Reign Blood in the Water Season 4 Episode 15 Recap – Scotland’s fate hangs in the balance as The Queen of Scots faces almost certain betrayal from her subjects who vowed to protect her. While in England, her cousin Elizabeth, The Virgin Queen, seeks the perpetrators responsible for murdering her true love and confidant, Gideon Blackwell. Neither Queen chooses to believe the person they keep close to them may help to topple each realm mortally, in Episode 415, “Blood in the Water” on Reign.
Reign Blood in the Water Season 4 Episode 15 Recap
Who Has Defied Mary
The story opens in France and with Charles, its King, celebrating the inauspicious visit of his maudlin sister, Leesa—who happens to rule beside His Majesty Phillip of Spain. Leesa sister Claude and brother Henry are ubiquitously less than enthralled by Spain’s presence—and its glee in lording its Catholic precepts of marriage over them.
Enthralling Leesa, who holds the siblings’ mother Queen Catherine in contempt for depriving her of motherly love. Thusly, giving her Sovereignty a mind to insist that Charles conforms to Catholic tradition as she did with Claude, and later, Henry.
While in Scotland, Queen Mary worries about the mischief King Darnley will get himself into next. Her greater concern is for the safety of their unborn child. Mary is mere days from childbirth but also aware many seek to destroy her and to lord over Scotland with her crown.
In France, Leesa gifts a patch of “heretics” she and her escorts captured for Charles, harmless peasants though they may be, and a present that soon comes back to haunt her.
A welcome celebration is held in Leesa’s honor and Catherine rapt asks what devilment Leesa has planned since her last visit to accuse Charles of being weak and ineffective in ruling the French throne. However, she surprises Catherine with a change of heart. She agrees her brother should marry whomever he wants and she will blithely support it—so she can see the throne of France fall.
While brother Henry asks his brother’s peasant-turned-lover, Nicole, why she hasn’t been to see him. She notes that she has the affection of the King, Henry’s sole interest in her is so he dress up in her jewels, and that the King’s affection is the only one she must keep.
Blood in the Water – ‘King’ Darnley
Lady Greer Norwood sees to Mary and notes she is near full term. Mary admits that “Huge”, is an apt narrative as she’d prefer to remain in her chair until her son has come. She confides in Greer that has requested her brother James rejoin them. Mary fears if something should happen to her or to her child, that an heir who can become Regent will secure the safety of the throne—and she’s asked James to fulfill it. As the possibility of happiness blossoms also for James who has shown true affection towards Greer.
However, Greet hesitates to share that the King has been up to little good and Mary asks what has he done, now? Cavorting through the castle drunk, it seems, as Mary confronts Darnley then notes he doesn’t look well. Concerned for the future of their child and seeing her husband increasingly behave irrationally, Mary sees a mark on Darnley as he redresses. She intimates she’s seen something like it before while at a nunnery and that it may be ‘venereal’.
Mary is able to convince Darnley to seek treatment, but his mother, Lady Lennox visits later and adds kerosene—via doubt—to their marriage that is already afire. She poisons his mind against Mary alleging the Queen wants to control Darnley and their future child. Unless, Darnley becomes conservator for their newly-born son, first.
Love Matters Least
Claude and her husband-in-name solely, Luc, petition Charles to annul their marriage as France’s ‘King’. He reminds them that France needs the alliance of Spain and his choice to marry Nicole, who is a Protestant, has forced him to tread lightly as not further antagonize King Phillip.
Claude says she and Luc were forced to marry to placate Spain and while Charles asks them to wait things out—as Luc say she must remain with Leith Bayard, who’s been the only one she’s loved truly.
Lord Bothwell challenges Mary at Scottish court, alleging that King Darnley cannot be trusted. He reminds her of the King’s ruse to expose them as lovers in an attempt to steal the crown. He confesses his love for Mary but she says she must try and work things out with Darnley. His behavior may have been from illness, and for the future of the country and for their child, Mary confides that she and Bothwell can never share a life together.
The Battle for England
Elizabeth confides in her servant Jane that she has tried hard to find who has betrayed her and the royal crown. The Queen is unaware Jane has partnered with Lord Narcisse to cause the Queen’s demise. She mulls over who could have killed Gideon and believes Archduke Ferdinand has had a hand in it after finding his shipping manifest. Elizabeth is led to believe the Archduke is preoccupied with obtaining greater wealth for his realm. She vows to take the wealth Ferdinand treasures most instead of her.
Jane finds Narcisse in her family’s home and asks what he has done with them. He says Elizabeth must not discover his plan to ruin her nor their plans to complete it. Jane admits to poisoning Gideon and planting the navigational charts suggesting Ferdinand was disloyal to Elizabeth.
However, Narcisse is mildly satisfied. He would prefer someone take the fall for plotting against the English Queen and Jane is the perfect choice. He admits he has her family and that he will continue to keep them safe—and in France until she helps him finish what they started.
