STOP the Double Standard. Whether you root for Mary or Francis, please use your head and remind yourself: Am I looking at them with blinders on? Am I guilty of DOUBLE STANDARD? Or maybe lm not that mature enough to understand the storyline?
Frankly, this is why I think Reign writers and producers should put a mature tv rating on Reign. Let’s face it, storylines like these, some teens don’t understand it. Even though, they insist they do. And we know, how insistent they are. Also, there are also non-teens who don’t understand it.
I think Francis is being such a hypocrytical brat. He told Lola that the baby is whoever he says it is. First he did not want the kid now all of a sudden he wants to keep his son when just a couple hours ago Francis was willing to give him up? Everybody is getting mad at Lola because she is in the…
Okay. Okay. Let me break this down:
“He told Lola that the baby is whoever he says it is.” I’ll admit: Francis wasn’t showing much sympathy here. However, you must think about this statement in context. First of all, it’s true. Second of all, up until the moment she gave birth, Lola had fully intended to pass this child off as Julien’s and never allow Francis to know the truth about his own child. This statement from Francis reflects his justifiable anger over that fact coming to light: You intended to lie to me and the world about who this child is. How does it feel now that the tables could be turned?
“First he did not want the kid now all of a sudden he wants to keep his son when just a couple of hours ago Francis was willing to give him up?” Set the scene: Henry is dead. Francis has just become king, learned he himself is a father, been informed that his wife has been lying to him for months, and, oh yeah, there’s this plague thingy going around. If you would be perfectly clearheaded and rational in his place, go ahead and cast stones. Personally, I see it as absolutely realistic that he struggled with mixed feelings and indecision over Lola and this baby. His entire life at the moment is, quite frankly, a mess.
I also think that his not “wanting” the child had more to do with his love for Mary than anything. It’s not that he doesn’t want the child—it’s that he doesn’t want to hurt his wife, the woman he loves. Unfortunately, in this situation, that is going to be impossible.
And, let’s not forget, Francis is operating under the realization that Lola did not want him involved in this baby’s life, and when he meets the baby for the first time he’s doing so knowing that Lola never intended for him to be involved, never wanted Francis to know or touch his own child, and that had she not been convinced she would die and leave the baby orphaned and helpless, she would have kept them apart forever.
“He could have let her get on that ship so she could have freedom with her son, but no. Francis is the one who all of a sudden ‘has a connection’ with the kid.” He cares about his son and wants to be a father. Goddamn that selfish bastard to hell.
By the way, Lola is not a slave. She is being taken back to court, where she has been living of her own free will since the beginning of the series. Had she wanted to leave France and its court badly enough, Mary no doubt would have granted her permission to return to her family in Scotland.
“I honestly feel so bad for the son. He is going to be known around the castle as the bastard child. He will grow up knowing he will never inherit the crown unless he is legitimized, which just might be a possibility.” Every child in France, save one, grows up knowing he will never inherit the crown—Francis’s sisters and younger brothers are no exception. It’s not exactly a soul-crushing realization. Not having to become king is actually something for which Bash has always felt some gratitude. In fact, Francis envied his brother for not having to bear the brunt of the royal duties. Let’s also be clear: being a royal bastard did not automatically come with a stigma. They were often granted titles and lands and made successful marriages. Bash may be a bastard, but he has lived in the luxury of the court his whole life, and has never had to learn a trade or be tied to a job. We found out in 1x14 that his mother had been given her own luxurious estates, meaning that he had freedom to come and go from court as a young man. Bash himself now holds a title and is married to a lady of nobility. Being a bastard has in no way hurt his prospects—with the exception of his desire to marry a queen—and any stigma he may have felt about not being legitimate was surely assuaged somewhat by the knowledge that he was loved by his father above all others.
“Mary is gonna be so angry at herself for not conceiving a child. She is going to be so sad and probably become depressed because she cannot produce an heir. On top of that she has to watch as her husband father a child, who is not hers, with her lady in waiting. I feel so bad for my sweet Mary. She never asked for any of this. I give so much credit to her for putting up with a horrible lady in waiting/ “best friend” and her child whom she had with Francis.” You’re right. This is going to be very hard for Mary. I do not like this storyline and would love to see it gone. But to say that “sweet Mary never asked for any of this” is a bit of a stretch. No, she did not ask for it, but it was she who created the situation and environment that allowed this to occur. At the time of the conception, she, Lola, and Francis all believed that Mary and Francis were dunzo and would never see one another again.
“Now to add to that Mary has to deal with Francis’ big growing ego just because he is king. He is basically yelling at Mary in the promo “I am your king and I am more powerful than you!” when in reality Mary has is more badass than Francis will ever be.” I do not like the way his statement was worded in the promo, but I do not blame him for the sentiment, for Mary would be saying the same thing in his position. By essentially killing Narcisse’s son, Mary has brought the wrath of a great power onto their heads. I sympathize with her because she was in a situation in which she was forced to make a decision without Francis. However, had the situation been reversed and Francis had done something hugely detrimental to Scotland, do you think for one second that she wouldn’t have been up in his face shouting that she was the queen, that she and her country are one and the same, that she will put Scotland above all else?
Oh. Wait. She has said all those things.
I’m so tired of everyone condemning Francis for the very things for which they applaud Mary. They are both young rulers, and facing the same sorts of internal and external problems. Just because Francis is a male does not automatically make him an asshole every time he tries to exert his powers. Likewise, Mary is not a hero every time she does the same simply because she is female. They are both capable of great and terrible things, regardless of their gender.
I agree with you that the baby plot is wrong, and I do believe the ratings are going to continue to suffer. Blaming it all on Francis, though, is not fair.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but when this sort of thing is in the Frary tag, it’s deliberately provoking a response.