When British Army nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) went through the standing stones that transported her back in time from 1945 to 1743 right at the start of Outlander, she didn’t just get dumped in the past with her knowledge of history and modern(ish) views of feminism. Claire took her four years of direct, hands-on, World War II-honed battlefield surgical nursing skills and medical knowledge with her.
That knowledge has since allowed her to save friends and family from certain death. During S3, when Claire wound up back in the 1960s, she studied to be a surgeon, too. Her additional skills have stood her in good stead since her return to the 1700s. But it has also placed her in grave danger of accusations of witchcraft.
In S5, Claire’s medical practice will set her up for a horrific confrontation in the season finale when someone believes that what she is doing is in defiance of God’s will. “We see that she takes these big chances in exploring surgery that she would have done in the 20th century and also trying to develop medicines that she would have used in the 20th century. But that definitely is a very risky endeavour for Claire this season,” warns Caitriona.