The WORST 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.

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#1 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 17, 2013

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.

star 7.48
1,601 votes
Directors: Brad Silberling
Writers: Laurie McCarthy, Stephanie Sengupta
The Darkness

#2 - The Darkness

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 20, 2014

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.

star 7.48
760 votes
Directors: Steve DiMarco
Writers: Charles Grant Craig
Royal Blood

#3 - Royal Blood

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 27, 2014

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.

star 7.62
843 votes
Directors: Holly Dale
Writers: Alan McCullough, Wendy Riss Gatsiounis
Snakes in the Garden

#4 - Snakes in the Garden

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 24, 2013

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.

star 7.62
1,140 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Laurie McCarthy
The Consummation

#5 - The Consummation

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 6, 2014

With a forced marriage looming, Mary must consider both her heart and her nation when deciding whom she will wed – Francis or Bash – when Francis returns to court with Lola at his side. Further complicating matters is Mary’s mother, Marie de Guise, who visits the castle with her own agenda for Mary. Marie’s presence worries King Henry and Queen Catherine, who have their own plan for the future of France, regardless of who gets hurt in the process.

star 7.64
792 votes
Directors: Fred Gerber
Writers: Laurie McCarthy
Toy Soldiers

#6 - Toy Soldiers

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 24, 2014

When Mary's uncle, the Duke of Guise, arrives in France with devastating news about her mother, Mary and Francis realize they are torn between putting their own countries first or saving their marriage. With the English throne in jeopardy, King Henry hatches an elaborate plan that will end in disaster. Meanwhile, Bash and Kenna solidify their marriage and begin to trust one another.

star 7.66
768 votes
Directors: Chris Grismer
Writers: David Strauss, Mike Herro

#7 - Wedlock

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 15, 2016

Claude is forced to marry someone selected by Narcisse. Meanwhile, a surprising discovery is made by Elizabeth, and it could alter her reign; and Mary asks Gideon to help her confirm her suspicions about Prince Don Carlos.

star 7.66
711 votes
Directors: Norma Bailey
Writers: Drew Lindo, Wendy Riss

#8 - Chosen

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 21, 2013

An attempt to scare Mary causes Queen Catherine to take drastic measures to make sure the guilty party is caught. Francis, aware of Bash and Mary's growing attraction, turns to Olivia. Bash ventures into the woods to pay his debt -- the human sacrifice the pagans demand -- and returns with blood on his hands. Meanwhile, Kenna comes clean with the girls about her affair with the King, to a mixed response.

star 7.68
1,003 votes
Directors: Bradley Walsh
Writers: Wendy Riss

#9 - Kissed

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 31, 2013

When England’s armies threaten Scotland’s borders, Mary asks King Henry for help, but he refuses. Tomas, the son of the King of Portugal, proposes marriage to Mary, promising her aid against England if she’ll abandon Francis and turn to Tomas instead. Francis puts Bash in jeopardy when he lets his feelings for Mary cloud his judgment.

star 7.69
965 votes
Directors: Holly Dale
Writers: Doris Egan
Fight or Flight

#10 - Fight or Flight

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 20, 2015

Mary realizes she must help Catherine (Megan Follows) in her quest to become regent, even at the risk of hurting the alliance with Scotland. Claude is determined to help Leith marry while Elizabeth struggles with the prospect of losing Dudley.

star 7.70
725 votes
Directors: Charles Binamé
Writers: Lisa Randolph

#11 - Monsters

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 27, 2014

When Francis reluctantly agrees to help Bash uncover the threat in the woods, he ends in grave danger, with only Bash to save him. Meanwhile, the King’s madness causes chaos when a servant wins "Queen for the Day," and the King becomes obsessed with her. The King also forces a surprising, and unbreakable, union with a new couple at Court. Meanwhile, Greer gets caught kissing kitchen servant Leith, which threatens to ruin her.

star 7.70
797 votes
Directors: Jeff Renfroe
Writers: Drew Lindo, Wendy Riss Gatsiounis
Dirty Laundry

#12 - Dirty Laundry

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 13, 2014

Mary returns from her honeymoon and, suspicious of Lola’s strange behavior, uncovers a deception that changes everything. Bash encounters a confused and terrified Olivia, an escaped victim of the terrors of the woods, which causes him to enlist Nostradamus for help. Meanwhile, when King Henry’s odd behavior causes misfortune, he is forced to ask for Queen Catherine’s aid.

