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Press: ‘Outlander’ Season 2 Finale: EP Ronald D. Moore Talks Jamie’s Fate, Seasons 3 & 4, Emmys & Some ‘Game Of Thrones’

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight’s Outlander Season 2 finale.

After a dazzling 13-episode run that saw Outlander in the 18th century salons and intrigue of Louis XV’s Paris, the Jacobite uprising and then back among the Scottish highlands, the Starz series led by Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan wrapped up its second season tonight with renewed hope. It also saw the end for a major character, revelations in many eras, and a trip back through the Craigh na Dun stones from the late 1960s to the late 1740s for Balfe’s Claire.

As fans of the Diana Gabaldon books on which the sensual Outlander TV series is based know and viewers discovered in the 90-minute finale, it seems Heughan’s Jamie Fraser did not die at English hands at the Battle of Culloden, but War Chieftain Dougal MacKenzie (Graham McTavish) did meet his end tonight — at Jamie’s hand.

Deep into production on Season 3 of the series, executive producer Ronald D. Moore spoke with me about tonight’s finale, crafting the now-concluded cycle and changes it saw from the Dragonfly In Amber novel on which it was based. The show won’t be at Comic-Con this year, but the former Battlestar Galactica EP also discussed adapting Gabaldon’s 1993 book Voyager for the next season and whether the author will pen a script. Moore also sketched out plans for Season 4 of the show from Sony Pictures Television and Left Bank Pictures and how he thinks Outlander will fare in Emmy nominations this week.

DEADLINE: Season 1’s finale may have been more brutal, but this year’s ender certainly matched it for dramatic twists — especially the killing of Dougal. How do you think fans will react?
MOORE: If they don’t know the books, I think they will be surprised and shocked that we killed Dougal MacKenzie because he’s such a great character and such a powerful force. Especially since Colum (Gary Lewis) just died the week before, and you would think that there would be a long route to go with Dougal. I assume that the broadcast audience was assuming that we would see Dougal fighting to the death at Culloden, right? He would be one of the principal players in that story, so I think it will come as a pretty big surprise.

DEADLINE: Last season ended with the rape scene with Black Jack and with Jamie, about which there was a huge and shocked response from fans. This season finale had a different tone. Was that intentional?

MOORE: It was certainly intentional what we went for, but I don’t think we set out to set it apart from Season 1. It just had its own kind of organic feeling to it. It had a different rhythm and a different kind of overarching idea to what we were doing in the finale this year. Last year’s finale was a one-off, that was where that story ended. I don’t think the show or the book set out to try to top themselves each year or at the end of each book. That was the end of that story, and this one is the end of this story.

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DEADLINE: Now that you are even deeper into the series and hence the books with Outlander, how do you balance the small-screen adaptation to keep both audiences involved?

MOORE: I’m constantly trying to keep both audiences in mind. It’s a source of ongoing conversation in the writers room and in editing. It’s my job to keep my eye on both those audiences. I know the books, but I always have to try and watch the show with a mind toward if I don’t know the books, if it doesn’t make any sense to me, I have to ask, “Am I engaged by it emotionally? Is it a great piece of entertainment whether or not I’ve read the source material?”

And I always go to my own experience on Game Of Thrones. I watch Game Of Thrones. I think it’s great, I enjoy it, but I’ve never read those books, and so there are definitely times, especially in some of the earlier seasons, where I was lost. I would have to hit pause and turn to my wife and say, “OK, wait a minute, who is that and how did this happen?” and then she would explain it and I would watch the show again.

So with Outlander, I’m always remembering my own experience as viewer who doesn’t know the source material, and using that to sort of help guide me through Outlander because they are very different audiences. I think it’s easy for us to sort of start with the fan experience that knows the books so well because we know the books now. So, as we’re outlining the show and as we’re writing the show, we know what the major tentacles are, we know what the backstories are, we know the narrative, and we’re moving this around — and it’s OK because this is what happened later, so we have all that stuff locked in. It’s the other audience that you have to take a step back for. I kind of see it as my job to constantly try to keep the broadcast-only audience engaged with it.
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I’ve added a few episode stills from tonight’s episode. Ugh, my heart is still reeling.

