For five seasons, Outlander on one of the most passionate and steamy romances on television. But as fans know, the relationship between Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) didn’t start like that.
According to author Diana Gabaldon, Jamie had a good reason for marrying Claire.
Claire and Jamie’s debut in ‘Outlander’ was ‘awesome’
Mar Express notes, most of the three seasons of Outlander happened in Scotland. And in the pilot, Claire traveled back in time to the 18th century where she meets the Highlands, Jamie.
They meet when one of Jamie’s Highlanders frees Claire from a red coat and takes him back to a hut where they hide. As soon as they look at each other for the first time, Claire – a WWII nurse – offers to help Jamie with his injured shoulder. She then joined the group on their return trip to Castle Leoch.
According to Graham McTavish (Dugald MacKenzie), the weather on the day they fired Jamie and Claire’s meeting was “awful.” And he couldn’t believe that Balfe was able to do it through the unknown.
“I’ll tell you one of the things I remember first, the early stuff we burned with Sam and Caitriona outside the hut where she first met the Highlanders, in season one , ”McTavish recalled. “The weather was terrible, I mean terrible. This was week one, I thought, ‘Oh no. ‘”
McTavish went on to say that the weather was so awful, he started to think Balfe was in trouble because it was freezing.
“I thought,‘ oh this couldn’t be for years, ’” McTavish said.
Diana Gabaldon explains why Jamie married Claire
There is no denying just how important the chemistry between Jamie and Claire is to success Outlander. The Starz time travel drama has revealed a lot of genre since season one, and not just between Jamie and Claire.
The pilot had moments between Claire and her first husband Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies). As Claire points out in her account, it was “bridge” sex that brought her and Frank back together after the war during their second honeymoon in Inverness.
But in the end, it’s the steamy scenes between Jamie and Claire that have grown into a stable of Outlander. Not only does it reflect the couple’s strong desire and love for each other, it also shows Claire’s strong female sexuality.
Gabaldon says that sex is important to the Outlander story because that ‘s the one thing that brings Jamie and Claire back together every time they’re separated.
“They had no intention of marrying each other. She had no plans to marry him. He married her mainly because he wanted to sleep with her, to protect her too, ”Gabaldon explained. “But the sexual attraction between them is very strong and it is the glue that keeps them through difficult times. It’s not just a courtship story or a romance story, it’s a long-term marriage. ”
These ‘Outlander’ steam sex scenes are not easy to film
Jamie and Claire ‘s smoky sex scenes look good on screen, but Balfe says the act of shooting those scenes is “never what people think they are. “She says there are usually a lot of people in the room. And if you don’t like having an audience, it can be a little weird.
These scenes are illustrated, and Heughan and Balfe work closely with the writer and director. Heughan says a lot of planning will take place before he and Balfe “get on.”
according to Express, presenter Matthew B. Roberts says they have been very careful about how they edit sex scenes from the first one they shot between Heughan and Balfe in the wedding program.
“What we usually do for close-ups like this runs first, before the day,” Roberts explained. “You want the actors to be comfortable with the moves they’re making – you have to let them be free to open in front of the crew.”
The first five seasons of Outlander available on the Starz app and Amazon Prime Video.