December 30, 2018, 8:55 pm EST
On December 30, 1996, Delacorte Press published Autumn drums, the fourth box office book by Diana Gabaldon Outlander series Tonight, 22 years of publication, the most anticipated, beloved, convincing and frustrating scenes of this book come to life in the series of extremely popular television adaptation. Although the episode revolves around the dynamic dynamics between a young person and the father who never knows, it is the mother, Claire Fraser, and the woman who plays it, Caitriona Balfe, the gravitational force of the series Outlander world on track and viewers return for 51 episodes and counting quietly on the hour.
Titled "Birds and Bees", the episode focuses on Brianna Randall Fraser (Sophie Skelton), born in the 20th century, following her mother Claire (Balfe) and father Jamie (Sam Heughan) in 1769 in Carolina of the North. A thorny communion is played between the stubborn, American-shaped 1970s and Scottish Highlander father who find themselves for the first time. Confused Welcome to the world of Outlander, in which a certain subset of the population can travel over time with the help of specific prehistoric monuments. More about that in a bit.
Above: Jumpsuit and earrings, Tom Ford. Below: Dress, Nina Ricci; Shoes, Prabal Gurung; Ring, Vintage Georg Jensen Nanna Ditzel Ring of Beladora.
This is what fanatics devour Gabaldon's books and keep track of the movements of cast members (a fandom the News of New York is described as "One of the most exciting fan base of television") have waited more than two decades for: Claire and Jamie, the "perfect match" textbook, met with their lost daughter to complete Fraser family unit. "When Brianna returns, you see Claire looks around the table like, Oh my goodness. Finally I could have everything"Explains Balfe on the phone of LA after a dizzying month that he promotes Outlanderfourth season.
It is an image that was never allowed to be imagined, and the path of this moment is paved with a value of three and a half years of tangled and entangled family trees. To quickly raise: in 1946, Claire, an English nurse of World War II, traveled accidentally around 1743 through a group of Mystical Stones in Scottish Highlands. Although she is married in her own time, Claire is nurtured by a Highlander, Jamie Fraser, to protect herself, and fall in love. Two and a half dozen mortal adventures after the death, Claire returns to the twentieth century pregnant with Brianna. He fled after the Battle of Culloden, the Scottish conflict with the British who wrote the end of Highland culture, and where Jamie plans to die next to his comrades.
Claire spent the next 20 years in the 50s and 60s, lamenting Jamie and raising her daughter with her first husband, Frank. After his death, Claire and Brianna, with the help of an old friend (and the future romantic interest of Bree), historian Roger Wakefield, learn that Jamie survived Culloden, and Bree urges Claire to return to her husband in the past. As the season 4 begins, the Frasers meet happily and settle for life in the United States in 1767. Meanwhile, Brianna, essentially an orphan of the 1970s, discovers a clue in historical documents that point to the killed by Jamie and Claire and decides to make the dangerous journey through the stones to warn them. (When Roger discovers where Bree has gone, he, of course, follows it).
Although the growing relationship between Brianna and Jamie, complicated by a baggage of two centuries, including the shadow of another father figure, is the theme of this episode, there is something that Into the goosebump over the meeting of Claire and Bree. Claire, who has experienced lives of seizures of several lives and who, at this time, should be physically unable to surprise, is truly dizzy. Although Gabaldon wrote to Claire as a character whose face betrays each emotion, Balfe always played the part at a slight retreat, with a unique and exclusive dignity when Claire decided to speak his mind. However, in this scene, there is no pretense, no emotional barrier, only a heart-wrenching relief. It's incredibly exciting, made up of Skelton, who almost asks Balfe his feet in a hug. ("Everything in a moment is in this hug that he gives to his mother," says Skelton. "I ran and pulled me away, as Bree would do, but I think she almost fell.")
It is, perhaps, the first truly uninhibited interaction between these characters. His relationship to the twentieth century was premiered at best, the truth about the true father of Brianna, who spread the abyss between the daughter and the worker's mother almost to the point of repair . He took what both supposed would be a permanent separation to approach them more than ever, and his meeting closes the last remains of this void. "Actually, Claire and Brianna meet on equal footing," explains Balfe. "This is the woman to the woman, while at the end of the second season she was still trying to raise a child, you are still trying to guide them, trying to teach them and tell them. When you are a mother for an adult, there is a friendship that goes in. [Claire] He knows he can no longer dictate or tell him how to live his life. She sees that she is this full woman who still needs to feed and console her mother, but at the same time, Brianna is a woman now. And I think Claire recognizes it. "
Suit and sweater, Fendi; Rings, Melinda Maria and stylist.
