The royals were tested in the Season 2 premiere of “Reign” when the black plague swept through the country. And unfortunately things won’t get any easier for Mary (Adelaide Kane), Francis (Toby Regbo), Bash (Torrance Coombs) and the others. Thrones, relationships and friendships will be tested when everyone must deal with the aftermath of the plague in episode 2, “Drawn and Quartered.”

Episode 1 found Mary stepping into power as Francis remained out of the castle with Lola (Anna Popplewell) and his bastard son. Lord Edward threatened to withhold food from the court unless Mary allowed his enemy to be thrown into a holding cell with those infected by the plague. Mary didn’t take kindly to Lord Edward’s threat, and refused to cave to his demands. However, Lord Edward wasn’t willing to take no for an answer. Instead, he decided to handle things his own way by sending poisoned water to the household of his enemy -- killing all those inside. In retaliation, Mary had Lord Edward locked in the dungeons with those infected with the plague -- and left him there to die.

Lord Edward warned her that she was making a mistake, and she’ll find that his words were true in episode 2. Lord Edward’s powerful father (Craig Parker) will discover that Mary was responsible for his son’s death and “demands vengeance.” According to the synopsis, this new powerful lord will test the loyalties of Mary, Francis and Catherine (Megan Follows).

Those won’t be the only loyalties tested -- especially when Francis returns to the castle with Lola and their newborn son. The arrival of Francis’s one-time hook-up (and Mary’s lady-in-waiting) will create tension with Mary, and more than likely provide nasty fuel for Catherine.

Meanwhile, Greer (Celina Sinden) will find herself in a tough spot when her fiancé, Lord Castleroy (Michael Therriault), puts the blame for his daughter’s death on Leith (Jonathan Keltz). Elsewhere, Kenna (Caitlin Stasey) will potentially stir up trouble by urging Bash to “be formally recognized in his new role.”

Episode 2 of “Reign’s” second season will air on the CW on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 9 p.m. EDT. What do you think will happen in “Drawn and Quartered”? Tweet your thoughts to @AmandaTVScoop.