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A crown changes everything.

Catherine's views of becoming a ruler

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Nostradamus, Catherine, and Mary.

In the season premiere, with her beloved husband dead, Catherine is now the Dowager Queen. Along with the new Queen of France, Mary they make news of the Black Plague which has returned to France. The Plague is spreading quickly through villages, homes, etc; however it had not yet reached court. While Mary assures the people that they are prepared, Catherine tells Nostradamus that they are in no way prepared for such a thing. Later in the throne room, Catherine joins Mary and tries to get out of her the real reason behind Francis' absence but Mary is in no mood and tells Catherine not to try her this day. Nostradamus comes in and volunteers to go out with the guards and look for Francis and Lola, as he is immune to the plague; however Catherine has some reservations and tries to talk to him about it, but Mary commands her to thank Nostradamus and be silent. A Noble named Éduard Narcisse comes with a proposition: to be allowed to kill someone at court who has been sleeping with his new wife in exchange for food & water for the entire castle. Catherine sits and listens to the details, and basically the court will benefit greatly from Éduard's actions as there is not enough food for every household at court; however Mary refuses to listen though Catherine tries to school Mary in the territory that comes with being a Queen: the nobles pretty much have control, and are the ones who allow a monarchy to be/remain in power, and that the relationship between nobility and royals is maintained by exchanging favors. Despite the risk of famine, Mary guesses that this how Henry & Catherine kept their power and refuses to listen as she wants to be a different type of Queen.

Nostradamus later returns to tell Mary and Catherine that the house by the mill has burned to the ground and was marked with the red X of the Plague. Catherine and Mary are horrified, and Catherine is worried about Francis and the rest of her children, she also talks about "seizing" power and being regent for her son, Charles, who is but a child. Mary is shocked at her mother-in-law's reactions. By the end of the episode, Catherine gives Mary some good advice as she also refers to Mary's statement about wanting to be a different kind of Queen, as she admits that she wasn't the type of Queen she wanted to be either, because being unloved by your King is dangerous as Mary is but a guest at court without the love and support of Francis. Because Catherine experienced this pain with Henry and also because Diane came between them; she further advises Mary not to let Lola come between them. It is revealed that Mary had Nostradamus give Catherine a potion which made her sick and seem like she has the plague when in reality she did it in order to keep her out of the way. 

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Catherine talking to Narcisse.

In Drawn and Quartered, Catherine is very pleased and happy to see that her son has returned safely; however he comes back with Lola and their son in tow. Catherine is seen in the castle garden having lemonade when Lord Narcisse visits her to find out what happened to his son. She offers him her deepest sympathy, but tells him that she knows nothing about it as she was ill in her chambers at the time of Eduard's death. Later she and Francis confront Mary on her decision to condemn Eduard to death because he murdered an entire household as this decision may have damaged their relationship with the nobles and Narcisse wants vengeance for his son's death. Catherine also realizes that she wasn't really ill with the plague but that Mary made Nostradamus get her sick to keep her out of the way so that Mary could at deal with Eduard as she saw fit. Catherine watches as Narcisse demands that Nostradamus be executed for his son's death, and later she and Francis have a tender mother/son moment in her husband's tomb as Catherine tells her son that while she loved Henry, he was a terrible husband and an even worse father. Francis tells his mother that he does not want to be the kind of father that Henry was to him and his siblings; but Catherine warns him to claim his little boy or else risk being estranged for their entire lives, and that raising him will be the single most enlightening moment of his life as this may be his only child. Catherine sees the frustration in Francis' eyes but she eases his feelings by coming to him as a mother, as his mother.

Catherine visits a condemned Nostradamus and tells him that unfortunately she has no plan to help him escape death. Nostradamus can hardly believe this after everything he has done for her; however Catherine tells him not to blame her for the choices he as made as he would not be in this position if he had remained loyal to her instead of listening to Mary. Nostradamus then in a way threatens Catherine by hinting that Clarissa may be alive, and that however well she thinks her sins are hidden, they may very well come back to haunt her. She tries to get Nostradamus to spill what he knows or if he has had any new visions, but he is led away by the guards. She is last seen towards the end of the episode shortly before Nostradamus is to be "executed" in her chambers looking worried as if she is in prayer about something that is troubling her. Catherine does not know that Nostradamus has left the castle for a new beginning.

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Catherine with her son and daughter-in-law in Tent City.

In Coronation, Catherine tells her son and daughter-in-law about the plans for their coming coronation which are a bit on the extravagant side since they spent a fortune for Henry's funeral, and Mary seems to have a problem with this as there is famine & starvation spreading through France; however Catherine explains that the reason for these pricey plans is so that the "lions" coming won't see France as the weak "gazelle" it is but rather as a strong country. Catherine also tries to school her son on how important it is to maintain a good relationship with the nobles and that Lord Narcisse has not delivered on the grain he has promised as he seeks revenge for his son's death for which Mary was responsible. Catherine then tells of how Francis told Narcisse that he would put a "muzzle" on his Queen, but Francis tells his mother that it was all a ploy to get the grain from him. Catherine however is not pleased to learn that Francis has been negotiating behind Narcisse's back which is not a good idea since Narcisse is very powerful.

Later, Catherine and Narcisse have a moment on a balcony from the dancing, and Narcisse tells Catherine that it must be hard for her to now be Queen Mother instead of Queen of France much like a valuable vase but a little less relevant. Catherine realizes that Francis and Mary care more about the people and not so much about power or men like Narcisse. Narcisse says that he will teach Francis to think like his father however Catherine worries about that and she knows that Narcisse isn't talking to her to discuss the future but the fact that he knows that Francis has been dealing behind his back despite his long term relationship with the crown. The Queen asks if it's the type of relationship where he promises grain and never delivers. Narcisse reveals that this would not be so if her husband's debt's to him were repaid, but Catherine says not to pretend, as she knows that this situation is not about money, but power and revenge, as she walks away she asks Narcisse how she can possibly help him when she is irrelevant.

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Narcisse and Catherine

Later, Catherine watches proudly as her son Francis and Mary are crowned as King & Queen Consort of France. During the party, she is outside by the castle lake sitting alone when Lord Narcisse once again appears in her presence and seems rather smug as he tells her that she and the rest of her children will become more insignificant as Francis and Mary have children and push her children further back into the line of succession. Catherine says that this will never happen as Mary has not yet fallen pregnant.

In The Lamb and the Slaughter, Catherine plans a big celebration for the christening of her grandson. She reminisces with Francis about the event that surrounded the christening of her youngest son, Henry III. They then talk about how Claude got sick from the wine and how she might be drunk in Prague as they speak. Catherine talks about how the godmother of her grandson is a huge honor even if he is illegitimate. She mentions her eldest daughter, Elisabeth, as the baby's godmother since she is Queen Consort of Spain, and a Catholic; however Catherine has spoken with Lola about this subject and all of her kin are back in Scotland and she has volunteered to be the baby's godmother but Lola denied her citing "reasons". Francis doesn't think that a grand affair is necessary that just a church service would do, but his mother says that if Francis wants to claim him as his son then this is how it's done. She then commends Mary saying that not many Queens would attend the christening of their husband's bastard, she says this with affection for her grandson.

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Catherine making Mary and Francis uncomfortable.

Later, Catherine walks in on Mary and Francis having sex soon after Mary has revealed her pregnancy to him. Catherine shows that she is truly deeply excited about her new unborn grandchild by saying that she prays for a grandson that daughters can come later. She also brings in a large basket full of "goodies" for Mary such as tonics and food to help the baby's development. She then brings a large platter of fruits and good things to eat and tells Mary that her figure is going to go to hell so she might as well eat up. Mary wonders how Catherine could possibly know and she admits that she has had Mary's chamber pot tested and noticed that Mary has been showing signs of pregnancy: morning sickness, nausea, etc., despite having her slim figure still. At the pre-christening party, Catherine has a chat with Mary about the dancing being boring and in the chapel she watches as her grandson is christened with Mary as his godmother.

At the end of the episode, Catherine is seen walking alone when she suddenly spots the ghostly forms of 2 little girls who ask her to help them as she didn't help them before. This clearly startles her as she approaches them and with her foot clears the sage that is in front of them. Catherine stands there in complete shock breathing heavily with her hand on her chest.

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Catherine with Francis and Mary attending Greer and Lord Castleroy's wedding.

In Blood for Blood, Catherine is seen talking with Francis about the conflict between the Catholic and Protestant people in France and how if Francis singles out the Catholics, they could lose respect for their Catholic King and the Protestants may wind up wanting Francis' power as King, and try to take it from him.

Later, Catherine catches Kenna, Lola, and a member of her Flying Squad with a sex journal that Kenna confiscated earlier and she admits in a way that the mystery lover mentioned might be Lord Arlis with whom she had a brief encounter after Henry's death. Catherine then inquires if Kenna has given up on her marriage to Bash. When she says no, then she determines that it's Lola who might be seeking a lover, and tells her that she might not be Lord Arliss' type of woman. Catherine is last seen as she joins Francis, Mary, and the rest of the court for Greer and Lord Castleroy's Wedding.

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Catherine and Mary escaping.

In Three Queens, Catherine plans to travel to Beauvais, where she is scheduled to attend a party thrown by nobles and Mary would like to join her. She tries to dissuade her but Mary insists that two queens coming to the party instead of one will send a better message about the state of the French throne. During the carriage ride to Beauvais, Mary figures out that Catherine lied to her about going to the noble party - instead, Catherine is heading to Noyon, a small village where she is to give a speech thanking them for naming a monument after her. Catherine suspects that Mary wanted to go to Beauvais for a particular reason, which she denies. Catherine explains that royals have to balance the nobles and the peasants in order to keep their rule safe, and that creating small alliances is a good idea when one like Mary has many enemies.

