The Sword In The Stone Part 1

Season 4, Ep 12, Aired 12/17/11
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  • Episode Description
  • Morgana manages to close in around Camelot by leading the vast and powerful Southron army. Her strike proves to be a successful one that forces Arthur and his close loyals run for their lives. However, Morgana won't be satisfied with letting him escape that easily and a chilling hunt will follow. Will Merlin be able to save the King from Morgana's clutches or will Arthur's luck have finally run out?

  • Cast & Crew
  • Colin Morgan


  • Richard Wilson (III)


  • Angel Coulby

    Gwen (Guinevere)

  • Bradley James (II)

    Arthur Pendragon

  • Katie McGrath


  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • series 3 finale 2.0

    By 5555555555, Oct 29, 2012

  • Dying to watch the next episode!

    By Vaish_valar, Dec 20, 2011

  • The Sword In The Stone Part 1

    By TrueTvWatcher, Dec 18, 2011

  • disappointed

    By manywhitetoes, Dec 18, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (42)

    • Arthur: What's taking so long?
      Merlin: It's the feast of Beltane. The king must look kingly.
      Arthur: I'm not gonna look kingly in my undergarments, am I?
      Merlin: Have a little... patience. Think of something pleasant!
      Arthur: You in the stocks?
      Merlin: Wait one... second...
      Arthur: One! What have you got there?
      Merlin: (Hiding something behind his back) Nothing. My hand. My other hand.
      Arthur: (Retrives what Merlin is hiding) Why are you putting another hole in this belt?
      Merlin: I was uh... enhancing it for comfort and ease of use.
      Arthur: Are you saying I'm fat?
      Merlin: No. I'm just saying that the belt is one hole shy of perfection.
      Arthur: Ridiculous! (Arthur struggles to put the belt on but it's too tight)
      Merlin: Don't be too hard on yourself, a little extra padding goes with the job with all the feasts and banquets and ceremonies...
      Arthur: All right, Merlin, do what you have to. Not a word of this to anyone, understand?
      Merlin: Trust me. If there's one thing I'm good at it's... keeping secrets.

    • Arthur: Ah, my favourite... herb crusted capon.
      Merlin: Easy now, we don't want any more holes in that belt!
      (Sir Percival almost chokes on his drink and Arthur pretends to laugh amused)
      Merlin: (To Gaius) Wine?
      (Gaius nodds)
      Arthur: Merlin? (Grabbing a fist of Merlin's clothes and pulling him closer) It's a good job you don't have anything of any actual importance to keep secret, isn't it?

    • Merlin: Are you all right?
      Arthur: No one likes to be called fat, Merlin.
      Merlin: Sorry. It's Gwen, isn't it?
      Arthur: I look for her in the room, she's not there. Then I remember why.

    • Sir Elyan: This is your doing.
      Agravaine: Stand aside. There's nothing you can do about it now.
      Sir Elyan: I can kill you for the traitor that you are!
      Agravaine: Brave words, Elyan. And they shall be your last.
      Morgana: (Blasts Sir Elyan away) We don't have time to play soldiers, Agravaine.

    • Gaius: How did this happen? How did they get in without being detected?
      Merlin: Agravaine was planning something.
      Gaius: It seems your worst fears have been realised, Merlin.

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    Notes (8)

    • Also Known As:
      France: L'Épée Dans La Pierre, Première partie.
      Germany: Das Schwert im Stein, Teil 1.
      Italy: La Spada Nella Roccia (1ª parte).
      Poland: Miecz w kamieniu: cz��� pierwsza.
      Portugal: A Espada Na Pedra Part 1.

    • International Air Dates:
      Australia: January 1st, 2012 on Ten.
      Canada: March 25th, 2012 on Space.
      France: April 13th, 2012 on Canal + Family.
      Germany: March 21st, 2012 on Super RTL.
      Italy: September 25th, 2012 on Italia 1.
      Sweden: November 24th, 2012 on SVT2.
      Turkey: May 6, 2012 on CNBC-e.
      USA: March 23rd, 2012 on Syfy.

    • According to Colin Morgan, he loved acting alongside Miranda Raison who was teased about "her Lara Croft curves".

    • 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).

    • This episode consists of two parts albeit either part is scripted by a different writer.
      This is the fifth time that a two parter episode is featured in Merlin (the first time being episode 2x05 Beauty and the Beast – Part One and episode 2x06 Beauty and the Beast – Part Two, the second being episode 3x01 The Tears Of Uther Pendragon Part 1 and episode 3x02 The Tears Of Uther Pendragon Part 2, the third time being episode 3x12 The Coming Of Arthur, Part 1and episode 3x13 The Coming Of Arthur, Part 2 and the fourth time being episode 4x01 The Darkest Hour, Part 1 and 4x02 The Darkest Hour, Part 2.
      Series 4 is the second one to begin and end with a two parter episode after series 3.

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    Trivia (9)

    • Despite the title, Excalibur is not featured in the episode.

    • Goof: Isolde doesn't bleed at all from her sword wound, not even right after suffering the injury.

    • Goof: When dressed as a commoner, Arthur switches from wearing sandals to rain boots and back to sandals again.

    • In the scene where Tristan examines Arthur's sword, a stain on Arthur's shirt is only visible in the frontal takes whereas it disappears in the side ones. Likewise, rain is only visible in the frontal takes whereas there is no sign of it in the side ones. At the end of the scene, Merlin ruffles Arthur's hair in a side take but Arthur's hair is back to normal in the frontal take that follows.

    • After Cenred was killed by Morgause in episode 3x12 The Coming Of Arthur, Part 1 Cenred's kingdom has become Lot's kingdom.

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