TV Club: Mary gets engaged (again) as Reign plays its zero-sum game

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.

  • This episode is centered on one of Reign’s strongest themes: At some point, power games make trust impossible. There’s no reason to think Elizabeth was lying about her intentions, but that doesn’t change the fact that an estate that works as a fortress works as a prison. Mary can’t trust Elizabeth’s promises to Scotland. Elizabeth can’t trust Mary not to make a move on the throne she’s laid claim to. The subplots can feel like cannon fodder, but so far this season has done some solid setup the zero-sum game …

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