The BEST Episodes of Reign (2013)
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2021
Network: The CW
Chronicles the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. It details the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue.
#1 - All It Cost Her
Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Jun 16, 2017
Mary makes a decision that will change the course of history -- forever shaping the fate of her nation, her crown, and her newborn son. Mary's perilous move for her survival causes the stunning realization that perhaps she is not the only one who may not survive. Meanwhile, Elizabeth steadies herself for war and will become the instigator in Mary's demise while later realizing she and Mary might be more similar than either thought. (Series Finale)
#2 - In A Clearing
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 13, 2015
Grateful for a future with a revived Francis, Mary considers signing away her claim to the English throne, and staying in France forever. Catherine learns that Nostradamus has returned -- with a new vision involving Francis' fate.
#3 - Safe Passage
Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired May 23, 2016
Mary learns from Lola that she has a chance to get to Scotland safely, but she must act quietly and quickly. When Catherine is framed for murder, Mary must decide if she should stay to protect her, which would jeopardize her safe passage to Scotland.
#4 - Banished
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 29, 2015
Mary finds out the truth from Greer about rumors going around Court, forcing Mary to do something she never thought possible. Francis finds himself in a growing rivalry with Condé for Mary. Bash’s mother Diane returns, igniting a long overdue confrontation with Catherine, while Claude (Rose Williams) is determined to find out the truth about who really killed the twins.
#5 - Burn
Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 14, 2015
In the second-season finale, Mary stops at nothing to ruin Condé. Meanwhile, Catherine meets with Elizabeth as a part a vengeful plot against Mary; Francis doubts Mary's loyalty to France; and Kenna holds a secret that affects her relationship with Bash.
#6 - Forbidden
Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 19, 2015
Mary’s mother returns to advise Mary that her throne is in jeopardy. Mary makes a shocking proposition to Condé, along with a bold move to reclaim her throne. Francis moves closer to Lola after a setback with Mary, while King Antoine makes Kenna an interesting offer.
#7 - To The Death
Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired May 16, 2016
Mary realizes her need to return to Scotland is becoming increasingly imminent and that along with the help of Bash, she must raise her own army to save her throne. Elizabeth enlists Lola's help to find out information about her mother, which backfires when Lola gets caught.
#8 - Slaughter of Innocence
Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 15, 2014
When the King's madness and cruelty reaches a fevered pitch, Mary and Francis take action. Their choices could change the course of history, but an unforeseen terror brewing in the woods could cost them, and their friends, everything. Mary makes a drastic decision when she learns Lola is going through a life-threatening labor at a location outside of the castle.
#9 - Intruders
Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Jun 13, 2016
Mary is presumed dead, so Elizabeth seeks her crown with assistance from Lola. Meanwhile, Mary's half brother tries to safeguard her throne from John Knox; and Mary and Bash wind up in the clutches of the intimidating clan leader who killed Francis.
#10 - Mercy
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 11, 2014
Francis tracks Narcisse with a passion for revenge. Meanwhile, Mary discovers Francis was being blackmailed, leading her and Condé to tackle a dangerous mission; Leith begs Greer to flee for her own safety; and Catherine receives a surprisingly erotic visit in her chambers.
#11 - Spiders in a Jar
Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Jun 20, 2016
Mary makes a bold move to defend her reign in Scotland, which results in a battle royale with her cousin, Elizabeth. Lola is accused of a heinous crime and suffers the drastic consequences. Meanwhile, back in France, Catherine finds that Charles has returned a changed man after paying a price for his mother's relentless quest for power.
#12 - Acts of War
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 4, 2014
Mary proposes a marriage idea for Claude, but Claude has plans of her own. Meanwhile, Bash and Francis concoct a scheme to free Francis from following Narcisse's demands; and Greer discovers she may be deeper in the Protestant movement than she realized.
