Can Mary and Francis fight fate? Don’t miss the mid-season finale of Reign Thursday at 9/8c!
You wouldn’t be too far off in saying that Adelaide Kane is the breakout star of The CW’s fall line up. Her new show Reign is based on the teenaged years of Mary, Queen of Scots as she tries to secure her alliance with France by marrying Prince Francis II (Tony Regbo). We already love Reign and its leading lady. But for those who don’t know much about Kane, here is why she should be your new lady crush. (source)
1. She can speak fandom.
With super fans talking online about “ships,” “feels,” and “I can’t even,” it sometimes seems as if they’re speaking in a code language. However, Kane has embraced fan terminology and can even speak it: “Just so you know, this ocean of feels has room for all the ships! Eat your little hearts out mateys.”
2. She knows her TV.
Reign has been compared to a lot of other TV shows: Game of Thrones (with a bit less sex and bloodshed) and Downtown Abbey (without Maggie Smith unfortunately) among others. But Kane has said that Reign is a mix of Game of Thrones with The Tudors, and a little bit of Felicity — because who wouldn’t want some ’90s teen drama mixed with the medieval time period?
3. She can do action.
Although Kane got her start acting on the Aussie TV soap opera Neighbors — and she can obviously pull off the dramatic moments in Reign — she’s also really good at action roles. Not only did she play a butt-kicking werewolf on MTV’s Teen Wolf, one of her earliest acting roles was on Power Rangers R. P. M.
4. She’s not Queen-like at all (and that’s okay!)
Whether she’s making faces with fellow cast mates or pretending to have a mustache, Kane is less like a queen and more like any other 23-year-old. Her Instagram is full of pictures featuring her friends, her food, and her job (which means lots of behind the scenes photos from both Reign and Teen Wolf). Is it just us, or does she seem like a really cool friend?
We know we should be very concerned that, in this week’s fall finale of Reign, Mary finally learns about Nostradamus’ chilling prophecy. And we are.
But there’s just a little bit of bump-’n’-grind business left over from last episode, and happens to be overshadowing even the mystic’s ominous forecast of death in the palace: Did Mary and Francis actually have sex? As fans of the CW period drama know, there’s no such thing as a causal roll in the hay for the teen queen. While her betrothed is able to do as he pleases, her much touted “virtue” is the key to their countries’ alliance and a measure of her worth as a suitable wife. Could Francis’ gallantry in ending the castle’s siege have trumped it all? Read on for star Adelaide Kane‘s thoughts on the matter, as well as for a preview of how Thursday’s hour (9/8c) will unfold.
TVLINE | In the last episode, at the very end, Mary climbed into bed with Francis?! I was shocked.
[Laughs] I think a lot of people were. On Tumblr, on Twitter, all of the sites, fans had really mixed reactions… With something like that, that’s so important… you want to share that with somebody special and you want to be with someone who loves just you .You want it to be meaningful. [After the end of the siege,] in the heat of the moment, she went to him and thought, “If I can have this one thing, I would want to give it to you out of anybody else.” But it still remains debatable if they… They were mackin’, but you never know.
TVLINE | Will we find out in this next episode, what happened?
Yes, you will. Remember, they’ve been intimate before without crossing that final boundary.
TVLINE | In this episode, Mary finds out about Nostradamus’ prediction of death in the castle. How does she react?
It slowly dawns on her that perhaps Nostradamus’ predictions are correct. And then it’s a question of: Does she take what she wants and marry the man that she loves? Or does she continue to seek desperately for another option to spare him his life? It’s an incredibly hard decision.
TVLINE | Mary is always put in these positions with impossible outcomes.
Rock and a hard place. [Laughs] She’s just treading water all the time. Just when she thinks she’s in the clear, something else comes out of the blue, and she’s just managing the best that she can. She’s not a political creature, so she’s definitely learning as she goes.
Mary (Adelaide Kane) and Francis (Toby Regbo) are forced to rely on one another when the castle is taken hostage, and Catherine (Megan Follows) shocks everyone when she makes a surprising proposal to try to save their lives. The episode will air on 5 December.