Scotland’s King Francis will die this season of ‘Reign’!

We will all miss you dearly, and your perfect blond locks.

We will all miss you dearly (and your perfect blond locks).

Well, it’s official. King Francis (played by Toby Regbo) will not make it to the end of Season 3. Reign‘s executive producer, Laurie McCarthy, announced the shocking news this Friday, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s having difficulties grasping it.

As revealed in the season two finale, Francis is only alive due to various amounts of medications/ailments from Nostradamus. But this time around, there is no magical potion that could cure him. As historical events state, Francis was always meant to pass on during Mary’s reign as queen. Even so, why spoil the surprise? Why give us notice of Francis’ departure? McCarthy explained her reasoning exclusively to Entertainment Weekly:

“I wanted people to get used to it — there was no way around it in the storytelling. We’ve done shocking deaths and that’s not the tone of this story. I wanted it to be an emotional journey that we all went on and that we could all feel the highs and lows of, and I wanted it to be a love story. I didn’t want it to be something that shocked the fans or really anybody. I needed to process it, too.”

At first, Francis’ death wasn’t even on the table in the writer’s room. But with Nostradamus’ prevalent premonition since the pilot, incorporating Francis’ demise was only a matter of when. Don’t worry Frary and hardcore Francis fans, there will be a proper sendoff for the beloved character; Laurie McCarthy guarantees that:

“His death allows you to tell a story that really honors their love and believe me, there will be tears. There’ll be a lot of them, and I think there’ll be also a lot of incredibly uplifting moments because it just deepens [Francis and Mary’s] very existence, individually and together as a couple, and so we were really ready to tell that kind of a love story. When you look back at the end of it, you’ll realize that all the seeds were planted, and that the prophecy is in fact fulfilled. But it won’t be fulfilled necessarily in the way one might imagine it would be. It’s going to be a great journey. It’s going to be full of twists and turns, but it is going to be a weeper of epic proportions.”

How is everyone holding up after hearing this? Devastated? Shocked? Let us know in the comments below.

Reign airs at its new date and time, Fridays at 8/7c on the CW.

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