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King Uther Pendragon
Voice of the Great Dragon
Goof: Even though Arthur escapes from Jarl's castle with no other possession than a sword, later on he has a leather bag where he carries the Cup of Life.
Morgana is crowned Queen of Camelot.
Morgause kills Cenred in this episode.
Iseldir is the fourth character who refers to Merlin as 'Emrys'. Mordred did so in episodes 1x08 The Beginning of the End, episode 2x03 The Nightmare Begins and 2x11 The Witch's Quickening, Taliesin in episode 3x05 The Crystal Cave and then The Fisher King in episode 3x08 The Eye Of The Phoenix.
Goof: Arthur rides out of Camelot in a light brown horse but later on in the episode he rides a dark brown one.
Also, he is wearing a brown shirt when he gallops out of the courtyard but later on he is wearing a blue one.
Goof: Arthur's right leg is pierced by the arrow; however, when he comes around, he limps as if it's his left leg the one wounded.
The scene in wich Camelot's army is gathering at the castle square is the same one used in episode 3x02 The Tears Of Uther Pendragon Part 2. In this episode, two rows of men have been digitally removed.
Morgana mentions that she has known for a while that she is Uther's daughter. She learnt about in episode 3x05 The Crystal Cave.
Goof: The wall Jarl is thrown against bounces at the contact.
Goof: Morgana's footsteps are clearly audible as she walks away after overhearing Uther and Arthur's conversation about the Cup of Life. They should have been aware they were spied on.
After Uther ordered that the druids should be massacred in episode 2x03 The Nightmare Begins, they have retired from the Forest of Ascetir into a cave in the Forest of Gedney in Cenred's kingdom.
The scene where Arthur and Merlin ride through the forest is exactly the same take used in episode episode 3x04 Gwaine and in 2x13 The Last Dragonlord, only that both times it's been used in series 3 the scene was mirrored with respect to series 2 (they are shown riding in the opposite directions).
When Merlin packs, he takes his book of spells and also the hourglass containing the water from Avalon that the Fisher King gave to him in episode 3x08 The Eye Of The Phoenix. As the one chosen to save Albion in a time of need, Merlin should be able to use it when all seems lost to show him the way.
Morgana is crowned with the same crown that she saw Gwen wearing at her coronation in her prophetic dream from episode 3x10 Queen of Hearts.
The druid who heals Sir Leon and who gives the Cup of Life to Arthur is Iseldir, the same druid to whom Arthur returned Mordred in episode 1x08 The Beginning of the End. The druid declared his kind to be forever indebted to the prince for the kindness he had shown.
The Cup of Life was first depicted in episode 1x13 Le Morte d'Arthur. According to Nimueh, it is an ancient artefact from the Old Religion blessed by centuries of powerful sorcery so that it contains the very secret of life itself. By drinking water drown from the cup, Arthur saved his life after being severely wounded by the Questing Beast. In this episode it is used to save Sir Leon's life.
However, it can also be used for evil as it bears the gift of immortality to those who shed their blood into it. Morgana uses this power to raise an army of immortal men to take over Camelot.
Arthur: Cenred said that the patrol trespassed on his land and an example had to be made.
Uther: How many dead?
Arthur: All of them, Sire. Every last man.
Uther: The Knights?
Arthur: All lost. Edric, Alduuf... Osric. And Sir Leon.
Arthur: We thought you were dead for sure.
Sir Leon: I was dead, or as good as. Until the Druids found me.
Uther: The Druids?
Sir Leon: Yes, my lord. I owe them my life.
Uther: How did they heal you? You were as good as dead, you said.
Sir Leon: I don't know.
Uther: Did they use magic?
Sir Leon: Well, I...
Uther: Yes or no? It's a simple enough question.
Sir Leon: I only know that I drank from some kind of cup, Sire.
Sir Leon: It was extraordinary, my lord. I have known nothing like it. From the moment it touched my lips, I could feel my life return to me.
Gaius: (About Sir Leon) It's remarkable, Sire. He bears no sign of any kind of wound. He is in perfect health.
