Obviously it’s hard to hate on the main character of a series you’ve finished and enjoyed. We first see Mary as a “guest” of a convent. She stayed there to avoid assassination by English Tudor partisans who did not want her to one day sit on the throne of England.
But she is called to the royal palace of France to wed the crown prince Francis. And she reunites with her friends from Scotland.
But in the show, Mary and Francis have their squabbles as fiance and fiancee. So much so that she tries to get out of the marriage when King Henry II refuses to help the Scots when English power is too strong in her country.
But she eventually does marry Francis, but it’s not much of a “happy” marriage for awhile.
She finds that being Queen of France was tougher than it looked.
Especially with a “friend” of a mother-in-law like Catherine de Medici. The Queen-Mother was almost always against Mary for the longest time.
And Mary’s marriage crumbles to almost nothing after Francis messes up with the politics of France and Mary is personally attacked by radicals.
So she eventually and secretly falls in love with Louis, Prince of Conde. But she eventually rebonds with Francis and betrays Louis.
I liked her relationship with Francis’ bastard brother Bash. While the two almost became man and wife, they become friends for most of the series.
But Mary soon has to leave France after the death of King Francis, who was murdered by Scottish Protestants.
She stays in France for awhile, having a new romance with Gideon Blackburn.
But the call to return to Scotland forces Mary to leave her de facto home in France and she goes to a country that is “hers” but she really doesn’t belong to it on a personal level as her subjects see her more “French” than Scottish.
Her return to Scotland starts off horrible and goes through many bumps. She eventually loses her crown soon after she has her son James.
She becomes a prisoner of Queen Elizabeth after Scottish lords want nothing left to do with her after the murder of Lord Darnley. The show doesn’t really mention that she conspires to assassinate Elizabeth but she is set to meet the executioner as a result.
And her son refuses to save her after being promised to be the true heir to England.