Morgana, together with Nemeth and King Odin, uses Princess Mithian as the perfect bait to lure Arthur to his death. She manages to come up with a deception so effective that everyone in Camelot, Merlin included, is taken in.
Will the young warlock be able to see through the trickery before it's too late? Or will Morgana finally satisfy her thirst for revenge?
Voice of the Great Dragon
This episode refers to two events seen in the past: King Odin's son being killed by Arthur (as told in episode 2x02 The Once And Future Queen) and King Odin being responsible for King Uther's death (as seen in episode 4x03 The Wicked Day).
The ancient tomb of King Lothar, three leagues from Camelot's border, is the spot chosen by King Odin and Morgana to keep King Rodor and trap Arthur.
Goof: Despite having ridden since they left Camelot once Merlin is hurt and two groups are formed, they all carry on on foot for no reason even though time is of the essence.
Goof: Despite agreeing to doing her the kindness, Merlin hasn't filled up Mithian's skin at all when he puts the stopper on it.
Goof: Morgana leaves Camelot on a white horse. Later on she can be seen riding a grey one and then she rides a white one again.
Sir Percival (Tom Hopper) has no lines in this episode.
This is the second episode in which Percival carries a sick/wounded Merlin after episode 4x02 The Darkest Hour Part 2.
This episode marks the fifth time in which Gaius performs magic, the first time being in episode 1x04 The Poisoned Chalice when he prepared the morteaus flower to save Merlin's life, the second in episode 1x06 A Remedy to Cure All Ills when he tries to stop Edward Muirden from going on with his deadly plan (only that this time he didn't achieve to convey it well), the third time in episode episode 3x09 Love In The Time Of Dragons to destroy the Manticore's box, the fourth time in episode 3x13 The Coming of Arthur Part 2 when he uses a spell to blast Morgause and the fifth time in episode 4x07 The Secret Sharer when he puts a ring of fire out.
King Odin: Princess Mithian. You are as beautiful as they say.
Princess Mithian: And you, Odin, are a cold-blooded murderer.
King Rodor: Why have you done this?
Morgana: You should choose your allies more carefully. Any friend of Camelot is an enemy of mine.
King Odin: So... we divide the spoils as agreed.
Morgana: Take whatever you wish.
King Odin: Then... what is your business here, Morgana?
Morgana: I seek what is rightfully mine. I seek the throne of Camelot. And for that I need an army.
King Odin: My army...
Morgana: I believe they showed their mettle today.
King Odin: And what do I receive in return for this service?
Morgana: Arthur. To do with as you wish.
Arthur: (About Princess Mithian) How is she?
Merlin: She's weak and she's clearly exhausted. But she'll live.
Arthur: Good. I'll speak to her at once.
Merlin: (Preventing him from leaving the room) Actually, no.
Arthur: Excuse me?
Merlin: She's not to be disturbed until morning.
Arthur: This is important.
Merlin: And so is the health of the Princess.
Arthur: Did you just give me an order?
Merlin: Yes, Sire.
Arthur: Feels good does it?
Merlin: It's... not unpleasant.
Princess Mithian: Your magic may be strong, Morgana, But you can't keep this up for long. It's exhausting you.
Morgana: Enough! You just concentrate on making sure your friends believe your story.
Arthur: Odin has no care for the suffering he causes.
Princess Mithian: My father is an old man. He cannot fend for himself. I have no-one else to turn to but you, Arthur. You are my only hope...
Arthur: Mithian, I understand how you must be feeling. And I will do everything in my power to help you.
Gaius: Odin has long been after your blood. If he finds out about this, you could have an entire army at your backs.
Arthur: That's true, but Odin doesn't know where Rodor is. And we do.
Hilde / Old Morgana: (To Princess Mithian) I would not test me if I were you. You would not enjoy the consequences.
Merlin: There's something not quite right with Mithian.
Gaius: Should I go and see her?
Merlin: No, it's not like that. She's not unwell... it's as if she's frightened of something.
Gaius: Well, she's worried, Merlin. She's worried about her father. It's only to be expected.
Merlin: It's more than that. I can see fear in her eyes. It's not the Mithian I know.
Gaius: The Mithian you knew was here in happier times.
Merlin: It's not just Mithian. It's Hilde. There's something not right between them.
Gwen: Arthur, why have you agreed to help Mithian?
Arthur: Because Nemeth is our ally.
Gwen: One small slip and Camelot could find itself without a King.
Arthur: That is a risk I'm prepared to take.
Gwen: For Nemeth or for yourself?
Arthur: What do you mean "for myself?"
Gwen: It was Odin who took your father's life. You can't deny that you've been waiting for a chance to retaliate.
Arthur: Whatever I feel about Odin has nothing to do with this.
Arthur: (Walking towards her) Absolutely not. It's about helping our friends. No more, no less.
Gwen: Good. I just wanted to be sure.
Arthur: (Stroking her arms) But you were right to ask. I rely on your honesty, Guinevere. And I love you for it (Kisses her in the forehead).
