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Celebrating 5 Seasons of MERLIN: The End Is Nigh

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Showcases, * TV Addict, Merlin on May 31, 2013 at 12:05 pm
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As we say goodbye to MERLIN, it is time to take a quick look back at the series which swept us off our feet and into a magical world of kings and queens, wizards and dragons.  In fantasy lore there is no more famous name than Merlin; for everyone has heard of the young warlock and his nemesis Morgana – not to mention King Arthur, who was destined to pull a sword out of stone to unite the kingdom of Camelot.   When MERLIN debuted 5 years ago, fans across the globe were struck by the refreshing tale of how a young Merlin (Colin Morgan) came to meet his future king, then known as only Prince Arthur (Bradley James), and the infamous women that would shape their lives: Morgana (Katie McGrath) and Guinevere (Angel Coulby).

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“Merlin”

When it all just began, Merlin was but a lowly servant, mentored by the King’s private physician Gaius (Richard Wilson) and assigned to serve Prince Arthur.  Guinevere, best known as Gwen, was also similarly situated as she served the young princess Morgana, the ward of King Uther (Anthony Head).  Magic was forbidden in Camelot and those who found using it were killed on sight. Thus, began Merlin and Arthur’s long journey towards friendship and their appointment with destiny.

In the early years, it was all fun and games for the most part.  Arthur had to learn to be a king and Merlin had to learn to be a wizard.  There were trials and errors on both sides as each struggled to master their abilities, magical and otherwise, and they had to learn to respect and appreciate each other.  While their trust was not lightly given, over the course of the next 5 years, each managed to earn the other’s trust and admiration.  Merlin was no longer the clumsy, timid boy yearning for acceptance; and Arthur was no longer the arrogant, self-centered bully cowering before his father.  On the flip-side, Morgana went from being a fearful, proper young lady to being a determined, wicked sorceress; and Gwen went from being a quiet wallflower to being an outspoken, radiant queen.  For better or worse, each blossomed into their destined roles.

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“Merlin”

The journey was both painful and inspiring.  We watched them rise out of their childish naiveté and become leaders that would galvanize change.  They embraced their passions and pursued justice – even the misguided Morgana tried to pursue what she thought was right.  It has been a magnificent adventure which introduced Kilgharrah (the Great Dragon), the Knights of the Roundtable, a multitude of allies and enemies, and occasionally, to someone who would mark our hearts forever:  RIP Freya (Laura Donnelly), Lancelot (Santiago Cabrera), and Elyan (Adetomiwa Edun).

This final season of MERLIN has been a labor of love, especially after last season’s spectacular finish with the marriage of King Arthur and Guinevere, and Arthur pulling the sword from the stone.  The fifth and final season has shown the depths to which Morgana would sink in order to kill Arthur, destroy Camelot, and unmask her sworn enemy: Emrys.  She even wrought a powerful spell to turn Gwen against her husband and king, which weighed heavy on many a heart watching Morgana’s evil plot unfold.  Then it was even more heart-wrenching as Mordred (Alexander Vlahos) finally revealed his true colors and turned his back on his king and unmasked Merlin as the warlock Emrys.  With one episode left, the end to this wondrous journey is in sight.  But will it end in tears, or with laughter and rejoicing?

"Merlin"

“Merlin”

Knowing the classic tales, we fear that the end will bring tears.  Our heroes have endured much and we have witnessed many of their greatest moments of triumph and love.  For even wizards, warlocks and sorceress are mortal – and kings and queens cannot reign for ever.  Life is fleeting and we celebrate the moments we get to share together.

Whether MERLIN ends tears or laughter, we feel privileged to have shared its five year journey.  We loved getting to know Merlin, Arthur, Gwen, Morgana and all those jaw-droppingly handsome knights.  We even held a soft spot for the curmudgeonly King Uther and his faithful friend Gaius.  Then we were in absolute awe of the Great Dragon who looked so regal and imposing even in his final days.  There has been much to marvel at over the years and we loved every second of it.

Thanks for inviting us along to peer into the magical world of Camelot and those who resided there.  Of all that we shall miss, we shall miss finding out what the next chapter would have revealed.  Surely there are more grand adventures to be had, if only we could have seen them.  Thanks for the memories and know that you’ll be in our hearts forever.

Be sure to savor every second of the final hurrah as MERLIN ends its last season on Friday, May 31st at 10:00 p.m. on Syfy.

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What to expect on the MERLIN Series Finale – “The Diamond of the Day, Part 2″

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Press Announcements, Merlin on May 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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“Merlin”

Once and Future Finally Meet

in Series Finale of MERLIN

 

‘The Diamond of the Day, Part 2’ debuts Friday, May 31, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy,

capping five seasons of popular adventure series

 

‘Merlin is hope,’ says actor Colin Morgan

Magic is forever … but MERLIN comes to an enthralling end after five triumphant seasons when its final episode, “The Diamond of the Day, Part 2,” premieres this Friday, May 31, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.

As “The Diamond of the Day” begins, a great battle rages on Camlann’s mighty plain. Merlin must face his moment of destiny: Can he find the strength to save the man he made a King, the Camelot they fought to build, and the brotherhood they shared?

Just as fantasy formed the basis of all 65 episodes, Colin Morgan has been the series’ constant heart as its titular warlock. (Despite many erroneous reports, Merlin is actually not a wizard.)

