NEW Interview with Ron D. Moore, Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies from The Hollywood Reporter   5 comments

Here is a NEW Interview with Ron D. Moore, Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies from The Hollywood Reporter


From THR:

Outlander fans may be used to saying goodbye to star Tobias Menzies, but this time, his onscreen death is sticking. 

Not only did his sadistic soldier Black Jack Randall die in the season three premiere, but in Sunday’s episode, “All Debts Paid,” his modern man Frank Randall also died, albeit 200 years later and in a much more heartbreaking way. Before he died in a car crash, he got into a nasty fight with Claire (Caitriona Balfe), ending in his demand for a divorce. Not surprising, given the fact that he’s been seeing other women for the past two decades per his agreement with Claire, but he wanted more with this latest girlfriend. He wanted a real marriage, not the awkward and tenuous partnership he formed with the mother of “his” child.

More after the jump!

Unfortunately, he’ll never get to truly experience a full life with a wife who loves only him, as he died that same night. Claire broke down upon seeing his body in the hospital, and promised that she did love him very much. “You got my first love,” she said, standing over his body. 

As for her second love, back in 1766 Jamie (Sam Heughan) became the unofficial chief of all the men imprisoned in Ardsmuir, including a sickly Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix). John Grey (David Berry) took over leadership of the prison and was shocked to find the man who tricked him in the woods so many years ago. At first he was embarrassed by Jamie’s presence, but then the two men started to form their special bond, so much so that John made a romantic advance on Jamie. Still traumatized by his rape at the hands of Black Jack, Jamie threatened to kill John if he ever tried something like that again, and the two moved on from that awkward moment. A doctor helped Murtagh get better, and it seemed as if things were finally looking up for Jamie after the disastrous defeat at Culloden.

So when the prison was shut down, Jamie was crushed to learn that John couldn’t secure his freedom along with the other men. As a consolation, John coordinated a job for him working at the Dunsany estate but only if he hid his name. And so began the next chapter of Jamie’s life.

The Hollywood Reporter sat down with Outlander executive producers Ron Moore and Maril Davis, along with series stars Balfe and Menzies, to break down Frank’s death, if Menzies will ever return to the show, Murtagh’s return and more.

Is that the last we’ll see of you on the show?

Tobias Menzies: That’s it. It’s strange. It’s the end of three and a half years. I’ll miss everyone very much. It’s been a great journey. I worked hard on both of these characters. It was a challenge to make them different, but in a subtle way so it wasn’t too obvious. I hope that it worked but one can never really know. My biggest takeaway, I think, is the friends I’ve made. All of them will stay in my life for a long time, so that’s wonderful.

Rad the rest of the interview here

5 responses to “NEW Interview with Ron D. Moore, Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies from The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Sad to say goodbye to Frank.

  2. So glad Murtagh is still around, he and Jamie are fun to watch together.

  3. Will miss Tobias so glad they are bringing Murtagh back and I love the changes that they make. Following any book to the letter is impossible and boring

  4. Poor Frank – he felt betrayed and abandoned. So sad to say goodbye to Tobias Menzies – his role as Black Jack/Frank was so complex – only an amazing actor as Tobias could give it his all.

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