Last week I wrote about two of my favourite TV programmes which are coming to a close; now to discuss one that’s already ended, Reign. Spoilers ahead!

As a teen historical soap loosely based on the life of Mary, Queen of Scots, I resisted watching any episodes of this for years.  Finally I gave in, much as I did with The Tudors, as I can’t get enough of this period of history whether it’s factual or not.

My feelings towards Mary, Queen of Scots, the historical figure, are mixed.  She had such an incredible life and was beset by tragedy.  A successful monarch she was not.  Mary, as depicted in Reign, is a character designed to appeal to young viewers as a heroine, and one that I suspect is nothing like the real Mary.

This series is a frothy look at Mary’s early years in France, via love, murder and witchcraft.  The first three seasons continue in this vein, until Mary’s husband King Francis dies and it loses its way.  An announcement came that season 4 would be the final one, and the writers seemed to panic.  During Season 4, Mary goes back to Scotland, but we also continue to follow the (boring) French court and Queen Elizabeth in England.  The season progresses painfully slowly and everything happens in the last 15 minutes of the final episode.

I could not believe how long they put off killing Darnley, Mary’s second husband, as per historical truth; he should have been gone long before the final episode.  Mary is arrested and suddenly we spring forward 21 years to her execution.  WHAT!  In the afterlife, Mary wakes next to Francis.  WHAT! I had to rewind to make sure my brain wasn’t playing tricks on me.  All of the other characters in France and England and even Scotland are abandoned, their fates unknown, including Mary’s best friend Greer and her half-brother James. Did Mary marry Bothwell as she did in history or did they just leave that out!

I know that ‘ships’ as they’re called are big in the fandom world, and many young fans idealised ‘Frary’ ie Francis and Mary.  I have no idea why.  They both cheated on the other and Mary had fallen in love at least twice since Francis’ death.  He was not mentioned all season!

When the credits rolled I had to pick my chin up from the ground.  That’s it? That’s the finale?

Have you ever felt like that when a series which you had mostly enjoyed ends?

  • Food & Baker

    Can’t say we’ve watched this, so we don’t mind the spoilers. Sounds very intense though but I can’t say mush as you can. We’ve attempted some series together and we’ve never been completely satisfied with the ending!

    Jessica & James | /

  • The ending can so often be a let down and it is sooo frustrating!

  • Aww, sounds awful. I finished this week “The Other Queen” by Philippa Gregory, it’s about Mary, Queen of Scots, so these days I’ve read a lot about her history. I was keen to see the show, but not so much after reading your review. I like a bit of fiction, but I think her time in Scotland and England was much more interesting. At the end of the month I’m going to publish the review of the book, among the others book I’m going to finish by then, if you want to have a look. 🙂

  • Definitely! I enjoyed that book, I liked the way Mary was portrayed. It fitted the image I had of Mary in my mind, her charisma and her belief in herself as a queen ordained by God.

  • Charlene McElhinney

    I might give this a watch, sounds right up my street! I know how you feel as I’ve just finished watching PrisonBreak and I feel so lost now!!! I love reading about what other people have been watching & loving!

    Charlene McElhinney xxxx

  • It’s such a weird feeling when you finish a series!

  • I am intrigued by Mary Queen of Scots as a historical figure as well, I can’t believe I wasn’t aware that this TV series even existed! The Tudors was one of my guilty pleasures, so I think I will have to watch this now! I recently watched the Helena Bonham Carter film about MQoS (it’s old but I enjoyed it), so if you haven’t seen that, I would recommend a watch! Also potentially dubious in terms of historical accuracy but it was fun nevertheless!

    Abbey 😘

  • Yes I definitely recommend this for any one who enjoyed The Tudors!

  • Kate

    I haven’t heard of theis series , I might give it a watch. Thanks for sharing!

  • I really recommend it!

  • Alisha Valerie.

    I tried watching this but couldn’t get into it. Great to see that you like it though babe 🌸💗✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x |

  • It’s not for everyone, I agree!