Outlander: Why did Sam Heughan find Jamie and Claire’s reunion difficult to film?

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Outlander season three featured the much-anticipated reunion between Claire Fraser (played by Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) after 20 years apart. However, the moment fans loved was not as easy for the stars of the show, with Heughan revealing what he found difficult about it to film.

Why did Sam Heughan find Jamie and Claire’s reunion difficult to film?

As soon as Jamie sent Claire back through the stones to her present day, viewers were desperate for the pair to be reunited.

Fans will remember how Jamie forced Claire to go back to her own time when she was pregnant with their daughter Brianna Fraser.

Fearing she would be in danger with the upcoming Battle of Culloden on the cards, he made her promise to leave.

Claire agreed and went back to Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies) before raising their daughter in the 1950s and 1960s.


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However, fans were desperate for the pair to be reunited once again and in season three it finally happened.

In the special extended episode six, viewers saw Claire finally head back to the 18th century to her true love.

The pair reunited in Jamie’s print shop when the Scot was so surprised to see his long-lost love, he actually fainted.

Then over the episode, the pair get to know each other once again as they catch up on their 20 years apart.

However, the stars revealed in an interview at the time how difficult it was for them to film the scene.

Following the episode, Heughan and Balfe went on Twitter to answer fans’ questions about the scene.

The pair were asked about what the biggest difficulties there were in filming the moment.

In response, Heughan revealed how he found it hard to act in the scene because of all the fan expectation about the moment.


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He wrote: “A lot of expectation on this scene, but so many important moments prior and after, important to give everything equal attention.”

Balfe also spoke about the difficulty of portraying Claire’s struggles in the episode as well as she made a tough decision to return to Jamie.

She wrote: “Thinking of Bree’s life without her causes Claire pain… She’s paid a huge price for returning to Jamie.”

Heughan also spoke more about the difficulties of the moment in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar.

He told the publication in 2017: “All the way through shooting, we’re very aware that people are fans of the books.

“You want to do a good job and don’t want to disappoint anyone… [but] you have to play the truth of it.”


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The star also went on to discuss how they needed a lot to be conveyed in the episode, as well as just their reunion.

He added: “We wanted to show that they fall back very quickly into that initial passion for each other, that initial love and lust.

“But then over time they quickly realize that they’ve become different people, and it is awkward, and it is almost teenage-like, nervous and exciting. It’s fun to watch them rediscover each other.”

Regardless of the difficulties, the scene and episode are sure to be one of fans’ favourite moments in the whole show so far.

Outlander seasons 1 to 5 are available to stream on Amazon’s Prime Video.

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