ATTENTION! As there is still a bit of a wait until the legend of Merlin continues , we at OBS are doing CLASH OF THE LEGENDS, MERLIN STYLE – where we will compare the Arthurian Legend characters with there BBC counterparts! Join in at the forum, or see the first installment – MERLIN V MERLIN here!
Title: the coming of Arthur part 2
Written by: Julian Jones
Directed by: Jeremy Webb
Special guests: Emilia Fox as Morgause, Santiago Cabrera as Lancelot, Eoin Macken as Gwaine, Adetomiwa Edun as Elyan, Laura Donnelly as Freya, Tom Hopper as Percival
Brought to you by OBS Staff Member Karolina
Picture from BBC Merlin
Previously on Merlin: Leon hurt, then okay again! The cup of life! Shout out to season 1’s Nimueh! Gwaine! Cenred has the cup of life- or rather Morgause does! Immortal army! Gwen pledges allegiance to Morgana (sort of)! Angry Uther! MORGANA’S EVIL! (worst kept secret in Camelot, in my opinion) And now, the season finale!
The episode starts with Sir Leon being thrown at Queen Morgana’s feet. She mockingly asks him how he and the knights are enjoying her first week of reign, only to be met with stony silence. Morgause and Gwen stand with Morgana, by her throne. Leon states that he would rather die than pledge allegiance to her (something that can be arranged, according to Morgause). Leon pledges his loyalty to the King and Prince Arthur, and is dragged out.
Merlin runs through the forest, sword in hand, and being chased by Morgana’s men. He jumps down to the cave where the outcasts of Camelot are hiding out. Gwaine is guarding the door, and Merlin ,out of breathe, is handed a skin of water- only to find it empty. He states that it is too dangerous for them to go get more, and in a hushed voice tells Gaius (the escapees seem to be Elyan, Gwaine, Gaius, Merlin and Arthur) that they need to act, as Morgana’s men are everywhere. Both Merlin and Gaius send worried glances towards Arthur, who is sitting on the cave floor, completely despondent.
Back in Camelot, Morgana’s flags are plastered across the courtyard, and she has the former knights of Camelot lined up in front of her men, who all have cross bows trained on them. She tells the former knights that this is their last chance to pledge allegiance to her. Leon smirks, looks up at where Morgana and Morgause stand, and in a clear voice yells out “Long live the King!”, only to be echoed by his fellow knights. As punishment, she orders her men to shoot into the crowds, at ordinary townspeople, as Leon watches in horror.
Someone else is watching, too. Uther, chained, is in the dungeons, and receives a visit from Morgana.Uther expresses astonishment on how cruel Morgana was to innocent people- but Morgana just cites Uther’s own behaviour. He implores her to kill him instead of innocents, and she tells him that he will get his wish – but only after he suffers as she had; after he hates who he is how she had been made to feel. Uther, distraught, asks if Morgana really hated him that much, to which Morgana answers that Uther can’t even imagine how much he is hated.
Arthur is still completely distraught in the cave. Merlin tries to entice him to eat, jovially telling him it’s rat. Arthur cuts short Merlin’s rambling, begging to be left alone. Merlin moves to grant this wish – then tells him that he needs to do something. That he understands that he feels betrayed by both his father and Morgana, who he has known all his life, and Merlin doesn’t know why – but that Arthur has a duty to his father, and his people. Arthur counters that they can’t defeat an immortal army – and Merlin points out that they don’t know, until they try. Merlin turns away, and Arthur slowly starts eating his rat, contemplating Merlin’s words.
Gwen is making Morgana’s bed – and Morgana starts talking of the trials and tribulations of being Queen. Gwen tries to be encouraging – but Morgana insists that the knights are against her. Gwen suggests that she can speak to Leon, as they grew up together (he mother was a maid in Leon’s family’s service), and maybe convince him to pledge himself to Morgana – as Uther killed her father too. Morgana looks happy about this and grants Gwen access to Leon. Back in the cave, Gaius and Merlin discuss their plan of action (and that Merlin had sent for Lancelot, with no reply), and that they need to figure out how to defeat an immortal army. Gaius tells Merlin the last time that was achieved- the blood in the cup of life needed to be emptied- something that Gaius tries to deter Merlin from doing.
