Jamie and Claire are bound for beautiful Paris in season 2 of Outlander

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07 April 2016

STARZ, 9:00 PM ET, April 9

By Barb Oates

The eagerly awaited second season of Outlander returns (Saturdays beginning April 9) with 13 new episodes based on the second of eight books in Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling Outlander series, titled Dragonfly in Amber. The season begins with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) arriving in France, hellbent on in?ltrating the Jacobite rebellion and changing history.

We sat down with Balfe and Heughan to discuss the new set, new location and starting over.

“It was really exciting. It also can be a little daunting, as well, because you get so comfortable in one place and you get so comfortable in this sort of Scottish story, and Scotland very much felt like a character in the show,” Balfe shares. “To depart so strongly from that was kind of strange in the beginning, but it also kept everything so fresh because we got this whole in?ux of amazing characters and fantastically talented actors. It mirrored the journey of Claire and Jamie because they are out of place in Paris, and they are trying on a new guise, in a sense. It was funny — I think we both felt quite a bit of relief, though, once we got back to Scotland, in a sense.”

Heughan adds, “It’s an alien world for them, and they are having to adjust and be different people in France. It is a very beautiful world that we’ve created. It looks spectacular and the costumes are amazing.”

While it’s a hopeful time for the couple, as they try to change the future and they look forward to welcoming a child, Jamie still has a long way to go in healing and getting over the horrors of being brutally crippled and abused by Capt. Black Jack Randall.

“She knows that Jamie still has a long way to go in healing and getting over what happened to him, and they also have this big decision where they’ve decided that they’re going to try and change the course of history, so there’s many things going on,” Balfe explains. “In a certain respect, she has to put the pregnancy aside a little bit, or I’ve always felt it’s something that in a way she goes through quite privately because she wants Jamie to have this mission, so that he can feel like a man again and feel whole again. It also is something that brings them together and it helps their bond, because they’re going through such tough times.”
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