Dive deeper into this episode with exclusive sketches, production designs, and fun facts delivered directly from the Outlander crew.
Shannon and I were really excited to get the episode where Claire is in “survival mode” as she tries to find her way back to Jamie. We’ve never seen the character in this situation before, but we know Claire has the tools to survive in the wild because she was raised by her Uncle Lamb, an archaeologist. He taught Claire how to make camp and fend for herself in a natural setting since she was a kid. We, as well as the rest of the writers’ room, were excited to pick up on Claire floating in the water and landing on a seemingly deserted island. And Silverstroom Beach, the Cape Town location where we shot this scene, did not disappoint! It’s our first time on land since we left Scotland in Episode 309 (except for a short stop for the goats to eat grass), so we really wanted to capture the terrain and how different it looks and feels from being at sea.
Gorgeous shot of Claire journeying as the sun sets behind her. Raced against the fading light to get this shot.
Fire ants! Not really. Just hundreds of non-biting ants that we cast as fire ants. Our insect wrangler, Ryan, brought it big time with not only multitudes of ants (which were not harmed during filming), but also other fun critters —beetles, snakes, goats...
Caitriona did a lovely job with the survival elements. Not only is she great, the Cape Town greens department is awesome as well. As an extension of the art department, they had the enormous task of landscaping all the plants and materials to create the jungle Claire disappears into. They made serious magic happen throughout this block.
Our backlot jungle at Cape Town Studios was phenomenal. Again, hats off to our greens department. You could point the camera in any direction and get a great shot.
This is where we meet Scar, the Burmese python we cast as our boa constrictor. He was a stone-cold pro. And he and Caitriona got on quite well.
Nick Fletcher, who played Father Fogden really brought the character to life. He captured Fogden’s kindness, eccentricity and vulnerability. Shannon and I felt it was important to ground Fogden’s character and make his wackiness symptomatic of a much bigger issue, that he’s still heartbroken over losing the love of his life, Ermenegilda. The reveal where we realize he’s preaching to his goats makes me smile.
Mamacita was a fun character from the book and Vivi Lepori naturally embodied her fierce sassiness. The scenes with Mamacita and Claire really pop as a result. Our production design and art department team also did a great job creating Fogden’s Hacienda, the exterior was on our backlot and interior in one of our stages. We had such an amazing South African crew!
LOVE this turn where Fogden pivots from a super helpful and knowledgeable Good Samaritan to a nut-ball who consults a coconut for advice. Again, Nick is terrific in the role. And Caitriona does a lovely job processing the bizarre situation Claire has found herself in.
The wee baby goat was even more adorable in person. I fell in love with this little goat, as did plenty of members of our crew. Just the cutest.
It was important to us that we made Fogden a cautionary tale for Claire. What would happen to her if she didn’t get to Jamie in time to warn him about the warrants? Could she survive losing him again? Or would she become like Fogden —a self-medicated recluse who is haunted by lost love? This scene is one of my favorites in the episode because Claire and Fogden genuinely connect over knowing what it’s like to love someone so much you’d risk everything for to be with them. Claire believes she’s finally gotten through to Fogden when he agrees that she must be reunited with Jamie, which is why the turn in the scene is so wonderful when Fogden tells her that he will consult Coco to see if the “time is right.” Claire’s hopes are buoyed, then dashed.
Great bit where Claire attempts to use Fogden’s “Coco consultations” to convince him to take her to the village. It was fun to write and fun to see Caitriona and Nick put the scene on its feet
Margaret Campbell’s warning of “Abandawe” back in Episode 307 starts to pay off! Stay tuned!
Nice ball-breaking scene with the fellas. It’s understandable that they’re aching to swill Jamaican rum and chase ladies after all they’ve been through on the Artemis. But Jamie’s eye is still on the prize—reuniting with Claire. This was also a brilliant day at Silverstroom Beach (our location) because a pod of adorable dolphins came to play in the waves.
Great Steadicam work from our camera department. It’s no easy feat to keep pace with Sam running with a 50-60-pound camera rig. This scene has a bit of a From Here to Eternity vibe, which suits Claire and Jamie well. Romance is alive and well on Outlander.
Turns out Gary Young, who plays Willoughby/Yi Tien Cho, is very talented with a needle and thread. He served as his own hand-double on the insert shots of Claire’s arm being stitched up.
This scene was important in order to buy why Fogden agrees to marry Marsali and Fergus, after one of his favorite congregants, Arabella, was eaten. Apologies needed to be made. Nick and Gary did a great job in this scene. Ultimately, Fogden would empathize with Willoughby’s unfamiliarity with his customs. It’s highly plausible that Fogden committed some faux pas when he first arrived in Cuba, so he remembers what it’s like to be a stranger in a strange land and not be aware of the local customs. He’s a forgiving soul.
Turtle soup! This is such a great scene —in the book and in our adaptation (if I do say so myself). While we deliver a fair share of intimate scenes between Jamie and Claire, this one is a favorite. It’s playful and fun. And no surprise that Claire is randy after imbibing so much sherry-spiked soup. But it’s more than her drunkenness; Claire nearly lost Jamie again, so making the most of their first time alone in a long time makes sense as well. It’s a well-earned exhale after all of the tough times our characters have faced in the previous episodes. Caitriona and Sam really committed to the scene and did a tremendous job. Gary is wonderful as well
“On Season 3, we’re in yet another new world, as is the joy of Outlander. Back in Season 2, I was exploring our potentially different avenues. I looked at Australia. I looked at the Caribbean. Dominican Republic. I looked at all the various places across the world that have specialized water tanks for filming. But really there was only one place and that’s South Africa.
We’ve been very, very fortunate that we’ve been able to inherit a lot of the assets from Black Sails, and we transformed some of their ships and some of their sets down there in Cape Town to make them work for Outlander. So, you see a rich, different, varied world with wonderful tall ships, troubled beaches, forests, plantations, sugar mills... “
David Brown, Producer
“I think the biggest challenge in finding a place to film Jamaica, was first, obviously, we have to find the ships. Then we have to find tanks to film the ships in. Also, we have to find different landscapes: colonial architecture, forest, jungle, and beaches. It was difficult to find a place that had all of those elements. We did search in Australia, we did think about Jamaica for a brief moment, but ultimately Cape Town offered all that stuff. It had beautiful beaches. We were able to build a jungle on our back lot. They already had ships from Black Sails, the tanks we needed to film the water sequences, and they had amazing colonial architecture in and around the region, so it had everything that we needed in one place. Cape Town just offered everything in an amazing package, and an amazing crew.”
Maril Davis, Executive Producer