Under the pretense of bringing Leon food and water, Gwen reveals her real desire – to get Leon to Arthur. As they plot Leon’s escape- Morgana and Morgause look on. Morgana laments about being BETRAAAAYED, but, once again, Morgause orchestrates a plan to follow Gwen and Leon to Arthur’s whereabouts.
Back at the cave, Merlin rummages through his bag, and shows Gaius the vial of water given to him by the Fisher King – saying that he was instructed to use it in Camelot’s darkest hour. The question remains, how?
Morgana enters her rooms, where Gwen is. She asks her how it went with Leon – and Gwen admits that it may take some time. Morgana, happily pours them both a drink (spiking Gwen’s with something) and toasts them to loyalty and friendship. Merlin tries to use the water in the vial , while Gwen sets her own plan in motion, sneaking into Morgana’s room to get an imprint of the dungeon key – secretly being watched by a smirking Morgause. Gwen makes a copy of the key in her forge.
Tired, Merlin falls asleep with the vial in his hands – and is startled awake by Gwaine, needing to pee. The vial drops to the ground and smashes, to Merlin’s horror. However, within the puddle of water – Merlin sees the reflection of Freya (this version’s Lady of the Lake, first met in 2.07). She emotionally tells Merlin that she has missed him, but that they do not have much time. That at the bottom of a lake, lies a sword that has the power to kill what is dead – a blade that was forged from a dragon’s breath. The sword that Merlin himself hid there (ep 1.09 -excalibur). She explains to Merlin that in pledging themselves to Morgause, the soldiers had become the living dead – but, to repay Merlin for what he did for her – she could get the sword for him to defeat Morgause’s army – and has the added bonus of Merlin and Freya being able to see each other again. Gwaine returns, and Freya disappears.
Merlin runs through the forest, and to the clearing where he has been meeting the Great Dragon. He appears, and Merlin asks him to take him to the lake. Although the dragon scoffs that he is not a horse – the dragon admits that he has never had an alliance with ‘the witch (Morgana)’ , and that his allegiance lies with Merlin – so he complies. Once at the lake, Kilgarrah makes Merlin promise to place the sword where none can wield it, after the task is done. Merlin agrees, and makes his way to the middle of the lake, where, straight out of the images of the Arthurian legend, the blade of Excalibur raises out of the water, and Freya’s arm extends it up, as Merlin grins.
Gwen ‘falls over’ near the window to the dungeons, and slips Leon the key. He escapes, and Gwen disguises him in one of Morgana’s dresses, stating that Camelot will be searching for him, not two courtiers leaving. The warning bell sounds, and Morgana and Morgause watch Leon and Gwen run into the night. Morgause whispers a spell, and a gold light forms a trail behind Gwen – obviously sparked by whatever Morgana put in her drink. That morning, as Leon is changing his clothes, he tells Gwen that the best place to look for Arthur is a cave in the Darkling woods. Morgause continues to trail them.
Back in the cave, Arthur has decided to take action, he seeks out Merlin (who is hiding Excalibur in his bedroll) and tells him that amongst all his gibberish, Merlin had said something that , if Arthur didn’t know him, would be considered wise. The boys scoff at the very idea- only to then hear some commotion outside. Merlin, Arthur and Gwaine go out to investigate- only to find Gwen and Leon. Gwen and Arthur happily embrace, and Arthur and Leon shake hands. Elyan interrupts the happy reunion by alerting them to the fact that they have been found. Arthur, Gwen, Elyan, Leon and Gwaine begin to run, while Merlin runs back to grab Gaius – despite his insistence that he would only slow them down. Merlin also grabs Excalibur – he is apprehended by one of Morgause’s army. He fights back with Excalibur, and lands a blow – and the guard explodes into dust. The seven heroes run through some rock formations, being chased by Morgause’s men. Suddenly they hear a yell, and a pile of rocks fall. Lancelot appears, with another man.
