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‘Outlander’ Stars on Black Jack Randall’s Fate, Claire and Jamie’s Emotional Distance

VARIETY – This post contains spoilers for “Outlander” Season 2, Episode 2, titled “Not in Scotland Anymore.” To refresh your memory on the Season 2 premiere and Claire and Jamie’s run-in with Le Comte St. Germain, check out last week’s recap.

After Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) eventful arrival in France last week, episode 202 throws the Frasers headfirst into the political machinations of the royal court, bringing a number of memorable new characters into their orbit, while further exploring the emotional and physical distance that has grown between the couple since the events of the Season 1 finale.

The episode opens with Jamie and Claire in a moment of intimacy, but quickly takes a darker turn when Claire morphs into Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) in the middle of the act, prompting Jamie to viciously stab him until both are covered in blood. Since this is a nightmare, Jack’s eyes snap chillingly back open, and Jamie awakes in a cold sweat, leaving a concerned Claire in bed while he decides to try and get some work done, in what has obviously become a nighttime ritual for them.

“He’s still troubled by what happened to him and like every guy is not really dealing with the issue,” Heughan tells Variety. “He puts it to one side and throws himself into this mission to change history. It puts a strain on their relationship because they’re not really connecting, not really dealing with [what happened to him].”

This week, Jamie has his first meeting with Bonny Prince Charlie (in a brothel, no less), in order to try and forestall the Jacobite uprising that Claire knows will lead Charles’ followers to a crushing defeat at the Battle of Culloden. Arrogant and entitled despite his exile, Charles Stuart is used to getting his way. (Take a shot of whisky every time he says “mark me” this season, if your liver is strong enough.)

“You now realize why this true historical figure was so inspiring to men but also so dangerous and such a fool,” Heughan notes. “He’s this young man who’s been brought up in exile abroad and been fed all this propaganda by his father and the people around him. He believes when he arrives in Scotland, he’ll be greeted by crowds of adoring people and he probably arrived on a cold bleak day in Scotland and there were only a few thousand people there. So he’s a great character, and it’s interesting to see Jamie — who is not a Jacobite supporter and is in fact the opposite — have to play along with that.”

Despite the fact that “Jamie’s forced into this friendship because he’s trying to manipulate” Charles, Heughan says that the two men “do form this bond, and at some point, Jamie becomes his only ally … That’s what this season’s about — friends are also enemies, it’s really uneven ground. In a weird way, I think Jamie actually feels sorry for him; he’s also an outsider, he shouldn’t be in control of men and he shouldn’t be in the position he’s in.”

Claire, meanwhile, has become acquainted with the demure Mary Hawkins and Parisian socialite Louise de Rohan — who facilitates her entree into the court of Louis XV at Versailles (and the joys of bikini waxing) — but our heroine is finding herself suffocated by the expectations placed on women of the period.

“It’s a whole new set of constraints, in a way,” Caitriona Balfe points out. “Weirdly, Claire as an outsider in Scotland had almost more freedom, because she was different and because she was regarded as a crazy Sassenach and they would roll their eyes at her, but now in Paris … especially because they’re doing something dubious and underhanded, they feel they have to keep up appearances and conform. Her frustration is epic, and I could feel it building in her because she wasn’t given anything to do. Jamie is sent out and she gives him this mission to keep his mind active and away from thinking about the events of last season, but she’s not a woman who’s content sitting at home and going to visit ladies and drinking tea and gossiping.”
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‘Outlander’ Stars Discuss Black Jack Revelation, Jamie and Claire’s Growing “Rift”

ACCESS HOLLYWOOD – [Warning: This story contains spoilers from Saturday’s episode of Outlander, “Not in Scotland Anymore.”]

Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies also break down Bonnie Prince Charlie’s introduction and Frank’s return.

It takes a lot more than a cattle stampede to take Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) down on Outlander.

Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) initially believed that their escape from Wentworth Prison resulted in Black Jack’s death back in the season one finale. But Claire learned from his brother, Alexander Randall (Laurence Dobiesz), that he was only injured in the stampede, and was still very much alive. Claire received the shocking news with a horrified look on her face, faced with the knowledge that she would have to be the one to break the news to Jamie that his tormenter still walked the earth … or did she have to tell him at all?

Unbeknownst to the news that just rocked Claire’s world, Jamie pushed forward in his mission to finally meet Bonnie Prince Charles (Andrew Gower) to sabotage the Jacobite rebellion from the inside. When Jamie came face-to-face with the iconic figure, he finally realized why the rebellion would fail: Charlie was not the man everyone he thought he was.

The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Balfe, Menzies and Heughan about Black Jack’s fate, the eye-opening introduction of Bonnie Prince Charles and more.

Now that Claire knows Black Jack is still alive, how does that knowledge affect her going forward?

Caitriona Balfe: There’s a great fear that this is going to be something that breaks Jamie. She felt that they were finally getting to a place where they could put that to rest. Even though she still sees Jamie struggling with the torment of all that happened last season, she felt like they were perhaps on the road to recovery. Now with the knowledge that he’s actually not dead and his brother is now in Paris, she’s so scared that it’s going to break Jamie.
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Caitriona and Sam live on Facebook TOMORROW!

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Caitriona and Sam will be on Entertainment Tonight facebook page LIVE tomorrow, January 07, answering fan questions.

Outlander Season 2 Press Day in Scotland

Several photos from the Outlander Season 2 Press Day held in Glasgow (Scotland) back on August 22nd have now been added to the gallery! Caitriona looked splendid as always. Thanks to Far Far Away for the HQs!

Outlander’s Instagram Take Over

Outlander panel day, and also Caitriona is taking over Outlander official Instagram. While I really won’t believe you’re not following it yet, I must link it for follow purposes: instagram.com/outlander_starz

Irish star in Hollywood: Caitriona Balfe is tipped for Emmy glory

INDEPENDENT.IE – The Irish actress (35) plays Claire Beauchamp, a nurse in WWII who is transported back in time to the 18th century in the series.

Although the Emmy nominations aren’t due to be announced until July 16, Outlander is being hotly tipped by critics and now Caitriona’s castmate Sam Heughan has said he believes the Monaghan woman’s performance is worthy of a gong.

“Caitriona is terrific. She has so much stamina and she carries the show,” he said. “She has to show up every day and just give her best.”

The actor, who plays male lead Jamie Fraser in the series, admitted that some of his favourite moments during filming were the intense scenes he shot with Caitriona.

“There’s some great scenes between myself and Caitriona’s character Claire, especially the one by the river in Episode 10 where it’s the first time you get to see us really going at each other and I enjoy that, it’s really fun to do,” he told entertainment site TheWrap.

While Sam has high praise for the former Victoria’s Secret model, it seems the feeling is mutual between the pair.

Caitriona, who was nominated for the Rising Star award at this year’s IFTAs, recently said that she immediately clicked with the Scottish actor when they first met.

“It was quite instantaneous,” the actress said. “When I first met Sam at our chemistry test … he was just the nicest guy. He just put me at ease, and I was a little nervous. He’s just that kind of solid, grounded guy.”

The show is famous for its raunchy scenes, but Caitriona assured she had no issue filming the steamy clips because she’s good friends with her co-stars.

“I think it’s because I trust my co-stars so much,” she told Variety. “I think Sam, Tobias [Menzies] and I have just built up such great friendships that it makes it very easy when it comes to those scenes. As awkward and as challenging as the [love scenes] are, I think when you have people there that you trust, then it just makes them easier,” she said.

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