The CW’s newest series featured an eyebrow-raising scene in the pilot episode … but viewers won’t have the chance to see it anymore.
The scene in question featured Mary, Queen of Scots, and her ladies-in-waiting secretly spying on a bedding ceremony — the medieval practice that takes place after a wedding where the new bride and groom have sex before a group of elders to ensure the marriage is consummated. After the ladies scatter about the castle, one, Kenna (Caitlin Stasey), runs off to (what she thinks is) an empty staircase and begins to masturbate. She is interrupted by the King of France (Alan van Sprang), who “takes over” for her.
The version of the pilot airing Thursday night still features these events, but shows much less and leaves the question of what happens up to the viewers with quick cuts suggesting the act. While the risque scene has been cut down, the new version does add in a graphic beheading scene.
“Reign” premieres Thursday, Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.