Outlander season 6: Who is the father of Malva Christie’s baby?

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Following coronavirus delays, Outlander season six is finally in the process of filming. The new series will be using material primarily from Diana Gabaldon’s novel A Breath of Snow and Ashes but could also feature other material. Series six is also going to be featuring an explosive storyline with a new character called Malva Christie, whose arrival at Fraser’s Ridge will rock Jamie (played by Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) to the core.

Who is the father of Malva Christie’s baby in Outlander season 6?

WARNING: This article contains major spoilers from the Outlander novels and potential season 6 spoilers

Actor Heughan has confirmed the Malva storyline is going to be playing out in season six, following speculation about whether the show would skip this dramatic chapter altogether.

Speaking in a behind-the-scenes video from Outlander’s official Instagram actor, the actor said: “Obviously, we have to dress a lot of people because there are many, many more settlers coming to Fraser’s Ridge.”

He went on to explain: “There’s a new character but he’s not so new to Jamie. Actually, in Ardsmuir, Tom Christie is one of Jamie’s ancient foes.

“He comes to Fraser’s Ridge and tries to take a bit of power actually. So there’s a bit of a power play and his daughter becomes a very, very special part of this story. I can’t give away more.”

Although viewers of the series have yet to meet Malva, she is well-known to those familiar with the books and who have read ahead.

In the novels, Malva is Claire’s apprentice at the surgery and the time traveller even takes the young woman under her wing.

But Malva seems to take Claire’s kindness for granted after she falls pregnant and claims the child has been fathered by Jamie.

To make matters worse, Malva even tries to poison Claire and pass it off as the wave of dysentery sweeping up the Ridge and killing people.

Claire is left perilously close to death with Malva humiliating her surrogate mother further by shaving her head after pretending it was done to lower her temperature.

Luckily, Claire figures out in time her symptoms aren’t the same as those who have perished and discovers Malva is behind her malady.

Malva had several relationships with men at the Ridge including Young Ian Murray (John Bell), who says the child could have been his.

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Another possibility is fellow settler Bobby Higgins (David Trickett), who is already married.

Jamie, however, is not the father of the child given his devotion to his wife Claire.

Malva only names Jamie because she was desperate and knew the Highlander would take pity on her, offering shelter to the young unmarried mother.

In the books, before things can get much further, Malva turns up dead with her unborn baby also perishing despite Claire’s attempts to save the infant.

Whether the producers are going to follow this storyline closely remains to be seen but given the plot is so considerable and leads to much tumult, it’s highly likely to play out in a similar manner on screen.

Malva and her father Tom are certainly going to be shaking things up at the Ridge particularly with Jamie now having something of a rival to contend with.

In the novels, Tom is depicted as being in love with Claire and again this is likely to cause more tension.

Either way, Malva’s fate isn’t looking great in the show if the novels are anything to go by.

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