With season three rapidly approaching, we took a deep-dive into the making of Outlander. Ahead are the 50 craziest facts you never knew about the show—including a few spoilers for the upcoming season.
Gabaldon was particularly drawn to the character Jamie McCrimmon.
Katherine Heigl was rumored to play Claire.
The department is comprised of multiple rooms, all loaded with gowns and shoes. It's so big and complex that costumer designer Terry Dresbach started a digital inventory system called "Mother" to keep track of everything.
"It gets painted, it gets sprayed, it gets torched. We do everything," Dresbach told us.
The couple met on the set of HBO's Carnivàle in 2003.
When casting for Jamie began, Liam Neeson and Sean Connery were the first contenders.
Heughan interviewed with executive producer Maril Davis and co-executive producer Ira Behr, and they immediately felt that they had found their Jamie.
Before she saw Heughan's audition tape, Gabaldon looked up his IMBD. Her reaction to his photos? "This man is grotesque," which has now become a running joke between the two.
Just three weeks before production, Caitriona Balfe booked the gig.
The set is loaded with fake dead bodies for battle scenes.
Every meal you see on the show is real.
Unsurprisingly, they find it very comfortable.
In "The Gathering," she had two lines as Iona MacTavish.
Any shirtless or backless scenes need to be filmed first.
The scars take hours to apply—every, single time.
The letters helped the actors feel less awkward around a full camera crew.
At first, Eastern Europe and New Zealand were possibilities.
Even the extras have to wear them.
The crew completely redesigned it.
The show is proving that a female-centric show doesn't drive away a male audience.
The crew pays attention to the smallest details to make sure every set reflects an 18th century setting. They even tweak windows, roofs, and shutters.
At this point, we can't picture him any other way.
"This is terrific stuff for an actor, amazingly heavy material," she told Vulture.
To recreate authentic lighting, L.E.D. and fluorescent lights are not used on the show.
Fans of the books were worried the original text would be majorly altered.
In particular, she argued with directors that Claire and Father Anselm's season one chapel scene was pivotal—which, after much debate, ended up making the cut.
"We're so used to seeing women being objectified, as objects of desire of men, but it's rare when you see a woman owning her sexuality, directing it, orchestrating the sequence of events," Balfe told Vulture.
Leaked emails from the Sony hack revealed that Cameron had the show pushed back, as he was worried it would interfere with the country's historic vote.
Doune Castle and Blackness Castle have to be left in pristine condition after shooting.