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Merlin Ending After Series 5 – Official

Sad news for Merlin fans today as the BBC has officially confirmed that the show will definitely end with Series 5 (the finale airing 29 December 2012).

The official BBC press release follows:

It was announced today that the current series of Merlin will be the last as BBC One’s hit show reaches a spectacular conclusion this Christmas. The epic family fantasy drama will bow out with a special two-part finale, as this unique re-telling of the Arthurian legend reaches its natural and dramatic end – it’s not to be missed!

Merlin has been enthralling audiences on Saturday nights over last five years, consistently attracting an average audience of over six million viewers, with ratings for the current series peaking at 7.1 million.

Merlin has been a firm favourite with BBC One viewers since its first outing in 2008. Celebrated for its magical storytelling, cinematic visual effects and most of all the wonderful cast which includes Colin Morgan as Merlin, Bradley James as Arthur Pendragon, Katie McGrath as Morgana, Angel Coulby as Guinevere, Anthony Head as Uther Pendragon, Richard Wilson as Gaius, and John Hurt as the voice of the Great Dragon.

Co-creators and executive producers, Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, confirm the current series will be the last: “This is the series where the storylines truly reach their apex. We always felt the story of the legend was best told across five series, leading to a spectacular finale that draws on the best known elements of this much-loved story and brings to a conclusion the battle for Camelot.

“We’d like to thank the amazing cast and crew for their professionalism and dedication, the BBC, FME and all of our partners globally for their incredible support and encouragement across the last five series.

“But chiefly, our thanks go to Merlin’s remarkable and loyal audience around the world for their enthusiasm for the characters and Camelot universe.”

Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One, said: “Merlin’s mix of magic, adventure and humour quickly became a hit with BBC One audiences and has continued to thrill families over the last five years on Saturday nights. I admire the creators’ decision to end Merlin on a high, but also know that we will miss it in the BBC One schedule.

“On behalf of BBC One I would like to thank Shine and all those involved in the making of the show both on and off screen. I hope fans will tune in over the coming weeks to see the spectacularly dramatic final episodes, and we have ambitious plans for new drama in the Saturday evening slot in 2013.”

Across five series writers Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Lucy Watkins, Howard Overman, Ben Vanstone and Richard McBrien have taken the characters on a spectacular journey.

Series five opened to a Camelot at the height of its ‘golden age’, but a menacing omen overshadows Arthur’s future and unknown threats emerge from within the castle walls. Now everything Merlin has tried to protect is in danger. Albion’s dark trial has begun and the final battle has been joined, but who will survive?

Do not miss the last ever episodes and the dramatic conclusion of Merlin on BBC One, Saturdays at 8pm.

Cast reactions:

Colin Morgan (Merlin):

“From the beginning this was always going to be a five year journey that we embarked on and I think the show has run its natural course. The show has grown and grown each year and now we’ve arrived at its strongest point and we’ve achieved what we set out to do… I know this is the end, and I know this is goodbye, but thank you for being there on the journey with us because it has been a lot of fun!”

Bradley James (King Arthur):

“The Merlin years have provided me with fond memories, great experiences and beloved friends and all the while we were supported by a devoted fan base who made the show a unique, surreal and special experience. My words won’t do justice to the honour of being King Arthur so I shall just say that it has been an exceptional one and that knowing the show has been a part of so many people’s lives, has been humbling.”

Katie McGrath (Morgana):

“I have always said the success of the show has stemmed from our audience being able to relate to the characters on different levels – being based on the universally loved Arthurian legend is only a tiny part of its success – it’s a story about acceptance and growing up. The breathtaking finale of this series leaves you with no doubt that characters have been on their journeys and had their stories told – it’s completely the right time to draw our telling of the story to a close.”

Angel Coulby (Guinevere):

“It has been a very special and memorable five years making Merlin. I feel extremely proud to have been part of such a brilliant show and such a great team. I think we’ve told the story we set out to tell, which ends with the fantastic two-part finale by the way! I believe the key to any successful show is making sure you leave people wanting more!”

Richard Wilson (Gaius):

“Firstly, I would like to say that I’m extremely sad that Merlin has come to an end. Speaking as Gaius, I feel I have mentored the young wizard as far as I can – he is much smarter and greater than me now and I am simply exhausted!”

Other memorable cast include Mordred (Alexander Vlahos) and the brave Knights of the Round Table Sir Leon (Rupert Young), Sir Percival (Tom Hopper), Sir Gwaine (Eoin Macken) and the late Sir Elyan (Adetomiwa Edun).

So what does this mean for the proposed movies?

