Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan Read Your 'Outlander' Fan Fiction

Who knew Caitriona Balfe had such serious sound effect skills?

Outlander just reunited Claire and Jamie Fraser onscreen (opens in new tab) after 20 years apart, but fans of the show (and the books on which it's based (opens in new tab)) have been imagining—and reimagining—this moment for more than two decades. Fan fiction writers have been especially adept at crafting their own versions of this pivotal moment, and in preparation for this week's episode, which dives deeper (74-minutes, to be exact (opens in new tab)) into Claire's return to Jamie, we challenged Outlander stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan to interpret the scene for themselves with a dramatic reading from bonnie-wee-swordsman (opens in new tab)'s fan fiction, "A Hundred Lesser Faces," which you can read in full here (opens in new tab). The story poses the question, "What if in Voyager (opens in new tab), Claire had gone first to Lallybroch instead of directly to the print shop in Edinburgh?" Major drama, apparently. For the video, Heughan takes the reins on narration, while Balfe proves her serious sound effect skills. It's okay if you keep this one on repeat all day.

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The five episodes leading up to Claire and Jamie's reunion explore the couple's 20 years spent two centuries apart—Claire readjusting to life in the 20th century with her first husband, the birth of her daughter, and her entry into medical school. In the 18th century, Jamie deals with a tumultuous two decades as an outlaw and prisoner and later, a groom at Downton Abbey-esque English estate. It goes without saying the Frasers have a lot to catch up on.

Outlander Season 3 Episode 6, "A. Malcolm" airs Sunday, October 22 at 8 PM EST.

Julie Kosin is the senior culture editor of ELLE.com, where she oversees all things movies, TV, books, music, and art, from trawling Netflix for a worthy binge to endorsing your next book club pick. She's the former director of audience strategy and entertainment at HarpersBAZAAR.com (opens in new tab). When not glued to her laptop, she can be found taking pictures of her dog or haunting used bookstores.