Post-Episode 113 “The Watch” Interview Round-Up


The latest post episode round-up for “The Watch” features interviews with Caitriona Balfe and writer Toni Graphia.

Access Hollywood: ‘Outlander’: Claire’s Next Move After Jamie/The Watch Shocker

Next week’s episode of the Starz series (“The Search”) will find Claire teaming up with Jenny (Laura Donnelly) to track Jamie (Sam Heughan) down. Caitriona said the scenes will be unique.

“This is — it’s a huge shift and the wonderful thing about it is that you see Claire and Jenny get to – it’s almost like they go on a female Western. They get to be the rescuers and I love that that’s being flipped. … It’s really fun, fun stuff,” Caitriona said of the scenes involving the two women on a mission to save Jamie, in the Highlands of Scotland. “Laura and I were running around on our horses with our guns. It was just so much fun.”

The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Outlander’ Writer on Jenny’s “Intimate” Birthing Scene, How ‘The Sopranos’ Inspired Jamie’s Story

This is an episode that’s actually more of a blend of book and non-book happenings.

Yeah, “The Watch” is the perfect example of blending the stories we [create] with what’s in the book. I don’t think we ever see them in the book, but they’re mentioned as this feared, roving presence in the highland. Horrocks as well. So we decided this was an episode made up out of thin air.

Let’s switch gears to the pregnancy, because the birthing scene really layered the relationship between Jenny and Claire and bonded them.

In the books they call the midwife and Claire has her Gone With the Wind moment of, “I don’t know nothin’ about birthin’ no babies!” Because she was combat, she fixed up soldiers and wounds. She didn’t deal with childbirth. In the book she’s a bystander [but] on TV no one wants to see the midwife birth the baby, they want to see Claire and Jenny in this intimate setting.

Vulture: Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe on Why Claire Falls in Love With Jamie, and the Emotional Toll of Playing Rape Scenes

It’s not all sturm und drang. Without spoiling under what circumstances this happens, you sing in an upcoming episode.

Yeah, they did it to me. [Laughs.] It was really fun, but I haven’t seen it, so I don’t know how it’s going to sound at all, but very early on, we decided that Claire is singing not because she’s a fantastic singer, but because she needs something, so it’s a necessity rather than an episode of Glee! It’s really a fantastic episode, and it’s sort of sweet. I was nervous about doing it. Well, actually, I was terrified. Learning the song wasn’t as hard as singing in public, but it ended up being a lot of fun.

Source: Access Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter, Vulture

  • sigrid28

    You’re right, Toni. Let’s say the key to the success of “Outlander” is Catriona Balfe drinking whiskey from a flask on set so she can handle her job. Why not have every single article and interview published about the series contain a reference to this crutch of hers or to Sam’s hip flask, or to the overall practice of drinking whiskey on set. I concur: There is very little else of consequence to talk about.

  • von

    My thoughts on this episode are mixed. I liked the fact that Jamie had to be reminded that he had not been around to deal with certain situations and Ian and Jenny had to take things in hand. Jamie’s frustration and regret are shown nicely through Sam.s performance in the episode.
    The birth scene was done beautifully. Leaving outf the usual stereotype births usually shown on T.V. This felt more realistic and typical of the way Jenny would have acted. Yes certain things were changed but not in a bad way. Laura Donnely has totally capsulated Jenny in her performances so far. I am very happy with her casting.
    However I would have preferred more of the intimacy of Jamie and Claire’s marriage which began to take more shape at this point in the books. More of the background of Jamie and Ian’s relationship and the boyhood memories of Jamie,s Father to have been included and not the extra footage of the Watch.
    In my humble opinion it was this bonding, that makes the capture and torture of Jamie more intense because we sense the real loss that Jenny,Ian and most of all Claire go through.
    I felt that giving so much time to the Watch took away the real tension and drama of that final moment of Jamie’s capture .
    I by no means hated this episode but hope that future episodes will not waste as much time on pointless side stories. This is the first time I have not been delighted with the production team’s translation of the story.
    Lastly, Jamie’s reaction to Claire’s declaration of being unable to have children was very subtle but well acted. I only wish that the camera had been doing more of a close- up at that moment when he was left alone and sat down at the foot of the bed in sad contemplation.