Reign is the best new show you’re probably not watching. From the steamy love triangle, the dramatic power plays, and the fabulous fashion, the CW’s new royal drama is soapy and downright addicting.
Given the freshman series’ soft ratings, it looks like not a lot of you are tuning in to watch scene-stealer Adelaide Kane take the thrown as a young Mary, Queen of Scots, which honestly, is a shame. So here are nine reasons you should be watching this new CW show — because there’s always time to catch up!
1. Frary (aka Francis and Mary)
Mary and Francis (Toby Regbo) are former childhood friends who are now engaged to be married for an alliance between France and Scotland. At first, Francis is a total jerk, telling Mary he doesn’t want to risk his country in Scotland’s war with England. However, despite being against the engagement, Francis begins to warm up to Mary and totally gets jealous when Prince Tomas of Portugal (Manolo Cardona) tries to woo his girl.
These two not only have electric chemistry, but their conflict between love and duty is truly compelling.
2. Bash and Mary
And then there’s Sebastian (Torrance Coombs), the bastard son of the King, who will never know what it’s like to take the throne. This is why Bash and Mary make perfect sense — they’re both outsiders. Bash and Francis are bros, but will his attraction to Mary destroy their friendship?
Sure, Mary is one fierce queen, but her bestie — and lady-in-waiting — Kenna (Caitlin Stasey) is a real firecracker. She’s pretty much the Samantha Jones of this friendship circle, which makes her unpredictable and totally captivating.
4. The fashion
We bow down to Reign’s costume designer Meredith Markworth-Pollack. The silk gowns and pretty pale frocks on Reign are practically are absolutely stunning.
5. The hair
From the statement headbands, to the long, luscious locks, braids, and avant-garde crowns, the hair on Reign will give you some serious 16th-century-era hair envy.
6. Adelaide Kane
We want to become besties with Adelaide Kane, the breakout star of Reign. Taking on the role of Mary, Queen of Scots is no easy task, but Adelaide handles it with the grace and power of a true queen. She may be naive, but Mary is strong-willed in her convictions. She’ll do what’s best for country, even if that means marrying someone she doesn’t even know for a political alliance.
7. The hotties
Half-brothers Bash and Francis may be at the center of this CW drama, but Reign has even more hotties to swoon after. From handsome Prince Tomas to ill-fated Colin (Ashley Charles), even the background players are total eye-candy.
8. Queen Catherine
Francis’s mother, Queen Catherine, is pretty much Cersei Lannister-lite, which makes her an instantly detestable, yet extremely intriguing, villain who already has a fair amount of blood on her hands. She’ll go to any limit to protect her son from harm, even if that means finding a way to break up his impending marriage to Mary.
9. The supernatural
There’s an underlying supernatural element in Reign, which adds an extra layer of suspense and raises the stakes. There’s a dark force in the woods surrounding the castle and a deadly premonition, courtesy of Seer, Nostradamus (Rossif Sutherland), the icy Queen's adviser. But there’s also another masked figure running about in the castle, and she seems to be helping Mary thwart her foes.