Season 3 Episode 7

The Castle of Fyrien

Aired Unknown Oct 23, 2010 on BBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When Gwen arrives home and is kidnapped, there's nothing on her table. However, when Merlin goes to Gwen's house looking for her, there's some bread, a bowl and a mug on the table.

    • Fyrien was a greedy merchant who built a castle on the Sea of Meredor as an outpost for the trade routes to the east. To avoid Camelot's levies, he dug tunnels from the castle to the sea as a way to smuggle goods into the kingdom. However, when war broke out with Caerleon, the trade dried up and the castle was abandoned. When Caerleon was defeated by Uther at the Battle of Denaria, he retreated to the castle which was still standing. But Uther knew of a secret labyrinth beneath the castle that served to ambush Caerleon and defeat him.

    • Goof: Gwen can be seen getting up from the ground twice when she is first brought to Cenred's presence.

    • Goof: The horses on which Arthur, Merlin, Morgana and Gwen ride towards Fyrien Castle are different between takes.

    • It's been 4 years since Gwen and Elyan last saw each other.

    • Goof: Arthur and Merlin's cell door is not locked, since the guards open it with a kick when Merlin yells for help. Likewise, Gwen and Elyan's cell door gets opened when a guard falls on it.

    • Goof: When Merlin makes the ceiling collapse, the stone that lands on Morgause's lap appears and disappears between takes.

    • Gwen leaves her house door open at all times.

    • In episode 2x04 Lancelot and Guinevere Arthur pushes Merlin into a hallway guarded by armed men to distract them. In this episode, it is Merlin who pushes Arthur into a hallway to fight a guard.

    • This is the second time after episode 1x10 The Moment of Truth where Arthur, Merlin, Morgana and Gwen ride out of Camelot in a quest.

  • Quotes

    • Merlin: Rise and shine!
      Arthur: Can't you think of anything new to say?
      Merlin: What?
      Arthur: Every morning, it is the same thing.
      Merlin: Oh, I'm sorry. How about... shake a leg? Up and at them? Let's have you, lazy Daisy? No, you don't like any of them, do you?
      (Arthur shakes his head)
      Merlin: Ok. Erm, I'm just going to go before you decide to do something...
      (Arthur throws something to Merlin but he dodges it and it clatters on the ground)

    • Uther: Anything the matter?
      Morgana: It's Gwen. She didn't turn up for work this morning.
      Arthur: That's not like her.
      Morgana: I know. It's strange. I hope nothing's wrong.
      Uther: You needn't worry, Morgana. After all if your maid can no longer be relied upon, we can easily replace her.
      Arthur: I'm sure she'll turn up soon enough.
      Morgana: I'm sure (She smirks)
      (Cut to)
      Arthur: Go to Gwen's house. Find out what's wrong. And, Merlin? As quick as you can.

    • Gwen: Why have you brought me to this place?
      Cenred: I have a guest. I thought you might like to meet him.
      (Elyan is brought in)
      Gwen: Elyan!
      Elyan: Gwen!
      (Both hug tightly)
      Cenred: Brother and sister reunited. It warms the heart.
      Elyan: What do you want from us?
      Cenred: All in good time.

    • Elyan: What would a man like Cenred want with us?
      Gwen: I wish I knew.
      (Cut to)
      Morgause: You are a cruel man, Cenred.
      Cenred: Is it cruel to give them a moment alone? They will have much to discuss.
      Morgause: Indeed.
      Cenred: Besides, the more she feels for her brother's plight, the more she'll do for us.

    • Gwen: What could I possibly do for you?
      Cenred: You can bring me Arthur Pendragon.
      Gwen: I'm just a servant. I have no influence with the prince.
      Cenred: I think we both know that's not true.
      Gwen: I don't know what you're talking about.
      Cenred: Enough! (He throws a cup that clatters on the ground) You will bring him here. I don't care how you do it. All I care is that it is done. You have a week.
      Gwen: And if I do not?
      Cenred: Then I'll let you watch when I tear your brother's heart out.