A commotion is heard outside their carriage as it gets surrounded by a group of disgruntled citizens, who are bent on killing them due to them being royalty, and proceed to attack and kill their guards. Mary suggests talking to the citizens; however when they hear someone yell "KILL THE ROYALS!" Catherine does not think talking is the best idea and the pair manage to escape through a door built into the carriage floor and run off into the woods, where they turn their cloaks inside out and hide their jewelry in order to disguise their identities. Back at French Court when Francis hears about the attack from Bash, he orders every available guard & noble to leave with him to begin the search immediately. Meanwhile, in the woods Catherine has stepped into a fox hole and twisted her ankle. They soon spot a village and find an inn where they pose as mother & daughter, Lady's maids. Later, while they are eating Catherine and Mary have a touching moment where Catherine gives her the benefit of her own experiences with her husband, by telling her that now that she and Francis are the King & Queen of France everything has changed, and that Mary must hide her emotions and not let Francis see as difficult as that may be.

There is an announcement of a royal carriage, and Catherine sees that there is an impostor King & Queen who are going around demanding money from the poor and in some cases killing them and burning down their homes. Later, Catherine and Mary encounter the "impostor Queen" and play an excellent game of trickery. A guard comes saying that he is with Francis' search party, and tells them to wait outside so they can take care of the impostors; however it turns out they are deceiving the two Queens and are part of the impostor's plans. The guards proceed to kill everyone in the room except the impostor queen. Catherine, Mary, and the impostor queen are on the road traveling when they realize that they are not heading home. The impostor queen confesses that the guards with them mean to harm them, so Catherine and Mary arm themselves with daggers and hairpins and prepare to take them down.

When the carriage stops the three ladies get out and it's revealed that the guards are loyal to Elizabeth I, Queen of England. This whole scheme is to get rid of Mary in revenge for an act of treason she is believed to have committed when she wore the English Crest in Slaughter of Innocence to the The Joust and Spectacle, because by doing this Mary all but declared herself Queen of England. Queen Catherine steps in saying that it would be better to hold them for ransom and that the guard could bankrupt France as her son would pay any price if it meant getting his mother and wife back alive; however the guard refuses, and kills the impostor queen by snapping her neck but Mary stands with Catherine's jeweled hairpin saying it's poisoned then she stabs the horse in its rear causing the animal to kill the guard, by kicking him in the head and stomping on him.

Back at the castle, Catherine has a serious chat with her son about Mary and why she wanted to go to Beauvais to seek advice on fertility and while Francis tries to brush her off she persists by telling him in short that he needs to be open and honest with his wife, and above all else trust her or else he's going to find her thousands of miles away from him, and she doesn't believe he wants that. Then she walks away heading into the castle.

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Catherine with Mary at the party.

In The Prince of the Blood, Catherine is seen chiding a priest who was supposed to take her daughter, Claude, to another location and she is not happy that her order was disobeyed. However, she welcomes her daughter home and notices that she smells of whiskey. After helping her son with a cipher concerning possible English spies at court, Catherine is greeted once again by the twin ghosts she first saw in The Lamb and the Slaughter she asks them what they want from her, and if she is responsible for their deaths since they said she didn't protect them. They then disappear leaving the poor Queen afraid and more than a little confused. Then a maid comes into her chambers with news about Claude. Catherine goes to investigate and is shocked to find her daughter in bed with the priest who brought her home she says she doesn't need this on today and leaves the room. Catherine later chastises her daughter for her behavior, as she knows that Claude seduced the priest to get her way. Catherine cannot understand this as her daughter has been gaining life experiences, learning languages etc. However, Claude believes her mother would pawn her off on anyone because she can't stand her, and she asks what she has done to raise her ire. Catherine tells her daughter that this is nonsense, but Claude is very sad that she has been away from home for years, missed her brother's wedding and coronation as well as her father's funeral, and begs her mother not to send her away. Catherine is very stressed out by this situation, but she allows Claude to stay and warns her that if she sees anymore bad behavior then she will be sent away again.

Catherine is last seen heading to her chambers supposedly for bed when she sees the twin ghosts again and they go into the room where Claude is sleeping. She dismisses her ladies and follows them into the room and is stunned to see the twin ghosts by the bed. Catherine asks them why they are tormenting her, and why they are with her daughter. In response one twin coughs up a flower and puts it on Claude while the other speaks of sisters. Catherine can't believe what's happening as she realizes that these ghosts are her twins: Emone and Henrietta who died in infancy. Henrietta says that they never really left her as Emone takes Claude's hair and pulls it as if she's trying to snap her neck. Henrietta asks if Catherine loves Claude more than them and calls her "mother" as they disappear. Catherine wakes Claude up and tells her that she must send her away again, and without telling her that she's afraid for her daughter's life Catherine leaves the room clearly terrified.

In Terror of the Faithful, Catherine is first seen walking into the room of her daughter, Claude, with the intention of waking her up. She informs her that she has made a marriage match for her, and that she needs to make herself presentable for her future husband who comes from Bavaria. Princess Claude however is quite reluctant to marry anyone, and believes that her mother is not trying to marry her off to form an alliance for France, but to get rid of her. However Catherine will hear none of this as she tells her daughter in short that she will marry in order to ensure the survival of the House of Valois. Catherine dumps a pitcher of water on Claude’s head, and leaves to meet this potential fiancé herself.

A short time later, she is seen entering the castle courtyard to greet the Count of Bavaria who presents his handsome son, William. Catherine is most pleased with the dashing young Count and says that Claude will be pleased as well; however she is unable to join them as she is engaged in studying the scriptures. The Count tells the Queen that there is a delicate matter which needs urgent discussion: he has heard rumors about the Princess sleeping with a priest, and he wants his son to have a chaste catholic wife. Though Catherine ensures that the rumors are unfounded the Count wants further assurance that Claude is indeed chaste.

Later that afternoon, in Princess Claude’s chambers Catherine is talking to her about the necessity of testing her virtue as she could not convince the Count of this. Claude is curious as to what her mother has done, and Catherine admits that she is taking advantage of the presence of the Vatican at court by having them test Claude’s virtue. The Princess is not at all happy about this news and flatly refuses to go through with it and in the same breath accuses her mother of punishing her by making her submit to a virginity test and marrying her off to a “Bavarian nobody” when she has no idea what she is being punished for. Catherine is shocked as her daughter boldly claims that she can’t be forced to submit to either the test or the marriage, and if her virtue is to be tested then they’d have to put her on the rack and pry her legs apart. As Claude walks away Catherine says: “Well the rack it is then.”

The next day Queen Catherine dressed in a blue floral print gown, sits in her chambers reading her bible and is surprised when Bash walks in to pay her a visit. Catherine inquires as to what she owes this rare delight, and Bash tells her that he knows this “alliance” with Bavaria isn't all that it’s been made to be, and wants to know why she is pushing this marriage on Claude as he doesn't want her to become a casualty of her mother’s motives. Catherine says that it’s sweet that Bash wants to protect Claude; however he’s overstepping his bounds as her brother and it wouldn't be the first time. She asks if Claude enlisted his help to intervene with her and Bash admits that he encouraged Claude not to fight the engagement as he thinks she’ll be happier in a place where she has a chance of being loved.

Catherine seems a bit insulted by the insinuation, and cuts off Bash by saying that she loves all of her children as protecting them and keeping them safe is what drives her very existence. It’s clear that Bash has caught her in a reflective moment as the bible she is reading contains a list with the names of all of her children. Bash is softened by Catherine’s mood as she talks about how: with their names in her sight she prays for the souls of her children and herself more than one may imagine, how she treasures her famiy, even the ones who didn't survive: her son Louis whom she lost when he was only a year old, and her twins Emone and Henrietta who were so tiny when they were born. Catherine further mentions: how the twins were not identical as she saw differences in them even as babies, that she wonders what they would have been like if they had grown, and that the oldest she could imagine them was 8 or 9. Unbeknownst to Bash, Catherine can see the ghosts of her twins lying in her bed: Henrietta is asleep, and Emone is reading a book; and he seems a bit concerned as he can’t see them and asks if she’s alright. Catherine looks as Bash and puts the bible down saying she has been too liberal with her intake, and blames it on her nerves given recent events. Bash tells her that while he knows things have been tense she has a living daughter who needs her affection now and if she loves Claude then she should give her some evidence of it before sending her away because she owes her that much. As Bash goes to leave, he watches as Catherine walks over to her bed and pulls up her fur blanket with such tenderness as if she is trying to keep something warm; however he can’t see that she is covering up the ghosts of her twins as they sleep and she smiles at them. Bash looks confused and concerned as all he sees is an empty bed.

Later, in Princess Claude’s chambers Catherine watches as she is tested by priests from the Vatican. The priests try to assure Claude that the exam won’t take long, but she is clearly very uncomfortable. Catherine sees this and gets up to hold her daughter’s hand trying to comfort her while it’s clear that her mind is elsewhere. That afternoon Catherine is back in her chambers when Claude walks in, and she bids her to come and sit beside her. Catherine tells Claude that she is sorry she had to endure that “wretched procedure” and as she takes her daughter's face in her hands comments on her beauty. Catherine plays with Claude’s hair as she tells her that she may not see it now but this marriage is for her own good and that soon she will be married and far away from the castle. Claude asks why when her mother's face goes blank as she is looking at the bed where she sees the ghosts of the twins.