A Royal Birth – Blood in the Water
Mary gives birth but almost dies. Lord Bothwell and Lady Greer Norwood at her side, Bothwell literally wills Mary back to life. After Lady Lennox accused the Queen of wanting to control her son without a smattering of love. Their tenuous conversation caused Mary to go into labor—and Daley’s mother glimpses an opportunity to use her son’s royal influence to lure Mary’s Privy Council to their side.
In France, Leese tells Henry that Spain would see him on the throne and never, ever, Charles. Henry convinces Nicole that Spain will ensure he will rule France. He asks that they hide on a Spanish ship until reinforcements take Henry from the throne. Nicole agrees and Henry requests she pack his favorite corset for them while they wait.
Yet in Scotland, Lady Lennox hears her son Darnley confess he hears the voice of his dead true love, Keira, and opts to ignore his increasing illness while she continues to press him into pursuing the throne.
A Greater Betrayal
Leesa and Catherine are met by King Charles. He informs them Henry was seen boarding a Spanish ship and with Nicole as his captive. He accuses Leesa of conspiring to overthrow him and has her taken prisoner.
Leesa pleads with her mother, Catherine, to help. However, the Queen warns that she has upset Charles and there is very little she can do. Though a correspondence from Leesa’s husband’s Phillip she shows her reveals Phillip is more concerned with capturing England. However, if Leesa will grant France favor with the Spanish crown, Catherine says she may still have a means to save her.
As Mary begins to rear her newborn son, she is drawn to a council meeting instead to try and convince Darnley from coming after her crown. In England, Queen Elizabeth welcomes Commander Francis Drake and requests he obtain her fiance Ferdinand’s treasure from his ships.
Francis Drake does, but not without inspiring Spain to siege England after he is caught. Elizabeth is enraged as she believes she now must prepare to go to war, if she cannot find a way to maintain peace.
Darnley vows to extricate Mary from the Scottish throne and leave her without crown or child as he has petitioned to be their son’s steward. While Mary is forced to write to Elizabeth to ask her help in standing against Darnley. She offers her son as a token of peace, asking Elizabeth keep him safe should anything happen to her.
Mary promises to maintain peace between Scotland and France, while her husband, King Darnley has gone rogue, unbeknownst to her—and taken their son.
War or Peace
At French court, Catherine asks Claude if she ever truly loved Leith, while in England, Elizabeth tells her servant, Jane, she knows she has been working with a conspirator. When Jane refuses to answer the Queen has her taken to the English Tower for ‘inquisition’.
Catherine gives a book of spells to a heretic Leesa captured who is rumored to be a witch. She offers to help her if she can ensure that France will lord over Spain. As Lord Bothwell and Mary discover that Darnley is no longer at the Scottish castle and that if he cannot be found, will it be the end of a peaceable Scotland?
Follow Mary’s journey in the next to final story and a dramatic tale of passion and power in the magnetic historical series, Reign.
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Reign Blood in the Water Season 4 Episode 15 Recap characters and cast include:
Queen Mary Stuart – Adelaide Kane (The Purge, Blood Punch, Teen Wolf, Neighbours, Power Rangers R.P.M.)
Queen Catherine – Megan Follows (Anne of Green Gables, Heartland, Hard Drive, Longmire)
Queen Elizabeth – Rachel Skarsten (Fifty Shades of Gray, Lost Girl, Birds of Prey, The Vow)
Greer Norwood – Celina Sinden
Lord Narcisse – Craig Parker (Spartacus: War of the Damned, Sleepy Hollow, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)
Princess Claude – Rose Williams (A Quiet Passion, Infinite, Chicken)
Gideon Blackburn – Ben Geurens (Neighbours, Snowy River: The McGregor Saga, Home and Away, The Jesters)
James Earl of Moray – Dan Jeannotte (Good Witch, Fargo, RED 2)
John Knox – Jonathan Goad (Murdoch Mysteries, Hamlet, Republic of Doyle, Troubled Waters)
Charles – Spencer Macpherson (Degrassi: Next Class, American Gothic, Defiance)
Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley – Will Kemp (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Van Helsing, Miguel and William)
Bothwell – Adam Croasdell (EastEnders, NCIS, Supernatural, Saving Lincoln)
Luc – Steve Lund (Schitt’s Creek, Bitten, Haven)
Sir Francis Drake – Richard Fleeshman (Call the Midwife, Midsomer Murders, All Small Things)
Leesa – Anastasia Phillips (Murdoch Mysteries, Lucky 7, Skins)
Lady Lennox – Nola Auguston (Cinderella Man, Wind at My Back, My Louisiana Sky, Tom Stone)
Jane – Megan Hutching (Crawford, The L. A. Complex, The Smart Woman Survival Guide)
Prince Henry – Nick Slater