star 7.72
838 votes
Directors: Norma Bailey
Writers: Drew Lindo, Edgar Lyall

#13 - Fugitive

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 30, 2015

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.

star 7.72
573 votes
Directors: Norma Bailey
Writers: Daniel Sinclair, Doris Egan

#14 - Abandoned

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 23, 2015

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

star 7.72
604 votes
Directors: Deborah Chow
Writers: Nancy Won, Robert Doty
A Chill in the Air

#15 - A Chill in the Air

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 14, 2013

When Olivia, who is an ex-lover of Francis’, arrives at the castle, she brings the dangers of the woods with her. Mary seeks comfort in Bash. Bash is threatened by heretics for interfering with a sacred blood rite. Meanwhile, Aylee is forced to spy on Mary when Queen Catherine blackmails her.

star 7.72
882 votes
Directors: Bruce McDonald
Writers: Jennie Snyder Urman
Bruises That Lie

#16 - Bruises That Lie

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 22, 2016

Mary's feelings for Gideon are hard to suppress, but she does her best as she seeks political allies. Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Greer face gut-wrenching scenarios; Claude is in danger on her wedding night; and a power struggle over the regency continues.

star 7.73
756 votes
Long Live the King

#17 - Long Live the King

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 8, 2014

Mary and Catherine form an unlikely alliance when deciding how to deal with the increasingly manic King Henry, which puts Francis in jeopardy. Bash finds a boy who lived to tell about his encounter with the Darkness, which makes Bash determined to end it for good at any cost. Lord Julien reveals the truth about his motives, and Lola, blinded by love, finds herself in a dire situation after she attempts to protect him.

star 7.73
711 votes
Writers: Drew Lindo, Wendy Riss Gatsiounis
Higher Ground

#18 - Higher Ground

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired May 1, 2014

Mary enlists a mercenary to help her, which forces her to realize there are sacrifices and lives she is willing to risk to save her country. Francis embraces his role as Dauphin to lead France in a brutal battle against England, and finds a new ally in Leith. Meanwhile, as Lola grows closer to Lord Julien, she gets increasingly suspicious that he is going to betray her.

star 7.74
768 votes
Directors: Sudz Sutherland
Writers: Alan McCullough, Daniel Sinclair, David Babcock
Highland Games

#19 - Highland Games

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 17, 2017

In order to get Mary to agree to a marriage, Lord Darnley must demonstrate his loyalty when she voices her concerns about his true intentions. Catherine and Narcisse work to repair King Charles' reputation after rumors spread about his strange behavior and threaten the throne.

star 7.74
928 votes

#20 - Succession

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 25, 2016

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.

star 7.74
832 votes
Blood for Blood

#21 - Blood for Blood

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 30, 2014

Tension rises between the Catholics and the Protestants. Francis receives a gift from his dead father. Kenna is shocked by a discovery.

star 7.75
695 votes
Directors: Norma Bailey
Writers: Nancy Won, P.K. Simonds
Three Queens, Two Tigers

#22 - Three Queens, Two Tigers

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 9, 2015

Mary faces struggles in Scotland as Elizabeth and Catherine unite against her. Meanwhile, Elizabeth loses focus because she grows tempted by her first love; and Francis' fate remains uncertain.

star 7.75
826 votes
Leaps of Faith

#23 - Leaps of Faith

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 24, 2017

Gideon shows Mary what life could be like if she chose love over country. Catherine fights to cover King Charles' increasingly erratic behavior, while Claude finds an enemy in her sister Leeza.

star 7.76
977 votes
Directors: Charles Binamé
Writers: April Blair, Laurie McCarthy

#24 - Clans

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Jun 6, 2016

When Mary arrives in Scotland, she is stunned by the treacherous world it has become and is forced her to keep her royal identity a secret until she learns who she can trust. When Elizabeth jeopardizes her standing with an unbearable new suitor, Lola steps in to help, which causes the Queen to question Lola’s ulterior motives.

star 7.76
802 votes
Extreme Measures

#25 - Extreme Measures

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 23, 2015

King Antoine returns unexpectedly, so Mary helps Francis conceal his deteriorating health in order to save his family's future. As time runs out, they're forced to turn to an unlikely ally.

star 7.77
734 votes