In a flashback, a much younger Queen Catherine sits in the nursery wearing a beautiful brown embroidered gown. The Queen has one of her infant twins in her arms that she kisses happily. The nanny in the room who has the other baby in her arms says “All the nannies are struggling with her, Your Majesty.” She apologizes for being direct, but the Queen bids her to continue and listens as she cradles her daughter. The nanny tells her that Princess Claude is very jealous of the little ones as she says that they “paw at her” and “ruin things”. Catherine stops her to ask exactly what the babies have ruined as a young Claude interrupts saying that the twins pulled the flowers off of her dress. The Queen listens further as the nanny continues saying that Claude says the twins “ruin everything” and she looks at them with such hatred and pinches them. The baby the nanny has begins to cry as Catherine stands up with the other and asks Claude if this is true, and says that she is not pleased. The baby Catherine has also begins to cry, and she turns to comforting them as they are quite disturbed and little Claude runs away from the room.

The flashback ends and Claude asks her mother what’s the matter and Catherine begins to break down as she asks Claude how she can think that she doesn't love her when she has done nothing but try to protect her. Catherine says that in her own way she has mothered Claude more than any of her other children. Claude is in tears as she begs her mother not to make her marry and send her away; however Catherine goes blank once again as she can see the ghosts on her bed, and she tells Claude “It’s done”. Later, that night in the castle banquet hall there is merriment and feasting as Catherine enters with the Count of Bavaria and William. The Count apologizes to Catherine for any misunderstandings and thanks her for her consideration in involving the Vatican as he feels it was more than they deserved. Catherine is more then delighted as the Count welcomes Claude into his family. The Princess then enters the room looking quite beautiful in her gown as her mother, the Count and William watch happily; however Claude does not approach them but walks up to Lord Narcisse, sits on his lap and begins to flirt with him shamelessly. The Count and William are horrified and insulted by this blatant disrespect and the Count tosses the marriage agreement on the ground and leaves in a huff with his son.

Catherine however has a look of fury on her face that quickly turns to worry and fear as she sees the twins again and goes into a final flashback: It's very late at night, and Catherine is back in the nursery in tears as she tells the doctor that she felt something was wrong as her babies were too quiet. The Queen cries as she explains that she went to check on them and thought they were still sleeping; however when she tried to arouse Emone and Henrietta she couldn't. The doctor sadly tells a horrified Catherine that her babies were suffocated in their sleep and while it was hard for him to see at first he opens his hand to show her the flowers he found stuffed into each of their throats. The Queen is completely devastated as she collapses in tears and cries of grief.

In Acts of War, Catherine walks in on Mary trying to convince Princess Claude on how good a match with Lord Conde will be despite the fact that he's a protestant and a Bourbon. Catherine is not happy with this proposed match since Conde could try to take the French throne as he is of royal blood and she seems thrilled that Claude is refusing to marry him. Mary begs Catherine to help her since a marriage between Claude and Conde will be a good match, and she knows that Catherine is dying to marry her daughter off; however the Queen says that since Conde lives at court him marrying Claude will solve nothing for her and she feels that the Princess will be happier away from the castle. Mary asks Catherine why she feels this way and she replies that since Claude is her daughter it is her right and duty to map her life, and when Mary has children of her own she will understand. Catherine then gives Mary a final warning about interfering in her daughter's future.

Later at the Saint Nicholas Feast, Narcisse talks with Catherine about the impending announcement of the engagement of Princess Claude and Lord Conde, and the potential mixing of the Valois bloodline with Protestants. Narcisse then admits that he tried to stop Claude himself; however Catherine already knows of this and will have none of it as she flatly warns Narcisse: "Stay away from my daughter!" Narcisse further comments that she cannot be supportive of this marriage, but Catherine says that while she is not pleased she is also not a King.

Later that night Catherine is walking with her guards when she comes across Mary, and it's clear something has happened to her. Catherine orders the guards back to their posts and helps Mary to her chambers where she asks about her son's whereabouts. Mary says that protestants came in the castle meaning to kill Francis, and that she hit one of them in the head; however she can't continue about what the other did. Catherine says that she will asks Mary this question only once so they are both clear on what has happened: "Where you raped?" Mary admits that she was indeed as she collapses in tears, fear and shame by the desk. Catherine can tell Mary doesn't want to be touched, and tells her that she's safe, she escaped, she's alive, and that she will get through this because Catherine is also a survivor which Mary well knows. Catherine then says that they are going to change Mary's hair, clothes and erase every mark from her body though Mary begs to be left alone; however Catherine says that they are going to do this for her, Scotland and France.

Catherine gives her own strength to Mary as she tells her that her pride and strength can never ever be taken away from her though these men tried to take them, she also says that she will go and face her court as if this horror never occurred. Mary protests that she cannot as Catherine insists that she can and she must, because since the guards saw her she must put any rumors to rest at once since this will either define her as a victim or a powerful Queen who survived a failed assassination attempt. Further Catherine says that these men tried to diminish a King by degrading a Queen and they cannot let them get away with that. Catherine then asks Mary to trust her, and extends her hand as she swears that she can help her get through this.

In the throne room with Catherine standing by her side Mary bravely tells the court that their Queen was untouched in the attack. Later that night Catherine is in Mary's chambers comforting her when Francis returns happy to see that Mary is alright; however she gets up to stop her son before he can get close to Mary and she tells him that his wife needs space, time and that all he needs to do is listen. Francis looks a bit confused by what his mother is saying as she asks Mary if she wants her to go, Mary nods yes and she leaves them alone to talk.

In "Mercy", Catherine is seen with Mary outside as she inspects the prisoners who are being held under suspicion of being involved in the assassination attempt on Francis, and for Mary's rape. Francis joins his mother outside and asks her what Mary is doing; Catherine replies that Mary is looking for her rapist and if he doesn't catch him then Mary will be looking for him in every room and crowd for the rest of her life. While Francis prepares to leave on a hunt for the men who violated his wife, Catherine and Bash stop him to let him know that the prisoners killed two of the guards in retaliation for being left outside. Francis however is bent on revenge and says to hang the men responsible, but his mother says that the prisoners panicked because they foresee death by his command. Francis asks his mother if she is defending them, and she says that she is doing no such thing; however she is advising her son to make his next move wisely, because the time has come for him to either dole out mercy or to crush them all and whichever choice he makes there is no turning back. Francis comments that terror worked for his parents as it protected their realm, then he commands for the prisoners be hanged publicly so that the consequences for rising against the King are made obvious. Catherine then watches as her son rides off.

After Francis rides away Catherine looks down and notices that she has blood on her hands, and then when she looks up she sees the ghosts of her twin daughters standing at the castle doors. There is no blood on her hands when she looks down a second time, and then she sees the twins run inside the castle. Queen Catherine walks in on her daughter Princess Claude playing the harpsichord, and sees the twins in the room also, and she asks Claude to please leave the room. However the princess says that with over a hundred rooms in the castle her mother just happens to need this particular one, and then she ignores her and proceeds to continue playing. Catherine is clearly in no mood and tells Claude to "get out of the room…now", as she grabs her arm and pulls her off the seat while repeating her command for her to "get out…Now!" Princess Claude dares to tell her mother “To go to hell!” Catherine responds to this disrespect by slapping her daughter. Claude says to her mother “You’re out of your mind” as she runs out of the room leaving Catherine alone with the twins.

The troubled Queen tries to run from the room after asking her twins to leave Claude alone as she’s but a child; however the angry twins will hear none of this as Henrietta says “She hated us! Have you forgotten?” Catherine admits that she remembers everything as Henrietta asks “How did we die mother?” to which she replies “She suffocated you.” In a brief flashback the doctor shows the Queen the flowers that had been stuffed in the twins’ throats, and the Queen’s heartbreaking response to discovering her babies’ deaths. While the flashback occurs, Catherine says that the flowers were the ones from Claude’s dress that the twins had been pulling at, and when it ends she says that her daughter had stuffed one flower into each of their throats. Emone then speaks up saying “And then you lied!” Catherine admits that she blamed their deaths on illness, and then walks over to the bench and sits down in front of the twins as she says that Claude was her daughter and the twins were both gone. Henrietta says “Choose us this time!” however Catherine says that there is no choice as the twins are both dead, but the twins don’t like that answer as Emone grabs Catherine’s wrist in such a way that the pain brings her to her knees making her cry for mercy. Henrietta says “We’re here, don’t you feel us? Do to Claude what she did to us!” Catherine says that she can’t do such a thing, and begs the twins to blame her as Claude was only five; however while Emone continues to tighten her grip on their mother’s wrist making her cry out in pain as Henrietta warns her “If you don’t do it, then we will and she will suffer…we promise.”

In another part of the castle Princess Claude is sitting at a table talking with some ladies, when Catherine enters the room and says that she would like a word alone with her daughter. The ladies get up, curtsy and leave them alone. The Princess sarcastically says “What is it now mother? Do you need this room too?” The Queen replies by saying that it’s not safe for her daughter to be at the castle, that she has done all she can, and she does not know how much longer she can keep her from harm. Claude says “Keep me from harm? You struck me.” Catherine begs her daughter to listen to her and tells her that there are other things to fear; however when Claude inquires as to just what these things are her mother sets a heavy bag of gold on the table, and tells her that there is enough gold to take her wherever she wants to go like Rome or Paris. Claude insists that she is happier at the castle, but Catherine begs her daughter to take the money as Claude says that she has felt that something was wrong with her for the longest time, but now she thinks something is wrong with her mother, and is done asking why she wants her gone. Catherine says “Please” once more, when Claude takes the bag, opens it, and dumps the money on the floor; she then says that she does not need her mother’s money as she has more value to Francis. Claude further insults her mother by calling her a “relic who has outlived her usefulness”, and says that she is the future. This disrespect by her daughter leaves Catherine stunned, and clearly she has had enough of this behavior and tells Claude “If you don’t leave this castle, you will leave me no choice but to…” Claude stands up and tells her mother not to threaten her, but threatens that if her mother dares to lay a hand on her again then she will woefully regret it. Catherine stunned and not knowing what to say leaves the room.

