Reign Season 1 Review “Long Live the King”

Since the very beginning of Reign, it’s not the love triangle or soap opera antics of Mary Queen of Scots that have been the show’s primary strength, but the relationship between the female characters – most notably Mary and Catherine – and how these ultimately disregarded figureheads can maneuver and manipulate for their own ends, dodging all the things that come along with being a woman in French Court at that time. Even Queen’s have to resort to murder and deception sometimes, if they are determined enough to get their way.

Seeing this episode, ‘Long Live the King’, bring this focus back immediately before next week’s finale, then, was great, and Mary and Catherine’s attempts to take Mad King Henry out of the equation are just so much fun to watch. Really, by transposing the grand romantic plot onto Bash and Kenna’s flourishing marriage, it has freed up Mary and Francis’ time and made lots of room for conflict, something a show like Reign desperately needs, and allows them to be completely involved in next week’s showdown without too much invested in whether their marriage works out or not (unless you’re a hard-core shipper, that is).



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