'Reign' season 4 spoilers: Queen Mary on a collision course with Elizabeth; Mary's third husband to be introduced

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There’s still no update as to the announcement of the season 4 premiere of The CW’s historical fantasy romance series, “Reign,” but there always is hope that the television network will finally give it the time slot it deserves, regardless of it getting a 2017 release.

A recent report from Deadline claimed that “Once Upon a Time” actor Adam Croasdell will be making his entry to the show next season, but it will only be for three episodes. The report said that the British actor will be playing Bothwell, who in history is actually James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell and 1st Duke of Orkney, and the third and last husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, who in turn is portrayed by Adelaide Kane in the series.

There’s no additional information as to the manner Bothwell will be presented in the historical drama, although Deadline did say that he will be a bad boy with a warm heart.

The news of a new character is music to the ears of the fans of the show, and they certainly needed good news, especially with The CW leaving “Reign” behind in its fall TV schedule. The most likely scenario is that the fourth season will air early next year, although it could still depend on how the other shows from the network will perform.

In the finale of season 3, Queen Mary proceeds with her objective of stealing Elizabeth’s (Rachel Skarsten) throne, thanks to the added motivation in the form of Gideon (Ben Geurens). The death of Lola (Anna Popplewell) at the hands of Elizabeth’s soldiers is a personal insult to the Queen of Scots, so she’s definitely plotting revenge against the English queen.

Although season 4 of “Reign” has not been given an official air date, fans of the show remain hopeful that The CW eventually will air the first episode early next year.