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-Do you already know the ending for the show's last ever episode?
-Julian: "Yeah, we don't know which series that'll be in, but we've always had an idea of how we would end it, absolutely. Obviously to some extend the legend had written it for us. The story of Arthur's death is a very well told one, but our version of it isn't quite the same as everyone else's, we'll give it our twist. But yeah, strangely enough we've had an idea since the very beginning." Source.
Series 5 Spoilers
-According to Johnny Capps series 5 will open again with a two-parter written by Julian Jones and will have lots of surprising twists and turns and will go in a direction that the audience wont be expecting Source and Source.
-Merlin will open with a two-parter and will jump forward in time. All the characters will have moved on a lot, everyone will be surprised where all the characters are.
-Gwen is now the Queen of Camelot and has a very different role than she's had in previous seasons. She will play a more prominent role as Arthur's confidant but it won't change the relationship between Arthur and Merlin because Gwen and Merlin have always been close and there's been a bond there. It will make it a greater dynamic as three often shakes it up and makes it richer.
-Love won't be on the cards for Merlin, although it's not fully ruled out. There are some interesting stories about Merlin being seduced away from the path Source and Source.
-According to Julian Murphy, the series 4 finale features the return of an evil character: "There's a surprising twist at the end of this season that becomes a big part of season five." Source.
-A few more characters from the Arthurian legend are gonna be brought it in series 5 Source.
-Series 5 is gonna be darker.
-An older and wiser Merlin will struggle between making some very difficult decisions and having to tread a very careful path between what is good and what is bad Source and Source.
-Morgana won't get any less powerful, she's growing into a stronger and more committed enemy than ever before.
-Series 5 will focus on Merlin's development as well as Arthur as the king of the Round Table.
-Merlin has gone from reluctantly killing enemies to protect the king to becoming a much more focused, powerful and stronger wizard (as killing Agravaine and his attempt on Morgana's life prove) as he grows into the sorcerer of legend. Series 5 will take him on that journey with all the dangers and temptations that it brings. With Arthur being King and Albion already in the making there'll be more for Merlin to fight for and to protect. As he gets older, he's tested as a character because everything in the world becomes more serious.
-After the finale showed the white dragon Aithusa saving an injured Morgana, there's been some debate on whether the creators are drawing on the legend of the red dragon (representing Camelot) kills the white dragon (symbolising the Saxons) and the writers are clearly satisfied with the reaction: "We hoped it was a nice tease..." They'll play with the idea of the two battling dragons, the red one and the white one, with their own twist.
-Mordred has a job to do at the end of the story.
-The opening double parter will be a jump ahead in time and it'll be surprising to realize where all the characters are.
-Gwen will have a more prominent role as Arthur's confidant.
-No love interest for Merlin this season.
-"The length of Merlin is all about whether the audience are enjoying it. If they still enjoy the series we'll keep making it, but we will absolutely wrap it up properly when it does come to an end" Source and Source.
Katie on Morgana having any chance of redemption before the show's finale: "Well, if you know the legend, you know that at the end of the day Morgana is the hero! Morgana heals Arthur's wounds and takes him off to Albion where he's waiting to be the wonderful future king. So really Arthur's not actually the hero, it's Morgana! So I'm assuming she'll have to have redemption, yeah!" Source.
-Merlin seems to be wearing his same old servant clothes in eps 1 and 2 Source. Apparently, according to TPTB Merlin's distinctive clothing has become a trademark and they don't plan to change that Source.
-Morgana's new outfits are more sumptuous, less "she's living in a hovel" and more sort of "medievalcouture" Source.
-Just got back from the valleys after day2 of #Merlin. Ab-sol-ut-elly shattered. Don't know how saxons did it. #NewFoundRespect Source.
-I literally couldn't ache anymore if yesterday I spent 5 hours in the gym. Instead I had a sword fight in a forrest dressed as a saxon... Source.
-"Merlin revealing his magic is definitely going to be the ultimate test for Arthur and Merlin, and I think it might be explored in the fifth season. The levels of trust between friends is one thing, but Arthur's distrust of magic is something that runs longer than he and Merlin have been friends. It will take much more influence and much more work to break and to overcome. Certainly we're entering into that territory, but it's never going to be an easy task for Merlin. Still, it has to happen sooner or later."
-Johnny Capps also offers a tantalizing possibility of things to come: "I think," he says, "the return of Mordred would be very interesting."
-Feb 29th: Merlin day 3: 9 army arming jackets complete, now making 10 court lady's dresses.
-Feb 28th: Merlin day 2: assigned team Camelot.
-Feb 27th: Merlin day 1: 9 army arming jackets from scratch.
