Access Hollywood released some bonus interview footage from an interview they did a few months ago with the cast. Enjoy!
I’ve added a couple missing photos from last night’s Outlander thanks to FFA as well as a new behind the scenes photo of Sam.
Spoiler warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen the Outlander Season 2 finale, Episode 13, titled “Dragonfly in Amber.” Refresh your memory of where we left off with our previous “Outlander” recap.
After a season spent barreling towards the Battle of Culloden, it felt like something of a relief to be spared the gory details of that fateful fight, with the Season 2 finale of Outlander spending most of its time focused on what really mattered — Claire and Jamie’s relationship, both in its vibrant immediacy on the morning of the battle, and through melancholy memories that played out across Claire’s face 20 years later as she revisited Scotland. Claire took a monumental journey in the extended episode, moving from grief and repression to a rekindled sense of hope as she realized that Jamie hadn’t died at Culloden, meaning there was still a chance for her to reunite with him, even two decades (and two centuries) after leaving him.
The episode skipped back and forth between the 18th century and Claire’s “present” in 1968, allowing us to meet Claire and Jamie’s daughter, Brianna (Sophie Skelton), and Reverend Wakefield’s dashing adopted son, Roger (Richard Rankin) — as well as catching up with Claire’s Season 1 friend Geillis Duncan — aka Gillian Edgars — before she traveled back through the Standing Stones and met Claire for the first time back in the 1700s.
The finale provided yet another showcase for Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan’s nuanced performances; Heughan exuded both strength and vulnerability as Jamie was forced to say farewell to his wife — and that was after the ordeal of killing his uncle, Dougal, when the war chief discovered them plotting to kill Bonny Prince Charlie in a last-ditch effort to avert Culloden.
“You just see how desperate they’ve become that they would even consider something as horrific as this, but as Claire says, it’s take the life of one to save the lives of thousands,” Balfe says of their scheme. “It’s a really heartbreaking moment for Jamie because no matter what Dougal has done, he’s his uncle, he raised him for a lot of his life and trained him, and there was a very complicated love there, but there was some kind of love there.”
Heughan agrees, telling Variety in our video recap above, “We decided that Claire should be involved in that and that isn’t in the books. I think it makes them both complicit in the murder of Dougal, it makes them both guilty. So they’re united in their desperation of trying to save everyone and everything, and in doing that they’ve had to kill Jamie’s uncle, which doesn’t sit well with him.”
At that point, Heughan admits, “it’s about trying to save Claire — she doesn’t quite know that until they get closer to the Stones.” Their farewell scene was monumental both for the characters and the actors, he says. “We were both very aware that this is the last time they’re together, so there is a pressure, but you also don’t want to pressurize yourself as an actor, otherwise you begin to tense up – we just wanted to see what happened, and out of it came this wonderful almost choreography, this moment where it’s almost like a dance, where Jamie’s guiding Claire with her back towards the stones so she’s staring at him… it seemed to work because we couldn’t work out how to get to Claire to the stones, because she doesn’t want to go.”
The farewell at Craigh na Dun was one of the series’ most heartbreaking and evocative yet, made all the more desperate because they know Claire is pregnant again. Balfe admits that there was some debate about how Claire and Jamie’s final moment of intimacy should play out during filming.
“In the book it’s very different, because they stay overnight in a cottage and we were condensing the time and because we’d filmed things in Season 1 where there was no cottage, we couldn’t do that, so then there was a whole thing about ‘where do they have their last moments together? They have sex and where is that gonna be?’ There was a lot of talk about up against a tree and I was like ‘no, not gonna happen that way! That’s so not romantic, it can’t be up against a tree, that’s not right,‘” she laughs, recalling the moment. “I was so adamant about it, and they were like ‘well, it’s gonna be cold and wet, are you gonna wanna be on the ground?’ I was like ‘I don’t care, I’ll be on the ground, it can’t be against a tree.’ It just seemed so wrong and so not beautiful.”
