Malva Christie Met Her Tragic Fate in Season 6, Episode 6 of 'Outlander' — What Happened?

Leila Kozma - Author

Jun. 17 2023, Updated 11:30 a.m. ET

Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for Seasons 6 and 7 of Outlander.

A deadly disease rears its ugly head in Season 6, Episode 6 of the Outlander. Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe), Malva Christie (Jessica Reynolds), and others head over to the MacNeil family home to carry out a direly needed check-up. They soon learn that the MacNeils caught the illness. But worse things occur in the episode. What happens to Malva? Who kills her?

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Malva Christie was found dead in a new episode of 'Outlander.' What happened?

Season 6, Episode 6 of Outlander begins with a few scenes exploring a bloody flux outbreak. Claire tries to assume responsibility and help the MacNeil family, who has come down with the horrible illness. She soon falls ill as well.

Malva Christie is one of the people looking after Claire while she is feeling low. Things quickly take a new turn between the two, however. What goes down in the episode? Did someone kill Malva?

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Malva stirs up a remarkable amount of drama in the episode. She and Mrs. Bug (Sarah Collier) decide to give Claire a haircut to improve her health condition. In other words, Claire has to fight the illness and grow to accept her new look.

The illness doesn't drive a wedge between Claire and Jamie (Sam Heughan). They have a heart-warming conversation while Claire is still bedridden.

One time-jump later — the episode jumps ahead a few weeks — Malva accuses Jamie of having fathered her baby while Claire was out of it. Claire has a fever dream suggesting a similar turn of events. In the same episode, Jamie tells Claire that he slept with a woman named Mary McNab (Emma Campbell-Jones) in the past.

Claire ends up slapping Malva — but the worst is yet to come.

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Did Claire kill Malva in Season 6, Episode 6 of 'Outlander'?

Later in the episode, Claire takes some ether to mitigate the emotional turmoil brought on by the flashbacks featuring Lionel Brown (Ned Dennehy). This is when all hell breaks loose. Malva appears to her in another vision. She tries to convince her that she won't be able to keep Jamie.

Claire has a dream in which she stabs Malva. She then wakes up and finds Malva's dead body in the garden. Claire tries to perform a cesarean section to save Malva's baby.

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So did Claire kill Malva?

In Season 7, Claire is accused of killing Malva, but if the series follows the books on which it is based, then ultimately it will not be Claire who did the deadly deed.

Instead, although their father Thomas Christie confesses to the crime at first, Allan Christie (Alexander Vlahos), who yes, is Malva's half-brother, killed her — and the reason is just as stomach churning.

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Who is the father of Malva's baby in 'Outlander'?

If you're putting two and two together, you may have guessed that Allan is the father of Malva's baby. He sexually assaulted her, resulting in a pregnancy that she wanted to reveal to Claire, but to avoid the shame on him, Allan murdered her.

We'll have to see if the show strictly follows the book series as Season 7 plays out.

Catch new episodes of Outlander every Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on Starz.

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