Otherwise known as the one in which we bid adieu to the French court for five loooong months,
King Henry and the fantastic Alan Van Sprang took their final leave of us,
and I realized that if Toby Regbo doesn’t win an Oscar one of these days, I will lose all faith in humanity and this bankrupt blue dot on which we live.
gif credit to fraryfied
Anonymous said: is reign any good?
Reign is so freaking amazing. I know I had shit to say in the beginning and honestly, some of that was deserved, but overall it was one of my favorite shows this tv season. What I love about it is how well the women are written and I mean all of the women. Catherine is like what I imagined Cersei to be like in some ways. She is a villain/antagonistic character, but is also complex and not one not. Her love is powerful and so it her hate.
Mary, holy hell, Mary has such an amazing character arc. It is so much fun to see a female queen character be in the media and have that be her priority. And it is, Mary loves Francis (omg Fary yesss all day. Bash who? Only with Kenna), but she is the Queen of Scotland and that is first. Even Francis must accept that and it’s awesome because they are truly equals in a political sense. Yes, gender will give Mary some issues (her virtue being of importance and the need to marry), but she is still the Queen of her own country and a lot of her story is her loosing that innocence of what it means to rule and have to get her hands dirty.
The supporting female characters all get their story lines. Kenna with being the king’s mistress, Greer with trying to find a good match and falling in love with the kitchen boy, Lola as the loyal one and Aylee who well…you’ll see and none of their stories play out as I thought. And while they are empowered they are within the context of how women could be empowered at that time. So there is no need for bitching about “but they are women how could they blah blah.” Yes, they are and their issues are totally issues that women of that time would have and they handle their shit because women have always had to handle their shit.
Francis is a great romantic lead because he is constantly being challenged by the writers to evolve in order to be good enough and that is refreshing. He has doubts, flaws and doesn’t always make the best choices but he apologizes and that is awesome.
Bash wasn’t my favorite at first, but during the second half of the season he was great and I got really invested in his plot. I just had no interest in the love triangle and that, imo, is the only part of the show that got frustrating because it was so unneeded and made everyone look horrible. Those episode will be hard to get through, but once they are over it is magic.
So yes. Reign is a good show. It is a CW show so it’s not perfect, but you know what. Damn near close. Yes the fashion and historical flaws will hurt but just let Catherine and Mary into your lives and they will make everyone okay.
Basically watch Reign…. And ship Fary.
Love this post.
Anonymous said: Are they adding more cast members and making some from reoccurring to regular (Leigh) to makeup for the loss of Henry or because they're continuing their quest for shock value SL like princess Claude. Umm, how about we focus on character development and SL with substance instead... oh I forgot this is Reign. I would much rather have them add lord Darnley during the mid season finale than this nonsense. Why even bother with another person who takes liking to Mary... If it won't lead anywhere?
I’m not sure what to read into the casting news, if anything. Since the pilot, Reign has killed off one male (Henry) and one female (Aylee) cast member, so it makes a certain sense to bring in another male and female character, but I think it should be noted that it wasn’t specified whether Claude or Condé would be contract roles. They could appear for one episode or a small arc or the whole season with varying amounts of screen time. We don’t know yet. The writers may not know either.
I’m not against Claude exactly if it gives Catherine a fresh storyline, but when the characterization of Claude is “very sexualized” and little else, I’m wary.
I’m just curious as to how they’ll handle Claude’s entrance into the story. Will they play the “She Was There All Along” / “As You Know” card? Or will she be returning from another court?
For what it’s worth, I thought the microscopic interaction between Francis and his sister Elizabeth was well done. When he goes to meet his parents after the “I was riding? / Really? Who?” scene and he looks at her as she’s trying her gown and she does a little pose and they smile. I would have liked to see more of that - the relationship between the two sibs.
Also, I am assuming, simply based on the marriage that Elizabeth is older than Francis but I just realized that it doesn’t necessarily follow.
Anonymous said: If Henry was sane when he ordered Bash killed, he was sane when he forced Bash to witness Frary's consummation. So Laurie thinks those are acts of a sane man & Henry's justified in punishing Bash? No wonder the writing didn't address the injustice of all the Bash torture & ignored the fact that he HAD NO CHOICE but to go along with Mary's plan to save Francis' life & his *own* life since Henry would've beheaded him. But how dare Bash steal Francis' girl & throne! Laurie's Francis love is scary.
Bash was in danger of being killed one way or the other. Either by Catherine for trying to take the throne or Henry for being in the way. At least by going along with Mary’s plan he got to protect her and save Francis. Easy choice for him.
Cruel as it was, I understood Henry forcing Bash to watch the consummation. I understood ordering Bash killed, too, though doing both was unnecessary and probably a rewrite. The problem for me is the reaction. After making it clear (though not showing very much) that Bash was the favored son, Henry’s actions needed to be addressed. Either the relationship wasn’t as it seemed, in which case that should be revealed, or it was, and Henry needed to show some conflict over it. Bash needed a similar reaction. Either he was aware that he was expendable, or he was blindsided.
Well, this at least has some explanation in the story: Bash is aware that he is expendable, and that he and his mother are favorites because they don’t make any demands on the King. I wasn’t surprised that the answer to “who ordered you [guards] to kill me! the Queen or the Dauphin?” was the King. It had also been telegraphed early enough that when it came to England, Henri was irrational. The whole succession/legitimization crisis was also evidence of that, arguably. A sane King won’t have jeopardized his dynasty and risked civil war in his country.
Anonymous said: can you write a fic about francis staying at court for a little while when bash and mary are engaged?
"I heard Natalia was seen going into his rooms again."
Mary can’t help but hear the whispers. The castle is only so small and the servants are terrible gossips.
Wow. Just wow.
I can’t get over hot!disinherited!Francis. Please tell me there’s more where this came from.
I read it on tumblr yesterday. It’s a what-if fic. Francis didn’t leave court after Bash was legitimized. Mary and Bash wed but their first child was really Francis’s daughter. Mary named her Anne.
Here you have it, it’s perfection.
Thank you so much!