Why Merlin should return to the screen

Feature Kirsten Caspers 13 Feb 2013 - 07:50

Kirsten appeals to Merlin's creators, arguing that the BBC fantasy show deserves a film or television revival...

Contains spoilers for the Merlin series 5 finale.

Normally, I’m not a TV kind of person. I prefer books, and the longer the better! True storytelling is what I love, and in a time where narrative culture is more and more determined by the length of a Twitter message, the spinning of a grand old-fashioned tale has become a rare thing on television. Such a rare exception was the BBC series Merlin – until it was announced late in 2012 that the show wouldn’t be continued after the end of series five. When I read that in an interview, my first thought was that it seemed quite a daunting task, if not even an impossible one, to tie up all the loose threads that were glaringly left hanging about in the few episodes that were left, let alone to provide the series with an ending that would remain faithful to its trademark genial tone, and live up to all the expectations that had been raised over the years by constantly reminding us that it was Merlin’s destiny to build Camelot’s Golden Age with Arthur and return the magic to the land.

Sadly, my apprehensions turned out to be justified. The evening of the Merlin finale – Christmas Eve, of all things! - left me sitting stunned in front of my TV, tears streaming down my face, only vaguely aware what had just happened to me, although it occurred to me what it was later that night: emotional trauma at the hands of a television series! Ever since then I have been searching the internet for Merlin related sites like this one, where I could voice my disappointment at how this series I loved was ended: much too rushed, without real closure, sporting at least one gaping plot hole (the fact that Merlin dragged the gravely injured Arthur all over Albion on horseback instead of calling Kilgharrah to help immediately), leaving many storylines unexplored and the main promise, that of Camelot’s Golden Age – implying a new level in the Merlin/Arthur relationship, with a fully recognized Merlin finally being on equal footing with Arthur, getting credit for his deeds at last, and their friendship being renewed and strengthened so they’ll be able build the new Camelot – remaining unfulfilled.

At this point, I’d like to stress that I’m no giggling fangirl. I’m a 39-year-old English teacher from Germany, mother of four (who all love Merlin just as much as I do, if not more), and freelance writer. For me this is not about “Merthur” swooning – I leave that to my daughter – but the blossoming friendship between the prince and his servant is undeniably one of the high points of the show, even the force that gives it momentum, an incredibly sweet, innocent, and touching bond of brotherhood that we can relate to on a basic human level. I firmly believe that it was this fusion of a timeless tale of true friendship with one of most famous and fascinating subject matters of the Western literary canon, transforming it into a story that allows glimpses of the familiar Arthurian legend while developing a strong and original take on it, that strung a chord with viewers around the globe. 

When I stumbled upon Merlin, I was immediately intrigued, and never have missed an episode since. At first I was convinced that I liked the show for its many obvious endearing features – the simply told stories, the teasing banter between prince and servant, the young cast’s sheer enthusiasm, the epic fights against evil witches and magical beasts, so beautifully and tastefully rendered, in short, its classic fantasy setting. But soon I realized that for me – and apparently for many others too, as the numerous blog entries and forum posts throughout the internet show – that beyond this heroic, romantic surface there was much more to it than that.

Merlin has resonated deeply with my imagination. This series, which cheerily disguised itself as a lighthearted family show, in truth explored the archetypal leitmotifs of European literature, and of human nature itself, within a charming and enthralling fantasy frame that made it easy and a fun experience to follow these explorations. Honour, love, duty, friendship, betrayal, the rocky relationship between fathers and sons, the attempt to live up to a destiny one did not choose, being torn between different loyalties, the demons that wait to be fought every day, all these are basic human concepts that are still as valid and important today as they were when the medieval and Renaissance authors wrote their Arthurian romances. Granted, Merlin was first and foremost intended as a fun fantasy drama, and rightly so, as it is one of the very few TV series that can be watched and enjoyed by the whole family, without falling flat for the older generation. But while my children fell for Merlin’s perfect sword-and-sorcery approach, with its gorgeous costumes, magic, dragons, classic villains, and beautiful, sometimes ethereal settings, it was the characters’ confrontation with the pitfalls of human nature and their consequent development, conveyed so brilliantly by the cast’s outstanding performance, what really caught my attention.

