The Best Episodes of Reign (2013)

Last Updated: Nov 25, 2018

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.

All It Cost Her

#1 - All It Cost Her

Season 4 - Episode 16

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 8.14
678 votes
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Intruders

#2 - Intruders

Season 3 - Episode 17

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 8.12
698 votes
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Slaughter of Innocence

#3 - Slaughter of Innocence

Season 1 - Episode 22

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 8.12
535 votes
Directors: David Frazee
Writers: Laurie McCarthy, Doris Egan
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Safe Passage

#4 - Safe Passage

Season 3 - Episode 15

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 8.11
662 votes
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Burn

#5 - Burn

Season 2 - Episode 22

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 8.08
450 votes
Directors: Fred Gerber
Writers: Laurie McCarthy, Nancy Won
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Left Behind

#6 - Left Behind

Season 1 - Episode 7

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 8.07
712 votes
Writers: Drew Lindo
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In A Clearing

#7 - In A Clearing

Season 3 - Episode 5

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 8.05
552 votes
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Spiders in a Jar

#8 - Spiders in a Jar

Season 3 - Episode 18

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 8.05
728 votes
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Fated

#9 - Fated

Season 1 - Episode 8

Nostradamus tells Mary of his prophecy that one among them will die soon, which causes Mary to make a decision that will forever change her relationship with Francis. Clarissa becomes bolder with her endeavors, while Kenna informs Catherine of Diane's plan for Bash, which ends up backfiring.

star 8.04
673 votes
Directors: Fred Gerber
Writers: Laurie McCarthy
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Blood in the Water

#10 - Blood in the Water

Season 4 - Episode 15

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 8.04
689 votes
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Pulling Strings

#11 - Pulling Strings

Season 4 - Episode 9

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 8.02
813 votes
Directors: Andy Mikita
Writers: April Blair, Laurie McCarthy
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Inquisition

#12 - Inquisition

Season 1 - Episode 11

When King Henry accuses Queen Catherine of treason and adultery, she sets out to save her life by exposing Bash's dark past. Mary and Bash go on a quest to expose an even more deadly secret from Catherine's past. Meanwhile, Nostradamus reveals the truth about the castle ghost, Clarissa, which shocks everyone.

star 8.00
626 votes
Directors: Mike Rohl
Writers: Doris Egan
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Banished

#13 - Banished

Season 2 - Episode 12

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 8.00
429 votes
Writers: Chelsey Lora
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Dead of Night

#14 - Dead of Night

Season 4 - Episode 11

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 7.99
752 votes
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A Bride. A Box. A Body.

#15 - A Bride. A Box. A Body.

Season 4 - Episode 14

Mary pursues justice by launching a counterattack on her conspirators. Meanwhile, Elizabeth suffers a major setback, and it turns her world upside down.

star 7.98
694 votes
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The Siege

#16 - The Siege

Season 2 - Episode 21

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 7.97
462 votes
Directors: Andy Mikita
Writers: Adele Lim, Lisa Randolph
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To The Death

#17 - To The Death

Season 3 - Episode 14

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 7.97
662 votes
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For King and Country

#18 - For King and Country

Season 1 - Episode 9

When Mary and Bash are captured and forced to return to the castle, they discover Catherine waiting and even more determined to keep Mary and Francis apart. Francis learns of the prophecy, but his determination to wed Mary changes everything: in love in politics, tearing the bond of brothers apart, and hardening Catherine's resolve to destroy Mary at any cost.

star 7.96
667 votes
Directors: Helen Shaver
Writers: Alan McCullough, Alan McCullough, Edgar Lyall
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Hearts and Minds

#19 - Hearts and Minds

Season 1 - Episode 4

Mary has to decide if she is willing to lie and sentence a man to death in order to have King Henry let her out of her engagement to Prince Francis. Meanwhile, Francis and Bash are suspicious of Tomas’ true intentions which will ultimately lead to a confrontation with disastrous results.

star 7.94
764 votes
Directors: Scott Peters
Writers: P.K. Simonds
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Uncharted Waters

#20 - Uncharted Waters

Season 4 - Episode 8

As Mary’s upcoming wedding looms, a terrible tragedy pushes Mary and Darnley apart, forcing Mary to enlist in Catherine’s help. Elizabeth encounters a traitor to Spain, who petitions her to support an expedition to the New World.

star 7.94
813 votes
Directors: Fred Gerber
Writers: Ben Yeon Kim, Erika Lippoldt
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The Hound and the Hare

#21 - The Hound and the Hare

Season 3 - Episode 7

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 7.94
566 votes
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Acts of War

#22 - Acts of War

Season 2 - Episode 9

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 7.92
502 votes
Directors: Fred Gerber
Writers: Laurie McCarthy, Nancy Won
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No Exit

#23 - No Exit

Season 1 - Episode 18

When Mary’s brother James arrives in France and convinces Mary to return to Scotland, Francis is suspicious and uncovers a plot that would destroy Mary, which causes a rift between them. King Henry’s downward spiral continues, leaving Penelope in charge, causing Catherine and Kenna to take drastic measures. Meanwhile, Lola becomes wary of Lord Julien's motives behind his marriage proposal.

star 7.92
541 votes
Directors: Mike Rohl
Writers: Hannah Schneider
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Coup De Grace

#24 - Coup De Grace

Season 4 - Episode 13

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.

star 7.92
728 votes
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Forbidden

#25 - Forbidden

Season 2 - Episode 15

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 7.92
422 votes
Writers: Laurie McCarthy, Nancy Won
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