‘Outlander’ Stars Break Down the Desperate Deals of ‘The Hail Mary’
On the eve of the Battle of Culloden, we get a sense of just how dire the circumstances have become for Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan), who are ready to use any means necessary to avert the slaughter that awaits them on April 16, 1746 — even if it means making a deal with Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies).
“The inevitability of it is barreling down on them, it feels like a pressure cooker — no matter what they do, no matter what they try, fate is stronger than their will,” Balfe tells Variety. “Claire makes a very, very unusual alliance … It’s less about him, it’s more about Mary Hawkins and Alex, and the guilt she feels over having inserted herself into their relationship before and causing their split for a while. But the fact that she is in contact with Black Jack after everything he’s done and she has to make this alliance for information is so telling about how desperate they are. As an actor, every fiber of your being is screaming there’s no way she would stay in this room because she hates him so much for what he’s done, but Claire is pragmatic and I think she needs his help and she needs that information and she needs to also help Mary Hawkins and Alex. It’s a very tough situation that she’s put herself in, but it’s so indicative of how out of control everything is that even Jamie would allow it.”
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