Uther: And the cup he spoke of?
Gaius: From his description, I would say it was the Cup of Life.
Uther: You are aware of its power, Gaius?
Gaius: I am indeed, Sire. But the Druids are a peaceful people. They would only ever use the cup for good. Sir Leon is surely proof of that.
Uther: Be that as it may, according to Sir Leon's description, the Druids' cave lies within Cenred's kingdom. It is imperative that we get to the cup before he does.
Gaius: My lord... the Druids are secretive by nature. They will have the cup well hidden. Might it not be wise to leave it where it is?
Uther: I am not prepared to take that risk.
Merlin: I thought the cup was destroyed with Nimueh, when I defeated her on the Isle of the Blessed.
Gaius: The cup cannot be destroyed. Its magic is eternal, unbound by time or place.
Merlin: But why does Uther fear it so much?
Gaius: Because the cup can be used for evil as well as good.
Merlin: I don't understand.
Gaius: Many centuries ago, it fell into the possession of a great warlord. One night, he gathered his army before him. He took a drop of blood from each and every man and collected it in the cup. Such was the vessel's power that the soldiers were made immortal where they stood.
Merlin: So they could not be killed.
Gaius: The carnage they wrought was beyond all imagining. The King's no fool. He knows that the forces of the Old Religion are rising against him once more. Heaven forbid that the cup should fall into the hands of Morgause.
Merlin: Or Morgana.
Gaius: With such a weapon at their disposal, Camelot would be all but lost.
Arthur: You called for me, Father.
Uther: Cenred is our sworn enemy. We cannot risk him getting his hands on the Cup of Life.
Arthur: I know, Father.
Uther: You must retrieve it. Your mission must remain secret. You can speak to no-one of this.
Arthur: I will take only my most trusted men.
Uther: We have seen what happened to the last patrol that entered Cenred's land. You must go alone. I am sorry to place such a burden upon you but there is no-one else I can trust.
Merlin: If I don't know where we're going, how do I know what to pack? Will it be hot, cold, wet, dry?
Arthur: Don't be such a girl, Merlin. We're not going on holiday.
Merlin: Holiday? What's a holiday?
Arthur: Not that. Nothing bearing the crest of Camelot. We're going undercover.
Merlin: This is ridiculous. Are you going to tell me where we're going or not?
Arthur: Well, I can tell you it'll be dangerous.
Arthur: We'll be travelling through bandit-infested lands.
Merlin: Terrific. Then where?
Arthur: I can't tell you that.
Merlin: You don't know where we're going.
Arthur: No. I know where we're going. I just can't tell you, that's all.
Merlin: Right. Cause if you do, you'll have to kill me, I suppose.
Arthur: Immediately and without hesitation.
Merlin: Great. It'll be a surprise. I love surprises. Who doesn't love a good... surprise?
Morgana: Arthur rides at dawn. He's been sent to recover some kind of cup. The Cup of Life, they called it.
Morgause: The Cup of Life, are you sure?
Morgana: I heard every word.
Morgause: How long I have searched for it...
Morgana: Is it as powerful as they believe?
Morgause: Oh, yes. Trust me, sister. With the cup in our possession, Camelot would soon be at our mercy. Where is the cup now?
Morgana: It is in the hands of the Druids. All I know is that their camp lies within Cenred's kingdom.
Morgause: Then perhaps Cenred will be of use to us again. He has spies everywhere. If he can have Arthur followed...
Morgana: ... then Arthur will lead us all the way to the cup itself.
Morgause: Can your scouts be relied upon?
Cenred: Of course. I hand-picked them myself.
Morgause: Why does that not reassure me?
Cenred: Do not concern yourself, my lady. The Cup of Life will soon be in our hands. And when it is, Camelot will be ours.
Morgause: You forget yourself, Cenred. It is Morgana that will take the throne, not you or I.
Cenred: I make no claim upon the throne. Only the spoils of victory.
Morgause: You will get what you deserve, Cenred. I can assure you of that.
Merlin: So I'm not probably going to die, I'm definitely going to die.
