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Merlin: Series 4 Episode Guide

1. The Darkest Hour (Part 1)

Airing 1 October on BBC1

Merlin faces his toughest challenge yet when Morgana’s blinkered determination threatens not only Arthur’s future, but also the very balance of the world. With her magic stronger than ever, the sorceress summons the mighty Callieach to tear open the veil between the worlds. Hellish creatures pour forth, killing all who succumb to their touch. With Uther a shadow of his former self, it falls to Arthur and his loyal knights, including Lancelot, to protect the kingdom. But it will take more than just swords to vanquish their enemy and Merlin is shocked to the core when he discovers the only way to restore the equilibrium requires a sacrifice of unimaginable proportions…

2. The Darkest Hour (Part 2)

Airing 8 October on BBC1

The kingdom is on the brink of collapse and Morgana poised to strike. As Lancelot races back to Camelot with the dying Merlin, Arthur must continue on his mission to vanquish the Dorocha without them. Though the Knights know their journey to the Isle of the Blessed is fraught with danger, none could anticipate the sacrifice Arthur intends to make there. Friendship and loyalty are tested to the limit, but in the end, it’s the power of love that changes all their lives for ever.

3. The Wicked Day

Airing 15 October on BBC1

The mighty citadel is buzzing in anticipation of the Prince’s birthday celebrations. But Arthur’s old adversary, Odin, promises to ensure this is one party Camelot will never forget – for among the assembling guests lurks a deadly assassin set to strike. As the dust settles, Camelot is left devastated. Just how far is Merlin prepared to go to put things right; would he really risk everything and reveal his secret?

4. Aithusa

Airing 22 October on BBC1

The mysterious Julius Borden arrives in Camelot with news of a magical secret that threatens to change the landscape of the kingdom for ever. He has located the final part of the key to the tomb of Ashkanar – an ancient mausoleum which holds a very special treasure: the last remaining dragon’s egg. Merlin is understandably drawn in by Borden’s news and promises to help him. But just who is this enigmatic stranger and, more importantly, what does he really want with the egg?

5. His Father’s Son

Airing 29 October on BBC1

For the first time since his coronation, Arthur finds out what it’s really like to be King. Arthur faces his first true test as King when he incurs the wrath of the formidable Queen Annis. With the lives of thousands hanging in the balance, Arthur must find the strength to be his own man and become the leader Camelot so desperately needs.

6. A Servant of Two Masters

Airing 5 November on BBC1

When Merlin falls into Morgana’s hands, he becomes a deadly weapon in her fight for supremacy. Using ancient magic, she pits friend against friend and creates the perfect assassin. An oblivious Arthur is in great danger. Will anyone notice Merlin’s unusual behaviour before he does the King some serious harm?

7. The Secret Sharer

Airing 12 November on BBC1

Morgana joins forces with enigmatic wizard Alator to uncover a secret that could change the course of destiny. With allies on both sides of the castle walls, can anyone stop her before Merlin’s greatest secret is revealed?

8. Lamia

Airing 19 November on BBC1

A mysterious illness draws Merlin to a distant village. But it soon becomes clear that there is more at stake than just his well-being as something sinister turns the air sour. Far from home and with no one to trust, Merlin becomes embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse. No longer sure who is the hunter and who is the hunted, can the young warlock survive long enough to uncover the truth?

9. Lancelot Du Lac

Airing 26 November on BBC1

When Sir Lancelot  returns from the dead, old feelings reignite. Gwen must fight temptation before she commits an unspeakable act of betrayal; one that would destroy the legacy of Camelot forever. With heads and hearts thrown into turmoil, Merlin becomes suspicious. Can a man really defy death, or is there something more sinister at play?

10. A Herald Of The New Age

Airing 3 December on BBC1

The Camelot Knights stumble across an eerie shrine deep in the forest, its chilling atmosphere betraying a dark history best left undisturbed. But when Elyan ignores Merlin’s warning, his actions spark a chain of events more frightening than anyone could possibly have imagined… Can a grievous wrong be put right? Or will past demons change the future forever?