Later that night Catherine is seen in her chambers putting a potion into some kind of soup set on a well decorated silver tray, which she brings into her daughter’s chambers. The Princess is less than thrilled to see her mother, but Catherine admits that she has been a bit on edge due to the tensions in France, and that she has taken it out on Claude. The Princess says that whatever ails her mother has always been taken out on her, Catherine knows this and apologizes even though Claude won’t relent by saying that her mother was never like that with her other daughters and she favors boys. Catherine says that she’s trying to apologize for the wrongs she has done, and admits that she does and has always loved her daughter; however she doesn't want her to suffer more than she already has. Catherine further confesses that she has not been much of a mother to Claude, and felt it was time she started acting as such. She then picks up the bowl and spoon and proceeds to feed her daughter the hot soup, but Claude is reluctant to take it; however her mother says that she can’t help but wonder if things might have been different between them if she had been kinder to her from the start, and asks her daughter for forgiveness for all that she has done. Catherine begins feeding Claude the soup, when she looks over by the fireplace and sees that her twins are watching while nodding happily.

Queen Catherine is last seen in her chambers sleeping peacefully in her bed. Suddenly mysterious movement is seen under her covers, which she can feel touching her legs and creeping up her body. The movement begins to materialize into a shape as a hand comes out of the covers, caresses her neck, and then grabs her throat, waking her up. The Queen gasps in fright as she looks over and is greeted by a most shocking sight: the ghost of her dead husband Henry! Catherine says “Henry? You can’t be real.” Henry grabs her hand presses it to him and says “Don’t I feel real?” as he begins to kiss her passionately. Catherine pulls away asking what is happening to her and why he’s in her room. Henry replies that their twins came and found him, and that she shouldn't feel guilty about Claude because she did right by them as a couple. However as Catherine begins to protest Henry silences her by kissing her with so much passion that she cannot resist him. Henry asks her if this feels right to her, she replies that it does as Henry speaks of his love for her. The couple is wrapped in ghostly passions, with Catherine stroking her husband’s face as Henry tells his Queen to say that she wants him back saying “Catherine, please I need you to say it.” Catherine says “I want you back!” This is just the response Henry wanted as the couple becomes wrapped in making love.

In "Getaway", Catherine is in her chambers mixing some sort of concoction, while her ghostly husband Henry is behind her. The two have a romantic moment when she says that he'll exhaust himself if he keeps flattering her; while Henry says that death has made him lovesick, and while it's cold in the dark his wife is downright toasty. The couple soon get into a discussion about the fact that Catherine is slowly poisoning Claude, how this slow process keeps her from getting caught, that Claude is their child, that she was only 5 when she killed the twins, and didn't know right from wrong, that God must take these things into consideration, that Claude will get more mercy from God than the twins, that since Henry is spending eternity with them he must take their wishes for revenge into consideration, and that Catherine has felt their power.

Catherine is soon walking down the castle hall with Henry as she carries a tray with hot soup on it. Kenna is walking in front of them, as Henry says that with death comes wisdom as he talks with Catherine about what he ever saw in Kenna, and she says that perhaps it was her ass as Henry mentioned it many times. Kenna stops walking and turns around to ask if Catherine was talking to her, and she replies "Why would I talk to you?" Kenna says "You just said something about my ass." Catherine replies that not everything is about Kenna's ass and tells her to move it out of the way as she walks by. Catherine then walks into Claude's chambers and feeds her the soup with the potion in it.

Later Queen Catherine walks into her chambers to find her daughter Claude going through the potions on the table. The room has been completely ransacked, and Catherine asks Claude what she is doing; the Princess is angry as she asks her mother what poison she put in her soup, and that she knew her mother hated her, but poison? Catherine finally confronts her daughter about killing the twins, about how: Claude murdered her sisters: Emone and Henrietta, how she couldn't stand their very existence, because she lost Catherine's constant attention, how she pinched them when no one was looking, how when the twins pulled the flowers off her favorite dress she responded by stuffing the flowers into their throats, and how her reaction was fake. Claude protests saying that she cried because she was sad about losing her sisters; however Catherine says that while she wishes this were true she knows that it isn't. She then recalls telling her daughter that she loved and protected her, and she proved it by lying for her, and has done it so much so that Claude has come to believe it; she supposes that there are other monsters with mothers who have to lie for them. Princess Claude is stunned as she asks why her mother is trying to kill her now after all these years, and Catherine replies that she had tried everything else which the Princess does not understand.

Catherine does not answer because she is looking at the ghosts of her husband and the twins who are watching her, as she says that there is a price for such things. Claude responds to this by taking the poison and emptying it into a chalice as she asks if her death is the price, and further asks her mother if she wants her to die; however Catherine is horrified as she begs her daughter to stop, but Claude says that if she's the murderer her mother thinks she is then she deserve to die. Catherine can't bear the sight of this and she knocks the chalice away as her daughter collapses into her arms in tears. Catherine holds her daughter and comforts her telling her that it's alright, that she was only 5, and didn't know what she was doing. As she holds her daughter Henry comes and tells her not to betray her other children, then she watches Henry take the twins' hands and they fade away. Catherine continues to hold and comfort her daughter.

In "Banished", Queen Catherine is seen in her chambers with her twins, along with her husband, Henry as she goes through her box of makeup and jewelry; trying to decide what to wear with her gown, while anguishing over what has been happening with her, the twins and Claude. She comments to Henry that her jewels and makeup only hide the corrupt flesh underneath, and Henry remarks that her flesh isn't nearly as corrupt since she started a campaign of self flagellation. Catherine replies that she has made a mess of their family and if only she could make it right; she then sends the twins off to play while she talks to Henry in order to find out why they’re no longer angry with her because she let Claude live. Henry tells her that he listened, gave them time, respect and love which is what families are supposed to offer each other. Catherine replies that this would be true in a perfect world which they don’t live in; however Henry gets up and has a loving moment with his Queen as he tells her that he’s not talking about a perfect world, but the world that so close to hers if she would only choose to be a part of it. Catherine is confused and asks him how she can be part of his world, when she doesn't even know if it or her husband is real; she then asks if she is going mad.

Later that day Catherine is walking down the hall when she sees Henry’s former mistress Diane. Catherine comments that she heard Diane was back to visit her son, and how daring it was of her to return to court. Diane speaks of Catherine banishing her from court after Henry died and taking away everything he promised her. The Queen replies that Diane has gained a daughter in law since Henry’s death, even though Kenna was the discarded girlfriend who with a twitch of her ass replaced Diane. Catherine further comments to Diane to enjoy her extended family; however Diane mentions her family by saying that if Claude’s looks could kill then she’d be bathing in her own blood. As Diane walks away to greet Claude, Henry appears by Catherine’s side and she asks if he came to steal a glance at his old mistress. However much to Catherine’s delight Henry hasn't come to admire Diane as he says that she: looks worse for the wear, too old, too thin, and realizes the mistake he made by being with her. Catherine comments that Diane was a very expensive mistake and asks what jealous tantrum bought the fabulous necklace she wears, but she is also a bit distraught at how friendly her daughter is being with her rival and rubbing her nose in it, by showing kindness to everyone but her.

Henry asks his wife why she is subjecting herself to his torment, when she has another family that loves her without blame or judgment; she turns around and sees her twins standing in front of her. Catherine strokes her daughter’s faces as she says that she is curious about everything that is happening: her husband’s new found devotion to her, and her twins who are before her in the very image she had of them in her mind; however she wonders if they are all in her mind or if they are really there with her to soothe her guilt for all the mistakes she has made. Henry asks what mistakes she is referring to, and Catherine says that she has heard that Bash is helping Claude find out if she really killed the twins and she wonders if she should have been asking those questions instead. However Henry tells her that if she had done this then it would have painted Claude as a monster, instead she kept ample evidence to herself and even from him which he is glad about; he also says that since all she has ever done for her children is love and protect them then love is what she deserves in return, then Henry suggests that they get away for a bit but Catherine looks back at Claude as Emone grabs her hand, she agrees and leaves with her husband and twins.

The next day is the evening of the Ice Festival, and Catherine is seen running and playing with her twins in the undergrounds of the castle. Emone and Henrietta are yelling for their mother to play with them instead of going to the ice festival, but the Queen stops running as she is out of breath saying that she needs rest. Henry comes and asks if she is having as much fun as he is, but Catherine says that while she wants to enjoy herself she can’t because her husband brings her such pleasure but much pain as well. Catherine is feeling guilty about: hiding the truth about the twins’ murders, thinking she has raised a monster like Claude, and that she will have been treating her like one for no reason if it comes out that she is innocent of killing the twins. Henry tries to soothe her by telling her that it was a long time ago and no one could blame her as she has lost her babies and she should not second guess herself lest she go mad; however it seems that Catherine does not want to hear any of this but would rather go be with Claude at the ice festival. However Henry replies that if she thinks that Claude or Francis needs her, then she is wrong because unlike her other children the twins are asking for her, and they have no one else but their parents. Henry further begs her to be the mother the twins want and need as he embraces her and kisses her. Henry watches as Catherine chases her twins outside and frolics in the snow covered woods. Catherine runs after the twins while Henry is coming behind her, and it seems as if the Queen is in something of a dream that is slowly driving her mad.

