Outlander stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan; executive producers Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Matthew B. Roberts, Toni Graphia; and productions designer Jon Gary Steele were at Starz's Outlander FYC Event in Hollywood, California and discussed their favorite moments from Season 3.
Caitriona Balfe: The reunion was really special but, for me, also some of the Claire/Frank stuff. They’re both at fault and yet neither of them are at fault and, I think, that’s what was so beautiful to play. It was such a tragic demise of two people who used to be in love, but circumstances just changed everything. The Claire and Jamie story is so beautiful to play because it’s this heightened love and it feels so aspirational. But in the world of Claire and Frank, that feels like real life — not my real life, but it was just great to play because it’s just so tragic. I love tragedy apparently.
Sam Heughan: This season was my favorite for Jamie’s story. We started at Culloden, which as a Scotsman, is a really big part of our history. We have this amazing, certainly heightened, battle shown in a montage of his memories, and Jamie loses the person that he loves. He doesn’t expect to survive this battle. History’s told him that he will die there, so when he wakes in the battlefield, he really doesn’t want to live, and we see him progress through not wanting to be himself.
Then Sam shared his favorite moment for Caitriona and vice versa:
Sam Heughan: This season, we were apart for the first time and that was kind of strange. It was the only time we actually got to see things after it had been done. For me, when we say goodbye to Frank, that was huge. They were beautifully written scenes and Tobias and Caitriona really made this multi-layered relationship with it. Frank and Claire are trying to do the best that they can, but they know it’s not working. [He jokes] You did good work without me being there.
Caitriona Balfe: I thought Sam’s performance in Episode 1 was just so beautiful. You could tell that Culloden had such a deep connection for him. We had been building up to this for two years and you can see it. When he was doing his research or talking about it, you could see what it meant to him to be able to portray this, and when I watched it, because it’s so rare that I’m not there for the day where things are shot, it was such a treat watching Episode 1 and seeing all this footage as a viewer. I just thought his performance was so heartbreaking and so nuanced. It was really beautiful.
Ronald D. Moore: I have three favorite moments. When Jamie’s riding away from his son Willie and he won’t look back. That’s one of my favorites of the whole season. Geillis coming out of the pool of blood is No. 2, and then the look on Claire’s face when Jamie faints. It’s priceless. Like, “I’m so happy to see you. What did you just do?” Those are my three favorite moments.
Maril Davis: There’s so many moments. Obviously, the print shop. Walking into Gary’s set for the first time as a book fan myself was really magical. I have been waiting for that moment, and also, I’ve said it so many times, but one of my favorite moments was from Episode 3, where Frank says to Claire, “In time, could you have forgotten about him, Jamie?” And she says, “That amount of time doesn’t exist.”
Matthew B. Roberts: My favorite moment is after Jamie and Claire find Ian again and they just have a respite in the middle of this jungle, and Jamie takes his family in and hugs them just for a moment. You spend a beat there with them and take a deep breath after this big adventure over 13 episodes. It was important because he says, “All else aside, I just have to hold you guys, just for a minute.” I think that was the whole arc of the season. That was a special moment in our created jungle that we made in Cape Town. It was a fun moment to shoot, but I think they both did an amazing job in that scene.
Toni Graphia: Ron took one of mine because I also love when Jamie has to leave his son and ride away, and I loved the Bob Dylan “Hard Rain” that we played over it.
Jon Gary Steele: I have two also. I loved the scenes in the Boston apartment with Claire and Frank. Amazing acting, watching the deterioration of the relationship and when she’s throwing an ashtray or something at him. I think you guys did a brilliant job.
What is your favorite moment from Season 3?
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