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The Arrival of Narcisse
Every show needs a rogue, a character whose loyalties are questionable, methods mischievous and charm indisputable. With the introduction of Lord Narcisse, “Reign” created a character comprised of all of these attributes and they struck bonafide gold with the casting of “Legend of the Seeker” star Craig Parker in the role. Parker was a scene stealing behemoth on the gone-way-too-soon sci-fantasy and he’s kept that record going with his performance on “Reign”.
What a difference a season can make. Francis went from jaded, moody hipster prince to full-fledged old-timey romantic hero in the span of two seasons, resulting in one of the best character evolutions in recent memory. As the young King and Queen’s marriage ran aground, it fell upon Francis to keep the marital faith and he did so under incredibly arduous circumstances. His commitment went above and beyond and to his credit; he never came across as a fool for his loyalty either, rather a really devoted spouse caught in an impossible situation. The story arc also gave Francis' portrayer Toby Regbo some mightily meaty material, which he handled with deft skill and tremendous nuance. In light of season two, the fate that awaits Francis has only been made all the more tragic.
Given how she started season two, it was next to impossible to predict how Greer’s journey would pan out. She overcame a thorny triangle, settling upon Lord Castleroy, got married, secured her future and then inadvertently funded a group of religious zealots who tried to overthrow her Queen. In the end, Greer wound up suffering a terrible string of misfortunes. Never one to stay down for long, she pulled herself together and started her own business…as a madame. Let’s be honest, out of all of Mary’s ladies, Greer was the last one you would’ve expected to take up that mantle.
All Hail, Queen Catherine
One of the most complicated female characters on television, the Catherine de’ Medici of “Reign” is a mother lion who uniformly rules with her iron fist and calculating cerebral prowess. She is witty, cutthroat, humorous and downright diabolical. Walking this tight rope of a character with masterful skill is actress Megan Fellows, who portrays Catherine’s fiery perseverance and raving intellect with an incendiary dynamism that is spellbinding. Catherine is the series’ villain, sometimes heroine, dependable wild card and indefatigable must-see.