Arthur: Always the pessimist, Merlin. Who knows? Maybe just this once, we'll have no trouble (Arthur falls off his horse as a dart pierces his neck)
Merlin: Maybe you're right. But if past experience is anything to go by... (Merlin suffers the same fate and they are made prisoners by a slave trader)
Merlin: (Coming around) What was that you were saying about me being a pessimist?
Arthur: Must have slipped my mind.
Arthur: (As someone places a hand on his shoulder) Touch me again, you die.
Gwaine: No manners, you royals. Merlin, old friend, you look terrible.
Arthur: What are you doing here?
Gwaine: You know. Wrong place, wrong time, wrong drink.
Arthur: Nothing's changed there, then?
Arthur: Where exactly are we?
Gwaine: The bowels of an old castle. Belongs to a fella named Jarl.
Arthur: Never heard of him.
Gwaine: Lovely bloke. Slave Trader.
Merlin: We're going to be sold as slaves?
Jarl: Right, you filthy vermin! Which one of you is ready to face my champion in the arena? No volunteers? Well, I shall have to choose one of you toerags myself, then... let me see... how about...you?
Jarl: Death or glory, boy. You should be honoured.
Arthur: Who is this so-called champion? Can he crush nothing but weaklings like this?
Jarl: You think you could offer a better contest?
Arthur: I guarantee it.
Merlin: Arthur, no.
Jarl: Very well. But if you lose... I'll feed your little friend to the crows, piece by stinking piece. Are you ready, my champion?
Gwaine: I am.
(Cenred's men have failed to capture Arthur)
Cenred: Don't worry, Morgause. I'll find him soon enough.
Morgause: See that you do.
Cenred: Are you threatening me?
Morgause: Trust me, Cenred. When I'm threatening you, you'll know about it.
Jarl: Gentlemen. The rules are simple. One man lives and one man dies. If you cannot, or will not, finish off your opponent... I'll kill you both. Let battle commence!
(Fighting for Jarl)
Arthur: Take it easy, will you?
Gwaine: It's got to look real, hasn't it?
Arthur: Fine. If it's real you want...
Gwaine: (About Jarl's castle) Now, that's somewhere I'll not be in hurry to see again.
Merlin: We're looking for the Cup of Life.
Arthur: (Smacks him at the back of the head)
Arthur: What part of the word 'secret' did you not understand?
Merlin: It's... Gwaine.
Gwaine: Gentlemen, gentlemen, it seems whatever it is that you're after, you could use a little help.
Gwaine: So according to Merlin here, if you tell me where this cup is, you'll have to kill me.
Arthur: That's correct.
Gwaine: May as well tell me, then. I mean, let's be honest, you couldn't kill me even if you wanted to.
Arthur: Yeah? Try me.
Gwaine: I already did. Back in the arena. I had you bang to rights, did I not?
Arthur: That... was just a game.
Gwaine: Oh, a game? Right. I won that game, did I not?
Arthur: No, you didn't! One more minute...
Merlin: One more minute and you both would have been dead! Neither of you won. Your plan was a half-baked disaster and if it was not for that fire, we would all be pushing up daisies.
Jarl: (After informing Cenred and Morgause about Arthur's whereabouts) Perhaps some small compensation for my time and trouble?
Morgause: My dear man. How remiss of me. You will have your reward this instant (Throws him up in the air, smashing him against a wall)
Gwaine: (Teasing Arthur about his fighting skills) Easy, Merlin. Wouldn't want to rile the prince.
Iseldir: You meddle with a power you do not understand, Arthur Pendragon. By taking the Cup of Life, you risk more than you know.
Arthur: I'll take my chances, thanks. Let's go.
Iseldir: (Telepathically) Emrys... the cup is in your care now. Guard it well. The future of this land depends on it.
Gwaine: Hard work, this quest business.
Arthur: Trust me, it's a great deed we did here today.
Merlin: Are you sure the cup wasn't safer with the Druids?
Arthur: They can't be trusted, Merlin. No one can. The only safe place for the cup is the vaults of Camelot.
