Heads (teehee) up: This article contains major spoilers from the
series finale reunited Mary Queen of Scots with her first husband — albeit in a “we’re in heaven together now” sort of way — but what of her
first love, the man who nearly stopped her from marrying Francis in the first place?
Reign Series Finale: EP Breaks Down Mary’s Last Scene, Reveals the Story Behind Francis’ Return and More
“If you were a careful viewer, rather than a hopeful Bash lover, it was pretty clear that he had met an end,” executive producer Laurie McCarthy told TVLine when asked how Bash has fared since his departure. “Rizzio had kind of been touched by [Bash’s] spirit. I don’t know how he went, but he did not survive.”
That’s right, Torrance Coombs‘ character — who left to take up the life of a druid in the third season finale — is off enjoying his own version of Francis and Mary’s heaven-in-bed, perhaps with Kenna. (Remember Kenna? She was great.)
So much for Bash promising Mary, “I will come to you when you need me the most. Of this, I am sure.” At least we can take solace in knowing that Coombs is still very much alive on ABC’s
fans, are you surprised to hear that Bash is no more? Grade the finale below, then drop a comment with your thoughts.
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I liked the last season but the finale could have been with a bit more closure for some characters. Not sure why they need to tell us what happened to Bash now when they can’t even come up with a theory what happened to him.
I don’t watch Reign, but why does this EP need to crush the hopes of the character’s fans when she and her colleagues seemingly didn’t bother to explain his fate on the show itself? It’s kind of a d*ck move.
Well I’m surprised by this tbh. Too many characters were left swinging in the wind, Bash included. Alone about his death would’ve been more satisfying. Catherine, Bash, Claude, Greer, and Narcisse deserved better closure. I didn’t need James, Charles, or Henry closure. I figured Kenna was still out there living life. I always thought she was the survivor out of Mary’s ladies. Aylee and Lola died, Greer deserved an end.
Here’s hoping Laurie McCarthy never gets another showrunner gig. She can’t even properly show a storyline or give fans closure when she’s literally ripping it off from history. I’d hate to see her in charge of a show where she would actually have to make ALL of it up herself.
I loved the first season, but the way quality precipitously dropped in season two was shocking. It seems as if the writers fundamentally misunderstood the show they had created, what with Mary’s rape, Lola’s beheading and Catherine’s isolation. I missed most of this season, but came back for the finale and was not shocked to see that the writers still didn’t get it. Elizabeth says she is as strong as any man, any king, which seems directly at odds with the entire point of the show… which is that women are stronger, braver and survivors. Mary’s declaration that the only reason the men are beating up on her is because she’s a woman makes less sense since the show had become about the rivalry of Elizabeth and Mary. Catherine got no closure. Greer got no closure. Two of the major romantic pairings were chucked to the side, even though Laurie McCarthy stated she had HALF A SEASON to prepare for the end. And now she offhandedly says Bash died, even though she has no idea how or why etc. Just because.
who kills off a character off screen? how lame. she should have just left it alone. or just never said anything. all she’s doing is making bash fans feel sad. and why would bash be in heaven with kenna? they ended things a long time ago and she’s not even dead.
Lots of characters die off screen. See the Supernatural season finale for a recent example.
I’m very disappointed in the ending.To many characters left in the unknown.What about Catherine,narsees,Greer,queen Elizabeth.so many unanswered.I love the series reign.I love Mary.But There were many others that deserved an ending in your finally.ENLESS there is gonna be a spin off which would be great news.cause I not only loved Mary,but I love Catherine,narsees,Greer,and what of Mary’s son.and Mary’s brother.Thought he was to take care of the son.it was a bit confusing in the finally.cause she writes queen Elizabeth asking her to take care of her son in the event of her death.and her last words were of her to her brother take care of my son make sure he knows how much I love him.why did he chose to let his mother die?????And you moved 21 yrs to the future like wow.never found out what became of France and Spain and England or Scots.Ending didn’t bring full closure to me.I say bring it back as after Mary’s death.however I did love that you put Mary and Frances back together in her afterlife.It was beautiful.You kind of ruined reign by removing king Frances.I think you fumbled the ball big time on that.after that you didn’t know what to write in the series.I agree with others.your a poor written and producer whatever it is.you plain out ruined reign.
A quick wikipedia search will answer questions about some of that.
You do realise that Reign was the re-enactment (with a lot of poetic license) of Scottish/English and French history? The basic story itself is actually true.
The last moments of the very last episode would look better if were done in at least two episodes, not one. It was rushed so badly to be finished, that it looked like “I don’t care, want to shut it down NOW!” sort of thing… Suddenly everything ended. Would be great to know, that Henry became the king of Poland, portray the meeting of the two queens, etc…
Clearly they smashed a whole season into the last 15 minutes of a season finale. Complete failure to a great series. Some definite network politics involved on this so called closure.
The network gave the show warning (they were told part-through the season), and they didn’t take it to heart. Not the CW’s fault.
I will miss this show very much. I always looked forward to seeing it each week. The cast were fantastic. Wish it didn’t have to end.
Why set up Mary and Bothwell for her to forget about him in death? I know this show wasn’t completely historically accurate, but the ending with her and Francis in heaven knowing the facts disappointed me. Bothwell gave his life for her and suffered greatly for her. Then there is Greer, Narcisse and others who got no closure even though they were characters who aren’t real and can’t be researched. A real shame. I loved this show and was underwhelmed with the finale. Yes, I caught the brief line about Bash’s spirit and knew he died. A real reveal would tell us how or why.
I caught the Bash reference hinting at his death too. That was like 10 episodes ago. Why bring it up now? Frankly I think they should’ve ditched the whole French court storyline this season & focused even more on Mary in Scotland and her rivalry with Elizabeth. That could’ve offered more time to explain what happened to Bash (who would’ve fit nicely into the Scotland storyline IMO), Greer, James, Bothwell, and baby James.
I loved Bash he was always close enough to come to Mary’s rescue however I am very sad that he is gone.
The finale was dumb bit although from beginning was awesome to watch can’t believe I did a count down on my calendar just to watch the finale and then it was like BOOOOOOOO
I felt the finale was rushed! They didn’t take the time to give all the main characters a spotlight for their ending.
I personally didn’t like the end of Reign. Looking back another flashbacks of Mary’s life she was always so sad she went through so much she had a really hard life and I don’t think she was ever happy. Yes she loved Francis but she was never happy I was hoping for a different ending I was hoping that she would reunite somehow become friends with Queen Elizabeth I know the story and I know that’s not the way it it was but sometimes you want a different ending it would have been awesome to have two powerful Queens ruling together.
Read My Lady Jane for some great revisionist UK history with a happy ending. Mary Stewart and Elizabeth I aren’t the main characters but they do make appearances.
I like the whole ssries. There are so many good parts to it, I just pick one. I will say that because it implied that Mary was with her love doesn’t mean she has to die.I would much rather watch this show than all of the other shows they have on tv with nothing to say but a bun h of trash. So please take it to Netflix it’s a good show and it shows some history, not all true, but some history about the past.I love the show and wish for it to continue on!!!
I didnt like how Margot was brought into the story line at the very end. It left too many questions. It would be nice to see a spin off based on her
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