Later that night Catherine is still in the woods with Henry and her twins, but it’s obvious that she is beginning to suffer from the effects of the extreme cold. Henry sends their twins back inside and has a romantic moment with his wife as he mentions that there is no longer any darkness but lots of light, because he now has his beautiful Queen with him; he then takes her into a passionate kiss, picks her up and whirls her around before sitting down on a big rock. The couple laugh, but then Catherine begs Henry to stop as she is shivering, but Henry says that he is offering her heat, asks if she can feel it and that he knows just what she needs; him and them as a couple together forever. Henry takes Catherine’s coat off as she asks what it was he used to say to her when they would make love and she was so near, and he replies “You’re almost home” as the couple share a passionate kiss; however it is seen that Catherine is alone in the woods.

A few hours later Bash comes running in the woods yelling Catherine’s name, when he finds her lying in the snow. He wonders what on earth she is doing out in the cold as she could have frozen to death; he then says that a servant saw her and he followed her footprints. Catherine is barely alive but asks Bash why he is helping her, he wraps her cloak around her and picks her up as he replies that this is a very good question. Safe and warm back in her chambers, Catherine is sitting in front of her fireplace, and listening as Bash tells her the truth about what really happened to her infant twins on that horrible night. She learns that: Henry lured the nanny away, the babies froze to death, and that the nanny framed Claude for it to try and cover up her neglect. The Queen inquires as to just where the nanny is and Bash tells her that the nanny is in the dungeon as Catherine swears that she will be punished, but wonders who will punish her. Bash comments that she thought she was protecting her daughter, and Catherine replies that while she believed this she thinks that she was protecting herself, because she was not asking the questions she did not want answers to. Catherine then asks herself if her daughter was truly guilty and what damage did the horrible marriage between her and Henry do to their children; because she knew they were hurt, but she didn’t know it would cost them their lives.

Catherine then tells Bash that Henry hurt Diane also, but he replies that his mother knew what she was getting into; however she tells him that he’s quite wrong about that thought. Catherine then says that: once she and Henry had enough heirs he’d convinced Diane that he’d be all hers. Bash stops her and asks Catherine how she knows this, and she replies that: Henry told her that there would be no more sex between them, that he was going to try and be faithful to his mistress which he never was, that she knew this because of all the things Henry bought Diane to quell the raging temper she had when she found out his betrayal: the gifts of jewels, chateaus, and the ridiculous chapel Henry had built with the expensive stained glass just after the twins were born, and the fact that Catherine and Henry never stopped having sex either. Catherine stops talking when she sees that Bash’s mind is elsewhere and she asks him what’s wrong, and he replies that nothing is wrong and that he hopes it brings her some peace to know that her daughter didn’t kill the twins, and he turns to leave. Catherine then apologizes for not having thanked Bash for saving the life of his mother’s worst enemy.

Later in her chambers Catherine is getting out of her bath and into her robe as she thanks her lady Elise, but instead she is surprised by her husband Henry who apologizes to his Queen for letting their fun outside get out of hand as he has forgotten what cold can do to the living. However Catherine is clearly in no mood for her dead husband and his mind games, as she mentions the other things he has forgotten such as the nanny who let their twins die because she was too busy with him in bed. Catherine gets out of the tub as Henry begs her pardon she replies that maybe he really does not remember, and perhaps this is not his fault since she invited him to her such as he is; Henry then asks her just what he is. Catherine unleashes her feelings of anger, frustration and pain as she says that: Henry is a lie, that she brought him to her to ease her conscience, that he was a lie in life along with everything he spoke of or promised, that no duty, loyalty or even France mattered more than himself; she is interrupted by the twins and Emone asks “Why are you arguing mother?” Catherine approaches her darling twins and tells them that their time together must come to an end, that they need to find peace away from the castle, and she promises them they she will be with them again one day and that it will seem like a very short time to them. The twins look ready to break into tears as Catherine wipes their faces and they bid each other goodbye as the twins disappear; the Queen then feels as if a burden has been lifted off of her shoulders.

Henry begs Catherine not to break up their family as he tries to hug her; however Catherine shakes from his grasp as she tells him: to dare not mention the word family to her, that he has no idea what the word means, that family means more than one person, loving and thinking about others before themselves. Henry cuts her off and in tears insists that he has always loved her and their children, but Catherine replies that: he only loved her when it was convenient, when it did not keep him from the indulgences that he craved, that she continued to take her husband back into her bed constantly because she loved him, that she taught him that it was ok to treat his family with scorn and neglect, and that their children have suffered greatly because of it: their twins are gone and she may have lost Claude forever something she will never forgive herself or Henry for. The Queen lastly says that while she will always bear her guilt she will no longer bear her husband and banishes him from her life once and for all telling Henry to return to his hell and leave her to her own hell.

Later that night Catherine sneaks into Diane’s chambers, grabs a fireplace shovel and hits her in the back of the head! Diane is knocked to the floor stunned as she stares up at the furious Queen who says that: she admits she was slow to put it together much to the misfortune of her poor daughter Claude, that Bash took away her estate and told her to leave; which made her think that while the nanny believed that the wind blew the windows open, that this was not possible because the windows were latched shut and only a pair of jealous human hands had to open them. Catherine continues to grow more infuriated as she further says that she never thought that a mother could do something this horrible to another mother’s child, she then raises the shovel in her hand ready to strike Diane again and asks if she wants to beg for her life. However Diane decides to provoke the enraged Queen by calling her a hypocrite and asking her how many mothers’ children has she killed. Catherine's anger then goes from foaming to boiling over livid as she says “Indignation instead of groveling? I suppose that will do.” Catherine then hits Diane again with the shovel, and pins her to the floor. Diane tries unsuccessfully to fight her off, but Catherine grabs Diane’s necklace and begins to twist it around her neck saying that this is for: killing her babies, for taking her husband from her, for tearing her family apart, and for turning her daughter against her. Diane gasps for air as she says that she did all of it for Henry, then Catherine replies how perfect it is that Henry did it all for himself as well, and with a few final twists of fury on the necklace she says “You loved him so much? He’s all yours!” Catherine is now left with a very dead Diane de Poitiers, as she struggles to catch her breath.

In "Sins of the Past", Queen Catherine walks into Francis and Mary’s chambers as they discuss giving money to King Antoine; however Catherine is dead set against it as she reminds her son that she and Henry warned him many times about the Bourbons. Francis explains that when he was a child and often sick, the Bourbons were considered options for the French Throne, so there is lots of bad history between the Houses of Valois and Bourbon. Francis further explains that his father got his revenge by sending the Bourbon brothers and their supporters to the front lines during the Italian and Spanish war; he also says that Antoine has his throne because he’s married to the Queen of Navarre. Catherine explains that Antoine is self centered, a reckless spender, that his story about French refugees is phony and that the real reason he wants money is because he’s burned through his wife’s money and she cut him off, she then insists that Francis refuse to give the money and send him home, but Francis refuses saying that he wants to know what’s going on in Navarre.

Later that day Catherine is in her chambers reading Henry’s bible, when her son barges into her room. Francis demands to know why his mother did not tell him about his sister; Catherine thinks he’s talking about Claude, and asks what he has heard; but Francis is talking about Clarissa and wants to know why his mother did not tell him that she’s still alive. Catherine is in shock and she asks if someone has seen her, Francis demands that his mother tell him everything she knows; Catherine mentions that Nostradamus said Clarissa was alive, and that the prophecy was unfulfilled; however she says that she was not sure if he was just trying to hurt her, and begins to worry that it might be true. Francis says that it was true; when suddenly he begins bleeding from his eyes; Catherine is horrified, and jumps up in time to catch her son as he gasps for air then collapses into her arms. She is horrified and cradles her son as she cries for help; Mary and two maids rush in as she says that Francis is dying; however Mary looks as confused as the maids are, because Catherine is cradling no one; however she says that she’s just had a vision and that the prophecy will come to pass. Mary looks at her quite confused and concerned.

A short time later Francis and Mary are in Catherine’s chambers, with her in bed and a doctor looking down her throat. However the Queen is not a good patient as she says that the doctor is a waste of time and to send the foolish man home. Francis however is concerned that his mother is not well, because he has heard from Bash that she was talking to people who were not there, and then there’s the matter with Claude. Princess Claude enters the room dripping with sarcasm at her mother’s illness and suggests that she might be suffering from the same symptoms that drove Henry mad. However the doctor then notices that Catherine has sores on her tongue, all over the inside of her mouth, and on her hands, then asks how long she has had them; Catherine insists it’s just a rash and means nothing. Francis and Mary aren’t buying it though as the doctor asks Catherine if her husband had lovers outside of their marital bed; the room falls silent as Catherine says “Syphilis?” then screams “Oh Henry!” as she says that it’s so like him to leave her a lasting gift so she would never forget him or his whores. Princess Claude tells her mother not to be so gloomy and speaks of a friend who underwent the cures, but said they were excruciating; Francis suggests that they let his mother rest but when the others leave Catherine grabs her son’s arm terrified as she’s heard that these cures can help or kill someone and clearly she does not want to die. Francis tries to reassure his mother that nothing will happen to her; however Catherine does not want to be remembered as a mad Queen with syphilis and tells Francis that if she dies then he should say that she died of tuberculosis while helping orphans.

