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Acts of War
Season Two, Episode 9
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Air date December 4, 2014
Written by Laurie McCarthy & Nancy Won
Directed by Fred Gerber
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Terror of the Faithful


" My loyal subjects. I reassure you, that your King, and your Queen, remain untouched. These murderous traitors who invaded the castle tonight have achieved nothing. Have altered nothing. And will die, for nothing."
Queen Mary


Is Another Royal Wedding In Sight?
With a holiday celebration around the corner, Bash uncovers what could be the answer to Francis finally escaping the oppressive thumb of Lord Narcisse, and the two formulate a daring plan. Meanwhile, Mary proposes the radical idea of marrying the Protestant Lord Condé to the Catholic Claude, a scheme that she believes a viable path forward to peace, but Claude has other plans in store. As preparations are made for the upcoming feast, Greer discovers that she may be more involved with the Protestant movement than she originally thought.


King Francis: It is the season for giving. Not judging.

Princess Claude: What is he, a whore chaser?

Princess Claude: I don't need a husband. I already have a mother to make me miserable.

Louis Condé: You know you could sell the ocean a cup of water.

Queen Catherine: Do not lay a hand on her future.

King Francis: Think he was convinced?
Sebastian: I’m not sure if I want you to be king.

Princess Claude: I’m not sure if it's safe to let you in my chambers without a chaperon.
Lord Narcisse: No, you're not safe.

Princess Claude: A look is not a purchase.

Princess Claude: No one forces me to do aything.
Lord Narcisse: As king, he trump us all.

Lord Narcisse: I’ll think about it.
Princess Claude: As I trust you'll think about me.

Princess Claude: I care about me, not France. That's your job!

King Francis: I'm asking you to step forward in a way you've never had to, never been asked to.

Lord Narcisse: Are you prepared to die for this marriage!?
Princess Claude: At least my family will cry at my funeral.

Queen Catherine: Stay away from my daughter!

Queen Catherine: One can barely hear the sound of people choking on the news.

Queen Catherine: I'm only going to ask you thins once. So we are both clear on what you've endure this night.

Queen Catherine: Take my hand. Trust that I can get you through this, because I swear to you I can.

Queen Catherine: I know you don't want to be touched, that's alright. But, you're safe. I don't know how you managed to escape but you did. You are alive. You will survive this. I know this because I survived. You know that. They try to destroy you by taking your pride and your strength, but those things cannot be taken, not from you. Not ever.

Queen Catherine: These next moments of your life will either define you as a victim or as a powerful Queen, untouched by failed a assassination attempt. They will define who you are perceived to be, your place in history. Do not let them win. Trust me. Trust me and let me help you. Trust that I can get you through this because I swear to you that I can.

Queen Mary: My loyal subjects. I reassure you, that your King, and your Queen, remain untouched. These murderis traitors who invaded the castle tonight have achieved nothing. Have altered nothing. And will die, for nothing.

Lord Narcisse: I take no pleasure in being right, especially as I may have been wrong about other issues. What happened tonight was reckless. It was the act of a people who feel that they have nothing to lose. To rob people of hope is a dangerous mistake and I suspect it may be my doing.
Lola: Through your pressure on Francis.
Lord Narcisse: I feel this nation is burning and I am the man who lit the match.


Death Toll [1] [2]

  • Unknown amount of Castle Guards
  • 4 Castle Guards
  • Royal Driver
  • Lord Montgomery


  • Goof: While Mary was giving her speech after her rape, she informed her court she was unharmed. Two of the women gave thanks to God by forming a cross on their bodies. The woman in white did it incorrectly.

Historical Notes[]



  • Credit Order
Actor Character
Adelaide Kane Mary Stuart
Megan Follows Queen Catherine
Torrance Coombs Sebastian
Toby Regbo King Francis
Celina Sinden Lady Greer
Caitlin Stasey Lady Kenna
Anna Popplewell Lady Lola
Sean Teale Louis Condé
Craig Parker Lord Narcisse
Guest Staring
Rose Williams Princess Claude
Michael Therriault Lord Castleroy
Mac Fyfe Jacob Rivell
Oliver Becker Severin
James Downing Assassin #1
Justin Dassin Assassin #2
David Dantes Assassin #3
M.E. Lewis Balfont
Andrew Church Lord Montgomery
William Mathews Hugo
Adrian Beaty Francis' Guard
Character debut
Speaking debut
Episode debut



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Reign - Acts of War Trailer


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