    • Arthur: Sire, I have reason to believe that Guinevere has been kidnapped.
      Morgana: Kidnapped?
      Arthur: I'd like to organise a search party.
      Uther: I hardly think that would be appropriate.
      Arthur: Father?
      Uther: She's just a serving girl.
      Arthur: She's the maid to the king's ward!
      Uther: Very well, send a squad of guards to search the lower town.
      Arthur: And the countryside?
      Uther: They have until nightfall.
      Arthur: Father, I'm not sure what I can achieve...
      Uther: Arthur, I have a kingdom to protect. I cannot waste precious resources on a servant, whatever their circumstances.
      (Arthur leaves, Morgana smirks)

    • Merlin: Gwen! I've been searching the whole town for you. Arthur's been worried sick.
      Gwen: That's very sweet of him. I just had a cold, that's all.
      Merlin: I went to your house, Gwen. You weren't there.
      Gwen: Oh, no. Er, I... was... just...
      Merlin: (Notices a bruise in her wrist) Who did that to you?

    • Gwen: What I don't understand is how they knew.
      Merlin: About... Arthur's feelings for you? It's common knowledge Arthur would lay down his life for any of his subjects. Cenred could have taken anyone.
      Gwen: Do you really believe that?

    • Gwen: This is my problem. I can't involve Arthur. I won't.
      Merlin: Arthur's already involved.
      Gwen: Not if I don't tell him about it.
      Merlin: Gwen, if Arthur was in trouble, wouldn't you want him to come to you?
      Gwen: You know I would.

    • Gwen: I'm sorry, I shouldn't have brought this to you.
      Arthur: You did the right thing. Your brother will come to no harm, I promise.
      Gwen: How can you be so sure?
      Arthur: Because we're going to rescue him.
      Merlin: What do you mean, we?
      Arthur: The three of us.
      Gwen: Cenred wants you dead. That's why he's doing this.
      Arthur: I know.

    • Morgana: Arthur's taken the bait.
      Morgause: So he means to rescue her brother?
      Morgana: Just as we thought. There is nothing he would not do for her.
      Morgause: Excellent. And he comes alone, I take it?
      Morgana: Uther would never sanction an army for such a task. He rides with just Gwen and Merlin.
      Morgause: Perfect. He is as good as ours.
      Morgana: And once he is dead?
      Morgause: Why, then you are Uther's only child and when the time is right, you may take your place on the throne of Camelot.

    • Arthur: I was drawn into a wager. And I lost.
      Uther: Arthur, you know how I disapprove of gambling.
      Arthur: I know. I'm sorry.
      Uther: How much do you owe?
      Arthur: Two silk dresses.
      Uther: Excuse me?
      Arthur: Well, at least enough silk to have them made, anyway.
      Uther: What kind of wager was this, exactly?
      Arthur: It was Morgana's idea.
      Uther: I should have guessed (Laughing) Really, Arthur, you should know better than to bet against Morgana.
      Arthur: I know. The thing is, the cloth cannot be obtained in Camelot, so I'm going to have to leave the city for a couple of days.
      Uther: I'd get going. You don't want to keep her waiting. She'll have your guts.

    • Gaius: Morgana? Are you certain?
      Merlin: Yeah. She's been feeding Cenred information. How else would he know about Arthur's feelings for Gwen?
      Gaius: Then there's no denying it.
      Merlin: And if I could just go to Arthur and tell him what I know...
      Gaius: Well, you can't. It will be your word against Morgana's and she's the king's daughter.
      Merlin: I know. She's found Arthur's weak spot.

    • Merlin: (About Morgana) Why didn't you tell me she was coming?
      Arthur: Why should I? What difference does it make to you?
      Merlin: I think it's a bad idea.
      Arthur: Who's going to watch my back if we get into trouble?
      Merlin: I am.
      Arthur: She's a darn sight better with a sword than you'll ever be, you know it. Besides, she insisted.
      Merlin: (When Arthur can't hear) I bet she did.

