What made Claire and Tom sick in Outlander Season 6?

Outlander Season 6 -- Courtesy of Robert Wilson/STARZ
Outlander Season 6 -- Courtesy of Robert Wilson/STARZ /

Claire notes that she didn’t have dysentery in Outlander Season 6. Neither did Tom Christie. What did make the two of them sick?

When Claire recovered from her illness, she was able to run through her symptoms. She didn’t have the bloody flux. She had something very different.

It probably wouldn’t have been much of a concern had it not been for Tom Christie having the same symptoms as her. That meant she and Tom had the same illness. To get that, they would have had to be in contact, but they didn’t have that much up to that point.

Claire wanted to get to the bottom of what caused their illness, but Tom refused to offer a stool sample. Did we ever find out on the series what caused it?

Claire still doesn’t know what caused her illness in Outlander Season 6

Up to this point in the show, Claire still doesn’t know. The topic of the illness moved on very quickly after the request for the stool sample. Malva showed up with accusations that Jamie had an affair and she was carrying his child. There was no way they could discuss something like an illness the two had recovered from when that was the topic of concern.

And that’s the thing. The two had recovered, and it was clear nobody else had the same illness as them. Was there any point in looking into the problem?

Who made them sick in A Breath of Snow and Ashes?

Caution: There are spoilers from the Outlander books in this post.

This storyline is taken from the books. In A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Claire and Tom come down with the same sickness around the same time dysentery is traveling around the Ridge. Claire knows that she didn’t have the same thing, but she can’t get to the bottom of the cause.

It’s Tom who eventually finds out. Malva, before her death, tells him that she made them sick. She’d collected parts of the dead Sin Eater and poisoned Claire and Tom. She wanted to get to Jamie, and getting Claire out of the way was the only way to do that. And it wasn’t because Jamie had an affair. She was already pregnant and wanted Jamie to be forced to claim the bairn.

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