Reign Season 5: Can We Expect Its Renewal?

It’s almost five years since The CW’s historical romantic drama ended for good with its four-season run but fans are hoping for the series to make a comeback. However, the prospect of the show returning remains quite doubtful. 

Much to the dismay of the fans, Reign was cancelled by the network and although it’s upsetting when a favourite show concludes. Nonetheless, it’s understandable that one must bid farewell when the scriptwriters get the opportunity to finish things and pen down a precise end for the show’s characters.

The fourth season of Reign was jotted down with the series conclusion in mind, and as per co-creator and show maker Laurie McCarthy, the series outing is “really satisfying.” McCarthy said to Yahoo TV, “We were aware that it might be our final season,” and the very fact that the actual Mary didn’t meet her end until the middle age. She resumed by saying, “luckily for us, and unluckily for the real Mary, Queen of Scots, the moves that she makes at this juncture this season really do position her for where she ends up, which is a kind of fearless demise.”

Overview and details of the show “Reign”

Reign is an American historical drama TV series developed by Laurie McCarthy along with Stephanie SenGupta that broadcasted for CW. The story was established in the late 16th century and follows Mary, the Queen of Scots, as she slowly expands her supremacy in the French court. The series features Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs, Toby Regbo, Jenessa Grant, Celina Sinden, Caitlin Stasey, Anna Popplewell, Alan van Sprang, Jonathan Keltz, Sean Teale, Craig Parker, Rose Williams, Rachel Skarsten, Charlie Carrick, Ben Geurens, Spencer Macpherson, Dan Jeannotte, Jonathan Goad, and Will Kemp. Reign was launched on October 17, 2013, and ended after producing a total of four seasons on June 16, 2017. It was executively produced by Brad Silberling, John Weber, Frank Siracusa alongside McCarthy and SenGupta.

The series has four seasons in total with an overall 78 list of episodes with a run time of 42 minutes each episode. The first season premiered on October 17, 2013, consisting of 23 22 episodes. The second season was launched on October 2, 2014, comprising 22 episodes. The third was aired on October 9, 2015, with a total of 18 episodes and lastly, the fourth and final season was released on February 10, 2017 with 16 episodes.

Reign Season 4 Ratings

Reign’s fourth season’s ratings were somewhat a disappointment and didn’t do well as compared to the previous seasons. It scored a 0.20 out of 18 to 49 demographic and 698,000 spectators. If we compare the fourth season to the third season, it decreased by 32 percent in the demographic and decreased by 28 percent in total viewers. 

Ever since Reign made its debut, it obtained mixed responses from TV critics, who applauded the performance and garment design, but was condemned harshly for showcasing inaccurate historical information.

Will Reign return with the 5th season? 

It’s a no. The Queen is no longer alive and the whole series centred on the Queen so it’s meaningless for the show to return with the fifth season unless the makers introduce a new Queen but that would be meaningless since the show ended with no loose threads and left no opening for a new chapter. 

As per Variety, the ratings may have also greatly affected the show’s cancellation by the CW, which was formally declared while the show was halfway through filming on the fourth season. “We only found out about 10 days before we were due to wrap,” star Adelaide Kane explained to TVLine. “It really came down to the wire, but … it still gave us an opportunity to properly say goodbye.”

The fourth season entirely focused on the life and events of Mary, Queen of Scots, including her wedding to Francis, King of France and her political clash with Elizabeth I. Nevertheless, Reign showed no fear to take some freedom to improve and combine historical information with exacting and thrilling drama. 

That’s an impulse that several other period dramas share. On the other hand, there are many shows similar to Reign which you can watch on other streaming services and networks. 

So there you go, there won’t be the fifth season of Reign although we saw it coming already the fact it’s been nearly five years since the last episode aired. 


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