King Odin: The tomb of a king. A fitting end to Arthur's journey, don't you think?
King Rodor: You lead an honourable man to his death, Odin. You're no king, you're little more than a common criminal.
King Odin: Arthur is the criminal. He proved that when he murdered my son.
Hilde / Old Morgana: If you betray me again, I'll bury your father alive. Understand?
Princess Mithian: (Being inflicted pain through a burning bracelet) Yes! Yes! Please make it stop.
Merlin: Sire... wait!
Arthur: What is it?
Merlin: This mission... Sire...
Arthur: ... is too dangerous and I shouldn't go?
Merlin: Yeah, you're thinking the same thing?
Arthur: No, I'm thinking that's what you always say. But here I am. Two legs, two arms, my own teeth.
Merlin: I've got a funny feeling though there's something we're missing. Something we don't know.
Arthur: But you can't say what exactly?
Merlin: Maybe we should delay the mission until we have all the facts at our disposal?
Arthur: Fine. Oh, go and tell Princess Mithian that we've decided to let her father die because you have a funny feeling (Pause. Merlin says nothing) I didn't think so.
Merlin: (Noticing Mithian's wrist burn) How did you get that?
Princess Mithian: I... I was bound by Odin's men before I escaped.
Merlin: I'm sorry. I didn't realize that.
Hilde / Old Morgana: It's a very painful memory. I'm sure she'd rather not dwell on it.
Merlin: Of course, I understand.
Merlin: It doesn't make sense. Mithian told Arthur that she'd escaped. She never said anything about being captured.
Gaius: She was in shock, Merlin.
Merlin: That's quite an important detail to leave out of your story.
Gaius: Why would she lie?
Merlin: Because she didn't want me to know how she really got that burn on her wrist. Gaius, there's something not right here.
Merlin: Arthur. Are you sure this is the right thing to be doing?
Arthur: Ah, your funny feeling again, is it?
Merlin: Something like that.
Arthur: Have you been talking to Guinevere?
Merlin: No. Why did you ask? Did she have doubts about you rescuing Rodor?
Arthur: Odin is a plague on this land. I can't just stand by and let him murder Mithian's father as he murdered my own.
Merlin: I know what he did. God knows I understand why you hate him. But to risk so much for one small act of revenge...
Arthur: Tell me, Merlin, if you were me, if you were in my shoes, would you do any different?
Merlin: Probably not.
Gaius: You're in excellent health, Hilde.
Hilde / Old Morgana: Thank you, Gaius.
Gaius: In better shape than me at any rate.
Gaius: (About Hilde / Old Morgana) Merlin, it's amazing. Her blood... it flows with the strength and vigour of someone half her age.
Merlin: How is that possible?
Gaius: I'm not entirely sure. All I know is she's better preserved than anyone her age has any right to be.
Sir Leon: Sir, we are but few. If we're seen, there will be no escape. Would it not be wise to remain here, until...?
Arthur: Out of the question. Time's a luxury we don't have.
Sir Leon: But we have good cover. With any luck, the patrols will pass us by soon enough...
Arthur: We press on for Nemeth. Make ready to depart.
Gaius: (About Merlin) He's taken a heavy blow to the head...
Arthur: But he'll be all right?
Gaius: He should be fine, Sire, but there's no telling when he'll regain consciousness.
Arthur: We can't wait for him. Not if we're to stand a chance of reaching Rodor before Odin's men. Gwaine, you stay here with Merlin and Gaius. The rest of us make for Nemeth.
Gaius: (Casts a spell to heal Merlin) Come on, Merlin (He carries on casting the spell) Please, Merlin. That's all I have. Let it be enough.
Merlin: Hilde... it's Morgana.
Merlin: She's been using some kind of ageing spell.
Gaius: That explains why she's always so tired.
Merlin: Mithian tried to warn me, but I couldn't get to Arthur in time. Morgana got to me first...
Gaius: And very nearly killed you, Merlin.
Merlin: Yes... she didn't count on a sorcerer of your power now, did she?
Gaius: Indeed. But please, Merlin. Don't make me do that again. I'm not sure my heart can take it.
Sir Gwaine: (Relieved to see him back to health) Merlin!
Merlin: (Grabbing a sword and heading off) We need to get to Arthur. He's walking straight into a trap!
Arthur: I don't understand. Where's your father?
Princess Mithian: He's not here.
Arthur: Then where is he?
Princess Mithian: Arthur... I...
(Footsteps approach and soon they are surrounded by Odin's men. Arthur and Percival engage them in a fight but they are outnumbered and soon made prisoners)
Arthur: (To Princess Mithian) What wrong have I done you?
King Odin: Arthur Pendragon. At last. I've waited many years for this moment. You killed my son. You took what was most precious from me... and now you will pay the forfeit.
Hilde / Old Morgana: And not a moment too soon. You are not alone in having waited for this moment, Odin. Appearances can be deceptive, dear brother!
Arthur: My father's life... that wasn't enough?