    • Arthur: I used to be afraid of these woods.
      Gwen: I find that hard to believe.
      Arthur: My father would bring me here when I was a boy. It seemed every falling leaf was a bandit, every puff of wind... was a ghost. You just get used to it in the end.
      Gwen: I don't think I'd ever get used to it.
      Arthur: You don't have to. You've got me (Gwen, Arthur and Merlin smile) What I mean is... in the event of an attack, we all watch out for each other. Morgana, I think I can rely on your protection.
      Morgana: Of course.
      Arthur: And, Gwen? You'll look after Merlin, won't you?
      (Gwen giggles and Merlin smiles amused)

    • Arthur: Go and get some more firewood, would you, Merlin?
      Merlin: I thought Morgana was doing that.
      Arthur: Well, go and see if she's all right.
      Merlin: Why wouldn't she be?
      Arthur: I don't know. Maybe there are wolves in these woods.
      Merlin: No, I don't think so.
      Arthur: Merlin? (He mouths Merlin to go making clear he wants a moment alone with Gwen)
      Merlin: Oh, yeah. Yeah, of course... the wolves!

    • Merlin: Arthur sent me. He wanted to make sure that you were ok.
      Morgana: How very thoughtful of him.
      Merlin: Well, he cares for you, you know. And Gwen too. They're your friends, Morgana. They've always been loyal to you.
      Morgana: Why are you telling me this?
      Merlin: Because I don't understand how anyone would want to hurt their friends.
      Morgana: No. You just poison them. You'd do well, Merlin, to stay out of things that do not concern you.
      Merlin: Oh, but they do concern me, because they're my friends too, and I'll do whatever it takes... to protect them.
      Morgana: I would expect nothing less.

    • Arthur: You must be worried about Elyan.
      Gwen: I'm always worried about Elyan. He's just one of those people. Never settled down, never thinks about the future, just follows his heart wherever it leads him.
      Arthur: Doesn't sound so bad.
      Gwen: Well, it wouldn't be, except he always manages to be in he wrong place at the wrong time.
      Arthur: Well, I don't think it's his fault this time.
      Gwen: No. But even if it was, I'd still be there for him. It's what you do when you love someone, isn't it? (They stare at each other) If anything happens to you, I won't forgive myself.
      Arthur: Don't worry. It won't.

    • Arthur: The Castle of Fyrien backs onto the sea. We will be vastly outnumbered and his lookouts will spot us well before we've reached the gates, so we can't go that way.
      Morgana: But there's no other way, surely?
      Arthur: Yes, there is.
      Merlin: (Trying to avoid that Morgana learns about the alternative way in) Erm, more beans, anyone? Beans?

    • Morgana: Arthur means to catch you unawares.
      Morgause: What do you mean?
      Morgana: He knows of some tunnels beneath the castle.
      Morgause: There must be a secret entrance. Did he say where?
      Morgana: I'm sorry, that's all I know.
      Morgause: Then your work is not yet done, sister. When you find the entrance, you must lead us to it.
      Morgana: But how?
      Morgause: (Casts a spell on a ring and gives it to Morgana) When you are certain that you are alone, cast it upon the ground. Its magic will guide us.

    • Merlin: (Aware of Morgana left the camp overnight) Trouble sleeping?
      Morgana: If you have a problem, why don't you talk to Arthur about it? No? Well, keep your mouth shut, then.

    • (After Merlin provokes Morgana's fall from her horse)
      Merlin: It's your ankle. You need to rest it.
      Arthur: We don't have that kind of time.
      Gwen: We can't go on without her.
      Merlin: What other choice do we have?
      Morgana: No, no, it's all right, I can go on.
      Merlin: (Grabbing her arm) No, you can't! It'll only make it worse.
      Morgana: (Releases her arm from Merlin's grip) I said I'm fine!

