Oooooh, what a question! Especially considering that way back after Episode 12 I did a little post in defense of Francis and Lola after I saw a bunch of Francis stans saying the writers ruined his character by having him sleep with Lola. (see it here: A Bash Stan’s Perspective on the Unfair Treatment of Francis by Frary Shippers Post-Episode 12) Though it should be noted that I was mostly defending the writer’s characterization of Francis (which was EXTREMELY CONSISTENT, as his behavior in ep 12 was simply a repeat of his behavior in eps 1-6) rather than Francis himself.
Anyhow, as for Francis and Lola at the current moment. I can tell you right off the bat that I don’t believe that either of them have any real feelings for each other. That alone separates The Mary/Francis/Lola situation from the Catherine/Henry/Diane situation. I think Lola is justified in not wanting to be irrevocably bound to Francis…would you want to have a royal’s illegitimate child after how he treated his own illegitimate brother?? (see my past post about Francis’ potential bastards here: http://lionheartedbash.tumblr.com/post/79058717180/something-to-consider. Note that at the time we didn’t know what Olivia’s return meant so I hypothesized that she might also be pregnant) I can’t argue whether Lola’s choice to keep the pregnancy secret from him is “good” or “bad” but I can say, if I were in her position, I’d do the exact same thing.
One thing that is driving me absolutely bonkers about the situation is how Francis is being painted as the victim here. Like, Mary firmly believes she is wronging him by keeping the pregnancy secret. Never mind the fact that he kept the tryst itself secret for THREE MONTHS and then just kind of mentioned it in passing in the hallway like NBD. (This is the same guy who was so punishing of both Mary and Bash for kissing each other one time.) I hated that Mary just stood there and had to help him justify it. Even if she couldn’t get mad at the fact it happened, she certainly could get mad about him not being up front about it the moment she decided to marry him. (WHAT I WOULDN’T GIVE TO SEE HER JUST LOSE IT ON HIM FOR ONCE. Can you imagine…you and your fiance call off the wedding and part ways and then get back together and decide to get married after all and then three months later you find out he slept with your best friend the night before your reconciliation. YEEAAAAAHHH.) Francis never gets called out for his behavior. And people who never face any consequences for bad behavior…sometimes they start believing that they are not capable of bad behavior. And when someone thinks that they are not capable of bad behavior…sometimes they start murderin’ ladies and saying ‘God chose me to do it.’ (I’m looking at you, King CrazyPants.)
I don’t really know if there will be a positive outcome for this situation (though part of that could be because of the fact that I think a “positive outcome” would include Mary telling Francis to get stuffed and riding off into the sunset with Bash). I can say that Francis will find out sometime (because of course. DRAMA) and I will be soooo incredibly livid if he takes Mary to task about keeping it a secret without ever facing any consequences for his own secret-keeping. And I think Lola will probably fall for Greer’s unknown betrothed, so she might see a glimmer of hope there. Which gets me wondering…if Lola marries another man whilst pregnant with the future king’s child, does he still get a say in what happens to the child? Or does the husband get the final word despite the child’s actual origins??
One last thought…since Bash knows that Lola is pregnant but he doesn’t know that it is Francis’ child, do you suppose he would ask Francis about Lola’s situation during their bonding time in 16? (Like, they’re on their merry way to fight the Darkness and to ease the awkward silence Bash goes, “hey, so hows Lola doing these days? Feeling any better about her pregnancy?” and Francis goes, “say what about a pregnancy??” and Bash goes, “oh, you didn’t know? I thought Mary would have told her husband about something like one of her ladies being pregnant.” and then, realizing the timeline of everything, Francis faints and falls off his horse.) Could that lead to a fight between Francis and Mary at the end of the episode? Could that be the emotional break I believe Mary will need to send her back to Bash?
I cannot wait for this next episode.
(Short question…ridiculously long answer. lol Sorry for the novel! But that’s kinda how I roll) ;)