The seven make their way to their rescuers- and Lancelot introduces Percival (who looks quite in awe of Arthur) to the group, who used his strength to cause the rock fall. Merlin admits that he is the reason Lancelot has joined them. Arthur welcomes them, and Gwen and Lancelot share a sad look. Back in Camelot, Morgause apologises to her sister for failing to dispose of Arthur, stating that while he lives, she would not have the people’s favour. Morgana, in a fit of absolute stupid cruelty, states that she will make them – building gallows and executing the knights of Camelot one by one (I’m really at a loss to understand Morgana, here).
Arthur and his loyal subjects make their way to a castle of the ancient kings – which Arthur states that they should be safe in. Percival tends to Gaius, while the others scout the place. Gwaine finds some weapons, and as the men peruse them – Arthur finds something far more interesting. A stone table. A round stone table. He calls his companions to sit with him – and states the history of the table. It belonged to the Ancient kings- and symbolised equality. Arthur suggests the beginning of a new age as without everyone at that table, they would not be there – and asks who would stand with him to bring it about and save his father. One by one Lancelot, Elyan, Leon, Gwaine, Percival, Gaius and Gwen all stand, citing different reasons to show loyalty to Arthur. Merlin stays seated. When Arthur asks him to stand, Merlin states that he doesn’t much fancy to, only to be told be Arthur that he doesn’t have a choice, and Merlin demurely capitulates and stands. Arthur and Merlin smile at each other, and Merlin gives Arthur a nod – signaling that even voluntarily, he would stand with his prince. To reward the men who have pledged allegiance to him – Arthur knights Lancelot, Gwaine, Percival and Elyan.
That night, Lancelot and Merlin have a hushed conversation about Lancelot finally being a knight – and how Lancelot believes that Merlin should be knighted – being braver than them all, and Arthur not even knowing about it. Merlin tells Lancelot his plan on retrieving the cup of life – and Lancelot agrees to help. Unbeknownst to them, Gaius has been listening.
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WEEEEEEEEEEE! This was awesome! I was so happy with this episode – it was a great closing episode- and the last few minutes were amazingly EPIC.
I loved Leon, Arthur, the knights, Merlin, Freya as the Lady of the Lake, Gaius … I even liked the Morgana/Morgause story line. Excalibur, the round table , Arthur’s possible move to King …. all so awesome.
What did you think of this ep? did it meet your expectations? What were your favourite episodes of S3? What would you like to see happen in s4?
Two months after orginally posting this, I needed to come back and share this; just because this is AMAZINGLY EPIC, and really suits this whole episode, I’m posting two SPOILER-Y PICS below -I’m assuming if you’re reading this you have either seen the ep, or want to know what happens.
Behold, an epic outtake moment, and possibly one of my favourite “shots” of the season!
i loveeee you merlin!!!
I can’t find that outtake of Arthur telling Merlin to sit anywhere. Where can I find it?
I love this series, it is better than anything we have in the States. =)
I love it, too! It’s so much fun and has great actors. Watch this space for season 4! Thanks!
is merlin season oing to continue?
Yep, absolutely! They are filming now- 13 episodes of season 4. I thing it airs in September in the UK
Holy Cow! As you guys said this is a great series! I watched all 3 seasons in just a couple of days. It is really hard not to stop watching, it is really sad that I have finished with the seasons that are available. Really cant wait to try to watch the next.. How lucky was I just to stumble across this series over Netflix!!!
Three seasons in a couple of days? Wow, that’s dedication! It is an awesome and fun series though. It mist have been interesting to watch it all in one go!
WHY YOU DON’T CONTINUED WITH SEASON 4? PLEEEASSEEEE!!!!
Lol- We have every intention to, once s4 starts up ! Thanks for commenting
I want to know what will happen next as I will probably be dead by the time of the next series, please give me some clues!
I’m sorry. I have no idea what’s going to happen next. I think season four will be focused on the knights- and the ending suggests a continuation of the Arthurian legend in the form of the sword in the stone challenge, but yours is any ones guess!
is there going to be another episode
This was the final episode of season 3 – season 4 has been confirmed, and in fact will be the full 13 episodes, not 10, as previously stated.
