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The Best Episodes of Reign

Every episode of Reign ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Reign!

Mary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court.

Network:The CW

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The best episode of "Reign" is "Left Behind", rated 8.3/10 from 653 user votes. It was directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik and written by N/A. "Left Behind" aired on 12/5/2013 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Slaughter of Innocence".

  • Left Behind
    8.3/10 653 votes

    #1 - Left Behind

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2013-12-05

    Mary and Francis are taken hostage when the castle falls under siege, and Catherine makes a shocking suggestion in an effort to save them. Meanwhile, Diane reveals to Bash that she's plotting to have him declared legitimate.

    Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik

    Writer: N/A

  • Slaughter of Innocence
    8.3/10 459 votes

    #2 - Slaughter of Innocence

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 2014-05-15

    Mary and Francis take drastic action in response to Henry's madness. Meanwhile, a terror in the woods puts everyone in peril; and Mary makes a bold choice when she discovers Lola is in the midst of a life-threatening labor.

    Director: David Frazee

    Writer: Doris Egan, Laurie McCarthy

  • Acts of War
    8.2/10 427 votes

    #3 - Acts of War

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2014-12-04

    Bash and Francis come up with a daring plan whilst Mary has a surprising proposal for Claude.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Burn
    8.2/10 372 votes

    #4 - Burn

    Season 2 Episode 22 - Aired 2015-05-14

    As Francis thinks Mary is turning against France, she risks everything to take Condé down; Catherine meets with Queen Elizabeth; Kenna's secret will seal the fate of her relationship with Bash.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Spiders in a Jar
    8.2/10 292 votes

    #5 - Spiders in a Jar

    Season 3 Episode 18 - Aired 2016-06-20

    Mary makes a bold move to defend her reign in Scotland, which results in a battle royale with her cousin, Elizabeth. Lola is accused of a heinous crime and suffers the drastic consequences. Meanwhile, back in France, Catherine finds that Charles has returned a changed man after paying a price for his mother's relentless quest for power.

    Director: Deborah Chow

    Writer: N/A

  • In A Clearing
    8.1/10 384 votes

    #6 - In A Clearing

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2015-11-13

    Grateful for a future with a revived Francis, Mary considers signing away her claim to the English throne, and staying in France forever. Catherine learns that Nostradamus has returned -- with a new vision involving Francis' fate.

    Director: Deborah Chow

    Writer: N/A

  • Safe Passage
    8.1/10 288 votes

    #7 - Safe Passage

    Season 3 Episode 15 - Aired 2016-05-23

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Intruders
    8.1/10 276 votes

    #8 - Intruders

    Season 3 Episode 17 - Aired 2016-06-13

    When Mary is presumed dead, Elizabeth asks for Lola's help in taking the Scottish crown for herself; James must defend Mary's throne from John Knox; Mary faces Francis's killer.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • For King and Country
    8.0/10 523 votes

    #9 - For King and Country

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2014-01-23

    Mary and Bass return to the castle, where Catherine remains resolved to keep Francis safe from Mary. Meanwhile, Francis learns of the dark prophecy, but it does not dissuade his desire to marry Mary.

    Director: Helen Shaver

    Writer: Edgar Lyall, Alan McCullough

  • Liege Lord
    8.0/10 405 votes

    #10 - Liege Lord

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 2014-04-10

    Mary uncovers her marriage contract's secret clause, which was added by Catherine and her mother, so she and Francis attempt to persuade the people of Scotland to renounce her mother.

    Director: Allan Kroeker

    Writer: Doris Egan

  • The Price
    8.0/10 321 votes

    #11 - The Price

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2015-11-06

    After Mary receives an urgent message from her ailing mother about the dire situation in Scotland, she finds herself looking to Francis for aid. Catherine finds herself up against Narcisse as she fights to become the regent to Charles. Meanwhile, Elizabeth faces continued pressure to wed.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Hearts and Minds
    7.9/10 661 votes

    #12 - Hearts and Minds

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2013-11-07

    Mary has a chance to get out of her engagement, but it requires lying and sentencing a man to death. Meanwhile, Francis and Bash suspect that Tomas may be disguising his real motives.

    Director: Scott Peters

    Writer: P.K. Simonds

  • Fated
    7.9/10 532 votes

    #13 - Fated

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2013-12-12

    Nostradamus shares with Mary his prophecy about a death, which leads Mary to make a big decision concerning Francis. Meanwhile, Clarissa gets brazen as she pursues her goals; and Kenna tells Catherine about Diane's intentions regarding Bash.