Later Catherine is absolutely miserable as she is subjected to all kinds of torturous cures for syphilis such as: being put in a mercury oven and steamed alive, having birds peck at her feet etc. Princess Claude seems to enjoy watching her mother in such pain, but it pains Catherine more that her daughter is enjoying her misery; Claude says that poison hurts also and that her stomach aches from her mother’s efforts to slowly kill her. While she is in the oven, Narcisse comes in and gives her the water she asks for, but when he pretends to be surprised to see Catherine in this situation she tells him to stop it; however Narcisse says that he has seen a mercury oven before and that Claude has mentioned her illness to anyone within hearing range; he then takes a napkin and asks Catherine if he can wipe her forehead. The Queen is curious as to why Narcisse is being so nice to her and he says that he sat with his brother who went through the same thing, and that the dry heat helped the sores he had; however Catherine only has sores on her hands and in her mouth so the dry heat won’t help her. Narcisse then poses to Catherine the idea that she doesn’t have syphilis, but that she has been poisoned; Catherine seems rather offended by this idea, while Narcisse does not mean to offend her he finds it rather odd that her sores are in places that she would touch food or put her hands in her mouth; Catherine talks about her extreme system of food tasters and Narcisse reminds her that there are other ways to poison people than food, then asks her if she has something that only she and no one else would touch. It can’t be her clothes because those are washed, then suddenly Catherine mentions her husband’s bible that she took from his room after he died and has been reading it for comfort nearly every day. Narcisse says that is belonged to Henry and he went mad, so now the bible belongs to her; a few minutes later Catherine is out of the oven and with Narcisse at her table of potions ready to test Henry’s bible to see if it is indeed poisoned, and her testing is 100% positive.

In "The End of Mourning", Queen Catherine is in the dining hall with her family, where she reveals that the cause of her hallucinations was not syphilis as originally thought, but that she was poisoned. Catherine further reveals that she discovered this with the help of Narcisse, that the poison affected the personalities of her and her husband differently, and that she now craves sugar because of it. Mary asks her if she was positive about the poison bible, to which Narcisse replies that he and Catherine tested it; he then points out the obvious question of who poisoned her, Francis sarcastically says that of course the obvious question is who poisoned his mother then asks Narcisse to stop doting on her. Catherine defends Narcisse saying that he was there for her in her hour of need, and that they have an idea of just who is responsible for this; for a brief moment the subject of Diane comes up however Mary turns the issue back to finding out who poisoned Catherine. Narcisse brings up a man named Fredric who may be responsible for poisoning both Henry and Catherine. The Queen then states that poisoning Henry caused his illness, his drive for the English throne, his untimely death, and Francis becoming King at such a young age, she finishes by saying that no one harms her or her family and lives to tell the tale, and lastly that whoever is responsible will pay dearly.

That afternoon, Catherine is walking down the hall followed by 2 of her ladies when she spots the Duke of Guise coming towards her, and has her ladies wait off to the side. After greetings are exchanged, the Duke admits that he’s back at court with the sole purpose of courting Catherine and marrying her since her period of mourning for her husband is over. Catherine is less than thrilled as the Duke is talking like she has won some big prize; the Duke talks of the attraction that was between them years earlier, which led to him being banished from court, joining their families, and being a father to her younger children since they would need not only their mother but a father figure as well; Catherine still brushes off the Duke’s advances since he also seems to want to use her family ties to open trade routes.

Later in her chambers Catherine is enjoying something sweet; while Narcisse tries to discourage her from considering the Duke’s proposal saying that she can’t possibly be thinking of accepting it. Catherine says that just because Narcisse has heard about this from his network of spies, does not mean that it’s open for discussion; however he doesn’t let the subject go when he says that he knew Catherine’s mourning period had ended but he also thought she had given up men. Catherine implies that since Narcisse does not entertain women her age, he believes that no other men do, but he says that she judges him unfairly. Catherine counters by saying that she has seen the women he pursues such as her daughter; however Narcisse says that going after Claude was entirely to save her from marrying a Protestant when Catherine stops him, thanks him for the help he’s given her, then says that the poison bible, revisiting her husband’s madness and death at the hands of her own son just reminds her of his blackmail, the choices that he forced Francis to make and all that it cost him. Narcisse begins to argue, but Catherine cuts him off saying “Don’t argue with me!” then tells him to make it up to her and her son; then Narcisse realizes that the poison is still in her system as Catherine bids him to fill her in on his leads, tells him to follow them, and then says that when he does only then can they talk about their futures.

Early that evening Catherine comes down the hall beautifully dressed in a stunning red gown, when she finds Narcisse and the Duke arguing over her. Catherine comments that she is on her way to the dinner for Lord Conde which is being held in the Lavender House on the northern end of the castle grounds, and says that the greenhouse is magical during this time of year. The Duke comments about the greenhouse and Narcisse mentions that he has had sex in the greenhouse before; then implies that she will be having sex with that “Untrustworthy lox” in the greenhouse, but Catherine says that she is shocked by the suggestion given her age.

Later that night at the dinner, Francis is interrogating Conde about paying Fredric to poison his father, when Catherine enters the dining hall, with evidence that the Duke of Guise was responsible for poisoning both Henry and her, and not Louis Conde. The Queen says that they uncovered a trail from the Duke’s bankers which show debts being paid and lands belonging to the Duke being granted to Fredric in payment for poisoning the late King. Francis then gives an order to arrest the Duke, when his mother says there is no need for this, and tells Mary that her uncle will never betray anyone or cause her harm ever again; then the Duke is seen getting out of his carriage when suddenly an arrow comes flying and hits him in the throat, killing him instantly.

In "Forbidden", Catherine joins the court outside for the funeral of the Duke of Guise, and listens as Mary's mother Marie de Guise gives a small speech about her brother. Marie rejoins Catherine and thanks her for keeping her brother's treachery a secret. That afternoon Catherine takes a walk outside with her son, as they talk about Marie wanting him and Mary to make heirs, Mary being willing to try, that she still associates him with the attack as the man who did it blamed Francis before dying, and he asks his mother how he's supposed to get past that. Catherine is curious at to why this is happening now, and tells her son that perhaps Mary welcomes this push as it has been months since the attack; she further gives him advice that since this is Mary's choice he should follow her lead, and warns him that for the stability of the realm a King's visits to the Queen's chambers must be witnessed for if Mary should find herself pregnant there can be no talk from anyone about whose child it is and Francis agrees.

The next day Catherine is in Francis' chambers, planning to ask how his evening went with Mary; however given the look on his face she says she thinks she knows what happened. Francis tells his mother that it's over between them and that there's no chance of them having an heir, and if this makes Mary a less attractive rival for the English throne then so be it; Francis further says that he will find a way to navigate the politics on behalf of their family and Mary. Catherine is by the window for a few seconds before telling Francis to look at her as she tells him that she's not surprised that Mary is incapable of being intimate, and while it's true that they may never recover what they had she hopes for Mary's sake that they do. However Catherine sees her son's anguish as she says that if they don't Francis is her child, and her concern in this moment is what makes her son happy: his son, a family; she reminds him that he has that right now. Francis asks his mother what she means, and she replies that while she has the deepest compassion for Mary it's him that wears the crown, and without joy or happiness in this life it's weight will crush his spirit into dust, and clearly she doesn't want that for him. Francis tells his mother that Mary has released him to take anyone he wishes and that he has not even entertained the notion; however Catherine tells her son that whatever he decides she will support him, she puts her hand on his shoulder before she leaves as she finally says that if there is someone at court who brings him joy, then he should let himself have it.

In "Tasting Revenge", Catherine is seen entering a banquet which is the Vintage Wine Tasting, during which royals, and nobles come from near and far to taste wine bottled on Francis' birthday. Catherine enters the hall to find nobles and their young daughters meeting Francis, and she explains to Mary, Lola, and Kenna, that the "King's mistress" is a sordid tradition, that the nobles are hoping that Francis will choose one to take to his bed since his estrangement from Mary has become painfully obvious.

Catherine has a chat with Lola about: a mistress for Francis, how a father dangling his daughters under the King's nose worked well for the Boleyn sisters: Anne & Mary, but mostly for their father. Lola doesn't think that any of the girls will have a chance with him since he still loves Mary; however Catherine tells Lola that things change, and that if indeed Francis and Mary are finished then there is a place at the King's side for a lucky young girl she is clearly hinting that she wants Lola to be that girl.

Later that evening during the wine tasting, Catherine attends with the rest of the guests as everyone toasts the birth of her son as well as the wine bottled at that time. Catherine has another chat with Lola about the many girls hoping to catch the King's eye and why she doesn't try this herself; Lola replies that she is Mary's Lady, friend and Catherine despises her. Catherine says that because Lola is the mother of her grandson, and has given Francis something that Mary has not and probably never will give him, and Francis likes Lola; Catherine also says that Lola could make Francis happy and what mother wouldn't want her son to be happy.

In Tempting Fate, Catherine happens to run into Mary after she has had a tryst with Conde in the castle chapel; Catherine is quite suspicious of the flushed color in Mary's face which she brushes off as illness and walks away. Catherine then commands her lady to find out just how often Mary has been visiting the chapel, and to be discreet about it.

