10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Reign’
After the massive success of The Tudors, networks became widely aware there was definitely a market for historical drama series, if done the right way. The CW wasted no time in getting in on the genre with Reign, a historical fantasy romance based on the early years of Mary Queen of Scots living in France. It became quite clear that show was held more in the basis of a teen drama that the CW is known for rather than for being historically accurate, but the approach has worked. It’s been a few months since the show was canceled, so check out these 10 things you didn’t know about the series:
10. Age Gap
Actor Torrance Coombs starred as Sebastian or “Bash” for the entirety of the series and Anna Walton appeared as his mother Diane de Poitiers. In real life, however, Coombs was 32 years old and his on-screen mother, Walton, was 35.
9. New Genre
Historical fantasy is not a term you come across often when it comes to TV genres, but that is exactly what Reign was being labeled as. Actress Anna Popplewell, who portrayed Lola, explained, “It’s kind of like historical fan fiction. It’s history/fantasy, so you’re taking characters that you know, that did exist, that people may know a lot about, and you’re putting them in situations that are sometimes based on historical events, and sometimes not, sometimes they’re in new relationships with characters that never existed, sometimes they stick to exploring little details of relationships that did exist. I think it’s kind of original in that way.”