|“||Despite your heartbreak, I must warn you, I show no mercy.||”|
Lady Lola Flemming Narcisse was a main character of Reign. She was the close friend of Mary Stuart and was one of Mary's ladies-in-waiting, along with Greer, Kenna, and Aylee. She is the mother of Francis's illegitimate son, Jean-Philippe, and Lord Narcisse's wife.
When first arriving at the French Court, she was excited to be reunited with Mary. Soon her boyfriend, Colin, arrived to surprise her. Thinking that everything was going perfect, Colin was soon executed for trying to rape Mary, on orders from Queen Catherine and Lola blamed Mary for it. Later on, Lola betrayed Mary when she slept with Francis. Lola feeling ashamed soon learned that she was pregnant with Francis' child. She tried to get an abortion until Mary stopped her but ended up finding out about Lola's night with Francis and that the child was his. That event caused their friendship to fall apart as Mary no longer trusted Lola and would never forgive her. Lola did not want Francis to know of the baby so Mary had to keep it a secret from her husband. Lola later found a husband thanks to Greer who suggested Lord Julien and Lola eventually married him. However a few months after their marriage, she discovered that he had been lying to her and using her only to get her money as he planned to eventually leave her. He changed his mind and decided to stay with her. Soon after, she found out her husband's true identity due to Lord Julien's uncle Bartos appearing at their home. Lola accidentally killed Bartos and in order to cover it up, they set their home on fire and faked her husband's death, never seeing him again. Some time after leaving, Lola went into labor and gave birth to a baby boy.
When she had her plans to leave the French Court permanently, she soon found herself stuck at the French Court after Francis refused to let her take the baby when holding him for the first time. Her friendship with Mary put them at odds but eventually made up and wanted Mary to be her son's godmother. Lola also began to feel an attraction to her new love interest, Lord Narcisse and continually tried to deny it. However, things took a turn when she saw a different side to him and how much he cared for her. After Catherine's exile, she confessed her love for him and after obtaining Francis' blessing, she married him. However, their marriage was soon destroyed when she found out of the treacheries he created in order to gain more power, having new hidden secrets and him cheating on her with Catherine. She then left him and went to England to save her family.
Lola was beheaded in Spiders in a Jar after conspiring to assassinate Elizabeth under what she believed to be Mary's orders. The assassination attempt was revealed to be the work of John Knox at the end of the episode.
Lady Lola was a member of the House of Narcisse by marriage.
She was portrayed by English actress, Anna Popplewell.
Born and raised in Scotland while growing up with her best friend, Mary after personally being handpicked to be her playmate by Marie de Guise. She had two brothers who died of scarlet fever.
Throughout the Series
Lola can be a bit outspoken. She is romantic, but not weak. She wants to be Mary's friend, but she also doesn't want to get hurt which may make her do some bad things in the future. In Sacrifice, Catherine described her as being the strong one of the ladies-in-waiting. Despite having a one night stand with Francis, Lola has remained loyal to Francis and Mary. Her struggle at times can be doing what is right and honorable versus just doing what is noble. She is not naive and understands unjust things happen for noble reasons.
Lola is a beautiful and slender young woman with full lips, light blue eyes, and long, dark curly hair that contrasts to her fair skin. From Higher Ground, one could also see her obvious pregnancy, which lasts until the end of the season.
Though her gowns were not as sensual or fashionable as Mary's or Kenna's, and she does not wear much jewelry or other accessories due to her lack of reliance on them, Lola's sense of personal fashion is still tasteful and elegant, with a preference for luxurious, romantic fabrics like silk and velvet. Hence, she is perfectly able to hold her own among her fashionably-dressed and richly-adorned friends.
"Lola read to me as the romantic, and I immediately thought of the iconic image of Ophelia in the water, surrounded by flowers. She became our romantic type and kind of the heroine. And that kind of turned into having a 1920s vibe to her, and I think a lot of those silhouettes look so beautiful on Anna. So we kept her in a lot of plums 'and burgundies and pinks and lavenders, and keeping her feminine but also strong at the same time, because her character speaks out and is opinionated." Meredith Markworth-Pollack about Lola.
