“Ultimately, he’s always known that she’s got a secret,” Sam Heughan tells ETonline. “He’s said it to her: ‘I know you’ve got something you won’t tell me, but I want the truth.’ And he knows deep down that whatever she says is the truth.”
“Because he believes her, he gives her the chance to go home, which is a lovely, unexpected reaction,” executive producer Ron Moore tells ETonline. “The fans who don’t know the story probably would think, ‘Well, he’s going to believe her and he’s not going to condemn her for it.’ But I don’t think they’d expect him to bring her back to Craigh nu Dun and give her the opportunity to leave.”
It is Jamie’s complete trust in Claire following her secret-spilling that cements their union – not that it needed any more solidifying to begin with.
“I think he knows her soul and therefore that she’d tell him the truth. Whatever she believes, he is willing to go with that. It doesn’t necessarily mean that he can get his head around it,” Heughan says with a chuckle, with Moore echoing that sentiment: “I don’t think he quite believes it but he believes her.”
Moore points to Jamie’s upbringing and their supernatural beliefs as a key component in his willingness to stay by Claire’s side.
“Jamie comes from a place where the people still believe in superstition and witches,” Moore says. “He was raised in the Highlands and they do believe in a lot of strange things – there’s the power of various forces of nature and all of that, so he had that on his mind too. He, on a fundamental level, thinks she wouldn’t lie to him and that’s what carries him over.”