Outlander Book Club: The Fiery Cross Chapter 70 breakdown

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Roger wakes up to realize that he’s not dead in Outlander Book 5, Chapter 70

Outlander Book 5, Chapter 70 is very short but important. Roger wakes and it’s Jamie who is by his side.

The chapter is all inside Roger’s head. All we get is him waking up after being hanged, not really knowing where he is or what has happened. His mind hasn’t been able to put everything together yet.

He doesn’t really figure things out within the chapter either. I think this is important to note, and not just in the chapter itself. There is an element of foreshadowing within this part of the chapter. As the mind pieces things back together, that’s when there’s a risk of trauma rising up and causing problems.

Jamie is the one there for Roger when he wakes. While Roger initially thinks of Brianna, he’s still happy to see that it’s the other red-headed person in the family. There’s a sense of calmness because Jamie is the one there, especially with the words that are spoken.

The chapter was partly used in the series. Outlander Season 5 opted for a slightly different way of showcasing Roger being pulled down from the tree. It took away some of the meaning behind it, but it set the tone for the flashbacks that Roger would experience throughout the episode. I’ll get to my thoughts on the adaptation in that section.

Let’s dive into The Fiery Cross Chapter 70.