Reign is a historical fiction television show starring Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs, Toby Regbo, Jenessa Grant, Celina Sniden, Caitlin Stasey, Anna Popplewell, and Alan Van Sprang. It follows the early years of Mary, Queen of Scots.
The show is set in 1557 France and follows the life of Mary, Queen of Scots at French court as she awaits her marriage to Francis, the future king of France (who she has been engaged to since they were children). During her time at court, Mary must contend with the changing politics and power plays as well as her feelings for Francis, all while Francis’s mother, Queen Catherine de Medici is secretly trying to prevent the marriage due to a prediction from a seer that Mary’s marriage to Francis will result in the death of Francis. The show also follows the life of Mary’s Scottish handmaidens, who are also searching for their husbands at court.
I love the interactions between Mary and Francis. Although it doesn’t always seem it at times, it is so obviously clear that Mary and Francis are in love with each other. I love how the both of them are always there for each other and will do basically anything to protect the other. Francis has always been in love with Mary from the beginning yet he tries to push her away at times since the marriage may not actually fall through if it should be determined that there is an alliance that will be better for France than the one with Scotland although he ultimately can’t stand being apart from Mary romantically. Mary’s love for Francis isn’t always as obvious as Francis’s love for her, yet she constantly gets jealous when she sees Francis spending time with other women. That’s an obvious sign of love or at least of a romantic interest. Sure, they may not always get along at times, but that’s just a part of life. The latest episode of Reign clearly shows how much the both of them love each other. In the episode, Mary and Francis both risk their lives/reputations in order to protect the other and at the end of the episode, you see them get romantically involved with each other. If that’s not true love, then I don’t know what is. Of course its different in the sense that its between two noble families with claims to a throne and an alliance so its what’s to be expected from royals.
I also really love the character of Sebastian, Francis’s bastard brother. Sebastian is such a sweetheart, helping out Mary with whatever favors she asks of him, all because he has feelings for her (that are obvious to Mary’s handmaidens) despite Mary’s obliviousness to it. In one episode, Mary gets in a fight with Francis and then drunkenly kisses Sebastian. Let’s just say that Francis unbeknownst to both Mary and Sebastian sees the exchange and reacts with extreme jealously and then threatens Sebastian to keep romantically away from Mary. Details are to be seen in the episode. I feel for Sebastian though.
I also love seeing the friendship between Mary and her handmaidens and their life at the French court as well. Mary and her handmaidens are best friends and they look out for each other and get into disagreements with each other just like with any other friendship. My favorites of the handmaidens are Kenna and Greer. Kenna develops romantic feelings for the current king of France just as he develops them for her. He makes her his mistress in replacement of Diane, who has been his mistress for years. He’s willing to do anything to make Kenna happy, and he shows his love for her not only in the typical romantic fashion portrayed in this type of show, but also by providing a fireworks display in which he spelled out her name as part of the show and removes tiles in his bedroom that show his previous love with his prior mistress. Greer is the lowest born of all the handmaidens and her parents have been raising her to meet someone who is of higher standing royalty than herself to marry. While at court though, she falls in love with one of the kitchen servants and she develops a secret relationship with him & intends to keep it up until til she finds someone suitable to marry. I feel for her.
There are only two characters in the show who I completely dislike — Queen Catherine and Francis’s former love, Olivia. Queen Catherine, the mother of Francis, is constantly in secret trying to prevent the marriage of Francis and Mary because of a prediction by a seer that the marriage will result in Francis’s death. Although I understand her fear of losing her firstborn & only son, I don’t like that she is constantly plotting to ruin the marriage either by ruining Mary’s reputation or eliminate Mary from the picture or anything that will just prevent the marriage from happening. The only time I ever developed any sort of soft spot for Queen Catherine was when she was working together with Mary to save Francis from being ransomed and also saving the rest of the French court as well. The other character I dislike is Olivia, Francis’s lover from the past. As part of Queen Catherine’s plots and also because she still loves Francis, Olivia returns to French court in an attempt to win back Francis’s heart. Although she would be perfectly happy being Francis’s mistress, Queen Catherine plots to make Olivia queen of France despite her hatred of Olivia because as she says “better than a queen she can’t control.”
- You’re talking about changing the line of succession. And that’s the kind of talk that gets bastards—and mistresses—beheaded.
- History is written by the survivors. And I am surely that.
- Francis: Tell me when you want me to stop.
- We have positioned ourselves for the worst kind of pain.
- Mary: I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have done that.
Bash: You’re right, I should have
- I always knew Francis had a past. Men are allowed to have them, whereas we have our reputation ruined. Hardly seems fair.
- Bash: To see you smile is to feel the sun, your grace.