-While filming at Clearwell Caves Colin Morgan was spotted wearing a "red scraf thingy and tunic type thing". His hair was "sort of swept back... no fringe" Source (March 30th)
March 29th-30th filming report from an extra (Martin Fox):
-29th March 2012 and the last bookings for this tax year saw me off the Cearwell Caves, Coleford for two days as a slave/worker on 'Merlin'. Called at 9 o'clock on the first day and into make-up for a good grubbing down and into costume, which consisted of linen pants and boots. Then with other slaves and some sinister Saxon warriors it was down the mines for lots of 2nd unit shots of workers mining. To be composited to make large scenes of a big mine. Interested to see.
-30th March and 8 o'clock cal time. Back into make up and costume then back off down the mine. Not as active, but more of us to sit and chat with. Wrap at 8pm Source.
Colin Morgan on 4x13 and series 5: "After Uther died, there was an interesting transition within the characters as Arthur put family over friends. That was a difficult transition for Merlin to overcome. One of the key elements in the finale is Arthur seeing his uncle for who he is, and positively reflecting on Merlin's valued friendship. Arthur always knew Merlin was a good friend and a trusted guy, but to realize he's loyally been there the entire time is a big revelation for Arthur and certainly paves the way for where we're going in Season Five." Source.
-The knights have been filming separately. Adetomiwa mentioned not having seen Tom Hopper for about 3 weeks but he did confirm he'd been filming too Source.
-(April 4th) Stunning to be around the wolves. Now going to try and get out of 6 inches of snow back to Devon...not hopeful!
-(April 4th) Snow is playing merry hell with our fake snow.
-(April 3rd) Mmm, problem, How to get snarling wolf leaping at camera.....I know, tie a chicken leg to the end of the lens....brilliant.
-(April 2nd) Have just been howling with the wolves.
-(April 1st) Off to play with magic wolves for 'merlin' in Wales tomorrow. Very exciting.
-(March 28th) Visit a castle and find a fake winter scene for the filming of the Merlin tv show.
-(April 5th) Winter wonderland! Was very cool to work with the BBCs Merlin crew and cameraman Toby Strong! -(April 5th) Incredible couple of days in Wales with wolves and 7 inches of snow!! Source.
-Merlin filming wolves in Wales with wolves and fake snow pictures here and here.
Edit: The original source (cameraman Ryan Edwards) has removed the twitters. You can see the pictures here.
-Toby Strong filming report about shooting with wolves in North Wales here.
Colin Morgan interview here:
-It's time that Arthur learns the truth (about Merlin's secret). But it will be a real test for both of them and it's uncertain if their friendship'll survive such a revelation. Arthur is so convinced that magic is evil and killed his father and his mother that he'll struggle to remain objective. And Morgana and her scheming'll also have an influence on Arthur's opinion on the use of magic.
-The action in series 5 takes place a few years after season 4.
-Mordred returns. Anyone familiar with Arthurian legend knows that Mordred plays a central role in the fall of Camelot. His presence is no good omen for the kingdom.
-Dragons will also be at the heart of the action, because Merlin and Morgana now derive their powers of these magical creatures. Their next battle should be epic. Morgana could outmaneuver him this time.
Eoin Macken on series 5 Gwaine: "wait til series 5....the show gets really fricking cool this year and Gwaine does some wicked stuff" Source.
The knights have a slightly bigger role in series 5 Source.
Julian Murphy CultBox interview (Part 1) here:
-Series 5 will feature more Arthurian legends although they'll put a different spin on them.
-At least two of them can be found in this list (The Green Knight, Mark, King of Cornwall and Vivienne).
-Series 5 won't have as many meaty guest roles as the earlier series did due to the bigger amount of cast regulars.
-The Knights will be developed further.
-Series 5 will be darker.
-Guinevere is Queen so we'll see her in a wildly different role to before. They'll return to her family.
-There are some new female characters.
-They are going on very interesting journeys with both Morgana and Gwen, those two characters go on paths that people won't expect.
Part 2 here:
-Merlin will get to do some quests on his own as there are sore stories in this series in which Merlin acts alone proactively. Merlin's grown up, we could see the sort of character he was becoming by the end of the last series and they are following that truthfully.
-The length of the time jump will be enjoyed and discovered in ep 5x01.
-Lancelot is not likely to ever return.
-Still filming on 35mm and using a lot of green screen.
-The spin-off movie and animated series will take a long time. In the case of the animated spin-off, its life has to begin when the live action series ends. -No final decision on an eventual series 6 has been reached yet.
Janet Montgomery reveals some information about some of Princess Mithian's scenes: "so he gets stabbed with a sword and I hop over him escape the falling rubble and run to the wizard." Source. Princess Mithian remains a princess in season 5 Source. "Did I mention how lovely Katie Mcgrath is? She's also even prettier in person than on screen. She's my newest frenemy" Source.
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