Season 3 of Reign has been rough. And I'm being really nice here.
Before it started, we already knew Francis would die. And come back to life. Then die for good. Those five episodes it took the show to get to Francis's demise were, supposedly, to give us time to adjust to the change - before it happened.
Alright, we gave them the time and when it finally happened, we felt it. Although, to be honest, I think many of us felt more for Mary's sake than for Francis actually leaving the show. Only, the season moved forward in an extremely awkward - and nonsensical - way, with unnecessary plot twists, irrelevant new characters and even a new love interest for Mary, which didn't help the 'moving on' part very much.
And then it stopped. For four whole months.
I confess, it wasn't until CW renewed Reign for season 4 that I actually allowed myself to believe the series would return. It all seemed so...over.
Watching 'Succession', the latest episode, I was left with the odd realization that I just can't wait for this season to end. Odd, because I like - or used to like - this show, and because it's really sad when one of your favorite shows turns into a confusing mess of nothingness.
'Succession' ignited the end of the season, beginning to tie the loose ends in the plot for the French courtesans. Before the season ends, Bash will say his goodbye, Mary will move to Scotland and the Medici French monarchs will no longer be the center plot.
Amen to that. (Sorry, Francis)
As Adelaide Kane, who plays Mary Queen of Scots, said: "France was a nice interlude", but Mary's life is only beginning with her moving to Scotland. When she returns to reclaim her throne in the next season, we'll see new friends and enemies come into fold, leaving Catherine and Bash behind.
It'll be a nice change of venue and, perhaps, the start and development of a more Mary-centered story which, by the way, was what the show initially intended to do. Not everyone we know is abandoning Mary at once though. Lola is already in England - suffering at the hands of dear Queen Elizabeth - and Lord Narcise is bound to make some appearances. Catherine's influence stretches everywhere, so maybe she'll still have some part to play in Mary's ascent to the throne of Scotland. Greer though, is a totally different matter, since in France she's independent in her own way, a way which wouldn't sit well with her family back home.
There's still some water to go under the bridge this season, with Mary and the English Ambassador coming to terms with their feelings for each other, the protestant John Knox and the danger he poses to Mary's reign, but mostly it'll deal with tiding up the three years worth of French story and characters before Mary can finally become the star of her own show back in Scotland.
The ratings for last night's episode were consistent with the rest of the season - which means they weren't great - but I'm fairly confident we'll see them rise a bit when season four premieres...in Scotland.