Never My Love is the twelfth episode of Season Five and sixty-seventh episode overall of the Outlander television series.


Claire struggles to survive brutal treatment from her captors, as Jamie gathers a group of loyal men to help him rescue his wife. Roger and Brianna's journey takes a surprising turn.



Main Cast

Guest Cast

Production Notes


  • The storyline of Claire's kidnapping and rescue was adapted from Chapters 27 through 29 of A Breath of Snow and Ashes. There are a few important differences between the original and the adaptation:
    • Lionel Brown actually opposed taking Claire in the books; he did not want Jamie to find out he was involved in taking Claire, rightfully fearing retribution. He did not assault or rape Claire, though he eventually did favor killing her, in order to conceal his involvement from Jamie.
    • The adaptation invented Claire's "Dr. Rawlings" pseudonym, and used it as Lionel's motivation for taking and assaulting Claire.
    • The adaptation folded Lionel's character into that of Arvin Hodgepile, the leader of the gang of men pillaging the backcountry and burning settlers out of their homes. Hodgepile attacked Claire and Marsali at the Frasers' malting shed where they made whisky, demanding that the women hand over all of their product. Upon being informed that the whisky was stored at a distant, secret location, Hodgepile took Claire and ordered her to lead them to the secret whisky cache.
    • In the book, three men assault Claire in the night: first, one of the teenage boys fondles her breast and ejaculates on her; Harley Boble, who had been publicly humiliated by Jamie a few years earlier, hits and kicks Claire, causing severe damage to her face and body; and a nameless man rapes her.






  1. 1.0 1.1 In Claire's imagination only.

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