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The Queen of Scotland is a dainty but fierce 15-year-old girl named Mary. Reign follows her journey as she re-enters French court after spending her adolescence at a convent. She is torn by her duty to Scotland and her burgeoning love for Francis, her betrothed and future king of France. It is easy to see that these two have strong chemistry, but where do their alliances lie? It is not easy to trust a foreigner in royal court of intrigue.

Mary is constantly on the lookout for threats against her life and crown. Luckily, she has a group of lively young friends who help distract her from the harsh reality of her place in French court. The costumes and music are not directly representative of the era, but the package is light and entertaining. Do not expect accurate details or a story that is based on the real lives of the people involved.

Side characters include an attractive Notradamas, who tells the future to an overbearing Catherine de Medici. One cannot forget the sly and mysterious half brother of Francis, Sebastian. He is a favorite of the King and the son of his mistress, Diane de Poitiers. Reign is a must see for historical fiction lovers.

The CW
4 Seasons, 78 Episodes
October 17, 2013
Drama
7.6/10
Cast: Adelaide Kane
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  • Mary's life hangs in the balance — Childbirth threatens to take Mary's life, which leaves her and her unborn child's safety in jeopardy. Elizabeth discovers that someone in her inner circle was the cause of the death of someone close to her.

  • Mary pursues justice by launching a counterattack on her conspirators. Meanwhile, Elizabeth suffers a major setback, and it turns her world upside down.

  • Darnley teams up with John Knox to strip Mary of her throne, which will leave a close friend of Mary's dead. Elizabeth must banish Gideon from court at the request of her future husband, while Charles takes a bold stance against his brother Henri.

  • An earthquake hits Scotland, and Mary faces claims she isn't coming to the aid of her people. Meanwhile, Elizabeth takes drastic measures after she is discovered with Gideon; and Charles make a decision that backfires.

  • Mary and Darnley are at odds as they put their plan to seize England into action. Elizabeth is conflicted about her feelings for Gideon as she attempts to find a Catholic to marry. Catherine's son Henri attempts to claim the throne from Charles with the support of Spain and Narcisse.

  • Mary contemplates how to take over the English throne; Elizabeth struggles to find an appropriate suitor to marry; James gets caught up in a scheme orchestrated by John Knox.

  • Mary's marriage to Darnley keeps her in good political standing. James makes an interesting discovery about Greer, while Elizabeth is desperate to salvage England’s power.

  • With the upcoming wedding, a terrible tragedy forces Mary and Darnley apart, forcing Mary to seek Catherine’s help. Elizabeth encounters a traitor to Spain, who petitions her to support an expedition to the New World.

  • An unexpected visitor jeopardizes Darnley's marriage to Mary. Elizabeth discovers her attempt to stop Mary backfired. Meanwhile, Catherine and Narcisse find King Charles and try to persuade him to return to the castle.

  • Mary must deal with the political consequences of a potential marriage to Lord Darnley and King Charles disappears, leaving Catherine to repair the situation. Elizabeth comes to Gideon's aid, while Claude receives an interesting proposition.

  • Lord Darnley attempts to prove his loyalty to Mary in an effort to convince her to marry him. Catherine and Narcisse attempt to repair King Charles' reputation after rumors spread about his bizarre behavior.

  • When Lord Darnley surprises Mary with a visit in Scotland, Mary gets a taste of what a union with him could be like.

  • Gideon gives Mary a taste of what life could be like if she chose love over country. Catherine fights to conceal King Charles' increasingly erratic behavior, while Claude finds an enemy in her sister Leeza.

  • Queen Mary discovers there is a leak amongst her advisors and is determined to identify the traitor. Queen Elizabeth enlists in Narcisse to further her quest for supremacy. Meanwhile, Catherine takes desperate measures to regain some her lost power.

  • Queen Mary, unsure who to trust, tests her brother James to ensure his loyalty after hearing of his meeting with John Knox. Queen Elizabeth agrees to help Lord Darnley, in an attempt to sabotage the powerful suitor’s relationship with Mary.

  • Mary makes a bold move to defend her reign in Scotland, which results in a battle royale with her cousin, Elizabeth. Lola is accused of a heinous crime and suffers the drastic consequences. Meanwhile, back in France, Catherine finds that Charles has returned a changed man after paying a price for his mother's relentless quest for power.

  • Mary is presumed deceased, so Elizabeth seeks her crown with Lola's help. Elsewhere, Mary's half brother attempts to safeguard her throne from John Knox; and Mary and Bash end up in the grasps of the intimidating clan leader who murdered Francis.

  • When Mary arrives in Scotland, she is stunned by the treacherous world it has become and is forced her to keep her royal identity a secret until she learns who she can trust. When Elizabeth jeopardizes her standing with an unbearable new suitor, Lola steps in to help, which causes the Queen to question Lola’s ulterior motives.

  • Mary discovers from Lola that she has an opportunity to get to Scotland safely, but she must act quietly and quickly. When Catherine is set up for murder, Mary has to choose if she should stay to protect her, which would jeopardize her safe passage to Scotland.

  • Mary realizes her need to return to Scotland is becoming increasingly imminent and that along with the help of Bash, she must raise her own army to save her throne. Elizabeth enlists Lola's help to find out information about her mother, which backfires when Lola gets caught.

  • While attempting to protect Elizabeth, Mary incidentally puts Gideon's life in danger. To save him, Mary seeks help from an Englishman. Meanwhile, Bash is on a mission to find the men behind the threats to Catherine.

  • Mary must prioritize her life over her cousin's. Meanwhile, Lola and Elizabeth unexpectedly join forces; Catherine can't escape her past; and Mary and Gideon begin to see each other in a new light.

  • Mary has to find a strong suitor to line up herself with as Charles' impending Coronation draws closer. Lola happens upon the identity of Elizabeth's poisoner, while Catherine turns into a new kind of victim for the castle's serial killer.

  • Mary struggles to control her emotions for Gideon during her efforts to align herself politically with potential allies. Elizabeth and Greer find themselves in similar heart-wrenching situations with the potential for very different outcomes.

  • Mary enlists Gideon's help after becoming suspicious of Prince Don Carlos' condition. Elizabeth discovers something that could alter the course of her reign over England. Narcisse forces Claude to wed someone he chooses.

  • When Prince Don Carlos of Spain visits France, Mary discovers a secret he is harboring and seeks Catherine's advice on how to handle the situation.

  • Mary realizes she must support Catherine's quest to become regent, even if it damages the alliance with Scotland.

  • Thrilled that Francis has a second chance at life, Mary considers signing away her claim to the English throne, and staying in France forever. Meanwhile, Catherine learns that Nostradamus has returned.

  • Mary receives word from her ailing mother about the grim situation in Scotland and turns to Francis for aid.

  • When King Antoine unexpectedly returns to Court, Mary must helps Francis conceal his ailing health long enough to secure his family's future.

  • Elizabeth deals with the consequences of harboring Catherine in England, while Catherine is imprisoned upon her return to France. Mary faces difficult decisions about securing Scotland's future and Lola is torn between her feelings for Narcisse.

  • In the third season premiere, Queen Mary fights to maintain her power in Scotland amidst Queen Elizabeth's determination to sabotage her with Queen Catherine's help.

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