Merlin finale

By David Knox on January 3, 2013 / Filed Under Programming 9

2013-01-02_1829The last ever episode of Merlin will air this Sunday on TEN, which co-creators and executive producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy have dubbed “a natural climax …. bringing an end to the battle for Camelot.”

This aired in the UK on the weekend so it’s great to see that TEN has been fast-tracking this through summer.

The show been a savvy mix of adventure, romance and fantasy with a cast clearly having a rollicking time on the small screen.

I interviewed Johnny Capps back in 2009 when he attributed its success to the popularity of Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Primeval. You can read that one here.

As a fierce battle rages on Camlann’s mighty plain, just as the prophecies foresaw, Merlin must find the strength to overcome his greatest challenge yet as he seeks a way to protect Camelot. As he fights to save the kingdom from the attacking hordes and keep Arthur safe from harm, the young wizard finally comes face to face with his destiny.

Will Merlin save all that he holds dear: the man he made a King, the Camelot they fought to build and the brotherhood they shared?

6:30pm Sunday on TEN.

9 Comments »

  1. MissingMerlin January 24, 2013 at 1:45 am -

    Yes, it aired here in the UK on Christmas Eve which was appalling timing and ruined Christmas for a lot of people.
    Tonight (23rd Jan 2013) it is the National Television Awards where Merlin fans are hoping that their recent efforts will reward both the show ‘Merlin’ and actor Colin Morgan with awards.
    If you want to lend your support to getting Merlin back on our screens please join us at facebook.com/merlin2return.

  2. John Jackson January 7, 2013 at 10:34 am -

    Was really quite disappointed with that ‘ending’. Was that what they had planned all along?

    I just really thought there was going to be more to it. Time and time again with the dragon telling Merlin that Arthur is so very important and must be saved, etc as he is going to reunite kingdoms, bring great things for albion, allow magic again, etc.

    Then it ends like that? It seems like none of what we were told time and time again didn’t even happen. It’s almost feels like a waste of a series now.

  3. PJF January 7, 2013 at 2:47 am -

    Quite a few changes to the traditional versions of Arthurian legend, but putting Merlin at the centre of all things befits the title for the finale, I guess. :-)

    I actually admired the producers over the whole 5 years to have the courage to alter core elements of the basic stories, yet remaining fairly true to the gist of the legend. A brave move given how well the tales are commonly known. It was a nice, family show & enjoyable overall.

  4. Goatracer January 6, 2013 at 11:36 pm -

    This finale kind of oozed”WTF we are cancelled let’s just end it” and so it was.

  5. Cheali January 4, 2013 at 8:10 pm -

    @Regan its Merlin who says they will necessarily go with legend :P. But yes that’s true, I just meant I can’t wait to see how they do it more than what actually happens ;). Plus the storyline is predictable anyway, but enjoyable.

  6. Regan January 4, 2013 at 1:19 pm -

    “Can’t wait to see how it ends”

    It is the Arthurian legend Cheali…. we all know how it ends.

  7. ryan January 3, 2013 at 10:28 pm -

    Merlin has been a great series! It was something different to watch. Has been doing pretty well the past few weeks aswell in ten standards.

  8. Cheali January 3, 2013 at 1:43 pm -

    I love that Ten fast tracked this. But the UK got it on the 24th, so it wasn’t just last weekend. We are getting it 13 days later, instead of the normal 8 we got the other episodes. That has nothing to do with Ten though, that’s just the UK being evil & having the final episode on a Monday night instead of making them wait a week like we had to do. Can’t wait to see how it ends, but this week seems to be going really slowly :(

  9. Ancient January 3, 2013 at 1:33 pm -

    Correction: The episode didn’t air on the weekend. It aired on Monday 24th of December (Christmas Eve). By the time TEN airs it on Sunday 6th of January it will be 2 weeks old.

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