamie has always been is trustworthy. When he gives his word, you can just that he will keep it. That is unless something extreme happens, which was the case in Outlander Season 2, when Jamie broke his vow to Claire.

Debates over whether Claire should have asked Jamie for a year aside, Claire believed Jamie when he offered her one year. A life for a life, as they both put it, Claire knew that when Jamie gave his word then he would keep it. So, why did he break that vow?

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Claire was angry when she found out, believing that Jamie couldn’t put his vengeance to one side for her. However, she should have known that there was something bigger at play. There was a bigger reason that led Jamie into a fit of rage. His actions were those of a man blinded by absolute anger.

Jamie didn’t just break his vow for the sake of it. At no point did he break his vow for his own revenge. It was all about someone more important than himself: Fergus.

In Outlander Season 2, Episode 6, Jamie and Fergus went to the brothel. While Fergus was supposed to stay out of trouble, he couldn’t help is nature to steal from those wealthier than him. So, he went in search for valuables and came across the room of a Redcoat. If it was any other Redcoat, he’d have received a beating and that’s about it, but this was the room of Black Jack Randall.

You know what happened to Jamie. Randall was a sick man with no control when it came to his sexual desires. He raped Fergus, and when Jamie found out, he couldn’t control himself.

Outlander Season 2, Episode 6
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When Claire finally learned the full truth, she understood. She was still angry at Jamie for breaking his vow, but it was understandable this time. She could finally understand why he would break a vow that he made.

Claire shouldn’t have believed the worst of Jamie when he broke his vow, but it is easy to understand why she did. In her fear, anger, and grief, all she saw was what she wanted to see. This is something that we all do, whether we want to admit it or not.

Once she had the full truth, she could reassess. Her thoughts and feelings about Jamie and his actions. He didn’t do it because he wanted his own revenge but because he was looking out for the boy they’d taken in as their own.

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