The murder of Malva Christie marks the conclusion of the historical television series “Outlander” on Starz. Since Claire Fraser tries to preserve Malva’s unborn child, she is falsely accused of killing the girl, which also results in her detention. The seventh season of the show opens with Claire in jail while she awaits a murder trial and possible execution. Tom Christie later admits to killing Malva to spare Claire from the hangman’s noose. When he first meets Claire, he admits how much he loves her and is inspired to risk his life to defend the latter.
Jamie and Claire Fraser make their way back to Fraser’s Ridge in the mistaken belief that Tom was put to death for a murder. That Tom is genuinely still alive is revealed in the fourth episode of the season. Let us tell you how he managed to escape the gallows if you’re curious. Spoilers follow.
How is Tom Christie Alive?
As Claire awaits a murder trial for a crime she didn’t commit, the seventh season of the programme opens with Jamie trying to prevent her execution. Governor Martin encourages Jamie to join the Crown’s soldiers against the Rebels and his own beliefs in the Revolutionary War in order to save Claire, despite the fact that Jamie is pleading for his favour. Tom Christie helps Jamie out of his predicament and stops Claire from dying as Jamie struggles with the same issue. He writes a confession and submits it to a newspaper, admitting that he killed Malva in order to harm their family’s reputation.
Tom later runs into Claire and admits to having a deep love for her. He explains to her that he is coming clean about the crime as a way of saying thanks for her warmth and sympathy. After the confession is published, Claire is freed, and she and Jamie head to Fraser’s Ridge under the impression that Tom has been put to death. Tom was instead taken aboard Governor Martin’s ship to work as a secretary rather than being hanged. He served the governor on the ship for months before a formal secretary was assigned. Martin then made the decision to turn Tom up to the law enforcement. The Revolutionary War, however, changed the country’s structure of law and order. Authorities were more worried about the future of the area than they were about a minor offender.
The death of Malva and the identity of the perpetrator must have been the least of the Crown’s concerns as the Continental Army has grown stronger. As a result, Tom is given a second shot at life, which he takes to preach and teach. When Tom learns of the Fraser’s Ridge fire, he assumes that it was the cause of Claire and Jaime’s deaths. Tom finds another means to say goodbye to Claire as he is unable to depart for the Ridge and see her one more time.
Tom says goodbye to Claire by publishing her obituary in an effort to honour Jamie. The same obituaries that drive Brianna to go back in time and warn her parents about the fire and their apparent passing also serve as her inspiration. Tom is still alive, but he is plagued by his affections for Claire, especially since he is aware that he will never be able to take the place of Jamie in her life. Consequently, Tom breaks up with Claire once more after calling her the “most uncomfortable woman.”
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