Reign completes its descent into cancellation hell with tonight’s series finale, but what would a fifth season have held for the CW period drama?
Speaking to TVLine, series creator Laurie McCarth reflects on Season 4’s undeserved characters and storylines that would have been explored in the coveted Season 5:
“There were three characters who I felt were really under-serviced this season. For Claude, we had really wanted to show the interesting dynamic of her giving up this first passion, her first love with Leith, and where she would go moving forward. Greer and James were also characters where every day there were just pages in and pages out. It was excruciating not to service those characters more.
You could just go on and on, particularly with Elizabeth and Catherine. And there could have been a very strong fifth season with Mary, following the trajectory of her third marriage, which was to Bothwell. In Scotland, we would have told a tale that was as much as a western as a political drama; she’d be on the run, there would be sieges, there would be a falling out with her brother — there’s a lot that we would have loved to have gotten our arms around. And with Catherine, there was a daughter we had yet to meet whose wedding left Paris running with blood. There was truly a lot.”
What are your hopes for the Reign series finale? How badly did you want a fifth season? Secretly hoping for an unlikely revival in years to come?