Mary Queen of Scots Initiates a Desperate Strategy on the Series Finale of “Reign”

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11 June 2017
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Season Finale Friday, June 16 at 9 PM ET/PT on The CW
          The final season of The CW’s “Reign” has been one of impossibly high stakes, unexpected betrayals, sexual exploits, a royal wedding, a royal birth and a rising body count as three queens in three nations fight for their people, their loves, and their lives. It found Mary rising to the challenge, taking back her country and establishing her rule in Scotland, the land of her birth but a wild nation foreign to her, and now, once again, her home. Even as our canvas expands to welcome a new court in Scotland with new players, including Mary’s half-brother James, and the men who vie for her hand, the French Court grows as well. 

          Catherine gave France many heirs – too many, as it turns out.  this season, we met more of her brood, who are amusingly and dangerously at each other’s throats.  Our queens made some wise choices and knowingly brutal sacrifices; their fates, especially Mary’s and Elizabeth’s, are not only intertwined but have been increasingly inescapable. 


          In this past Friday’s episode, “Blood in the Water,” Mary’s life hangs in the balance. Childbirth threatens to take Mary's (Adelaide Kane) life, which leaves her and her unborn child's safety in jeopardy. Elizabeth (Rachel Skarsten) discovers that someone in her inner circle was the cause of the death of someone close to her. In the series Finale, Mary initiates a desperate strategy to ensure her own survival and to shape the fate of her nation. Dan Jeannotte, Jonathan Goad, Celina Sinden, Megan Follows, Craig Parker, Ben Geurens, Rose Williams, Will Kemp and Spencer MacPherson also star.
          Life changed for Mary Queen of Scots in the third season of REIGN.  Her beloved husband, Francis, died, destabilizing France. Francis’ brother, a boy-king, took the throne, leaving Mary with little solace and a great need for power. As her cousin, Queen Elizabeth, fought for legitimacy against an unyielding patriarchy in England, Catherine and Mary came to a painful realization: they have their battles to fight as well, and it is better if they do so alone. 

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