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Hidden between the lines of the history books is the story of Mary Stuart, the young woman the world would come to know as Mary, Queen of Scots. Queen of Scotland since she was six days old, the teenage Mary is already a headstrong monarch - beautiful, passionate, and poised at the very beginning of her tumultuous rise to power. Arriving in France with four close friends as her more
... ladies-in-waiting, Mary has been sent to secure Scotland's strategic alliance by formalizing her arranged engagement to the French king's dashing son, Prince Francis. But the match isn't signed and sealed, it depends more on politics, religion and secret agendas than affairs of the heart. Prince Francis is intrigued by the fiery Scot, but like most young men, he resists the idea of settling down into marriage, especially when he has a history with a lady of the court and his own point of view on the wisdom of an alliance with Scotland. Still, an attraction between Mary and Francis is ignited. Further complicating things is Bash, Francis' roguish half-brother, who has a history of his own - despite his illegitimate birth, Bash is his father's favorite. And now that Bash has caught Mary's eye, a royal triangle may be forming. While at French Court, fierce foes and dark forces conspire to sabotage Mary's marriage to Francis and even threaten her life, until a mysterious shrouded guide becomes her ally. With danger and sexual intrigue around every dark castle corner, Mary rallies her ladies-in-waiting and steels herself, ready to rule the new land and balance the demands of her country and her heart.
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  • Safe Passage

    Safe Passage

    Was it just me or was anyone else sort of side-eyeing last week's promo of Reign Season 3 Episode 15 since the clip made it seem like Mary was back in Scotland but tonight she most certainly was not back in Scotland?

    We should've known it wouldn't be that easy for her to return home.

    On the plus side, Bash is definitely going to Scotland with Mary. But he probably can't ever return to France, so that's not so great for him. Not that he probably wants to return now that he knows his mother is dead, his father is dead, and the brother to whom he was closest is also gone. 

    Kenna got pregnant with another man's baby. Delphine was murdered.

    He tried to strangle the Queen Regent with his bare hands and probably isn't too high up in her books since on top of that he went into full BURN IT DOWN mode and let Claude and Charles know about Catherine's little scheme with Duke Boinel.

    Sure, he killed Christophe and put an end to...


  • To The Death

    To The Death

    Will Mary EVER actually make it back to Scotland, y'all? History tells us yes, and so do the previews for next week's episode, but we've spent a long, long time now awaiting the moment when Mary goes home. 

    Reign Season 3 Episode 14 was another episode dedicated to trying to figure out a way to get Mary home and Mary might want to try and figure out what the Vatican has up its sleeve because did they seriously just hand her all the money she needs after trying to kill her the first time they helped?

    Weird plot inconsistencies like that one aside, tonight's episode sucked me back in. Why? Two words:

    Burning. Embers.

    Mary helped Greer (who helped Mary) by having Greer's husband, Lord Aloysius Castleroy, broken out of prison so that he and Greer could change their identities and ride off into the French sunset together and live happily-ish ever after with him raising a pirate's baby.

    He was reluctant because he thought G...


  • Strange Bedfellows

    Strange Bedfellows

    Never underestimate a queen. That's the takeaway from Reign Season 3 Episode 13 (and from the entire series, if you want to get technical). 

    Once Mary knew the Vatican planned to have Elizabeth killed and that she would be next on their chopping block, she set about dismantling their plan and did so at the expense of her own heart. 

    We're in a part of history that just isn't all that interesting right now, so the main goings-on of court are only marginally entertaining. The sub-stories and secondary characters of Reign Season 3 are proving far more intriguing than Mary and Elizabeth's constant battle for the throne (of different albeit warring nations).

    In short, Mary and Gideon uncovered the Vatican's plot to assassinate both Elizabeth and Mary herself only to install Joseph Tudor on the throne. Robert Dudley took credit with Elizabeth once the Vatican had Gideon arrested. 

    Catherine, with Mary's intercession, came up with a...


  • No Way Out

    No Way Out

    After an extended hiatus, we're back to the shenanigans of both the French and English courts, and WOW is there a lot of intrigue and double-crossing happening right now. (And yes, I know it returned for Reign Season 3 Episode 11, but I didn't know that last week so please forgive me.)

    Reign Season 3 Episode 12 found Mary questioning whether she's willing to cause her cousin's assassination in order to reclaim her throne.

    Her short answer? "Eh...about that..."

    It didn't take long for Mary to figure out that once she accepts Elizabeth's proposal and the Vatican offs Elizabeth, Mary's head won't be far behind. They want a man in power because patriarchy! Those silly women aren't fit to lead, what with their whimsy and passion!?!?

    Ugh. Those guys.

    Mary's compassion and desire to get what she wants, without taking lives she doesn't have to take, is one of the reasons people trust her. Most of the time it doesn't ...


  • Forbidden


    Well, isn't Conde a popular guy?

