The one glaring omission from Season 2 of Outlander was the lack of the show’s characteristic sex. Luckily, while filming for Season 3 is underway, Caitriona Balfe took some time away from her busy schedule to chat about Outlander’s steamer side.
In her new interview with Vanity Fair, Balfe admitted that many fans were disappointed with the lack of sex in Season 2.
“I definitely heard that they missed a lot of the intimacy between Jamie and Claire, which I think we were sort of expecting,” Balfe stated.
“I think even Sam and I sort of missed—especially in the beginning because it was so heavy on the politics—I think we were all missing those more intimate moments. They have so many of their iconic fan moments that they really are looking forward to, so you definitely always hear whenever some of those are not there. I’m trying to think of specifics for you, but the one that I just kept hearing, from what I saw on my Twitter: “Where’s the sex?”
Despite the promise of more sex, Balfe admitted that Claire was forced to reign in her romantic side while she and Jamie were separated. Even still, Balfe assured fans that everything would be back to normal after Jamie and Claire reunite in Season 3.
“There will be some other sex going on,” she explained. “I think to really let the reunion and everything that’s going to happen once Jamie and Claire see each other, I think it’s really special. Maybe they’ll have to wait a little bit, but I don’t think it’s going to be as scarce as last season, shall we say?”
Of course, many fans are already looking forward to the print shop scene where Jamie and Claire reunite after twenty years apart.
Although the show can’t include everything from the Outlander books, Balfe hinted that the print shop wouldn’t be excluded.
“The first thing everyone talks about is the print shop,” she shared. “We haven’t actually gotten to film that yet, but I think the writers are well aware that they have to do the fans right. There’s Jamie and the cave, and I think there’s a lot of Claire and Brianna stuff that fans are looking forward to as well.”
Last season ended with Jamie and Claire parting ways before the Battle of Culloden. Season 3 will pick up with Jamie fighting at the historic battle while Claire lives her second life in the 20th century.
When speaking to Vanity Fair about the new season, Heughan opened up about the time jump and Jamie’s aging process.
“I mean, I’m probably not allowed to say much, but I think we all know that the books do span a great amount of time,” Heughan explained. “Season 3, in particular, yeah, I mean, there was an aging process.”
Given Claire and Jamie’s time apart at the beginning of the season, the actors have not filmed many scenes together. For Heughan, Balfe’s absence on set has been difficult to overcome.
“Yeah. Honestly, it’s like having a death in the family. Well, I don’t know, I mean, it’s just like a different show. It’s hard to separate yourself from the character,” he admitted. “It’s always hard when we’re apart, actually, because she’s a great person, great to come to work with, and a very good actress. But I think it all adds to the reunion—if there’s a reunion, or when there’s a reunion—well you know there’s one in the books. It should be very special.”
This includes a grown up version of Fergus, now played by Cesar Domboy from The Walk. Fergus has grown up to become extremely loyal and devoted to Jamie. He’s also a hopeless romantic who isn’t afraid to share his feelings.
Fans will also meet Lord John Grey, portrayed by David Berry. Lord John is an important character in Diana Gabaldon’s books and strikes up a strong friendship with Jamie.
In fact, Gabaldon even wrote a series of spin-off novels for the character and believes he could easily star in his own show.
“I think that would be a fabulous basis for a series, even more so because Lord John’s adventures are more episodic than the Outlander ones,” she admitted. “I began writing those stories when someone had asked me to write a short story for an anthology, which I had never done before. It could lend itself to filming in any number of ways. It could be shot in shorter pieces, much like Sherlock. I think it could turn out well if Starz wanted to do that.”
Speaking of Gabaldon, Christian Times reports that the author just revealed that Outlander would end with book ten.
“It’ll be the very last thing in the last book, which I think is probably book 10,” she revealed when asked about the scene where Jamie time travels to Claire’s original timeline.
Season 3 of Outlander is expected to premiere in 2017 on Starz. Be sure to check out some behind-the-scenes clips below.
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