“Darling, are you spreading a devastating fire for your benefit?”

Episode Title: Highland Games
Original Air Date: March 17, 2017
Episode Number: 4×05

Episode Description

In order to get Mary to agree to a marriage, Lord Darnley must demonstrate his loyalty when she voices her concerns about his true intentions. Catherine and Narcisse work to repair King Charles’ reputation after rumors spread about his strange behavior and threaten the throne.

My Review

Another strong episode. I really like that we seem to be moving at a much faster pace, story-wise, compared to other seasons due to this being the last season. I’m not complaining at all. The storylines have been very tight and not a moment is wasted.

Claude being stuck in her marriage to Luc and losing Leith in the process was bittersweet. I wonder if this will be the end of Claude and Leith? No way they have him come back only to break them up. I do hope things work out for them, though. Poor Luc. He’s going to get stuck in a loveless marriage thanks to Narcisse’s manipulations. I’m pleasantly surprised at Luc being drastically different from his father and for being a decent man. At least Claude will be married to a guy who is genuinely good.

Castleroy telling Greer that he’s in love with someone else is the best out for Greer that the writers have come up with. I’m very pleased with this development because now my lowkey shipping of James and Greer could potentially be a reality. Although James and Emily just consummated their relationship and if we’re to believe James, he might be genuinely falling for Emily too. Hmm, maybe Leith should travel to Scotland and rekindle his relationship with Greer.

Darnley being stubborn and winning over the Scottish people and Mary was pretty smart. I liked his conversation with his mother because it revealed that he wants to be his own man and doesn’t just want to be seen as a pawn. Here’s hoping he doesn’t end up screwing Mary over with his schemes.

So that’s what’s going on with Charles, he’s reliving his survival from the Red Knights every night because he couldn’t bear the burden of having soldiers fight for him and protecting him and dying for him. Poor Catherine. How is she going to solve this dilemma now? Charles is clearly unfit to rule.

I liked the scene of James giving Darnley tips while Mary was watching and I don’t know why because it was a simple scene and nothing really happened. I did laugh when Darnley punched James in the face and he fell, lol.

Loved this exchange between Mary and Darnley:

“I do have a first name, you know. Henry.”
“Darnley.”
“Darnley it is then.”

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