Possible spoilers for Season 3 of Reign below.
With shows like The Flash and The Vampire Diaries taking up part of its schedule, The CW isn’t a network that aims for realism at all times. But then there’s Reign, the fantastical drama that takes at least part of its source material from history’s tapestry. And it is indeed an attempt at accuracy that is being used to justify the early death of show lead King Francis II of France.
Fans of both Reign and history know that Francis II wasn’t long for this world, but it wasn’t beyond reason to think that the show would keep him around simply because fans enjoyed him and his story was engaging. But here’s why showrunner Laurie McCarthy says they decided to follow in the footsteps of the past for the monarch’s fate.
In the Season 2 finale, Francis showed signs that Nostradamus’ prophesies were coming true, and seeing a pair of bleeding ears is a sure sign that something is going direly wrong. The Season 3 premiere, which aired this past Friday in a new timeslot, showed him revealing to Mary that he is dying, which means that Charles will be his successor as King of France.
So it’s out in the open and everyone knows about it, which is itself a move that feels slightly old-fashioned and improper in today’s age of mindblowing TV deaths. But as McCarthy explained to EW, Francis’ death isn’t supposed to be a surprise, but rather something that people should have to deal with in the impending weeks.
As odd as it feels, I like that kind of transparency, without any trickery involved with Francis meeting his maker presumably later in Season 3. That said, expect lots of twists and turns throughout the rest of this season, as Reign airs every Friday night on The CW.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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