Ever since J.R.R. Tolkien laid down the basic framework and rules that have shaped the fantasy genre, it has been clear that the true magic of a good fantasy story is never to be found in the magical power that is wielded – or the Dark Lords of the trade would always triumph. The true magic in fantasy lies, in fact, in the heroes’ strength of character, their courage, their perseverance in the face of insurmountable difficulty, and in the friendship and love that prompts them to their brave deeds. 

It’s no coincidence that the great fantasy champions are more often than not simple people whom fate puts in a position they haven’t actively sought out, unlikely heroes who, as J.K. Rowling put it in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, “take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well”. In precisely this spirit, the series made Arthur and Merlin young contemporaries rather than an old Merlin being advisor to a young king Arthur, which probably was its most important and ingenious diversion from the Arthurian sources, because this plot device allows us the pleasure of getting to know our heroes before they have fully come into their own.

Notwithstanding his astonishing magical powers, Merlin appears as a simple peasant boy who wears his heart on his sleeve and whose refusal to be daunted by rank or physical superiority is constantly getting him into trouble; Prince Arthur is already a skilled warrior and courageous knight when we meet him, but as yet lacking such virtues as modesty or consideration for others, hiding his deep-rooted fear of not being able to live up to his father’s high expectations behind a tough “save-the-world” attitude, as Gwen phrases it when she first talks to Merlin.

Although we know from earlier takes on the legend what kind of men Merlin and Arthur will grow into, Merlin portrays them as young boys who have yet to overcome their only too human flaws, who are not legendary yet but still have a great deal to learn. Following Arthur’s progress from somewhat self-centred, secretly insecure and pampered “prat” to truly kingly material, and Merlin’s transformation from naïve prodigy-cum-country bumpkin into the wise and powerful but unswervingly compassionate mage who’s invisibly pulling all the strings from behind his humble disguise was pure joy. By embarking with them on their journey to legendary status, we began to care deeply about them as characters, and became emotionally involved in their classic coming-of-age story.

 

As much as we enjoyed the ever present tease of Merlin’s magic being eventually discovered (a moment we all simultaneously dreaded and yearned for), it was the development of Merlin’s and Arthur’s characters, and of their unlikely friendship, which cast the true spell of Merlin and made soon seem the many turrets of beautiful Pierrefonds Castle as the legendary Camelot feel like home to everyone who accompanied the heroes on their weekly adventures. As we followed the progress of this friendship, feeling sorry for Merlin’s ordeals, being angry at Arthur’s unfairness, rejoicing when it became obvious that the duo had started trusting each other with their lives, we were drawn into the age-old questions of human nature they had to deal with as the events unfolded, and drawn into the legend itself.

There has never been any TV series, movie, or book before where the ending has left me so heartbroken, and with such a sense of having been cheated. What is really tragic is that it didn’t have to be like that, not even if it was important to the authors to stay “true to legend” – which is in itself impossible, as there is no such thing as “the” legend where Arthurian writing is concerned. For literally a thousand years, from twelfth century historian Geoffrey of Monmouth (to whom the Merlin writers tipped their hat by assigning him a permanent cameo role in the series as a grumpy court librarian of the same name), to Renaissance writer Thomas Malory, and finally to modern fantasy authors like T.H. White and Marion Zimmer Bradley, the king and his sorcerer have inspired writers throughout the Western world to use the existing material and do with it whatever they wanted, depending on their respective time, their targeted audience and intentions. There is not a single other subject matter in the history of European literature that had such an impact or inspired such a sheer mass of writing, both in prose and poetry and in every major European language, than the story of King Arthur and the knights of the round table. None of the Arthurian authors ever had any scruples about employing poetic licence whenever it suited their needs. From the very beginning, the Arthurian cycle has been a legend in progress.