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Press: ‘Outlander’ Season 3 — Everything We Know About The Long Journey That Is ‘Voyager’

While the end of another year of Outlander is exciting, fans are already dreading another Droughtlander. In order to alleviate some of the pain, here’s everything we know about Season 3.

According to Zap2it, the new season is based on Diana Gabaldon’s book, Voyager. Filming for the new season is expected to commence as early as next month.

Dragonfly in Amber had its own challenges in adapting to television, namely its complicated storyline. Executive Producer Ron Moore explained how Voyager is a different beast all together.

“Voyager is another challenge, a different challenge, for the show,” Moore told the outlet. “Fortunately, that story at least begins in Scotland, so we don’t have to immediately switch to France like we did this year.

The majority of the events in the book take place on board a series of ships as Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travel far from Scotland. The multiple changes in settings are one of the challenges Moore and his team are going to have to tackle.

“But I know we’re not shooting solely in Scotland — we have to find a ship and a tank and facilities and sets and the whole nine yards to do a sea voyage, because there’s an extended sea voyage,” Moore explained. “They sail that ship around the Caribbean, then there’s a hurricane and shipwreck.”

The shooting locations for Season 3 of Outlander have not been officially announced, though Moore is open to filming in South Africa and maybe even the U.S.

When opening up about the filming process, Moore told Cinema Blend that he is looking forward to Claire and Jamie’s long journey on the ocean.

“The technology now, between real ships like what they have in Black Sails and CG, it’s now developed into a place where you can believe it,” Moore shared. “It’s no longer just the models on the water tank at Paramount, which is clearly like this big. Now you can really realize on a television budget what Pirates of the Caribbean was doing 8-10 years ago.”

As was true in Season 2, Voyager will introduce a number of exciting new characters to the show. This includes a younger version of Ian, an older version of Fergus, and an adult Lord John.

Unfortunately, none of the new characters have been cast, though that process is expected to take place over the next few months.

Although fans are not looking forward to another Droughtlander, TV Guide is reporting that the coming break will not be very long. In fact, writer Matt Roberts recently revealed that the Outlander crew isn’t taking an extending break this year.

“Outlander is a beast of a show to produce, so if we took a normal break, a regular hiatus like a normal show, we would already be behind,” Roberts explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “Now the fans can have it sooner than what they think. The Doughtlander won’t be as long as they expect.”

Roberts did not, however, reveal when fans can expect Voyager to premiere.

The new season of Outlander will contain 13 episodes instead of the 16 in Season 1, which should also help with the early release.

It isn’t known how early Outlander will return to television, though a few weeks or even a month isn’t out of the question.

Meanwhile, Scotland Now reports that Starz actually renewed Outlander for two more seasons instead of just one. Considering the show’s popularity, there is little question that Outlander will eventually catch up to Gabaldon’s 8th book.

Fans can watch the Season 2 finale of Outlander Saturday night on Starz and check out a preview below.

Season 3 of Outlander should premiere in early spring of 2017.
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Press: Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe Spotted Filming Already? Claire Beauchamp Randall’s Death Happening Soon?

Now that Season 2 is going to end this week, thousands of fans are now looking forward to the upcoming “Outlander” Season 3. Recently, reports are claiming that Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe are spotted filming for the next installment.

There is no denying that “Outlander” Season 3 is now among the much-anticipated installments set to be released within 2016. Rumor mill is spreading that Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe are already filming for the forthcoming “Outlander” Season 3.

Sources have claimed that Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe were sighted together with some cameramen. However, no enough proof could verify these claims.

In an interview with Scotland Now, “Outlander” Season 3 producers Ron Moore has revealed that the cast will start filming for the impending installment early Fall or late Summer. He added that fans should be expecting new more twists and turns in “Outlander” Season 3 as the production has hired new writers.

Though it was previously rumored that the “Outlander” Season 3 is set to film some scenes in the U.S., Ron Moore has announced that nothing is final as of yet but it is confirmed to be far from reality. The showrunner even said Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe and the rest of the cast will be spending most of their time in Scotland and Paris.

Meanwhile, GamenGuide has previously reported that Caitriona Balfe is reportedly leaving Sam Heughan in “Outlander” Season 3. Rumors are rife that the actress will have to focus more on filming the “Money Monster” film alongside Julia Roberts and director Jodie Foster.

