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* WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD *

New Characters

  • Princess Claude will make her first official appearance and is “very sexually advanced” and will get into plenty of trouble this fall.
  • Lord Narcisse, an older gentleman who will serve as Catherine's sparring partner.
  • Louis Condé (“Prince of the Blood"), who will strike up an unexpected friendship with Francis.
  • Prince Thomas, who "may be the next king of France sooner than he’d imagined," according to network casting notes. [1]


Comic Com

Comic Con Spoilers.

  • Adelaide Kane said Francis and Mary's marriage is “going well so far.
    • Regarding Mary and Sebastian “They’ll always have a special relationship,” Adelaide said. “I just don’t think they’ll bang.”
    • The situation between Francis, Mary and Lola will be “awkward,” following the birth of Francis and Lola’s child. Meanwhile, the dynamic between Mary and Catherine will remain unfathomably tense.
    • Adelaide is excited to have “awkward” fake sex with Toby on Saturday.
  • "Having the baby around will cause quite a lot of marital problems" "Very painful for Mary to constantly have a child around that isn't hers."
  • Toby Regbo said Francis's guilt over his father's death will come back. “It’s going to eat me up inside, I imagine,”
    • "There's a lot of power play I wasn't aware of, and the crown is in debt, to a certain person, for a certain reason"
  • Laurie McCarthy warned fans to be “a little nervous” about the couple’s, and they will face countless obstacles, “political” and sometimes “horrific.”

Laurie also added;

    • Season 2 is very much about what goes on beyond the castle walls,” and noted that many nobles have been waiting for their day in court with Mary, Francis and Catherine.
    • In episode 1 "The plague lands at Court “with a vengeance.” “Not everyone will survive it, among our people as well as a percentage of the regional population.”
    • “What rises from the ashes of the plague” will also be interesting. “It’s about Francis inheriting a nation that is, in fact, burning.”
    • “There’s a chance for anything,” McCarthy said when asked about a potential Frary baby. “They’re going to try to make it happen.”
    • Laurie is a Frary shipper.

For all you history buffs, it doesn’t sound like Francis will be dying on Reign as quickly as he did in real life. “I’m in no rush to say goodbye to Toby or Francis,”

Season Descriptions

  • Over the course of the stormy first season, Mary Queen of Scots struggled to balance her many roles — as Queen of Scotland, as royal fiancée, and later as young wife to the future King of France, and as faithful friend to her ladies in waiting. - The CW describes Season 2


  • Challenges came in every form: the reigning queen consort of France, Francis’ mother, Catherine de Medici, did everything she could to destroy the union of Mary and Francis, even if that meant taking Mary’s life. Francis and Mary were both torn by their duties to their nations, paving the way for Mary to form a close bond with Bash, Francis’s illegitimate brother, who could offer Mary a level of devotion the future king could not. King Henry descended into madness. And a bloodthirsty menace in the woods was annihilated, but not before taking dozens of lives and heralding the coming of a plague. By the end of the season, the shocking death of King Henry made Francis and Mary the new King and Queen of France. But before their new crowns could be placed on their heads, Francis had placed himself on the wrong side of the quarantined castle’s gates, rushing to help Lola give birth to his first and possibly only child.

The second season begins with Mary and Francis on the throne of a nation burning. France is rocked by the aftereffects of the plague -- a disease that creeps inside the castle walls, taking thousands upon thousands of lives across the land, and ravages the stability of a nation. From the ashes, powerful lords will rise, carrying out personal, religious and political vendettas, taking lives, and tearing at Mary and Francis’s commitment to each other, and their people. Friendships will be tested, loved ones murdered and betrayed. Meanwhile, a mysterious and deadly threat snatches victims from village streets and castle corridors; leaving evidence of savagery that looks like the work of monsters; mythical creatures who are the subject of nightmares, but who walk among us, doing the Devil’s bidding. - The CW describes Season 2

Mary & Francis

  • Laurie McCarthy says they will face immeasurable new conflicts — and understandably so — now that Lola has given birth to her and Francis’ lovechild. [4]
  • “It’s [the baby] a thorn in their marriage and Francis will have a bond with Lola that isn’t necessarily sexual — although it clearly was at one point. Francis is eager to have a family and it puts a lot of pressure on Mary, who historically had incredible difficulty conceiving. And the harder his job gets, the more pleasure he’ll take in simpler things, and [his son] is a simpler relationship.” - Laurie McCarthy [5]
  • On Francis murdering his own father - “There’s no greater crime, and it’s the one crime a king is not protected from. It would take Mary down too — and someone knows the truth!”... “If someone were to blackmail the king, I think he would do just about anything to protect Mary and his entire line.”[6]
  • “(Mary) spends a lot of the first three episodes naked. We’re sexy this season.” And the Lola/baby situation will make things “awkward” around the castle for everyone involved. - Adelaide Kane
  • “There is a connection between Francis and Lola, and he has to have a civil relationship with her, but he’s determined to show Mary that he cares about their relationship more than anything — and he does that through sex. He just throws sex at his problems until they go away.” - Toby Regbo [7]
  • (Francis) isn’t about to subject his own child to the life he had growing up under King Henry’s stern thumb. “Francis will have a chance to do it differently with his child by Lola, but it is going to pull him and Mary apart, among other things. And they will, in fact, be drawn to others. But whether they’ll give into that temptation or not is anyone’s guess - Laurie McCarthy