Obviously, the Merlin writers were aware of this practice and have employed it themselves countless times throughout the series. It was always fun to meet a well-known character in a way that differed slightly or, in many cases, greatly from the other familiar versions of the story, and find out how they would eventually “get there”: Guinevere is a serving girl?! But wasn’t she supposed to be the queen? – Lancelot is such a nice guy, and Gwen could never betray Arthur, so how do we reach their legendary betrayal? – Merlin is supposed to be a Gandalf-style old man with long white hair and a beard, not a young guy, so why do the legends describe him as old?! The series played with our preconceived notions about the legend, and brought them home to us with a twist. That was the secret that made the series so deliciously plot-driven in spite of the fact that the Arthurian plot has been known for centuries. And this, too, explains why its ending has been felt to be so upsetting and incongenial by so many fans. 

What is truly jarring about the final episode of Merlin is not the fact that Arthur dies. Arthur’s death at the hands of the traitor Mordred has been a central motif since the beginning of Arthurian literature. Everyone who is familiar with Malory’s take on Arthuriana, or has read White’s The Once and Future King, knows that Arthur is, eventually, going to die, and that Camelot will perish. It’s the essentially British version of the biblical lament of “how are the mighty fallen”, and we wouldn’t really expect any Arthurian tale to change that.

What he indeed have come to expect from Merlin, however, is a respectful treatment of our beloved characters’ growth, and the above-mentioned plot twist that does justice to the characters while still capable of being seen in accordance with legend. These two concepts have, time and again, formed the backbone of countless Merlin episodes, but tragically the final one, which should by rights have revelled in every aspect that made Merlin the series it had become, failed miserably on both counts. While the eagerly anticipated magic reveal, though something of let-down where plot is concerned (why come out now, when innocent lives could have been saved by doing so much earlier?), was a beautiful and heart-rending piece of acting – so kudos to Colin Morgan and Bradley James for their amazing achievement – and while Arthur’s gradual acceptance of Merlin’s true nature was everything fans had been hoping for, it came much too late, and robbed us of the chance to see Merlin recognized by the whole of Camelot as the world’s greatest sorcerer at last,  and, above all, accepted and respected by Arthur for what he is.

That was what their beautiful friendship had promised us, and what we felt was due to us, and when looking at the ancient sources, and taking note of the explicit loopholes provided there – Geoffrey of Monmouth, for instance, says nothing about Arthur actually dying, but states that he was just “mortally wounded” and brought to Avalon to be “healed” – it seems a complete mystery to me why the writers of Merlin insisted on killing Arthur off before any of the great deeds the series kept alluding to had been accomplished, when they could easily have employed one of their trademark plot twists to devise an ending where Arthur would still eventually meet his doom in Mordred, yet gets to build the legendary Golden Age of Camelot with a fully revealed Merlin at his side. 

Of course, it would not be easy for Merlin’s creators to renounce the ending they decided on. I imagine that every creative artist feels honour-bound to stand by his creation once it is accomplished,  I understand that, and I wouldn’t presume to even begin to know the circumstances in which the decision was made to end Merlin, and end it the way it has, but given the points I stated above it is obvious for everyone with eyes to see that it can’t possibly have been the ending the writers originally envisioned. As the recurring popularity and constant reinvention of Arthurian legend shows, existing versions don’t have to be set in stone like Excalibur. An obviously wrong ending, stemming maybe from a temporary error in artistic judgement, can be revised. It’s not even necessary to go back on it. There are dramaturgical devices available to deal with the finale, after all – make it a dream, make it a vision in the Crystal Cave, a prophecy of what will happen if Merlin doesn’t take action at once! I want to appeal to the outstanding, inventive writers and producers of Merlin to rethink their decision to end the series, because, in Merlin’s words, “Some choices are easy. Some stay with you forever.” Please, don’t let the choices you made in The Diamond of the Day stay with you forever!

I am aware that it is much to hope for, but I for one won’t give up on the dream that there will indeed be a Merlin series six, or a mini-series, or even a film with the same cast and characters who brought the legend home to us, so that destiny can be fulfilled, magic returned to the land, and Kilgharrah’s words about Emrys not having failed what he set out to do will finally come true. But whether it will come to pass or not, in my heart I know, as surely do all the Merlinians around the world, that this is not the end to Arthur’s and Merlin’s story. Their legend lives on. We will remember them. We would just rather do it by watching a brand-new Merlin episode that, this time round, does justice to its own creative goals and intentions.

