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King Uther Pendragon
Once Morgana has been crowned Queen of Camelot, Morgause is staying in Arthur's chamber.
The action is set one week after the events in episode 3x12 The Coming Of Arthur, Part 1.
Arthur throws a set of keys to the imprisoned knights so they can free themselves. They seem to guess which the proper key to their dungeon is since they unlock the door rightaway.
In this episode, Arthur reluctantly reckons for the second time that Merlin is wise. He said so in episode 3x02 The Tears Of Uther Pendragon Part 2.
It is the second time that Arthur is forced to eat rat, the first being episode 1x11 The Labyrinth of Gedref.
Goof: Merlin explains to Gaius that the hourglass containing water from Avalon was given to him by the Fisher King in episode 3x08 The Eye Of The Phoenix. As the one chosen to save Albion in a time of need, Merlin should use it when all seems lost to show him the way. However, Merlin had already told Gaius all about it at the end of 3x08.
Arthur and his loyals are hiding in a cave in the Darkling Woods first and then in a castle that belonged to the Old Kings of Camelot. That's where the Round Table is found.
This is the first series finale where the last scene is not a Merlin/Gaius exchange.
Goof: The key shape that Gwen imprints in the clay is bigger and dipper when she is pouring the liquid metal into it.
Gwen's mother was a maid in Sir Leon's household so Gwen and Sir Leon grew up together.
The intro for this episode consists of previously seen scenes from episode 3x12 The Coming Of Arthur, Part 1.
This episode marks the fourth time in which Gaius performs magic, the first time being in episode 1x04 The Poisoned Chalice when he prepared the morteaus flower to save Merlin's life, the second in episode 1x06 A Remedy to Cure All Ills when he tries to stop Edward Muirden from going on with his deadly plan (only that this time he didn't achieve to convey it well) and the third time in episode episode 3x09 Love In The Time Of Dragons to destroy the Manticore's box.
The kiss between Arthur and Gwen at the Old Kings castle bears a lot of resemblance with the first kiss they shared in episode 2x02 The Once and Future Queen as the scene where Morgana finds Morgause's body parallels (albeit with a role reversal) episode 2x12 The Fires of Idirsholas.
This episode marks the second occasion in which Merlin rides the Great Dragon. He first did in episode 3x02 The Tears Of Uther Pendragon Part 2.
This episode marks the return of Excalibur. It was first seen in episode 1x09 Excalibur. The sword has not been referred to as 'Excalibur' in either.
It also marks Freya's return. As seen in episode 2x09 The Lady of the Lake, Merlin brought her to the same lake he had deposited Excalibur into and her last words were a promise to Merlin to one day repay the good deed he made for her. However, in this episode Freya tells Merlin to go to the lake of Avalon to retrieve the sword but he didn't throw it there.
Even though the same location (Speech House Lake in the Forest of Dean) was used to film Avalon (in episode 1x07 The Gates of Avalon and episode 3x06 The Changeling) and the lake where Merlin threw Excalibur in episode 1x09 Excalibur and Freya's resting place in episode 2x09 The Lady of the Lake, the CGI used made them appear to be two different lakes (on the one side the one in 1x09 and 2x09 and on the other side the one in 1x07 and 3x06).
Morgana: Tell me, Sir Leon, how have you enjoyed the first week of my reign? Speak up. Are you and your fellow knights ready to honour and serve me?
Sir Leon: I would rather die.
Morgause: That can be arranged.
My loyalty is to the king and Prince Arthur. There is nothing you can do to change that.
Morgana: We shall see.
Morgana: I will give you one more chance to pledge your allegiance to me.
Sir Leon: (Smiles) Long live the king!
All the knights: Long live the king!
Morgana: Perhaps this will help you change your mind.
(Morgana signals the order and the bloodguards shoot against the citizens in the square)
Sir Leon: No!
Uther: Why are you doing this?
