I am going to answer this out loud because the episode is currently airing as we speak, and I have some things to say. I’m going to keep this very neutral, and I won’t even speak from a shipper standpoint. I’m just going to speak from a standpoint that takes into account the well-being of all the characters in the show.
I expected Mary to choose Francis. I expected she still loved him, and I expected politically he would be the more sound choice to make. He is already, without the pope’s hand interfering, the rightful heir to the French throne and a union with him would have granted Mary’s country the armies and political clout she needed against the threat of England.
Mary chose Francis because he came first. Because her time with him is now in retrospect, in nostalgia, and nostalgia makes us see things through rose-colored glasses. She has forgotten about his sleeping around with Natalia and Olivia. She has forgotten about the many times he has berated her. She has forgotten how he told her kings do not answer to their wives. She has forgotten how one moment he swore himself to her as hers and only hers, and then within a matter of days slept with another woman and “released” her. She has forgotten how he expected her to obey him. She has forgotten how he has always put France before not only her country, but before her.
Mary remembers the smiles, the laughter, the happiness, the hazy and over-lit memories of them running through the fields together. She has forgotten all of the bad, and only remembers the good.
Because when she suggested that Bash be the next heir to the throne, causing the upheaval of the line of succession and effectively turning family member against family member, Mary was thrown into a world of chaos with Bash at her side, so Bash has now been associated with turmoil, upheaval, unsteadiness, and a lack of security. They constantly fought off attempts on their lives every second of every day, and Mary has associated her time with Bash as the harder times, the more trying times, and they were. Because she was put through a lot, and forced to grow, whether she liked it or not. I saw a wonderful gif set that showed how Mary said three separate times to Bash within a matter of two to three episodes the same phrase, “I see that now / I can see that now.” Because her time with Bash forced her to open her eyes to things she was normally blind to.
And while she was with Bash, facing all of these dangerous and terrible things, there’s the memory of Francis in the background. How she never had to go through these things with Francis, and his memory becomes idealized during these new hardships she is put through. Because dealing with an unfaithful lover is so much easier than dealing with a whole country turned upside down on its head with social unrest, multiple people’s lives in danger, especially children, good friends, and people who are close to you and that you have come to love.
And so Francis comes back, and Mary is forced to choose between those simpler times and these much, much harder times.
And she chooses the easy way out, like any fifteen-year-old girl would.
I don’t blame her. I can’t blame her. It makes perfect sense, and I applaud her for being honest and open with Bash instead of lying to him. That took real courage on Mary’s behalf, even though I think she is lying to herself when she says she loves Francis more. I think she loves the idea of Francis more, the simpler times, the easier way, and she’s a scared young girl who can’t face the hardships that have come with her plot to put Bash on the throne to save Francis’s life from the prophecy of his death. It’s too much. It’s all too much, and Mary can’t handle it.
So, she chose the easy way, and it’s completely understandable.
But Bash never wanted any of this. It wasn’t Bash’s idea. It was Mary’s idea to put him on the throne, and Bash even told Mary, “I never wanted my brother’s crown.” King Henry threatened to execute Bash, and Bash was going to die, and the only way Mary could save Francis and Bash was to legitimize Bash and marry him because King Henry would have executed Bash for treason otherwise and if she married Francis instead, he would have died via the prophecy. Bash only agreed to save his brother’s life, and he did have an ulterior motive: he wanted Mary, too. He has had feelings for her for a long time, and he told Mary that if he was in it, he was in it for her, not for some country or some crown. For her. Bash didn’t want the crown. He only wanted Mary, but some people often forget that Bash does love his brother, and he did also want to save Francis’s life. It wasn’t just about Mary for Bash. It was about saving his brother, too.
Let me also remind everyone that Bash did everything in his power to protect and save his half-brothers, Francis’s younger brothers, from being hurt or killed, and Bash told Queen Catherine, “And believe me, if they are anything but the picture of health, I’m the one you’ll have to restrain.” Bash has nothing but love for his family. He wants nothing for them but to be happy and healthy and safe.
