This is white we finally reached the end of the line with Merlin. I finished binging the fifth and final season, so let’s dive right in and let’s get talking!
The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):
The fifth series of “Merlin” finds King Arthur (Bradley James) reveling in the success of his kingdom. But even as he and his trusted servant Merlin (Colin Morgan) prepare for a golden age of prosperity, destruction brews behind the scenes as the sorceress Morgana (Katie McGrath) plots to plunge Camelot into darkness.
Oh boy, what a finale! I am very happy with how the last season turned out. We have quite a few things to dicuss here, anything that could be considered a spoiler will be below the *read more* button.
But before I get into the details, I think we can all agree that with this, Colin Morgan once more underlined what a brilliant actor he is. This season contained so many scenes that were full of emotion and he nailed every single one of them. Eventhough we still get the usual bickering between Merlin and Arthur, they did a good job incorporating serious moments as well, allowing the actors to show more range. I can tell you, they certainly didn’t disappoint.
The first thing I want to talk about is Morgana. I mentioned before that I like her new swamp witch out for revenge style. It’s an interesting story arc and Katie McGrath plays it perfectly. However, how the fuck is Morgana not dead yet?! Not just in this season but ever since the fight against Morgana started she was defeated again and again, finding herself within an inch of death several times. Honestly, had some night just been a little more motivated and put a pin in it, that could have saved all of Albion a lot of trouble. I do, of course, understand that they had to keep her alive for dramatic effect and to allow for a grand stand-off finale. But I was a little annoyed as we were way beyond what I’d consider to be realistic here. (yes, I know that we are talking about a show with magic and dragons but still.)
Next, let’s talk about Arthur and Gwen. They were such a cute couple in the past season and I was really excited when they got married. However, in this season, something is off. And I don’t just mean when Morgana was controlling Gwen. Their chemistry was just gone. I had been rooting for them from the start, so I was rather sad about that. This is pretty much all I have in terms complaints and criticism.
The story this season was brilliant. We got some amazing battle scenes and the return of Mordred marked an interesting new development. Merlin’s distrust of him, trying to prevent the prophecy and not being able to escape. So well written!
I also really appreciate how they ended the story. They didn’t show Arthur triumphing over everybody and leaving with a happy ending. It was an intense ending. An emotional one. But definitely one that befitted the show. I don’t know why exactly but it just felt right, as sad as it was. And let’s not forget that little twist at the end. You always need give yourself a backdoor for potential sequels and spinoffs, right? 😅
But jokes aside, somehow that worked as well. I loved old Merlin throughout the show as he was super sassy and just a delight. Seeing him in the last second of the show, actually being old and still waiting, that was heart-breaking and also just ingenious!
Merlin went out not with a fizzle but with a bang. The fifth season was a worthy ending to an amazing show. I enjoyed this from first to last episode and am very glad that they managed to conclude things so satisfyingly even if it also was heart-breaking.
Did you watch the season? Let me know in the comments what you think!