A short time later Catherine is with Francis, a messenger and Mary listening to a conversation involving Protestants and notices that her son seems a bit out of it, she tells the messenger to find more information on the matter before letting Francis make a decision. A guard enters the room with a message for Mary, who reads it quickly as a suspicious Francis looks on; however when Catherine inquires as to what the letter says, Mary quickly babbles something about a hospitality matter involving a visiting Duke & Duchess and their servants then she excuses herself immediately and leaves the room. The messenger is ready to continue but Catherine tells him to leave now! When he leaves Catherine asks her son why he's so distracted as this is not like him and where his head is; however from the look on her son's face Catherine can tell what's on his mind as she tells him that no one understands better than she does about what happened with his marriage. Catherine further says that Prince Conde is still at French Court with no real reason to be there, but Francis defends this by saying that Conde is their cousin and negotiating on behalf of his realm. However Catherine tells Francis that Conde harbors feelings for his recently separated wife, and Francis warns his mother to be careful; however Catherine counters this and warns her son to be careful since she has seen Mary in and out of the castle chapel multiple times during the week, and that if Mary and Conde are caught this will: raise question to France's alliance with Scotland, make him appear weak in the eyes of Elizabeth and all of his enemies abroad, and cause the Nobles at court to call for her head. Francis lies to his mother and says that Mary has always been honest with him despite the distance between them, that she has no interest Conde, and that she is loyal to him and France. However, Catherine chuckles and clearly doesn't believe what she is hearing, but when she tries to make further comment Francis shuts her down and tells her not to say another word to Mary or anyone else about this "nonsense" and leaves the room.

Later that day while she is relaxing in her chambers, the Queen receives an unexpected visit when Narcisse bursts into her room. Narcisse tells her that Princess Claude has visited his chambers more than one time; something Catherine is not at all happy to hear; however Narcisse insists that the only reason Claude has been visiting him is to annoy her mother, because she is jealous that Catherine and Narcisse have grown closer. Catherine denies this and says that he is a necessary evil whose orbit she can't escape, but Narcisse insists that he has stood by her and protected her family's interests; Catherine comments by saying that their relationship is nothing more than political and to read more into it would be incredibly foolish, also that whoever he brings into his bed means nothing to her and she doesn't want to hear about it. Narcisse sarcastically replies that he shall do as he pleases and be discreet about it, as much as is possible for someone with a penchant for young lusty Royals; Catherine turns around and looks at him with displeasure.

Still in her chambers the Queen is now talking to Leith Bayard about a special position she needs someone trustworthy for, and she reveals that she wants Leith to become a guard for her daughter Princess Claude. Catherine further says that Leith's job will be to: be by Claude's side at all times, keep her occupied, and see that she has a safe receptacle for her passion and spirit. Catherine warns Leith to make sure that she doesn't wind up in the bed of a noble, stable boy and certainly not his own; she further says that she needs someone comely enough to keep the Princess's attention but smart enough to know his place, and asks if they understand each other. However before Leith can answer her Princess Claude bursts into the room complaining about the order that she is not to leave the castle without a personal guard which was issued by her mother, and asks when her mother will stop trying to control her. Catherine replies that she will stop this when her daughter ceases to behave as if she needs to be controlled and leaves the room saying that she will let Claude and Leith get acquainted before Leith can protest.

That night Narcisse once again bursts into Catherine's chambers, this time with news about Conde and Mary's secret plan to leave and retake Scotland; something the Queen is not happy to hear about since Mary is leaving France and her son. Narcisse comments that this is a brazen move, and Catherine agrees saying that this was no doubt encouraged by the "Bourbon usurper" by her side; she also says that she knew Mary was unfaithful but she had no idea of the depth of her betrayal. Narcisse reveals his plan to make them believe all is well and give them enough rope to hang themselves; however Catherine doesn't want to kill Mary, because this is not the same foolish girl who was forced into the care of France also Catherine has come to care deeply for Mary who has become braver and stronger in the face of the trials she has faced as Queen. Catherine further points out that there are times when bravery leads to foolish choices, and while she has no desire to destroy Mary or her reputation this decision is one from which there is no return and she must be stopped by Francis.

Later Catherine is in Francis' chambers telling of: Mary's plans to retake Scotland with Conde, that they must be stopped, that Mary would listen to Francis, and that this would mean trouble for France. However Francis says nothing, and suddenly to Catherine's horror her son collapses before her very eyes, Catherine rushes to him and screams for help as guards come rushing in the room to help her. In her chambers Catherine is beside herself with worry as she tells Narcisse that her sons Charles and Henry are too young to rule; however the true reason for her panic is the vision Nostradamus foretold in Season One: That Mary would cost Francis his life. Catherine is terrified that the vision is coming true, and she is more alarmed still at the very thought of losing her beloved son; however Narcisse tries to calm her by saying that Francis has a mere ear infection, is sleeping soundly, and is going to be fine. Catherine refuses to listen, but Narcisse grabs her and together they wind up on the floor then suddenly they become wrapped in a very passionate kiss.

In Reversal of Fortune, Queen Catherine is beside herself with worry over her beloved son Francis who collapsed before her eyes and has been unconscious for some time. In Francis' chambers the maids are taking care of him as Catherine asks the physician why her son's ear won't stop bleeding; the doctor tells her that this is because of the ear infection, and the Queen tells the doctor to tell her the truth; he tells her that if the fever does not break and stop soon then the chance is very good that Francis could be dead by nightfall.

Later that morning Catherine is still in her son's chambers holding a rosary and praying by his bedside, when Mary enters the room and asks if Francis can hear them which he can't. Catherine motions for the physician to leave her and Mary alone, and once he leaves the Queen tells Mary about the questions the doctor was asking: if Francis was eating, sleeping, and if he seemed weak before he collapsed; however she then proceeds to light into Mary about how: she doesn't know the answers to the questions, that knowing a husband's well being is a wife's job, and that Mary has chosen not to be a wife to her son. Mary tries to interrupt but Catherine asks where she was when her son collapsed, and when Mary tries to come up with an excuse about being away from the castle Catherine shocks her by revealing that: she knows all about Mary's affair with Conde, how she knew it was truth and not a mere rumor after seeing the look of pain in her son's eyes when he lied to her in order to protect the woman he loved more than anything. While Mary says that she and Francis came to an agreement, Catherine cuts her off again by saying she doubts the "agreement" included abandoning her marriage and running off to Scotland which she knows all about as well; she further says that Mary's betrayal was the last thing Francis heard before he collapsed. Catherine noticing that Mary seems on the verge of tears, sarcastically asks if she is upsetting her, if she should not suggest that Mary did this to him, and that no mistake is to be made that this is on Mary's head; before she leaves the room Catherine says that while Nostradamus predicted that Mary would cause her son's death she never imagined that she would kill him by breaking his heart.

Later that day, Catherine is talking to two of her ladies; when one of them notices Mary walking into the hall. Catherine sends them off and asks Mary for a private word. Mary seems quite reluctant to talk to Catherine given their earlier conversation; however Catherine is more concerned as she tells Mary that rumors of Francis' health have begun to spread throughout French Court, and she worries about the news falling into the wrong hands. Mary finishes the Queen's thought by saying that the throne room is full of potential threats: lords, diplomats etc all waiting for Francis to die. Unfortunately Catherine says that she can't hide the truth from her face, and when Mary tries to console her Catherine tells Mary not to touch her; however Mary tells Catherine that they may never know what caused Francis' illness and if she is as responsible as has been said then she will never forgive herself. Mary then asks Catherine to let her to talk to the advisers so that she can stay with her son, saying that when he wakes up he would rather see the face of his mother than her. Catherine then walks away.

A short time later, Catherine exits from her chambers to the sight of Leith who says that he got her message. Leith asks if another guard might look after Claude as he has an urgent matter in town that he needs to deal with, but the Queen tells him to take the Princess with him; Leith protests as he says that the part of town he's going to is not suitable for a Princess. Catherine stops in her tracks and tells Leith that he doesn't seem to be hearing her, that she trusts him to do this job without asking questions which is more discretion than she trusts her daughter with...hence her request...and she asks him if he understands; Leith replies "Of course, Your Majesty" and says that her daughter will be kept safe and occupied outside the castle wall. Catherine responds by saying that both she and Francis are grateful and she walks away.

That afternoon, Catherine hears about Mary's plans to take French soldiers help defend Scotland from England. Catherine tells Mary in short that she will not allow Mary to steal her son's army just so she can run off with her Bourbon Prince; however Mary tells her about the plan Elizabeth is building to take Scotland and France could be next, but Catherine does not believe this will happen. Mary protests that she's trying to save her country; however Catherine counters that Scotland is all but lost and tells Mary to not drag France down with her. The Queen further says that while she understands Mary's desire to want to get away as soon as possible, she won't let this happen to France, and while Mary may have the authority she will move heaven and earth to stop her.

The next day Catherine is seen talking to Narcisse about the good news she received the night before, that Francis is finally awake, which is good since she was about to send for little Charles when she got the news. Catherine is shocked at Francis' decision to help Mary defend Scotland by sending French troops to help her; however when Catherine tries to protest, Francis says that his decision is final and tells his mother to leave him and Mary alone to talk in private. Late that night Catherine is with Narcisse in her chambers where he is flirting with her and trying to convince her that her cares deeply for her, which Catherine is not receptive to hearing.

In Abandoned, Queen Catherine is trying to help her son with a crisis in France, when the sons of some of the Nobles are being held hostage by a group of radicals. In the throne room, she tries to keep order between the angry nobles and Francis she then shoos them out so that the King can tend to the matter and find a way to get the children back to their parents alive.

Later that night at an Inn in the woods, Catherine is with Narcisse talking about: the pressure that her son is under with the children being held hostage, the shortage of troops needed to rescue them, and the biggest issue: Conde being back at court. Narcisse comments that he doesn't know how "That Bourbon continues to keep his head." while Catherine says that she is sickened by how Conde has taken advantage of Mary during such a vulnerable time. When Narcisse inquires as to what she means, the Queen says that it doesn't matter because every time she sees Lord Conde she wants to "Tear him to pieces" and "Crush him in her fist"; he then mentions how frustrated she is as he takes and kisses her hands. The two get much closer as Catherine says that what frustrates her is that she has to endure a freezing carriage every time she craves his touch, they then share a passionate kiss as Narcisse comments that it won't be long before he's slipping into Catherine's royal bed and Catherine begins to undress him. The couple then begin talking about plans that involve General Renaude helping them with a few plans in France which unfortunately include a few men dying; while men die everyday in France. Catherine asks Narcisse if he is teasing her as they begin making love.

