Outlander star reveals the meaning behind the risque kilt scene


The following article contains discussions of topics such as suicide that some readers may find upsetting.

Foreigner spoilers follow.

Foreigner Star Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser in the Starz historical drama, has opened up about the secret significance of a recent “kilt” scene.

In the third episode of the final season, Jamie went fishing when he ran into Fergus (César Domboy) and supported him after he attempted suicide.

During the poignant scene, fans spotted the return of a previous outfit worn on the show – his kilt.

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“I’m also curious…why the return of the kilt…to go fishing?” a fan tweeted at Heughan. The actor replied, “It was still illegal to wear a kilt back then, the punishment would be huge.

“Jamie can’t take risks in the presence of the crown, especially potentially working for them. However, when alone, on his own turf without risk, he can reveal who he really is….”

There’s a historic focus on the banning of Scottish tartans in the show, and we see in a flashback, earlier in season six, that Jamie was punished for an elderly man’s possession of his clan’s colours.

This isn’t the first time fans have discussed including wearing a kilt in the drama, as Jamie has worn one in front of soldiers before. In the season five opener, he wore one in the presence of the Crown.

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However, as Diana Gabaldon, author of Foreigner series, Explain: “nobody cared to enforce a law like that – useless in the colonies in 1770-ish.”

Along with answering fan questions, Heughan also announced the upcoming release of her memoir. Waypoints.

Speaking about the autobiography, he said: “I wanted to tell the stories and share the experiences that shaped me, but to do that I needed to challenge myself and spend time in my own company, away from the distractions of everyday life.”

“And for me, there is no better place to reflect than in the wild Scottish Highlands,” he concluded.

Foreigner broadcast on Starz in the United States and broadcast on STARZPLAY UK.

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