Reign (2013)

The WORST episodes of Reign (2013)

Every episode of Reign (2013) ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Reign (2013)!

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.

Last Updated: 7/25/2022Network: The CW
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Pilot
star
7.47
1619 votes

#1 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/17/2013

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.

Directors: Brad Silberling
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The Darkness
star
7.49
769 votes

#2 - The Darkness

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 3/20/2014

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.

Directors: Steve DiMarco
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Snakes in the Garden
star
7.62
1157 votes

#3 - Snakes in the Garden

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/24/2013

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.

Directors: Matt Hastings
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Royal Blood
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7.62
852 votes

#4 - Royal Blood

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/27/2014

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.

Directors: Holly Dale
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The Consummation
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7.64
804 votes

#5 - The Consummation

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 3/6/2014

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.

Directors: Fred Gerber
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Toy Soldiers
star
7.66
778 votes

#6 - Toy Soldiers

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/24/2014

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.

Directors: Chris Grismer
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Wedlock
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7.67
717 votes

#7 - Wedlock

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/15/2016

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.

Directors: Norma Bailey
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Chosen
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7.67
1018 votes

#8 - Chosen

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/21/2013

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.

Directors: Bradley Walsh
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Kissed
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7.68
982 votes

#9 - Kissed

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/31/2013

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.

Directors: Holly Dale
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Monsters
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7.70
810 votes

#10 - Monsters

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/27/2014

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.

Directors: Jeff Renfroe
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Fight or Flight
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7.70
733 votes

#11 - Fight or Flight

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/20/2015

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.

Directors: Charles Binamé
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Dirty Laundry
star
7.72
851 votes

#12 - Dirty Laundry

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 3/13/2014

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.

Directors: Norma Bailey
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Fugitive
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7.72
582 votes

#13 - Fugitive

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/30/2015

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.

Directors: Norma Bailey
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Abandoned
star
7.72
612 votes

#14 - Abandoned

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/23/2015

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

Directors: Deborah Chow
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A Chill in the Air
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7.72
896 votes

#15 - A Chill in the Air

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/14/2013

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.

Directors: Bruce McDonald
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Bruises That Lie
star
7.73
762 votes

#16 - Bruises That Lie

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/22/2016

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.

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Long Live the King
star
7.74
722 votes

#17 - Long Live the King

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/8/2014

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.

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Blood for Blood
star
7.74
704 votes

#18 - Blood for Blood

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/30/2014

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

Directors: Norma Bailey
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Highland Games
star
7.74
934 votes

#19 - Highland Games

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/17/2017

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.

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Succession
star
7.74
840 votes

#20 - Succession

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 4/25/2016

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.

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Higher Ground
star
7.74
778 votes

#21 - Higher Ground

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 5/1/2014

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.

Directors: Sudz Sutherland
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Three Queens, Two Tigers
star
7.74
835 votes

#22 - Three Queens, Two Tigers

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/9/2015

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.

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Leaps of Faith
star
7.76
982 votes

#23 - Leaps of Faith

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/24/2017

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.

Directors: Charles Binamé
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No Exit
star
7.77
752 votes

#24 - No Exit

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 4/17/2014

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.

Directors: Mike Rohl
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Sacrifice
star
7.77
823 votes

#25 - Sacrifice

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/30/2014

When a plot to kill Bash goes wrong, Queen Catherine is suspected of orchestrating it. Mary offers to help free a wrongly imprisoned pregnant peasant named Isobel who has a mysterious tie to Bash. Meanwhile, Lola blackmails Queen Catherine to keep her from trying to ruin Mary and Bash, whose bond continues to grow.

Directors: Rachel Talalay
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