Reign, S3 E12- No Way Out

Either Mary is making the best decision ever with the Vatican. Or the worst.

Either Mary is making the best decision ever with the Vatican. Or the worst.

In most diabolical plans, the villains always think their evil doings will overthrow the hero. Most of the time, the hero saves the day with their quick thinking. But what if someone else is controlling both parties? That’s basically what’s happening to Mary and Elizabeth with the Vatican in “No Way Out”.

Months have passed since the previous episode, and Mary has returned from her trip to see the Vatican in Rome. Gideon greets her and asks how said trip went. Horrible, Mary replies. She’s all on her own in taking Elizabeth down. As an admirer of Mary’s he’s saddened by this news. However, as a worker of Elizabeth, he has to relay this news to his Queen. This was Mary’s plan all along. The Vatican actually totally supports her plan. They just insist all of this stay hush hush.

“I’m not your wife. I won’t be frightened into your arms by a dead rat or a dead Cardinal.” Catherine de Medici not taking any of Narcisse's sass.

“I’m not your wife. I won’t be frightened into your arms by a dead rat or a dead Cardinal.” Catherine de Medici not taking any of Narcisse’s sass.

Catherine being her Queen BFF (their friendship still gives me such joy. I’m going to miss it when Mary moves to Scotland), hears all about the real plan. She’s more concerned with Mary having a sexual relationship with someone. His name rhymes with Mideon.

While definitely needed advice (it’s sad to admit, but it’s time for Mary to move on from Francis), Catherine can’t exactly speak on the matter. Her love life has been filled with nothing but blackmail and potential murder with Christopher. In her side plot, sure to be the A-plot in episodes after, Catherine begins by setting up a lovely play for the castle to watch. The play itself is basically A Midsummer Night’s Dream. However, it’s the creepy masked individual that interrupts the script that has Catherine on edge. He speaks of bloodshed and revenge, something Catherine has heard threatened to her at all times. But who was it? Narcisse, Christopher, or someone else? It’s the latter, as Catherine sees the intruding group and his leader standing before the castle grounds with threatening messages. It’s simple: they want revenge for deaths Catherine and the late Henry had laid out years ago. Will Catherine make this out alive? Definitely – she can poison her way out of this. But it doesn’t exactly help that “I murder for fun” Christopher has returned from his mission and is still after Catherine. I don’t see why you can’t find another castle to live in and murder everyone inside that one!

Does Mary really love Gideon? Or is she allowing their relationship to grow for spying purposes? Even she doesn't know.

Does Mary really love Gideon? Or is she allowing their relationship to grow for spying purposes? Even she doesn’t know.

Throughout the episode, Mary has two tough decisions to make. First being: should she be England’s second successor in return for Elizabeth’s life? I should mention that Elizabeth thinks she is allowing Mary to be second successor to England so she can wed Mary off to any English man of her choosing (who ends up being Robert Dudley). Little does she know that death is on the horizon for her, thanks to the Vatican. But does this make Mary a rightful and feared ruler for England? Unfortunately no, since she is merely a pawn in everyone’s plan because they know how desperate she is just trying to keep Scotland afloat.

At first in the dark of the Vatican’s real intentions, Mary eventually brings their true plans to her faux-lover-turned-complicated-lover’s attention. Gideon’s response? Doing whatever he can to keep Mary safe and ahead of this plan, even if that means killing England’s messenger. As for their “complicated” relationship, Mary and Gideon fix that by announcing their true feelings for one another. Feelings follow a hot sex scene, and – who am I kidding, their relationship is still on the complicated side. Catherine asks if the reason Mary slept with Gideon was because she actually loved him or was using him as a pawn, and even she has no idea. Seeing how the two are shown romantically kissing in the preview for tonight’s episode, I’m going to go with the former.

"I want so much more then this provincial life!" [insert a flash mob of the villagers singing 'Belle' as Elizabeth sneaks around the village]

“I want so much more than this provincial life!” [insert a flash mob of the villagers singing “Belle” as Elizabeth sneaks around the village]

Elizabeth has several love quarrels of her own. Besides unknowingly signing away her life by making Mary her second successor, her feelings and status with Robert Dudley are complicated. The girl has been sneaking to his house at least once a week to see how he is. Being the most hated man in England must be a difficult task. Mobs of angry people wait by his door with torches and spew obscene and hurtful words for him to hear. The sad part is, there is nothing Elizabeth can do to fix this situation. Their relationship will be outed and her reign as queen will be on the line. It really isn’t until Robert agrees to a sword fight with the leader of the “Robert Dudley Haring” club, does Elizabeth really understand how much her favorite person’s life is at stake. The arranged sword fight becomes an unannounced pistol fight and Robert only makes it out alive because of sheer luck. Elizabeth comes to the conclusion that Robert can’t reside in England anymore. So what better way to put Mary and Elizabeth’s agreement to work, than to have her cousin Mary become engaged to Robert? I’m not sure either party is going to agree with you on this choice, Liz. Plus, you should be worried about your life being on the line.

What did you think of Reign, 3.12: “No Way Out”?

3.13: “Strange Bedfellows” airs tonight, Monday 9th, on 8/7c on the CW. The trailer can be viewed below.

Each queen is under attack from some over-ruling force. Will each queen survive in the end? (And also can we just look in awe at Mary’s gorgeous outfit in the still above? Those purple/lilac earrings and collared blouse are gorgeous!)

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