Bradley James: (about Merlin's approach on the role of Arthur) No one is going to like him to begin with. It's a long journey for him to make to become the Arthur that is so familiar to us. Arthur's troubled past has made him a proud and emotionally repressed young man. He is a teenager encroaching on adulthood. He's grown up without a mother and he's never had an outlet for his emotions so he is keeping a lot within himself. He will be King one day. So he would not dare allow his friends to see a weaker side. He's expected to be a pillar of strength. There's a stubbornness that comes with that and as a result he is not able to sympathise with other people.