Why Bash leaving Reign will be horrible for the series

Mar 10, 2016 at 8:18 p.m. ET
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On Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter reported Reign star Torrance Coombs will be leaving the series due to scoring a part in ABC's drama pilot Still Star-Crossed, a follow-up to Romeo and Juliet and based on the 2013 Melinda Taub novel. The potential series, which is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, will follow the Capulets and Montagues after the tragic fates of Romeo and Juliet. 

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Coombs is set to play Count Paris, the man who was supposed to marry Juliet before meeting and falling for Romeo. It also seems that Coombs will channel his evil side, because Paris is said to be Still Star-Crossed's main villain.

Per THR, Reign Season 3 will be Coombs' last, meaning Bash fans had better get their tissues ready. That said, the 32-year-old actor took to Twitter to somewhat clear up any confusion for Reign fans. He tweeted, "Thank you for all the kind words. Tough to comment on specifics, but I don't think we've seen the last of Bash on #Reign."

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Obviously, that doesn't really clear up much, but it looks like Season 3 might not be the final time viewers will see Bash. Either way, it will still be sad to see him go, because Bash has been part of the series since Season 1. With that, let's discuss why Bash leaving Reign will be horrible for the series.

1. Fans might stop watching without both Bash and Francis

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Really, how much can fans take? Even though the series warned fans Toby Regbo's character would die in Season 3, that didn't make it less heartbreaking. Bash leaving at the end of Season 3, no matter if his story is left open-ended or if he dies, is not going to make saying goodbye any easier. It's bad enough without Francis, but now fans will have to live without Bash? Some fans might not even tune in, which definitely spells trouble.

2. Mary and Bash's chances of getting together are now doomed

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Remember that time there was a love triangle between Francis, Mary and Bash? That fizzled out more quickly than I expected. Don't get me wrong, I will forever be on Team Frary, but now that Francis is gone, Mary will probably end up with someone else. Why can't that be Bash? Yeah, it might be strange, since Francis was his half-brother. No one will ever live up to Francis, but Bash could easily fill his shoes. However, now that might never happen.

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3. It means Bash never got his time to shine

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Despite Bash spending the majority of his time surrounded by Pagan, mythological and religious elements, he never really got his time to shine. Yes, he's been a big part of the series, but in a minor way. I understand the story lines and characters revolve around Mary, but it would've been nice to see Bash become an even bigger part of the series in a different way than his time spent as the King's deputy.

4. No more Bash smiles

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Who wants to watch Reign without that smile? Plus, you know that smile helped boost ratings.

Reign returns Monday, April 25 at 8/7c on The CW

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