ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When we next see you on the show, you’re the Queen of France.
ADELAIDE KANE: Yes.
What does this mean for you as the character—will we be seeing a new side of Mary? How has your character evolved?
Well she’s been the queen of Scotland for a very long time, but she’s been more of a figurehead. She hasn’t had a particularly active role in ruling her country. So I think Mary will step up to the plate and actually be an active ruler, as opposed to just a figurehead or someone who is purely used as a political tool. So we’ll see her become a little more proactive, a little more politically involved as well as see her struggle to step into her parent’s shoes.
And will you take after Mary de Guise, as played by Amy Brenneman, or will we see you more as a Queen Catherine-type?
Well, I don’t know. They’re both pretty manipulative because their power came from the men they married as opposed to their own blood line. I don’t think Mary needs to manipulate, she’s not that type of person, but certainly with rule and politics does come a certain, I don’t know, you need to have a certain guile about you to rule in that world. And I think she and Francis definitely have a different vision for the monarchy. She wants a more honest, straightforward, decent type of ruler, as opposed to mad King Henry or the forever scheming Catherine. I think there’s want to be more honorable but we’ll see if they can do that. I don’t know if they can. Catholics, and there’s o much ill will floating around, and there were struggles diplomatically, so in trying to be egalitarian rulers they’ve got a lot to come up against with the more traditional values that they have. There’s also a lot of change in this time.
There’s no feast – all famine right, as the season begins?
Well they’re royals, so there’s a couple of feasts.
“The Plague” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, SV) (HDTV)
PLAGUE ROCKS THE KINGDOM — The new King and Queen of France, Francis (Toby Regbo) and Mary (Adelaide Kane) are plummeted into chaos after the Black Plague ravages the land and creeps inside the castle, threatening lives and the stability of their new rule. Francis finds himself on the wrong side of the quarantined gates, with Lola (Anna Popplewell), as they try to make their way back to safety. New and murderous foes are introduced as nobles grasp for power, pressuring Mary — and Catherine (Megan Follows) — even as the death count rises. Meanwhile, Kenna (Caitlin Stasey) and Bash (Torrance Coombs) find themselves separated; Kenna’s life endangered as she risks all to save their young ward. Greer (Celina Sinden) is forced to watch Leith (Jonathan Keltz) move on with a new love and is shocked to realize he’s involved with her fiancé’s daughter. Fred Gerber directed the episode written by Laurie McCarthy (#201).
Premieres: Thursday, October 2 at 9/8c
Where We Left Off:
During a bloody finale that claimed the lives of crazy Henry and The Darkness, Mary told Francis the truth about Lola’s baby — but not before the Plague began spreading, which forced Mary to lower the gates at the castle.
“Not everyone will survive it… but the plague will pass and it will be followed by famine,” executive producer Laurie McCarthy says about Season 2, which she also dubs the “haunted season.” But there’s some good news: Bash and Francis’s bromance will finally improve, especially since McCarthy shoots down any hope for Bash and Francis’s wife Mary to get together.