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Season 3 Episode
No Way Out
Season 3, Episode 12
No Way Out
Air date May 2, 2016
Written by Wendy Riss Gatsiounis
Directed by Fred Gerber
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Strange Bedfellows
"Despite your heartbreak, I must warn you, I show no mercy."
Lady Lola


Mary Must Find a Way Back to Scotland
Mary might have to sacrifice her cousin's life to save her own, as she and Gideon find themselves in unchartered emotional territory. Catherine's past returns to haunt her, while Lola and Elizabeth become unlikely allies.


Mary learns that Elizabeth was displeased to learn of her cousin's trip to the Vatican in order to raise an army to take back her country. Mary tells the English ambassador that the Vatican denied her request, leaving her penniless and countryless with no real allies to help Scotland.

Once inside the castle, Mary confesses to Catherine that she lied to Gideon. The Vatican are sending troops to help her take Scotland back from the Protestants. Catherine then encourages her to take Gideon as her lover if she chooses but not to trust him.

In England, Elizabeth announces her plan to name Mary as her successor to the English throne provided Mary agrees to let Elizabeth choose her next husband. Narcisses brings proof to Catherine that he didn't frame her for poisoning Francis and she requests an audience with Cardinal Morel.

Christophe surprises Catherine in her chambers angry over her decision to send him away on a wolf hunt. He admits it would be impossible for him to stop killing. Mary visits Greer and asks her to return to Scotland. Greer asks Mary to wait until summer, but Mary tells her that's impossible because of the small window of opportunity for their strike.

Archbishop Ridolfi, Mary's contact in the Vatican, tells her of Elizabeth's proposal and orders her to accept it. Bash tells Catherine to stop using him to clean up her personal affairs and she introduces Charles to a troupe of performers. Mary asks Catherine for an audience and together they determine that the Vatican is using Mary as a pawn. Their plan is to assassinate Elizabeth and then Mary so they can put a male on the throne.

Elizabeth takes Lola on a tour of the countryside as a cover for visiting her lover, Robert Dudley. When she exits his townhouse, she witnesses his townhouse being approached by a band of nobles. Dudley agrees to a duel, with pistols. Dudley wins.

At French court, Catherine and her family watch the play while Mary entertains a visit from Gideon. He brings news of Elizabeth's proposal and encourages Mary not to accept. The play is interrupted by a masked man who warns of the rising of 13 red knights. The experience scares Catherine and she blames Narcisse.

Gideon learns that Mary might have double-crossed them. His servant and a fellow-spy threatens Agatha in order to keep Gideon in line.

Dudley and Elizabeth argue over his desire to return to court. He wants to redeem himself. She doesn't think it's possible.

Gideon finds Mary in his quarters where she confesses that she lied to him. She seeks his counsel and asks him to play both sides for her so that they can save Elizabeth's life and Mary's claim to Scotland's throne. In order to keep his plan and relationship with Mary safe, Gideon kills his servant.

Bash confronts Catherine about the 13 red knights and her complicity in having them killed so long ago. He believes a threat may be on the horizon for their country.

Elizabeth reappoints Dudley to to French court and names him Mary's future husband, sending him to France to woo her. She believes it will be the only way he is allowed to live.

Christophe returns to court and Catherine is visited by the 13 red knights.


Queen Mary: The Vatican has refused to fund my mission to reclaim my throne, respectfully. Gideon, I have lost everything. My mother, my husband, and now my country, and not even Rome will help me get it back.

Queen Catherine: Just remember, enjoy him but never trust him. If forced to take a side, Gideon will always choose Elizabeth.

Queen Elizabeth: They wanted a successor, so I gave them one.

Queen Catherine: It must be difficult to know your wife would rather be in enemy territory than your bedchambers.

Queen Catherine: Being the Regent of France, I'm extremely busy. You understand.

Lady Lola: Do you treat all your political hostages so kindly?

Princess Claude: What's the play about, anyway?
Sebastian: It's a comedy about the love lives of royals.
King Charles: I hear the princess is worth looking at.

Queen Catherine: I'm not your wife. I won't be frightened into your arms by a dead rat or a dead cardinal!

Gideon Blackburn: A relationship born in deceit often dies there.

Robert Dudley: How could you do this to me? Marry me off to your rival, your enemy? You know I love you.
Queen Elizabeth: I know, and I believe you will be loyal to me until the day you die.
Robert Dudley: Then why?
Queen Elizabeth: To save you. Live in France with her, live in Scotland, I don't care, but live.

Lady Lola: Despite your heartbreak, I must warn you, I show no mercy.


Death Toll [2][3]
- Jeffery
- The Baker
- Englishman


  • The episode images were released on April 8, 2016.
  • Jonathan Keltz was credited, but does not appear.

Historical Notes[]

  • Queen Elizabeth was never poisoned while on the throne.
  • Henry Hastings was a Puritan nobleman. Educated alongside the young King Edward Tudor, he was briefly imprisoned by Queen Mary Tudor, and was considered as a potential successor to Queen Elizabeth. He strongly opposed the plot to marry Mary, Queen of Scots to Thomas Howard, and was entrusted by Elizabeth to see that Mary did not escape during the Rising of the North in 1569.
  • John Knox was a Scottish clergyman who was a leader of the Protestant Reformation. He was born in 1513 and lived to be 59. In 1564 he married Margaret Stewart a distant relative of Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream was written between 1590 and 1597 with small complimentary references towards Queen Elizabeth.



  • Credit Order
Actor Character
Adelaide Kane Queen Mary
Megan Follows Queen Catherine
Rachel Skarsten Queen Elizabeth
Torrance Coombs Sebastian
Celina Sinden Greer Castleroy
Anna Popplewell Lady Lola
Craig Parker Lord Narcisse
Rose Williams Princess Claude
Charlie Carrick Robert Dudley
Ben Geurens Gideon Blackburn
Guest Staring
Nathaniel Middleton Christophe
Gord Rand The Baker
Juan Chioran Archbishop Ridolfi
Ben Carlson Artero
Guest Staring
Spencer MacPherson King Charles
Kaylee Harwood Juliet
Ryan Bainbridge Page
David Patrick Flemming Council Member
Macy Drouin Agatha Blackburn
Morgan David Jones Jeffery
Character debut
Speaking debut
Episode debut