Reign Season 2 Review “Blood For Blood” – Francis Tells a Terrible Lie

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In this episode of Reign, called “Blood for Blood,” Francis is once again put into a tough situation when his father’s ghost makes another visit.

Okay so does everyone remember what I said about Narcisse in the last episode and how maybe he wasn’t such a bad guy after all? Yeah, so I was wrong. I really wanted to believe that Henry’s ghost had taken up residence in that nanny, but I should’ve known there would be more to it than that. I never guessed that Narcisse was behind it all. You have to give him credit though, he definitely has a knack for putting together clues. I didn’t think anyone would find out that Francis killed his father.

The whole situation was bad from beginning to end. The war between the Catholics and Protestants escalated to the point where people were getting hurt on both sides. I could see Francis struggling with wanting to do the right thing. But, as always, he had to weigh his beliefs against what his people would allow him to do without rioting. Of course he couldn’t come right out and say that he had no problem with the Protestants, because his entire kingdom would be in an uproar.

That’s why I thought it was great that Mary did everything she could to help gather evidence so that Francis could punish those who had done wrong, without looking as though he was taking sides. It’s just too bad that Narcisse came in and had to ruin it all by blackmailing Francis.

Though Francis losing a bit of his power wasn’t the worst of what happened because of Narcisse’s treachery. What really broke my heart was when Francis had to tell Mary a terrible lie in order to keep her safe. Narcisse did get one thing right: If Mary finds out what Francis did, she will be in as much danger as Francis. But telling your wife that you are having doubts about her (even if those doubts are only about child-bearing) is a brutal blow.

Luckily there was at least one bright moment in this episode. I’m a huge fan of the Greer and Castleroy love story and I was ecstatic that they finally ended up walking down the aisle. I loved that Castleroy refused to give up his beliefs and I also love that Greer didn’t let their differences get between them.

My favorite bits:

The return of the opening credits. I’m not crazy, right? Those have been missing since the beginning of the season. I missed them.

Mary telling Francis she wasn’t a porcelain doll.

Sorry, but as a former riding instructor I kept wanting to tell Leith to “get your hands down!” during that scene in the woods. Once a teacher, always a teacher.

Kenna catching the ladies have a little fun and “confiscating” the naughty diary.

Kenna telling Lola that the mystery man didn’t care about a woman’s station, only that she was agile.

“Have you been sampling the court dishes yourself?”
“Henry died. I live.” – The woman has a point.

Discovering that Louis had been branded by the riders. Whoa.

The ladies playing in the fountain. That looked like so much fun.

Henry/Caroline sitting down on the throne.

“Perhaps you are not your father after all.”
“As long as I’m never given reason to be.”

Castleroy refusing to giving up his beliefs.

Greer finally showing up for her wedding. I loved her dress.

“You don’t like tea?”
“I don’t like you.” – Ha!

Narcisse is the one with the butterfly? This guy is so hard to read!

Greer and Castleroy’s dance, as well as the conversation they had during it. So beautiful.

Poor Francis having to break Mary’s heart in order to keep her safe.

What did you think of this episode of Reign? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? Sound off in the comments below, I love hearing from you guys!

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