6. Tom protecting Claire from Richard Brown
Tom Christie clearly doesn’t believe that Claire was responsible for Malva’s murder. If he did, he wouldn’t have protected her. Instead, he wants to make sure Claire gets a fair trial while everyone else gets to see her carted off.
He knows that Claire leaving with Richard Brown isn’t safe. So, he offers to go with her and agrees that Jamie can too. When Jamie is taken away, Tom sticks around. He will not let anything happen to Claire.
When they get to Wilmington, Tom gives Claire money. He knows the cards are stacked against her, but he will do the little that he can to help. We see an honorable and caring side to him with all this.
5. Claire attempting to save the baby
Claire realizes immediately that she can’t save Malva. However, there’s still a baby in there. She immediately cuts Malva open to save the baby, something taken straight out of the book.
In the end, it’s too late. The baby is dead, and it means two bodies to bury. However, this shows Claire’s ability to put everything she feels to one side to do what’s right.
Claire doesn’t like Malva at this point. That doesn’t mean she’s going to let an innocent baby die.
4. Young Ian getting much-needed closure
While at the Cherokee village, Young Ian sees that the Mohawk are there. One of those is Kaheroton, who was like a brother to Ian when he was with the Mohawk. This makes it harder when we learn that Kaheroton was who Emily chose after she realized she couldn’t have children with Ian.
Ian has a chance to gain some closure. He accepts that Emily chose Kaheroton and why. Ian also realizes that he doesn’t have to be split between who he is. He can be both Scot and Mohawk.
We needed to see this closure. It is a way to give Ian a chance to move on in life and find happiness again. Without closure, Ian moving on wouldn’t feel genuine.