Things on Reign have always been a little weird, right? I mean, there was Clarissa, the deformed love child of Catherine de’ Medici, who lived in secret passageways and tormented the French Court. There was King Henry himself, who was also tormented by voices – namely, the ghost of his dead brother, who convinced him to murder like, everyone and also have lots of creepy sado-masochistic sex. I mean, he banged a girl right out the window, remember? Yeah, that happened. Then there was the whole THE DARKNESS situation, which still makes no sense to me. It was just a guy? Or something? I don’t know. But the point is, things on Reign have been kooky since day one. This season, things aren’t any different.
After surviving the shortest outbreak of plague in European history (what was it, like three days?) the new King Francis is ready to start forming his cabinet, and his half-brother Bash is his first choice. Bash isn’t really into it, but he’s willing to go out on a recon mission to gather dirt on resident bad dude, Lord Narcisse. Rumor has it, Narcisse likes to go around during plagues and kill a bunch of people, throw their bodies in with the infected, and steal their land. Sounds great! While hunting for intel, Bash gets a warning from a random stranger. This is the second time someone’s warned Bash of a “reckoning,” which sounds just as ominous as it should sound. Because it’s not good news.
According to random weird lady: “There’s a door between the dead and the living and the plague kicked it down. If they dead aren’t guided through, the door stays open. The door is open. They will get to us before you know it…there will be…” You guessed it – a reckoning! Looks like too many evil things have happened lately, or something, and now all the spirits are pissed off and haunting the living instead of resting in peace.
We get to see this firsthand when Francis goes to check on his son. It’s just him and a housemaid in the nursery and it seems very nice and innocent until the housemaid starts talking crazy. “I remember holding you in my arms when you were this little….” She goes on to say that “all the wars and the whores” were nothing compared to the joy of giving Francis life (Side note: All The Wars And The Whores is the title of my next album). Francis is like, “Say what now?” and the housemaid is like, “Don’t you recognize your own father…USURPER!”
She quickly blinks back into her own body and has no memory of what just transpired, but Francis looks freaked as hell. And rightfully so – if you remember, Henry’s last vow was to kill Francis and marry his wife – which is why Francis killed him and took the throne before he had the chance. So, I guess Reign has ghosts now and the biggest, baddest ghost of all is back to get revenge on France’s new king.
Anyone else remember this? Just saying…
Yeah, Francis is doomed.