The latest Outlander trailer teased a new level of danger for the Claire and Jamie (played by Sam Heughan), following the couple’s risky move to the US colonies.
The pair eventually decide to settle in North Carolina after a stint at Jamie’s aunt Jocasta’s (Maria Doyle Kennedy) plantation, and they carve out a home of their own in Frasers’ Ridge.
Both Sam and Caitriona have revealed the couple will finally find time to enjoy each other and their relationship without the threat of being torn apart at every turn.
But it won’t be long before their troubles multiply and they are faced with mysterious newcomer Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers) as well as a warning from the future.
Now 38-year-old Irish star Caitriona has revealed the whole reason she loves coming back to Claire year-on-year is because there is always a new side of her to play.
Speaking to US publication Entertainment Tonight, Caitriona revealed: “You know I have been playing Claire for over four and a half years now and it is interesting that the longer you spend time with a character that they can still surprise you.
“That’s an important thing I think, without that it would be… yeah I don’t think I would be as excited to go to work every day as I am.”
Teasing big changes ahead for her character, the actress continued: “What I love is that especially this story, there is no normal day at work.
“Every day is something very new and very different, and I’ve been allowed to play this character through so many different experiences and it’s just there’s such a wide range with Claire.”
Caitriona went on to say she particularly enjoyed her character’s arc in season three of the time-travel romance, as she was tasked with the unusual challenge of showing her character’s differences over the course of 20 years.
“I think it’s very challenging,” she explained. “It’s an interesting challenge and one that I relish to try and understand and to figure out how someone changes over time, and what that does to somebody.
“And to allow this character to evolve in an organic way.”
Yet as much as the actress enjoys when the producers come up with new plot twists, and sinking her teeth into another of Diana Gabaldon’s original novels, she insists it’s the romantic relationship between Claire and Jamie that keeps the series going.
“This relationship between Claire and Jamie is what’s really at the heart of this show,” she shared. “The show has so many elements but what binds it all together is this incredible love story between them.”
“It’s beyond time it’s beyond place,” Caitriona went on. “It’s metaphysical and I think so much of it is… this is the aspirational love story that we all want.
“That it doesn’t matter even if 200 years separate you, you will find each other and it’s that connection of souls.”
The star shared her own thoughts on exactly why Claire loves the red-headed Highlander so much, claiming it’s his “emotional intelligence” that draws her back time and time again.
She said: “He’s so kind, he’s a man of his word and he’s thoughtful – for Claire he just brings this part of her alive.
“And she just thrives in that kind of atmosphere,” Caitriona added.