Outlander explained: Why did Jamie Fraser really sleep with Geneva Dunsany?

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Fans of Outlander were left shocked after Jamie Fraser (played by Sam Heughan) slept with Geneva Dunsany (Hannah James) in season three of the Starz drama. The historical period drama saw Jamie having sex with the character while he served as an indentured servant at the Helwater Estate in England. But what led Jamie to stray from his beloved wife Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe)?

Why did Jamie Fraser really sleep with Geneva Dunsany in Outlander?

WARNING: This article contains spoiler from Outlander season 3

Jamie was left in between a rock and a hard place after he was blackmailed by Geneva into sleeping with her.

She threatened to reveal he was a Jacobite to her mother, which could have landed him in big trouble.

Geneva was due to be wed to a man many years older than her and decided she wanted to lose her virginity to Jamie rather than her husband-to-be.

Jamie reluctantly obliged to her demands and fulfilled her wishes, resulting in Geneva falling pregnant with his child.

Speaking about why Jamie went through with the agreement, Outlander writer Toni Graphia said: “His heart fully belongs to Claire, but he does it.

“And we gave her a little bit of spirit, a little bit of life force because this is going to be the mother of Jamie’s child.”

She went on to say: “In a crazy way, you know when they come out of this the other side of this, she’s given him a very unexpected gift.”

Adding: “He never expected to have another child and suddenly he has a son.

“And I think Sam [Heughan] does some of his best acting when he’s with that kid, being a dad for the first time.”

While producer Ronald D. Moore explained: “And I wanted to make Jamie’s agreement to make love to her to come out of a place where she was a human being too and she was in this circumstance and saw him as an answer. But there was a fragile person in there as well.”

In the scene itself, Jamie made it clear he wasn’t in love with Geneva and told her she could sleep with any man.

Jamie explained love was when two people connected on a much deeper level rather than just physically in a call back to first time he slept with Claire.

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Graphia said: “Without crushing [Geneva], almost like a teacher, he says, ‘This isn’t what love is. You can do this with any man, but love is when two people connect within their souls not in their bodies.’

“There again, Claire is present all around. Even when he’s making love with another woman, his mind and his heart are with Claire and always will be. So, this a really moving moment.”

Tragically, Geneva died in childbirth and her sister Isobel Dunsany (Tanya Reynolds) along with her husband Lord John Grey (David Berry) raised the boy as their own.

The storyline saw Jamie spending some time at Helwater as his son Willie grew up, allowing him in some capacity to be a father albeit at a distance.

Actor Heughan also shared his thoughts about the storyline on the season three DVD, saying: “He obviously has always wanted to be a father and have a huge family and losing Faith in season two, and then losing Brianna in a sense has left a big gap in his life.”

This plot point was a big moment for Jamie who seemed to suffer loss after loss in season three, leaving him broken and hollow.

Another big moment in season three was his ill-fated relationship with Laoghaire MacKenzie (Nell Hudson), whom he married after much prompting from his sister Jenny Murray (Laura Donnelly).

Jamie was eager to raise Laoghaire’s children and have the chance to be a father – something he was very much denied with Claire and their child as well as with Willie.

Outlander seasons 1 to 5 is available now on DVD and Blu-Ray

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