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Fans of time-travelling saga Outlander will know there is not much known about Claire Fraser’s (played by Caitriona Balfe) mysterious parents. However, a theory about them has suggested they might have been able to travel to the past as well – and could have even given birth to Claire then. Here’s what you need to know about the theory.
Was Claire actually born in the 1700s?
Over the past few seasons of Outlander, Claire has settled into life in the 18th century alongside her longtime love Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan).
Viewers will remember how she first travelled back from 1945 to 1743 in season one, finding herself in the Scottish Highlands.
However, some fans have suggested this might not have been the first time she had ventured to the past.
A theory has emerged suggesting Claire’s parents may have also been time travellers and conceived Claire in Jamie’s time period.
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Fan GrlNxtDoorAng speculated on Reddit: “Is anyone else not 100% convinced Claire is truly from the 1900s originally?
“We know so little about her parents and also know that some kids can go through the stones with their parents.
“I mean do we 100% know that Uncle Lamb didn’t just come across her during one of his adventurous work trips and choose to take her with him/raise her?”
Another viewer named baes04 agreed: “I’ve also thought this. We don’t know her family and I feel like there’s a story to that.
“She feels at home in the past. She was somehow drawn to the past by something or someone.”
This would seemingly prove why Claire originally ended up in the 1700s herself as it would confirm a strong link to Jamie’s time.
As fans will know, it was never explicitly stated why Claire found herself drawn to travel to this time exactly.
However, it does not seem like Outlander author Diana Gabaldon plans to address this theory any time soon.
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She revealed in an earlier interview how she does not plan to write any more about Claire’s parents in her novels.
In a post on The Lit Forum she wrote: “Basically, it comes down to who talks to me, and who I personally find interesting.
“I don’t find Claire’s parents interesting at all (not that they couldn’t be; it’s that I don’t care enough to try to dig into them), so you probably won’t get a novella about them.
“(I think people keep wanting one because they’re convinced that her parents were a) time-travellers (well, at least one of them had to be – unless they weren’t really her parents (but they were)), and b) knew that and c) were involved in some hair-raisingly dangerous adventure that involved them traveling through time, but (for no apparent reason) d) choosing to hide the fact by kidnapping a couple of strangers, assassinating them and setting their bodies on fire in the Beauchamp family car.)
“My personal impression is that they never knew they had the ability to time-travel, and were leading perfectly ordinary lives as a middle-class bank manager and a primary-school teacher who’d left teaching to raise her daughter.”
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But while Gabaldon may not be planning to explore more about Claire’s parents, she has revealed she will be exploring Jamie’s past.
She recently confirmed on Twitter to fans about how she was writing a prequel story about Jamie’s parents.
If the theory about Claire’s past does prove to be true, this might be something touched about in the new book.
Fans will just have to wait and see whether the story has any truth to it when it is released.
Outlander seasons 1-5 are available to stream on Amazon’s Prime Video now.
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