As the “Outlander” season 1 finale approaches, actor Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies had clearly struck a chord with their twisted relationship as sadist Black Jack Randall and Jamie Fraser.
If the previous episode was any indication, Sam Fraser’s fate will get a lot worse, especially if you’ve read the books.
“The most important thing, fundamentally, was to tell that part of the story as truthfully as we possibly could,” said executive producer Ronald D.
Moore to TVLine .
“This is tricky material, very harrowing material, but we wanted to play the truth of what really happened between these two…and to find that line where you’re neither being gratuitous, and you’re not shying away at the same time-where you’re showing what needs to be shown, and you’re not afraid of it, but you’re not reveling in it.” According to Sam Heughan, Fraser’s emotions were “kind of hard to switch off” after shooting was over for the season 1 finale.
“I needed to decompress after a couple of weeks,” said Heughan.
“It was pretty tense.
I got drunk.” For Tobias Menzies, portraying Black Jack Randall “is a study in sadism.” “He’s interested in people’s boundaries, their pain thresholds, what they can handle,” said Menzies to E! Online .
“It’s a rather sickening investigation.
In the portrayal of Jack, I had to understand the context out of which his behavior comes.
It’s absolutely having to do with what his men have suffered, what he has suffered and what he’s seen.
He’s seen too much.”