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Reign recap: 'Mercy'

Mary gets revenge on her attackers, and King Henry returns just in time for ghost sex.

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Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows
The CW
Current Status:
In Season

Nobody knows how to make an entrance like King Henry. Honestly, what other character could return to a show as a ghost completely naked (and feeling up his wife)? The same man who once planned a war without his pants on, that’s who! But as hard as it is to believe, a lot happened before Henry’s return, and I’m not just talking about Francis’ incredibly busy winter coat. Let’s get to it!

We pick up with Bash rounding up all the men who were seen trying to flee the castle after the attack. So far, all they have is the name of the man in charge of the attack—Severin (spelling?)—and Francis is willing to do whatever it takes to find him, including chaining people up outside when the dungeons are at full capacity. Mary feels the same, but when she doesn’t identify any of the captured as her rapist, Francis promises to hunt the guilty men to the ends of the earth, literally.

Back in her old chambers, Mary starts to blame herself. She should’ve known those men weren’t her guards. But Francis quickly stops her with the truth. Finally, he tells her about killing his father, Narcisse’s blackmail, and all of the lies that happened as a result of it. But Mary remains focused on one thing: killing the people who brought them to where they are now. And after that? Francis will never let anyone hurt her again.

After rounding up everyone who could potentially know something, Francis takes things a step further. If there’s no room in the dungeons, then the others will remain outside to freeze to death. It’s true that Narcisse turned him into a king he didn’t want to be, but at this point, there’s no going back.

Inside, Mary tells her ladies the truth about the other night and asks that they hush all talk of an heir until she can know for sure that nothing will come of what happened to her. And in a moment of power, Mary admits that she’s not ashamed, but rather, she can recognize that what happened to her was nothing more than an act of war and hatred.

Speaking of hatred, Narcisse has fled. And when Lola learns of what happened to Mary, she heads straight to Francis with the location of Narcisse’s villa in the countryside. Spoiler: He’s there. But the real questions is, why is he sleeping in the hay? Perhaps he likes to get a little dirty so that he has a reason to take another bath? Okay, I digress. Before Francis can kill him, Narcisse lets it slip that, in the event of his death, all of his gold, land, etc. will go to the Protestants. So instead of murdering Scar, Simba brings Narcisse back to the castle, where he will remain as his puppet.

Elsewhere in the Castle, Leith warns Greer that all of the Protestants are being rounded up for questioning, but she and Castleroy cannot get out in time. The guards take Castleroy away. But just because Leith refuses to rely solely on his looks, he once again proves that he’s the sweetest person in all of France. Leith goes to Francis and cashes in his “I owe you” in order to grant Castleroy his freedom. The twist? Castleroy then has to get out of town, and Greer decides to stay behind. She claims that she’s doing it to be with Mary, which is probably true, and also to cover for Castleroy, but a girl can’t help but wonder if Leith’s final smirk got to her (because I know it got to me).

NEXT: Mary sets fire to the pain