    • Morgause: Arthur's fate is sealed if you do your job properly.
      Cenred: Don't worry about me.
      Morgause: I don't, believe me.
      Cenred: And I thought you cared.
      Morgause: I care only that Morgana takes her rightful place upon the throne of Camelot.
      Cenred: I share that desire, Morgause.
      Morgause: Of course you do. After all, you stand to gain much from Arthur's death.
      Cenred: I don't deny it. But I'm rich and powerful already. I do this only to please you.
      Morgause: Is that so? Then please me.

    • Merlin: Are you sure we shouldn't try to sneak into the castle itself? It might be easier.
      Arthur: No, the tunnels are a better bet. That way, the element of surprise is guaranteed.
      Merlin: (Stopping Arthur from going in) No! No, no, no...
      Arthur: Are you questioning my judgment?
      Merlin: No. No. It's just, erm, an instinct, that's all.
      Arthur: Oh, if you've got an instinct, we should ignore my lifetime of military experience.
      Merlin: What if it's a trap? What if Cenred knows about the tunnels?
      Arthur: I'm willing to bet my life he doesn't.

    • Merlin: (Removing cobwebs from his head) Ugh.
      Arthur: Stop worrying about your hair, Merlin.
      Merlin: Very funny.

    • Cenred: Well, well. Arthur Pendragon. How kind of you to pay me a visit. And look, you brought some friends with you. Oh! The Lady Morgana, no less.
      Morgana: Don't so much as breathe on me, you pig.
      Cenred: Well, the more the merrier, I say.
      Arthur: I'm the one you want, Cenred. Let them go.
      Cenred: You're right. That would only be fair. But fair's for fools. Take them away.
      Arthur: I will not let you harm them! They're innocent!
      Cenred: Innocent? No friend of Camelot is innocent.

    • Gwen: Prince Arthur. I came with him.
      Elyan: Prince Arthur of Camelot?
      Gwen: Yes, Elyan. Prince Arthur of Camelot.
      Elyan: Why would he want to help you?
      Gwen: Why shouldn't he?
      Elyan: Erm, 'causes he's a prince and you're a servant?
      Gwen: He doesn't care about that sort of thing. He's, you know, chivalrous.
      Elyan: Right. So he's like that with all the maids in Camelot?
      Gwen: No! Yes. I mean...
      Elyan: It seems that things have changed for you, Guinevere.
      Gwen: Yes, I suppose they have.

    • Morgana: What have you done with Arthur?
      Morgause: He's safely under lock and key.
      Morgana: Why not just kill him now?
      Cenred: How cold-hearted you've become.

    • Merlin: I don't understand why we're not dead already.
      Arthur: Because Cenred will want to torture me first and find out what I know.
      Merlin: Aren't you afraid?
      Arthur: No. Not in the slightest.
      Merlin: I don't understand. How can you not be afraid of pain?
      Arthur: I am afraid of pain. There's just not going to be any.
      Merlin: Right, so... you go into some sort of trance?
      Arthur: What are you talking about? There's not going to be any because we are going to escape from this filthy cell and rescue the others.

    • Gwen: It's been four years since you left, and not so much as a word. You could've been dead, for all I knew.
      Elyan: I meant to get in touch. It just never seemed like the right moment.
      Gwen: So when our father died, wasn't that the right moment either?
      Elyan: I'm sorry. I haven't been much help, have I?

    • (After watching how Merlin defeats a guard sword in hand)
      Arthur: Wonders never cease.

    • Arthur: (Wondering how to get past a guard) Any ideas?
      Merlin: Just this one (Pushes Arthur in the guard's way so he fights him)

    • Arthur: (To a guard whose trousers have dropped) You know what your problem is? All mouth and no trousers!