Several fans have speculated that Caitriona Balfe will be leaving “Outlander” Season 3 to Sam Heughan after the claims of Duncan LaCroix have gone viral. It can be recalled that the actor has divulged that Caitriona Balfe will be having the most emotional scene she will ever have in “Outlander” Season 2 finale.

Duncan LaCroix said that fans should prepare themselves as the might cry countless tears in the upcoming “Outlander” Season 2 finale. Meanwhile, “Outlander” Season 3 is said to be following the plot of the “Voyager” book by Diana Gabaldon.

Though no official air date has been confirmed until now, “Outlander” Season 3 is expected to premiere in January 2017.
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Press: ‘Outlander’ Star Sam Heughan Talks ‘Emotional’ Season 2 Finale, And A Shocking Twist Even For Book Readers

Outlander is only a few weeks away from wrapping up its second season.

While fans wait to see what unfolds in the Battle of Culloden, Sam Heughan has opened up about the exciting finale, “Dragonfly in Amber.”

According to Enstarz, Heughan described the finale as “emotional.”

“I haven’t seen the last episode. Obviously, I was in it somewhere, but I just remember it being very, very emotional and critical, actually,” Heughan shared in a YouTube video with Access Hollywood.“The time is getting so close to zero hour, to the point that they have to stop history from happening. Whether or not they do is the spoiler.”

Whatever happens in the finale will be important to Heughan’s character, Jamie Fraser.

In the episode leading up to the finale, fans watched as Colum (Gary Lewis) declared Jamie the guardian of the Mackenzie clan’s heir.

According to International Business Times, Jamie wasn’t thrilled about his new position, though he couldn’t refuse such an important appointment.

Part of the reason why Jamie didn’t want the role was because Dougal (Graham McTavish) was eying the position.

Dougal is Colum’s brother and expected to become the clan leader or the guardian. However, Colum picked Jamie because of his leadership skills and the wars to come.

Because of his position as guardian, Jamie will try his best to keep the men underneath him as safe as possible. Considering the coming battle, that is going to be a difficult task to accomplish.

At the same time, Jamie’s sworn enemy, Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies), went through some surprising developments in the episode.

Fans watched as Claire (Caitriona Balfe) allied with Randall, who hoped that she could save his brother from certain death. After Randall’s brother succumbed to his illness, he broke down and mourned.

In an interview with Variety, the entirety of which can be seen on YouTube, Heughan discussed Randall’s revealing moment in Season 2 of Outlander.

“At that moment when his brother finally dies, you see Randall mourn him then become very angry, and you see that dark side of Black Jack Randall again,” Heughan stated. “And that’s just a terrific moment.”

Meanwhile, fans can expect a lot of heartbreak in the finale, as well as a new twist.

According to Enstarz, writer Matthew B. Roberts hinted at an emotional episode in a series of posts on Twitter.

“Yes, Toni and I wrote the finale… I suggest tissue, whiskey, and tissue,” he wrote on Twitter.

For those who have read the books by Diana Gabaldon, there are still some surprises ahead.

In fact, Ron Moore opened up about the upcoming finale and what it might entail.

“Ultimately the show has always been about relationships. Not only is that the climax of history, but it’s also the climax of the relationships that are happening at the time. It’s all doomed, and we can’t stop history from happening,” Moore stated.

Heughan then told IGN that even book readers will be surprised by the finale.

“[Season 2] certainly has a climax. [Ron Moore] has also got some surprises,” Heughan said.

Unfortunately, Heughan failed to offer any hints at what those surprises might be.

In the meantime, Starz has released an official summary for the final episode.

“Claire and Jamie reunite with the Lallybroch and Mackenzie men as they train for war,” the network shared. “Jamie’s power struggles with Dougal and Claire’s personal battle with her memories of WWII weigh upon them, but new, helpful information comes to light when a young Englishman named William Grey pays a surprise visit to their camp.”