Merlin: Yeah, but we have to get it there first...
Gwaine: I don't get it. Why all this bother over a cup?
Merlin: Because in the wrong hands, it can become a terrible weapon.
Gwaine: Not so great Cenred's got it, then?
Merlin: It's worse than you can possibly imagine.
Cenred: Loyal friends, our time is at hand. From today, no sword will fell you, no spear will stop you short. Your blood will not be spilled in vain, but in victory. You march with the mightiest weapon of them all, immortality!
Morgana: You show great strength, my lord.
Uther: What do you mean?
Morgana: Day after day you, must send your only son into danger.
Uther: Not a responsibility any father would wish to bear.
Morgana: You must try not to worry. He is the First Knight of Camelot and your greatest warrior. He's made it home safe in the past. Why should this time be any different?
Uther: You're right. Of course you are.
Merlin: We need more firewood.
Gwaine: You're right about that.
Merlin: Do you want to go and get some?
Gwaine: Not really. Thanks for asking.
Merlin: There's wolves out there. Bears, boars...
Merlin: I'm not a warrior. I can't defend myself like you.
Gwaine: Never too late to learn. Merlin... don't you know when someone's joking with you? If I die collecting firewood, keep it to yourself. I've got my reputation to consider.
Cenred: Magnificent, aren't they? My army of immortals.
Morgause: Your army?
Cenred: Well, they are my men.
Morgause: Correction. They were your men. It is I that made them immortal, they are bound to me now.
Cenred: Do not think for one moment that you can cross me, my lady.
Morgause: Cross you? Never (Casts a spells and one of Cenred's guards advances towards him sword in hand)
Cenred: What are you doing?
Morgause: Have I not always been honest with you, Cenred?
Cenred: Stop! Stop! You answer to me, not to her! Morgause, Morgause, make him stop! Please, I beg you. Make him stop!
Morgause: Did I not say that when I threatened you, you'd know about it? Well, now you know.
Cenred: Morgause, please...
(The guard kills Cenred)
Arthur: (Coming around) Where's the cup?
Merlin: Cenred's men, they took it.
Arthur: Then what are we still doing here?
Merlin: You were unconscious.
Arthur: Always an excuse, Merlin.
Sir Leon: They cannot be stopped. The soldiers, Sire. They will not fall.
Uther: What are you saying?
Sir Leon: They will not die.
Uther: Gather the Knights. Prepare whatever defences you can.
Sir Leon: But, Sire.
Uther: Do it! It's Cenred. It must be. How? The location of the cup was secret.
Gaius: There's only one explanation, Sire (Looks towards Morgana out of the corner of his eye) We have a traitor in our midst.
Gwen: Is it true they attack at dawn?
Morgana: I'm afraid so.
Gwen: And no word from Arthur?
Morgana: (Smiling) Nothing.
Gwen: Then all is lost. We will be massacred. Every last one of us.
Morgana: Not everyone has to die.
Gwen: What do you mean, not everyone?
Morgana: Those that defy them, those that choose to fight, they will surely die. But those who do not resist, those who choose to welcome change... they will have a future here. Everyone has a choice, Gwen.
Gwen: You know I have always been loyal to you, Morgana. And I always will be.
Morgana: Then have no fear. No harm will come to you. I can promise you that.
Arthur: A Camelot patrol.
Merlin: There's not a single enemy body.
Arthur: He's right. This wasn't a fight, this was a slaughter.
Gwaine: Who could have done such a thing?
Arthur: An army of men that cannot die.
Arthur: Where is everyone?
Elyan: I...I... I thought that...
Arthur: Elyan, please. What happened?
Elyan: They came out of nowhere. A mighty army. Weapons were useless against them. They were men, Sire, but not men... nothing could kill them. Nothing.
Arthur: Where's your sister? Where's Guinevere?
Elyan: She was in the citadel when they attacked.
Arthur: There's still hope.
Elyan: Sire... the citadel's been taken.
Merlin: Arthur. You can't go on.
Arthur: We must. We must find the others.
Merlin: You can't go on without treatment.
