Outlander season 6 finale solves a big mystery — and sets up more for season 7 (2023)

Outlander season 6 finale spoilers ahead.

It's been a very short season of Outlander this year, but an awful lot has been packed into these eight episodes, from revelations about Young Ian's time with the Mohawk and Fergus's heartbreaking suicide attempt, to Claire's mysterious fever and her growing dependence on ether to cope with PTSD.

Of course, the biggest shake up to Fraser's Ridge came in the form of the Christie family, and by the end of episode seven, Claire stood accused of pregnant Malva's murder, following accusations that Jamie was the father of her unborn baby.

Let's unpack what happened in that tense season finale (and it goes without saying that this contains spoilers):

What happens to Claire and Jamie?

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The season finale begins with a dialogue-free scene set in an American diner in the 20th century, with Claire (we know it's her because you can see her Fraser wedding ring) and presumably a teenage Bree (hidden behind a menu) being served burgers and fries. It may be a brief scene, but the significance of this becomes apparent a little later on.

Back in the 18thcentury, the episode picks up where the previous one left off as the Committee of Safety arrive at the Fraser house to arrest Claire.

She's understandably reluctant to go with them – not just because they seem like foaming-at-the-mouth gun-toting vigilantes, but also because their leader is Richard Brown, the gruff brother of the late, evil Lionel, who kidnapped and raped Claire in season five (and has been the grim figure taunting her in her nightmares this season).

Claire whispers to housekeeper Mrs Bug to run for help, and Jamie spots Lizzie and Josiah in the distance scuttling away, hopefully to gather more family members to protect them. They can't come soon enough, though, as one of Brown's men has already made it inside the Fraser home. Claire shoots him, while Jamie tries to fight off the men outside.

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Soon their home is under attack, and Jamie and Claire dash around blocking windows with dining tables (though we think they should have blown out the candles on it first) and other bits of furniture as shots break windows, plates and all the other nice things in their home.

Jamie is convinced Richard Brown is there for revenge after the death of his brother, but Brown says he just wants to take Claire to Salisbury where there is a court so she can stand trial for Malva's murder. Jamie refuses, and it looks like the Frasers are going to spend a long night under siege with the Committee waiting outside.

So where is everybody else? Well, Brianna, Roger and son Jemmy are on a long journey to get Roger ordained as a minister. Meanwhile, Fergus, Marsali, and their ever-growing brood are living in New Bern, where Fergus is running a printing press and has just published his first newsletter, the New Bern Onion (named because it has many layers, you see).

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There's no sign of Young Ian, either, so Claire and Jamie are left inside the house calmly having dinner (probably realising they may never get the chance to eat again) while waiting for the next attack.

For some light dinner conversation, Claire explains the concept of a death row prisoner's last meal to Jamie, and she reveals her choice would be a cheeseburger, fries and a Coke from the diner she used to go to with Brianna – a nod back to that opening scene. Are the Outlander team trying to tell us that Claire could be eating her own last meal before being condemned to death?

It's all looking pretty dire – though fans of adorable cat Adso will at least be relieved to see he has survived the assault on the house – and it doesn't get much better when locals armed with burning torches arrive to help the Committee.

A handful of kinsmen turn up to support Jamie and Claire but there aren't enough of them, and Jamie realises the only option is for him and Claire to both go with the Committee to Salisbury.

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Surprisingly, Malva's father Tom Christie steps in to promise Claire and Jamie's safety on the journey, and he suggests they leave in the morning so the couple get to spend the night in their own bed. Cue some late-night steaminess between the Frasers – who presumably feel that their chances of sex in the future are about as likely as another meal.

The next day, the posse – with Claire and Jamie in a wagon – head off to Salisbury, but Richard Brown's plan quickly changes when he discovers the local sheriff has quit and there is no court being held there.

He decides the next nearest town, Cross Creek, isn't an option due to Jamie's aunt Jocasta's influence there, so Wilmington becomes their destination even though it is 200 miles away.

An increasingly gaunt Tom Christie looks guilty at what Claire is being put through – especially when they hear Brown has spread the word far and wide that Claire is a murderess, resulting in the couple's wagon being stoned by raging villagers – could this be because he knows Claire is innocent, and also who really killed his daughter Malva?

