Exclusive Reign First Look: Meet Francis' Royal Competition for Mary's Hand -- and Heart?

Reign Season 1 Spoilers Manolo Cardona TomasThe long-standing promise that binds Reign‘s Mary and Francis — and their countries — takes a hit this week when the dashing, soon-to-be Prince of Portugal arrives at the French Court. And we’ve got your first glimpse of Manolo Cardona’s (Covert Affairs) debut as Tomas, aka the reason Mary considers breaking her engagement.

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In the episode, King Henry refuses Mary’s request for help defending Scotland from a possible English attack. That’s when Tomas swoops in and asks the young queen to marry him, saying he’ll aid her efforts to thwart England if she’ll be his wife (and dump Francis in the process, of course).

This turn of events evokes various reactions from the rest of the royals. Queen Catherine, Megan Follows tells TVLine, sees the situation as “the lesser of two evils:” On one hand, Tomas’ proposal would get rid of her problematic future daughter-in-law. “But she also knows that her son has very strong feelings for Mary. By winning, Catherine loses. But by losing, everything is then lost,” Follows adds. “It’s a fascinating predicament to find oneself in.”

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Perhaps Tomas shouldn’t get too comfortable at court, however; during a WBTV/CBS Studios-sponsored set visit, star Adelaide Kane previewed that “there’s going to be some other romances coming and out, some other young gentlemen suitors, which should be fun for me.”

She added with a laugh: “I get all the boys and all the clothes.”

Reign airs Thursday at 9/8c on The CW.

Scroll down to see Cardona and Kane getting to know each other, then hit  the comments with your predictions about what’s in store for Mary.

Reign Season 1 Spoilers Manolo Cardona Tomas