Catriona Balfe has admitted she struggled during filming a key scene during the upcoming second instalment of the show which happened not long after her dad James ‘Jim’ Balfe passed away last August.

Outlander fans are chomping at the bit for the dreaded ‘droughtlander’ to be over as the hit Starz show is currently on a mid-season break following a turbulent part one of series seven which continued Jamie and Claire Fraser’s story.

The second half of season seven is set to hit screens next year, with many fans of the historical drama hoping it lands in the earlier months. Until then we can bask in the snippets of what’s to come as Caitriona Balfe, who plays Claire, gives an insight

The actress attended the ATX TV Festival, before the SAG-AFTRA strike, where she warned that upcoming episodes for the next instalment are set to be bigger and even better as she hinted that episodes could contain rather grim watching.

“I’m going to be a bit vague because it’s stuff I can’t really, really talk about but I think it’s episode 11,” Catriona said before going on to discuss how she went through a “low point” during filming certain scenes.

She added: “There’s a scene, there’s a sequence of scenes that were really, really challenging. I think my [low point] was trying to figure out how we were going do it and it was really tough.

“It was also a tough time personally because it was not that long after my dad had passed and it was a very hard thing to sort of get myself into the headspace for and there was a big struggle about how we were going to do it. There was lots of notes going back and forth.”

The Irish-born actress sadly lost her dad in August last year – James ‘Jim’ Balfe. The retired garda sergeant died “suddenly” in the Mater Hospital in Ireland.

Taking to Instagram at the time, she shared a photo of her dad alongside a heartfelt tribute in which she said that she was “lucky” and “grateful” to call him her dad

She wrote: “My father James (Big Jim) BALFE passed on Tuesday August 2nd. He was a mountain of a man, big in stature and personality. His presence and influence was huge in my life. He was loved by so many and will be missed by us all.”

The 44-year-old actress went on to say that it may have been the first time in her life that she was unsure of how to do a scene. However, she said that once you can figure out how to get through it, it “always feels like a really good thing.”

Caitriona herself is not only a star on-screen but is also an executive producer on Outlander alongside co-star Sam Heughan who plays Jamie Fraser and also directed some episodes for series seven.


By Ivaylo Angelov

Ivaylo Angelov born in Bulgaria, Varna graduated School Geo Milev is Tvserieswelove's Soaps Editor and oversees all of the section's news, features, spoilers and interviews.