Bash & Kenna

  • The real couple struggling in Season 2 will be Sebastian and Kenna. “There are going to be new players who come in over the course of the season,” “One of them might have a history with Bash that’s going to unnerve Kenna.” [4]
  • “Bash is going to be drawn closer and closer into Francis’ rule. His brother is going to lean on him a lot, and the more [Bash] tries to protect and defend his brother, the more complicated his life is going to become. She’s [Kenna] so unedited and I love that, but Kenna’s incredibly ambitious and a little bit reckless — and I don’t see that changing because she’s happily married.” - Laurie McCarthy [5]
  • “Bash is going to be drawn closer and closer into Francis’ rule,” McCarthy said. “His brother is going to lean on him a lot, and the more [Bash] tries to protect and defend his brother, the more complicated his life is going to become.” And that Kenna “She’s so unedited and I love that,” McCarthy said, laughing. “But Kenna’s incredibly ambitious and a little bit reckless — and I don’t see that changing because she’s happily married.”[6]


Mary & Catherine

  • On Mary & Queen Catherine: “We’ll see their relationship twist and turn a lot into many different iterations this year, It will be less black and white than Catherine simply wanting Mary gone, but there will be moments — that will be earned by story — where Catherine is most definitely going to want Mary gone.” - Laurie McCarthy [5]


  • “I love their relationship. What I love about it is they couldn’t have more in common, really. And yet Mary’s taken something from Catherine. Even though Catherine is now relatively at peace with the fact Mary is wed to her son, she still took her son! She has a lot of natural mother-in-law tendencies and a big stock of poison...We’ll see their relationship twist and turn a lot into many different iterations this year. It will be less black and white than Catherine simply wanting Mary gone, but there will be moments — that will be earned by story — where Catherine is most definitely going to want Mary gone.” - Laurie McCarthy[6]


The Plauge

  • Laurie McCarthy - “We burned through the timeline last year because I wanted to do two things: I wanted to get Mary and Francis on the throne, so that Season 2 felt like a new chapter, and I also wanted Lola to have his child. Now that I’ve got everybody where I want them, there are so many stories to tell about them being young rulers. We also get to go beyond the castle walls, out into the landscape of France, and see the real obstacles they face with the nobles. We’re also leaning into the religious wars between Protestants and Catholics because it gives you a lot of high stakes. Really, what that was was the revolution brewing between the old guard and the new guard. There are so many stories to explore there that we’ll be slowing down a bit and going really deep rather than speeding forward.[6]
  • Laurie McCarthy - “We like the danger to reach into the heart of the show,” McCarthy said of the black death potentially affecting every character. — McCarthy would not hesitate to kill off a fan favorite. “If it feels right, then yes,” she said ominously.[6]


Costume Designs

  • Costume designer, Meredith Markworth-Pollack, breaks down each of the four characters; looks in season two and how their new costumes factor into their story lines.
    • Queen Mary - Now that Mary is the ruling Queen of France we have heightened her wardrobe even more so from the first season. She is fierce and fearless. We are still playing with her dueling roles of a lover and fighter...mixing the feminine and the warrior in her. I love using beaded fabrics cut in strong lines to appear as her armor. For season two we are adding new elements to show her status as Queen as well as the darker side of Mary we are now seeing. Lots of black and gold fabrics like lace and brocades, with layered details and impressive jewels. Mary embraces her sexuality and is unafraid to flaunt it. I like to keep her in sexy silhouettes like the off the shoulder bodice and corset we shot here for the promo. And of course there will be plenty of eye candy for Mary's new crowns. [8]
    • King Francis - Francis has a strong transformation into King. He is constantly having to prove his power. We will see him in a much more regal and formal wardrobe including more capes, furs, and custom doublets. And of course a crown. Photographed here is a custom coat built for him but also made to match Queen Mary. It is very important to keep their wardrobes complimenting each other as they must appear as a team. [8]
    • Sebastian - Once Francis titles Bash to the esteemed King's Deputy, we will see a slight change in his wardrobe. He still wears his leathers and wools while out on the roads, but in the castle Bash presents himself in a more serious manner with brocades and velvets. Here he is wearing a velvet coat and custom vest. [8]
    • Queen Catherine - Queen Catherine begins the season in black as she is mourning the death of her husband. But she soon moves on and is back to her antics, we will be seeing her in her staple regal colors of burgundy, gold, and copper. We will be introducing some new jewels and silhouettes for Catherine as she is constantly trying to one-up Mary in the wardrobe department. The gown featured here has an Elizabethan collar with a vintage lace overlay. [8]

Other

  • On the relationship on Lola & Francis - “It’s a thorn in their marriage. And Francis will have a bond with Lola that isn’t necessarily sexual — although it clearly was at one point. Francis is eager to have a family and it puts a lot of pressure on Mary, who historically had incredible difficulty conceiving. And the harder his job gets, the more pleasure he’ll take in simpler things, and (his son) is a simpler relationship.”[6]


  • Castle ghosts - “We talk about this being the haunted season a lot on the writing staff,” McCarthy said. “They’re people who are born of such privilege, but they’re haunted by their responsibility and they’ve all made choices that have spilled a lot of blood. If you’ve committed a lot of sins, you may be haunted by nightmares or visions. When you have people with so much power, they can influence others. But when they influence, the outcome can be shocking. And if you have people who are mercurial in these positions of power, they can make enormous things happen and I’m excited about everyone seeing that. This season is going to be just as scary and sweeping and epic, but more complex — and there will be surprising twists and turns.” [6]

References

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