[QUOTE="Connor91"Merlin as a character away from his relationship with Arthur and Morgana. This coming from someone who isn't actually that fond of Merlin as a character.[/QUOTE]
I think that would be a very difficult thing to pull off at this point (not impossible mind you). First off, Merlin works for Arthur and is around him all the time. Morgana is out to kill Arthur that cause Merlin to butt heads with her a lot. By the very nature of the situationopportunitiesto get away from both of those characters for asignificantlengthof time are few. Second, Merlin as a character isobsessedwith the idea of Albion. Arthur is the means by which that can be accomplished. Morgana is the means where that can beunraveled. Even if you remove themphysicallyfrom the story arc they still have atendencyto drive Merlin's actions.
Personally, I hate it when writers force character development. If they have a story arc where it flows right that's great. But my personal expectations of a story line like that are so low that I can't see myself liking the episode.
But maybe I feel that way because I like the way they handle characterdevelopmenton the show. It is really and truly one of my favorite things about Merlin. The show is notirritatinglyheavy handed and over the top instead it's subtle and realistic. There is a huge difference between Merlin in season 1 and Merlin in season 4, but it's easy not to notice it's done in such a natural way. Same thing goes for Arthur's character. My only real complaint is that characters tend towards a slightepidemicof episodic memory. That, thatfrustratesme a little.