Read our review of the Merlin finale, The Diamond of the Day (Part 2), here.

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This is a great piece and impressive in its scope - you're clearly a dedicated fan of the show! I started watching Merlin when I was busy working on (yes, really) a dissertation about the impact of love potions on the chivalric ideal of the Arthurian myths, so this was RIGHT up my street and I loved the way it cleverly weaved in some of the great overarching stories (actually air-punched when the small druid boy was revealed to be Mordred) while keeping with a light-hearted family tone. I found it brave and massively satisfying that, even in a kid's show, there is no happy ending to this story (though as the audience of the show grew up with the characters they were probably far better equipped to handle the change in tone - another clever touch by the writers that they matured the show and the characters with their audience).
Of course, it could never be as truly tragic as the classic ending to the myth (I'm going with the Malory version, the Monmouth version and then the classic update by Roger Lancelyn Green, which I loved when I was younger) and a lot of the other characters never got their desired closure (poor Percival tragically underused) but at the end of the day this was a story about Merlin and Arthur, and I'm happy that that's how it ended. Better do the central core of the story justice than sloppily try and tie up every end. Poor Gawain, though!

Kirsten, thanks so much for this article. It is a tremendous paean of praise to a wonderful series, and you have given us much food for thought in your ability to place the series in the context of its fantasy genre. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

I half agree with your diagnosis. I think the ending was rushed, and that there was a serious failure to really complete the arc that constantly spoke of Merlin's great destiny, which was ultimately not realised at all. For all that there were hints of Camelot enjoying a golden age under Arthur in the series, it was too little and too limited to really suggest it was being embedded properly. Ditto the realisation to a wider world that Merlin was a truly great sorceror. Why did it end so abruptly? Because the creators, the undoubtedly talented Murphy and Capps, had decided to leave production company Shine to form their own and needed to bring their collaboration to an end. I'm afraid business needs probably intervened to obstruct artistic continuation here.

That said, I do wonder whether they hadn't pretty well done what they could with Merlin, and from the cast interviews I suspect they too were ready to move on to other projects after giving themselves so brilliantly to five years of Merlin (as witness Colin Morgan playing Ariel at the Globe later this year, Katie McGrath moving on to Dracula, and hopefully new projects for Bradley James and Angel Coulby soon too). Some of the comments on Merlin on this site have noted the repetitious nature of storylines from Season 3 onwards, and while I felt there was still variety and interest, perhaps the Merlin team just didn't have it in them to go another series.

Brusque though the series' ending was, it delivered an emotional punch that was indeed the culmination of that core relationship between Arthur and Merlin. I would have loved them to have delayed that and provide a further series of Arthur ruling Camelot with Merlin now revealed, but I do understand that much of the tension and driving force behind the relationship was the secrecy of Merlin's magic. When we re-watch it, we can now adapt our expectations accordingly, and we'll still find that last episode emotionally draining!

You Cried at the Ending lol

Kristen,
Thank you very much for writing an accurate yet touching article.

Its great to know others are as upset as i am.
Been a fan of the Aurthurian legend since i was 4 and had my first book
" Knights of the round table"
Ryan

Stop it. It's a load of wimpy people who've stumbled across a dressing up box, pretending to be King Arthur. LOL.

I know there is a lot of love for this and my husband adores the series, but I gave up after 7 episodes. But then Im a fan of Game of Thrones and love the idea of the total absence of magic in a magical world :)

Good Lord Above. What an article she has written. Talk about reading everything into it thats possible. I thought I was bad in obsessing about Doctor Who.

I admire the fact that she likes the show. But the sad fact of the matter is in the cold light of day they made a mess of it.

They wrote themselves into a corner with keeping Merlins magic hidden. And they left it hidden for far too long. So in the end the show became so repetitive I just gave up on it.

Think about it. Five seasons of 12 /13 epsiodes where Merlin can do magic, but has to keep the fact hidden and they come up with more and more outlandish ways to do so.

In the end the show was nothing more than a dumbed down swrod and sorcery romp, that became very popular because the actors playing Merlin and Arthur were charismatic, good looking and worked well together. It was simple tea time fun for everyone on a Saturday night, and a classic example of why and how the BBC has become a politically correct, left wing, preachy dumbed down producer of average programs.

