|I agree with the belief that Gwaine and Merlin's relationship has been incredibly strained. You can probably find a gif somewhere on tumblr but when Merlin saw Gwaine in that scene, he grabbed his bag off the door hanger and then thew it open, indicating that he wanted Gwaine to get out. I do see how others could attribute it to stress but still Merlin's reaction was less than pleased and actually rather hostile(too strong?) and definitely unwelcoming. Thus to me, it's really indicating an unexplained underlying tension.|
Yes, the way he opened the door was very pointed indeed. He was definitely unwelcoming, if not downright hostile, and I can't attribute it to stress either. It's true that we have not seen any overt rupture between them, and Tankim's right that we shouldn't really be put in the position of having to over analyse and speculate. However, as TPTB have not clarified matters, what else can we do?
These explanations I've come up with a purely based on my own judgement, they sort of run in together. -Being overexposed to each other. You might not be able to relate to this but I have some old friends from high-school who I only ever talk to if we happen to bump into each other by coincidence. We do have enjoyable conversations but I know that I'd never be able to hang out with them on a daily basis since we don't really have that much in common except for a few experiences in high-school. This could apply to the Gwaine and Merlin friendship
I see your point, but if this was the case, I would still have expected Merlin to greet Gwaine in a friendly manner. It doesn't explain the hostility or implied mistrust.
|-Gwaine's a bit of a loner and not good at fostering real friendships as indicative by his nomadic life and his own words of 'You're the only friend I have Merlin' (or something like that). Thus when he knew he'd have to stay put in Camelot, he tried to put more effort into making friends with the knights. He could either have been depressed or happy about his new found duties, thus concentrating more on them than Merlin.|
This strikes me as more likely. Gwaine certainly wouldn't be the first soldier to act the fool in an attempt to be liked and accepted by his comrades. The signs are that he was more interested in being part of the group than spending time with Merlin, at least in the first part of the season. [/QUOTE]
Also, Merlin's absolutely dedicated to Arthur and he himself might not have spent time with Gwaine, putting that friendship secondary. This could lead to some resentment especially as s3 Gwaine didn't really understand Merlin's devotion to Arthur.
I think Merlin is naturally gregarious, so despite his devotion to Arthur, I wouldn't expect him to neglect other friendships, as evidenced by his relationship with Lancelot.
|Just my speculations but I do agree with that suspicion that the s3 Gwaine/Merlin relationship was much healthier and positive than the Arthur/Merlin relationship and so the writers didn't want that overshadowing their main friendship. I still have hope for this friendship though!|