Outlander: Caitriona Balfe discusses tonsillectomy scene
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Filming for season six of Outlander is currently underway but it has been confirmed Claire Fraser (played by Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) will be welcoming three new faces to the Ridge, one of which will be Malva Christie (Jessica Reynolds). Fans of the books by Diana Gabaldon know Malva is taken under Claire’s wing and trains as a surgical apprentice. But with Marsali (Lauren Lyle) already by Claire’s side, could this mean an exit is on the cards?
Marsali was shocked when Claire presented her with a dead body in season five and declared she would teach her medical skills.
However she was a fast-learner and has helped Claire heal many of the settlers on the Ridge.
Reflecting on the moment Marsali was approached by Claire, showrunner Matthew B Roberts explained: “There was something in this episode that we loved it in the book but we knew we weren’t going to be able to do it the exact same way is Claire performing an autopsy.
“We didn’t think we were going to be able to get to it where it fits in with our arc.
“So we brought it forward and had her do it as a part of her trying to figure out how do I help people, well one of the ways of doing that is finding out what’s going on with them.
“So she performs and autopsy. We also wanted to create more story for Marsali so we brought her on as Claire’s apprentice throughout a portion of this season. “
He added: “The dynamics between the two of them really worked out nicely.”
Executive producer Maril Davies commented: “It’s a perfect job for Marsali and we know obviously Brianna does not like blood and isn’t really someone Claire could take under her wings in that way.”
“Right now, Marsali and Claire are getting closer as they go and this is one of the things bringing Marsali on as an apprentice will help see Claire in a different light and help claire see Marsali in a different light,” Matthew continued.
“Given enough chance she can blossom.”
Maril added: “Obviously I think Marsali struggles with her relationship with Claire because we know her mother is Laoghaire, Laoghaire and Claire have a horrible relationship.
“So Marsali struggles with her love for her mother and her love for Claire who’s her substitute mum and took her under her wing.”
Fans know at the end of season five, Marsali was heavily pregnant with her third child with Fergus (Cesar Tomboy), so Malva could assist Claire will she has her baby and recovers.
There’s also the chance that Marsali and Fergus move away from the Ridge if the new series follows the storyline in the books by Diana.
Or it could simply be that Malva pushes Marsali out of the way and proves to Claire she is a better apprentice.
Could this mean viewers have to wave goodbye to Marsali and Fergus?
Actress Lauren has previously teased a big storyline for Marsali and Fergus is coming up.
“I mean, there’s stuff I can’t really talk about,” she told TV Line.
“I do know some stuff is going to happen with them next season that’s very much them together, so that will happen, but it’ll be a totally different situation to what you’ve seen them in before.”
Outlander seasons 1-5 are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video and Starz now.
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