Reign: Season 3 (2015 - 2016)


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Air date: Oct 9, 2015

In the third-season opener, Mary faces struggles in Scotland as Elizabeth and Catherine unite against her. Meanwhile, Elizabeth loses focus because she grows tempted by her first love; and Francis' fate remains uncertain.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2015

Catherine is imprisoned when she returns to France, and Elizabeth faces a political backlash for sheltering her. Meanwhile, the fate of Scotland's future forces Mary to make some tough choices; and Lola feels torn regarding Narcisse.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2015

King Antoine returns unexpectedly, so Mary helps Francis conceal his deteriorating health in order to save his family's future. As time runs out, they're forced to turn to an unlikely ally.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2015

Mary's mother sends her a pressing message to inform her of Scotland's troubles, so Mary seeks help from Francis. Meanwhile, Narcisse becomes an obstacle in Catherine's endeavor to become the regent to Charles; and pressure mounts for Elizabeth to marry.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2015

Mary envisions her future in France by Francis' side as his condition improves, prompting her to contemplate signing away her claim to the throne of England. Meanwhile, Nostradamus returns with more news of Francis' fate.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2015

Mary must assist Catherine in her quest to become regent, even though the cost is high for Mary. Meanwhile, Claude sets out to help Leith marry; and Elizabeth has trouble facing the fact that she may lose Dudley.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2015

Mary unearths a dark secret being kept by a Spanish prince, so she seeks Catherine's counsel. Meanwhile, suspicion surrounds a new ambassador from English court; and Bash's quest to find a mysterious murderer takes him to Greer's tavern.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2016

Mary must marry again in order to help Scotland, whose welfare she has to prioritize over her heart. Meanwhile, Catherine is accused of poisoning Francis, but Mary believes Catherine is being framed by Narcisse, who's angling to become regent of France.

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Air date: Jan 15, 2016

Claude is forced to marry someone selected by Narcisse. Meanwhile, a surprising discovery is made by Elizabeth, and it could alter her reign; and Mary asks Gideon to help her confirm her suspicions about Prince Don Carlos.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2016

Mary's feelings for Gideon are hard to suppress, but she does her best as she seeks political allies. Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Greer face gut-wrenching scenarios; Claude is in danger on her wedding night; and a power struggle over the regency continues.

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Critic Reviews for Reign Season 3

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

This last batch of episodes have been the season's best, with Mary using her grief over Francis to propel her forward in her mission to bring peace and prosperity to Scotland.

Feb 26, 2019 | Full Review…

If nothing else, Reign is determined to make its third season more thrilling than its second.

Oct 12, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Reign Season 3 Episode 18, Spiders in a Jar, may be the most thrilling and well-written 40 minutes the show has ever done. But I'll never forgive them for that character death.

Feb 27, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

While calling it historical fiction is probably a bit of a stretch, okay a huge stretch, it never talks down to its audience, is never boring, and has fantastically dynamic characters across both genders.

Feb 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The stakes are somehow even higher on a show that churns out season finale-quality episodes on a weekly basis.

Oct 12, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Reign: Season 3

  • Aug 01, 2020
    A surprisingly sympathetic (and rightfully so) take on Elizabeth brings new life to the series.
  • Dec 03, 2019
    A real transition season, but Reign keeps being deliciously Reign. We all knew we couldn't have Francis forever, right? Three seasons is actually insanely long considering they were married in real life for less time and it makes all that time they spent on Conde even more ridiculous. But ridiculous is kind of the theme. Francis is saved from the mysterious illness through Pagan magic, but is brought down by assassins meant for Mary. The show's smartest arc was turning Catherine from mustache-twirling, poison-dispensing antagonist into mustache-twirling, poison-dispensing ally; Adelaide Kane and Megan Follows played Mary and Catherine so well that putting them together almost automatically gave the story stakes. The whole point of the show is truly the difficulties of being a woman with power - power that is so precarious. Every move is a possible path to ruin.
  • Jul 02, 2019
    Did no one else notice that the actors don't even try to pretend that the decaying body right in front of them would STINK?!?! 🤦🏻‍♀️ I love historical fiction and have pressed on through all the "teen" angst and lust, the enormous historical inaccuracies in the name of - granted - entertaining fun and aesthetically appealing artistic liberties, and even given plenty suspension of disbelief to the awkward background/non-speaking acting and "the darkness" plots, but episode 8 in season 3, "Our Undoing," really GOOFED and demanded a review when apparently no one on set, especially the director, insisted the obvious be portrayed. "Hey, this body would probably stink." 🤔 Maybe people were more immune or tolerant of foul odors like decay, but at least Megan Follows covered her nose at possible moments in episode 11 of season 3, "Succession," when bodies were discovered under the castle. Craig Parker did do as well and plays his role perfectly. Torrance Coombs does well managing the plot lines given him. There could be much more "educational" information tied into scenes such as how the clothing is worn, manners and dances befitting social classes, and the names and types of weapons and devices used in that period. It is sad that poor Elizabeth has such tiny accommodations compared to French court! Rachel Skarsten does well. I wonder if they'll address her bout with smallpox. Megan Follows, however, is my favorite actor and character in this series; the lady can act! #meganfollows P.S. Brides wearing white wasn't in fashion until the Victorian Age.
  • Apr 10, 2019
    Amazing show! Gorgeous wardrobe and scenery! Each season has it's new plots and new problems.
  • Jan 16, 2018
    I loved this season and I cannot wait to finish season four!
  • Dec 29, 2016
    I found Reign on Netflix and I love the series. The cast is full of talent, wonderful acting, and a great script. I was hooked from the first episode and have watched all three seasons in less than a month. I am eagerly awaiting the fourth season. I am disappointed to learn that this will be the final season. I hope Netflix or some other broadcast will pick up Reign and continue the series. The acting is excellent. Good luck to all the cast. Happy new year!
  • Dec 09, 2016
    I loved the first two seasons, despite the historical inaccuracy and occasional cheese typical of CW shows. I enjoy some chick-flick-ness. But what they did in casting Queen Elizabeth I was INSANE. It was just way too much. She acts like a bipolar middle school drug addict who just got a crown put on her head with no idea how to act at all instead of the greatest female monarch who ever lived; if she had REALLY been like that, she never would have held on to the throne. Her hair is always falling down, she's covered in heavy makeup, dressed like a street prostitute, she's constantly acting like a modern stripper trying to seduce everyone instead of the Virgin Queen, and she breaks into hysterical tears or fits of rage or other over-the-top histrionics in every scene. I mean EVERY. SINGLE. SCENE. It's so awful I don't even know if I can keep watching it. The simple fact is that if a queen had acted like that, she would have been deposed, no matter what her "rights". Very frustrating casting and writing. And makeup, hair, and costumes...
  • Aug 10, 2016
    Can't wait to carry on with the journey of these two queens. Love this series so much! So glad to see women being portrayed as strong capable people, just what we are!!!! And yes, we can manage friendships and have sex lives...
  • Jun 28, 2016
    I love this series!! Please let there be a season 4!
  • Jun 22, 2016
    This series has magnificent wardrobe design for every character and is colorful and brilliant in adding fiction to add excitement to an otherwise short and boring part of history. Now that Mary has left France and returned home the real excitement begins and I look forward to season 4 in all its glory.

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