by: Emily Konopka
At the start of this week’s episode of Reign the castle is buzzing with anticipation for a certain celebration, and it isn’t a royal wedding, but a royal beheading. Catherine is planning her execution, which is pretty twisted if you ask me. Francis and Lola have stopped to rest on their journey back to the castle. They agree that their story will be that they ran into each other at chateau. Back at the castle Mary’s mother Marie de Guise shows up to find that “French court has gone to hell.” Mary’s mother talks with her and tells her that there is still time for her to marry Francis, but promises that she will listen to her about Bash. She asks if she loves Bash, and Mary says that she is beginning to. Afterwards Mary finds Bash to tell him that her mother is lying and that she doesn’t want them to get married so they must elope immediately.
Bash leaves to make preparations at a church just outside the village. Catherine and Marie have a very heated conversation. The two are both fiercely protective mothers and they’re both very very persistent in getting what they want. Catherine tells Marie that if she wants Mary to be with Francis she’ll have to do something about it herself. Lola and Francis arrive back at court together. Mary and Francis see each other for the first time and it is extremely heart breaking. Francis tells Mary that he is here to plead for his mother’s life, and then he will leave and she will never see him again. She says she understands that he doesn’t want to be seen as someone waiting in the wings for the throne, to which he responds or anything else that now belongs to his brother. Nostradamus tells the Queen that since Clarissa died, his vision has changed. He now sees Francis and Mary living happily and having children. He realizes that his prophecy that Mary would cost Catherine her first-born was fulfilled when Clarissa died. He begs Catherine to use this information to help save her live.
Francis sees his mother. She tells him of Nostradamus’ revelation. She also tells him that she believes he and Mary can be happy. She asks if he wants Mary and everything about his old life back. He of course wants all of those things. Marie comes in with some interesting information. Mary has left to meet Bash to elope. She tells Francis to hurry to stop her before she makes the biggest mistake of her life. Next up comes the brother smack down of the century. Francis beats Mary to the church and him and Bash get into a physical altercation. Francis tells Bash that his and Mary’ marriage is for convenience not because he actually loves Bash. Mary arrives and manages to get them to stop. Francis pleads with her telling her that there is no prophecy keeping them apart anymore. Bash tries to plead with her saying that nothing has to change and they can still be wed. When Mary returns to the castle she seeks out Catherine to ask about Nostradamus and his new message. Later on she sees Catherine again when Catherine comes to show her that news from the Vatican has arrived. She tells her that what is on the paper will allow her to finally make her decision, and she can finally be with the man she loves.
Cut to Bash nursing his wounds, Mary comes in to tell him that she can’t marry him. She tells him that she loves him but that she loves Francis more. Mary runs to find Francis and lays a big kiss on him. She shows him that the letter the queen had is blank, but it made her realize what she wanted all along was Francis. Francis asks if that means she will marry him, to which of course she says yes. She asks Francis to promise that they will protect Bash. Looks like Francis isn’t feeling like being a forgiving brother. He goes to Bash and tells him he must leave immediately because he reached for the crown and failed and that will give him a bad image with the people of the castle. Bash says that isn’t the reason Francis wants him gone because he knows that in time the nobles would accept Francis’ approval of Bash. Francis just wants Bash gone because he betrayed him.
So now we have our bride and groom and it’s time to walk down the aisle. But of course things don’t always go as smoothly as planned. Nostradamus is lead to the woods where he discovers that like I predicted last week, Clarissa wasn’t actually dead. During all of this Mary walks down the aisle looking absolutely gorgeous, wonder how she managed to get such a great gown at such short notice? I guess that’s one of the perks of being a queen. The look on Francis’ face when he sees Mary walking down the aisle to him makes all the heartbreak and angst worth it. In a nod to the pilot, Mary and Francis enter their reception with white petals falling from the ceiling. They dance and are enjoying their blissful moments as newlyweds. Mary’s mother manages to grab a moment with her daughter and she informs her that the information that the English queen had died was false. Mary has had it with her mother’s games and she tells her that she needs to leave France and that she will only return to Scotland if her mother has either failed or died.
Nostradamus returns from the woods we get a glimpse of what he foresees of Francis and Mary’s future now that he knows Clarissa isn’t dead. We see Mary and Francis lying in bed, discussing his plans for the day. She begs Francis to fight, because one year of marriage isn’t enough and she will provide him with children. She asks him not to give up on their dreams. Francis says that it is a very nice dream as he takes his last breath. If this is the future coming for Francis and Mary (which history shows us that it is) I am not looking forward to that pain. Later Bash is trying to leave the castle when Henry finds him. He asks why he was not at the wedding and Bash said he thought it would be best if he didn’t attend. Henry says he has been thinking about what is best for Bash lately and tells him that he isn’t allowed to leave just yet. Henry then proceeds to bring Bash to Mary and Francis’ consummation so he can learn what is and is not his, talk about harsh! When Bash finally does make it out of the castle the two guards with him try to kill him. He asks one of the guards who sent them to kill him, Queen Catherine or Francis?
Next week it looks like Bash is going to come back to court to inform Mary about what he thinks Francis did. He also says that he will take Francis out himself if he comes at him again. The brotherly drama will ensue at 9/8c.
Ps: Who’s happy about Francis and Mary getting married? (This girl is!) Or do you wish she had married Bash? Tweet me and we can duke it out over who should be the king of Mary’s heart.
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