From his initial days as a naïve apprentice striving to understand and master his powers to the full-fledge greatest warlock to ever live, Merlin has grown before viewers’ eyes – as has Morgan in bringing the character to life.

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“Merlin”

“It’s been a great adventure, and I’ve learned so much,” Morgan says. “When we started, everything was new. It was my first real role, so everything seemed like a new experience: new lessons, new friends, new adventures. It wasn’t just Merlin coming into his own; I was growing up in front of the camera, too.”

There are a lot of parallels for the character and the show. As Merlin matured, so did the storylines. The darker, more adult stories went hand-in-hand with Merlin’s life lessons. No matter the peril, Merlin was the optimistic compass for the series.

“Merlin is hope,” says Morgan. “He’s the optimist in the story, the believer that there is a positive destiny for Arthur and Camelot. He knows it in his heart, and nothing will change that belief. He knows they can overcome the impossible, and Merlin faces a lot of impossible situations. That stays true to the very end.”

And the end is what viewers around the globe have been discussing. The final scene of the series was met with great intrigue in its initial airing in the U.K., staying faithful to the MERLIN tradition of unconventional telling in regard to the “once and future king” legend.

“There were surprises along the way” admits Morgan. “Our producers took a well-known, loved legend and told the story as they wanted to tell it, right down to the final shot of the final episode. They surprised me with that script – in a good way. It’s exactly the way it should be. I think the fans will treasure the ending.”

As producers/creators Johnny Capps and Julian Jones have stated, five was always the magic number of seasons for MERLIN.

“I really believe the show progressed quite naturally through its five years and really grew to a point where the fifth season was our best,” Morgan says. “It’s a very strong ending: powerful, emotional, fulfilling. I think fans will be very satisfied.”

Bid farewell to five wonderful seasons of MERLIN this Friday, May 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT when “The Diamond of the Day, Part 2” debuts only on Syfy.

All five seasons of MERLIN are now available on DVD, Blu-ray and on iTunes, and seasons 1 through 4 are available on Netflix. Be sure to follow the latest news on MERLIN at the Official Merlin page on Facebook.

(Information provided courtesy of Fremantle Media.)

What’s new and what to expect on MERLIN – ‘The Diamond of the Day, Part 1′

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Press Announcements, Merlin on May 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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“Merlin”

The End Begins on Friday as Five Seasons of
Magic and Adventure Draw to a Close for MERLIN

 

In First of Two-Part Series Finale, Morgana Strips Merlin
of His Magic, Leaving Arthur and Camelot Indefensible

 

All-new MERLIN episode ‘The Diamond of the Day, Part 1’

debuts Friday, May 24, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy

Morgana removes her final obstacle to the throne of Camelot – Merlin and his magic – and sets about her ultimate siege of the kingdom in “The Diamond of the Day, Part 1,” which airs Friday, May 24, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.

The opening stanza to the two-part MERLIN series finale strikes some ominous chords.

In the episode, Morgana discovers a method of stripping Merlin of his powers. With her arch-nemesis out of the way, and vengeful Mordred at her side, Morgana leads her massive army against King Arthur and his Knights.

Merlin feels the weight of his destiny like never before as the ancient prophecies play out with terrifying accuracy. But before he can save his beloved Camelot, he must save himself. For it is not just the kingdom Morgana wishes to destroy – it is also Emrys.

Many members of the cast cited the final two episodes as their favorites of the epic, five-year, 65-episode series. Katie McGrath (Morgana) and Bradley James (Arthur) were particularly vocal in praising the two-part finale for its action, humor and emotional impact – all traits that made the series extremely popular in more than 180 countries around the world.

“It’s such a privilege to tell the ending of a story,” McGrath explains. “A lot of times a series gets cancelled before it can finish, or it keeps going beyond where it should. Our producers/creators, Johnny (Capps) and Julian (Jones), always had a five-year plan, and we’re grateful to have been allowed them to tell the full story.”

McGrath continues, “It’s been such a pleasure playing Morgana from the beginning to end – it’s rare that you get to put a proper full stop on a character. Such great characters, such good stories. I know the fans will miss MERLIN – I shall miss it, too”

James says his best memories of production were also on these episodes. “I think my best week on Merlin was filming the big battle for the finale,” he says. “We knew it had to be huge and great, and everyone stepped up their game. The attention to detail was a little bit higher in the way it was shot, and we got to spend an entire week concentrating on the battle.”

It was also a last chance for glory with the Knights of the Round Table, he adds. “It was fun to fight alongside the guys one last time – a lot of it was myself and Rupert (Young) fighting side-by-side, and that was great. It was important to put an emphasis on such an important, prominent part of this story within the series.”

Although the final moments of the series raised eyebrows among some fans when it aired in the U.K., James says MERLIN has always been an unexpected retelling of the legend of a “once and future king.”

“I’m happy with the way it ends,” James says. “And I think it will live in people’s memories. Things haven’t fallen the way things you’d expect them to, and that applies to the end of the series, as well.”

The beginning of the end for MERLIN starts this Friday, May 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT when “The Diamond of the Day, Part 1” debuts only on Syfy.

All four previous seasons of MERLIN are now available on DVD, on iTunes and on Netflix. Be sure to follow the latest news on MERLIN at the Official Merlin page on Facebook.

(Information provided courtesy of Fremantle Media.)

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