10 Worst Episodes of Reign

Mary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court.

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Reign - S1E1

#1 - Pilot (Season 1 - Episode 1)

After spending a childhood safely hidden away in a monastery, a teenage Mary Stuart arrives in France where she has been sent to secure Scotland’s strategic alliance by formalizing her arranged engagement to the French King’s dashing son, Prince Francis. Further complicating things is Bash, Francis’ handsome, roguish half-brother and Francis’ mother, Queen Catherine. When the strong-willed Queen learns of a prophecy that marriage to Mary will cost Francis his life, she is determined to save her son, no matter how many others have to pay with their lives.

The episode was rated 7.49 from 1189 votes.

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#2 - The Darkness (Season 1 - Episode 15)


The castle is abuzz with First Light, where the women of the castle mingle with potential suitors. Much to Mary’s dismay, Lola is reluctant to participate in the tradition. After another violent incident with the increasingly erratic King Henry, Kenna fears for her safety and confides in Queen Catherine, while Bash experiences the terrors of the woods and vows to uncover the truth behind the Darkness.

The episode was rated 7.65 from 575 votes.

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#3 - Fugitive (Season 2 - Episode 20)

Mary goes to extremes to halt Francis from his quest to catch Condé at any cost. Catherine, jealous of Narcisse’s relationship with Lola, asks him to do something unforgiveable to prove himself, Kenna crosses a line with General Renaude and Greer makes a choice that might end her relationship with Leith.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 476 votes.

Reign - S3E11

#4 - Succession (Season 3 - Episode 11)


Charles' coronation nears, forcing Mary to find a suitor who will be her ally. Meanwhile, Lola discovers who's been poisoning Elizabeth; and the castle's serial killer has special plans for Catherine.

The episode was rated 7.71 from 708 votes.

Reign - S1E12

#5 - Royal Blood (Season 1 - Episode 12)

When Clarissa kidnaps the younger children of King Henry and Queen Catherine, Mary and Bash work with the Queen to find them, with tragic results. Meanwhile, when Lola attempts to help her brother with a debt he owes, Francis rescues her, causing the two of them to grow closer.

The episode was rated 7.72 from 627 votes.

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#6 - Snakes in the Garden (Season 1 - Episode 2)


When Simon, an English envoy, tells Mary that the English are aware of her fragile engagement to Francis, Mary and Francis put on a show to protect their alliance. Meanwhile, when Queen Catherine learns that someone who knows about her plot to destroy Mary is still alive, she stops at nothing to make sure they are silenced for good.

The episode was rated 7.73 from 890 votes.

Reign - S3E2

#7 - Betrothed (Season 3 - Episode 2)

Catherine is imprisoned when she returns to France, and Elizabeth faces a political backlash for sheltering her. Meanwhile, the fate of Scotland's future forces Mary to make some tough choices; and Lola feels torn regarding Narcisse.

The episode was rated 7.73 from 587 votes.

Reign - S2E19

#8 - Abandoned (Season 2 - Episode 19)


Mary manages to align herself with France as the threat from England looms.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 476 votes.

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#9 - The Price (Season 3 - Episode 4)

Mary's mother sends her a pressing message to inform her of Scotland's troubles, so Mary seeks help from Francis. Meanwhile, Narcisse becomes an obstacle in Catherine's endeavor to become the regent to Charles; and pressure mounts for Elizabeth to marry.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 577 votes.

Reign - S2E17

#10 - Tempting Fate (Season 2 - Episode 17)


Catherine is suspicious that Mary and Condé are having an affair; Francis becomes ill; Bash's life is in peril; Leith is forced to guard Claude.

The episode was rated 7.77 from 490 votes.

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