Reign Review: White Wedding

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Before we get to any of the many, many, many, many, many things that went on in Reign Season 1 Episode 13, I feel like I must note:

Yup, public consummations by royals were a real thing back then.

I assume that they would have included less sexy tongue-kissing (on account of your parents being there and all), but on a technical level, Mary and Francis's night of passion was historically accurate.

Of course, I, like all of you, am now even more curious about what was left out. The CW said that content was cut from the scene by censors and is releasing a more sexually explicit version of this episode online, which is a first.

I was initially into the whole idea - I mean, we all like sexier sex, right? - but knowing that this "too hot for TV" sex scene takes place in front of a full castle staff and all of Mary's friends awkwardly trying to avert their eyes made it a little less, uh, enticing for me.

Moving on: so, would it be easier to say what DIDN'T happen in this episode? Clarissa is still alive, to the shock of no one; Marie de Guise is actually a worse mother and meaner person than Catherine, which I wasn't sure was possible (but god, she has a way with Reign quotes!); and suicide attempts continue to abound.

So many suicide attempts! They're becoming the new ubiquitous danger on Reign, like a carriage ride through the forest, they are!

Mary's happiness with Francis, while adorable, will obviously not be long-lasting. Nostradamus visions aside, there are just too many people out there who wish them harm for things to end in teen marital bliss. But who will be the one to actually wreck it?

While Clarissa is obviously going to get up to something, I think she is a red herring. I actually think we're on the verge of seeing Bash turn into a villain.

Reign Season 1 hasn't had a sustained villain - there have been single-episode threats, and then there have been people like Clarissa, who pose threats more out of fear and confusion than malice.

But the show is ready for a real baddie, and Bash - driven by his own bitterness and feelings of betrayal - is going to be it. He's always had an edge to him, a feeling of unease that set him apart from the other carefree young people at court, which kept him from ever quite fitting in.

I think we're finally going to see that unease blossom into something way worse, something truly threatening to the court. And I think it is going to be awesome!

Of course, Bash could always team up with Clarissa, a la Catwoman and the Penguin in Batman Forever, to try and take down French court together. Which would make Mary...Batman? Which would make Francis...Vicky Vale? Which would make Queen Catherine...Jim Gordon?

Quick, someone make a video about this! Get in on the bottom floor of this theory!

Official Reign FashionWatch: 10/10, of course! This was the wedding episode! Obviously you're going to totally, utterly bring it on the wedding episode. I don't even want to get married, but I want to get married 100,000 times in Mary's wedding dress.

And don't even get me started on those outfits Catherine was trying on for her beheading. What a painfully glamorous beheading that would have been! Truly, the Academy Awards of removing human heads from bodies.

People say that marriage is supposed to be forever - of course, those same people probably also say you shouldn't date your ex-boyfriend's brother. So with that in mind:

Will Mary really stay with Francis?


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Mary drives me nuts with her flip-flopping between Francis and Bash. Was excited that she said she loved Francis more then anything and now their married. But for how long before she turns to Bash again?
I don't like Bash but that whole wedding sex thing was just sick and I really felt uncomfortable for Bash.
After all the lying and deception was reveled last nite Iam afraid my story book romance for Francis and waffling Mary is short lived.
Anybody know how many episodes left this season.


While the wedding dress was pretty fantastic... I really loved the dress that she was wearing when she came back from almost eloping with Bash... It was to die for! The public consummation was very awkward and creepy, but they had to make sure that the marriage was consummated back then for it to be valid... Still creepy though.


I loved that dress. I want that dress for my wedding lol. Catherine was hilarious this ep. So was Mary's mom. Lola will end up preggers, just for the sake of drama. Maybe I'm blind, but did anyone actually try to kill bash? And no one has ever said it , but mannnnnnnnnn I love Nostradamus's voice. All hoarse and whispery


The Wedding dress was beautiful and was perfect for Mary!


The Wedding dress was beautiful and was perfect for Mary!

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The Wedding dress was beautiful and was perfect for Mary!


Loved the episode. I figured she would marrie Francis not just because that's what happened in history but because it creates a lot more drama with Bash and them and now with Lola and them. I get that it's how they did it back then but having sex in front of your friends and family would be totally awkward and uncomfortable. I was surprised to find out Carissa is still alive because in the last episode they showed one last shot of her and her eyes were wide open she didn't blink so that lead me to believe she was actually dea because she usually would have blinked. Can't wait till the next episode it looks really good.


I hope they draw out Mary/Francis first and only year of marriage so that Francis doesn't get killed off the show so soon.

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Reign Season 1 Episode 13 Quotes

Marie de Guise: Marry Francis--not some bastard who might be king some day.
Mary: His name is Sebastian.

So I sent you here to wed a king and find you engaged to a bastard.

Marie de Guise

Reign Season 1 Episode 13 Music

  Song Artist
Aidan hawken walking blind feat carina round Walking Blind (feat. Carina Round) Aidan Hawken iTunes
Gabrielle aplin the power of love The Power of Love Gabrielle Aplin iTunes
The goo goo dolls come to me Come to Me The Goo Goo Dolls iTunes