So, when I say that Francis’s threat on Bash’s life in this episode tore my soul to pieces, I mean it. I cried. Because all Bash wanted to do was save his brother’s life, and now Francis considers him a threat to the crown, an usurper, and Francis was likely the one to pay the guards off to kill Bash. Queen Catherine no longer considers Bash a threat anymore. Why would she do it? She doesn’t see him as anything more than a fly now, and Francis was the only one to threaten Bash’s life in this episode, so he is the most likely candidate for the assassination attempt.
Francis went dark in this episode. He went so dark that I see him as the villain now. Him and King Henry are worse than all of Queen Catherine’s plotting. I actually liked Catherine when she tried to scheme her way through things, but Francis and King Henry made me sick to my stomach in this episode. They made me physically ill.
Because it was Mary and King Henry’s idea to put Bash on the throne, not Bash’s, and yet King Henry saw it fit to punish Bash. Henry snatched Bash as he was about to leave the castle, tied his hands behind his back, and dragged him to the consummation room to force him to watch Mary and Francis consummate their marriage. “So that should you return, you have seared into your memory what is yours and what is not.”
I’m upset now just thinking about it because nothing, nothing, is more painful than being forced to watch the person you love have sex with someone else. It was psychological and emotional torment, and Bash was tied up, and there was nothing, absolutely nothing, he could do to get away or not hear it. All he could do was turn his head or close his eyes. I need more episodes to judge Mary’s reaction because I can’t tell if it was silent trauma or indifference, but Francis. Oh, Francis. When Francis looked over and saw Bash watching them, he smirked, and then he went right back to what he was doing with Mary, glad that Bash was watching them.
If the tables were turned and it was Mary, Bash, and King Henry doing this to Francis, I would cry for Francis. Because no one, no one, deserves that kind of pain. Not even Francis. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, so when I say I see Francis as a villain now, I mean it. Because to get such glee out of his brother’s pain and torment and to threaten Bash’s life and attempt to assassinate him, I no longer see Francis a person, but a monster. That’s all he is to me now, and I’m not sure the show can redeem him after this in my eyes.
And the next episode, the world is going to crash down around Mary’s ears for her choice. Because “Mary returns from her honeymoon and, suspicious of Lola’s strange behavior, uncovers a deception that changes everything.” Her perfect happy union shotgun wedding is going to be blown to smithereens along with all of her perfect, idealized memories, and I wouldn’t be surprised with Francis threatening Bash’s life and becoming a tormentor that he would become emotionally or possibly even physically abusive with Mary. We all know how volatile Mary gets when Francis cheats on her, and now it isn’t just some hallway hussy, but one of her best friends. This isn’t going to end well with Mary and Francis. Not only that, but Mary asked Francis to protect Bash from people who might want to hurt him. What happens if Francis hired those guards to kill Bash, and Mary finds out?
Bash’s life was turned over on its head. He lost the woman he loved. He was forced to watch her have sex with his brother. He’s lost his brother. He’s been banished from court, and they tried to kill him. Everything that could go wrong for Bash has gone wrong times ten, and it physically pains me and brings tears to my eyes what he has been put through during this episode. So much all at once. He doesn’t deserve that. No one deserves that, and now I’m crying just typing this as I think about it.
This show has taken such a dark turn, and my soul literally hurts because of it. Why couldn’t they just let Bash go without any harm, torment, or assassination? Why did all of this have to happen? Bash never did such things to Francis. Bash never tormented Francis or tried to kill him or threaten his life or got glee out of Francis’s pain. Never. And yet Francis relishes in all three for Bash.
He’s a villain now, and there’s no other word for it.
