Mary: “Are all powerful men so insecure?”
“Coronation” is the October 16 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.
Things are not looking good in Francis. Francis can’t feed his people, which is only slightly important. Narcisse is being a jerk and withholding his grain. This means that people are getting desperate. Can we talk about that violent guard? He is a slash happy with his sword. All the guy was stealing was food. He was already captured, but the guard had to draw his sword.
Francis has claimed his son. The unnamed baby has been given the title of Baron, and he has a chateau. Lola doesn’t seem too happy about it. Anyone know why Bash was never given a title?
A perk of Lola’s son being claimed is that she gets to spend time with the wives of nobles. They are terrible bunch. Every time one of them opens their mouth, you just want to slap them. There is one though, she reaches out to Kenna and offers her access to properties that their owners died by plague.
Francis is trying to get another noble to sell him the grain. If only everyone didn’t fear Narcisse. Can Francis not offer protective custody or something? The noble agrees, but then Narcisse is rude and kidnaps the noble’s son. Okay, Narcisse just lost his son and is grieving, but he is willing to inflict that pain on someone else. Monster seems like an apt word to describe Narcisse.
Mary meets a German Protestant Duke who offers grain in return for the release of some protestant prisoners that Henry put away. There has to be something else. It’s a little too good to be true. Francis doesn’t want to take the deal because this will have all the Catholic nobles up in arms. Man, the two of them just can’t catch a break.
A bright side to this political nightmare is that Francis and Mary are working together perfectly. There isn’t a heated or tense discussion about Lola or Bash or anything. The only issue is Mary needs to act as if she knows her place, which is subservient to her husband. Other than that, the two of them are dancing and scheming, and it is perfection.
Catherine goes into mama bear mode. She talks to Narcisse for purely political reasons. She doesn’t enjoy his company or anything. Surprisingly, Catherine does actually seem to want Francis’ best interests at heart. It seems like the two women in Francis’ life are attempting to make deals behind his back. The queens rule this country.
Francis, look at your life. Look at your priorities. Your people are starving, and you leave the castle to speak to ghosts? Francis doesn’t even believe in ghosts. He can’t really get angry at Mary for accepting the deal with the Greman since Francis is putting his personal business above the crown. Well, being haunted by his father whom he killed is a little traumatizing.
Yup, that’s right, Mary goes and takes the deal. She doesn’t seem to care too much for standing in the background. Mary wants to save her people, and she doesn’t care about the politics. Too bad Francis does. He wants to make sure his people know that he should be respected. Francis’ legitimacy as King is on the line, and Mary isn’t helping.
Bash has been asked to investigate the murder of a woman’s husband. The prime suspect is the husband of the noble woman that Kenna has befriended. It turns out the wife’s act of kindness was actually a bribe. It’s a pity how that happens. Kenna needs to make better friends.
Oh yay, let’s watch some cool performer people jump over one another. It’s a happy moment that is ruined by the German Duke riding in and throwing torture instruments down at Francis’ feet. The prisoners he seeks to free were moved from their cell two days ago. Um, this is getting weird.
Kenna loves Bash so much. She sacrifices his case in order to save Bash’s life. It’s too bad that Bash doesn’t see it that way. Kenna claims that Bash would be murdered if he convicted the noble of murder. Bash values justice over his own life.
Mary volunteers to clean up this mess without talking to anyone in power. She goes to the guards, and learns that Conde took the prisoners. He doesn’t care if people are starving. Conde is being super selfish and thinking of saving the woman he loves. Her ship to Amsterdam was commandeered by Germans. Conde takes the prisoners in order to make his own deal with the German duke. Thankfully, Conde returns the prisoners to the castle.
Francis shuts Narcisse down. It’s brilliant. He doesn’t need Narcisse anymore, and Francis allows Mary to speak. It’s a glorious moment. Narcisse loses. Mary wins. Oh, and Francis doesn’t look half bad during this either. The coronation is absolutely gorgeous. Mary’s dress is stunning.
Catherine and Narcisse seem to share a lot of drinks in private. This time, Narcisse is there to share what he knows with Catherine. She never quits playing the game. Every now and then, Catherine does something really nice for a random village. What is she doing? Ensuring that she is loved in a variety of places. Catherine is a crafty one.
What did you think of the episode? Should Kenna have burned the page? Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.