Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan on the Outlander Finale and What’s Next for the Frasers

The artistry of Outlander is an essential component of what makes the show so special – and no, we aren’t talking about the guys in kilts (okay, not just them, anyway). The costumes and set pieces create a stunning backdrop to the captivating story of Claire and Jamie Fraser. Fangirlish attended a special preview of “The Artistry of Outlander” exhibit at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills this week, where we caught up with the Frasers themselves – Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan. The two teased what’s to come for their characters not only in the Season 2 finale, but in the seasons to come.

First things first – after a season packed with stunning scenery, enviable costumes, and dangerous secrets in the French court, what will the 90-minute Outlander finale hold? “It’s a very powerful episode and it’s quite heartbreaking, so I’m excited for fans to see all that,” Caitriona Balfe teased. “The imminent Battle of Culloden and what that does to all of our characters and what situations it forces them into.”

It’s clear that Season 2 still holds some major surprises – not to mention more time travel – but it’s hard not to already look further ahead when we know that Seasons 3 and 4 are a go. We couldn’t resist asking Sam and Caitriona what they’re most excited to explore with their characters now that they know they’ll at least have two more years of Outlander.

“I think Jamie has had quite a journey – from Season 1, being a young warrior and having no responsibility to finding his feet in the world, to falling in love, to being married, to being a laird, to going through trauma, to being a father and losing a child,” Heughan said. “And now, [in Episodes] 9 and 10, we see him finally becoming the man he’s supposed to be.” So what will the future hold for Jamie? “I don’t know!” Sam laughed. “I’m really excited to experience it.”

As for Claire, Caitriona hopes to see more of her professional life, including becoming a surgeon. She added, “I’m excited to see the reconnection between Jamie and Claire. It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out.”

Watch the full interviews with Caitriona and Sam below:

If you’re looking for more finale teasers, watch our interview with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore here.

“The Artistry of Outlander” exhibit is free, interactive, and open to the public throughout the summer at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. The exhibit hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 12:00-5:00 pm PT. To learn more, visit paley.me/outlander.

Outlander airs Saturdays at 9 pm on Starz.

Stay tuned for more on the stunning “Artistry of Outlander” exhibit!

Featured Image: Getty Images for Paley Center

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