Outlander‘s Caitriona Balfe on Jamie’s Rape, Life at French Court and Claire’s Gowns
Season 1 of Outlander, set in the 18th century in the Scottish highlands, was all about the torrid love affair between time traveler Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and the lengths to which they would go to protect each other from their shared enemy: the sadistic Captain “Black Jack” Randall (Tobias Menzies), who was stationed in Scotland to enforce British law, but took personal satisfaction in torturing and degrading both Claire and Jamie.
In Season 2, premiering Saturday night, Claire and Jamie have escaped from Scotland and British rule, traveling to France to try to stop the Jacobite rebellion led by Prince Charles Stuart (Andrew Gower), and prevent the battle of Culloden. From our perch in 2016, we know that history can’t be change, but we are definitely along to enjoy this journey as the two do their best to save Scotland.
Of course, once again Claire and Jamie’s path to happiness is fraught with challenges. Jamie is suffering a form of PTSD from his brutal treatment and rape at the hands of Randall, and it is affecting his relationship with Claire.
“Claire’s watching her husband, obviously, still struggle with what happened, and she’s not sure how to help him,” Balfe tells Parade.com. “She’s trying to be as empathetic and as understanding as she can, so she comes up with this mission to help him keep his mind off what’s still tormenting him and give him a purpose, but that doesn’t come without self-sacrifice for Claire. She is pregnant, and this should be the most joyous time, but yet she has to keep that to herself and go on this very private journey as she tries to help him through his trauma.”
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