Why Outlander’s Sex Scenes are Special?

Sex has always played a part in thousands of television shows, films, and books, but not every show can pull intimate scenes as Outlander does. Aside from its intricate plot, the show has also earned the love and respect of the binge-watching community for its delicate way of handling romantic scenes.

So, what makes Outlander’s sex scenes so special? Let’s find out.

The series begins in the 1940s. Frank came to counsel Claire’s uncle, Quentin Beauchamp, about a point of French philosophy related to Egyptian religious practice. He encountered Claire Beauchamp for the first time. They eventually married and spent a brief two-day honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands, followed by a year together before World War II broke out. Claire accidentally travels back in time to 18th century Scotland through the stones at Craigh na Dun. There she meets Jamie Fraser and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite risings.

Season 1, Episode 7 remains to be one of the best moments in the history of Outlander. It was brimming with emotion, drama, and romance as the central couple’s relationship was brought to life with passion and chemistry.

In Episode 7 “The Wedding” Jamie and Claire consummated their marriage for the first time. Of course, it started rather awkwardly since the two are practically strangers who are about to make love for the first time.

However, passion and desire eventually engulfed the two. That resulted in one of the most unforgettable sex scenes of the show.

Do you think the show was hot enough? Wait until you read the source material. Here is the exact excerpt from the book about that night.

“I felt the softness of his lips against my temple, the butterfly touch of his tongue on my skin. ‘And salt,’ he said, very softly, his breath warm on my face. ‘There is salt on your face, and your lashes are wet. D’ye weep, Sassenach?’ ‘No,’ I said, though I had a sudden, irrational urge to do just that. ‘No, I sweat. I was… hot.’” He was on his knees now, one arm about my waist to hold me still, his nose buried in the hollow between my breasts. ‘Oh,’ he said, and his voice had changed again… ‘Ye wanted me,’ he said ruefully. ‘And I fell asleep without even touching you. I’m sorry Sassenach. Ye should have said.’ ‘You were tired.’ His hand left my mouth; I stroked his hair, smoothing the long dark strands behind his ear. He laughed, and I felt the warmth of his breath on my bare stomach. ‘Ye could raise me from the dead for that, Sassenach, and I wouldn’t mind it.’ He stood up then, facing me, and even in the dim light I could see that no such desperate measures on my part would be required.” Whew, it’s starting to get hot in here!

From there, sex played a huge part between Jamie and Claire’s relationship. Fans were treated to plenty of steamy moments after their wedding night.

In Episode 8, Jamie and Claire walk through the Scottish Highlands on the lush green grass. They made love in the outdoors with their clothes still on.

There was also a scene where Claire holds a dagger to Jamie’s throat after a little fight. Claire mounts Jamie Fraser and said: “If you ever raise a hand to me again, James Fraser, I will cut your heart out and have it for breakfast.” Eventually, all is forgiven, and they have make-up sex.

And do not forget the Devil’s Marks! Claire is ready to tell Jamie that she’s a time traveler from the 1940s, after nearly being burned at the stake for witchcraft suspicions. Although he accepts the news with grace, he decides to allow her to return home via the stones at Craigh na Dun. By the flames, the two say their final farewells and made love for one last time.

“I want to watch you,” Jamie told Claire as he brings her to climax solely with his expert hands.

In Season 3, Episode 6, Claire and Jaime reunited after being separated for 20 years. They undressed each other slowly. There were few awkward moments, but they eventually found their way back. The scene was reminiscent of the first night they made love, during the wedding. After two decades of being apart, they are finally back in each other’s arms.

Sex played a huge part in James and Claire’s relationship. They use it to retain their sanity amidst the war and chaos that seem to follow them wherever they go.

But what makes their intimate scenes in Outlander so special is that the show is very respectful of its lead characters. There is no female objectification. Instead, Outlander sex scenes shows us what mutual love and pleasure look like. That is what other movies and television show lack.

While talking about Outlander’s sex scenes, Caitriona Balfe (who plays Claire) says:

“But, I think as much as we can all agree that this objectification of women, typically by men, has not been the greatest thing for women, we have to be careful and not become the other and start objectifying men in a way that’s not appreciative and respectful. What we try and do is show passion between couples in a very honest and beautiful way that’s, hopefully, respectful to both the actors and characters.”


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As to the Authors comment, Diana Gabaldon explained the importance of sex scenes in her Outlander book.

“Sex is essential to emotionally satisfying relationships.”

She continues, “A strong sexual relationship is at the core of every healthy relationship, and characters who have no emotional outlet at all are implausible.”

Jamie and Claire’s love is something most of us can only wish for. They would do anything for each other. Although obstacles arise and it seems like they will never live life together, Jamie always finds a way to be with her. Jamie commits himself to Claire and tells her that she is his forever. He says that nothing can keep him from her side except death itself. There is no denying that romance is the most moving aspect of the show. It creates that emotional connection and stirs our hearts.

However, Outlander goes beyond sex. The show also deals with love, loss, heartbreak, excitement, and adventure. It is not just a silly romance or some cheap raunchy series. Outlander is an exhilarating tale that has captured the hearts of millions of fans around the world! And in the midst of this adventure, are Jamie and Claire’s intimate moments.

Diana Gabaldon did a great job in writing the Outlander Series. She brought to life the kind of love that truly stands the test of time.

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