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Oblivious to all this hundreds of miles away, Roger and Bree are dealing with something far more mundane: it appears little Jemmy has a case of nits. Once they chop off all his hair as a treatment, Brianna spots a mark on her son's head that she hasn't seen before. She's concerned but Roger isn't – as he has the same one. The SAME ONE!

In case we'd all forgotten, Roger was never sure he was Jemmy's biological father, because Bree was raped by Stephen Bonnet on the same night she first slept with Roger. The mark – since it is hereditary – proves Jemmy is definitely Roger's son. So at least someone is having a jolly time.

Jamie and Claire, meanwhile, are far from happy, but things are looking up as Young Ian appears from behind some bushes to let Jamie know he, hirsute pal John Quincy Myers and some friends are nearby. Jamie and Claire can't escape, however, as it's too likely that local people who are looking forward to an entertaining hanging would turn them in if they saw them.

Perhaps Jamie should have trusted Ian to get them safely away anyway, as next morning Brown's men grab Jamie and Brown whisks Claire away in the wagon, determined to get her to Wilmington and the gallows waiting there.

Tom Christie tries to intervene, and makes Brown promise that Jamie will not be harmed before accompanying Claire to make sure she is not killed on the journey.

Days later, they arrive in Wilmington, which is showing signs of unrest as residents struggle for independence against the British. Brown takes Claire to jail and declares he will see her hung, though Tom Christie promises that he will not leave her unprotected – not exactly the actions of a man who thinks Claire killed his daughter.

So why hasn't Jamie come to save Claire? Well, he's a bit tied up (literally) with Brown's men, who are preparing to put him on a boat to Scotland to get rid of the feisty Highlander once and for all.

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They haven't counted on Young Ian's daring rescue, though, and our Mohawk-haired hero appears with Myers and their Indian friends just in time, sending a bullet through the hand and head of one baddie holding Jamie.

The series ends with Ian, Jamie, Myers and friends riding across the beach, presumably in the direction of Wilmington and an imprisoned Claire.

So will Jamie get to Claire in time? And who did kill Malva? It looks like we will have to wait until season seven next year to get some answers…

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FAQs

Will there be a season 7 of Outlander? ›

Outlander will have a super-sized seventh season with 16 full-length episodes for fans to relish. It's the first time since the show's debut that so many episodes have been included in one season. Part of the reasoning for this is that Season 6 was cut short due to Covid delays and star Caitriona Balfe's pregnancy.

Who is the father of Malva Christie baby? ›

Later, after Claire has returned to the Ridge, she is confessor to Allan Christie, who explains that he was the one that fathered Malva's child, and then murdered her.

Who is in the cell at the end of Outlander season 6? ›

Wendigo Donner learned from Claire that he needed a gemstone. In the books, he does head to the Frasers for gemstones. It's not surprising that he's turned back up in the series. He is the one in the jail cell, looking or gemstones to be able to get back to his own time.

What is Jamie's secret? ›

Jamie's Secret is a story about a nine-year-old who loves soccer, playing with her best friend Sadie, and collecting crystals. She loves hugging and climbing trees, watching butterflies, and soaring on her swing.

What is season 7 of Outlander based on? ›

Season seven will focus on events featured in author Diana Gabaldon's sixth and seventh books of the Outlander series, 'A Breath of Snow and Ashes' and 'An Echo in the Bone'.

Does Jamie in Outlander ever go to the future? ›

As of that book Jamie has not gone to the future. In the books it is stated that someone who can go through the stones can hear drums pounding as they get near them. Jamie was never able to hear them and therefore couldn't travel through them. What happens to Laoghaire in Outlander?

Did Jamie sleep with Malva? ›

Jamie denies having slept with her, but the damage to his and to Claire's reputation is done—and the bond between the Frasers and Malva is severed, until just a few weeks later, when Claire finds Malva murdered in the garden.

Why did Malva turn on Claire? ›

In the television series, Malva has grown jealous of Claire after eavesdropping on her sharing an intimate moment with her husband, Jamie.

