How many times during “Safe Passage” did you want to stand up and cheer? I counted three. Bash, especially, had some major badass moments. His final confrontation with Christophe almost made that whole dragged out serial killer story line worth it — almost. But seriously, it’s great to see Torrance Coombs get some meaty scenes before his departure from the show. Bash was one of the most endearing and interesting characters on Reign when it began, and he’s been saddled with some snooze-fest story arcs since he came up short in the Mary love triangle. Not today, my friends. Today, Bash has a crossbow and he isn’t afraid to use it. To the recap!
Mary and Bash roll up to the castle just in time to catch the tail end of Catherine and Charles’ dinner celebrating their ability to pay their army — which, as you may recall, ended with nine generals dead on the table courtesy of the Red Knights. The whole crew, including Narcisse, immediately go into damage control. If the soldiers find out what happened, they’ll think the royal family once again killed in order to eschew a debt, it will incite a rebellion… you know, total royal problems. They decide the best plan is to bury the bodies under the castle, pretend that the generals never showed up for dinner, and shove the gold in the soldiers’ faces. There are hundreds of ways this plan could go awry, but everyone’s sticking with it. French court is so wacky!
One way Catherine and Co. could get caught is at the hands of the Royal Cockroach himself, Christophe. He’s still basically holding Catherine as a sexual prisoner, and he senses something’s off when she returns from the dinner. He continues to pry until Catherine has no choice but to shut him up by allowing him to “do that thing he’s always wanted to do.” That thing turns out to be strangling Catherine during sex, which sounds very uncool.
Charles, on the other hand, is taking extra steps to put this Red Knights fiasco to bed. He’s hired a new court seer to help suss them out: Delphine. Yup! D is back and just as creepy as ever. On her first day alone she manages to have an awkward conversation with Bash about how his feelings for her have changed, whereas she remains just as clingy as ever, and drops the news on him that the “heart killer” is still in the castle. She feels the killer, he’s putting his hands around the neck of a woman who is protecting him. Her “feelings” have gotten oddly specific in the few months that she’s been gone.
Maybe Bash pumped the breaks on Delphine a little too soon — as the royal family scrambles to solve the Red Knight problem, Mary promptly makes sure Bash knows he’s staying in the friend zone, by which she means France. With everything going on, Catherine and Charles will need him there. He accepts her order, but he looks like the saddest puppy in all the land. He’s even sadder when Mary’s departure date gets bumped up to “immediately.” Mary’s received word from Lola that the British will be moving their ships for one week in order to make repairs. This means that for a brief time, Mary can cross over into Scotland without worry of attack from Elizabeth, but she needs to go now.
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Mary feels horrible for leaving Catherine in a lurch — and even worse after a visit from Narcisse where the two bicker about giving up on people they love — but when Catherine hears that Mary has no time to waste, she tells her surrogate daughter to get to steppin’. She has it all totally in control… except for, you know, the fact that the soldiers ride up just in time to see their generals’ heads being used as castle décor. So, on second thought, Catherine has very little under control at the moment.
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