TV Club: Everyone on Reign makes a futile grab for victory under “Hanging Swords”

Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we’re not writing at length about them, we’re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the comments for readers to share theirs.

  • So much of history is made up of nearlys and almosts that I appreciate the show taking a moment to explore the ambiguity of trying to make a decision based on how competent you imagine the opposition is. Mary and Darnley seem like a done deal while Elizabeth looks on them from afar, their strategy focused and their aims clear. Elizabeth’s gamble of statecraft gains some weight from her uncertainty.
  • Speaking of uncertainty: Mary losing the sense of long-term strategy in the hopes of achieving true love, slowly building her own tragic ending one woodland glade …

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