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'Reign' Recap: Choosing love or fearing fate

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“Fated” is tonight’s midseason finale of “Reign.” To refresh your memory on what happened last time, click here. “Reign” returns on January 23rd on the CW. Here’s the latest gossip at the castle:

A History Lesson

In this episode, more than others, there is a European history lesson. England’s queen is dying, and Mary is the next blood relative. Even though Elizabeth is the King’s daughter, she is a bastard, a daughter born of Anne Boleyn and not the Queen. Oh my gosh, are we actually learning accurate historical facts? It’s insane! Basically, King Henry wants England, so he tells Mary to claim it and that now it is acceptable for Mary and Francis to wed because it helps him out the most. It’s all about power, people.

Oh, Kenna

She is still going on and on about Diane. How does she expect King Henry to just drop someone he has known for a good bit of his life? Hate to break it to you Kenna, but you knew this was the deal when you started sleeping with him. Kenna goes to confront Diane, and ends up being mistaken for her by a cardinal. He tells her that it is not a good idea for Bash to be legitimized at this time since the Vatican is approving Mary’s claim to England over Elizabeth’s. Surprisingly, Kenna decides to go to Catherine about this. Why? No one knows. Surely it made sense to Kenna at the time.

A Prophecy Comes to Pass

Catherine fills Mary in on Nostradamus’ prophecy that if Mary weds Francis, he will die. Since Mary has some experience with Nostradamus’ visions coming true, she goes to see him in order to hear more. He tells her that before the next frosts melts, Mary will lose one of her ladies. Sure enough, this is true. Aylee dies after drinking a poisoned cup meant for Kenna. Does anyone else wish Kenna would have died instead? Aylee is just so sweet. Plus, if Kenna would have died then the annoying affair with the King would end.

No One Else Shall Die

Mary decides that no one else will die because of her. She tells King Henry that she will not lay claim to England, thus losing his permission to marry Francis. Poor Francis, he is so confused and heartbroken. It is cruel to give us an episode of happy Frary and then rip it away! Mary decides to escape, and so even though she tells Francis she will wait for him, she runs off to the stables. Coincidentally, Bash is also at the stables with a plan to run away. You know what this means right? They run off together, and Francis watches them leave. Yeah, it probably looks like she chose Bash over him. That’s got to sting.

Favorite Quotations

Queen Catherine: “She is his equal in every way. He loves her. She loves him. What more could I want for my son except of his survival?”

Bash: “Forgive me if I don’t choose to run away with my mother and stay in the shadows while you seduce my father into giving a damn about us.”

Queen Catherine: “There are two things I can’t abide, betrayal and stupidity, and Kenna is guilty of both. One can be tempered, the other can never be remedied.”

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