Outlander season 6: Caitriona Balfe details Sam’s fear on set ‘He was so scared’

Outlander: Stars recall filming series five

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As fans wait for season six to finish filming and ‘Droughtlander’ to finally come to an end, Outlander stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan have recalled some of the best memories from the set of season five. One particularly scene in the Starz series left both viewers and Jamie Fraser himself squirming in their seats.

Caitriona Balfe has opened up about one of the goriest moments from Outlander’s fifth season.

In the ninth episode of the latest instalment, ‘Monsters and Heroes’, Jamie Fraser (played by Sam Heughan) receives a nasty snakebite whilst out hunting.

His son-in-law, Roger (Richard Rankin), manages to suck out the venom, but the wound still manages to develop a painful infection.

Thankfully, time-travelling nurse Claire Fraser (Balfe) knows exactly how to treat the wound, and sends Brianna (Sophie Skelton), Marsali (Lauren Lyle) and Roger to fetch some maggots.

Celebrated Scottish actor Sam Heughan then had to bear the horrific experience of having live maggots poured on his leg.

Known as one of the most revolting moments of the series so far, Caitriona Balfe confirmed her co-star was just as terrified of the maggots as some of the show’s more squeamish viewers.

In a behind-the-scenes video from season five, Balfe recalled: “Seeing how scared Sam was of the maggots, that was quite fun.”

Thankfully, the two actors still managed to have fun on set that day despite handling Outlander’s most gruesome props to date.

Balfe laughed and added: “It was also fun, kind of, shoving them in his face.”

Fans may also be surprised to learn that the entire scene was achieved with practical effects and real, live maggots.

Jamie’s gory bite wound was constructed with state-of-the-art prosthetics, which were then subjected to a wriggling mass of live props.

In a Zoom chat between the two Outlander stars, Sam Heughan brushed off the unpleasant experience.

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He joked: “They’re very demanding, aren’t they? And they move so darn fast.

“You put them down and they are off. I think you were quite fascinated by them.”

Claire star Caitriona Balfe thankfully wasn’t put off by the maggots after years of handling fake blood and gore for the series.

However, she admitted she was surprised by how much they smelled, recalling an unpleasant stench of rotting flesh.

Things also took a worrying turn when the crew realised not every maggot had been accounted for at the end of the shoot.

Heughan recalled: “So I had this prosthetic on obviously and you can’t see where it ends. So, I was just kind of waiting for them to find the edge and get under it.

“I was also trying to stay in the scene as well. It’s kind of hard when you’ve got 1000 little maggots charging around trying to get in every crook.”

Luckily, Heughan managed to stay in character and remained straight-faced throughout the scene, though the same can’t be said of the disgusted viewers watching along at home.

Outlander is available to watch on STARZ and Amazon Prime.


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