Catherine: “Please don’t tell Francis that I mistook my illness for the plague. It’s embarrassing.”
“Drawn and Quartered” is the October 9 episode of “Reign.” Beware, this article contains spoilers. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from tonight’s episode. “Reign” airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. CT on the CW.
Lord Narcisse figures out that his son Edward was purposely infected. Obviously this is all sorts of bad. Narcisse demands justice. He gathers the nobles and stirs up trouble. Mary tries to settle things by having a chat with Narcisse where she comes clean. She figures out that Edward was just following orders. Lord Narcisse is the ones who wanted the noble dead.
Catherine is concerned about the nobles revolting, and she really should be. Narcisse makes it clear to Mary that he does not fear her or Francis. The nobles have all the power, and it is time to set an example. Since Narcisse can’t get to Mary, he is going to have everyone who lied for Mary, including Nostradamus, drawn and quartered. Is he being too harsh?
Bash has another lovely chat about the dead with a random woman. She says that the spirits aren’t leaving this world because of how they were treated. The plague knocked the door between worlds open, and if the spirits don’t walk through it, the dead will travel back to this world. This sounds like a terrible, creepy thing.
Castleroy blames Leith for Yvette’s death. He punches Leith. It’s surprising. Castleroy doesn’t seem like the guy to start punching. Greer goes to apologize to Leith, and he, thankfully, tells her what’s done is done, and that she needs to leave.
Mary and Francis come up with a plan to leverage Narcisse. If they can get something on him, maybe he won’t kill Nostradamus. Francis sends Bash to check out the claim that Narcisse killed people for their land. Meanwhile, Mary and Lola try to figure out why Narcisse wanted the noble at the castle dead.
Before he is sent to be executed, Catherine visits Nostradamus in his cell. She tells him of her plans to remember him after he is gone. It looks like Catherine takes being temporarily poisoned seriously. But come on, can’t you just let this one incident slip? Nostradamus has been loyal to you for years!
Castleroy is suddenly suspicious of Greer’s loyalty to him. Dude, it’s not like her having a thing for Leith is something new. Greer points this out, but Castleroy says he doesn’t know it would hurt this much. Sounds like your problem. He says he has to go away on business and to see his daughters. Castleroy isn’t sure he will return. If he never comes back, is Greer still married to him?
After coming up empty on evidence, Mary and Francis fake having a confession to get Narcisse to spare Nostradamus and the guards. Husband and wife actually work together. It’s a miracle. They put on a nice little show that makes it look like Francis spared Narcisse from the Vatican reading the “confession.” It’s nice when Francis and Mary are working in harmony.
Leith just can’t catch a break. In order to get Nostradamus and the guards freed, Francis has to give Narcisse some land – any land that he wants. Guess whose land Narcisse ends up taking? That’s right, Leith’s. Now Leith has to go back to castle. While Castleroy’s away, will Greer and Leith play?
Francis can’t decide whether or not to claim his son. Catherine thinks he should because if he doesn’t, there will always be distance in his relationship with his son. At the end of the episode, Mary tells Francis to give his son his name. She wants Francis’ son to be protected because the weak are vulnerable. Any theories on how badly this is going to play out for Mary in the end?
Francis asks Bash to be his adviser. It’s helpful to have someone trustworthy on a council full of nobles. At first, Bash isn’t sure being a politician is the thing for him. His job as Master of Horse and Hunt most be quite demanding if he is turning down a swanky new job. Even though he doesn’t believe it’s the right fit, Bash agrees to be Francis’ adviser. He wants to help ensure that the laws are being carried out and that there is justice.
Alright, time to be thoroughly creeped out. Not going to lie, there was a moment where the idea that Catherine isn’t Francis’ real mother came to mind. Somehow it seemed plausible. Don’t judge! The truth is much more disturbing. King Henry possesses a maid who is currently holding Francis’ son. Well, it looks like Bash is right about some ghosts sticking around.
What did you think of the episode? Should Francis claim his son? Where is Nostradamus going? Leave me your thoughts and theories in a comment below.