NEW Stills and Interview with Sophie Skelton and Lauren Lyle From Glamour   3 comments

Here are NEW Stills and Interview with Sophie Skelton and Lauren Lyle From Glamour

From Glamour:

Before Sophie Skelton can walk me through the emotional twists in the Outlander season 5 finale, she wants to apologize. “I’m sorry for the finale and I hope you’re okay,” Skelton, who plays Brianna Fraser MacKenzie, tells me over the phone. “It’s a gruesome one.”

It’s not Skelton’s fault that Outlander’s season 5 finale includes some of the series’ most horrific moments to date. But viewers will definitely agree with her description. By the episode’s closing shot, “I think everyone in the season has either taken a life or saved a life,” Lauren Lyle, who plays Marsali, says. “It’s been really high stakes the whole time.”

More after the jump!

Before the finale, episode 11 left us with two cliffhangers that fractured the Fraser clan. Bree, Roger, and Jemmy attempt to time travel back to the relative safety of the 1960s. At Fraser’s Ridge, Lionel Brown’s militia abducts Claire and attacks Marsali. The reason? They discovered Claire had dispensed medical advice to women under the pseudonym Dr. Rawlings—a breach of the time’s gender norms and a personal affront to Lionel, who assumes Claire’s advice interfered with his marriage.

When the season finale begins, Claire tries and fails to escape her kidnappers. Claire is then tied up, beaten, and raped as Lionel’s prisoner. There’s no getting around it: It’s horrific to see Claire abused. She’s dealt another setback when one of Lionel’s gang members reveals that he’s also a time traveler, but he refuses to help Claire escape.

Suddenly, the show incorporates a twist that isn’t found in A Breath of Snow and Ashes, the sixth Outlander book that Claire’s capture is pulled from. As Claire is held prisoner, she imagines she and Jamie are living in the 1960s. Outlander has woven Claire’s past-future into other episodes, but never like this. In a mental escape that cuts between scenes of Claire’s torture, Claire and Jamie hold a Thanksgiving dinner for Young Ian, Marsali, Fergus, Jocasta, and Murtagh—all dressed as 1960s versions of themselves.

“We all knew how sort of steeped in horror it all was,” Lyle says of the 1960s sequence. “I don’t think it’s something I’ve ever seen happen in a show, especially a period drama.”

The flashes remind viewers of how different life could be for the Frasers if they’d lived in the right place at the right time. Claire wouldn’t be kidnapped for daring to practice medicine; Murtagh wouldn’t have died in battle; Marsali wouldn’t carry a family on her shoulders. “In the time that [Marsali] lives in, she has butcher animals and have so many children by the age of 20-odd, and keep a whole Ridge afloat at times,” Lyle explains. “Yet she’s very young and actually, in [the 1960s], wouldn’t be ready or prepared or expected to do any of that.”


3 responses to “NEW Stills and Interview with Sophie Skelton and Lauren Lyle From Glamour

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  1. I must admit that Lauren acted well her part when she ends the vilian’s life. We could feel her rage when she administers the injection.

    Danielle Levasseur
  2. Both Lauren and Sophie blossomed in Season 5 – they became more daring and more in control of their own lives – and also they took on responsibilities that proved they could face any danger. Well done ladies.

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