by: Emily Konopka
This week on Reign Francis returned from war, Lola’s husband had more secrets to share, and two Queens plotted the death of a King.
Francis returns to the castle with the Duke’s army triumphant after their victory at Calais. It has been months but Mary finally sets eyes on her husband. All the resentment felt before he left is gone and the two lovers reconnect as the world around them melts away. The Duke kisses up to Henry by telling him that it was his vision that brought them to victory. Henry announces that he has big plans now that God is on his side. Mary Tudor is dead, and once they’re done celebrating their victory at Calais he wants to march on England to remove Elizabeth and place Mary Stuart on the throne. One thing is for certain; Henry has officially lost his marbles.
After the commotion settles down Mary and Francis find some alone time. He thought that she wasn’t going to forgive him for taking the army to Calais instead of Scotland. Mary tells him that it doesn’t matter now because her mother managed to escape. Francis proclaims his love for her, because he says he was afraid he wasn’t going to say it ever again. Francis is such a romantic. When the two wake up together the next morning Francis knows that they can’t hide under the sheets forever, they have to face the fact that Mary Tudor is dead and Mary has a choice to make. Mary asks Francis if he meant it when he told her that he would support her no matter what decision she decides to make about England. He assures her that he is still by her side 100%.
Bash has been spending a lot of time out in the blood wood trying to defeat the darkness. He and a guard discover a young boy covered in blood and take him back to the castle. Nostradamus examines the boy and concludes that the blood is someone else’s because he has no wounds or bite marks. Bash starts firing questions at the boy left and right but he does not speak. Kenna comes in relived that her husband has returned and asks what happened to the young boy. Nostradamus notices that maybe Bash was too harsh and the boy needs a gentler approach. He seems to take fondly to Kenna.
The ever-distrustful Catherine has planted spies in the castle to watch the Duke of Guise. One finds out that Henry has already begun mobilizing the army for the battle with England. Catherine is terrified at this news. She knows that their army barely was able to defeat the English at Calais.
Lord Julian gets a surprise visitor, who exposes another secret. The visitor is Julian’s uncle Bartos, and as it turns out Lola isn’t married to the real Lord Julian but his secretary Remmy. After Bartos insists on waiting until Lord Julian shows up Julian…er…Remmy goes to Lola to spill his secret. He tells her that he was Lord Julian’s secretary when he died in a fire. Julian’s body was burned beyond recognition so Remmy decided to take over Julian’s life. He begs Lola to stand by him long enough to get Julian’s uncle to leave.
Catherine meets with Francis and Mary in secret to tell them of Henry’s plans. Francis can’t imagine that his father would actually be so foolish. Mary tells him that his father no longer sees right from wrong, or nor does he care. Catherine tells Francis that he must be stopped and that he shouldn’t get sentimental over his father because Henry was never sentimental about him. Francis is determined to get through to his father so he asks for some time to try. Once he is gone Catherine tells Mary that there is no time and that they need to start thinking like queens. They are going to work together to kill Henry.
Remmy manages to talk his way out of his lie. He tells Bartos that Julian fled from gambling debts leaving Lola alone and pregnant. Bartos promises that the family will take care of Lola financially. It seems like Remmy is going to get away with his con until he goes to shake hands with Bartos and he sees that he is wearing Julian’s ring. He attacks Remmy and when Lola pushes him off she accidentally kills him. To cover up the death the two decide that they will burn the house down so the body can’t be recognized and will send word that Julian is dead. This means that Lola will now be a “widow” and Remmy must never see her again. He tells her to go back to court and if the father of her child is a good man he will be in her life. Not sure how Mary is going to feel about all this.
Catherine and Mary have a meeting to discuss how they can go about killing Henry. They run into many roadblocks with ideas. Mary tells Catherine to use her imagination and she comes up with the idea to poison him during communion. Henry has been attending private masses so there are no tasters. This will be there one shot at killing him.
Kenna finds out from the young boy that his parents are dead and that the Darkness took him to a place in the mountains called Visaguard. Bash is determined find this place and finally put an end to the Darkness. Nostradamus wonders why Bash is so passionate and he reveals that it is because he was born a pagan. And since they forced him two take two lives in the blood wood he hasn’t been the same.
Francis and Henry go on a hunting trip and he tries to connect with his father. He asks him if it isn’t better to wait until their army is replenished. Henry expresses sorrow that he has not spent as much time bonding with him as he did Bash. When Francis asks why he is so adamant about invading England he tells Francis he learned to be resilient from his father. He shares a sad story of how when he was a child his father traded he and his brother as hostages for his own freedom. They were held captive and starved by the Spanish for three years. The story brings Francis to tears and he tells Henry that what his father did wasn’t right. He says that there is more to be done in France before he looks to England and Henry agrees.
When Francis returns he shares his success with Mary. He can tell by the look on Mary’s face that she and his mother have already taken action to have Henry killed. Francis implores with his mother to stop the assassination. Just as Henry is about to take communion a guard comes up and tries to attack him. After the ordeal Henry tells the Duke of Guise that he is the only person he can trust. Catherine recognizes that the Duke must have been the one who sent the other assassin when her plan was called off. Since he is the one who warned the king of the attack he looks like a hero in Henry’s eyes. Even if the king did die he still gets what he wants because Francis would be kind and give him a position at court. He is playing both sides, which is dangerous.
Bash tells Kenna that she is going to go off to their new home without him. He will join her there once he has defeated the Darkness. Kenna is upset with Bash even though she saw it coming. Bash tells her that a new life with Kenna is what he wants more than anything. Kenna decides to bring the young boy, whose name is Pascal, with her. In the carriage we see a flashback showing that Pascal’s father is one of the people Bash killed in the woods.
Henry has officially gone off the deep end after his assassination attempt. He is having a conversation with himself. The work that he has still to do in France apparently is to kill Francis and marry his wife. Um…WHAT?!
Things are going to be intense during next week’s season finale.
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