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This Season of BBC’s Merlin Will Be Its Last. But Maybe That’s For the Best?

Sad news, Merlin fans: The current season of the hit BBC show, season five, will be its last. There will be a two-part finale around Christmastime that, says the BBC, will bring the show to a “natural and dramatic end.” And then… nothing.

My first reaction to this was to scream unto the heavens (in a restrained, office-appropriate way, of course), “BBC, you big dollop-heads!” But then I started thinking: Maybe this is good. The show’s kind of gone off the rails lately, hasn’t it? Perhaps it’s better just to end it.

This season in particular has seen Merlin spinning its wheels more even than it did in season four, with Morgana being the same old villain she’s been for like three seasons now, yet another “there’s a mole in Camelot and Merlin and Gaius know about it but they can’t convince Arthur because he really trusts whoever it is, oh noes!” storyline (seriously, this is like the third one), and a return-of-Uther episode built on the premise that Arthur isn’t sure he’s cut out to be a good and just king, an insecurity that was thoroughly tackled last season.

Watching the last few episodes I’ve been thinking that they really need to do something, anything, to mix the show up *coughmagicrevealcough*. I didn’t think that they’d just end it, though according to original show creators Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy that was always the plan after five seasons:

This is the series where the storylines truly reach their apex. We always felt the story of the legend was best told across five series, leading to a spectacular finale that draws on the best known elements of this much-loved story and brings to a conclusion the battle for Camelot.

So that’s that. I’m guessing that Merlin’s magic will be revealed to Arthur in the finale (if it isn’t, BBC, we will have words) and that Arthur will die, likely at the hands of Mordred. (“Best known elements of this much-loved story” and all that.) But it’s entirely possible that the BBC will pull some wizardry (ba-doom-tiss) and spare the Once and Future Prat somehow. (Merlin’s insult, not mine.)

One thing’s guaranteed, though: Slow-motion fight scenes!

But there’s a small silver lining: It’s being reported that there’s a possible spinoff in the works, albeit one without Capps and Murphy. OK, so maybe that’s not good news. Unless that spinoff is something along the lines of “The Madcap Adventures of Gwaine and Percival.” Because I would watch the [expletive] out of that.

(via: Bleeding Cool)

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  • Bittersweet Fountain

    I would totally watch “The Madcap Adventures of Gwaine and Percival”, so consider that motion seconded.

  • Anna Sophia May

    I’ve only *seen* season one( though I’ve read all the tv tropes recaps) because I don’t have netflix or cable or anything, but I’ll be sad for it to end. I hope that however it ends, it ends well.

  • Anonymous

    This is sad but I’m excited to see what the actors and producers will do next.

  • R.M. Jones

    “But there’s a small silver lining: It’s being reported that there’s a possible spinoff in the works, albeit one without Capps and Murphy.”

    Wait, but if they screwed up the series so much with horrible uses of plots and re-hashing character struggles, isn’t it GOOD that a reboot would be without them? Or did they have to leave at the beginning and it’s the new guys fault Merlin went downhill?

    I stopped watching after one of the writers said that Merlin’s magic reveal wasn’t necesarry, not the point, and probably would never happen. At which point I decided writers so out of touch with important elements of the story and how to grow said story could not be trusted with my time. Seems like I wasn’t that wrong. :/

  • Anonymous

    I have to agree, I’ve been frustrated. While I’ve stilled enjoyed episodes, it just needs to mature. Merlin needs to become MERLIN for the show to move forward, for there to be anything other than what it has been for the last 2 seasons, but with the writers saying “LOL no, thats the point of this show, secret magic” Its the premise that if you break the sexual tension between two characters in love you wont have a show. But if you keep it going for too long it becomes un believable. At some point something has to move forward. They have had a NUMBER of opportunities for that where Merlin could have become a major player in his own right trusted on missions and such which would be WICKED COOL. But no. Sigh. I’m sups disappointed that they aren’t going to do a reveal and then more seasons with development.

  • Travis Kyle Fischer

    Ten bucks says that the show ends with Merlin stuck in his elderly disguise.

  • Nat

    Given that season one was the only good season of this show, hear hear!

  • Christina Morejon

    Im reading this After the immense CF that was billed as a “natural & dynamic” ending. I call BS. coughBitternesscough** having said that, it like ending the suffering of a loud bird when it breaks its neck. Please put it out of its misery already. I think in the right hands, Merlin could have gone on for many more seasons, but that ending—good lord it sucked bullocks! Although I miss my hottie Katie.