Outlander is preparing to go into its second season and one of the main themes that keeps fans interested is the romance between Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). In a twist of life imitating art, Outlander fans have been obsessing over the idea that Balfe and Heughan really are romantically involved outside of the Outlander world. The rumors have become so widespread that the duo have come forward to reveal the truth, but will Caitriona and Sam confirm what their fandom suspects, or will they put a damper on hopes for a true life fairy tale?
Outlander Stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan Respond To Romance Gossip
Always the more outspoken of the two, Caitriona was the one to first dispel any rumors of a love affair between Heughan and herself.
“We’re not together,” Ms. Balfe said, as she revealed the nature of her relationship with her Outlander co-star. “It’s funny. We’ve always said from the get go that we’re incredibly great friends. And to have that friendship and that closeness and to be able to get along as we do on set, it’s great that we’re able to get along that well. We’re not together. I’m sorry to break people’s hearts.”
While the Outlander actress may have broken some hearts with the news, it may not be as bad as it sounds. She went on to explain that Sam and herself work really well together, enjoying a close friendship. The actress says she understands that fans take the relationship between Claire and Jamie very seriously, but that’s just not how it works in the lives of the actors who portray those characters.
For her work on Outlander, Ms. Balfe has been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Drama Series.
Outlander Promises Reunions And Revelations As Season 2 Lands In Paris
While Season 1 of Outlander was largely reactionary for Jamie and Claire, the couple will be much more proactive in their dealings, as they reach the shores of Paris. For Jamie, he will still be dealing with the aftermath of the assault as the new season begins, but he will find ways to heal and move on. The rape will not be the focus of the season, says Heughan, adding that the mission of changing history serves as therapy in that it takes Jamie’s mind off of the past.
“And there is a great revelation that cures him, or brings him out of himself,” adds the Outlander actor. “I can’t tell you what that is, but it certainly brings back the old Jamie.”
The plot of Season 2, which has Claire and Jamie working to subvert the Jacobite Rebellion, will bring out traits in the characters that will surely surprise fans. Sam reveals that he was suprised by his own character’s behavior, even as he acted out the scenes. The actor reveals that Jamie discovers a natural talent for deception and, revelling in this new trait, fans will observe a refreshing new livelihood to the character.
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Caitriona says her character is facing some unique challenges of her own, both as she joins Jamie in trying to stop the rebellion and later.
Following the events that unfold with the Jacobite Rebellion, Claire finds herself reunited with her husband. Yes, the man awaiting her return in the 1940s. Awkward, right? Ms. Balfe says fans can’t begin to imagine just how uncomfortable that reunion really becomes.
“There is that reverse thing where every time she looks at Frank, she can’t help but see Black Jack,” Caitriona Balfe said. “There’s many layers of why that relationship is difficult when she goes back. She’s definitely not the same woman that left.”
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