One of the great elements of the first season of Outlander was watching the relationship develop between Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe). With that in mind, the new season is sure to bring its own set of challenges to the couple, who exchanged vows during the wedding episode in the first season.
“It felt really great,” Balfe told Access Hollywood referencing the wedding episode. “There’s been such nice stuff written about how that episode was and I think we all really worked hard to make it as real [as possible] and give it the space that these two people – their love could really develop and that it wasn’t instantaneous sex and that they could just get over their nervousness and get through the night and I’m really glad that people responded well to it.”
Meanwhile, as the couple moves on to Paris, France, in the new season of Outlander, they will still be dealing with the repercussions from the events that occurred in Season 1, including Jaime’s traumatic experience in prison.
“There’s definitely a hangover after the events of season one and everything what happened in the finale,” Heughan explained. “It feels like a whole new world. We’re introduced to love and characters from Diana’s books.”
At the same time, Claire will have plenty of issues to deal with as well in the new season. In addition to helping Jaime overcome his problems, Claire is also dealing with her first child.
“Claire is dealing with her pregnancy and [wondering], how do you support someone going through a trauma like [Jaime’s]? How do you help him get over it, or get past it?” Balfe explained in a discussion with Blastr. “The idea they have of changing the future, she uses it like a mission and something for Jamie to put his focus and energy into so he’s not dwelling on what’s happened.”
Balfe added that Jaime will be fully engrosses in the politics of Paris in the new season.
“He’s in it, but he’s not relishing it at all. We see them slowly get better at [playing the game] and learn they can undercut people and be quite political themselves. Publicly he’s a good businessman and very charming, but in those late nights with Claire we see the mask come off.
“They are going through a very complicated time in their relationship. It’s not an easy time for them, but it’s beautiful to watch how they figure out a way to support each other.”
Season 2 of Outlander should premiere sometime in 2016.