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As anyone who has read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels knows, the old adage “Look back to where...

'Outlander' Stars Pick Their Characters' Most Important Season 1 Scenes

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As anyone who has read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels knows, the old adage “Look back to where you have been for a clue to where you are going” certainly rings true for our favorite ragtag gang of time travelers and freedom fighters, as well as for their constant tormentor, Black Jack.

“Not one character really leaves book one unscathed or unchanged from when we first met them, and those demons haunt them throughout the second book and the second season of the TV show,” executive producer Ronald D. Moore teased in an interview with Yahoo TV at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. “Actions in Season 1 have consequences and lasting effects on their relationships and their mission to alter history or the future, depending on how you look at it.”

Caitriona Balfe (plays Claire Randall Fraser)

“Oh, wow. I think for the relationship of Claire and Jamie, two of the very important scenes were that big fight that they have right after he rescued her by the river and when she tells him her story. At the river, I feel like that was where they laid down their boundaries. When she tells him after the witch trials that she’s from the future and explains her journey, and he believes her and he accepts that [explanation], I think that’s a major turning point for them as a couple and for their relationship as well. You definitely relish being able to really sink your teeth into big, meaty scenes. They are always fun. They ask a lot of you, but that’s what we all enjoy as actors… Because we have this fantasy element to our show and you have to sell outlandish ideas like telling someone you’re from the future, [the challenge is] making that real, making that feel honest to the characters, and making that believable. It’s a really big challenge, but it’s quite satisfying when, hopefully, you pull it off.”

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