TV Club: Darnley’s losing bigly on a very political Reign

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Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we’re not writing at length about them, we’re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the comments for readers to share theirs.

  • In the waning days of the season, Reign‘s plot has thickened to a grainy paste as it tries to touch on something bigger than itself while keeping up narrative momentum on three fronts. Occasionally, however, it leans on the politics as hard as it can, since some parallels are almost inevitable. The outcome of this in “Coup De Grace” is some fairly pointed political winking, particularly amid the episode’s history-adjacent set piece, the murder of Rizzio. The Scottish nobles make plans to seize control unjustly, and cover their flat greed with false accusations. When hearing …