Why does Malva accuse Jamie of being the father? ›

After sexually abusing her for years, Malva becomes pregnant with Allan's child and he convinces her to claim Jamie as the father in order to save himself.

Who was the mystery man at the end of Outlander? ›

Taking the prisoner's long, wavy hair into account, the jailed thief must be none other than Wendigo Donner, whom Claire first encountered in the season-five finale.

Who is the ghost talking to Claire in Outlander season 6? ›

The author of the series, Diana Gabaldon, has previously confirmed that it is our hero who is stood outside of Claire's window Speaking about what it all means on her website, she wrote: "The ghost is Jamie - but as for how it fits into the story, all will be explained - in the last book."

Is Master Raymond a time traveler? ›

In the "Frequently Asked Questions" section of her website, Gabaldon explains that Master Raymond is not only a time traveler and a shaman, but also a distant relative of both Claire and Geillis.

Why is Jamie's ghost at Claire's window? ›

Some think Jamie's spirit (but not his body) traveled to through time to guide Claire to him; others suggest Jamie had a near-death experience after the Battle of Culloden, and that's why his ghost is 25 when he appears to Frank.

What happens to Jamie's 2nd wife? ›

However, after some convincing from his sister Jenny Murray (Laura Donnelly), Jamie married Laoghaire. Sadly, their relationship didn't work out and before long she moved out with the pair estranged.

Did Claire see Jamie's ghost? ›

Indeed, Frank has seen what appears to be the ghost of his wife's other husband, an 18th-century Scotsman named Jamie Fraser, whom Claire meets after she travels back in time.

Where was Fraser's Ridge supposed to be? ›

According to Diana Gabaldon, the author of the books the show is based on, Fraser's Ridge is located "up near Boone and Blowing Rock." But scenes set in the U.S. are primarily filmed in Scotland, and Scottish woods stand in for northwest North Carolina for much of filming.

Why does Fraser's Ridge burn? ›

On December 21, 1776, the house is burglarized by Wendigo Donner and a group of his accomplices. They break one of the containers with Claire's highly flammable ether. When Young Ian lights a match, the house goes up in flames and burns down overnight.

What is the age difference between Claire and Jamie Fraser in Outlander? ›

Claire Fraser was born on October 20, 1918.

That would make her 27-and-a-half at the time she and Jamie meet in the books, while Jamie's barely 22. This would make Claire five and a half years older than Jamie.

Is Fergus a time traveler? ›

For now, though, it appears both Fergus and Marsali aren't time travellers with actors Lyle and Domboy addressing this in an Instagram live Q&A from earlier this year.

Does Fergus know that Claire is a time traveler? ›

Fergus apparently knows Claire is a time traveler in Outlander. Diana Gabaldon mentions now and then on social media that Fergus knows Claire is a time traveler. This is something that happens off-book in the series. Fergus and Marsali have both learned the truth, which is important for later books.

Who kills Jack Randall in Outlander? ›

Captain Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall (played by Tobias Menzies) passed many seasons ago. The evil villain died at the Battle of Culloden at the hands of Highlander Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan).

Is Malva evil in Outlander? ›

The hubbub surrounding the impending arrival of Malva Christie on Fraser's Ridge has been rather ominous, but I'm here to tell you, despite everything that might go down in Season 6, Malva Christie is not a villain.

Why did they cut Claires hair on Outlander? ›

It began in the form of a bad haircut, after Malva and housekeeper Mrs Bug cut Claire's hair off to ease the fever. Poor Claire.

Does Malva betray Claire? ›

We caught up with Jessica Reynolds to ask about Malva's bloody end, what her motives in accusing Jamie were, and why she was driven to betray Claire after seemingly coming to see her as a mother figure.

What disease did Malva give Claire? ›

It all began with an epidemic of sickness on the Ridge, which Claire diagnoses as amoebic dysentery. Before long she's fallen ill herself, and, while in a feverish state, she – and us viewers – glimpse Malva comforting a devastated Jamie.