    He's far more popular than marriage. Given that Royals (or women) can loose everything if they commit adultery, they sure don't have all that much interest in the sanctity of marriage, do they?

    It's almost hard to remember that the setting is France and under the keen eye of the Pope. Sure, Francis took care of him and drove the Catholic soldiers out of the country, but that doesn't mean they'd be happy to learn of the goings on in the realm nonetheless. There isn't a happy marriage in the castle at the moment.

    Marie de Guise was in town for her brother's funeral on Reign Season 2 Episode 15 and while there she took the time to clash with sullen Mary. She pointed out how important it is to have a child to secure her reign. 

    Mary was angry and felt put upon, something she does quite frequently. The only person she can stand to be around for more than a minute is Conde. Her husband loves her, car...


  • Reversal of Fortune

    Reversal of Fortune

    Reversal of Fortune was an hour to be cheered, as Reign Season 2 Episode 18 finally made Queen Mary confront her choices - her treacherous, selfish, ill-made, disloyal choices.

    We can also heave a collective sigh of relief, because the King lives!  

    I can't say Mary caught all the hell I wanted her to, but the scene where Catherine brought her royal rage down upon her daughter-in-law was one that made me holler at the TV in support. I even watched it again for pure pleasure's sake! Megan Follows is a goddess.

    Her ferocity is unmatched. I could feel her energy ripple out of my television and across my arms. I imagine acting across from her is rather like being near a live wire. 

    Nostradamus always said that you would be the cause of my son's death. I never imagined you'd kill him by breaking his heart.

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  • Abandoned


    I think a better title for Reign Season 2 Episode 19 would be Fallen rather than "Abandoned."

    You've got fallen soldiers, fallen women, fallen trust and just maybe...a fallen head. Let's take it from the start.

    When it was first revealed that Conde had been absent for WEEKS and then returned I had a near conniption. What do you mean he was gone and then had the audacity to come back? You need only see everyone else's reactions to see they felt the same way. 

    Well, everyone except for Mary who felt like she was dying with Conde gone. <Insert eye roll so violent you see nothing but the white's of my eyes.>

    First Lola and Kenna point out how things would be better with his continued absence and then Francis sweetly offers Mary his protection when she starts feeling anxious over the hostage situation. I mean, his eyes went all soft, his voice was low and protective. You could see the love. And then he saw HIM.

    The ho...


  • Bruises That Lie

    Bruises That Lie

    For an episode featuring shockingly few scenes with Catherine de Medici, the Queen mother certainly figured prominently on Reign Season 3 Episode 10.

    Narcisse is out, and Catherine's back on top! It only took one borderline insane plan to make it happen. And yeah, it's totally better that Mary doesn't know. I'm not even sure if I want to know.

    But I do know. And so do you. And when Claude finds out? Hooboy.

    Narcisse got into Charles' ear and convinced Charles to force Claude to marry Duke Boinel because France needed Boinel's gold. 

    "It's okay," Narcisse said! "He's totes a good man! Promise!" And then he backhanded Claude across the face on their wedding night prompting her to give him the ol' three-punch knockout before angrily throwing her wedding ring at him and yelling "I AM A PRINCESS!"

    I hated that girl when she first appeared, but damn. Claude's growing on me. 

    As it turns out, Duke Boinel was


  • Wedlock


    If there had been even one dead body on tonight's Reign Season 3 Episode 9, we could've called the episode "three weddings and a funeral." 

    I mean, we had a body, but it wasn't exactly one that helped Mary very much, or Elizabeth either for that matter. 

    You win some, you lose more, right?

    For starters, Elizabeth is pregnant. Dudley's wife throws herself over a railing in their country home to make it appear as if her husband has killed her so that when he tries to announce his plan to marry Elizabeth, the entire country will turn against them both.

    Silly Robert Dudley! Never mess with a scorned woman!

    Speaking of women, Delphine has now, it seems, taken the former village murderer's bloodlust onto herself. She refuses to leave Bash's chambers knowing that by staying put she's protecting all of the people out there she might kill.

    Thus concludes the parts of tonight about characters we either 1) don't care about at all...


  • Our Undoing

    Our Undoing

    Remember that time the prince of Spain asked Mary to participate in a little masochism, and she agreed but invited Catherine along for the ride because she didn't think she could handle it and then everything went bananas and Don Carlos got stabbed in the head?

    Reign Season 3 Episode 8 picked up immediately after that moment with Mary and Catherine in the tunnels, frantically trying to figure out how not to get caught.

    God, I love it when these two scheme together.

    As much as I have a love-hate thing with Catherine de Medici, there's nothing I love about her more than when she's concocting some plan to keep herself out of trouble. Even if it means killing the prince of Spain with a wash cloth.

    She's best when she's being wily, and her efforts to prove her own innocence were top notch tonight.

    Narcisse usurped Catherine as Regent, and someone framed her for Francis' death saying the Queen Mother had murdered her own son i...



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