How could she pass him up for Francis? He was willing to let her be herself, to be what she wanted, to let her LIVE her life as she wanted. Instead she chose the man who cheated on her numerous times. Who, despite claiming to love her, was willing to have sex with multiple women while she was literally only a few doors away. How does that make sense? CW, you may be keeping to history, but that’s a horrible message to send the audience. There’s no excuse for cheating. There’s no excuse for THAT MANY indiscretions with another person by the one who says he “loves you”. I hope young girls (and boys) watching the show don’t think this is okay.
This totally better not turn into another abusive Twilight spin-off.
Take care, my brave son, or you will bleed for a girl who will never be yours.
Mary: “After tonight, your usual game of catch with Anne, James is going to want your attention too with his reading.”
Francis: “I’ll have him work on it.”
Mary: "You promise? Promise me, I mean it. Promise me you’ll try. One year of marriage, it isn’t enough. Fight it, Francis, please and I will give you children, don’t give up on our dreams and the life we can have."
Francis: "Such a beautiful dream."Mary: "No, no, Francis, don’t leave me."
Never forget the greatest OTP in the Firefly ‘verse.
"All we ever wanted was to be together but as long as Klaus was around that was never going to happen. But hey, I guess you wouldn’t know anything about that huh." - Marcel to Elijah
when I realized he was talking about Elijah’s feelings for Hayley here.
I thought he meant his past relationships but it looks like his eyes shift over to Haley behind Elijah and then Elijah stops and thinks about it for a moment before letting him go.
I can’t believe I missed that!
That episode was sooooooooooooo amazing.
Your presence brings light. My heart is open.
At least this ship hasn’t been killed brutally by crazy writers.
"And you, my brother— I envied you for so long, and look at us now. You have what’s mine, and I have your freedom."
Because I’m drowning in Lost Girl feels, I need to go back to Reign.
I think it’s time for us to start creating hypotheses on how Kenzi will come back to life, don’t you think?
I have some guesses:
1st: As we all know Hades is the God of the Underworld (in this case, Bo’s father) and Persephone is his Queen (Bo), Eurydice is Kenzi and Orpheus I think it’s also…
Except they’ve already made it canon that there’s a Banshee named Siobhan and she wails to alert to the impending death of a Fae from a Noble Family.
I think we’re all going to realize Bo’s father is Odin, the All Father, and the one who is depicted as a great stallion. He’s been masterminding everything so that Bo has to come see him. Tamsin probably realizes now that Kenzi is in Valhalla that she will never get to come back because Odin will keep her hostage, Freyja probably won’t have an appearance to save Kenzi either, all in order to get Bo to come there.
Also think Rainer is in that Levi-underworld place even though she said he was buried elsewhere.
SOMEONE WRITE A FANFICTION OF KENZI AND HALE BEING TOGETHER IN VALHALLA, PLEEASE
And drop me a link!!!!
This may have already been said but you know when Bo went through that grave to hell, when she was being chased by the bird/raven people who double crossed her? And then ‘Levi’ said she would be back again: “I will see you again soon enough….someone you love very much will soon be dead.”
What if Kenzi somehow ends up in Hell instead of HEL/Valhalla??
I thought she was talking about Hale at first because I figured he was already slowly dying from the death song he heard his friend sing. Then again, she didn’t love Hale, so the next to die was Rainer. What if he wasn’t able to go to Valhalla because Tamsin could only carry one at a time and she was needed to protect Kenzi while all that was going on, so she “released” his soul to gather up Kenzi after she died? Especially since Tamsin saw Kenzi as her “mother”.
I just lost it when Vex betrayed Kenzi like that, but he made it up to me when he wouldn’t let Massimo do anything to her. He put her on the couch when he could have been much crueler, he didn’t hurt her, and when she pursued Massimo, he didn’t use his power to manipulate her. He brought both his arms around her in a full embrace because he understood what her struggle was and explained that they all had their burdens. He has been the most understanding, in my opinion, of Kenzi and a kindred spirit at the oddest of times.
Anyone else thinking of Odin when they showed this picture and talked about the next part of this “prophecy” between Rainer and Bo? I couldn’t resist screen capping it and remarking especially since they threw Epona into it as well.