'Outlander' season 2 news, spoilers: Sam Heughan on on-screen chemistry with Caitriona Balfe, season 1 controversial scene

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Fans are eagerly awaiting the second season of “Outlander,” the Starz drama based on the best-selling time travel book series by Diana Gabaldon.

The show, which tells the story of Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a World War II nurse who time travels back to the 18th century and meets Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), a rugged Highland warrior, has been a success, with many tuning in each week and following the story of the star-crossed lovers. But though many appreciate “Outlander” for the historically accurate events portrayed in it, many more tune in for the almost palpable chemistry between its two stars.

Heughan, who graces the new cover of Entertainment Weekly with his co-star Balfe, spoke to the magazine about working with his on-screen wife on the show’s numerous love scenes. According to the actor, “We’ve had to get very close so we do trust each other very implicitly. We’re very lucky that we do have that trust and it comes across to the screen, I guess.”

He also responded to reports that some fans may have been disappointed to learn that he and Balfe are not romantically involved in real life. “I think there was a little bit of upset by some fans,” he told EW. “It slightly saddens me but I guess it means that we’ve done a good job.”

Together with actor Tobias Menzies, who plays Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall, Heughan also recently spoke about the controversial rape scene in season 1’s episode 15 titled “Wentworth Prison,” in which Jamie was tortured and sexully abused by Black Jack. The scene was so raw and powerful that it earned Menzies a Golden Globe nomination.

“It’s not about rape,” Heughan said. “It’s not about the act at all. It’s about two men battling their wills to beat each other.”

“Outlander” debuts its second season on April 9 on Starz.