The Season 2 finale of Outlander, titled “Dragonfly in Amber,” will air July 9 on Starz.
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Press: Would ‘Outlander’ Stars Be Good Co-Parents In Real Life? Sam Heughan & Caitriona Balfe Weigh In

Unfortunately, Outlander fans have yet to see Jamie and Claire live their lives as parents. A few weeks back in Season 2, Claire’s pregnancy took a turn towards tragedy when she miscarried and her daughter was stillborn. No one can deny that she was the cutest and badass fake-pregnant woman TV has seen in a minute. Plus, watching Jamie adore his expecting lady was basically everything and more. And, ummm, that epic sex scene that took place when Claire was mighty pregnant? That happened. Not only did it happen, but actress Caitriona Balfe told Rolling Stoneshe and her hunky, single co-star Sam Heughan “loved the scene” as much as we did.

“Sam and I fought to keep the belly bump in… Why should that be a taboo?,” she told the magazine. “It’s the one safe space for them in this time where they’re kind of estranged from each other, and they’ve been struggling with their intimacy — and the fact that this is what brings them together, this unit of a family that they’ve become… I think it’s a very sexy thing.” Sexy indeed. And even though I think the two stars have what it takes to have a red-hot romance off-screen, do they feel the same?

I caught up with the stars at LA’s Paley Center for Media recently and picked their brains about how they feel they would be as parents together in real life. Neither are parents in real life, and well, let’s just say they’re really, really good at acting.

“Oh, wow. [There would] probably [be] a lot of bickering, I would imagine,” says Heughan. “Certainly any children would have a very dodgy accent,” the 36-year-old jokes. He adds that Balfe would be the one to lay down the law. “I would like to think that I would be very relaxed, but actually would probably be kind of tough,” he says. “No, I think I’d be pretty relaxed. Yeah, she’d be tough. Very tough.”

Woah, woah. Is Balfe that hardcore? Actually, yep. She confirms she pretty much is. “I don’t know how much co-parenting would be going on. I think I’d probably be left holding the baby,” the 36-year-old actress says, laughing. “Oh, I’d be strict. He’d be MIA, are you kidding me? He’d be like, ‘Oh, I’m just going to go climb seven mountains this weekend, I’ll see you on Sunday night.’”

Hey, gotta give it to them for being honest. Maybe they’ll get another shot at being parents in seasons 3 or 4 (which are officially happening!) and their acting chops will really be put to the test. Until then, a girl can dream.
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Press: Outlander Star Sam Heughan: The Scots Fought Naked

With only days left in Season 2 of Outlander, Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) have taken to the killing fields for the battle of the Scots against the British as they attempt to reinstate a Jacobite king on the throne of Great Britain.

On Saturday night’s Prestonpan episode, trusting in Claire’s knowledge of history, Jamie leads the Jacobite army into a critical battle with British opposition near the town of Prestonpan, even as Claire tends to the dead and dying, a reminder of the true cost of war.

“Episode 10 is my favorite,” Heughan told Parade.com at the Paley Center for Media event The Artistry of Outlander. “It is very rewarding as a Scotsmen and a fan of history. Some of the episodes focus on individual characters, but this one focuses on everyone. Everyone is affected by the battle and everything that happens to them.”

Then he adds with a smile, when asked about costuming for the battle scenes, “The Scots fought naked, or at least dropped their kilts. You will have to watch the episode to see if we do that or not.”

Returning to Scotland has been healing for Jamie and Claire, but in the last episode, when the Fraser men were training for war, the sounds of gunfire and battle gave Claire flashbacks that took her back to the World War II battlefields in France. Momentarily incapacitated, it was obvious she was suffering from PTSD.

“I think a great healer of any kind of trauma is being able to share it with someone,” Balfe says. “I think once Claire shared it with Jamie, it was a big relief for her and it released some of that pressure cooker that she’s been feeling. It releases the pain and the tension, but she knows how tough war is. She knows what they are about to face. Since her miscarriage, Claire is a more fragile woman. She has always had such a strong core, but having such a traumatic event happen not that long ago, she’s a little raw at the moment. But I think you will see her gather herself together and be by Jamie’s side, and be the useful nurse that we know her as.”

Episode 10 of Outlander airs Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT on STARZ, but first read the rest of the interviews with Heughan and Balfe:

Can you talk about what a changed man Jamie is in these last four episodes. He’s back in Scotland, back in his kilts and finding his niche.