    • Arthur: Take Gwen and Elyan with you. Guard them with your life.
      Merlin: What about you?
      Arthur: I'm going to get Morgana.
      Merlin: No, you can't. It's too dangerous.
      Arthur: Sorry, Merlin, I'm not leaving without her.
      (Voices echo in the corridor)
      Arthur: When you get to the horses, ride straight for Camelot. Do not wait for me. Promise.
      Gwen: But I...
      Arthur: Promise.
      Gwen: I promise.

    • Morgause: You are like family to our brave prince. He won't leave this place without you. And when he comes, we'll be waiting.
      Cenred: And then, my lady Morgana, you must play your part well.
      Morgana: When have I not?

    • (Cenred is holding a knife to Morgana's neck)
      Arthur: You're a coward, Cenred. You always were.
      Cenred: It's cowards that survive, Arthur.

    • Morgana: (Faking an injury) I can't go on!
      Merlin: What's the matter? Worried about your friends?
      Morgana: My ankle!
      Merlin: Morgana, I know what you're trying to do.
      Morgana: You know nothing!
      Merlin: (Tries to drag her along) Come on!
      Arthur: What's wrong?
      Morgana: My ankle (Arthur puts her up on his shoulder)
      Morgana: What are you doing?
      Arthur: Trust me, I don't like it any more than you do.

    • Arthur: I thought I told you to ride for Camelot.
      Gwen: You might be a prince but I don't always have to do what you tell me to.

    • Arthur: What did Cenred want with you?
      Morgana: He was trying to extract information. I told him nothing.
      Arthur: You see, that's what men like Cenred will never understand. Camelot was built on trust and loyalty. It will never be defeated as long as we stay true to those ideals.
      (Merlin looks at Morgana and smiles)

    • Gwen: I just wanted to say thank you... for bringing my brother back. It means more to me than I can say.
      Arthur: Well, it's like you said, Guinevere, it's what you do when you love someone.

  • Notes

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: February 26, 2011 on Space.
      France: March 27, 2011 on Canal + Family.
      Germany: November 9, 2011 on RTL.
      Italy: April 6, 2011 on Italia 1. 
      Poland: April 16, 2011 on Polsat. 
      Spain: January 29, 2011 on Antena 3 Neox.
      Turkey: February 20, 2011 on CNBC-e. 
      USA: February 25, 2011 on Syfy.

    • In the scene where Cenred cuts some bonds from Gwen's wrists, the tip of the pretend knife touched Angel Coulby's skin but it didn't luckily bear any consequences.

    • Also Known As:
      France: Le Château Des Fyrien, meaning 'The Castle Of The Fyriens'.
      Germany: Entführt und Erpress, meaning 'Kidnapped and Extortion'.
      Italy: Il Castello Di Fyrien.
      Poland: Zamek Fyrien.
      Portugal: O Castelo de Fyrien.

    • The Great Dragon does not appear in this episode, but John Hurt is credited (for the voice-over which begins the episode).

    • Filming locations:
      Château de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, Oise, France (Camelot).
      Cardiff, Wales, UK (Studio sets).
      Forest of Compiegne,Oise, France (Camelot forest).
      Canop Ponds, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, UK (Camping scene).
      Atlantic College, near Llantwit Major and St Donat's village, St Donat's, The Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Wales, UK (Shoreline and cave mouths).
      Clearwell Caves, Lambsquay Road, near Coleford, Gloucestershire, England, UK (Interior of the caves).
      Hill above the River Ely (Afon Elai), near The Chestnuts, Miskin (Meisgyn), Wales, UK (Elyan and Arthur fight Cenred's men).

    • DVD Release Dates:
      Season 3, Volume 1 (episodes 1-6): November 15th, 2010.
      Season 3, Volume 2: (episodes 7-13): January 24th, 2011.
      Complete Season 3: January 24th, 2011.

    • Broadcasts:
      Sat 23 Oct 2010 at 19:45-20:30 on BBC One.
      Mon 25 Oct 2010 at 19:00-19:45 on BBC Three.

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