Outlander 108 - Sam Heughan
Outlander 108 - Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) ©2014 Sony Pictures Television

Fans of Starz’s Outlander, and the continuing story of Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe), will have to wait until April 4th to enjoy the second part of the season. But Sam stopped by the TV Critics tour to discuss how his character Jamie has developed and to give us a sneak peek.

Has playing Jamie had a profound impact our you personally?

Outlander 108 - Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan
Outlander 108 – Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) ©2014 Sony Pictures Television

Absolutely. Just learning about the stamina to do this job.

We’ve obviously read the books. But until you’ve actually lived that moment and discover what that moment is, you never quite know fully what the character is. And then, you bring yourself to the part, so it all reflects back into your personal life.

On a day-by-day basis, when you’re not filming how to you see Jamie emerging through you?

I think in the second part of the season, you discover a lot more about Jamie. He’s finding his place in the world. He’s got new responsibilities.

He’s got to deal with relationships that he would rather not deal with,  with his sister and with his personal relationship with his dead father. And we start to see the stubborn side of his pride. So he’s less of the idealistic man in the second part of the season, and we start seeing his failings or the chinks in the armor.

He’s very honorable and he learns a lot. And I guess I myself have just been trying to do that in relationships in real life. And so far, it’s working really well.

Can you talk a little about the flogging scene with Claire?

Outlander 108 - Caitriona Balfe, Grant O'Rourke, Sam Heughan) and Caitriona Balfe
Outlander 108 – Rupert MacKenzie (Grant O’Rourke), Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) ©2014 Sony Pictures Television

Jamie, whether or not he believes it’s the right thing to do, he just knows he has to do it to teach her a lesson. That’s the way he’s been brought up.

And then, they both learn a lesson about their relationship. He comes to her and declares that he will never do it again.

So to go through that whole experience strengthens their relationship and moves it forward.

Judy Sloane

Judy is Film Review Online's regular Los Angeles based reporter.