The previous episodes of the seasons establish Jamie and Claire in a house where they can really welcome Brianna, with the couple who decides sit quiet for once. They buy a stretch of land in the backwoods of North Carolina and establish Fraser's Ridge, a family property where Jamie can grow while Claire practices her medicine. "It's very nice to see that this couple is resolved … There is a solid base that Jamie and Claire have built, not only in their relationship, but now in this family, in this community," says Balfe. "There is a satisfaction and a resolute nature that we have never had to explore before." While previous stations saw Jamie and Claire go through the highlands and parts of continental Europe before being separated into season 3, season 4 allows the couple to set up, and, for Of course, participating in this intimacy fans wait and yearn for. "In the first season and the second season, Claire was constantly in reaction to the events that happened around her, and last season she was investing in her professional life and her daughter, but at the expense of # 39; a personal fulfillment of this intimate way, "Balfe says. "This season, it was about feeding, where there never was before."
Balfe admits that she was struggling with Claire, an equally competent woman who sent a knife against loyal mischief, as she is a scalpel in an operating room, establishing the role of home-based man. "I think we can all fall into traps in our own lives and in ourselves, and as an actor, you can fall into cheats with characters where you are, Oh, no, this is who they are and I see it. When I read these first scripts, I took a second to understand the change. But I think this is so exciting to be in a show like this one.[it] keeps you on your fingers and keeps you challenged every season, "he says." You find the value you are being given to explore at this particular time. This season, she finds the value of feeding that part of it that has been forgotten for 20 years … This is the first season where we see that all parties are joining in more ways. cohesive ".
In "The Birds and the Bees", Balfe's performance is both a mediator and a mother who is facing a changing family dynamics, which quickly becomes a concern for the welfare of her daughter, who reminds viewers why Claire is the show's core. Despite this portrait of a happy family, viewers know there are problems to come by the Frasers. What should be an occasion for celebration for Brianna is marked by the impact of the episode last week, which saw her rape at the hands of a pirate, Stephen Bonnet, with Fatal links with your parents. Bonnet stole the wedding ring from Claire in the premiere of Season 4, and when Brianna met him in the episode last week and tried to pay back the # 39; ring, the pirate attacked it. Skelton gives an outstanding show as a young woman surprised by the pain, and when Bree finally tells his mother about what happened, the four-minute scene is cathartic for both spectators and the public. "All this argument was so horrible," says Balfe. "What is so insidious about the sexual assault is what charges all the relationships in the life of the person."
The actions of Balfe and Skelton are scalable, and the relationship between the actors underlines a true camaraderie. "Get very generous actors [on this show] and Caitriona is one of those, "says Skelton." Even when it's not necessary, it gives 100 percent performance for you to feed yourself. She does not tire for you. If he is crying with her, he will cry in his prey so that he reacts to it. There are not many actors like this. "
This is an act that returns to some of the best that Balfe has given to the show, thinks of his firm conviction in the general confusion of season 1, or after the mortality of his first daughter in the "Faith" of season 2. It's easy to see why he has received four consecutive nominations for the Golden Globes for his efforts. (His most recent, for the current season, is the delivery ceremony on Sundays on Sunday). Her energy and tenacity has been one of the most attractive features of the series since its release in 2014 – not to mention her chemistry with the leading man Heughan and her hot sex scenes, the appeal of which is in the female look inherent in the show. "In a way, this show was innovative at first because the female character was more detailed than we had ever seen when we explained these relationships," Balfe remembers with fondness. "We get to see sex through their eyes, we get to see all these things through their eyes. It's pretty surprising that 2014 was a little bit revolutionary. I know we have not been the only show I've ever done, but we were one of the only ones. "
Hat and jacket, Saint Laurent.
The episode at night explores some of the darkest materials never represented in the show, but Balfe has always raised material that could sink into soap opera territory, providing depth, nuances and gravity at all scenes Claire's reaction to the news of Brianna is a role for her sentence after the death of Faith; Claire can not give herself fully to her anger because she must have strength for her daughter who suffers. "For Claire, as a mother, to know that in some way her actions … Claire can not help her guilty of herself in many ways, and the pain she can not fix, He can not do it right, says Balfe. "This must be the worst nightmare of all mothers, when something happens with his son, who can not protect them."
