Reign: Season 4 (2017)


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Air date: Feb 10, 2017

In the fourth-season opener, Mary tests her brother after he meets with John Knox, because she's unsure who's loyal to her. Meanwhile, Elizabeth schemes to Sabotage Lord Darnley's relationship with Mary.

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Air date: Feb 17, 2017

Mary learns there's a traitor within her inner circle of advisers, and she's determined to unmask the guilty party. Meanwhile, Elizabeth seeks Narcisse's help as she tries to expand her power; and Catherine is desperate to reclaim some of her lost power.

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Air date: Feb 24, 2017

Charles behaves erratically, but Catherine covers for him as best she can. Meanwhile, Gideon wants Mary to see what life could be like if she prioritizes love over country; and Claude and her sister Leeza become unexpected adversaries.

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Air date: Mar 3, 2017

Lord Darnley surprises Mary with a visit to Scotland, which allows her to see more to their union than just a political bond. Meanwhile, Elizabeth attempts to acquire allies; and Catherine wants Claude to focus on securing a new husband.

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Air date: Mar 17, 2017

Lord Darnley must prove himself to Mary in order to get her to accept his marriage proposal. Elsewhere, Catherine and Narcisse have to do damage control after rumors spread regarding Charles' eccentric behavior.

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Air date: Mar 24, 2017

Mary's potential marriage to Lord Darnley has political consequences she must face. Meanwhile, Charles vanishes, leaving Catherine to handle things; Elizabeth helps Gideon; and an intriguing proposition is made to Claude.

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Air date: Mar 31, 2017

Mary's marriage to Darnley hangs in the balance when Darnley receives a surprise visitor. Meanwhile, Elizabeth's plans backfire; and Catherine and Narcisse find Charles and attempt to convince him to return to the castle.

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Air date: Apr 7, 2017

A tragedy occurs, pushing Mary and Darnley apart as their wedding looms. Meanwhile, Mary is forced to enlist help from Catherine; and a traitor to Spain petitions Elizabeth to support an expedition to the New World.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2017

Mary and Darnley wed in a lavish affair, which proves to be a successful decision in regard to her political standing. Meanwhile, James makes an interesting discovery about Greer; and Elizabeth frantically tries to salvage England's power.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2017

Mary strategizes ways to take over the English throne. Meanwhile, Elizabeth struggles to find an appropriate suitor to marry; and James gets caught up in a scheme orchestrated by John Knox and has to deal with the tragic aftermath.

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Critic Reviews for Reign Season 4

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If you thought Reign was going to go out without giving us one last completely bonkers story line, well, you haven't been paying attention.

Feb 25, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

It burns plot at an incredible and sometimes exhausting rate; its handling of serious character beats has been uneven; its cast rotates perhaps more often than is wise. However, when it's firing on all cylinders, this show is fun as hell.

Feb 13, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Even as Reign hurtles toward the inevitable end of Mary, Queen of Scots' story, the show makes a point to stress her determination to decide her own fate, no matter what it turns out to be. And that feels like something worth celebrating.

Feb 25, 2019 | Full Review…

After four seasons, Reign aired its series finale on The CW. Fortunately, we are spared the actual sight of Mary's beheading, and instead are treated to quite the surprise.

Feb 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Reign: Season 4

  • Aug 01, 2020
    It ends the way you know it has to but it is fun watching it get there.
  • Apr 28, 2020
    I absolutely love the Reign. I was devastated at the end. I do feel that it was a rushed ending.
  • Dec 03, 2019
    Another gonzo bonkers season of Reign: Season 4 suffers a bit from splitting the drama to 3 fronts - France, Scotland, and England and I found Rachel Skarsten's Queen Elizabeth disappointing - a bit too unbalanced and lovesick to command as the great regent - but, that being said, she's also just a girl, standing in front of the world, asking for some f@&$ing respect for being the Queen and I can certainly support that. (Megan Follows is the real Queen of this show though.) However, considering the show has had the looming black cloud of doom throughout - that despite Mary's best intentions, beautiful gowns, feminine charms, small victories, and staunch allies - it's all futile. She loses Scotland. She loses her husband(s). She loses her son. She loses her life. That's a tough road to hoe for soapy screenwriters, so the show often lead to some bonkers plot twists, plot bridges to nowhere, main characters that walked off the face of the earth, and a roulette wheel of supporting characters that sometimes was a bit much, but despite a few missteps, it was a story curious about what power does to you, and what it changes about the legacy you're able to leave behind. I was grateful for the, albeit whirlwind and brief, conclusion in the finale, so viewers could have some kind of closure - even if you might be up at night wondering what happens to the devil witch who drugs Narcisse and Catherine into a non-consensual threesome.... what? Exactly.
  • Sep 23, 2019
    It should have included Mary and Bothwell's marriage. It was totally incomplete.
  • Jun 03, 2019
    So powerfull and great acting/writting/set and costumes.
  • Apr 10, 2019
    I love this series, but was extremely disappointed with the last season. Towards the end when they knew they were cancelled you could tell they were cramming in all the historic blank spaces to where they cut off Mary's head. It's so sad to watch as a fan from the beginning. The finale season/episode does NOT do this series justice and taints the whole thing. After all the money and magic they used it's a huge disappointment.
  • Jan 08, 2018
    I have no good reason for rating this season so highly - particularly when the only saving grace of the series finale is literally the last 20 seconds (because WHAT is the end of the France plotline?!). But by golly, this has made me feel fandom feels that I haven't felt in a long time, and I figure that that has to count for something.
  • Jan 07, 2018
    Just spent the last 3 weekends watching it. Loved every minute of it. Sad to see it end.
  • Jun 09, 2017
    finally its over all the good things comes to an end

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