The Outlander Season 6 finale saw a twist show-first fans probably didn’t expect. Tom helped Claire, but why would that be? Does he believe Claire is innocent of murder?
As the mob pushed for Claire to be taken with Richard Brown’s Committee of Safety or burned as a witch, Tom Christie stepped forward as a voice of reason. He would go with Claire to ensure her safety. He would also permit Jamie to go with them.
It was clear from the start that Tom knew that something wasn’t right with Richard Brown. He knew Claire wouldn’t get a fair trial, and that’s if she’d even get to the trial alive in the first place. Why would he even care, though? The one thing this suggests is that Tom doesn’t think Claire killed Malva.
Tom would have acted if he believed Claire guilty in Outlander
We have seen enough of Tom to know that part of him just wants to do the right thing. He is a pious man, although he does have human flaws. We see him struggle with his humanity and his wish to follow the word of the Lord.
If he really believed that Claire was guilty of murder, he would have done something about it immediately. He would have pushed for the trial, whether he pulled in Richard Brown’s men earlier or he arrested Claire himself. He didn’t. In fact, when it came to questions about how fast Malva died, he wanted Claire’s opinion as a healer.
When it came to the journey to Wilmington, Tom stuck around to ensure Claire got there to face trial. He gave her money to help her while in jail seeing that the cards were stacked against her.
There is something more to this. We can turn to the books, but we won’t in this instance. For now, we’ll keep it spoiler-free for the show-first and show-only fans.
What do you think Tom is up to? Why is he helping Claire in Outlander? Share your spoiler-free theories in the comments below.