But when what appear to be two unscrupulous Knights try to kill the Prince, can Merlin and the inscrutable stranger save the day? And, for a show such as this, the greatest literary betrayal, this tweaking fits surprisingly well. Rupert Young will also return. When Merlin meets Arthur, he believes that he is arrogant and Arthur, likewise, views Merlin as subservient. With Arthur preoccupied by the beautiful Princess Mithian, it ends up falling to an absent friend to raise the alarm. Against all odds, Merlin must put right Arthur's mistake before Camelot, and everything they have built, is destroyed forever.
After Lancelot and Arthur fight, Agravaine advises Arthur to kill them both. Following the Dochraid's instructions, Morgana walks into a lake that acts as a gateway between worlds and brings back someone from Gwen's past. The dragon tells Merlin that he plays an important role: to protect Uther's son, Arthur, who will bring forth a great kingdom. Advertisement Elsewhere, Agravaine is summoned to Arthur's room to hear the latest news from the King of Camelot. To prove that Arthur is the rightful heir to the throne, Merlin makes Arthur draw an ancient sword out of a stone.
In all honesty, Merlin takes a back seat this week as Lancelot's presence is felt on a greater scale and Arthur's hot-headed nature and growing affection for Gwen take centre stage. Enigmatic and powerful, he alone knows Merlin's true destiny. It'll be interesting to see what the writers do with Uther in this season as it's difficult to imagine him handing over power that easily or completely, especially considering he was torn apart spiritually by a magic user. It's not helped by the return of the duplicitous Agravaine who was under suspicion only a couple of weeks ago, played it down last week, and now seems to be back to his evil ways without a care in the world. Morgana ends up discovering a powerful ally in the Southron warlord Helios and they come up with the perfect plan to bring Camelot to its knees. Or has Arthur's luck finally run out? With the lives of thousands hanging in the balance, Arthur must find the strength to be his own man and become the leader Camelot so desperately needs.
This week it's an elderly, and quite hideous looking woman called Dochraid, who remembers the old religion and helps Morgana recover a lost soul. Merlin tries to boost his friend's confidence by leading him to the legendary Excalibur sword and encouraging him to remove it from the stone it's stuck in. Merlin is understandably drawn in by Borden's news, and promises to help him. This series is being touted as darker than past years, with the cast saying that the audience for Merlin has grown up with the series. But as the sky darkens, so do Merlin's suspicions - is there more to Daegal than meets the eye? The Season 4 finale finds Camelot apparently lost and Arthur unsure that he should be king. So, what does the faithful uncle do with such information? Archived from on 8 November 2008.
Using ancient magic, she summons a creature called a Fomorroh, and uses it to enslave Merlin's will to make him kill Arthur. Merlin's reservations are vindicated when he discovers Elena may not be exactly who she claims to be. After all one can be betrayed by anyone, Arthur has been forced to learn. It seems like this time, not even Merlin can stop Arthur from walking right into the lion's den… For in this bleak and transient wilderness, only one thing is certain: the great trial for Albion has finally begun. Finding his courage, Arthur strikes Camelot and overthrows Morgana. Well, she'll talk to him; he's a blank slate who only knows his name and is indebted to Morgana, more than willing to carry out her plan, even though he can't remember who Gwen is and what she meant to him. The fate of the kingdom now rests on Arthur's shoulders.
After Arthur realizes Elyan is possessed when he tries to kill him again, Gaius tells him the spirit won't rest in peace until the crime is atoned for. While the show is not really firing on all cylinders overall, this makes a refreshing change to the usual cookie cutter bad guy of the week formula, and while the story is a little contrived and basic, it is essential to move things along, setting up aspects for future stories if the show is commissioned for further series. Thankfully, the showrunners haven't forgotten the roots of the series and there's still the camaraderie between Arthur and Merlin, the silly moments of humour and the touching moments of friendship that have become a trademark of the series, and allow both actors to shine in their respective roles. For a show that week on week fails to live up to expectations. Gwen finds herself with an impossible dilemma when she is forced to choose between Arthur and her estranged brother, Elyan.
With Princess Mithian as the perfect bait, Morgana conjures a deception so powerful that the whole of Camelot is taken in - even Merlin himself. For amongst the assembling guests lurks a deadly assassin, set to strike. Arthur takes his crown back and marries Gwen, who finally becomes Queen of Camelot. And with the citadel distracted by the visit of the fearsome Sarrum of Amata, it seems that no one will notice his absence. Lancelot, now himself again, thanks him.
Wounded and banished, Morgana almost dies, but at the very end, the little dragon Aithusa heals Morgana before flying away. Agravaine informs Morgana, who brings back Lancelot's soul under her command. But changing the pages of destiny is a dangerous game, and his actions have fatal consequences. Convinced by Gaius' words, Alator turns against Morgana, and saves Merlin from her. Merlin discovers Lancelot's a Shadow, invoked by , working with Agravaine and Morgana, but can't stop him.