WooHoo! My whole family loves this series! When does season 4 start?
Does anyone here know the word Uther said about “valuable” or “helpful” when he wanted Arthur marry the excahnger princess in season 3?
I believe Uther said that Elena was “Strategic and beautiful” 🙂
can’t wait for season4 got my wfe watching it and she’s not a big fan of fantasy but loves merlin. Wonder when or if merlin will tell his secret to arthur in season 4 or still keep it a mystery. only time can tell. Also hopefully we don’t have to wait till 2012 because of being such a great series willl kind of make you forget about everything that happens. All i have to say series 1-3 where awsom and could watch them again, again.
The creators of the show are pretty much saying that Merlin having magic doesn’t necessarily need to be revealed to Arthur- or at least, that’s what they were saying at the beginning of s3. I, on the other hand, would LOVE a magic reveal. Apparently filming of s4 starts in the next few months, so fingers crossed it won’t be necessary to wait until 2012! Thanks for your comment, and I hope you and your wife continue to enjoy Merlin!
i really love merlin because it is exciting and educated.the most boring thing i have not watched the most recent episode yet
thank you for commenting! I hope you enjoy the ep when you do get to see it. 🙂
We have to wait till 2012 for season 4, if the rumours are true… I can’t wait to see what happens, everything tied together so well at the end and I am definatly satisfied with the whole plot.
Thanks, Ellie! I have to say – I’m hoping the 2012 rumours are completely false. I’ve heard a few start dates for s4 – I guess it’s just good that we know it’s green lit! S3’s finale was definitely satisfying in a lot of ways.
I do get to follow the series on the Space channel in Canada but we are a full season behind in airing. I have been able to view online on the BBC site and am loving the show!!
I actually have 2 different book series on Arthur and Merlin; I can’t wait to see what happens in Season 4.
It’s so cool that bbc do have it available on their website! Which book series do you have?
Love Love Love this show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t get it on cable here in the US but i keep up with it on line! Its amazing!
There really is something really great about it, isn’t there? Once you start watchin, you can’t stop 🙂 Thanks for commenting!
Loved it…Brilliant…Can’t wait until next Year. Would have like to see Lancelot explaning to Gwen why he disappeared.But the finale brought friendship,honour and laughs(gwen and Sir Leon in a dress)made me smile and even Gwaine(Sir Gwaine to you). But all in all i loved Arthur and Merlin relationship. Great acting…BRILLIANT.
Thanks for your comment! I’ll be honest – I first gave this show a chance because of my love for the Arthurian Legend ( in almost any context – and there has been A LOT of versions of this legend) , but was pulled in by the portrayal of the characters- and their connection to each other; particularly Merlin and Arthur and the way they are played by Colin Morgan and Bradley James. It’s really awesome to see how their friendship and relationship has changed since the first “Prat in the courtyard’ incident. And Yes, ‘Sir Gwaine’ was as brilliant as always -I just wish there was more of him in this episode!
LOVE this show! Please have another season! When does the DVD box set come out!?
🙂 Merlin s3 volume 1 is already out in the UK – vol 2 and the complete box set are scheduled for Jan 24th, 2011, I believe! As to another season- season 4 has been given the green light. 10 episodes instead of 13, though!
The last two were great indeed. As expected, good season finale. Any idea when will S04 start next year? thanks
Thanks for your comment! I’m not sure when s4 is to start – the last three started mid September – I don’t know if the shorter season will change that or not! Hopefully though, around that time.
i thought they said oct 25th; 2011, it’s rather too far. i just cant wait.
Oh no, really? I hadn’t heard that! Thanks for the head’s up – and it really is too long. September feels too long away, too!
That is a very long time to have to wait. What are they thinking, No hints or PR to S4 that doesn’t seem right. What about it, It was enjoy by all ages in several nations. Why have they not try to feed there loyal fans something! At least a start date. I feel left in the cold.
Tidbits are slowly being doled out now, ahead of a (hopefully) September air date (or October but that would suck).