When Outlander returns for its fifth season next month, the feeling will be a bit different – at least initially – than previous seasons because Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) have been able to spend quiet time at Fraser’s Ridge building their future.
It is as if Jamie has been able to fulfill his destiny. While not the Laird of Lallybroch he was born to be, he can be considered to be the Laird of Fraser’s Ridge, and while Claire is not a medical doctor in the 1960s, she has built quite the surgery in their new home and is tending to patients as best she can in the 1770s.
Lauren Lyle, César Domboy, Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Richard Rankin, Sophie Skelton (STARZ)
So, the day-to-day part of their life is moving along nicely, but what does it mean for their passionate love story, which is what drew in readers and TV viewers alike? Are they too settled now as a couple, or is the flame still ignited?
“The circumstances of this season have really allowed us to invest in those relationship moments,” Balfe tells Parade.com “We see a lot more of the intimacy and the passion of Claire and Jamie, because we have that luxury of them being in one place a lot of the time, and it’s so nice. Sam and I have been talking a lot about this today, that we get to see how they work together as a couple, the strains and the pressures of these outside things, but they’re able to come together and touch base with each other and support each other. It’s really lovely to see them just converse as a couple in this supportive and emotionally supportive way.”
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