'Reign': Mary's new beau has a 'dark side,' teases actor Manolo Cardona

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reign-hearts-and-minds-tomas-manolo-cardona.jpgOn tonight's "Reign" (Nov. 7), Queen Mary has a decision to make. In "Hearts and Minds," the dashing illegitimate child of the King of Portugal, Tomas, offered protection for Scotland if Mary would marry him instead of Prince Francis. But if Mary wants out of her engagement -- and France -- she'll have to lie and sentence a man to death.

"You get to know his dark side in the next episode," teases Manolo Cardona, who plays Tomas.

Tomas is definitely not the knight in shining armor he seemed when he proposed to Mary last week. "Tomas is a character that is very ambitious and selfish, and he will do whatever it takes to get what he wants -- and he wants to be the next king of Portugal," Cordona tells Zap2it. "To get that he has to try to convince Mary to marry him because he's a bastard and that's the only way his father is going to empower him to be the next king [since his legitimate brother] is just 3 years old."

We know how Mary's story will ultimately pan out, thanks to history and all, but clearly there are some liberties taken as "Reign" runs its course. Francis and Mary might not be together in the end, but Tomas is probably not the guy who will come between them for good. "It's fun to have a dark side," Cardona hints.

What's also fun? The archery, horseback riding, fencing, and other training he had to do as Tomas. "I have horseback riding, I have an archery contest, I have sword fighting in the woods," he says. "It was very, very fun. It was a very tough job because I had to train a lot for all this stuff, but it was very, very fun."

Getting into character was easy thanks to the costumes. "I think the costumes are unbelievable," he says. "It helps a lot driving the characters because once you put on the costume you just feel different, you move different. You start imagining how it was in that period of time and what they used to do."

"Reign" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

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