    Director: Fred Gerber

    Writer: Laurie McCarthy

  • Inquisition
    7.9/10 503 votes

    #14 - Inquisition

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2014-02-06

    Henry claims Catherine has committed treason and adultery, so she attempts to save herself by shedding light on a dark part of Bash's past, and Bash and Mary then try to even the score. Meanwhile, Nostradamus discloses the truth about the castle's ghost.

    Director: Mike Rohl

    Writer: Doris Egan

  • The Consummation
    7.9/10 489 votes

    #15 - The Consummation

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2014-03-06

    Mary must decide whether to marry Bash or Francis, who returns accompanied by Lola. Meanwhile, Mary's mother visits and pushes her own agenda, and her mere presence in the castle troubles both Henry and Catherine.

    Director: Fred Gerber, Laurie McCarthy

    Writer: Laurie McCarthy

  • Mercy
    7.9/10 373 votes

    #16 - Mercy

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2014-12-11

    Francis comes to a surprising decision. Mary takes part in a treacherous mission with Lord Condé.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Kissed
    7.8/10 708 votes

    #17 - Kissed

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2013-10-31

    A Portuguese prince offers much-needed aid to Scotland if Mary accepts his marriage proposal and break things off with Francis. Elsewhere, Francis' feelings for Mary lead him to put Bash in a risky situation.

    Director: Holly Dale

    Writer: Doris Egan

  • Dirty Laundry
    7.8/10 444 votes

    #18 - Dirty Laundry

    Season 1 Episode 14 - Aired 2014-03-13

    Mary's honeymoon ends and she returns to the castle. Meanwhile, Lola displays some odd behavior, which leads to a secret being exposed; Bash finds a bewildered Olivia and asks Nostradamus to assist her; and Henry seeks help from Catherine.

    Director: Norma Bailey

    Writer: Drew Lindo

  • Monsters
    7.8/10 410 votes

    #19 - Monsters

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 2014-03-27

    Bash saves Francis' life while they're in the woods exploring the latest ominous threat. Meanwhile, Henry becomes obsessed with a servant who won a contest; Greer is seen kissing a kitchen servant; and Henry forces a new couple into a union.

    Director: Jeff Renfroe

    Writer: Drew Lindo, Wendy Riss

  • Higher Ground
    7.8/10 383 votes

    #20 - Higher Ground

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 2014-05-01

    Mary hires a mercenary to help her save Scotland. Meanwhile, Francis prepares France to wage war on England, and Leith becomes his ally in this endeavor; and Lola and Julien's bond deepens, but she fears he will betray her.

    Director: Sudz Sutherland

    Writer: David Babcock, Daniel Sinclair

  • Three Queens
    7.8/10 373 votes

    #21 - Three Queens

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2014-11-06

    Mary and Catherine have to hide their identities when they meet a mob of angry peasants. Lola wants to become independent.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Extreme Measures
    7.8/10 299 votes

    #22 - Extreme Measures

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2015-10-23

    When King Antoine unexpectedly returns to Court, Mary must help Francis hide his weakening condition long enough to secure his family's future. With the Throne in jeopardy and time running out, they must turn to an unlikely ally in need of redemption.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Bruises That Lie
    7.8/10 279 votes

    #23 - Bruises That Lie

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2016-01-22

    Mary's feelings for Gideon are hard to suppress, but she does her best as she seeks political allies. Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Greer face gut-wrenching scenarios; Claude is in danger on her wedding night; and a power struggle over the regency continues.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Coup de Grace
    7.8/10 205 votes

    #24 - Coup de Grace

    Season 4 Episode 13 - Aired 2017-05-19

    Darnley teams up with John Knox to strip Mary of her throne, which will leave a close friend of Mary's dead. Elizabeth must banish Gideon from court at the request of her future husband, while Charles takes a bold stance against his brother Henri.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • A Chill in the Air
    7.7/10 574 votes

    #25 - A Chill in the Air

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2013-11-14

    An ex-lover of Francis' arrives and brings danger with her, so an uneasy Mary turns to Bash for comfort. Meanwhile, Queen Catherine persuades Aylee to snoop on Mary; and Bash lands in hot water with heretics, who accuse him of disrupting a sacred ritual.

    Director: Bruce McDonald

    Writer: Jennie Snyder Urman