Merlin is to Tv the way the Allegro car was to Britsh Leyland.

But lots of people watched it, so the managers and program makers are going to make the same sort of show again for you again and set it in Greece. So dont worry, Merlin will be back in the autumn, its just that he will be called Jason and instead of running around forests and castles he will be running around Greek ruins and deserts....Greek ruins in Morocco. Instead of a CGI dragon there will be a CGI Medussa and there will be more love storys, sword fights and politically correct action in Ancient Morocco er Greece...sorry.
Anyway dont feel too bad about it being gone. It was not that bad a show around the second series, it just never moved on and they messed it up badly at the end. I just wish the BBC would go off and do some more good Sci Fi or something else other than police shows, soap operas, nature shows, antiques shows etc. Wish they would put the effort into bringing back Blakes 7......poor old Terry Nation...on his watch we got some great stuff. Daleks, Survivors etc....he is a great loss to Sci Fi and the BBC....

A beautiful, passionate piece Kirsten. Thank you. However, there is another angle to consider. The last time we (briefly) saw Merlin, he was in "present day". The scope and possibilities for a 'modern' spin-off series is, as they say, endless.

Shows like Being Human, Highlander that 'flash-back' to earlier times in history work really well, so who's to say that a similar use wouldn't work with a modern day version of Merlin?

So what did Merlin get up to all these years after Camelot?
Did he help in the last great Wars of the 20th Century? What about other Centuries?

What happened to the Dragon? Can Dragons take human form? Wouldn't it be wonderful to see John Hurt in scenes with Colin?!
Mr Morgan is a brilliant actor, and an excellent contender in my opinion to take over as the next Timelord from Matt Smith. :)

Excellent article; made me want to watch the show (which had previously never interested me).

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I love your article so much and agree with almost the 97% you said, you have a lot of good points and I like your pasion with this show at the same time you are very objective, but Im not feel cheated at all. Despite the tragic ending and some plotholes I think the show ended well, I liked the end, because this show was about Merlin an Arthur's relationship, but also I understand your point there is a lot of stories to be tell, characters to develop and it would be awesome to see how Arthur an Merlin's relationship changes and improves.

Also, Im not a teenage either (no offense teenagers! I love you all!) I have 32 and I do like Merthur. For me it is a beautiful relationship, very romantic in the pure sense of the concept. I don't ship boys just because, but yes, I ship Merthur and I don't think believing they are actually in love is a fangirly-impulse but I understand what you mean.

I do believe they are great friends, yes, but for me is something more and I don't see a problem with that. Love should never be a problem.

I wish the creators of the show are taking serious the idea of a movie (a tv movie I don't really care!) it is necessary to give a clousure to the legend , and if they decide to reinvent the story in the present time I'll be more than happy.

*sorry my english is really bad, but i wanted to comment so bad.

I think you've nailed it. The decision to keep Merlin's powers hidden retarded the story-telling. It was a gimmick that should have been abandonned at the end of the third season if there was to be any hope of the show maturing. That said, Merlin sure beat the Hell out of X-Factor and YBFed.

Kirsten, I loved this article. I cried my eyes out too and I am so glad someone else feels the same. You should totally read Searching for Arthur by D Hosie. She brings Arthur back from the present day.

To the haters, there is nothing wrong with obsessing over a show. It means the fans cared.

Merlin's now a acid fried hippy walking around Glastonbury trying to find which stage Led Zeppelin are playing. Get over it!

Agree with your comment here, except the last bit about Kilgarrah. Surely the reason Merlin didn't call on him earlier was his awareness that Kilgarrah was ailing - see earlier episode (forgotten the title) where this was revealed - and therefore only called him when there really was no other option, out of his own concern for the dragon. He says "I wouldn't have called you unless I had to...."

I sort of figured that would be his reasoning, but if there was ever a time to call for Kilgarrah's help, surely this would have been it - not straight away, fair enough (we'd never have gotten all those lovely moments between them on that journey then!) but certainly after the confrontation with Morgana, when the horses were gone. Kilgarrah had always been the one, after all, telling him how important it was to protect Arthur...it wouldn't necessarily have made any difference to the ultimate outcome, Arthur may well still have died if they had reached Avalon earlier...it just seemed odd to me that Merlin would have waited so long to call for his help. But in the grand scheme of things, it's a small nitpick!