Morgana: Come, come. Surely you of all people understand. Sometimes such measures are necessary.
Uther: Those people are innocent!
Morgana: As were so many that you put to death.
Uther: If you must kill someone, kill me.
Morgana: You'll get your wish... but not yet. I still want you to suffer as I suffered. To know what it is like to be alone and afraid, to be disgusted with who and what you are...
Uther: Do you really hate me so much?
Morgana: You cannot begin to know how much I hate you.
Merlin: It's rat. Oh, believe me, you've eaten far worse. I've served you things I would never have touched but you wolfed them down, no problem.
Arthur: Merlin, for once, leave me in peace. Please.
Merlin: I understand. Your father lied to you about Morgana. I don't know why, I'm sure he had his reasons but now is not the time for that. He is still your father. He needs you. Camelot needs you.
Arthur: I've known her all my life. How could she do this to us?
Merlin: I can't answer that. But you have a duty to your father, to your people. You can't give up on them now.
Arthur: We cannot defeat an immortal army.
Merlin: We don't know until we try.
Morgana: I'm beginning to see the challenges that I face. Being queen is not so simple, Gwen.
Gwen: You're doing well, Your Majesty.
Morgana: You think? The knights do not share your view.
Gwen: They don't know you.
Morgana: I need their allegiance. Without that, the people will not yield to me.
Gwen: My mother was a maid in Sir Leon's household. We grew up together. I could talk to him, try to make him see sense.
Morgana: You would do that for me?
Gwen: Uther killed my father.
Morgana: Yes. I... I forgot you too had suffered.
Merlin: There was an immortal army before. How was it defeated?
Gaius: The Cup of Life had to be emptied of the blood it contained. Once that had happened, the enchantment no longer held.
Merlin: Then that's what I have to do.
Gaius: They're immortal, Merlin. You do not have the power to defeat a soldier, never mind an army.
Sir Leon: Guinevere!
Gwen: It's all I could get (Offers him some food)
Sir Leon: I don't understand. What are you doing here? (Bites eagerly on the food)
Gwen: Morgana sent me... to talk to you, to make you see sense.
(He spits out the food)
Gwen: Listen to me.
Sir Leon: I'd rather starve. Guard!
Gwen: (Whispers) I'm going to help you escape.
Morgana: (About Gwen) It's as we suspected. She has betrayed me. I will have her executed at dawn.
Morgause: No! Wait, this is good. Let her run to her beloved prince. She will lead us straight to him.
Freya: I've missed you.
Freya: Merlin, we don't have long.
Merlin: Is it really you?
Freya: I swore that one day I would repay you. Now is the moment.
Merlin: I don't understand.
Freya: There is but one weapon that can slay something which is already dead.
Merlin: A blade forged in the dragon's breath.
Freya: That weapon lies at the bottom of the Lake of Avalon where you hid it.
Merlin: But Morgana's army are not dead, they are very much alive.
Freya: Anyone who toys with the Cup pays a terrible price. The moment they entered their pact with Morgause, they became the living dead. You must come to the lake.
Merlin: And you will give me the sword?
Freya: In your hands, it has the power to save Albion.
Merlin: Thank you.
Freya: No. It's given me the chance to see you again.
Merlin: I have to cross 20 leagues of hostile territory. I need you to take me.
The Great Dragon: I am not a horse, Merlin.
Merlin: If you do not, then Morgana will have won. Unless that's what you want?
The Great Dragon: My allegiance has never been with the witch.
Merlin: I know. But is it with me?
The Great Dragon: Yes, young warlock. It is with you.
Merlin: Thank you.
The Great Dragon: I warned you before that, in the wrong hands, this sword can do great evil. You must promise me, Merlin, that once its task is done, you will place it where none can wield it.
Merlin: I promise.
Gwen: We haven't got time to waste (Gives him a dress to change on)
Sir leon: You... you can't be serious.
