Best-selling Outlander author Diana Gabaldon recently tweeted:
As the mid-season premiere of Outlander approaches, how fitting that we should be gifted with an inside look at the married life of Claire & Jamie Fraser. Watch the exclusive featurette with creator Diana Gabaldon, executive producer Ron D. Moore, and stars Caitriona Balfe & Sam Heughan as they discuss Claire and Jamie Fraser’s evolving relationship in the second half of the season.
U.S. version courtesy of Starz:
International version courtesy of Italian Outlanders:
Being a long-time fan of the novels, I kind of-sort of know what to expect. Of course, Ms. Balfe, Mr. Heughan, Tobias Menzies, the producers and writers continue to expand the story adding twists and surprises to keep viewers on the edges of their seats. For example, the flashbacks employed in Episode 107: THE WEDDING were ingenious. They teased and drew out Claire & Jamie’s consummation in a way we all felt it across our skin and down to our bones. And that was just the wedding night . . .
As the newlyweds enter the second half of the season, we’ll be embarking on a new level of intimacy. I did not attend Paleyfest, but my mother did. Without providing spoilers, I asked if she felt a difference between the love scenes in EP107 and Episode 109: THE RECKONING.
Her immediate response was “Yes. It [Ep109] was more powerful.”
She further went on to say, the trust and connection between the actors [Ms. Balfe & Mr. Heughan] is clearly evident – especially considering Ep109 unveils the first love scene they filmed. I already have chills, not only for the steamy parts of their romance, but for the excitement of watching their love grow onscreen in a way I don’t think has ever been shown on television. Jamie and Claire are unique characters which is what makes their love story one-of-a-kind.
Will Outlander help or hurt real-life marriages? Will couples learn from the show, or will husbands groan because they tire of being compared to Jamie Fraser? Maybe husbands can turn the tables and compare their wives to Claire Fraser? Goose for the gander and all . . .
What can we learn from Outlander? Well, marriage is more than just sex and love. [Insert immature giggle.] Seriously, throughout their marriage Jamie and Claire make sacrifices for each other most people could never fathom. What kind of sacrifices you ask? [I’m tagging the indented part below with a SPOILER ALERT so as not to ruin the series for Outlander virgins.]
For me, the biggest sacrifice Claire makes for Jamie comes at the end of A Dragonfly in Amber. Some of you might disagree, and that’s okay (if not unexpected). I’m sure there have been several scenarios already discussed somewhere on the internet relating to “If Claire had made a different choice, i.e. stayed.”
I can think of a few immediate consequences to Claire staying with Jamie in the 18th Century. She would almost certainly have lost the baby. I also think Jamie’s chances of survival would have decreased because the Frasers would have been inseparable during the post-Culloden period. Perhaps they both would have been imprisoned? Or perhaps they could have escaped to France or America? Most likely not.
Further along the thread, Roger Wakefield would have had a very different life, never meeting Claire and Brianna. And Roger not being sold to the Mohawks would have completely changed Young Ian’s life. And the dragonfly continues to flap its wings . . .
You might consider the decision for Claire to leave to be Jamie’s ultimate sacrifice, but he theoretically had the “easier” part – to die while Claire lived. In the end Claire and Jamie both make huge sacrifices in Book 2 – to live and die as separated as two people in love can be.
Jamie’s big sacrifice(s) seem to be centered around his own death – or life. Though he’s never one to take the easy way out, he can’t not be afraid of pain. He is human, after all. Really, he is.
We know near the end of Outlander, Jamie’s plan is to tune out everyone and everything – endure whatever Black Jack dishes out until he’s finally strung up at Wentworth.
However, Black Jack being the most evil villain in literary history makes Jamie’s final hours unendurable, but never once does Jamie go back on his word. I have to ask, why does he trust that Black Jack won’t go after Claire once he’s done with him – Jamie? It seems even Black Jack has an honorable cord only Jamie seems to sense. But then, these are two men who know each other very well.
If you’ve not read the Outlander novel(s), I strongly urge you NOT to read the online summaries. Enjoy how Season 1 and Season 2 unfold onscreen. It’s been a long wait, and I myself have missed out on a lot of the fun. But I’m back and raring to write. I hope you return to check out my Ep109 recap/review and a new Jamie’s Top 30.
And don’t forget about Sam Heughan’s Live Q&A on Facebook this Monday, March 30th at 12:30 PM PST.