Outlander: Inside Jamie and Claire’s ‘rough’ adventure, plus season 4 intel
Put away those steel drums and forget about the Planter’s Punch: Though Jamie and Claire are about to set sail for Jamaica in Sunday’s episode of Outlander, it will be anything but a Caribbean vacation for the not-so-euphorically happy couple.
“There are no umbrella drinks going on,” teases executive producer Matthew B. Roberts. “It is rough going for both of them.”
In breathless anticipation of the drama’s final five episodes, EW returned to Scotland to chat with Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser) and Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) about the passionate reunion of their characters in episode 5 and how love doesn’t necessarily conquer all when so much time has passed.
“The hard work in any relationship is getting beyond the fantasy,” Balfe tells EW. “That’s when all the truth comes out and Claire learns everything. You want it all to go smooth sailing. But reality is never like that. It’s not the Disney dream.”
But something magical will happen in the coming episodes. For this week’s cover, EW is offering fans an exclusive first look of the fancy togs Claire and Jamie don to attend a lavish ball in Jamaica. If you think the costumes look familiar, then you would be right; the couple wore them at the Palace of Versailles during season two.
“It’s an Easter egg,” says costume designer Terry Dresbach of Jamie’s smart suit and Claire’s sumptuous saffron gown. It’s also historically accurate to re-purpose the outfits. “In the 18th century, people would have an item of clothing for their entire lifetime,” she adds. “So things got remade, repaired, and reconfigured. We will see that a lot in Outlander coming up.”
For the next issue of Entertainment Weekly, we’ll give some hints about what Claire and Jamie will encounter in the Caribbean while on the hunt for Young Ian (John Bell). We’ll also share some secrets about season 4, like how a green pasture in Scotland will double as a North Carolina plantation owned by Aunt Jocasta, a key character in the new year that will be played by Maria Doyle Kennedy.
And good news, Sassenachs! We’ve created another trio of Outlander covers to go with the last set. The first two below, featuring Heughan and Balfe individually, will be available to subscribers and on newsstands Friday. The third, showing the two actors together, will be available exclusively at Barnes & Noble stores beginning Tuesday, Aug. 29.
I’ve added a bunch of new additions to the gallery. Big thanks to FFA for some of the Outlander images. Enjoy!
I’ve added a bunch of missing magazine scans to the gallery both recent and from earlier this year. Thanks to my friend Alikat for some of these. For scans of Sam (Jamie Fraser) check out my fansite, Sam-Heughan.com. Enjoy!
The first thing everyone noticed was the pairs upon pairs of actual Scottish legs.
When the cast and crew of Outlander descended upon Cape Town Studios in South Africa earlier this year, the arid temperatures forced everyone out of their woolen hats and puffy coats and into the least amount of clothing possible. But no one was prepared to see such an overwhelming display of pasty dermis while filming the third season of the Starz drama.
“I was like, oh my God, you have legs,” recalls executive producer Maril Davis. “It was like a mini-vacation in some ways because the weather is so much different than what we’re used to in Scotland. I mean, I’ve never seen most of the Scottish crew’s legs before. I have never seen so much leg skin in my life.”
And yet that was probably the least astonishing thing about filming on the 495-acre studio lot about an hour outside of Cape Town. Previously used for movies including The Dark Tower and Mad Max: Fury Road, producers chose the location because of its impressive collection of two- and three-masted vessels that were used as pirate ships on Black Sails, Starz’ pirate drama that ended its run in April. When Outlander’s third season debuts Sept. 10, two of those ships have been transformed into the Artemis and the HMS Porpoise — a brigantine and a man-of-war that will play a major role in Jamie and Claire’s excellent adventure to the Caribbean. And EW was on set right when the ships were preparing to set sail (so to speak).
For the next issue of Entertainment Weekly, we went behind-the-scenes of the South Africa shoot to find out what the drama has in store for its 5-million plus fans this fall. And since no one image can best capture the unique experience, we’re publishing three covers! The first two below, featuring Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser) and Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) individually, will be available to subscribers and on newsstands on Friday. The third, showing the happy couple together, will be available exclusively at Barnes & Noble beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Or you can buy the whole set here.
2017: Entertainment Weekly (Outlander Issue) – Photoshoot
2017: Entertainment Weekly (Outlander Issue) – Behind the Scenes
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Thanks to my friend AliKat I have added scans to the gallery from the Entertainment Weekly Comic Con issue. Enjoy.
I’ve added a bunch of missing Outlander images to the gallery from season that I have had saved on my computer and been waiting to find time to add them to the site. I will work on adding the missing season 2 and season 3 images tomorrow. I’ve also added recent magazine scans of Caitriona.
Tomorrow Caitriona will be at SDCC (San Diego Comic Con) with Sam Heughan and other Outlander cast members. I will add photos from the event tomorrow. Enjoy!
Caitriona was listed as one of the most beautiful people in People magazine’s newest issue.. well her skin anyway. Check out the scan in the gallery!
I’ve also added the photo from this shoot to the photoshoots section. Thanks to Benedetta for this photo.
Caitriona was out at the BAFTA nominees party yesterday and the BAFTA award show today. I will add more photos as they surface.
I also added a couple dozen missing photos of Caitriona from the Golden Globes award show and after parties as well as magazine scans from TV Guide where you can see new photos of Caitriona as Clare in season 3 of Outlander. Big thanks to my friends Mary, AliKat, and Lora for some of these.
I have added HQ scans of Cait featured in the July 16 issue of Donna to the gallery. Thanks to my friend Nicole for the scans!
Outlander is featured on current issue of People magazine, and we have the digital scan added in our gallery thanks to my friend Lindsey of domhnall-gleeson.net.