Gwen: Just hurry. Every guard in Camelot will be looking for you. They won't be looking for two women courtiers.
(Sir Leon is struggling to take off the dress)
Gwen: What's taking you so long?
Sir Leon: I'm a woman!
Gwen: Here, let me help you.
Arthur: You're hopeless at a lot of things, Merlin, most things in fact, but occasionally, quite by accident, you say something useful.
Arthur: Yesterday, amongst all your gibberish, you said something that... if I didn't know you, I would be completely fooled into thinking you were...
Merlin: They've found us. We need to go.
Gaius: I will slow you down. It's Arthur you need to protect, not me.
Merlin: I won't leave you.
Gaius: Camelot needs you.
Merlin: Camelot needs us both.
Arthur: I take it that rock fall wasn't an accident.
Lancelot: This is Percival. It was his strength that brought them down.
Percival: Your Highness.
Arthur: Arthur (Holds his hand out)
Percival: Arthur it is (Shakes Arthur's hand)
Arthur: What were you doing here?
Merlin: It was me. I sent for him.
Arthur: Well, we owe you our lives. Thank you.
Morgause: He was lucky to escape. I'm sorry, sister.
Morgana: What can he do? Arthur has but a handful of men. We have an immortal army at our disposal.
Morgause: Yes but whilst Arthur lives, the people will not yield.
Morgana: Then we will make them. Tonight we will have a gallows built, and tomorrow, one by one, we will put an end to the knights of Camelot.
Arthur: Come and join me. This table belonged to the ancient kings of Camelot. A round table afforded no one man more importance than any other. They believed in equality in all things. And so it seems fitting that we revive this tradition now. Without each of you... we would not be here. My father has languished in prison for too long. Tomorrow I make my bid to rescue him. Are there any around this table who will join me?
Lancelot: You taught me the values of being a knight. The code by which a man should live his life. To fight with honour for justice, freedom and all that's good. I believe in the world that you will build.
Elyan: Even though I was a commoner, a nobody... you were willing to lay down your life for me, Arthur. It is now my turn to repay you.
Sir Leon: I have fought alongside you many times. There's no-one that I would rather die for.
Gawain: I think we've no chance... but I wouldn't miss it for the world.
Percival: Your enemies are my enemies.
Gaius: If you need an old man...
Gwen: You know the answer.
Merlin: No, I don't really fancy it.
Arthur: You don't have a choice, Merlin.
Arthur: I want to thank you all for staying loyal to me in Camelot's hour of need. I'll do something that my father won't approve of. Arise Sir Lancelot, Knight of Camelot. Arise Sir Gwaine, Knight of Camelot. Arise Sir Percival, Knight of Camelot. Arise Sir Elyan, Knight of Camelot. Tomorrow when you fight, you can stand proud... knowing you are members of the most noble army the world has ever known.
Merlin: You're a knight. At last.
Lancelot: But for how long?
Merlin: Who knows?
Lancelot: What are you planning? And don't even think about lying. I know you too well.
Merlin: It's too difficult to explain.
Lancelot: You can tell me!
Merlin: Morgana has the Cup of Life. If I can find it and empty it of the blood within then the army will be destroyed and Morgana will be powerless.
Lancelot: Aren't you forgetting something? It's guarded. By an immortal army.
Merlin: Aren't you forgetting something? I have magic.
Lancelot: It doesn't make you immortal.
Lancelot: You know, Merlin, you're the one Arthur should knight. You're the bravest of us all and he doesn't even know.
Merlin: He can't. Not yet.
Arthur: (Seeking a moment of intimacy) Guinevere...
Gwen: They'll see.
Arthur: I don't care. I want you to know... if I never see you again...
Gwen: You will. You will see me. I watched you last night. You gave us hope, something to believe in. I saw the king you will become. I'm so proud of you, Arthur.
Gaius: I overheard you, Merlin. If Morgause catches you, she will kill you.
Merlin: I have no choice.