Sam: Absolutely. At the start of Season 2, he was half the man he formerly was. He still had a lot to deal with psychology-wise. Then Randall kind of frees him. The fact that Randall is still alive is such a relief to Jamie and he can take control of his destiny, which he does. Of course, it causes problems between him and Claire, but ultimately, by the time they get to these last few episodes, Jamie’s released and finding his feet again, and turning into the man who he is supposed to be, which is as a leader of men. He is a natural clan chief. He is a natural leader and it was a real payoff to play those episodes.

In these final four episodes, you are out on the battlefield, will there still be intimacy between Claire and Jamie?

Caitriona: We have seen in Episode 1 that Claire comes back in a certain condition and that doesn’t happen … there’s not a stork that comes. But the relationship is what is the center of this show. We have always said if there is sex, if there is violence, it is there for a reason, it tells you something about where they are. There is a war looming. They are on the road, it would feel trite to put in a non-essential scene.

I think as we saw in episode 8, Scotland is a very healing place for them, and their bond is set now. They are a team and they are fighting together and they are trying to change history, I believe that intimacy is there. Paris was a very poisonous place for them. Now that they’re back in Scotland, they’ve put that behind them.

Sam: Let’s hope so. We know that she’s pregnant when she goes back to the stone, but you can expect a lot of things to happen before that moment.

Claire is very resilient in 1700s in Scotland, would Jamie be as resilient in 1960s in Boston?

Sam: He is a forward thinking man. If Claire were there, he would learn to adapt, but I think it would be quite a stiff learning curve. He would have no patience for many things, but he would probably like airplanes, I imagine.

You have a 90-minute episode coming up for the finale. What can you share?

Sam: In the finale, you will have to tune in to find out, but from episode 10 on down, we really are coming down to zero hour. It is all about this point in time, which is the Battle of Culloden and whether we can stop it or not. That is what is going to happen between then and now.

Most episodes we shoot far more material than we need. Each one could be feature-length. We do shoot for a long time. We probably shot 10 or 11 months this year, and we do press, so the show is all-encompassing. Now the pickup for seasons three and four are going to take us another couple of years.

The Artistry of Outlander exhibit at the Paley Center for Media will run throughout the summer and will take visitors into 18th century Parisian society, where they will be able to view iconic costumes designed by Emmy® Award-winning Costume Designer Terry Dresbach as well as actual set pieces from Outlander production designer Jon Gary Steele, life-size episodic photography, and behind-the-scenes video segments.
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Press: Sam Heughan says those sexy ‘Outlander’ scenes aren’t so sexy to film

Outlander’s racy scenes have been a talking point since the show first aired in 2014 — breaking the standards of what sex scenes look like on television and pushing characters and plot lines forward. And, well, they’re just good.

But they’re not always so good to film, says the perfectly chiseled Scottish actor Sam Heughan. Speaking with Variety, the star said they are actually “so not sexy,” but appreciates them for the reasons we all do.

“We always talk to the producers and the writers and work out how it moves the relationship forward or what it reveals about the character. But our show is definitely a central relationship and so we learn a lot about our characters through their sex life,” he said.

His co-star Caitriona Balfe tends to agree.

“The sex scenes are never very easy to film,” she told USA TODAY. “You’re usually not wearing an awful lot in front of a room of probably about 20 crew so it’s always slightly awkward.”

But for the complicated relationship between Claire and Jamie Fraser, the scenes are crucial in telling the story of the couple’s emotional connection, or periodic distance, as viewers have seen in season 2.

“As we go on in the season and the show, you’ll see it always tells an important part of Claire and Jamie’s relationship, so it’ll be there when it’s important,” she says.

And as far as any mishaps, there’s only been once momentary misplacement of Sam’s modesty pouch.

“Luckily I was very far away from that so my eyes didn’t start to burn.”
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Massive Gallery Update: Outlander, Magazine Scans, Photo Sessions, Interviews, and more

I’ve finished getting the gallery up to date. Phew. I’ve added over 1,500 photos to the site including Outlander screencaps & behind the scenes photos, Photo Sessions, Appearances, Interviews, Theater Stills, TV Series Stills, and more to new and existing albums. That’s not counting all the many MQ photos I replaced with HQ photos. You can use the following links to see Last Updated Images and Last Updated Albums. Check out some image previews below as there are too many albums to list. Big thanks to Alikat, Lora, Mouza for scans.

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