“Since Mary, Queen of Scotland was a child, The English have wanted her country and her crown. She is sent to France, to wed its next king to save herself and her people, a bond that should protect her but there are forces that conspire, forces of Darkness, forces of the heart. Long may she reign.”
Previously on Reign
(Mary's Chambers before the wedding)
Kenna: I know the chateau you claimed to stay at in Angers where you ran into Francis. I don't know what happened between the two of you, but I can guess.
Francis: You don't have to marry him. It's all over, Nostradamus said we can be wed. There is no prophecy keeping us apart.
(King Henry is leading Bash who is tied up)
King Henry: I do this not out of any malice, as you are my son. So that should you return, you have seared into your memory what is yours and what is not.
(Bash closes his eyes as he's forced to watch Francis and Mary consummate their marriage.)
ACT 1 Edit
(It's winter time in France. There are guards riding horses accompanying a carriage containing a newlywed Francis and Mary who are returning from their honeymoon. Mary is staring out of the window and is rather quiet.)
Francis: You're very quiet. Are you warm enough?
Mary (Chuckles): I just wish that we could go back to two months ago, do it all over. Me in my wedding gown, walking down the aisle at Notre Dame.
Francis: But instead, we have to come back to reality. That's what your thinking.
Mary (Sighs): Politics, backstabbing, murder. Just another day at French Court. Francis, can we turn around and go back to the country house at Anet? Everything we felt there alone, far away from Court. Somehow, our love seems so fragile suddenly.
Francis: Things are different now...We're married, the future King and Queen. My mother is no longer an obstacle.
Francis: Nostradamus's prophecy no longer a threat. And Bash is far away in Spain.
Mary: I hope he's safe, and that he finds happiness.
Francis: Well, there is something that everyone will want from us that we can agree on...
Mary (smiling): A castle full of little royals? (The couple laughs as they begin to make out in the carriage.)
(Back at French Court, in the splendid throne room; King Henry and Queen Catherine sit on their thrones with the Archduke of Bohemia and his sister the Archduchess before them. There is a discussion going on about an incident involving French and Bohemian ships.)