What were the most hated plotlines in CWs Reign? Find out as we rank the worst episode of the show, ranked according to IMDb.
For a historical show, CW’s Reign managed to gain quite a bit of success. Originally airing from 2013 to 2017, the show sought to tell the story of Mary, Queen of Scots, throughout her journey from engaged to King Frances to being head to head against her cousin Elizabeth I of England. With a rating of 7.5 out of 10 on IMDb, it’s safe to say that the show found its niche and collected a devoted fan base that enjoyed the twists and tweaks the show made to reality.
In spite of the quality acting, breathtaking outfits, and ongoing political intrigue, the Reign did have its faults. Many storylines seemed forced and failed to advance the plot, while the introduction and departure of certain characters definitely hurt the show. Here, we take a look back at the worst episodes, ranked according to IMDb.
Blood For Blood (7.6)
The fifth episode of season five was a bit of a hot mess, mostly due to the inclusion of so many sub-plots. Sometimes, you can have too much of a good thing! In “Blood For Blood”, the tensions between Catholics and Protestants are growing stronger, leading to tremendous acts of violence throughout France.
Simultaneously, Castleroy is revealed as a Protestant, setting in motion a disastrous chain of events. Meanwhile, Francis starts believing that the ghost of his father really is haunting him through possessions which even in the world of Reign is quite farfetched.
The Darkness (7.6)
The whole plot involving Bash and the dark magic practice by pagans in season one was quite unnecessary. It didn’t do much as far as moving the story along is concerned, and it got pretty old, pretty fast.
The most interesting thing about the fifteenth episode of the first season was the growing madness of King Henry and the consequent growing concern from Mary, Francis, and Catherine.
Royal Blood (7.6)
There was a string of bad moves the show made early on. And one of those mistakes included having Francis and Lola have sex behind Mary’s back, which is wrong in several ways, even by 16th century standards.
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Aside from that, the storyline that followed Bash’s possible succession fell flat, and the kidnapping of the young princes by Clarissa was also a shot in the dark that didn’t end well in terms of episode quality.
Tempting Fate (7.5)
On the topic of very bad moves, a good one to add to the list is the season two storyline that involved Mary falling in love with Condé. Now, people who were avid fans of Mary and Frances together did not take this well.
Whatever, what made it even worse was the added detail of Condé being a spy for Elizabeth, Mary’s enemy, and doing her bidding while getting close to Mary.
Reversal Of Fortune (7.5)
“Reversal Of Fortune” immediately followed the events of “Tempting Fate”, as the eighteenth episode of season two. The love story between Mary and Condé further complicates when Scotland is under attack and Mary must make the final decision in regards to whom she wants to stay wit.
Meanwhile, Francis is dying, and Mary decides to remain by his side in order to save her country. But the strain in their marriage is now tighter than ever.
Tasting Revenge (7.5)
As the fifteenth episode of the second season of Reign, “Tasting Revenge” was the predecessor to “Reversal of Fortune” and “Tempting Fate”. Thus, it was the episode that precipitated the relationship between Mary and Condé.
Francis makes one last attempt to reconcile with this wife, but when it fails, he tells her that she can be with the man she wants discreetly. Simultaneously, lords start showing off their daughters in court in the hopes of making them mistresses of the King. For fans of the couple, this episode was painful to watch.
Curiously enough, the first episode of the show ranks among the lowest-rated on the show. This is understandable; the job of a pilot is only to introduce characters and set up storylines.
As far as action is concerned, there wasn’t much of it, and not many exciting things happened that would make audiences rate it as a high pilot.
By the time “Fugitive”, the twentieth episode of the second season came around, Mary and Francis were still in bad terms. She attempts to reconcile with her husband as she finally understands the consequences of having blindly trusted Condé.
Francis, bitter and enraged, stops at nothing to catch Condé, as the latter is still doing Elizabeth’s bidding and putting together and Army with the intention of going after Francis.
“Abandoned” preceded the events that take place in “Fugitive” making it the nineteenth episode of the second season. Mary has decided to stay with the weakened Francis, even though their marriage is in shambles.
Condé accepts to marry Elizabeth, and becomes King Consort of England, making him a mortal enemy not only to France but to Mary herself as well.
All It Cost Her…(7.2)
And the lowest-rated episode of Reign is none other than the very last one! In the show’s defense, it would be quite difficult to appease fans and stay true to Mary’s life.
Because truth is, Mary Queen of Scots did they, and Elizabeth was the one who had her killed. Perhaps fans can take solace in the fact that Mary was eventually reunited with Francis.