The American historical drama TV series “Reign” has been claiming, time and again, that its storylines are primarily based on history.
But it is obvious that for creative purposes, there were deviations from the real-life events that transpired in the past compared to what the show has shown in The CW over its past three seasons. The showrunners also threw in some fiction on the side for good measure.
If the TV series shall be sticking to what really happened in history and its upcoming Season 4 would be its last, then “Reign” is likely to feature Queen Mary, played by Adelaide Kane, eventually being beheaded by her cousin, Queen Elizabeth, played by Rachel Skarsten, as the former continues to pose a threat to the English crown, reports the Christian Daily.
Over the past few weeks and months, the focus of the reports and rumors about the fourth season of “Reign” is the return of Queen Mary to her home country of Scotland after the death of her husband, King Francis, played by Tony Regbo, over in France.
It was almost a moment for Queen Mary to become a ruler of a country like her cousin Queen Elizabeth but her husband died and the brother of King Francis took over the throne and also made Queen Catherine de Merci, played by Megan Follows, as regent.
As it turned out, she was not meant to rule France so she decided to come home to Scotland and its people, which have been under duress because of the lack of the right leader.
Queen Mary shall provide that vacuum in the leadership of Scotland and help her country recover from the ashes again.
In fact, Scotland would eventually rise to become great again and it would certainly cause Queen Elizabeth over at England to think that her cousin is up to something to wrest the crown again from her. During the past seasons, Queen Elizabeth has already realized the ambition of Queen Mary to sit in the English throne someday.
Not capable of doing it alone
However, in order to put her plans to work and transform it into the reality that she was hoping to have, Queen Mary need somebody to marry and hasten her objectives.
As much as she would want to rely on her own strength to rule her kingdom, Queen Mary knows that she cannot do it without having a king.
Thus “Reign” Season 4 will feature the Queen of Scotland marrying not just once but twice after the death of her first husband. She will first marry Lord Darnley, played by Will Kemp.
However, the second marriage shall be short-lived as Lord Darnley shall be killed supposedly by Mary’s third husband, Bothwell, to be played by Adam Croasdell.
Reports have it that Queen Mary will marry for the third time but not out of love but because she will be forced into it. Based on history, Bothwell is one of the people suspected to be responsible for killing Mary’s second husband, details Game & Guide.
He also reportedly kidnapped the Queen and threatened to kill her if she did not agree to marry him.
However, it remains a mystery if Mary was forced into marriage by Bothwell although many people at that time believed she was. This led to Bothwell fleeing and completely leaving Mary.
It is unknown if this will all be depicted in “Reign” Season 4 as Croasdell and Kemp are only signed for four episodes although going beyond that is up to them.
A major test case
Incidentally, there were reports saying that Season 4 of “Reign” is going to be a test-case for the show. If it does well in the ratings, there is a strong possibility that The CW would renew it for another season. If it continues to experience the decline in its ratings, then Season 4 is going to be the last for the show.
However, when The CW pushed back the release date of “Reign” from its regular fall premiere to early next year, the notions that the TV series’ fourth season is going to be its last have strengthened all the more.