Scotland isn’t the only thing awaiting Mary Stuart in Reign‘s upcoming fourth season.
TVLine has exclusively learned of four key roles — including two new suitors for Adelaide Kane’s character — currently being cast, each with lofty goals and questionable moral compasses.
* First up is Lord Darnley, a nobleman with a blood-claim to the English throne. Much like the late, great Francis, Darnley has a “wildly ambitious mother whose love hinges entirely on his ability to secure a crown,” though his own ambition should not be underestimated. He hopes to become Mary’s second husband, a union which “could take down Elizabeth, giving [the couple] not just one nation, but two.”
* Also hoping to win Mary’s heart is Bothwell, a “warm-hearted bad boy” who is deeply in love with her. (Spoiler alert: A quick glance at the history books reveal that Bothwell stood accused of murdering someone very close to Mary. Time will tell whether or not that will be incorporated into the show.)
* But Mary won’t be the only character with suitors to spare next season. Narcisse’s son Gabriel, a “sexy and highborn rogue who is also a plain-speaking realist,” will fall for Princess Claude and attempt to marry her — despite her obvious affections for another.
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* And then there’s Charles’ younger brother Henry, originally played by Jackson Hodge-Carter, who’s being recast and aged up. Described as “sexy, clever and ambitious,” Henry (now 18-21 years old) isn’t thrilled to see his sibling on the throne. He also has very “particular tastes,” including women… and women’s jewels.
New episodes of Reign air Mondays at 8/7c on The CW. Your thoughts on these new — or in Henry’s case, “new” — characters? Drop ’em in a comment below.