Gaius: I remember the bungling idiot that came charging into my chamber all those years ago. Who would believe it?
Arthur: Father, we have to hurry.
Uther: I'm sorry.
Arthur: Please, Father, now isn't the time.
Arthur: If we're to go down, we'll go down fighting. For the love of Camelot!
(Knights roar and join him)
Morgause: (As she is about to kill Merlin) I have a feeling I won't be seeing you again.
Gaius: No. You won't.
(Gaius casts a spell and throws her up in the air. She gets up and is about to counteract, but Merlin throws her up in the air and against a pillar)
Morgana: (Finding Morgause's body on the ground) No! No! Sister... (Kneels by Morgause's side and sobs)
Merlin: It's over, Morgana.
Morgana: No, you're wrong. This has just begun.
Elyan: Where's Gwaine? Gwaine? You still alive?
Gwaine: (Showin up) What do you think? And that's Sir Gwaine to you.
Arthur: Have you seen the state of these boots?
Arthur: Well, go and get something to clean them.
Merlin: Why? They're your boots.
Arthur: Have you lost your mind?
Merlin: I thought you believed in equality?
Arthur: I'm sorry?
Merlin: But at the round table, you said...
Arthur: Shut up, Merlin.
(Arthur nudges Merlin and both smile)
Merlin: How's your father?
Arthur: I don't know. All this... Morgana... it's hit him hard.
Merlin: Perhaps we're heading for a new time. You may need to take charge, become... become king.
Arthur: Who knows what the future will bring?
Gaius: And they've searched through the remains of the rubble and still no Morgana?
Merlin: Or Morgause.
Gaius: They won't have gone far. Merlin, no-one else is going to say this to you but I will. Well done.
Merlin: I told you Camelot needed both of us.
It took the producers a good while to decide which were the best plot bits in episode 3x12 The Coming Of Arthur, Part 1 to put together the recap at the beginning of this episode.
Morgause's crest, the Rowan tree (that grows at the very heart of the Isle of the Blessed) was inspired in the African Baobab tree.
Some bits of the initial sequence in which Merlin is running through the woods were taken from other episodes because Colin Morgan wasn't available for filming.
Due to Merlin being a family show, they had to convey the idea of massacring people without showing it. Having arrows stuck to people was not allowed.
Originally, Arthur and his loyals were supposed to be hiding in the woods but for logistical reasons they decided to use a cave set (a expanded one from the cave set used in episode 3x05 The Crystal Cave). Also, Richard Wilson is heavily involved in the scenes where Arthur and his men are hiding and Puzzlewood, with its damp weather, uneven grounds, steps and roots wasn't the ideal place to have Richard around for long.
It was considered having crowned Morgana move to a different room decorated with black curtains and a duvet displaying Morgause's Rowan tree but since her chambers are big enough, they dropped the idea.
A platform in a ladder was used to film Morgana and Morgause's point of view over Gwen and Sir Leon in jail.
Sugar was used as the magical dust that Morgana pours in Gwen's drink.
Silver paint and not molten metal was used when Gwen is making a key duplicate.
The scene in which Merlin and Freya talk together was difficult to edit as getting the eyeline right so it matches each other's stare was tricky.
A small lamp reflecting in a pool of water with pieces of a mirror in the bottom was used to simulate the reflection of the water on Merlin's face.
The movement of the light in the water was slowed down and tracked into Freya's face so it feels like she is in the water rather than behind it.
In the scene where Merlin retrieves the sword, a platform was built at the bottom of the lake with a pulley system and a line concealed under the water to pull the boat in the right line and angle.
In the scene where Sir Leon is changing into the dress at Gwen's house, Gwen did steal a peek of Sir Leon getting changed but they decided to remove it from the final cut of the episode.
Two scenes were edited together into one for the sequence where Arthur tells Merlin that he sometimes says something wise.
Filming the scenes of the bloodguards chasing Arthur and his loyals through the woods took a whole day.
