The BEST Episodes of Reign (2013)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 20, 2020

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.

In A Clearing

#1 - 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.

star 8.12
683 votes
All It Cost Her

#2 - 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)

star 8.12
750 votes
Banished

#3 - 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.

star 8.10
562 votes
Writers: Chelsey Lora
Safe Passage

#4 - 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.

star 8.09
793 votes
Burn

#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.

star 8.04
557 votes
Directors: Fred Gerber
Writers: Laurie McCarthy, Nancy Won
Forbidden

#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.

star 8.04
554 votes
Directors: Charles Binamé
Writers: Laurie McCarthy, Nancy Won
Slaughter of Innocence

#7 - 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.

star 8.02
693 votes
Directors: David Frazee
Writers: Doris Egan, Laurie McCarthy
To The Death

#8 - 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.

star 8.01
762 votes
Mercy

#9 - 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.

star 7.99
598 votes
Directors: Rich Newey
Writers: Drew Lindo, Wendy Riss Gatsiounis
Acts of War

#10 - 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.

star 7.98
660 votes
Directors: Fred Gerber
Writers: Laurie McCarthy, Nancy Won
Intruders

#11 - 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.

star 7.97
798 votes
Spiders in a Jar

#12 - 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.

star 7.97
800 votes
The End of Mourning

#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.

star 7.96
568 votes
Writers: Laurie McCarthy, Nancy Won
Pulling Strings

#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.

star 7.96
887 votes
Directors: Andy Mikita
Writers: April Blair, Laurie McCarthy
The Siege

#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.

star 7.95
593 votes
Directors: Andy Mikita
Writers: Adele Lim, Lisa Randolph
Three Queens

#16 - 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.

star 7.94
649 votes
Directors: Steve DiMarco
Writers: Doris Egan
Blood in the Water

#17 - 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.

star 7.94
787 votes
The Hound and the Hare

#18 - 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.

star 7.93
697 votes
The Prince of the Blood

#19 - 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.

star 7.93
657 votes
Directors: Deborah Chow
Writers: Drew Lindo, Wendy Riss Gatsiounis
Coronation

#20 - 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.

star 7.92
715 votes
Directors: Holly Dale
Writers: Harley Peyton
Dead of Night

#21 - 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.

star 7.92
828 votes
A Bride. A Box. A Body.

#22 - 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.

star 7.91
765 votes
Left Behind

#23 - 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.

star 7.90
986 votes
Writers: Drew Lindo
The Lamb and the Slaughter

#24 - The Lamb and the Slaughter

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 23, 2014

Shadowy riders have attacked a shepherd, Lord Conde and Bash investigate. Mary reconsiders her relationship with Lola. Leith returns to court.

star 7.89
703 votes
Directors: Sudz Sutherland
Writers: Adele Lim, Laurie McCarthy
With Friends Like These

#25 - 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.

star 7.89
994 votes
Directors: Stuart Gillard
Writers: Drew Lindo, Wendy Riss