Season 4, Ep 8, Aired 11/19/11
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  • Episode Description
  • Merlin is drawn to a distant village when a mysterious illness strikes. However, it soon becomes clear that something sinister turns the air sour and that there is much more at stake than just his own well-being. Far from home and having to fare by himself, Merlin becomes entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse where he can trust no one. Confused about who is the hunter and who is the hunted, will the young warlock be able to survive long enough to find out the truth?moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Colin Morgan


  • Richard Wilson (III)


  • Angel Coulby

    Gwen (Guinevere)

  • Bradley James (II)

    Arthur Pendragon

  • Rupert Young

    Sir Leon

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • What?

    By pootato, Oct 30, 2012

  • Remember a few weeks ago Merlin was bewitched into trying to kill Arthur? In this ep, the knights get their turn. Lamia (a creature of magic half girl/half serpent or rather...octopus?) bewitches the knights into trashing Merlin... Filler? Oh Yes.

    By TylwythTeg, Nov 21, 2011

  • Lamia

    By texasislandr, Nov 26, 2011

  • The weakest so far in a great season of Merlin!

    By chasm4u, Nov 26, 2011

  • Lamia

    By TrueTvWatcher, Nov 24, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (39)

    • Mary Howden: Our village, we are blighted by a sickness. Three good men it has taken now. We have no physician, Sire. It is beyond our understanding.
      Arthur: I see.
      Mary Howden: Forgive me. I have no right to bring such a small matter before the king.
      Arthur: You have every right. It is my responsibility to protect the people of this kingdom, whoever they may be.
      Mary Howden: You'll help us?
      Arthur: I will do whatever I can.

    • Gaius: In normal circumstances, I would be happy to travel to this village to investigate, but...
      Arthur: Of course, I understand.
      Gaius: Might I make a suggestion, Sire? Why not send Merlin in my place?
      Arthur: Merlin?
      Gaius: He has a knowledge of the healing arts. If the diagnosis is straightforward he can prescribe a remedy.
      Arthur: And what if it isn't?
      Gaius: Then he can bring his findings to me.
      Arthur: Findings? Merlin can't find his own backside most of the time.
      Gaius: I think he is capable of much more than you imagine, Sire.
      Arthur: You really think he will be able to handle the responsibility?
      Gaius: Yes, Sire, I do.

    • Merlin: Do you really think I can do this, Gaius?
      Gaius: I know you can.
      Merlin: But I'm not a Physician. I don't have the knowledge you do.
      Gaius: You've been working with me for many years. I suspect you know more than you think.
      Merlin: I just do what you tell me to do, I don't have to make the decisions myself. These people will be putting their lives in my hands.
      Gaius: I put my life in your hands every day, Merlin. As does Arthur and Gwen and all of Camelot, though they may not know it. You are the one who holds the fate of this kingdom in the balance.
      Merlin: That's different. That doesn't require a lifetime of learning, just...
      Gaius: Intelligence? Courage? Compassion? All I know is I have every faith in you.

    • (Merlin is about to depart to a distant village to act as Physician on Gaius' behalf)
      Gaius: Are you ready?
      Merlin: As I'll ever be.

    • Gwen: John, it's good to see you. We came as quickly as we could.
      John Howden: Words cannot express our gratitude, Gwen. Where is Gaius?
      Merlin: I'm sorry. He was needed in Camelot but I will help in any way that I can.
      John Howden: We are living in fear for our lives. We need a skilled physician, not a boy!
      Sir Elyan: His name is Merlin!
      Gwen: He was appointed acting physician by King Arthur himself.

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    Notes (5)

    • International Air Dates:
      Australia: December 4th, 2011 on Ten.
      Canada: February 26th, 2012 on Space.
      France: March 30th, 2012 on Canal + Family.
      Germany: February 22nd, 2012 on Super RTL.
      Italy: September 19th, 2012 on Italia 1.
      Sweden: October 27th, 2012 on SVT2.
      Turkey: April 8, 2012 on CNBC-e.
      USA: February 24th, 2012 on Syfy.

    • Despite featured in the opening credits, Katie McGrath does not appear in this episode.
      It is the fifth time that Katie isn't featured in an episode after 2x09 The Lady Of The Lake, 2x13 The Last Dragonlord, 3x09 Love In The Time Of Dragons and 4x04 Aithusa.

    • The Great Dragon does not appear in this episode, but John Hurt is credited (for the voice-over at the beginning of the opening credits).

    • Filming locations:
      Château de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, Oise, France (Camelot).
      Cardiff, Wales, UK (Studio sets).
      Cosmeston Medieval Village, Wales, UK (Longstead).
      Three Bears Caves, Forest Fawr (Heol-y-fforest), Tongwynlais, UK (Entrance to the castle).
      Clearwell Caves, Lambsquay Road, near Coleford, Gloucestershire, England, UK (Tunnels in the castle).
      Fforest Fawr, Cardiff, Wales, UK (Forest scenes).

    • Broadcasts:
      Sat 19 Nov 2011 at 20:15-21:00pm on BBC One and BBC HD.
      Fri 25 Nov 2011 at 19:45-20:30pm on BBC Three.

    Trivia (4)

    • Goof: The tree that Guinevere ties the piece of clothe to changes from when she ties the clothe and when Arthur finds it. When she ties it to the tree, it was tall and she ties it around the tree. But when Arthur finds it, it was much shorter and sitting on top.

    • Goof: After being kissed by Lamia, Sir Percival falls to the ground unconscious and his left arm can be seen flexed and resting on his chest. Seconds after, when Sir Leon is knocked out close by, Sir Percival's left arm is resting on the ground,parallel to his body. Then again in the next take, when Merlin arrives, Sir Percival's left arm is once more flexed and resting on his torso.

    • Goof: After the fight with the slave traders is over, Sir Percival has no material time to reach Lamia between takes.

    • A Lamia is a creature of magic. They were created during the wars with the Ancient Kings when the High Priestesses of the Old Religion took the blood of a girl and mingled it with that of a serpent. The creatures they created had ferocious powers: they could control the mind of a man and suck the life from him with a single embrace. The Lamia proved more deadly than their makers had ever imagined. They could also transform at will and become hideous monsters.

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