I don’t get all the hate for Bash, whose crime in the eyes of so many Frary shippers seems to be that he’s 1) fictional, and 2) interfering with the historical canon of Mary x Francis. I’ve been interpreting Bash’s character as the writers condensing Mary’s story to include her later stage of life. I don’t know how long the story arc of Reign is going to be and when they’re planning to end the series, but it would be a SHAME to neglect Bothwell simply because he wasn’t in the France era of her life.
So that is where Bash comes in - he’s reckless yet cagey, has a dark side, and inspires Mary to act on her impulses. And her life certainly wasn’t dull when he was in the picture. So the writers have removed the alleged rape and very dark, rough edges of his character and presented us with a suitable for teen primetime substitute in the person of Bash and put him and Francis at odds instead of a Bothwell/Mary/Darnley triangle (which ends in syphilis, explosions, murder and insanity - stuff more suited to Showtime than The CW).
ETA: Figures I’d get an anon hate-o-gram from a Frarian for this, even though I’m just discussing history vs. dramatic license & a shrinking of the historical time frame. FFS. I started out hating the show for its historical inaccuracy (Francis not being sickly and apparently possessing descended testicles, unlike RL Francis), bad acting, and excruciatingly anachronistic costumes, but it’s grown on me and I’m now an avid fan. No amount of incoherent anon Frarian abuse can change my attitude or theory about the relationship dynamics of the show.