King Odin: No.
Arthur: So be it. But understand this, Odin. You kill me, and you'll have all of Camelot to answer to.
King Odin: Camelot is nothing without its King.
Arthur: (Laughs) Then you don't know my knights. They will hunt you and they will find you. And they will not rest until they're done.
Sir Gwaine: We're too late.
Merlin: Not if we even up the numbers.
Sir Gwaine: Sounds good to me.
King Rodor: (After defeating some of Odin's men by the sword) Don't look so surprised. I commanded an army in my time.
Arthur: And you will do so again.
King Rodor: (Who is slowing their escape) Leave me.
Arthur: That's not going to happen. You're the reason we're here.
King Rodor: Leave me, save Mithian.
Arthur: Follow the ridge line.
King Rodor: What about you?
Arthur: We'll lead them the other way.
Princess Mithian: No!
Arthur: This is between me and Odin. You need no further part in this.
(Arthur is about to kill King Odin)
Merlin: Arthur! Stop! Think about what you're doing. What good will this achieve? How many times have you talked about uniting this land? Will killing this man make that dream any closer?
Arthur: He's right. This is no answer.
King Odin: Finish it. Finish it and be done.
Arthur: And what then? Your people will seek their revenge. A war without an end.
King Odin: There is no other way.
Arthur: There is another way. In return for your life, you must restore Rodor to the throne of Nemeth.
King Odin: Even if I agreed, it solves nothing. What about us, Pendragon?
Arthur: A truce. Binding our kingdoms to peace.
King Odin: Never!
Arthur: Is this what you want? To die here, now, knowing that you condemn this land to war? Odin. We cannot let it end like this. The blood will never wash off.
King Odin: You killed my son.
Arthur: You killed my father! We have both lost much at the other's hand. Let us lose no more. I'm offering you the chance to end this. Take it! (Removes his sword from Odin's neck and throws it to the ground) Take it! (Holds his arm out)
King Odin: (Holding Arthur's arm and standing up) So be it. A truce... it is.
Arthur: Odin has withdrawn his army from Nemeth and its lands.
Princess Mithian: All thanks to you.
Arthur: Well, everyone played their part.
Princess Mithian: I know I played mine. Arthur...
Arthur: Mithian... you don't need to apologise. You had no choice. I would have done the same thing had it been my father.
Princess Mithian: Camelot is fortunate to have such a king such as you.
Arthur: It is I that is fortunate. Camelot would be nothing were it not for the courage and loyalty of its friends.
Gwen: You could have killed Odin. You had every reason. But you did something far more important. Gave the people of this land hope for the future. I'm proud of you.
Arthur: Merlin should take some of the credit. It turns out he's not always entirely stupid.
Gwen: Was that a compliment?
Arthur: Don't tell him, whatever you do. I'll never hear the end of it.
Gaius: It seems that things turned out well after all. To have signed a treaty with Odin is a great achievement. And it brings a united kingdom one step closer.
Merlin: Not while Morgana lives and breathes, it doesn't. Her power grows, Gaius. To have held an aging spell that long, that's frightening...
Gaius: Be that as it may, she is not yet your equal.
Merlin: And if that day should come?
Gaius: Let us hope it does not.
Also Known As:
Germany: Lothars Grab, Arthurs Falle, meaning 'Lothar's Tomb, Arthur's Trap'.
Poland: Inne zmartwienia.
Portugal: Outra Tristeza, meaning 'Another Sorrow'.
According to Jane Spicer, Merlin costume designer, Arthur's costumes in season 5 will remain fairly standard with subtle changes in his this year. For example, for the scenes in his private chamber with Gwen, he would be much more casually dressed with just a linen shirt and trousers.
The Great Dragon does not appear in this episode, but John Hurt is credited for the voice-over at the beginning of it.
27 October 2012 at 20:25–21:10 on BBC One.
2 November 2012 at 19:00-19:45 on BBC Three.
-Château de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, Oise, France (Camelot).
-Cardiff, Wales, UK (Studio sets).
-King Arthur's Cave, Lord's Wood, The Doward, Symonds yat, Herefordshire, England, UK (Exterior of the ancient tomb of King Lothar where King Rodor is kept).
-Candleston Castle, Merthyr mawr, former Glamorgan, Wales, UK (Ruins in the Forest of Gedref where Arthur and his men camp overnight).
-Cannop Ponds, The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, UK (Stream where Merlin finds Mithian's message).
-Puzzlewood, Forest of Dean, Coleford, Gloucestershire (Arthur and Merlin escape from King Rodor).
-Fforest Fawr, Cardiff, Wales, UK (Arthur confronts King Rodor).
-River Wye, Axe Edge Moor, Derbyshire, England, UK (The ridge from where the Nemeth town can be seen burning).
International Air Dates:
Australia: November 4, 2012 on Channel 10.
Canada: January 26th, 2013 on Space.
Turkey: March 3, 2013 on CNBC-e.
USA: January 25, 2013 on Syfy.
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