Reign‘s King Henry has seen better days, both in the bedroom and at Court, and tonight’s episode (The CW, 9/8c) will further his journey to complete self-destruction.
Alan van Sprang spoke with TVLine about Henry’s current ailment, his ever-changing relationship with Catherine and the possibility that he might not live to see Season 2.
TVLINE | Henry seems to be getting crazier by the week. Will that madness eventually take him over completely?
He doesn’t think he’s nuts at all. He’s always had God in his life, but he’s being reborn in a way. And after the episode where he awoke to the crucifix above his bed, he’s found complete clarity — which means world domination. He knows who he has to step on to get there and what he has to do, so everything makes sense now. Manipulating people, killing people, it doesn’t matter who it is. He’s ready to break people. Everyone else in Court, his kids and wife, think he’s nuts. And something is wrong with him, though I don’t know what that is. We’ve almost finished the season, and I don’t know what’s wrong with him.
TVLINE | He gave a big speech about not letting anyone else control him. Who should be most fearful of his wrath?
The entire Court, really, France in general. As he tries to move forward, Scotland and England will also be affected, but no one more than his own family. He’s not letting anyone stand in his way. He originally established “Team Frary.” He wanted the two of them together, but if that’s not working out, he’s going to try to establish another way to get to England and Scotland. It’s killing the Court.
TVLINE | He’s also had some killer bedroom scenes lately. Will there be more?
What’s going on in inside his bedroom is symbolic of what’s going on around him at Court. For the entire season, I’ve had these moments: “You have to sleep with this girl. Now you have to sleep with this girl.” I’d been privy to that already, having done The Tudors, and I understood that that’s what kings did. But it’s really taken a turn as of late, which has been great as an actor, to be able to portray this obsession he has.
TVLINE | Henry’s relationships with Catherine and Kenna have always fascinated me. How will they change moving forward?
Well, that I can’t say, but his relationship with Catherine changed massively once … that girl fell out the window. Catherine is now Henry’s crutch, someone he needs to confide in. He needs her to answer questions for him. All of a sudden, people are dying around him and he can’t solve the problem on his own; he knows that Catherine can. She’s absolutely the person she needs in his life. As for Kenna, his job is still to find her a nobleman so she can stay in Court and he can continue having his way with her.
TVLINE | History tells us Henry didn’t live a long life. How worried should we be about him?
I have no idea. When I signed on, both Toby [Regbo] and myself sat down with the producers and said, “We know that, historically, we’re both donezo at some point.” But, honestly, everyone in the show dies. It just depends on the direction they want to go in, and how quickly they want history to move along. We’ll have to see next season how everybody’s doing. … I guess they would let us know at some point and give us notice, but no one’s given me the death stare yet.
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