Robyn Ross (TV Guide), in addition to her behind-the-scenes photos previously posted, also released a video of her interviews with Caitriona Balfe (Claire), Sam Heughan, (Jamie), and Ron Moore (Director/Producer/Show Runner). These short interviews centered around the love story between Claire and Jamie, which starts out as a friendship that quickly becomes much, much more. I am particularly intrigued by Ron Moore’s perspective (quoted in the text of the article) on how so much in television these days deals with infidelity, the anticipation and indecision before a relationship, and jumping between relationships, rather than following a monogamous marriage almost from the beginning of the story. He is absolutely right and I find it interesting, but I feel it also works because the show isn’t about whether they love each other as much as what is going on around them and how they can keep each other against all odds. Love, even as strong as theirs, can be a fragile thing to hold on to and only time will tell whether Jamie and Claire will be able to hang on to each other, or if fate has other plans for them.
Keep reading for a transcript of the interviews and the video version from TV Guide.
Caitriona: “When she meets Jamie, you know, we also wanted this to grow very organically and allow the space for them to become friends first and really let that bond build over time.”
Heughan: “She’s this being, this creature from another time, almost alien-like. She has these ideals and this way of seeing things. She teaches him about the moral code and how people should be treated and she learns a lot from him, as well. How to survive in the 1700s.”
Moore: “For him, on the inside of it, he’s struggling just not to tell her that he’s in love with her. Fans of the book will tell you he fell in love with her from the moment he met her.”
Caitriona: “I think that she really challenges Jamie, and I think that that’s kind of the strength in their relationship. They both challenge each other to be better people. She challenges him to think for himself, to find his own morality and his own system of beliefs. And they do that for each other and I think that’s really what makes it such a great love story is that they don’t let each other rest on their laurels.”
Source: TV Guide