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Reign - Season 3 - Latest from EW and E!Online - + Sneak Peek

Thanks to MaryReigns for the heads up.

Despite the fact that Reign doesn’t always follow the history books, one thing is certain: King Francis will die in the upcoming third season of the series. Showrunner Laurie McCarthy spoke exclusively to EW about the death, and why she wanted to spoil it before the season began.

“I wanted people to get used to it — there was no way around it in the storytelling,” McCarthy said. “We’ve done shocking deaths and that’s not the tone of this story.”

McCarthy added: “I wanted it to be an emotional journey that we all went on and that we could all feel the highs and lows of, and I wanted it to be a love story. I didn’t want it to be something that shocked the fans or really anybody. I needed to process it, too.”

By spoiling it, McCarthy says fans will be “heartbroken but you won’t be reeling. I think it’s better to reel with them and to be with the characters as they process it.” Then there’s also the fact that she loves Francis. “I love that character and I love Toby [Regbo] so I just couldn’t imagine doing it any other way.” (Yes, Regbo has always known his fate. He just didn’t know the timing until this season.)

As to why now is the right time for Francis’ reign to come to an end, McCarthy said: “We definitely take liberties with history but there is an element of history that we felt beholden to.” But even more than that, killing Francis is a way for the show to honor its pilot, which foreshadows the young king’s death. (Of course, in real life, King Francis died of an ear infection at 16.) “The pilot promises his death, it foretells it and it promises that it’s going to be a tragic love story,” McCarthy said. “It felt incredibly naturally like it was time, before we got so far away from what the stakes that we put in the ground at the beginning.”


Reign is shaking things up in a major way in season three, which kicks off tonight at 9 p.m. on the CW. The show will now focus on its two courts--the French and the English--as well as its two dueling queens. While fans have spent two seasons getting to know and falling in love with Mary (Adelaide Kane), they will also get to know Queen Elizabeth, played by Fifty Shades of Grey star Rachel Skarsten.

Of course, that one scene in the finale was purely an appetizer, and E! News has your exclusive first taste of the main course in the sneak peek from the premiere above. And guess who she is in cahoots with?

None other than Queen Catherine (Megan Follows), who was banished from French Court by Francis (Toby Regbo) and Mary last season. Looking to work together to overthrow Mary, Catherine proposes a bold idea: She wants Elizabeth to marry her other son, Charles...even though Elizabeth may or may not already be involved with someone.
How does Elizabeth react to this strategic move?