True it did, but then watching a farmer move a pile of manure from one location to another would be more productive than the X factor. Thanks for getting it and agreeing with me by the way, its a relief to know I am not the only one out there!

I loved Merlin and I very much want to see them do a modern-day sequel, but this made me LOL.

True enough about Kilgarrah of course - I think you've outlined the better scenario here! And small nitpick yes, but that's a prerogative of the dedicated fan!

This is true! It's half the fun ;)

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I'm not a fan of Merlin and agree with your assessment of the show, but I had a good laugh at your insinuation that it's proof of the BBC being "politically correct" and "left wing". This isn't the Daily Mail's comments page, y'know. Pray tell, how exactly is it "politically correct"? And what IS "politically correct action" anyway?

Women and black people in speaking parts? It's PC gone MAAAAAD!

Ok I was just holding it up as one example of political correctness in the BBC. I know its not the Daily Mail...one of the examples I was thinking of was the dark skinned / African Knight. He would not have been in England in those times, or if he was, they would have thought he was a Saracen / Middle Eastern Devil / spy etc and he would not have been in the knights of the round table.

But there are lots of things that stand out as being wrong if you get into it at that level, wrong helmets / armour for the time, people with makeup on and so on. But its not meant to be historically accurate its just a bit of fun. I know.
I am just waiting for the Three Musketeers, where they will have one of them in a gay relationship with another of them. That sort of thing. Its included to be "inclusive" by the Beeb....

Why do you use the term "inclusive" like it's a bad thing? And why do historical inaccuracies only bother you when they involve the inclusion of people who aren't white, heterosexual or cis-gendered? I just don't get this mentality that fighting prejudice is a bad thing. It's not as if racism, homophobia or misogyny are a thing of the past, so the more people try to fight it the better.

Besides, the Arthurian era is pure fantasy. Why is the inclusion of black characters so unrealistic but dragons and wizards not?

I was just using it as an example. Its not a bad thing. Just for once it would be nice if things on the BBC were a bit more accurate in Dramas such as Merlin, but its not meant to be Historical, its fantasy as you say.

I have been watching a lot of Spartacus the Tv series recently. Its based on the legend of Spartacus, but at least it keeps weapons etc fairly accurate, and the gore and way romans fight etc.

I dont expect the BBC to have the guts or will to make anything like Spartacus, so dont worry. I just cant get past the whole memory of the BBCs Robin Hood series. The one with Marion wearing modern makeup etc. Can you remember or have you seen ITVs Robin of Sherwood from 1984? The first two seasons with Michael Praed are classic examples of how a TV series like Merlin / Robin Hood should be done. Robin of Sherwood kept the fantasy element of Herne and a bit of magic / magic swords etc, but the dirt was real, no modern makeup, grim settings, a bit gritty and you had the outlaws sleeping at night under trees, with maybe just a fire, and lots of mud. And not living in tree houses with hot and cold running water and so on...lol. Happy days. Robin of Sherwood is a classic.

The BBC should be making more stuff like that. In that style. Brilliant actors like Nicholas Grace, Robert Addie etc. And filmed in ENGLAND. All of it, none of this lets go to poland / ukrain etc. All the castles were english too and not sets. Alnwick Castle, Leeds Castle and so on. It made everything look even more authentic. No Cgi. No rubbish...and that was the 80s. If they could do it then, why not now?

Excellent article which eloquently voices many of my own feelings.Everyone who has read the legend knows that Arthur had a long and glorious reign before Morded kills him and the TV show kept promising this only to snatch it away and leave fans feeling sad and cheated.

Absolutely agree with everything you say. This has tremendously bugged me ever since that hugely disappointing and saddened final episode. You have spoken exactly my thoughts and feelings about the whole context of the failings of that finale. The need to redo the finale to fulfil its true destiny is overwhelming for me. It would be so easy to transcend that finale into a vision of what could be ,and make an epic mini film finale or final mini series fulfilling its true destiny for us all to see giving us peace peace and happiness at last.!!