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    I’m very sad my favorite character ever won’t appaear on a weekly basis on my screen after 30 December 2012. I’ll miss my Merlin…

  • #1merlinfan

    Wow…I’ve grown up with this show. Really sad it’s ending. Can’t help but feel it’ll always hold a special place in my heart, cheesy as that sounds! Gotta love Richard Wilson, though. ^^

    • snowcat60

      I’m almost a senior citizen and I love this show — don’t know what I’ll do once this ends. ….

  • Aislin

    Nooooo :'((( I’m really sad. I’ll greatly miss Merlin. :'(

  • Jim Heckman

    Regretfully the story hasn’t grown in the last two years. The same plot has been used for three years now. This story could have been so much better with good producers and writers. As it is, Merlin was carried a long way by the actors. They made the story enjoyable and thrilling even if the story lines were deplorable. I shudder to see how this series will be brought to an end.

  • TheBlueTardis

    Just hope it goes out on a high with a magic reveal! It’s had a great run!

    • TARDIS44

      If not, my obituary will say annoyance

      • Sophaki Thebest

        we can bring Merlin back.How?By signing petitions for Season 6 if the amound is REALY big we can hope for more…

  • ThePowerofChristmasArthur

    Oh dear :(

  • Nimueh123

    The show is reaching its natural and dramatic end – Arthur’s death!
    If they deny as the magic reveal there will be a boycott on the seaon 5 DVD!

    • Aislin

      Arthur’s death, whoa, I’m not sure I’d like that :O It is sad enough without a main character dying T_T On the other hand, there’s gossip on Tumblr about possible spoilers involving a reincarnation ending scene….. If Merlin really ends the same way as in canon, I’d prefer to have at least a heartwarming reincarnation/modern day scene at the end, to see all of them happy. >.<

      But the magic reveal. Oh yeah. If we got it in ep 10/11, than we would still have the finals for solving the caused complications…. That would be perfect. But I fear that even if – and I'm sad that I can't say 'WHEN' for sure – we have The Reveal, it will occur only at the end of the 12th episode (dramatic final cilff-hanger), so there will only be one episode for problemsolving. Or worse, Merlin may outs himself from the magical closet in the very last episode. :(

      Well, I'm dead excited. Should the worst come, I can always count on fanfictions and personal headcanons. XD

      • snowcat60

        …and re-watching past season’s episodes….sigh….

      • mpamies

        you should see the promo pics from 5×13. You wouldn’t be so optimistic about a reveal in 5×12 (or at all) then… :(
        If there is no reveal then this show had all been for nothing.

  • TheGreatDetectiveAreAwesome

    Very sad. I hope it goes out well.

  • ThePowerofChristmasArthur

    The only good thing that will come from this is the definite magic reveal at the end of the series. That will be relieving

    But, doesn’t this mean Arthur is also going to die at the end of the series? :O

    • TardisBoy

      It doesn’t mean that Arthur will die necessarily, as there have been many versions of the Arthurian legend. Some suggest that Mordred wounded Arthur, but Merlin killed Mordred and saved Arthur’s life using magic. Others suggest that Mordred dies after a fatal blow from Arthur, and vice versa. And then others suggest that Mordred and Arthur part ways as friends and Merlin having taught Arthur all he knows places his soul into a sacred tree and departs into death (no word of a lie)

      So really it’s any ones guess on what they decide to do for the finale :) (though I sincerely hope they dont make Merlin turn into a tree :/ )

      • ThePowerofChristmasArthur

        I don’t know why, but I really want to see Merlin become a tree XD

        • TardisBoy

          Hahaha it would be an original ending, and one not many people expect.

          But for me personally I want the clichéd ending. The one where Morgana dies (Or becomes good again, but I think she’s too far gone for that) and so does Mordred. Arthur discovers Merlin’s magic and learns to accept it. Therefore the great land of Albion is born where mythical creatures, magic and the people of Camelot and other kingdoms can integrate as one :P

          This for me would be the perfect end :D

          • ThePowerofChristmasArthur

            I’m hoping that the ending will feature “10 years later” :)

          • snowcat60

            this is a good idea too!

          • snowcat60

            I like your ideas!

        • Nimueh123

          LOL. I am with you on that one! :D

          • TardisBoy

            I’ve just noticed your avatar and I’m also quite annoyed that Nimueh never made another appearance, she had so much potential and her character was waisted :(

  • TardisBoy

    It may be sad but this definitely the right decision IMO. Though I will miss the show incredibly as it’s been a huge part of my teenage years (I was 13 when the first Series aired) and the show has given me many moments of joy, laughter and heartbreak :)

  • Peripherus

    But the storyline isn’t moving fast enough for it to be the final! :(

  • Peripherus

    I will be fine, I think, as long as it has an amazing ending, and I mean amazing.

  • thependragons<3

    This show is amazing and will be missed. Very sad but i definitely think it will go out on a high note. LOVE THIS SHOW


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