Outlander First Look: Um, Who's That Woman With Her Hands on Jamie?

Outlander Photo Season 2 Annalise Jamie

If you’re anything like the average Outlander enthusiast, you prefer your Jamie-touching to be done by someone brunette, forthright and with a tendency to blurt “Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ!” in times of stress.

So, who’s the blonde with her paws on the redheaded goods in this exclusive photo from Saturday’s episode (9/8c)?

Readers of Diana Gabaldon’s books — and TVLine — will recognize the woman in the photo above as Annalise de Marillac, Jamie’s hook-up from when he previously lived in France. The character, played by French actress Margaux Chatelier, makes her debut when the Frasers attend a fancy party in the Starz drama’s upcoming installment.

If you’re at all worried about the lovely French lass’ influence on the Frasers’ marriage, star Caitriona Balfe says, don’t be.

“I think people sometimes like to pit women against each other,” she tells TVLine. “Initially, there may [be] some surprise or interest from Claire of this beautiful young woman who seems to know a lot about Jamie and seems to have a feeling that she has an innate understanding of him.” But, she adds, Claire and Annalise “actually end up getting along quite well.” — With reporting by Vlada Gelman

Give the photo above a long look, then hit the comments with your thoughts!

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