Need merlin to return!!!!

Thank you so much for your article. I have the same feelings and have written a letter to the directors, producers, and cast members to share my feelings. I wonder if they have seen your article and know of the fans' desires to give us the conclusion that was spoken of. I hope they have and would at least give us hope. You are very well spoken and articulate. I am also not a young fan-girl. I am a 50-year-old mother of 6 boys (two who are very much like Merlin and Arthur) who has loved Arthurian literature since I was a teen fan-girl.

Oh and please BBC produce Sir Gawain and the Green Knight set in the Merlin series universe. And of course set it before the ending of Merlin.

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I really agree with what you said. The ending was just too rushed. The story could've been carried on for at least another 2 years. Where Merlin and Arthur would unite the kingdom of Camelot, and merlins magic to finally be accepted.

I really cannot see how the producers/cast thought that the end would satifisy us. SATIFISY?!!?! REALLY? That was the most heartbreaking thing I've ever had to watch, and I rarely get upset over TV, but when you get so attatched to a show like that.. it's so heartbreaking to see the ending go to waste. It kinda ruined my Christmas. I felt so bad.. and I still do feel sad about it.

I really think the producers decision was quite selfish.. it feels like a big punch in the face. Like 'Right, want to end it.. lets just rush it all and get it over and done with'. I'm not sure if they even took into consideration that this show did actually mean something to a lot of people? And they just took it all away in 45 minutes. Feels like Merlins 'destiny' was a waste of time!!! Come on.. it needs to come back i'm afraid.. and I'm sure many others can agree with me.

Plus, Tom Hopper, Alex Vlahos, Rupert Young, Eoin Macken etc DIDN'T want it to end!!! It's not fair on them either! New writers and producers are needed i'm afraid.

On the 24th December 2012, many
hearts of the Merlin fandom were left broken. By the terrible ending
that was to be the last episode ever of Merlin.
Arthur died, Morgana, Gwaines
and Mordreds death were rushed.
Merlin revealed his magic to
Arthur in the final episode. Just before Athur died. We were waiting
5 years for that moment to happen, and it was all rushed in that
final episode.
Our hearts were broken in just
45 minutes. This is not how you end a show on a high. This does not
in any way leave fans satisfied.
Also, Merlin has a huge fan
base. Merlin has been a huge succsess over the past 5 years bringing
over 7 million views tuning in every Saturday.
Merlin is so unique, I don't
think BBC has ever had such a fantastic show like this. It has so
many values, and teaches you loyatly, bravery, compassion, strength
etc.
Personally, I don't think there
shall ever be another show as good as Merlin. It is a TV Series that
everyone can enjoy, with their family.
Me, and many many fans across
the world want return to return, at least for one more series. We
want Arthur to rise again and return to the throne on Camelot with
Guinevere, and Merlin's magic to finally be accepted in a world where
he doesn't have to be afraid anymore.
It is possible to bring this
back, look at the American TV Show 'Supernatural', that was brought
back again by fans. Our voices should be heard, because we fans are
just as important as everybody else.
I believe that the actors would
return with Merlin. Not all of the actors wanted it to end, and I
don't truely believe any of them wanted to, really. They had
different acting oppurtunites that they did as well as Merlin.

Please help us bring back this
fantastic show. Help us save, Arthur , Merlin,Camelot, Excalibur, and
everything he holds dear, by visiting the Facebook or Twitter page 'Merlin 2 Return'. For the love of Camelot!

thank you so much for thi article and i agree with everything.

i was so upset watching the final epiodes. i love merlin and am so angry that it ended as badly as it did. they should have done another series with arthur and merlin working together and merlin truely using his powers. such a disapointment ! im just glad i can re watch the epiodes now i have bought all 5 series. i wish it would come back however as my saturday night is not the same without merlin.

its open for another series surely, so no drama there.
It wouldn't be that difficult to restart it. Merlin retelling his story to the unknown heir of arthur in modern day, after all arthur is the once and future King,
If sherlock can do it without a true explanation the greatest wizard that ever lived would have no problems in resurrecting Arthur. :)

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