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3 Seasons, 63 Episodes

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Chronicles the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. It details the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue.
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  • Spiders in a Jar

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    Spiders in a Jar

    At one point this season, it seemed quite possible there would be no Reign Season 4. After this season finale, Reign Season 3 Episode 18, I am gutted, heartbroken, and then gutted again. 

    And I'm also totally ready for Reign Season 4 and finding out exactly where this series is going now that Mary is all alone.

    If you've read just about any of my other reviews, particularly of CW shows, you know that I have beef with the fact that literally no one ever gets to be happy. Someone is always breaking up with someone else, running away, being, I don't know, kidnapped, or dying. 

    Tonight we got not one, but TWO gut-wrenching deaths, and I don't even know what life is right now.

    Lola is dead. Lola is dead, and I cannot even.

    I clasped my hands over my mouth and right now I sort of feel tears welling up in my eyes over a completely fictional character. I want to cry for her, for John, for her renewed relationship with Narcisse,...
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  • Intruders

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    Intruders

    All hail Mary, Queen of Scots! Avenger of Francis! Reclaimer of her throne!

    In the final moments of Reign Season 3 Episode 17, Mary burst through the castle at Edinburgh (which, did that seem too easy to anyone else?) and reclaimed her throne, much to the dismay of Protestant John Knox who was thisclose to having the entire Scottish monarchy dissolved.

    Y'all, Mary was a badass tonight. Determined, fierce, courageous, and reassuring, plus about a dozen other adjectives if I had time to list them all. 

    It was obvious that Munro was going to recognize her somehow, either through having seen her portrait or just through assumption. That her sword, Francis' gift to her, would be the thing which gave her away wasn't something I expected.

    Nor did I expect that she would stab him in the jugular with her necklace, but that? That was pretty epic. I appreciated her calm bravery and how upon walking into the room she immediately bega...
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  • Clans

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    Clans

    A shipwreck, a traitor, and a friend would have been an excellent alternate title for Reign Season 3 Episode 16, but sure. We'll go with "Clans." 

    Mary, Bash, and Narcisse made it semi-safely onto the Scottish shore. Charles learned he can't always trust his highborn friends. And Lola learned the value of friendship. 

    The shipwreck Mary experienced was a pretty nasty one. Immediately upon waking, her eyes lit upon a group of men on the beach killing those who survived. Narcisse grabbed her and together they watched as Bash was nearly killed but then rescued by Druids. 

    The minute Narcisse distrusted the Druids because of their Wicker Man effigy I knew they would be the good guys in this narrative. Plus, Bash just sort of has a way of attracting the magical elements of this show, you know? His pagan roots just draw the mystical energy. 

    I was definitely afraid for Bash during the storm at the end of the previous episode as I didn't...
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  • Safe Passage

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    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 tho...
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  • To The Death

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    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 Gre...
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  • Strange Bedfellows

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    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 plan...
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  • No Way Out

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    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 bl...
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  • Forbidden

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    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, cares ...
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  • Reversal of Fortune

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    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.

    Catherine
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  • Abandoned

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    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 hope ...
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