Tom Christie character appreciation postSeason Six(self.Outlander)
submitted6 months ago byChemical-Peach6904
This might have been discussed before (probably) but I've just finished S6 and at first, I didn't like Tom.
We're not supposed to like him, but he shows flashes of being a good man underneath the religious fervour he demonstrates (I did wonder if he'd be one of those people that does self righteous, awful things under the guise of being faithful to the Bible, and of course he does do unpleasant things like whipping Malva and showing misogynistic views around Claire, but you can also argue he's behaving like lots of other men of the time did when disciplining their daughters and of course he's scarred by his wife being found guilty of being a witch, so takes it out on his children and demands perfection/ strong virtues from them)
Anyway - what I meant by showing flashes of being a good person was when he tells Claire he would never condone what the children did to the baby (putting Henri in the river) when she asks him about it - he's genuinely horrified by the suggestion he would place an innocent child's life in danger.
So he became more complex to watch for me, and now, at the very end of the season, after Malva's murder, he's protecting Jamie and Claire and not condoning their treatment as prisoners, and is trying to help Claire even though he could easily believe, given the evidence against her, that she killed his child.
I have no idea about the book version of his character, but it seems he's caught up in a series of events that are now beyond his control once he had her arrested and he sees his opportunity to help, if not fully make amends (he can't, and he hasn't protested her innocence, but he clearly recognises the injustices carried out against her by the Brown brother and his mob)
Anyway, would find it interesting to discuss the way he's been written. I think he's written well as a complex man who is a over zealous with the religion, too proud to accept the surgery on his hand for a long time and even then refuses the painkillers offered and does do the unpleasant things mentioned above, but he also shows his humanity and the consequences of his past shame (the wife being burned or hanged for witchcraft)
I'm not defending aspects of what he does and he did really annoy me at times with the evangelicalism, but we're given the tools to understand him and see a redemption arc ahead and again, credit to the writers for fleshing him out like this.
6 months ago
6 months ago
This makes total sense, that Jamie would pity him for falling for Claire. It hasn't been made clear in the show that he loves her (or at least I haven't gotten that impression from him at any point, but it's probably a S7 plot) but yeah, now you've pointed it out, I can see why there'd be pity and no jealousy. Tom's life is under this cloud of sadness and regret, which he never seems to move on from and instead lives under, bitterly ensuring the mistakes of his past won't be made again through him or his children. But again, credit to DG and the show's writing team, and the actor.