Outlander’s Jamie Fraser: A new kind of romantic hero?

*Spoiler* – If you have not read the books or seen Outlander the series on Starz, STOP here!

Maureen Younger caught up with season one and discovered protagonist Jamie Fraser might be the bravest romantic hero of all.

Watching Outlander shift in tone in its final two episodes from a Scottish Poldark to a Scottish Game of Thrones proved to be two of the most bruising and emotionally draining hours of TV I have ever watched. Though seemingly following the tropes of your standard historical romance (a bit of time travel notwithstanding), Outlander actually subverts them. No more so than with its male lead, Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). Jamie becomes a victim of a prolonged sexual assault: in one fell swoop Outlander may have invented a new kind of romantic hero – and a much braver one at that.

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