Arthur: Guinevere... my father.
Merlin: Do you know the way to the dungeons?
Elyan: Yes, I think so.
Merlin: Go with Gwaine. See if you can find them.
Arthur: I'm going with them.
Merlin: You're not.
Arthur: That's an order.
Merlin: To hell with your orders. You're coming with me.
Arthur: You're disobeying orders, Merlin. I'll have you in the stocks for this.
Merlin: Fine. Now, stay put. And try not to move that leg.
Merlin: Are you all right?
Gaius: All the better for seeing you!
Merlin: It's the army of immortals, isn't it?
Gaius: We're lucky to get away with our lives. Any of us.
Elyan: The King, Sire. He's alive!
Arthur: Where is he?
Gwaine: They're taking him to the throne room as we speak.
Arthur: This may be my last chance.
Merlin: There's too many of them, you'll never make it.
Arthur: I won't leave my father to die here alone. Gwaine, Elyan, take Gaius and make your way to the woods beyond the castle. I hope we meet again. Merlin, you should go with them.
Merlin: Nah, I've seen the woods already.
(Uther is manheld down on his knees)
Morgause: Well, Uther... how the mighty have fallen.
Merlin: (In a whisper, making Arthur stay put and quiet) The guards are immortal, they'll cut you to ribbons. What use are you dead?
Morgause: I don't think you'll be needing this any more (Takes Uther's crown off his head)
Uther: This is unlawful! You cannot do this. You have no right to the throne!
Morgana: No, she does not. But I do. I am your daughter, after all. Don't look so surprised. I've known for some time (She seats on the throne)
Geoffrey of Monmouth: By the power vested in me... I crown thee, Morgana Pendragon... Queen of Camelot.
It was raining when the scene where Sir Leon lies almost dead was filmed so Rupert Young had some trouble keeping his eyes open.
Canada: April 2, 2011 on Space.
France: April 10, 2011 on Canal + Family.
Italy: April 13, 2011 on Italia 1.
Poland: May 21, 2011 on Polsat.
Spain: February 12, 2011 on Antena 3 Neox.
Turkey: March 27, 2011 on CNBC-e.
USA: April 1, 2011 on Syfy.
Château de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, Oise, France (Camelot).
Cardiff, Wales, UK (Studio sets).
Clearwell Caves, Lambsquay Road, near Coleford, Gloucestershire, England, UK (Druids' camp).
Chepstow Castle, Wales, UK (Jarl's castle).
Puzzlewood, Perrygrove Road, Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16 8QB, England, UK (Arthur, Merlin and Gwaine enter the Druid's cave).
Forest of Compiegne, Oise, France (Sir Leon and the knights watch Morgause's army approach. Camelot forest and Sir Leon fighting one of Cenred's men).
The Great Dragon does not appear in this episode, but John Hurt is credited (for the voice-over which begins the episode).
Also Known As:
France: L'Aube D'Un Nouveau Monde, première partie, meaning 'The Dawn Of A New World, Part 1'.
Germany: Athurs Stunde schlägt, Teil 1, meaning 'Arthur's Bell Tolls, Part 1'.
Italy: L'Ascesa Di Artù (1ª parte), meaning 'The Rise of Arthur, part 1'.
Poland: Przybycie Artura (część 1).
Portugal: A Vinda De Arthur Part 1.
This episode consists of two parts albeit either part is scripted by a different writer. It is the third time that a two part episode is featured in Merlin (the first time being episode 2x05 Beauty and the Beast – Part One and episode 2x06 Beauty and the Beast – Part Two and the second being episode 3x01 The Tears Of Uther Pendragon Part 1 and episode 3x02 The Tears Of Uther Pendragon Part 2), which makes series 3 begin and end with a two parter episode.
Sat 27 Nov 2010 at 19:45-20:30 on BBC One.
Mon 29 Nov 2010 at 19:00-19:45 on BBC Three.
Episode Title: The Coming Of Arthur. The Coming Of Arthur is a book by Alfred Tennyson where he points out common points between the marriage of Arthur and Guinevere and the political unification of England.
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