‘Outlander’ Star Caitriona Balfe Talks ‘Tough Times’ for Jamie and Claire

Season 5 of Outlander is going to put Jamie and Claire through some difficult times — at least according to Outlander star Caitriona Balfe. The couple has already experienced serious obstacles over the past four seasons, yet Balfe teased that the new season could test their relationship like never before. While there are tough times ahead, Balfe assured fans that Jamie and Claire will be there for each other no matter what happens.

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‘Outlander’ stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe | Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images

Balfe dishes on Season 5 of ‘Outlander’

Jamie (Sam Heughan) is going to face difficult decisions in season 5. At the end of last season, Jamie was ordered to hunt down a rebellious group led by his own godfather, Murtagh Fraser (Duncan Lacroix), a task that will put his loyalties to the ultimate test.

During an appearance at New York Comic-Con, Balfe revealed that Jamie will be leaving Fraser’s Ridge for a bit in season 5, a move that will put a lot of stress on their family. But Outlander fans should not worry about the couple’s relationship, which Balfe says is evolving into something truly beautiful.

“They support each other through really tough times and they’re knowledge of each other and how intimately they know what’s going on inside of each other, I think it’s really beautiful,” Balfe shared.

According to Express, Balfe added that it has been great playing a character whose love story changes and adapts over the years. Not only does this challenge her as an actress, but it also creates a deeper relationship between Jamie and Claire.

Although it will be tough seeing Jamie and Claire separated in the coming season, the two have been through worse situations over the years.

Inside Jamie and Claire’s previous trials

This is hardly the first time Jamie and Claire have spent time apart on Outlander. In season 2, Claire traveled back to her own time on the eve of the Battle of Culloden to protect their child.

She reunited with Jamie the following season, though decades had passed before they got back together. They also separated for a brief time on their way to the New World that same season.

And then in the fourth season, Jamie went away after Lord John Grey (David Berry) was placed in quarantine. Luckily, their time apart was not significant, though it sounds like they will be separated once again next season.

Season 5 of Outlander is an adaptation from two of Diana Gabaldon’s books: The Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow and Ashes. While we do not know everything that will happen, the trailer for the new season teased that Claire will be going back in time to keep her family safe.

Claire set to make a heartbreaking decision about her daughter

With the Revolutionary War right around the corner, Claire will be faced with difficult decisions in season 5 of Outlander.

In season 4, Jamie and Claire’s daughter, Brianna (Sophie Skelton), traveled back in time to reunite with them and warn them about their impending deaths.

Claire is well aware that war is coming, and the trailer indicates she might time travel with Brianna, Roger (Richard Rankin), and their baby to avoid the coming conflict.

The only issue with that is we do not know if Brianna’s baby can travel through the stones or not. If she cannot, then it is unlikely that Claire and Brianna will leave her behind – which means everyone will be on hand when the war finally breaks out.

Balfe and Heughan take to the red carpet

While we wait to learn more about season 5 of Outlander, Heughan and Balfe joined Skelton and Rankin on the red carpet for this year’s BAFTA Scotland Awards.

The foursome wowed fans during the event and even revealed how things are progressing for season 5. They indicated that they are around three weeks away from finishing filming, which puts the start of post-production at the end of November.

Sadly, the Outlander stars did not reveal anything new about the upcoming season, but we are definitely excited about what is ahead for our favorite characters.

The only thing we hope is that Jamie and Claire do not spend too much time apart and that they make it through the trials ahead without too much loss.

The new season of Outlander is scheduled to premiere February 16 on Starz.