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Higher Ground
Season One, Episode 20
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Air date May 1, 2014
Written by David Babcock and
Daniel Sinclair
Directed by Sudz Sutherland
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Toy Soldiers


Long Live The King
"But they’re my monsters now."
Queen Mary


Mary Gets Blood On Her Hands To Save Scotland.
Mary enlists a mercenary to help her, which forces her to realize there are sacrifices and lives she is willing to risk to save her country. Francis embraces his role as Dauphin to lead France in a brutal battle against England, and finds a new ally in Leith. Meanwhile, as Lola grows closer to Lord Julien, she gets increasingly suspicious that he is going to betray her. - The CW


Cortenza de' Medici: I always enjoy his company. As I know he always greatly enjoys mine.
Queen Catherine: Except for the day he left you in tears when he decided to marry me. Oh life is full of surprises isn't it.

Prince Francis: I am in your debt, Leith Bayard.

Cortenza de' Medici: I remember you as a child. So talkative and free with words.
Queen Mary: Catherine could i have a private word with you
Cortenza de' Medici: Oh there your go. More words.

Queen Catherine: You're a queen. Don't beg.

Leith Bayard: No one risks their lives for some lord's strategy. We do it for those we love.

Lord Julien: If I’m careful with my words it is only so you understand. You have a strength you have yet to realize.

Cortenza de' Medici: And I don't mind getting the heel of my shoe bloody.

Queen Catherine: I suppose innocence is all relative. I wonder how long Mary's will last. Because once it's gone, it can never be reclaimed.

Prince Francis: A wise man once told me, yesterday as a matter of fact, that we fight for those that we love. I’m just like you. I want to go home. There must be someone that you’ll fight to see again.
Leith Bayard: There’s a woman. But it could never work.

Prince Francis: I have lost good men and I’m not prepared to lose anymore, specially if I can help it. Live Leith Bayard, LIVE.

John Prevo: They're monsters.
Queen Mary: Indeed they are. But they’re my monsters now.


  • 'Higher Ground' refers to what is desired to win a battle, whoever is on the higher round often wins.
  • Duke of Guise was mentioned, but does not appear.
  • Over three months have passed since the last episode. [1]
  • Francis Killed around a dozen English soldiers. [2] [3]
  • Francis and Leith, and a company of 12 men helped take back Calais from the English.
  • John Prevo's only reason for not double crossing Mary was that he didn't want people to know his loyalties could be swayed so easily. However he still brought Catherine the head of the person she thought set up her kidnapping. So to anyone else except Mary, it appeared John Prevo killed his original dealer.


  • The opening credits have changed once more.
  • The battle scenes between England and France took 3 days. The scene between Francis & Leith after Leith gets hurt took 7-8 hours to film.
  • Adelaide Kane wore a Maje Duree Lace Blouse with R.J. Graziano Double-Star Pave Earrings.

Historical Notes

  • 7 January 1558 - The French under Francis, Duke of Guise took advantage of a weakened garrison and decayed fortifications to retake Calais.


  • In Credit Order
Actor Character
Adelaide Kane Mary Stuart
Megan Follows Queen Catherine
Torrance Coombs Sebastian
Toby Regbo Prince Francis
Celina Sinden Greer Norwood
Caitlin Stasey Lady Kenna
Anna Popplewell Lady Lola
Guest Staring
Tahmoh Penikett John Prevo  
Jonathan Keltz Leith Bayard
Giacomo Gianniotti Lord Julien
Shauna MacDonald Cortenza de' Medici  
Matthew MacFadzean Roman de' Medici  
Unknown Beatrice  
Character debut
Speaking debut
Episode debut



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