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Reign 2×01 “Black Plague” Review

Reign is not meant to be taken too seriously. It’s, after all, CW. The show’s not pretentious, nor historical accurate, but it’s good entertainment as the Thursday’s night episode demonstrated.

Spoilers ahead…

“I count every life lost.”

After a first season of melodrama and possible a little bit over the top plotting, season two begins under the shadow of the Black Plague which reaches the French Court without any warning. Historically speaking, The Black Plague was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history with over 200 million people dead, and it had a profound effect on the course of European history. In Reign, the character who foretells the changes that are going to take place is Mary of Scotts, who tries to figure her own way of ruling under pressure. With a mother-in-law like Caterina de Medici, it’s either selling your soul to the Devil or hide it in a safe place.

“Food for survival in exchange for one life easily taken.”

In times of war or calamities, is justice achievable? That is, without a doubt, the most important question Mary must answer to herself. Lord Eduard comes before the Queens and asks for the death of Pierre Voland, his foe, for “bedding his wife on numerous occasions”. Catherine seems to consider the taught, while Mary is horrified by the perspective.

“I’ve scarified lives before and everyone takes me a step further away from the person I want to be.”

Finally, Mary comes to a decision that in the episode coincides with the unexpected climax of it. From this point on, Mary, I assume, will not be the same…prepare for some surprises along the season, because Mary is no longer a bystander. She’s  started the game.

Francis’ decision is not an easy one also. Lola has given birth to his child and plans to get as far away from France in order to give her child a life without the stigma of bastard. But at the last minute, after holding his son for the first time, Francis can’t do it. He can’t let go. Drama at the court is about to begin.

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