#13 - The End of Mourning
Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 12, 2015
As Mary and Francis investigate who was behind the poisoning of King Henry, they unearth secrets of the past which force Mary to confront her feelings for Condé as she attempts to move forward. Catherine finds herself in the middle of a romantic triangle when the Duke of Guise returns, which forces Narcisse to commit a hideous act out of desperation. Meanwhile, Greer finds herself in a situation she never fathomed in order to survive.
#14 - Pulling Strings
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 14, 2017
Mary and Darnley wed in a lavish affair, which proves to be a successful decision in regards to her political standing. James makes an interesting discovery about Greer, while Elizabeth frantically tries to salvage England’s power.
#15 - The Siege
Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired May 7, 2015
As troops are about to descend on the castle, Mary (Adelaide Kane) and Francis (Toby Regbo) must put aside their differences to determine the extent of Condé’s (Sean Teale) betrayal. Mary also learns of a bittersweet revelation that tears her apart and makes her question everything. Meanwhile, Catherine (Megan Follows) decides to teach Narcisse (Craig Parker) a lesson to prove he can never cross her again and Bash (Torrance Coombs) decides to bring Delphine (guest star Alexandra Ordolis) to the castle.
#16 - Blood in the Water
Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Jun 9, 2017
Mary’s life hangs in the balance — Childbirth threatens to take Mary’s life, which leaves her and her unborn child’s safety in jeopardy. Elizabeth discovers that someone in her inner circle was the cause of the death of someone close to her.
#17 - The Hound and the Hare
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 4, 2015
Mary unearths a dark secret being kept by a Spanish prince, so she seeks Catherine's counsel. Meanwhile, suspicion surrounds a new ambassador from English court; and Bash's quest to find a mysterious murderer takes him to Greer's tavern.
#18 - Three Queens
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 6, 2014
Upon encountering a mob of angry peasants, Queens Mary and Catherine find themselves concealing their true identities after being forced to abandon their carriage and escape into the woods. Fearful the uprising is a response to his own actions, Francis forms a search party that includes Leith and Conde, only to discover the attack is actually a result of imposters abusing the power of the crown. Meanwhile, Lola sets out to become financially independent but, in the process, finds herself considering a complicated yet intriguing offer from Lord Narcisse.
#19 - Coronation
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 16, 2014
Mary searches for a way to feed the people of France; Francis is haunted by suspicions about his dead father's spirit; Catherine plans a lavish coronation ceremony.
#20 - Left Behind
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 5, 2013
Mary and Francis are forced to rely on one another when the castle is taken hostage, and Catherine shocks everyone when she makes a surprising proposal to try to save their lives. Meanwhile, Bash’s mother Diane tells Bash of her plan to have him legitimized.
#21 - A Bride. A Box. A Body.
Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Jun 2, 2017
Mary pursues justice by launching a counterattack on her conspirators. Meanwhile, Elizabeth suffers a major setback, and it turns her world upside down.
#22 - The Prince of the Blood
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 13, 2014
Young, reckless and provocative Princess Claude makes a surprise visit home, torturing her already haunted mother, Catherine. Francis is pressured by Narcisse to act against his conscience or risk his throne and his wife. Mary finds a new ally in Condé, a plot that involves an uncertain Lola. Kenna mistakes Claude for a newfound friend, while Greer returns earlier than expected from her wedding tour.
#23 - Dead of Night
Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired May 5, 2017
Mary and Darnley are at odds as their plan to seize England is put into action; Elizabeth is conflicted about her feelings for Gideon; Catherine's son Henri tries to claim the throne from Charles.
#24 - With Friends Like These
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 10, 2017
Queen Mary, unsure who to trust, tests her brother James to ensure his loyalty after hearing of his meeting with John Knox. Queen Elizabeth agrees to help Lord Darnley, in an attempt to sabotage the powerful suitor’s relationship with Mary.
#25 - Coup De Grace
Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired May 19, 2017
Darnley teams up with John Knox to strip Mary of her throne, which will leave a close friend of Mary's dead. Elizabeth must banish Gideon from court at the request of her future husband, while Charles takes a bold stance against his brother Henri.