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Reign recap: Clans

Mary makes it home, but it’s not at all what she expects

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Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows
The CW
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In Season

“Welcome home, your majesty,” a druid healer says to Mary — and it is the only welcoming the queen gets as she spends her first few days back in her Scottish homeland. There’s no receiving line, no welcome back ball, no fanfare. There are, however, several threats to her life. Ah, home sweet home.

Mary and her crew of mercenaries have washed up on the shores of Scotland after a particularly nasty storm at sea. Mary’s left to watch in horror as a clan of Scots arrive at the shipwreck and immediately start killing the men on the beach. So, yeah, they aren’t really there to help. You know who is? Narcisse! Narcisse survived the wreck and advises Mary that they get as far away from the beach as possible. There’s only one problem: Mary still hasn’t found Bash yet. The girl’s not leaving without her Bash.

When she does finally spot him, a clansman has a sword aimed right over his chest. Before he can do anything, a group of druids arrive and scare the clansmen off. Scotland is weird, you guys.

Mary and Narcisse follow the druids as they take Bash back to their campgrounds. It becomes quite evident that Narcisse is not happy to be trapped in Scotland with his greatest foe. It becomes evident because that’s basically what Narcisse yells in Mary’s face. He only came so that he could rescue Lola, and now he’s stuck with Mary, a queen who clearly does not understand how precarious the situation in Scotland is. For good measure, he throws some shade over Mary losing Francis’ sword. It’s really no way to talk to a queen. Mary tells him to suck it up, and once they find Bash, they can go their separate ways.

Saving Bash might be a little more than a grab-and-go mission. Mary and Narcisse barge in on the druids performing a ritual over Bash’s body – but it’s not what you think. They’re trying to save the guy! It involves snakes and some gooey substance they rub all over his chest, but nonetheless, they are helping Bash, not hurting him.

Mary and Narcisse have some time to kill as they wait for Bash to recover, and they quickly spin a tale about being brother and sister, coming from France to marry Mary off. The druids buy it, or so it seems. They all have a little heart-to-heart where the druid healer tries to explain that they are a peaceful people who’ve been cast out from society. They mean no harm. The Wolvers — the clan Mary watched murder her soldiers — on the other hand, are brutal. Scotland as a nation is fractured and it would take a great leader to make it whole again. Wouldn’t ya know? He’s saying that directly to the woman who wants to attempt such a thing.

Narcisse has had enough of sitting around talking druid life, now that he knows Bash will survive, he’s leaving. Mary’s grown attached to the guy, though. He was right about her not understanding Scotland’s current predicament and she’s scared that she won’t survive here. Adelaide Kane is great in this episode and the quiet desperation she gives Mary is palpable. It’s not the biggest performance — she’s not sitting on a white horse delivering a rousing speech — but it’s effective. Narcisse reminds Mary that she always, annoyingly, rises to the occasion. She’ll be fine. It’s the nicest thing he’s ever said to her. With that, Narcisse is off to see if his wife will forgive him for having her bathe with rodents and also murdering people.

Bash is up and walking, and he and Mary prepare to make their journey toward Edinburgh. Unfortunately, as the nice healer — who figures out that Mary is, well, Mary — gives them a blessing before they leave, the Wolvers reappear and show no mercy. They take out the entire druid clan in just moments. Thanks to Bash’s quick thinking, he and Mary hide and pretend to be hostages the druids have taken. The Wolvers take their word and insist on escorting them to Edinburgh. Duncan, the man in charge, insists a little too hard for my liking; he’s eyeing up Mary in the creepiest of ways.

As the group heads out, Mary notices Duncan’s brooch, and she panics. The emblem on the brooch belongs to Clan McPhee — the same clan that ordered Mary’s murder and ended up killing Francis instead. Mary’s out for blood this time. She informs Bash — in a very loud conversation, let’s be honest — that they are going to make themselves valuable enough that Duncan will take them to see the clan leader, an evil dude by the name of Munro (John Barrowman!), and she can finally enact some revenge. Mary’s getting hers, you guys.

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Over in France, Charles is also having some issues with plans not going accordingly. Since the discovery of Catherine’s treachery in order to manipulate her way back into the regency, Charles and Claude are ready for their dear mother to suffer some consequences. Charles is his mother’s son, and he has a scheme to play out. Of course, we all know the scheme is going to fail, but it’s a scheme nonetheless.

NEXT: Charles calls out the Red Knights