It saddens me that you chose Francis — a weak, patricidal king — over the future we might have shared.
It also saddens me that the writers didn’t take advantage of what would otherwise be a great set-up for Lola to play both Francis and Narcisse in this struggle for power. I had such a vision for how Lola and Narcisse would eventually work as a power couple, and somehow the confrontation scene I played out in my head was 2000% better than what the writers did. I just wanted the ladies to come out on top for once, not wading in the shadows and at someone else’s mercy for once. I genuinely wanted Lola to be the one to get Francis out of the mess, even though he less than deserves it, and ultimately proving that she is still a useful ally to Mary’s cause. And to be honest, I’m very tempted to draft out my own AU fic stemming from The Prince of Blood.