Remy: Julian was intended for Greer, but that was ruined when she got caught kissing Leith. Lola and Julien officially got engaged in Liege Lord. Julien is very protective of her and even shares his past life about how his past wives had died during childbirth and he doesn't want children. Lola trusts Julien by telling him that she is pregnant and he comes accepts to that and stay by her side. It is later revealed that Lord Julien is dead and Remy is pretending to be him. (See Lola and Remy.) Colin McPhail: Colin was Lola's long term partner since before the series to the beginning. They has been separated shortly after Lola left Scotland for France to be one of Mary's ladies-in-waiting. However, not long after Lola's arrival at court, she's surprised by Colin whom had followed her there so they could stay together. They then asked permission from Queen Catherine if he could stay at court. Catherine asked to speak with Colin in private. Little did Lola know the price for Colin to stay at court would be to rape Mary. Colin got caught trying to do so and was killed for it, thus ending their relationship. (See Lola and Colin.) Francis: Lola and Francis had a one night stand when Francis and Mary separated. This resulted in Lola's pregnancy to which she went into labour during the season one finale. She regretted sleeping with her best friend's husband. Also ashamed and not wanting her child to be a bastard, she hid the pregnancy from Francis. Until she went into labor which she then felt it was necessary for him to know. Once Francis learnt of the news he left court, regardless of there being a plague to find his child.
Fredrick: Fredrick is Lola's older brother. Since he's her only sibling still alive, Lola despite being the youngest of the two, is very protective of her wayward brother. Fredrick travels around Europe gambling getting himself in debts and a few troubles. Lola goes around following helping him out of these situations.
Mary Stuart: Lola usually struggles of her friendship with Mary because of what she feels for her as a friend and what she feels for her as a queen and sometimes that friendship and that duty are in conflict with each other. As of now, the relationship between Mary and Lola is damaged due to Mary finding out that Lola betrayed her by sleeping with Francis and is pregnant with his child. Mary feels threaten that Lola will ruin her marriage with her husband. Though Mary helped Lola find a husband so that "he" will be the father. Honestly Mary no longer trusts Lola and can't forgive her. (See Mary and Lola.) Aylee: Lola and Aylee first met in childhood when they were both chosen to be part of Mary's ladies-in-waiting. Their friendships was comforting in nature. After the siege of court during Left Behind, they comforted each other. When Aylee passed away, Lola grieved alongside the rest of their group of friends. Kenna: Lola and Kenna are close friends and both ladies-in-waiting to Mary, though they don't particularly spend a lot of time together. They often hang out with Mary, Aylee, and Greer. Kenna was the first to know of Lola's pregnancy and affair with Francis, also being the first person she confided in for advice. Kenna has also turned to Lola for comfort with the her marital concerns. During the second season, Kenna came across a Sex Journal and began helping Lola finding a match for her. Greer Castleroy: Lola and Greer are close friends whom have known each other since childhood, they are also both ladies-in-waiting for Mary. Most of their time spent together is shared between them and their group if friends consisting of Mary, Kenna, and formerly Aylee before she passed away.
|Snakes in the Garden||Appears|
|Hearts and Minds||Appears|
|A Chill in the Air||Appears|
|For King and Country||Appears|
|Long Live The King||Appears|
|Slaughter of Innocence||Appears|
|Drawn and Quartered||Appears|
|The Lamb & The Slaughter||Appears|
|Blood for Blood||Appears|
|The Prince of the Blood||Appears|
|Terror of the Faithful||Appears|
|Acts of War||Appears|
|Sins of the Past||Appears|
|The End of Mourning||Appears|
|Reversal of Fortune||Appears|
|Three Queens, Two Tigers||Appears|
|In a Clearing||Appears|
|Fight or Flight||Appears|
|The Hound and the Hare||Appears|
|Bruises That Lie||Appears|
|No Way Out||Appears|
|To The Death||Appears|
|Spiders in a Jar||Appears|
|With Friends Like These||Mentioned|
|A Grain of Deception||Mentioned|
|Leaps of Faith||Mentioned|
|Playing with Fire||Mentioned|
|Love & Death||Absent|
|A Better Man||Mentioned|
|Dead of Night||Absent|
|Coup de Grace||Mentioned|
|A Bride. A Box. A Body.||Mentioned|
|Blood in the Water||Absent|
|All It Cost Her||Appears|
- Lola is a feminine given name of Spanish origin, it is a diminutive of Dolores. It means "lady of sorrows".
- Her first love interest was Colin.
- In Sacrifice, Catherine named her 'the strong one' of Mary's ladies.
- As of the end of Season One, has given birth to Francis and her child, Jean-Philippe.
- Historically, Mary's four Ladies-In-Waiting were all named "Mary".
- Mary Fleming
- Mary Seton
- Mary Beaton
- Mary Livingston
- She's the only woman, besides Mary Stuart, to appear in the opening sequence.
- She is the first of Mary's ladies to become a mother before Kenna & Greer.
- She was the only lady in waiting to appear in the opening sequence.
- She was the last to be let go as Mary's lady-in-waiting.
- Lola was disowned by her family after King Francis publicly recognized their child.
- Received her dowery from her marriage with Lord Julien back from Lord Narcisse.
- She was beheaded for committing treason against the Queen of England, Elizabeth I.
Lola Narcisse has a photo gallery.