Reign 1×11 Inquisition
It was a battle of the royals last night on Reign. Catherine fought dirty, but Henry fought dirtier. There was blood, baby momma drama, and heads were rolling, literally. Here’s a quick recap before I break down my most shocking moments.
Henry returns to France hell bent on killing Catherine since the Pope refused to see him. Two of Catherine’s Medici relatives come to her rescue, or at least that’s what they intended to do. Henry threw Nostradamus in prison for being the Queen’s lover. Looks like the King is going to take the approach of another famous Henry. Catherine’s still got her resourcefulness though, and she finds out about the baby Bash and Mary have been hiding. Since she knows the only way to save her life now is to get rid of Bash, she confronts Mary about the child. She tells her that if anyone were to find out that Bash was concealing a pagan child the rumors alone would ruin him and that Mary could very well end up on a stake right next to him if she isn’t careful. However, Mary has mustered up some nerve as of late and she tells Catherine it will be difficult to take down her and Bash when she is without her head. The race is on, which queen will take down the other first?
Mary and Bash have another serious heart to heart. Bash warns her once again of the danger she is committing to by trying to marry him. He knows that Catherine is right and that he could be stripped off the throne by any unfavorable rumor. Mary asks if he is trying to say he wants to change his mind. He tells her that he is fully committed but asks her if she thinks the political risk is worth it. Of course Bash pulls out the comparisons to Francis and asks Mary to think about what life would have been like if he had been the Dauphin when she came to court and she was prepared to love him and not Francis. Their conversation get’s interrupted, a common occurrence for them, when Greer tells them that the Medici’s have set off to find the baby. Mary and Bash leave straight away. They beat the Medici’s, but not by much. They have to hide otherwise their lives could be in danger. The Medici’s end up taking the baby, but to the Queen’s dismay the pagan mark has disappeared from its foot.
Now that I’ve recapped all the drama from the front end of the episode, I can move on to the latter end which was filled with one shocking moment after the other.
Jaw dropper number one: Catherine seduces Henry with a trip down memory lane. Turns out the Queen and King were actually in love at one point. Henry gets caught up thinking back on their younger years when Catherine was having trouble getting pregnant. That’s where things started to grow cold in their relationship. In a rather heartbreaking moment Henry tells Catherine that he was so in love with her he never would have even thought to get rid of her to find a new queen. They share a sweet kiss and well you can guess what happened next.
Next up we have OMG moment number two: the man Henry brought to court to find the Queen guilty of adultery is her former lover! The man in question, Richard, tells Catherine that her little trip down memory lane worked, and the King has delayed moving forward with the “investigation” against her. The knowledge that Catherine is actually guilty of the things Henry is pretending to know about her is pretty shocking, but what makes this information truly OMG worthy is what comes out next.
Clarissa is the Queen’s daughter. Yep you read that right. The girl lurking in shadows is the Queen’s child from her affair with Richard. We get the first hint at this knowledge when Nostradamus explains to the Queen why he brought her to the castle. Turns out his father was the court surgeon and the child’s father brought Clarissa to him when she was a baby because she had an unsightly birth mark on her face. His father tried to remove it but he just made her face more deformed. He told the father that the baby died during the procedure. The Queen seemed very emotional when she heard this story foreshadowing what was to come.
The next piece of the puzzle is placed when Mary and Bash are away trying to get to Isobel’s baby. The woman who was keeping the baby in her home, Agnes, used to work in the castle and she saw and heard many things. Around the time when the Queen and King started drifting apart Catherine turned to another. She wrote him letters and Agnes remembers the Queen trying to conceal a pregnancy. When the baby was born Agnes realized that the baby was the Queen and her lover’s child and not hers and Henry’s. Bash and Mary take this information straight to the king. When Agnes reveals that the baby had a red birthmark on her face the King realizes who the father of the baby was. Richard is his good friend and he knows that red birthmarks run in his family. This is evidence enough to prove that the Queen is guilty, sealing hers and Richard’s fates.
As if that wasn’t enough drama for you, they managed to pack a couple more curveballs in the last few minutes. The Queen comes to the King with evidence of Diane’s pagan background. She accuses Bash of being a pagan sympathizer, or possibly a pagan himself. She has the two guards Henry assigned to her as witnesses that she did not fabricate the evidence on her own. Turns out that Henry knows how to stomp out rumors before they start because he takes his sword and hacks right in to the neck of one of the guards when he says that he would speak the truth if he were questioned on the matter. Henry knew about Diane’s past and chose to accept that she was starting a new life with him. Catherine has no legs left to stand on and soon she won’t have a head either.
Mary begins to finally see what she got herself into. Bash tells her he never cared about the claim for England or any of the other political claims, he only cared about claiming Mary, and that she can still change her mind if she wants to. He tells her that he would cut down anyone that tries to hurt her, even his own father. Mary tells him she finally understands what he means when he says that he isn’t Francis. Bash says that Francis plays by the rules is more civilized. Mary says that her heart is open to Bash and they share a kiss.
Catherine as we know is a fighter, and she had one last surprise for us. She gets in to Mary’s chambers while Mary is bathing and drops something into the water. She tells Mary that she can still get what she wants if both of them die, because without Mary there is no alliance, no England, Francis would be safe from Mary, and he and his brothers would gain their rightful place once again. The fumes from whatever poison Catherine dropped in the bath water start to effect her too and they both pass out. Clarissa comes in and pulls Mary from under the water and tries to get her mother to safety. This is the first time we see Clarissa’s face. The guards come in and Bash tells them to chain Catherine up like the animal that she is. As she’s being hauled away Catherine warns Mary that choosing Bash will ruin her because he is a man with secrets. Mary says she made the right choice because together they were able to bring down Catherine.
Reign will return on February 27 with all new episodes.
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