Outlander Season 3: Ron D. Moore and Caitriona Balfe discuss rediscovery and transition

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During the Outlander Emmy For Your Consideration event recently, Ron D. Moore and Caitriona Balfe discussed the transitions and rediscovery in Outlander Season 3.

One thing Outlander Season 3 had to contend with was the 20-year separation. It was never going to be easy. The two characters would grow separately and suddenly find themselves back together. During a recent event for the Emmy For Your Consideration panels, Ron D. Moore and Caitriona Balfe discussed the rediscovery of the characters and the transition season.

Balfe commented about how Claire changed over the 20 years. She had been a woman living with the ghost of a man; a man who made her love and feel in ways that she’d never felt before. Suddenly, she found herself in a marriage that just didn’t work. It wasn’t quite love-less, as Claire eventually admits that she loved Frank, but it wasn’t the same.

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There were many complaints about the way Claire reacted after seeing Jamie. In fact, there were complaints about the way the two were around each other in Outlander Season 3. At one point, Claire suggests that she goes back to the future, which many fans were definitely not happy about. However, it’s something that I could understand. What was just months to us was 20 years for them. They had to rediscover themselves as a couple and Claire thought rashly. It wasn’t until they had the time to rediscover themselves that Claire realized she belonged with Jamie still.

That’s something Balfe comments on. They both questioned whether the relationship would work. While they were the same people, their experiences made them different in ways that could have had a direct impact on their life together.

Meanwhile, Moore shares that the season was a transitional one. This wasn’t just in the sense of the characters’ transitions over the 20 years, but in the sense of the season as a whole. It was the season that would see us move from Scotland to the Colonies; from a failed uprising to the start of a successful one.

Check out the full interview at the Emmys For Your Consideration event here.

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Emmy nominations will be announced on July 12.

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