Why did Malva cut off Claire's hair? ›

The haircutting was part of the process. Malva wanted to make Claire undesirable. She wanted to make Jamie turn to her instead of to his wife. We can get a sense of that from the way Claire worried about Jamie seeing her with the short, jagged hair.

Why does Malva spy on Claire and Jamie? ›

She's never seemed curious about the intimacies of a couple before. This suggests that she's up to something. Watching the two gives her information to use in the future.

Does Claire find out the truth about Malva? ›

In the end, she realizes that Malva is lying, but how does she come to that conclusion? When Malva comes to the Frasers to share that her baby is Jamie's, Claire walks out. She initially wonders whether it is possible.

Why does Malva know about Jamie's scars? ›

In the TV series, we get to see how Malva knows all about Jamie's scars. She spies on Claire and Jamie when they're in the barn, which is going to lead to all of his scars on show. The TV show gave us this scene so that it would clear up questions later on.

What did Claire whisper to Randall? ›

“I curse you. I curse you with knowledge, Jack Randall. I give you the hour of your death. Jonathan Wolverton Randall, Born Sept 3rd, 1705, dies…” she whispers in his ear, and suddenly he knows that she's telling him the truth.

Who is the man with the emerald in Outlander? ›

And since one needs a gemstone to travel through time, we can guess what he wants with that emerald. Although we only see the back of his head, we can safely assume that this man is Wendigo Donner, the same man who abducted Claire at the end of season 5 (he wasn't among the men who assaulted her).

Will there be a 10th Outlander book? ›

When is Outlander book 10 coming out? While promoting Bees, Gabaldon told Town & Country that she's already started writing the sequel. “On top of the pile would be the beginnings of book 10,” she said in December 2021.

Who does Jamie cheat on Claire with? ›

Jamie does admit he's slept with someone else, telling her about his one-night tryst with Mary MacNab (Emma Campbell-Jones) before he turned himself in to authorities following the Battle of Culloden nearly 20 years prior.

Does Jamie whip Claire? ›

About half way through the book, the protagonist, Claire, is violently beaten by her lover/husband, Jamie, as punishment for endangering him and his clan.

How did Claire bring Jamie back to life? ›

She strips off her nightdress, lies naked on top of Jamie, and then reaches down and gives him a hand job, which causes him to miraculously revive.

How does Master Raymond know Claire is his descendant? ›

His descendants–a few of whom he meets now and then in his travels–have the blue light about them, too; in large degree or small, depending on their talents. So he knows Claire, when he sees her, as one of his great-great, etc. grand-daughters.

Is Comte St Germain a time traveler? ›

As a time traveler, he has lived during the 1630s and possibly other eras. He first attempts to travel forward beyond his own projected lifetime in 1778, with the help of Master Raymond.

Does Claire ever see Master Raymond? ›

In 1744, Master Raymond met Claire Fraser for the first time in Paris and recognized her as being one of his descendants. Claire confronts Raymond after she is poisoned with bitter cascara demanding to know who he has sold it to.

Was it Jamie watching Claire in window? ›

Jamie was watching Claire from the window on Outlander

Yes, it was Jamie. It doesn't matter what theories you have for other characters. My husband had the theory that it was Rupert or Angus at one point because he'd been watching Claire for so long before Claire married Jamie. But no, it was most definitely Jamie.

Why doesn't Claire wear Jamie's ring on her left hand? ›

It makes more sense in the book, because Claire left Frank's ring on during the ceremony and that's why she wore Jamie's father's ring (and later her silver wedding band) on her right hand.

What did Claire see at Loch Ness? ›

Loch Ness and the Loch Ness Monster

Claire and Frank hire a local guide to take them out on the loch early on in the first book and in Chapter 19 Claire sees 'the Loch Ness monster'. In a later book she tells her daughter's boyfriend that she thinks she saw a plesiosaur, a long necked dinosaur.

How many babies do Claire and Jamie have? ›

Jamie marries Claire to keep her from falling into the hands of the evil Captain "Black Jack" Randall. They have one child, Faith, who doesn't survive birth; an adopted son named Fergus; and a daughter, Brianna.

