Merlin's Fifth Season Will Be Its Last

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"Dibs on this large circular table."

And for its next trick, the BBC will make Merlin disappear! After five seasons, the BBC-produced fantasy series will vanish in a cloud of smoke as the creators of the popular program, Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, have decided to end the series on their own terms. So let's not go about using the term "canceled" and just say that it's ending, okay?

This might come as a bit of a shock to British fans of the series, as Season 5 is currently airing and expected to end in just over a month, on December 29. Members of Merlin's American viewership have a little but more time to accept the loss, as Season 5 isn't expected to begin airing on Syfy until January 4.

Merlin stars Colin Morgan as a young Merlin and is loosely based on the legend of the famous wizard who served King Arthur and the Court of Camelot. Capps and Murphy have released the following statement: "This is the series [American translation: season] 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."

I know Merlin is quite popular around these parts, so go ahead and grieve or rejoice in the comments below.

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