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‘Reign’ Review: ‘The Darkness’ Claims another Victim

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A new episode of Reign brought more drama to French Court and the surrounding woods. Bash came face to face with “The Darkness” while the eligible ladies and noblemen of the castle participated in the First Light ritual. Secrets were kept, lies were told and there was another dead woman in the king’s bed.

So basically it was just another drama filled day and night with our favorite royals. This show continues to pull out all the stops week after week and it’s so much fun to watch. Let’s talk about everything.

Nostradamus healed Olivia

We’ll start with what felt like the most pointless story of the night. Olivia was brought on to be an obstacle for Francis and Mary. We put up with her for a few episodes and then she disappeared and I don’t know about everyone else, but I was good with that. Nothing against the actress, but the character served her point so I don’t really know why she’s back. Having her in a story with Nostradamus, who also serves little purpose, just felt like a waste of everyone’s time. Basically, he cleansed the evil from her and she was reborn into the light…or something.

Bash tried to fight The Darkness

I love Bash as much as the next fan, but this storyline is barely more interesting than the nonsense with Olivia. Bash was preparing to leave after spending the night with Rowan, but it turned out her family house had been marked by the bad faction of pagans that like to perform blood sacrifices. Bash wanted to stay and defend them because he didn’t believe the so-called Darkness was a supernatural entity. Rowan and her family, however, very much believed in it and they were worried it was going to take one of them away.

Bash did what he could to make the house safer, but the family still decided it was a good idea to tie him up and serve him up to whatever came in the night for blood. For some reason, they stayed behind to watch instead of going somewhere else to hide so when the person (it was definitely/probably a person) came and got near Bash, Rowan looked up and met his gaze so he (it?) took her instead. Bash and the brother whose name I already forgot tried to find her, but there was no trace. Bash looked at the castle in the distance and said he knew where to find help. Now I’m invested. Let’s get Bash back in the royal fold where he belongs.

Christos Kalohoridis/The CW
Christos Kalohoridis/The CW

Greer and Leith faced the inevitable

These two are just the cutest couple that was never meant to last. After sharing some quality time alone together, Greer had to prepare for the party that brought potential suitors to the castle. She wasn’t overly invested, but Leith gave her a letter from her parents and something was obviously wrong. Leith had to watch as Greer had a date with an awkward nobleman, who meant well. Unfortunately while trying to impress the girl, he ended up setting his clothes on fire.

Luckily, Leith was there to save the day. The nobleman was so grateful that he offered him a job in Spain. But it wasn’t a servant position, it was an actual merchant job and Leith was excited to be the first person in his family to have a job outside of a castle. He wasn’t as excited about the part where he had to leave Greer. She reminded him that they always knew their relationship was temporary. Leith told her that he loved her before he left (aw!) and then it was revealed that Greer had asked the nobleman to make the offer!

It turns out that the letter from her parents was to let her know that they’d picked out a husband for her and he’d be arriving at the castle before the end of the episode. We didn’t get to see him yet so it’s too early to pass judgment on how this new story will go (I already miss Leith though).

Christos Kalohoridis/The CW
Christos Kalohoridis/The CW

Mary attempted to find Lola a husband

There was some lingering tension between Mary and Lola this week. Mary wanted to help Lola find a husband immediately so she could marry her off and send her far away from France. To be honest, this seemed a little harsh, even though I do understand why Mary doesn’t want the reminder that her friend not only slept with her husband, but got pregnant on the first try, something Mary has not been able to achieve in months. Lola repeatedly assured Mary that she wasn’t after Francis and she wanted a husband and family of her own.

Mary picked out a suitor for her and Francis seemed concerned by the choice. This was a nice touch because it seemed like jealousy at first, but it was something so much better than that – friendly concern. Francis wanted to see Lola happy and it turned out the potential suitor preferred men in his bed. Mary didn’t really see the problem at first, but after Francis made her feel loved and important (how sweet was the moment when he told her he wanted a baby because he loved her?), Mary realized that she was pushing her friend too hard.

The queen agreed to continue keeping Lola’s secret, even though it is a ticking time bomb for both of them. Once Francis came clean to Mary about his night with Lola, she had the chance to tell him the truth, but she didn’t. This is pretty much guaranteed to come back and bite her. Lola is going to stay at court and not be in a sham marriage so it’s only a matter of time before this blows up in everyone’s faces.

Christos Kalohoridis/The CW
Christos Kalohoridis/The CW

Catherine and Kenna worried Henry lost his mind

Apparently, King Henry has developed a taste for murder after last week when he accidentally (?) tossed his lover out of a window. Now he’s into bondage and choking and the episode started with Henry bringing in a prostitute to have a threesome with him and Kenna. The latter was a little wary of going along with it, but she did what the king wanted…only to wake up tied to the prostitute, who had been choked to death. Kenna did the smart thing and immediately went to Catherine.

The queen handled the latest body with her usual sass (she’s seriously the best) and then went to have a talk with Henry about his new hobby. It turns out the king is tired of women pushing him around (the English queen who refuses to die, Diane, Catherine, Mary) and this is his way of getting his power back. Catherine thinks he has a sickness and suggests he talk to Nostradamus, but Henry isn’t interested in that. He continues about his business and attempts to lure Kenna back into his bed once more.

Catherine is there to intercept him and Henry makes it clear that if she keeps getting in his way, she too will be on his murder list. I don’t know if the king is going crazy or if he has some sort of infection or maybe it’s the creepy Darkness – whatever the problem, I am here for this story. Henry and Catherine remain one of the best (if not the absolute best) parts of this show. I would watch an hour of them snarking at each other from opposite ends of the dinner table.

This was a busy episode, but it worked. I like that all of the supporting characters are being given things to do, even if some of the stories aren’t quite as appealing as others. Next week, we get to see a reluctant team up between Bash and Francis. That could go one of two ways: they could start to mend their relationship or things could get even worse (I’m hoping for option one).

Now it’s your turn. Did you enjoy the episode? Which story was your favorite? Which one could you have done without? Are you sad about Leith and Greer? Do you think Lola’s secret will come out soon? Is Mary making the right choice? Hit the comments and share your thoughts and theories with us!

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Mandy Treccia

Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Executive Editor since 2016, formerly as Editorial Director from 2012-2016. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that. Follow her on Twitter at @SourceMandy.