kanbukai.com 2022-06-29 20:52:55


I believe him. Completely. He and I have been though things that you couldn’t even imagine - and this…I promise you, it won’t come between us.

– Claire to Malva, 6x06 “The World Turned Upside Down”

What haven’t Jamie and Claire endured, for each other’s sake?

Neither of them could have imagined on their wedding day exactly what they would face. Had they known, would they have married anyway?

Well, Claire says it herself in the very first episode: “Even now, after all the pain and death and heartbreak, I still would make the same choice.” Because to not choose each other, would be a life truly not worth living.

For posterity - here’s my list of exactly what Jamie and Claire have been through. What they’ve endured for each other - and precisely why their love is so, so strong:

  • Physical harm
  • Sexual assault
  • Death of a child
  • Inability to raise their sole living child together
  • Living in exile
  • Prison
  • Giving their body to another man, to guarantee each other’s safety
  • Marriage to another person - full of spite and regret and pain and the ghost of each other
  • Homelessness - multiple times
  • Poverty
  • Starvation
  • Loss of reputation
  • Murdering others - multiple times
  • Inflicting physical harm on others - multiple times
  • Marching with an army
  • Illness
  • Death of a grandchild

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