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Merlin: Series 5 Episode 10 Synopsis

Story details for the tenth episode of Merlin Series 5 have been revealed.

Morgana leads a terrifying manhunt in pursuit her old foe Alator of the Catha (Gary Lewis), for she knows without doubt that he can tell her exactly where to find Emrys.

Merlin’s life has never been in more danger, so when the mysterious Finna (Sorcha Cusack) offers to help him, is he right to trust her? Or will he find himself cornered with nowhere to run?

Colin Morgan is Merlin, Bradley James is Arthur, Angel Coulby is Gwen, Katie McGrath is Morgana, Richard Wilson is Gaius and John Hurt is the voice of the Great Dragon. Tom Hopper, Rupert Young, and Eoin Macken return as The Knights of the Round Table.

Episode 10 airs Saturday 8 December 2012 on BBC1.

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  • TARDIS44

    Still no signs of a magic reveal! Is it going to happen any time before Merlin’s fake beard becomes the real thing??

    • lp229

      Unfortunately, the producers are so stubborn on the issue it has now got to the point where they are bending continuity and creating large plot holes just to tell their insular vision of the show. For example, Morgana would have to be pretty thick to not realise that Merlin has magic, after he cast a spell at point blank range in font of her, at the end of ‘Another’s Sorrow’.

      While the synopsis of this episode sounds good in theory, Morgana obviously will not find out who Emrys really is because her dream, in Series 4, of Camlann shows her calling ‘old Merlin’ by this name. I can just see it being another episode that will build up the hopes of fans, only to disappoint because the writers aren’t daring enough to move away from their fixed formula.

      • Aislin

        Wish you weren’t right! (You probably will be, tough.)

        Anyways, nice to see Alator again. He was an interesting character. :)

      • TARDIS44

        I must agree with you on that one, it should be blindingly obvious for someone as powerful as Morgana that Merlin has magic. He has used it so much around here, she must elect to ignore it.
        It probably will just more build up, but i will be so annoyed if they leave the reveal til the finale, that isn’t nearly enough time for Merlin to be established as the most powerful sorcerer ever and Arthur’s advisor.

      • Nimueh123

        I so agree with you on the magic reveal. It has gone beyond ridiculous.
        On your point about Morgana: Morgana might well find out that Merlin has magic, but does not realize that he is Emrys (at the same time)
        Who knows! I am so fed up with the magic secret I can hardly express it in words – and I am getting increasingly frustrated with the main storyline not moving on, when there are so few episodes left.

        • lp229

          I think Morgana would put her curiosity towards Merlin and her knowledge of Emrys as an ally of Camelot together. To be honest, if the producers really wanted to have Morgana find out, they could have done it as far as Series 3 in a story where Morgana and Morgause decide to investigate why Merlin is willing to go to such lengths to save Arthur’s life.

          Otherwise, I agree entirely with your post, Nimeueh. ‘The Disir’ gives much weight to those rumors that Arthur is responsible for his own death because he won’t tolerate magic in the kingdom. It wouldn’t surprise me if Merlin’s magic is never revealed to Arthur. I maintain hope that not all is as it appears to be, for the producers are delusional if they think this is a fitting ending to a wonderful show with much promise. I don’t know why they havn’t stuck to the original ‘coming of age story’ they had planned to tell since Series 1. Even if they had been in a different frame of mind and had Merlin’s magic out early-mid Series 5, heading to Arthur’s death so quickly would still render all the significance placed on Arthur and Merlin’s destiny useless and would certainly destroy the moral messages the show gives through its characters.

          • Nimueh123

            Well said! I do wonder what happened to the ‘2 sides of the same coin’ prophecy.
            I assume we have to wait and see what they will really do with it. I would be surprised if they really killed Arthur off – He might be ‘killed’ but then be saved through some kind of ‘miracle’. We have not seen The Golden Age of Albion yet – surely that has to happen to make the storyarc somewhat believable! And I cannot see the Golden Age happening without Arthur and Merlin together.

          • lp229

            It would be awfully predictable if they just killed Arthur off, wouldn’t it? Although we all know what happens in the legends.

            Even though, I’m disappointed that little has changed so far, I’m hoping that they will do a twist on the ‘once and future king’ idea, so Arthur may be mortally wounded at Camlann but he returns to rule over the rest of the ‘Golden Age’ with Merlin at his side. This would still be boring since we havn’t seen him tolerate magic or create Albion. Another route they could follow, based on what we know so far, is to have Camlann at a distant point in the future beyond Series 5.

            Both ideas are wishful thinking, all the evidence: the spoilers, rumors and what has happened in the series so far points to the resolution we have discussed. At the very least, they must have a magic reveal. I don’t see how the producers could finish the show without having Arthur know of all that Merlin has done, after all the fans questioning them at conventions on the matter. It is the single moment that the show has been building up to for the last five years, to deny its loyal audience from it would be as good as sabotage. One of the reasons I have loved the show is because of the journey the characters have taken, and if this isn’t resolved properly, it will leave a bitter memory to the show for many.

  • AmyPondIsAwesome

    It’s about time they brought this plot point back.

  • nellie

    It looks like a lot of the plot for episodes 7 and 9 especially will focus on Gwen, which of course I’m really excited about, but it is nice to see this summary! Looks like it will be a lot of Merlin-centric plot. I feel like so far this series he sweeps in and helps when he can, but he’s not really the focus of the show. Hopefully this will change as the series progresses!

  • The_Silent_Shadow

    If this IS the real synopsis and not just made up (No official news yet), then I think there might be a magic reveal. Why would they continue this plot which almost had a reveal last time if it wasn’t? Why would they make one of the four last EVER Merlin episodes a filler? I think this IS important! I think this IS a magic reveal!

    • nellie

      I certainly hope you’re right. :)


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