SPOILER ALERT: This article discusses Episode 9 (titled “Monsters and Heroes”) of Starz’s Outlander Season 5. Please proceed with caution if you have not yet viewed all available episodes and wish to avoid spoilers.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) gets bitten by a venomous snake in the latest episode of Outlander. His life then hangs in the balance for the remainder of the episode.
As pointed out by TV Line, Episode 9 opened with Jamie taking a group out to hunt for food. They ended up finding a herd of bison and split up in order to better kill one. Jamie took Roger (Richard Rankin) with him, and the rest left in a separate group.
After taking a shot at one of the beasts, Jamie was bitten by a snake, which Roger identified as venomous. Unable to locate the rest of the group, both men had to pause their travels for the night after Roger tended to the wound and sucked out some of the venom.
It wasn’t until the next morning that everyone else realized something is amiss. Jamie’s horse returned to Fraser’s Ridge, where it was discovered by Young Ian (John Bell). A group was sent out to search, and the men were eventually located as Roger attempted to drag his father-in-law home.
Once back at Fraser’s Ridge, it was still a dangerous situation for Jamie. Claire (Caitriona Balfe) examined her husband and found out that his body was battling the remnants of venom in his system, and that the puncture wounds were also infected. While Claire has made penicillin, her only needle was broken in a previous episode of Outlander.
Feeding Jamie liquid penicillin, Claire was not entirely optimistic regarding her husband’s fate. In fact, the pair argued over whether or not to amputate his leg in order to save his life — Jamie said he would rather die than have his leg amputated, declaring that he would be useless as a result. However, Young Ian, whose father is an amputee, argued with his uncle and, eventually, Jamie saw reason.
However, just as Claire was getting ready to perform the surgery, their daughter, Brianna (Sophie Skelton), discovered that Roger had retained the snake’s head, bringing it home with him. Using this as a syringe substitute, Claire was finally able to administer the penicillin intravenously. The medicine worked quickly and Jamie’s leg was saved. However, for many fans, the episode was a particularly stressful one as they watched their favorite character suffer.