We’ve said many a time that Caitriona Balfe is worthy of all the awards for her role on Outlander, but we think she’s perhaps more deserving than ever today. Why? Think in terms of having to work alongside what appear to be maggots … and a LOT of them.
If you head over to Caitriona’s official Instagram Stories today, you can get a good sense of what we’re talking about. After all, she shared an image (an extremely gross one, mind you), of a ton of maggots while claiming that they are her scene partner for the day. It’s the sort of thing that would make a lot of people cringe and we suspect that whatever scecne they are used in might makke a lot of us watching at home cringe too, even if maggots don’t have any interest in harming live humans. (We don’t even want to think about how production managed to get so many of them all in one place.)
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Now, there are some other things worth wondering about still, including why a show like this would need them? Is Fraser’s Ridge getting set up to host its own version of Fear Factor, with Jamie subbing in as the host? Probably not. There could be a medicinal purpose to maggots showing up within the world of Outlander, mostly in that they have been used in the past to eat away dead skin — think in terms of a patient with gangrene (this is where having a licensed funeral director on the CarterMatt writing staff has come in very handy!). This is not the sort of world where you have the conveniences of modern medicine, so if Claire as a doctor/surgeon needs to use them to stop the spread of necrosis, that could make a certain degree of sense. Remember here that we’re on the cusp of Revolutionary War heading into season 5, so that could end up being why so many battle injuries could take place.
Given how far Outlander is into production at the moment, don’t expect to see all of these creepy crawlers right away — unless they’ve showed up beforehand in production and Balfe just hasn’t announced it. Be prepared to be grossed out at some point in the midst of entertainment.
How grossed out would you be to work with this sort of stuff on Outlander season 5?
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