WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Outlander
Outlander’s Jamie Fraser rape scene may have been brutal, but it was necessary, according to one of its creators.
The Starz time travel returned for the first half of season seven earlier this year, with subscribers having to wait patiently for the next lot of episodes.
This time around there is plenty of focus on William Ranson – (played by Charles Vandervaart) Jamie Fraser’s (Sam Heughan) illegitimate son who’s currently a soldier in the Revolutionary War.
It is in season seven, episode four, A Most Uncomfortable Woman, when William sees the true horror of war though when a woman is set on fire and she screams in horrific pain as the flames engulf her.
Despite the graphic nature of this moment, executive producer Matthew B Roberts believes this scene had to be shown.
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He also goes on to refer to the importance of the scene way back in season one when Jamie was violently raped by his arch nemesis Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies).
Fans were stunned at this brutal moment which originally aired in May 2015 but Roberts defends its graphic nature on the official Outlander podcast.
At first, talking about William’s ordeal in season seven, he explains: “His story arc is that war has been glamorised throughout his life and he’s been protected. So he hasn’t seen a lot of things like this, thankfully.
“These other jaded soldiers who this doesn’t affect and you can see it’s powerful and we needed to make it so visually, it had to be palpable for William.”
Roberts continued: “And it goes back a long way, a lot of people talked after episodes 115 and 116 with Jamie and Black Jack in the prison.
“Some people were like, ‘You didn’t have to show that’ but the argument on the other side is we absolutely did have to show that because that’s the thing that drives Jamie for the next two seasons.
“The power of what happened to him and his love for Claire is what really cures him, I don’t know if you’re ever really cured, but it helps get him back on his rightful path.”
Starz subscribers are going to have to wait a little while before the drama returns though.
Outlander was last seen in August when the season seven midseason finale aired.
This outing has been split in two with the rest of the series not yet shown.
While an official return date hasn’t been announced, season seven part two is expected to begin in early 2024.
Outlander is available to watch on Starz.