Reign Recap

Reign Returns, Deadlier Than Ever: Grade the Final Season Premiere

Reign kicked off its farewell season Friday by throwing a surprise wedding, complete with all the traditional good luck charms: something old, something new, something borrowed, and someone drugged in the back of a carriage and kidnapped. (That’s everything, right?)

As if mourning her best friend wasn’t enough to put a damper on Mary’s day, she also found herself taken against her will by the Earl of Clan Gordon, who was just itching for Mary to wed his son George. What the Earl didn’t realize, of course, was that George had never been with a woman — much less a queen — before, which explains why he literally passed out at Mary’s feet the moment she asked him to take off his belt.

Proving that she’s come a hell of a long way over the past four years, Mary freed her damn self, taking out one of the clan’s guards with an ax in the process. (Seriously, who needs James?)

Yes, it was a rough week for Mary, though nothing made me more nervous than when the Earl told her, rather prophetically, “You’ll have an entire nation against you. And that is how your reign will end — alone in your castle while outside your people call for your head.”

Elsewhere this week…

* Still in denial about Leith’s death, Claude was understandably furious upon hearing that her sister Leesa — now wed to the King of Spain — was arranging for Claude to marry Martel; discovering that Martel’s men were behind Leith’s murder only heightened that rage. Her fury was briefly quelled when Catherine orchestrated Martel’s death, making it look like a suicide, but I’m afraid no amount of dead suitors can make up for the loss of one’s true love.

* Still in Elizabeth’s custody, Narcisse refused to say a word about Lola — until Gideon informed him that John’s nanny was involved in the assassination plot. A few days and one dead nanny later, Elizabeth released Narcisse and allowed him to reunite with his stepson.

* Lastly, Lola’s funeral was an expectedly somber affair, made even more so by these words from Mary: “Lola Fleming Narcisse was a mother and a wife. She was my lady and my dear, dear friend. She shall never be forgot.”

Your thoughts on Reign‘s premiere? Hopes for the rest of the final season? Grade the episode below, then drop a comment with whatever’s on your mind.

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  1. Superwoman says:

    Great premiere. I’m glad this show is back…so bittersweet, for its last season and it could possibly end with Mary losing her head.
    Loved seeing all the favs back, Catherine, Narcisse and Greer….

  2. Dean says:

    AWESOME premiere. Mary was such a badass this episode all on her own– Catherine really taught her well.

    I’m worried about Mary as this is the final season and we all know how her story ends, but last night’s episode was so much fun I’m guessing she’ll be fighting the patriarchy till the very end–

  3. ninergrl6 says:

    I really hope this final season doesn’t get to the end of Mary’s life. It’s too tragic. I like seeing her as a badass; I don’t want the series to end with her as a victim.
    I really liked Elizabeth’s speech about not wanting to meet Mary. If they come face to face, they’ll have to see each other as real people and potentially empathize with each other. Makes you wonder what *could* have happened if these two fierce, powerful women would’ve had that meeting 400+ years ago.

  4. Sue Wolford says:

    The channel was changed and it wasn’t recorded. This also happened to Arrow. Why do you do that? I missed the opener and am niot happy. I have watched since the beginning and would like to see the end. Maybe changing the channel is what contributed to the poor rating, you think?

  5. Adelaide says:

    I love the show but hate the commercials! Too, too many.

  6. Emily says:

    is leith really dead? i just don’t feel it. i need to see his dead body to believe it.