Outlander Exclusive: Caitriona Balfe on That Very Surprising Death Scene | W Network

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Outlander Exclusive: Caitriona Balfe on That Very Surprising Death Scene

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Natalia Buia

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September 25, 2017

WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Season 3, Episode 3 of Outlander.

In a gut-wrenching twist no one saw coming, this week we bid farewell to Frank Randall. 

It's 1956 in Boston and Claire and Frank's marriage is hanging on by a thread. At one point they agree to an open marriage, which only allows Frank to be discreet about his mistress Sandy. But discretion wasn't Frank's forte. One night he invites Sandy over to the couple's house which embarrasses Claire. 

“You humiliated me in front of my new colleagues," she says.

“Welcome to the club,” Frank shoots back. Ouch.

Flash forward another eight or ten years and Frank reveals to Claire he's heading back to England to teach at Cambridge. He wants to take Brianna (who is now 18 years old) with him. He wants to divorce Claire and marry Sandy. The clock has finally stopped running for him. 

After a long shift at the hospital, Claire is delivered the tragic news that Frank died in a car accident. At the morgue, Claire breaks down and admits she did love him at one point. Frank was, after all, her first love. 

And so, we say goodbye to the great actor Tobias Menzies for real this time. In the season premiere we were delighted to see Jack Randall die in the arms of Jamie, but Frank's death is a little bittersweet. For Caitriona Balfe, who plays Claire, she will miss sharing scenes with her dashing costar. 

"I loved working with Tobias. He's been a huge part of the show," Caitriona tells W Network. "He's such a talented actor that we were all devastated to say goodbye to him this year."

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When asked if we'll ever see glimmers of Frank again in the series, Caitriona teases that with time travel, anything is possible!

But for now, we pour one out for Frank. 

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