A young Mary is seen asking if her mother was still crying, only to find her mother had just committed suicide, her body beside an overflowing bathtub. Mary slips and falls into a scene surrounded by skeletons, while a voice pitying her in her head echoes in her mind.
A fire suddenly crackles from the furnace. Having woken up from a nightmare, Mary walks up to the portrait of her grandmother, revealing she hated her resemblance to her.
Mary is seated in the Albion Parliament, and blamed by the Twenty-Six House of Lords for the failed elimination of the vampires within the Ghetto. It is revealed the gate has been shut, and now nothing can infiltrate the Ghetto. Mary stands her ground and retorts that had not the Lords had financial investments in the technology produced by the Ghetto vampires, the vampires would've been eliminated a long time ago. The Lords respond by saying they were only following after The Queen's policies.
The Duke of Argyle questions Mary's judgement for her refusal to allow her troops to open the floodgates. Mary justifies her decision by explaining that that those troops would've drowned alongside the vampires, and would have also isolated the other forces in the process. The Duke of Argyle uses her reasoning as proof that she is too naïve, uninformed about the true calculations of politics.
Visibly upset, Mary rhetorically questions whether "politics" had killed her subordinates in the civil war. The Duke of Argyle responds that that too was a necessary sacrifice, as Mary and her unarmed soldiers was the reason why they were able to lure the rebels into the capital, under the pretence of a negotiation. However, Mary's troops were stationed in the enemy territory and were all killed, as were the rebels who had surrendered, resulting in her disparaging nickname, "Bloody Mary." The Duke of Argyle offers Mary his sympathy, but Mary conceals her anger by saying she was not worthy of such sympathy.
The topic falls onto the order of succession, wherein it is agreed that Esther was not suited to becoming Queen. Mary informs a curious Jane that Esther had locked herself in the chapel and had been grieving the whole time. The meeting is interrupted as a messenger delivers an urgent message that the Queen has suddenly taken a turn for the worst. Mary mentions to Jane that the Albion parliament is a pandemonium, filled with vultures. Jane encourages Mary to ignore her illegitimacy and take the throne, and then admits that she herself considers herself more suited for the part of a "wicked witch" when Mary proposes Jane might end up as the new Queen. Moved by Jane's words, Mary informs her to leave first, while she will go and pick up Esther. Jane says it would be fitting for the two sisters to go together, and Mary is surprised when she realizes she had been so preoccupied, she had completely overlooked that fact.
As she is contemplating, Mary is interrupted by her former subordinates, Lance Corporal Cunningham ("Sweeney Todd") and Seargent Ironside ("Jack the Ripper"). Furious that the two of them had tried to murder Esther and Pope Alessandro, Mary demands an answer. The two men admit they did try to truly murder Esther, instead of staging a failed assassination by Germanicus as she had ordered them to, because they wanted Mary to be Queen. The two blame the death of the Forty-forth Regiment on the of Twenty-Six House Lords in the past. Mary agrees now was not the time to dwell in the past, but to consider the future of Albion.