Outlander He has seen that several main and secondary characters experience violations in previous seasons, with critics and fans alike who criticize the show and their source material for their use of sexual violence as a weft device . Brianna's assault in the last week's episode found mixed reviews, with some praising the decision to close the doors on the same act, while others questioned the need to include the violation at all. "It is important to discuss this type of thing and explore them, because unfortunately they are too real in our world," says Balfe of the storyline. "We are following a hard line because we are following a path that has been exposed to books, and is established in a period of time where sexual assault was a freely used weapon and that is still in many places today. We have to explain these stories because they are an integral part of the story. But there is a concerted effort made on behalf of writers and producers and actors who, if we are to do so, find the best way to do it. "
Balfe also sees this story as an opportunity to convey a vital truth: "The embarrassment of sexual assault is not with the victims. I think this is the most important message, especially in this episode, that we do not get to shame It would be good to see Claire, especially when she is saying to Jamie, how this conversation is guided to go in a completely opposite way. "
The episode ends in a cliffhanger, with Jamie beating Companion Roger de Brianna (remembering him?) Near the death after Bree Lizzie's travel companion mistakenly identifies him as the Bree rapist. The rest of the season will tackle the consequences of this monumental misunderstanding as well as Brianna's pregnancy (she still does not know if the baby is Roger or Bonnet). So yes, things are about to arrive much sooner. And since the four final episodes explore these convergent stories, it is impossible to lose an inevitable change in the methods of narration of the show. Throughout Season 4, Outlander He slowly unleashed a sharp focus on Claire and Jamie to make room for Brianna and Roger, an expansion of the original duo to a quartet. "The story is both Brianna and Roger, since they are Claire and Jamie," says Balfe. "The show has evolved to explain the story of this couple, and more, this family."
This season also marked the first with an episode in which neither Balfe nor Heughan appear. "We were so happy. We were like, now! A break," says Balfe, laughing. It explains the horrifying shooting plans of the first seasons of the show, the "11-day nights" that consisted of shooting six days and five days ago. "There is a level of exhaustion that starts", he says. "I think all the actors will tell you when you're in production this way, it's as if you were out of the real world and alive in this bubble. You can do it for a certain time, happily, but afterwards, A couple of low years, I realize that real life touches the door and asks you to "abort."
Balfe is excited about the opportunities that this change will allow him, in fact, to hopefully get to know Claire better. "Going forward will be a much more uniform set of story lines. I will take my moments to deeply deepen Claire, but there will also be times when we will have to take a step aside and let another character do this," he says. She remembers the method of Tobias Menzies in Season 1: "[He] He came in and had had two, three weeks of rest, and he would have taken his character and watched him from seven, eight different points of view. His way of working was incredible. I think that what this one offers is the luxury of feeling with the character in a different way and being able to approach the process in a very different way. "For fans who protest as a protest, do not wait:" It's just going to benefit from the show, "Balfe promises:" Any world that has more nuances and has a wider vision can only be better ".
Suit, Giorgio Armani; Blouse, Dior.
Balfe also expects the expansion of the Outlander The universe will provide opportunities for it, along with Heughan, to explore papers beyond acting within the production of the show. "We all enjoy more responsibility. I would definitely love directing the line, and I think I would do it as well. I would like to be up to date when Sam Heughan approaches," he says, laughing. Balfe is, of course, fiercely protector of Claire, and her influence is beyond the writer's room and room: "It's important to have a word. We've built these characters from the first day, and I think we We feel, especially when many of our main writers are no longer at the fair and we have new writers arriving. [important] to keep it online during all seasons ".
I ask Balfe if the work behind the camera was something he considered when he began his professional career: "I think I have always had that secret ambition somewhere, but there is a lot of fear, first of all, And then the fear, Could you do it? But being on the go all the time, the hours we have accumulated doing this show: it is an education. You get to see people in the lead of their careers. I try to be like a sponge and absorb as much as I can when I am working with other people. There is a trust that comes with seeing other people who do it every day and learn from them. You feel like, Oh, I can do it."
And it's beyond the staff. Like Claire, Balfe is pointless, her Twitter feeds a window to her opinions and passions. This is in discussions around #MeToo and #TimesUp, and women in entertainment. "What is happening to the Zeitgeist and these conversations about the need for more women, [there’s a] accomplishment of, Well, if I do not step on and I do not do it, how can I talk [how] Do we need more women? We realize that each one has the responsibility to break these barriers of fear. There is one thing that speaks of that, and there is something else that just comes down from the ass and doing it, "he says, laughing." So I'm trying to get off my own ass. "
Outlander It was officially renewed for Seasons 5 and 6 May, which means that Balfe has a lot of material to work on. Meanwhile, he is showing a character in the coming days of Netflix Dark glass Prequel ("He returned to such a particular time in my childhood") and he will play a role as a sports car driver (and wife of lead singer Ken Miles, played by Christian Bale) at Ford v. Ferrari. Then there's a wedding to plan with boyfriend Tony McGill. But first, there are these four final episodes of Season 4, which promises Balfe, will indicate what is coming. "This is a great season of transition, and I think it prepares us for the next seasons. In many ways, this is a great calm before the next storms."
Picture of Ryan Pfluger; Style by Anita Patrickson to The Wall group; Garrett Ives stylist assistant; Hair by Marcus Francis using Soft Professionals in Starworks Artists; Makeup by Molly Greenwald with Chanel Beauty at Starworks Artists; Erin Moffett's manicure at Opus Beauty with Chanel Le Vernis; Production Oona Wally; Design by Perri Tomkiewicz.
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