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Season 3 Episode
Safe Passage
Season 3, Episode 15
Safe Passagee
Air date May 23, 2016
Written by Drew Lindo
Directed by Stuart Gillard
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To The Death


"If you turn against her, you turn against France. And I will fight you like I would fight them. To the death."
Queen Mary


Mary Decides To Leave France
Mary learns from Lola that she has a chance to get to Scotland safely, but she must act quietly and quickly. When Catherine is framed for murder, Mary must decide if she should stay to protect her, which would jeopardize her safe passage to Scotland.


Mary and Sebastian return to the castle to find the French generals dead. Catherine and Charles know that they will be blamed for their deaths so Narcisse proposes they bury their bodies to hide the evidence. Mary helps concoct the lie they will tell to cover up the murders: the generals never arrived.

As soon as they all get to work, Mary tells Bash their circumstances have changed. While she will return to Scotland to reclaim her throne, she urges Bash to stay behind in France to protect the Valois family. He agrees, reluctantly.

Lola listens in on a conversation between Elizabeth and her Naval commander as they discuss maintenance of the English fleets. She then sends a coded message to Mary, letting her know of a window of time when she can travel across the North Sea without English interference.

Charles has invited Delphine to court to serve as his royal seer. She lets Bash know that she is healed and ready to start over, but he confesses that he has developed feelings for someone else. Narcisse hands Mary the letter from Lola. Upon deciphering her message, Mary learns that she must leave immediately if she is to have safe passage.

Bash updates Catherine on the search for the Red Knights. So far they have not found the poison. Christophe enters Catherine's chambers and lets her know that he knows about the feast and that she didn't return to her chambers. She offers herself up in order to get him to back off of his questioning about the feast.

Elizabeth inquires Gideon about his loyalty to England and to Mary. He confesses that there were times when he envisioned falling in love with Mary, but not in this life. His loyalty to England is rewarded with a position at court. Delphine follows Bash throughout the castle and tells him that she felt the killer they had been searching for in the castle. Catherine summons Bash.

Mary tells Catherine that her exit from French court will be sooner than expected but worries that Catherine won't be protected if she leaves. They hear screams from outside and find the heads of their generals on pikes outside the castle with soldiers arriving to witness the atrocity. Catherine and Narcisse discuss their options and he encourages her to buy Mary's mercenaries out from under her in order to protect their own rule.

Narcisse finds Mary in the hall and asks what her plans are for Lola. She tells him she already has a plan in place to bring Lola home which is more than he's done and then accuses him of being power-hungry. He retorts that as she runs off to reclaim her throne, she is throwing Catherine to the wolves.

Gideon visits Lola and John in her chambers to share a message. He will be working to free her from Elizabeth's grasp and asks for her trust. Mary tells Catherine of her decision to stay in France and protect her until the threat of a revolt has passed, but Catherine turns her away and exhorts her to take back her country instead.

Mary says goodbye to Bash and reflects on the day she arrived at French court, before riding away in the same carriage.

Elizabeth receives a letter from John Knox which asks for Elizabeth's help dissolving Mary's throne. Lola advises against it because John Knox hates women in power. Lola's suggestion is to stall. Lola believes Elizabeth's trust in her is growing and Gideon decides to work doubly fast on Lola's escape.

Delphine settles into her chambers in the castle and she's visited by an evil feeling. It's Christophe. He kills her in the hall and leaves her body for dead. A red ribbon is tied around the handle of the knife used to kill her with the message "Death to all friends of the Valois." When Catherine hears that Christophe found Delphine's body, she knows he's guilty. Bash finds Catherine in her chambers and sees the bruises on her neck, which feeds into his suspicion.

One of the general's lieutenants asks for a meeting with Catherine and Charles. She offers the payment owed to the soldiers and he tells her that they've moved beyond payment. They want justice. Catherine must stand before a military tribunal.

Mary stands at the French coast and opens the box Francis left for her. Inside she finds a letter which moves her to tears and a sword with which she will fight for her country. But Mary decides to go back to the castle with her mercenaries.