Mary: Do you flirt with everyone?
Bash: Absolutely everyone.
- Francis: And once I did that, I’d probably invite you to the harvest festival.
Mary: I’d probably say yes.
Francis: And I’d probably try to kiss you.
Mary: And I probably wouldn’t let you…at first.
- Killing isn’t supposed to be easy. If your hands weren’t shaking, you’d be him.
- Almost agreed?? You and King Henry have been talking for days! What have you been discussing, the weather?!
- Mary: I’m glad that my unhappiness gives you so much pleasure.
Queen Catherine: Your unhappiness gives me no pleasure. Your absence, however…
- I wonder whose face you’re imagining in that target. A Portuguese prince, perhaps?
- I would rather have hope with you than certainty with anyone else.
- Win or lose, you will answer for it. That’s what kings do.
- You do have a way of leaving chaos in your wake.
- That’s what kings do—we make promises to everybody. Whatever works for the realm, we keep. Otherwise, it never happened.
- You know the Scottish border is quicksand. A pretty girl doesn’t change that.
- I’m not a fool—I know a true royal would never look at me but except to ruin me.
- She’s not just an alliance. She’s a girl.
- Mary: Can I be sure of that?
Francis: You have the word of the king and queen of France.
Mary: I had their word that we’d be married. I’m not sure words mean anything here.
- Francis: We’ll prove to them that our union is strong.
Mary: But it isn’t.
- Treat them as friends until they prove themselves foes.
- She was more afraid of meeting her future husband than of pirates! But I guess that’s to be expected at age seven.
- Mary: I was at French court before, you know, when I was your age. I never saw any ghosts.
Girl: But what if they saw you?
- My dear, this was not an act of passion. It was treason.
- Love is irrelevant to people like us.
- Mother Superior: Mary! You are the Queen of Scotland. You will wed young Francis, for your faith, for your people, for Scotland. He will love you.
Queen Mary: I’m not sure that matters.
- Queen Catherine: How do I control a daughter-in-law who’s a Queen in her own right?!
- Queen Catherine: They say too many alliances make a king look weak.
King Henry II: Then why do we sell our daughter to Spain?!
- Prince Fancis: You’ve chosen my wife!? Have you set a date too?
King Henry II: Here’s the date, when I say so.
- Greer: Make no mistake. We’re here to now, to get our young Queen engaged. Alliances can shift. Before they do, Mary need to win the Prince’s heart.
- Prince Fancis: I suppose if there was ever an uprising that sent my line into hiding I could always get by as a blacksmith.
Queen Mary: But I’d save you…
- Prince Fancis: If you’re going to be the Queen of France you need to understand something. Kings do not answer their wives!
- Prince Francis: (to Mary) Love is irrelevant to people like us. We who r so privileged in so many ways, but that.
- Queen Mary: (to Francis) You are not the only one with a country to think of!
- Mary Queen of Scots: I can’t bring home any armies and I can’t wed any kings if I’m dead.
- Kenna: (to king Henry II) If we do leave tomorrow, I don’t mind you knowing, I’ll think of you
- Queen Catherine: I learned long ago that a secret know by only one person, remains a secret.
Of course there are so many other favorite quotes that I couldn’t find.
I absolutely love Reign. I was totally in love with the show from the very first episode. I love the opening of the show. I love how not only does it show the politics but it also shows the romance, the loss, etc that goes along with it all. Every episode ends with a cliffhanger and never fails to leave you wanting more. It is one of my favorite shows. I highly recommend it to everyone unless you’re someone who wants the show to be completely historical in which case you won’t appreciate it since it is so obvious that it is more fiction than historical. This show is a definite MUST watch!
it’s amazing how much a person can occupy your thoughts and affect your mood and they just haven’t got a bloody clue
A REMINDER THAT DONNA IS THE BEST
Friendly reminder in one novel a character says ”flipping” a lot and The Doctor goes ”Yeah that’s the TARDIS’s swear filter”
Suddenly I like the word “flipping” very much.
imagine the 12th Doctor going: you flipping flip. get out of flipping TARDIS you flipping piece of flip.
i would cry
*knock knock* “FLIP THE FLIP IN OR FLIP THE FLIP OFF!!!”
"FLIPPIN’ FLIP ME"
“I mean Gimli, Gloin’s son here.”
Gimli bowed low, and the axe slipped from his belt and clattered on the ground.
”Hoom, hm! Ah now,” said Treebeard, looking dark-eyed at him. “A dwarf and an axe-bearer! Hoom! I have good will to Elves, but you ask much. This is a strange friendship!”
“Strange it may seem,” said Legolas; “but while Gimli lives I shall not come to Fangorn alone.”
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