11. The Hunter’s Heart

Airing 10 December on BBC1

Morgana finds a powerful ally in the Southron warlord Helios (Terence Maynard). Together they hatch the perfect plan to force Camelot to its knees… With the Kingdom – and Arthur – preoccupied by the arrival of the beautiful Princess Mithian (Janet Montgomery), it falls to an absent friend to raise the alarm. But with past wounds still raw, can love really conquer all when Guinevere returns? Or is a deadly arrow destined to fly straight into the heart of Camelot?

12. The Sword in the Stone Part 1

Airing 17 December on BBC1

With Morgana at the head of a vast Southron army, a deadly net is closing in around Camelot. When the sorceress strikes, the ferocity of her attack forces everyone to run for their lives – even Arthur. But Morgana won’t let him escape that easily. And so begins a chilling hunt. Can Merlin save the King from Morgana’s clutches? Or has Arthur’s luck finally run out?

13. The Sword in the Stone Part 2

Airing 24 December on BBC1

Morgana and Helios have successfully captured Camelot, and Merlin and Arthur are outlaws on the run. Trapped in Ealdor with a ruthless army closing in, their situation becomes desperate. Arthur must take control before Camelot is lost forever… But faced with Agravaine’s betrayal and the strength of Morgana’s force, the young King has lost his conviction. Only Merlin can restore his faith, and only an extraordinary act can prove to the King that he was born to rule. Will the young warlock convince Arthur before his dreams of Albion fall to pieces?

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  • Merlinfan

    OMG, These three episodes look really interesting, i can’t wait for the weeks ahead.
    MERLIN RULES, GO MERLIN WOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Merlinfan

    OMG, These three episodes look really interesting, i can’t wait for the weeks ahead.
    MERLIN RULES, GO MERLIN WOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Merlinfan

    OMG, These three episodes look really interesting, i can’t wait for the weeks ahead.
    MERLIN RULES, GO MERLIN WOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Shaking with excitement. (Big smile spreads across face)

  • Anonymous

    Shaking with excitement. (Big smile spreads across face)

  • Anonymous

    Shaking with excitement. (Big smile spreads across face)

  • Marlena

    let me guess, merlin fights morgana and morgana nearly kills merlin

    • http://twitter.com/Numberpengu Pengu

      No its the dorocha or something that he touches a bit like in series 1 with arthur and they must travel to the isle of the blessed to save him(totally like series 1 of merlin)

  • http://twitter.com/Numberpengu Pengu

    ok old merlin doesnt save uther

  • Anonymous

    Arthur is finally KING!!! Awesome series ahead now!

    • Merlinfan

      Yeah i know it SOOOOOOOOO AWESOME, it has finally happened, but all we have to do now is wait until Gwen and Arthur get married and wait until Gwen is crowned Queen. This season has been AMAZING so far, I cannot wait for the weeks ahead, GO MERLIN WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Marlena

    wow morgana uses merlin?

  • Pdurston

    Is it me, or does this series seem to be just getting better and better. Such an improvement and step – up from it previous series’.

  • http://twitter.com/Numberpengu Pengu

    MORGANA USES MERLIN BRILLIANT lets hope arthurs damage wont be too bad

  • Anonymous

    What happened to Merlin being the most powerful wizard ever? The wizard who wiped out Nimue in series 1?  Has he actually been losing his powers since then? He doesnt seem capable of taking anyone on with any real chops now.

    Im kind of surprised though by how fast they’ve moved in making Arthur king. They cant wait long till Arthur marries Gwen presumably – so will they reach the point she betrays him with Lancelot & the subsequent fallout for the kingdom? Or leave that for After The End?

    • Marlena

      she doesn’t betray him with lancelot, gwen was wearing a suspicious looking bracelet, so it might’ve been an enchantment

    • Anonymous

      How fast making Arthur king? We’ve been waiting 3 series!

  • Anonymous

    Episode 6 looks AMAZING!!!

  • Kathykat11

    Episode 7 looks great maybe Morgana is the next to find out merlins secret

    • http://twitter.com/Numberpengu Pengu

      probably i think she will use it well though nobody will expect her to tell the truth anymore so there will be something else she will use it for i would expect

  • http://twitter.com/Numberpengu Pengu

    6. A Servant of Two Masters wow morgana has her work cut out

  • Anonymous

    The next few episodes look amazing!

