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Why don’t Jamie Fraser and Tom Christie get along in Outlander?

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Tom Christie is coming into Outlander in Season 6. He and Jamie aren’t friends, but why is that? Here’s a look before the premiere airs.

When it comes to the people from Ardsmuir, we’ve seen how they look up to Jamie Fraser. That’s not the case with one of the new characters coming into Outlander in Season 6.

Tom Christie will be introduced into the story in the premiere. It’s immediately clear that there is tension between the two of them. Jamie doesn’t really want Tom to come to the Ridge, but it’s not like he could say anyone but Tom on the listing, right?

We’ll get a flashback in the Season 6 premiere, which is going to explain things clearly. We’ll see exactly why they didn’t get along, but also what Jamie did to help smooth tensions while in the prison. But let’s take a look at what we know already (and not just from the book but from the promotional material).

It’s mostly about religion on Outlander

As with anything in the past, Tom and Jamie not getting along has a lot to do with religion. Jamie is Catholic while Tom is Protestant. The two sides don’t get along, even though Tom did side with the Jacobites. We have to remember that the Jacobites weren’t all Catholic. They weren’t even all Scots. They simply had what they thought was the best interest of Scotland at heart.

Tom has his Protestant faction at Ardsmuir. This faction doesn’t get on with the Catholic faction, which Jamie reluctantly becomes the head of when he gets to Ardsmuir Prison. The two quickly end up butting heads as Tom fights for dominance over a man who has earned it from his fellow Jacobites.

Jamie knows that Tom will continue to fight for power on the Ridge. He’ll need to make it clear that it’s his way or the highway for Tom. What will Tom Christie choose to do?

MORE: What to expect in the Outlander Season 6 premiere

What do you hope to see on Outlander Season 6? What do you want to see to explain Tom and Jamie’s relationship? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Outlander Season 6 premieres on Sunday, March 6 on STARZ.