Christophe finds Bash waiting for him in his chamber. Bash has pieced together that Christophe is the heart-killer, so he relieves him of his duty and shoots him down. After finding out where Christophe has hidden his confession, Bash runs his sword through him.

The French army waits at the gate of the castle and Catherine agrees to go outside and meet them. Just as they begin opening the gate, Mary and her army arrive and Mary pleads with them to trust Catherine and France. They put away their swords and leave the castle. Narcisse tells Catherine that he is leaving France in order to free Lola from England because he knows if he stays he and Catherine will ruin his chance at happiness with Lola.

Bash accuses Catherine of murdering his mother and when she admits to doing so, he attacks her and nearly chokes her to death out of fury. When he finally lets go, he resigns as her deputy. Narcisse asks to bum a ride with Mary so that he can free Lola. Bash shows up to accompany her to Scotland.

As a parting gift, Bash leaves Christophe's letter with Claude and Charles.

At sea, the storm is getting worse. Just as Mary tries to push the windows closed, they break and water flows in. - TV FANATIC


Queen Catherine: We need to keep the servants quiet. Bash, gather them up. Offer them bribes for their silence. If they refuse, tell them I will cut off their heads!

Christophe: You can tell me whatever it is that's troubling you.
Queen Catherine: Because I like to make a point of telling my blackmailer everything.

Lord Narcisse: I love my wife.
Queen Mary: (Scoffs) No, you love power.

Lady Lola: Ambassador Blackburn.
Gideon Blackburn: Lady Lola. You remember me.
Lady Lola: Yes. You extended Elizabeth's invitation for me to visit England. I've been visiting ever since.

Queen Catherine: It is time that we move forth on our own, as queens of separate nations.

Queen Catherine: Go take back your country.

Lady Lola: If you refuse John Knox as you suggest, it tells him you are a decisive and formidable ruler who will not be bullied.
Queen Elizabeth: Which I am.
Lady Lola: Which is what he really hates. So stall. Avoid a decision he can rally against. Let him think you are indecisive, innocuous...
Queen Elizabeth: Feminine.

King Francis: (Voicover) My dearest Mary, if you're reading this, then you are leaving France to reclaim your Scottish throne. I always knew this day would come, and I wish I could be at your side as you set sail to take back what is yours. In the darkest of times, you were my conscience. Your heart was a light, Mary, and it burned so very bright for France. No matter how far you go, that light will burn forever.

King Francis: (Voicover) I love you, Mary Stuart. Forever.

Christophe: I think I need a tourniquet.
Sebastian: Why? So you can kill again? I don't think so.

Queen Mary: If you turn against her, you turn against France. And I will fight you like I would fight them. To the death.

Lord Narcisse: I want to fight for Lola. I want to save her. I want to save what we shared before our union is damaged beyond repair.
Queen Catherine: Damaged by me? By us?
Lord Narcisse: Yes.
Queen Catherine: That is the most flattering thing that you have ever said to me.

Sebastian: Since you are the real King of France, consider this my resignation as your deputy.

Queen Mary: France, I think I shall never see you again.

King Charles: You may be Regent, but I am King. And you will pay for what you've done.


Death Toll [3][4]
- Delphine
- Christophe


Historical Notes[]



  • Credit Order
Actor Character
Adelaide Kane Queen Mary
Megan Follows Queen Catherine
Rachel Skarsten Queen Elizabeth
Torrance Coombs Sebastian
Anna Popplewell Lady Lola
Craig Parker Lord Narcisse
Rose Williams Princess Claude
Ben Geurens Gideon Blackburn
Guest Staring
Toby Regbo King Francis
Alexandra Ordolis Delphine
Nathaniel Middleton Christophe
Dylan Taylor Luitenant Gambon
Guest Staring
Spencer MacPherson King Charles
Patrick Galligan General Gaghan
Character debut
Speaking debut
Episode debut