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The latest Outlander novel, Go Tell the Bees That I am Gone, is currently being written by American author Diana Gabaldon.

While fans wait for the next instalment in their star crossed journey, a new theory may have blown the lid open on Jamie (played by Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser’s (Caitriona Balfe) complicated lives.

Speculating on the often discussed appearance of Jamie’s ghost in the first novel before his future wife travelled through the Standing Stones, fans have now predicted the author will eventually reveal the couple’s story repeats itself on a loop, meaning the major events in their lives could continue to have different endings.

Will this be the case when Diana finally reveals the truth behind the puzzling addition of Jamie in 20th Century Inverness as she writes

Another user called twotimestacotuesdays reminded fans that Claire and her then-husband Frank Randall’s (Tobias Menzies) innkeeper warned them they were visiting Scotland on the one night when “spirits could walk with the living”.

Perhaps the mysterious Jamie is actually just the ghost of the Highlander during his brief dice with death after the Battle of Culloden.

But the original poster offered: “As a sci-fi kinda girl, that's just where my mind lives! Another idea I had is that maybe by the end of the series they've learned much more about time travel and how it works, how time itself can be manipulated, perhaps.

“That could open the storytelling up to so much. Imagine if the series ended with them going back to an earlier point in their lives and resetting the timeline.

“Even if Diana Gabaldon isn't interested in writing these scenarios, it would be awesome to see another author take a stab at it. It could still be an officially licensed work,” they added.

her final novel in the series, the as-yet untitled book 10?

Speaking on the Reddit forum, user starfleetdropout6 shared: “Many think that they're repeating an endless loop. I'm not sure if that excites or depresses me - it creates possibilities, though.

“If so, I like to think that every time she goes through the sequence of events vary. Sometimes they stop the uprising, or they actually win at Culloden and get a happily ever after at Lallybroch.

“The books are just one version of events. Well, this is my headcanon and I'm sticking to it.”

Velvejabbress then replied: “I actually quite like this. For myself, the explanation is quite simple. He told her he would love her forever, and that his ghost would find her in her own time.

“He basically told her he would come, and he did, because he doesn't make promises he can't keep.

“ know I'm going to be thinking about loops and alternate timelines now though!” the fan added.

READ MORE: Outlander season 5: Is Jamie Fraser's ghost from his dreams?

Another user called twotimestacotuesdays reminded fans that Claire and her then-husband Frank Randall’s (Tobias Menzies) innkeeper warned them they were visiting Scotland on the one night when “spirits could walk with the living”.

Perhaps the mysterious Jamie is actually just the ghost of the Highlander during his brief dice with death after the Battle of Culloden.

But the original poster offered: “As a sci-fi kinda girl, that's just where my mind lives! Another idea I had is that maybe by the end of the series they've learned much more about time travel and how it works, how time itself can be manipulated, perhaps.

“That could open the storytelling up to so much. Imagine if the series ended with them going back to an earlier point in their lives and resetting the timeline.

“Even if Diana Gabaldon isn't interested in writing these scenarios, it would be awesome to see another author take a stab at it. It could still be an officially licensed work,” they added.

One fan called millyagate insisted that time isn’t a “linear concept”, going on to suggest all the events in Jamie and Claire’s story are actually happening at the same time.

“I don't believe his ghost waited 200 years to see her,” the fan said.

“Ghosts/spirits can be anywhere at any time, as linear time wouldn't apply to them.”

Diana has already revealed fans can expect to learn the truth in the last line of her last novel, but she has also explained Jamie is 25 when Frank spots him outside Claire's window. How will the dots connect?

Outlander book 10, called Go Tell the Bees That I’m Gone, is due to be released by author Diana Gabaldon.


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