Outlander at the Emmys: Final case for show, Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan

OutlanderWhile this is far from the last Outlander – Emmys piece that we will write at CarterMatt in terms of reaction and discussion, there is a sense of added importance to the timing of it. Emmy voting closes on Monday night for nominations and with that, this is when some voters out there may be starting to finalize what their ballots are.

With that, why not make one last case here for the Starz drama, plus its stars in Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan? While there are about a thousand or so things that said voters really should consider, let’s narrow it down to three for the sake of this article.

Scale – There are very few shows on television that achieves what Outlander has through the first three seasons. We’re talking about here a series that has filmed in multiple continents, portrayed different time periods, and featured a cast that in some ways has been ever-changing. This is a very fluid story with a lot of exterior locations and things that could’ve gone terribly wrong — but they didn’t because of the talent of people involved. Balfe and Heughan anchored the series wonderfully at the top of the call sheet, and the crew behind the scenes has worked tirelessly to craft scenes that were both visually stunning and also historically accurate. This is one of the most immersive shows on TV where you can get completely lost in the world.

Variety – Outlander is a period drama, a romance, an adventure at sea, a war story, and at times so much more. Few other shows give you this much in just the thirteen episodes that season 3 did. That meant many challenges for the producers, but also plenty of challenges for Heughan and Balfe. they had to show evolution across many decades for their characters and establish touchstones to tap back into for Jamie and Claire along the way. Luckily, the nuance and strength that they brought to “The Battle Joined” was there in “Eye of the Storm.” You could see the growth, but you could also still see the origins of their journey this season.

Craft – The amount of work that has gone into this creation is immense, and you see that in every episode. These actors have poured months into creating and maintaining these characters; yet, they continue to find new dimensions to them. Doing 13 episodes of a premium-cable drama these days is a Herculean feat and yet, everyone involved in Outlander pulled it off. This is one of the hardest-working cast and crews out there, and they found a way to take the art within an extremely ambitious book and portray it beautifully on-screen. It’s hard to even fathom what else you could want out of a potential Emmy nominee. Sometimes, shows that are more than a season or two into their run are ignored; hopefully, that is not the case here.

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