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BBC (ended 2012)
Season 2 has been made and there have been no leaks of any great changes. As a serial, there has to be a formulaic quality to each episode. However, I am more interested in the longer term narrative arc.
Arthur starts to 'accept Merlin as he really is' i.e. he starts to suspect that Merlin uses magic for good. This will introduce a secret between Arthur and his father which can never be revealed. Arthur comes to this realisation without Merlin's knowledge, very gradually.
Morgana and Merlin become great friends and share a telepathic ability used on many occasions for the greater good of camelot.
Merlin faces the limits of his powers as Gaius grows ill. He studies more and more to try to find a way to restore Gaius's health, without success. In the process, he becomes more powerful and sensitive but never achieves the ability to save Gaius from the inevitable. Gaius's declining health makes Merlin feel totally impotent. His death is a defining stage for Merlin. Without his mentor, and in intense grief, he is wild and on the verge of recklessly revealing his powers, but it is Arthur of all people who consoles him, confesses his knowledge of his sorcerry, and persuades him not to reveal it.
After Gaius's death, a new Court Physician is employed. He is not liked nor is he able. Merlin starts to use his magic to treat the ailments of Court to compensate. When it is revealed that the new physician sought the counsel of a suspected sorcerer he is dismissed and Merlin is 'temporarily' appointed in his place. There is a readjustment with Arthur. Arthur was behind and is pleased with Merlin's promotion but is very sad to lose him as his man-servant.
Gaius continues to appear in friendly ghost form to Merlin, as if still alive.
In the absence of regular servant duties, Arthur visits Merlin for advice and company. Inevitably as future king, he accepts that Merlin's (still secret) powers need to be under his influence, if not control. The relationship becomes more complex and balanced.
Merlin's sense of humour grows with his power. E.g. as Arthur is increasingly required to head formal matters of Camelot which he considers boring, so Merlin diffuses them with subtle practical jokes which only Arthur recognises.
Arthur marries Gwen. Gwen asks Merlin to give her away. Merlin is very emotional, apparently 'losing' his two best friends. Rather, his two wings form a circle with him at the centre. Hence the heart of the Golden Era is formed. This new staus quo will need working over a few times.
The conflict between Arthur and his father remains but changes character as Arthur gains in wisdom and recognises that his father's mental abilities are perhaps diminishing.
Uther calls upon Merlin's services as physician but never accepts him as he did Gaius or understands his humour. Merlin uses magic unnecessarily that Uther never quite notices in order to liven up his times with him.
The great dragon diminishes in importance and, sensing this, asks Merlin to honour his promise to release it. Merlin honours his promise but cannot possibly tell Arthur. The dragon wreaks havoc on Camelot. Merlin tries to reason in secret with the dragon. The dragon will stop as soon as magic is allowed once again. Uther orders Arthur to find and kill the one responsible for the dragon's release and to kill the dragon, even though it is the very last in existence. Arthur and Merlin have many new issues to work through.
That is enough for now.
|I think i heard somewhere that series 3 is being planned.|
|The very last frame says 'Series 3 coming soon'. I am not kidding!!Yay!!!|
We waited a while for Series 2, so we can do it again for Series 3 At least there will be a full series of Doctor Who to watch next year to pass the time, this year was different.