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“I wanted people to get used to it — there was no way around it in the storytelling,” she shared with Entertainment Weekly. “We’ve done shocking deaths and that’s not the tone of this story. I wanted it to be an emotional journey that we all went on and that we could all feel the highs and lows of, and I wanted it to be a love story. I didn’t want it to be something that shocked the fans or really anybody. I needed to process it, too.”
Laurie added about telling Mary and Francis’ love story, “His death allows you to tell a story that really honors their love and believe me, there will be tears. There’ll be a lot of them, and I think there’ll be also a lot of incredibly uplifting moments because it just deepens [Francis and Mary’s] very existence, individually and together as a couple, and so we were really ready to tell that kind of a love story, And it also it really reboots some of the stories for the other characters because it sets people on a different course. He’s not just the lead of our show. He’s not just a love interest. He’s the king of France.”
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