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TV Rundown: April 30: Pt. 1 | Mary Reinterprets History on 'Reign' as Delena Reach a Crossroads on 'Vampire Diaries'

Reign: Fugitive | Mary betrayed her husband and country again, arranging the escape of her treacherous (ex?)lover so he could avoid justice for his treason. The episode’s closing scene between Mary and Bash, in which he reminded her of their romantic entanglement brought about Mary’s personal revelation that as long as she’s royalty she can find no happiness. Blaming her courtly duties for tainting any chance she has at finding true love.

Where is this coming from? Mary didn’t break up with Bash because of royal duty. She broke up with him because she loved Francis and wanted to be with him, not because she had to. The whole basis for Frary was that they were breaking the tradition of previous monarchs whose pairings were born from obligation, not love. They were a young couple in love, who just so happened to be a king and queen. Theirs was a legitimate union.

What is up with this revisionist history? Playing loose with the real-life historical account is one thing. It’s become an expected aspect of the show. Reinterpreting or changing the actual DNA of the show’s mythos is something else entirely. The insinuation made in her interaction with Bash is they would’ve been together, had it not been for the small matter of her crown. That is blatantly false. Mary and Francis will have to inevitably be torn apart by death.

Why is such an effort being made to undermine the relationship that was built throughout the first season? Why can’t death be the only obstacle that gets in the way of their happy ending? Let the fans enjoy whatever time they have left of this pairing and don’t taint it with this non-existent backstory of a hesitantly entered into arranged marriage, where Francis has an unrequited love for his wife.

Side Notes/Burning Questions: We can now add Leith to the growing list of loyal, romantic, chivalrous guys sacrificed on the altar of their paramour’s ambition. Of all the women, who’ve made that choice lately, Greer’s position is the most sympathetic. She has experienced the rude awakening of having her title and life stripped away.

Kenna is just selfish. Anyone else not feeling her new love interest, by the way? He’s a watered down Narcisse, ruthlessly ambitious without the dastardly charm. Did anyone else get a flashback to “A Walk to Remember” when Lola was humiliated by Narcisse’s portrait circulating around court? Unlike the hero of Nicholas Spark’s weeper, Narcisse was in on the cruelty. The good news from the twist was the impeccable performances from Anna Popplewell and Craig Parker as Lola took Narcisse to task.
The Vampire Diaries: I’ll Leave My Happy Home for You | Elena fought Damon like the plague when it came to him choosing humanity. It’s clear that as much as they love each other, they both want different things. It’s basically the supernatural equivalent of a human girl wanting to have a family and the boy wanting to stay single. While it’s true, Damon has never shown much of an interest in being human since he was originally turned, people can change their minds. Why Elena is so unwilling to accept that Damon might’ve changed his, is coming across as though she is desperately hoping he hasn’t. 

She said at the beginning of the episode that what Damon was suggesting was the equivalent of proposing marriage. She is clearly not interested in making that big of a commitment to him. If she was, staying with him for an eternity as vampires and mentoring children along the way would be enough for her. The bottom line is she doesn’t love him more than her personal aspirations, which is fine. That's her choice. However, if she wasn’t willing to remain a vampire forever she should have never committed to a guy who was one. 

This isn’t even mentioning all of the stuff that gets stirred up by her being remade a human. When creatures inevitably target her again, she won’t be able to protect herself, putting everyone who loves her in jeopardy. Apparently she’d rather be human again for a few days and be killed, than be a vampire and live safely indefinitely. As the season comes to a close, what will become of Elena has become all the more nebulous, although her demise appears imminent.

Side Notes/Burning Questions: Damon and Stefan’s mother is definitely the front-runner for Worst TV Mom of the Year. Why wasn’t Joe more proactive when poor Bonnie was stabbed in the neck? Despite loathing Stefan for the better part of 6 seasons, there was a begrudging moment of pity that set in for him when he was trying to talk some sense into his psycho mom. What will become of Elena Gilbert?