'Reign' Exclusive Interview: Torrance Coombs on Bash's Rebel Ways and Affection for Mary
'Reign' Exclusive Interview: Torrance Coombs on Bash's Rebel Ways and Affection for Mary
Carla Day
Carla Day
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Reign will take viewers back into history to tell the fictional story of Mary, Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane). The story begins with her arrival back at the French Court after surviving an assassination attempt. 

She's been engaged to Prince Francis (Toby Regbo) since she was a young child, but whether they will marry or not is questionable. On her arrival,  it's immediately apparent that Francis' half-brother, Bash (Torrance Coombs), is smitten by the Queen.

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This summer BuddyTV caught up with Torrence Coombs to get the scoop on his rebellious character, Sebastian. Coombs discussed Bash's status within the royal family, his disdain for the French Court, and his affection for Mary. 

Before Mary shows up, what kind of relationship does Bash have with his father, mother and stepmother. How does he fit into the royal family?

Bash is a bastard, so what that means is even though his mother is his father's favorite mistress and even though he loves his father -- they have a great relationship -- he's not in line to be king and there's a certain resentment that comes with that.

So while he loves his family, he hates his stepmother. There's a sort of desire within him to bring down the system a little bit. At least mess with it. So, there's a strain on the family dynamic, but there's also a lot of love.

Since Bash isn't in line for the throne, does that give him freedom that Francis doesn't have?

Yes. 100%. So, yeah. It's a double-edged sword. On the one hand, he has a lot of freedom to go out and do what he wants. He's not really beholden to anything. He has responsibilities at court, but he can blow them off. While at the same time he doesn't want to be King, but he does. It's not so much -- he would have liked to have been offered the job. Let's just say that.

You want what you can't have until you can actually get it.

He'd have turned it down, but he would have liked to have been asked. He's a good guy, but what he sees in Mary is somebody else that doesn't quite fit into the system. Bash would love to live in a world where people could just loved who they love and be together and be happy.

Did Bash and Mary have as close a relationship as Francis and Mary did when they were younger.

No. Bash was not really spoken of when he was younger. Bash and Francis grew up together, but he was not present at public events and wasn't really paraded around at all. He was kinda swept under the rug a bit more.

Was he then brought into the public eye as he got older?

Yes. And, he became very useful. He does a lot of things for the King. The King trusts him with a lot of very important things even though technically he doesn't have to do them.

When Bash first sees Mary, he's immediately smitten with her. Is it love at first sight?

He's drawn to her spirit. The French Court is a very stuffy place. It's uptight and Bash wants to mess things up and bring that down. And, in Mary, you have this spirited Scottish girl who doesn't really know the rules, who doesn't really care. 

She brings her Ladies in Waiting and they take their shoes off and dance. They do whatever they want.In that, he sees a fiery spirit maybe akin to his own and he's very drawn to it. So, we'll see where that goes, but certainly he's very interested.

Toby mentioned that Francis is driven more by politics than love and that's why he pushes Mary away at first. Does Bash have political aspirations or is he more guided by romantic aspirations?

That's exactly the difference between them. Bash thinks that politics are a load of crap. He would like to bring down the whole monarchy. If it could just not exist that would be best, because all it does is get in the way. Nobody can really get what they want, it's all about duty, alliances, and politics. I think he's more of a free spirit and a lover than a political guy.

Does Bash have a romance going on? Any girlfriends?

Many. Yeah, we'll see what happens. He's not beholden to any one woman. He's a free-spirit and moves around a little. Perhaps uses his status as Son of the King to his advantage. Also, his charm and dashing good looks. By reputation he's supposed to be rogue, so we'll see how roguish he gets. Right now, he's pretty fixated on Mary, but we'll see what distractions are along the way.

The CW is known for having shipper names for the romantic pairings on their shows. What would they be for Reign?

We didn't come up with this, but we noticed that some people are using for Bash and Mary: "Mabastian." I suppose a shorter one could be "Mash." Mash is a real word so that's kinda fun. But, "Mabastian" has a sort of unwieldy, like awkward quality that I enjoy. What else? Frary: for Francis and Mary. Mancis. Preying Mancis.

Reign premieres on Thursday, October 17 at 9 pm ET on the CW.

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