Reign: The Best and Fan Favorite Moments
When Reign first aired on the CW network four years ago, the first thing that drew me in were the costumes, my love of historical fictions, and Adelaide Kane, who I was first introduced to during season three of MTV’s Teen Wolf.
With the series finale just hours away, fans like myself can’t help but think about some of best moments of the show. I reached out to other fans of the series on Twitter and Reddit and got plenty of responses. Here are my favorites and fan favorite moments and scenes from the series.
A Reminder of Easier Times (Season 1, Episode 1)
In the very first episode of Reign, we see the wedding of King Phillip of Spain and Elisabeth Valois, Francis’ oldest sister. We also got a moment that shows the emotional tether that already existed between Francis and Mary because of their childhood memories. While dancing with her friends, Mary paused in the middle of the floor and caught Bash’s eye. Her attention shifted to Francis when feathers start falling around them. We saw flashes of a young Francis and Mary jumping on a bed with feathers all around them. We learn that once upon a time the pair were simply children not fully aware of the importance they carried.
Mary and Francis’ Wedding Dance (Season 1, Episode 13)
When Mary and Francis, affectionally known to their fans as “Frary” shared their first dance as husband and wife, there was an open display of love, beautiful clothing, and great chemistry between Adelaide and Tobey Regbo. Mary’s wedding dress was beautiful. Seeing the couple happy and enjoying themselves was nice after watching them go back and forth and wonder if they’d ever really be together for the first half of the season.
A Dangerous Dinner Party (Season 1, Episode 7)
Who can forget the amazing episode seven and all its tension? In “Left Behind”, King Henry and most of the men of the castle are away handling issues in a village when Count Vincent of Naples came for his revenge after the death of his son. The Count and his men took control of the castle. Catherine showed her strategic mind and strength by quickly putting together a scheme. Mary, Greer, Kenna, Lola, and Aylee were to distract Vincent and his men during dinner while the other occupants of the castle escaped through the dark and creepy tunnels with Francis.
The poisoned gold was just the tip of Catherine’s dangerous repertoire we’d see in the series. She also gave the girls a peek into the kind of life she had as a political prisoner. For Frary lovers, Francis showed where his heart truly lied when he came back for Mary and chopped off Vincent’s hand. It’s also in this episode that he tells Mary he loves her for the first time. We also got one of the many great Catherine de’ Medici quotes, “History is written by the survivors. And I am surely that.”
The Blank Page (Season 1, Episode 13)
Queens were scheming all around in this episode. Mary’s mother, Marie de Guise, created the ruse that England’s Queen died and Catherine came up with her own plan to push Mary to pick between Francis and Bash. The night of Francis’ return to France, Catherine gave Mary a folded piece of paper that supposedly held the Vatican’s response to the request of Sebastian’s legitimization. It turns out that the page is blank. Catherine urged Mary to go to the man she loves, free of having to decide based on political circumstances. The two schemes led Mary back into Francis’ arms.
A Joyous Occasion (Season 2, Episode 4)
With Frary married, they were under a lot of pressure to produce an heir. In “The Lamb and the Slaughter” Mary told Francis that she was pregnant while the Catherine prepared for John Philip/Jean-Philippe’s christening. While the happy couple celebrated with some alone time in their chambers, Catherine burst into the room to congratulate them and share that she had spies watching the pair for weeks. It’s even more embarrassing for the couple when she summons servants into the room. The scene was hilarious and one of the more light-hearted scenes shared between the trio.
In a series of episodes that probably made fans wish the show defied history, we watched as Francis grew weaker and the couple dealt with his impending fate. The pair danced to a violin rendition of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and our Frary hearts couldn’t take it.
Mary to the Rescue (Season 3, Episode 15)
Before she left France for good after Francis’ death, Mary used her mercenary army to save Catherine and Charles, who a mob of angry men believed was responsible for the death of several royal generals. This scene was an outstanding moment that displayed Mary’s growth as a monarch. It also highlighted the bonds she had formed in France and how far she was willing to go for the Valois family.
Reunited (Season 4, Episode 8)
When Reign first started nobody would have expected Mary and Catherine to care for each other the way they did. After quite some time apart, Catherine came to Scotland for Mary and Darnley’s wedding. Stressed and fearful for her future, the Queen of Scots rushed into Catherine’s arms in tears. The relationship between the Queen mother and the young Queen certainly had its ups and downs, but in the end, they formed a close friendship. The scenes where they comforted and helped each other are some of the series’ best.
Yes, Queen! (Season 4, Episode 9)
In a great scene of the series’ last season, Mary marched into Darnley’s meeting with Cardinal Odomo and set both men straight about her right to the throne of Scotland. Adelaide’s power and royal air in scenes like this make you want to cheer, especially when she was shutting down sexist and power-hungry men. Really any time Mary stood up for herself was awesome.
Man, oh man! Reign sure did have some good death scenes. From the ones that made us gasp (the Duchess of Bohemia falling out of the window during sex with King Henry) to the ones that made us cry (Francis’ death and Lola’s beheading). One fan mentioned that the scene of David Rizzo’s very historically accurate death was one of their favorites. That scene was probably the most gruesome in the series, but it was performed amazingly well. I’ll always remember Francis and Bash taking on Tomas in the woods because they wanted to protect Mary from marrying a terrible man. It was a major milestone for the young prince because it was the first time he took a life.
Thank you, Reign for all of the memorable moments, the tears, and the smiles you put on fans’ faces. We wish there could have been more!
The series finale of Reign airs tonight on The CW at 9 PM EST. I’m live tweeting the entire thing. Also, Adelaide Kane will be doing an Instagram Live feed at 5 PM PST/ 8 PM EST before the finale.
Kira McCall covers Entertainment for MFST. Follow her on Twitter at cocovanilla45 and @kiramira_.