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3 Seasons, 63 Episodes

Genre: History / Drama / Soap /

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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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  • Bruises That Lie

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    Bruises That Lie

    For an episode featuring shockingly few scenes with Catherine de Medici, the Queen mother certainly figured prominently in 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. 

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  • Wedlock

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    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 ...
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  • Our Undoing

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    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 in...
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  • Games and Toys Cause Problems

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    Games and Toys Cause Problems It's time to suspend belief! Reign is on! Will we have more love affairs tonight? Will Reign have another attack on Mary? Will Lola find out just what a creep Narcisse is? Will Bash ever find true love? Can Mary move beyond Francis? One thing for sure! None of these will be answered tonight. If they were, there wouldn't be a need for Reign to be questioning everything.

    It's Time for a Queen!

    Mary has heard a rumor that Elizabeth is a man. (Oh, please, not that again.) Well, Don Carlos will not talk of Liz while courting Mary and wants to play "hound and hare." Mary turns him down which surprises Carlos. Seriously Carlos, anyone could see that you were going to be the hound and Mary would suffer for it. Wait. Wasn't he a child at this time in history?(Knowledge is suspended.)

    Catherine is working her magic trying to get the votes to be made regent. Well, with her skills, I'm sure she'll find a way. Even though...
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  • The Hound and the Hare

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    The Hound and the Hare

    This winter finale business is totally cramping our TV style, people. Reign Season 3 Episode 7 had all the momentum and intrigue the previous episode lacked, and now the show doesn't return until January 8th.

    At which time it will finish part of a run and then get bumped off the schedule until whenever the CW sees fit to put it back into the rotation. Greeaaaaaat​.

    Tonight was really, really good. The kind of Reign that leaves me wanting more and more, when right now it feels like we're doomed to get less and less.

    Let's talk about Don Carlos.

    The prince of Spain, the man who dared ask Elizabeth to show him what's under her skirt in order to dispel rumors that she might actually be a man, was hiding a few secrets of his own. He has a thing for letting women take control, which is a talent both Mary and Elizabeth seem to possess. His desire has scared off more than one potential bride, and Catherine, ever the one to roll up her...
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  • Fight or Flight

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    Fight or Flight

    Here's what I want to know. Are we going to need tissues and waterproof mascara for every episode of Reign for the rest of the season? Because Reign Season 3 Episode 6 definitely made me cry once or twice. Or maybe even three times. 

    And not because Bash STILL doesn't have anything to do. This whole Dead Francis thing is just SAD.

    Dear Elizabeth and England, no one cares that you're losing Dudley. Signed, ALL OF THE REIGN FANDOM.

    Seriously. Does anyone out there care AT ALL about what's happening with that bitter beyotch across the pond? No. No one. She's just being selfish and going to war and making Amy the Keeper of Swans and sending Blackburn to break Mary's heart (again) because she's bored.

    Meanwhile, Mary's grieving the loss of her one true love AND putting her country into a precarious political climate in order to support a woman who would have seen her dead simply because it's the right thing to do for France. If Elizabeth is s...
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  • Mary's Loss is Catherine's Gain

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    Mary's Loss is Catherine's Gain Last time on Reign, we said a sad goodbye to Francis. He dodged a bullet with his health, but he couldn't withstand the sword. Reign is always about queens, so we know that Mary is no longer officially Queen of France. Will she move her Reign to Scotland? Will she remarry?


    Is France in Trouble?
    There's always a problem in a kingdom when a child wears the crown. Enter Charles with Nash, who have a brotherly talk in this episode, "Fight or Flight." Excuse me. Lord Grenier reminds us that it is Sebastian (Nash) and he has no power. Instead, the Privy Council has sent Charles a gift: a dog. Hmm! I wonder about this choice of a gift. This is a gift for a child, not a teen.


    Meanwhile, Mary and her women are disposing of Francis' clothes. (Well, it had to be done.) Mary does keep one of his coats but admits to Greer that she feels like the outsider she is. What can change this? Enter Nash, who nee...
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  • Nostradamus' One Last Vision Brings Grief When a Hero Falls

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    Nostradamus' One Last Vision Brings Grief When a Hero Falls The question that Reign fans should be asking tonight is: will we lose Francis? I'll add a suggestion here. Let's bring Francis back as Lord Darnley! And what "great price" (yeah, a Once Upon a Time reference) did Mary have to pay on Reign for Francis' return from death? Will any of these questions be answered?

    We open will Mary at her prayers. While she's happy she has Francis with her, she really doesn't have any concern for her mum's death. It was a nice touch that costumers dressed her in the royal white for French mourning. I guess she doesn't care about Scotland.

    Mary's Happiness

    Mary sends a note to her uncle as Richard, English ambassador, arrives full of condolences from his Queen. That's not all. He offers peace if Mary will do two things. Like that's all Elizabeth wants, right? Granted, they are big. Lizzy wants all the troops gone from Scotland and Mary to renounce her claim on England's throne. T...
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  • In a Clearing

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    In a Clearing

    Never has there ever felt like a bigger middle finger to a fandom than what just transpired on Reign Season 3 Episode 5.

    Okay, so sure, there have been bigger middle fingers given, but the feels, you guys. They're real and very, very heavy right now. Think of any metaphor you can for "really terrible turn of events" and insert it here because that's what just happened during "In a Clearing."

    Last week we watched as Francis died and Delphine saved his life with the universe taking Marie de Guise in exchange. Mary, ever the practical realist, didn't feel sad over her mother's passing. Marie was, after all, in poor health. Losing her mother to save her husband? Meh. Easy choice for Mary.

    We all should have known that Francis' second chance would be short lived, and I know I can't speak for everyone, but I totally held out hope that we wouldn't watch him die tonight and then we did and now I'm incredibly sad and angry and whatever the rest of the seven...
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  • The Price

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    The Price

    Was that...is that it? Did King Francis just die but not really die on Reign Season 3 Episode 4?

    Are we getting some sort of colossal fake-out where showrunner Laurie McCarthy gave that heartbreaking interview saying Francis would die this season because they're sticking with history even though literally no one who watches this show watches for its historical accuracy?

    And then they just...faked us all out? I'm sincerely hoping so, because if we just sat through a death and resurrection only to lose Toby Regbo in three or four more episodes, there's going to be some cranky Reign fans here soon.

    Pretty much the only part of this episode that really mattered happened at the very end. The rest of it? Meh. It'll probably be relevant in future episodes, but WOW were there a lot of scenes in "The Price." 

    No, but really. A LOT of scenes. One of which was 30 seconds long and only featured Bash pulling back his shirt. I mean, I'm not c...
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