The next day in the throne room Catherine is with Mary, Francis and Bash as he reports on the unsuccessful attempt to rescue the children. The Queen suggests to her son that General Renaude has men at the ready who are perfectly trained for this type of mission; however Francis is reluctant to take his mother's advice since the men in question are loyal to Narcisse, and the King adds that everything he touches just spills more blood. Bash & Mary urge Francis to take his mother's advice since it appears to be their only option for getting the children back alive; while Bash talks with Francis Catherine has a cup of wine and sits by the fire with Mary.

A few days later in the evening Catherine and Narcisse are back in the woods and talking about the hold that Mary still has over Francis, and that fact that Conde has committed treason by marrying Elizabeth I. This is news to Narcisse who listens further as Catherine continues saying that the wedding happened by proxy; he asks her how she knows about this and Catherine says that the location was set on fire and that Amber; the girl who stood in Elizabeth's place is dead along with every piece of evidence that the marriage happened. Narcisse asks if Conde is now King of England, but Catherine doesn't know this for sure; however she does know that Conde was identified as one of the newlyweds at the borrowed home of a Noble. Narcisse warns her that if this is true then Elizabeth has essentially laid claim to France, and she will rally the Protestants with a French King by her side. Catherine however, is well aware of this and Narcisse suggests that she is responsible for discovering the wedding and then having it undone; the Queen looks quite offended by this and immediately counters by accusing Narcisse of being responsible. Narcisse asks her if this how things are going to be between them: each wondering what the other is up to, Catherine replies that this is true and that he has met his match.

Later that night back at French Court, Queen Catherine is in her private study, sitting behind her desk with a cup of wine as her messenger Edmond stands in front of her. The Queen asks him what he has to report and Edmond tells her that: Lord Narcisse was seen in the woods outside a brothel, that he didn't go inside and that he was detained by a conversation with Lady Lola. Catherine looks up at him in surprise as Edmond continues saying that their conversation lasted mere minutes and then they moved on. The Queen asks if they met again and the response she gets is "no" but she asks about the tenor of their exchange and gives Edmond a look that warns him not to lie to her. However Edmond says nothing, and Catherine asks him if Lady Lola were his wife and he caught her in a similar exchange with Narcisse how he would react? Edmond honestly answers that he would want Narcisse dead and Catherine thanks him for his candor as he bows and leaves the room. The Queen is left looking deep in thought with a very displeased look on her face.

In The Siege, Queen Catherine is in the woods taking a carriage ride with Lord Narcisse, they stop and Narcisse comments that when Catherine mentioned a fun surprise, an hour long carriage ride into the middle of nowhere was not what he had in mind. The Queen tells him that she brought him to this place in the woods to give him a present, then snaps her fingers as neighing is heard; Narcisse turns around and is greeted by the sight of a beautiful white horse that is brilliantly decorated: his long lost horse Arion. Narcisse is happily surprised as he says that Arion was the finest Andalusian in all of France that was wanted by many Lords, but he outbid them for the horse which he would ride about his extensive lands knowing that everything they saw was theirs. Catherine listens further as Narcisse says that he thought Arion was lost and dead when his property and lands were lost, and he asks her how she did it; to which the Queen replies that while she may be cooped up in a castle, that he should never forget that her reach is far, and that the horse is a gift of her appreciation for his continued faithfulness to her. Narcisse in a way insults Catherine by saying that she does not need incentives in order to ensure his loyalty, and that she should know by now that she can trust him; Catherine wants to believe him and he tells her to do so. The pair share a quick kiss as a horseman approaches, gets off his horse, approaches the Queen, bows to her and says that the King has ordered the Royal family to return to French Court immediately, a look of concern comes across Catherine's face as she asks what's happening; however the guard cannot answer her but tells her that her safety may be at risk as she let's go of Narcisse and hurries to hop in her carriage.

Back at French Court, Catherine joins Francis, Mary, Lola with baby Jean Philippe, Bash, and Claude in the throne room as she says that she knew it was only a matter of time before Conde showed his true colors and she should have poisoned him when she had the chance. As the others leave Catherine stays behind saying that she won't need a teary farewell since she plans to stay and help her son defend his throne; however before Francis can protest, Catherine says that with her younger daughter and sons are safely abroad her main concern is her son and as long as he is in the castle then she will be too; she then kisses him and leaves the room.

The next night, Catherine is in her chambers enjoying dinner when Narcisse enters the room saying that her invitation was quite unexpected, and that the children are huddled in the ballroom contemplating their mortality. The Queen comments by saying that she prefers to go out with a fine meal in her belly, as Narcisse tastes the food and says that the men could use his help in preparing for battle; however Catherine is confident that Bash and the rest of the men are quite prepared for the coming battle. Narcisse however, continues to eat as he says that since he led armies his skills should count for something more than just occupying the "Queen Mother", but Catherine counters by saying that perhaps his annoyance stems not from missing the fight but from missing Lady Lola. Narcisse thought they had put the issue of Lady Lola to bed; however Catherine admits that she has been watching him, that her spies have been following him and saw him with Lola outside a brothel; however the Queen gets angrier as she mentions the embrace in Lola's chambers between Narcisse and Lola which happened just a few feet from where her grandson lay sleeping. Narcisse tries to defend himself by saying that he was telling Lola goodbye; however Catherine is not convinced as she says that even after swearing his allegiance to her, nothing could stop him from stealing a kiss with "that child" as she fled the castle.

Narcisse then gets up in a huff as if he's going to leave as Catherine asks him what is wrong, and he replies that had he known what was being planned then he would have declined the Queen's invitation; however Catherine is up to something as she asks if the steak was too gamey since due to the provisions in the castle preparing horse meat was a new thing to the kitchen staff. To Narcisse's horror he realizes that he'd been eating his beloved horse Arion and gags as if he's going to vomit; Catherine however, takes this time to tell Narcisse that: She loves him, that she was his equal and he convinced her of that, that they belong together, and that she won't loose him to another especially not Lola. Narcisse asks Catherine if love to her is strangling someone with threats, and controlling them to ease her own fears. The Queen replies in short that: she eases her fears because they are hers and they matter, because she's a woman and won't accept what that means anymore, that she won't bow to a lover because she was forced to do that once for a King, and Narcisse is most certainly not a King. Narcisse asks Catherine if she honestly thinks they can move forward, if he can accept this behavior and remain at her side; however Catherine says that Narcisse claimed to love her for her fierce will, and apparently he's remained a man of his times who must learn that loving her means loyalty and sacrifice.

The Queen takes his face in her hands, and further says that she has faith that in time Narcisse will exercise both, because she has given him his heart; however she warns that if he does not, if she feels mistreated, she promises that her response will be a hell of a lot worse than a gristly piece of meat. Catherine then lets go of Narcisse and leaves the room as she says that war is upon them and that she will pray for his safety.

A short time later, Catherine is on the balcony of the castle gate with Mary, and her ladies watching as Francis goes to meet with Prince Conde. Mary comments that she wishes there was a way to end the war without bloodshed, and Catherine replies by asking whose blood Mary is worried about: her husband's or her lover's.

In Burn Queen Catherine is thrilled when she learns that the siege on the castle is over, that Francis has been victorious, and that Conde has been captured, as she expresses her happiness that Conde will soon be executed. However her happiness is short lived, when Francis declares that instead of killing Conde, he plans to use him as a bargaining chip with his brother Antoine; Francis tells his mother that he will let Conde live and go to Navarre with his brother: if they give up the rights of the Bourbons to the French throne. Francis further tells his mother that using diplomacy is a good thing, because if he kills Conde outright then Navarre and England will rain war on France and he wishes to avoid this; however Catherine tells Francis that there is no chance that the Bourbons will ever give up their right to the French throne, and that war will definitely happen if he lets Conde live since the brothers will team up and attack again. The Queen asks her son why he never listens to her council, but Francis refuses to budge.

Later news arrives that Catherine's grandson and Lola have been kidnapped, and that the baby is dead. While Francis mourns his son and plans to cut out Conde's heart, Narcisse goes to Mary and tells her that not only has he found Lola and the baby alive, but Catherine is the one responsible for the kidnapping...which she did in hopes that Francis would execute Conde. Mary confronts Catherine about how she could do this to her own son and grandchild; however the Queen immediately goes on the defensive and says in short that there are no bounds to what a mother will do to protect and help her children, which is something she has always done: risked everything and putting her own life on the line just for the sake of her children. Mary is unmoved and tells Francis what his mother has done. Francis is understandably furious with his mother and he says: if his mother had given birth to peasants and someone offered her a monarchy; that she would murder her own children in an instant. Catherine protests heavily as she tells her son that this is in no way true, since her children especially Francis are her very life and that she loves him; however Francis will hear none of it as he tells his mother that: she is no mother and certainly not a Queen mother, that she will never be welcome at French Court again, that she is stripped of hr title, home, lands, and income, and is exiled from court.

Queen Catherine is last seen in England at the palace of Elizabeth I, where she meets with the Queen who is surprised to see Catherine in her throne room. Elizabeth tells Catherine that she has heard rumors of horns on her head, black eyes etc; however she sees not a horrid monster, but a very lovely Queen. Catherine tells Elizabeth that she wants to team up with her in order to get rid of their mutual enemy: Mary, Queen of Scotland.


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