  • Alljul

    What episode do you think lancelot will return in? perhaps the last two episodes leading up to arthurs wedding?

    • Merlinfan

      I think he is likely to retern between episodes 9-13, as i think that either gwen and arthur get married and then they do gwen betraying arthur with lancelot or it could be the other way round before they are even married? hmmmm……. but that is my opinion on it, what do you think about it? !!!!!!!!!!

      • Alljul

        in series three lancelot came back in the very last episode. At the end of each series of merlin there has always been a cliffhanger episode so i think maybe the will they wont they wedding may be the cliffhanger. Yes it is soooooooo exciting especially to see here what the next episodes will be.

  • Merlinfan

    All these episodes have been AMAZING so far and i really cannot wait for the weeks ahead GO MERLIN!!!! WOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Numberpengu Pengu

    seems episode 6 will end up fine and as gaius doesnt die im happy

    • Merlinfan

      Gaius doesn’t die, morgana just thinks he was dead because agravaine put arthurs mind at rest saying he didn’t do anything and that gaius knew the route he was taking, so morgana said to him he could do better by trying to kill Gaius but of course he doesn’t.  

  • Kathykat11

    really can’t wait for ep 9!!!

  • Jerry The Tomato

    I love Merlin! Episode 7 looks really good, EXCITED! Although the bit with Gaius in the trailer was a bit freaky….

    GOTH MORGANA FTW!!!!

  • Merlinrocks babes

    gosh it looks really intersting.
    especially episode 9 it looks like its full of juicy secrets and love.
    cannot wait for episode 9

  • Merlinfan

    I really REALLY cannot wait until episode 9, it will be one of my favourite episode’s of the season because it is full of love and excitement because LANCELOT IS BACK HURRAY, although i cannot wait to see what the other episode’s have in store, i am just so so excited becuase there will be lots of drama and secrets, it will be fabulous and i can’t wait, MERLIN IS THE BEST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kathykat11

    cannot waity until episode 9 and episode 11 they both sound really gud but i’m still looking forward to saturdays and episode 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jerry The Tomato

    Every week, once Merlin’s on
    SOMEONE (Usually Dad): Is that Lancelot?
    ME AND MUM (the only people who seem to register he’s dead): *Facepalm* No.

    THIS WEEK:
    SOMEONE (Usually Dad): Is that Lancelot?

    ME AND MUM (the only people who seem to register he’s dead): *Facepalm* No.
    ME: But he’s coming bback sometime this series, apparently. But he’s still dead at the moment, so you’re wrong, still.
    DAD: But I WAS right! Lancelot will return!
    ME AND MUM: *Facepalm*

  • Anonymous

    could young merlin come back as old merlin to reveal arthurs future? would this be the extraordinary act? what do you think?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Reid/100001408493659 Robert Reid

    Looks like a great finale.  I wonder if the scene Morgana dreamt in episode 1 (old Merlin:  Did you really want this Morgana?  on a battlefield with lots of dead people) will actually happen.
      I am sure Excalibur will be the extraordinary act that will convince Arthur of his destiny.  I would not count on Merlin revealing his magic though.  How could Arthur comprehend it with all those monumental things happening?

    • Anonymous

      I think that battlefield is in the very distant future when Merlin is truly old, not young Merlin using the aging spell.  Morgana misunderstood in thinking this is how Emrys currently looks and didn’t realize it’s Emrys many decades in the future, otherwise she would start looking for a much younger sorcerer. 

  • Anonymous

    ah yes i forgot about the legendry “pulling the sword from the stone”. only a true king can do that.

  • TARDIS

    Morgana=Moaning Myrtle
    So much RESEMBLENCE
    (…Sorry, just watched HP 2 again).

  • Anonymous

    EPIC! EPIC! EPIC!

  • http://twitter.com/Numberpengu Pengu

    He was born to rule? Yeah i think so

  • Anonymous

    Tonight’s episode was sensational, the trailer leaves me wanting a time machine!

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