Despite the need to save their baby, Balfe says, she felt that “Claire would fight towards the end and she wouldn’t want to leave, so how do we get Jamie to take her to the stones and yet how do we get Claire to go, because I just felt like she just wouldn’t want to. I know she has to go to save her child, but she just wouldn’t want to, and somehow we came up with this beautiful almost like a dance, where they’re locked together and they’ve got their heads together and they’re looking in each other’s eyes and he sort of dances her to the Stone and she’s just crying and telling him that she loves him and it’s so beautiful. When we were filming it, I feel like everyone got so swept up in the moment. It’s so sad. These characters are so much a part of us at this point, it was just heartbreaking – how do you let go, how do you say goodbye to someone? It was just awful. I think some of the crew were all misty-eyed, it was great.”
In addition to those emotional scenes in the past, Balfe also deftly managed to portray a wholly new version of Claire in the future — one with 20 years and countless life experiences behind her — while still maintaining her character’s integrity, fire and resolve.
“I went ahead and I read all of the information from [book three in Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ series] ‘Voyager,’ that showed Claire in Boston, because I wanted to really get a sense of what her life had been like in that interim 20 years,” Balfe says of tackling the later iteration of her character. “I really wanted to more concentrate on ‘what does 20 years of, in some ways, a compromised existence, how does that weigh on a person?’ Claire is a survivor, we know that about her – we know that she’s a fighter, but having lived in a marriage of convenience in many ways with Frank for 20 years, that has to have had an effect on her shine in a way, on her vitality. And yet, at the same point she’s become a surgeon so I wanted her to have a bit of gravity and she carries herself very well and it was really interesting to play with all of that.”
Balfe says she looked to the work of some of her favorite actresses to inspire her performance, including Charlotte Rampling, Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep. “I watched films they did in their late twenties and then I went and watched some things that they’d done in their fifties and obviously people physically age, but how do you carry yourself?” Balfe says. “It’s always very slight, there’s a maturity but it’s more in how they carry themselves.”
Despite the tension between Claire and her headstrong daughter — who is reluctant, to say the least, to believe that her real father was a Scottish warrior from the 18th Century, Balfe notes that “a big part of Claire now is that she’s a mother, and that relationship with Brianna was very important. At this point when we meet them, they are somewhat strained, there’s distance between them, but myself and Sophie when we were talking about the relationship, [we felt that] it can’t be that this has how it’s always been. Even with Claire’s relationship with Frank, it couldn’t have been miserable for 20 years, otherwise she wouldn’t have stayed in it. So there have to have been moments where things were working, and I think always in the back of Claire’s mind, she’s never really loved him again in that way, but there have to have been good times and they co-parented and there’s joy in seeing your daughter grow up and all of these things, but it has been more compromised, so there was all of that was so interesting to play.”
We’re spared the brutality of Culloden and what happens to Jamie after Claire says goodbye to him at the Standing Stones, but Heughan promises that all will be revealed in Season 3.
As Jamie lets Claire go, Heughan says, “he knows he’s going to die, but at least she is going to be safe, and his unborn child, who will be Bree. We won’t actually see what happens to Jamie after she’s gone through the Stones until the next season – for me that’s a really big question and something that will be really interesting to look at – who is Jamie without Claire, why is he still surviving or what has he got to live for when he’s lost the woman that he loves? She will eventually return, but they’re both older, so who is the man he’s become age-wise, physically? I think that’s the joy of the show, it’s never the same thing, it’s constantly moving, so next season should be quite an adventure.”
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.
I’ve added a few episode stills from tonight’s episode. Ugh, my heart is still reeling.
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.
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.
I’ve added some screencaps of Sam at The Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards as well as a couple new outtakes from Departures magazine. Sam looked dashing as always.
So the season finale to Outlander is today. I don’t know about you but I am anxious about it even though I know how it will play out. Who’s feeling the same?
Check out the video from The Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards.
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.