We are on our fourth season of Outlander, and the fourth year of the show interpreting the relationship between Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) through their intimate encounters. The characters have gone from newlyweds to a mature couple that is still excited about finding each other again. Sam and Caitriona spoke to Popsugar on the way the show uses sex scenes. Excerpts are below, but head over to Popsugar to read the entire article.
“From day one, we always set out this path for ourselves that if we were to do sex scenes, they have to tell you something about the relationship, [and] they have to tell you something about where these two characters are,” Balfe tells POPSUGAR. She explains that this is obviously “very easy to weave into a plot when you’re a new couple falling in love,” but “it gets more difficult as seasons go on because you’re constantly trying to find interesting ways to show something.”
Heughan brought up another issue about these scenes: they also have to make some sort of sense. The scene in the woods from the fourth season premiere, for example, is hot. But it can’t be too elaborate because it would leave Claire and Jamie vulnerable to intruders. He says sometimes “it’s cold or it’s night and we’re always like, ‘We can’t really do a scene here with our clothes off because it’d be freezing.’ There are so many dangers, especially [in colonial America].”
…Balfe is particularly pleased with one tryst that happens later this season and is teased in the opening credits, something she describes as a “bathtub scene that I thought was so beautiful and romantic.”
“It’s not so much a sex scene; it’s more of a romantic scene,” she says. “I think that, to me anyway, that can be more erotic and more exciting than probably some of the more explicit sex scenes.”