What happens to Jamie when Claire marries John GREY? ›

At the start of the eighth book, Jamie reveals that he is alive. He had been on another ship with Jenny. He does find out that Claire and John married, and it ends his friendship with John.

What did Claire see in the water? ›

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The group camps near Loch Ness, and Claire wanders down to the water's edge to wash her face before supper. While she's washing up, a little Loch Ness monster comes up and says hi. (We're not joking.) It doesn't speak, but it lets Claire pet it.

Does Jamie ever go through the stones? ›

Only those with the "travel gene" can go through the stones. Jamie doesn't have it.

Who did Frank see outside Claire's window? ›

In the very first episode of Outlander, Frank Randall passes by a mysterious man in a beret. The audience never sees the man's face, but his Scottish kilt and the fact that he's seen staring up at Claire Fraser through a window implies that he's none other than Jamie Fraser, Claire's husband from the 18th century.

Are Jamie and Claire in season 7 of Outlander? ›

Claire and Jamie will be returning in season 7 of Outlander.

Is there a series 7 of Outlander on Netflix? ›

Outlander season 6 is either on or will be on Netflix in most regions worldwide over the next couple of years, with a seventh season on the way too. Here's the full Netflix release schedule for Outlander seasons 6 and 7.

Where can I watch Outlander season 7? ›

Where can I watch and stream Outlander Season 7 on TV and online? When it premieres, the new season of Outlander will air on STARZ and the STARZ app, most likely premiering new episodes on Sunday nights. Previous seasons of Outlander are currently available to stream through Amazon, the STARZ app and Hulu.

Who does Claire marry after Jamie? ›

When Claire returns to Scotland in the 17th century, she eventually becomes stepmother to Jamie's son by Geneva Dunsany, William Ransom, and his stepdaughter, Marsali MacKimmie Fraser, from his marriage to Laoghaire MacKenzie. She is later married to Lord John Grey.

Is Claire supposed to be older than Jamie in Outlander? ›

Claire is about four years older than Jamie in Outlander

She was born on Oct. 20, 1918. It was 1945 when she fell through the stones, and she would have been turning 27 that year. In the show, she has already turned 27 by the time she falls through the stones as the series is set in October rather than May at first.

Who was the Highlander outside Claire's window? ›

"The ghost is Jamie–but as for how it fits into the story, All Will Be Explained—in the last book," Gabaldon writes in the FAQ section of her website. She's also revealed that the Outlander series will likely have ten books total, and the ninth, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, debuted in 2021.

Will there be an Outlander 8? ›

Why won't Outlander Season 8 happen? The main deciding factor between cancellation and renewal is ratings. While STARZ doesn't work the same as broadcast networks because it doesn't rely on advertisers, ratings are still important. The network needs to know just how many people are watching the show.

How historically accurate is Outlander? ›

“The history/historical detail in the books is as accurate as history is—i.e., what people wrote down wasn't always either complete or accurate, but they did write it down,” she tells Parade.com exclusively.

Will Sam Heughan be in season 7 Outlander? ›

The main cast is set to return for a 7th season.

Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser), Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall), and Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield) are all set to reprise their roles.

Who will play in season 7 of Outlander? ›

'Outlander' Casts Charles Vandervaart as William Ransom, Jamie Fraser's Son, for Season 7.

Is there a 10th Outlander book? ›

Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone: A Novel (Outlander Book 9) Gabaldon previously shared (and recently confirmed to T&C) that the 10th book will most likely be the end of Jamie and Claire's story—but it won't be her final text in the extended Outlander universe.

What does the Outlander mean? ›

: a person who belongs to another region, culture, or group : foreigner, stranger.

Does Lord John Grey know Claire is from the future? ›

For instance, Lord John Grey learns the truth about Claire, Brianna, and Roger... though he has a hard time believing it. And speaking of Roger and Brianna, they get into their own time-travel trouble — Roger with his ancestor Buck and Brianna with Rob Cameron.

Where is Outlander filmed? ›

Most of the series is shot in Scotland, and every site is worthy of a glorious story, well-told. For any devotee of this extraordinary series, travelling to Scotland is truly a remarkable journey of amazing pleasure and joy.

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