The rocks that Percival makes fall to block the bloodguards were made out of polystyrene.
Richard Wilson asked to have the day off so they used a double in the scene where Percival is introduced to Arthur.
Digital map painting was used to stand for the castle where Arthur and his loyals take refuge in.
The round table is made of polystyrene so the actors had to be careful not to lean on it because it flipped around easily.
In the scene where Merlin and Lancelot are lying on the ground while having a conversation, the cameras had to be placed as low as possible to get the eyeline right and as close as possible to capture the emotion conveyed in the actors' eyes.
Jeremy Webb, the episode director, consciously filmed the first kiss between Arthur and Gwen in a similar way as he did in episode 2x02 The Once and Future Queen.
Very few takes were needed to film the sequence at the round table since the actors were much into it due to the importance of the scene.
The fights at the end of the episode were filmed at the vaults of Pierrefonds, 30 feet below the castle ground. It took a long time to get them done as they were heavily choreographed and the more shots filmed, the more pace and energy put into the final product.
The last climatic sequence in the council chambers with the Cup of Life was filmed over several weeks because of the availability of Santiago Cabrera, Emilia Fox and Colin Morgan. They first filmed Emilia's takes, then Santiago's and then Colin's and the special effects later on.
Colin Morgan did his own stunt in the scene where he is thrown up in the air and against a wall.
Since Emilia Fox was pregnant, a stunt double was used in the scene where Morgause is repeatedly lifted off her feet and thrown against a wall.
Emilia Fox, Katie McGrath, Richard Wilson and Colin Morgan didn't get to film together the last scene at the council chambers involving their characters. First Morgana and Morgause's scenes were filmed and then the close ups of Merlin and Gaius.
Crew members threw polystyrene bits and dust through the set windows and from the set roof in the scene where Morgana makes the castle walls tumble down.
The scene towards the end of the episode where Gwaine is nowhere to be seen and Elyan wonders if he is alive was meant to bring about a light comedy bit to change the tone after the dramatic previous sequence at the council chambers.
The scene where Gwen and the knights of the round table enter the castle courtyard on horseback only needed a couple of takes to be filmed properly so no one would hide each other and the horses would stop in their marks.
The scene where Merlin puts the sword in the stone was filmed out of Pierrefonds because the woods around the castle weren't dark enough. The beam of light that lights the sequence came from a lamp. The close ups of the sword getting into the stone were filmed on set though. The rock was made of polystyrene. A good number of crew members gathered around to watch the filming of the iconic scene.
According to Colin Morgan, Merlin is not allowed to look too cool when swordfighting (as his true talent is magic) but as an actor, he loves getting to do some of it since he doesn't get many chances in the show.
Canada: April 9, 2011 on Space.
France: April 10, 2011 on Canal + Family.
Italy: April 14, 2011 on Italia 1.
Poland: May 28, 2011 on Polsat.
Spain: February 12, 2011 on Antena 3 Neox.
USA: April 8, 2011 on Syfy.
Julian Murphy (executive producer of the show) and Jeremy Webb (episode director) recorded an audio commentary for this episode.
According to Merlin production designer Paul Cripps, the legends engraved on the Round Table have the following meaning:
bargu = main king (Arthur)
maegen = bodily strength (Percival)
raesbora = leader in thought (Gaius)
scamu = modesty (Lancelot)
sósfoestnes = fidelity (Elyan)
aeoeling = chief prince (Sir Leon)
ellerweorc = heroic deed (Gawain)
éadlufu = love (Gwen)
drylic = magic (Merlin)
However, only Arthur, Gwen, Merlin and Sir Leon took their corresponding places at the table (Gwaine takes Lancelot's, Elyan takes Percival's, Lancelot takes Gaius', Percival takes Gwaine's and Gaius takes Elyan's).
According to Merlin executive producer Julian Murphy, the engravings around the table are Anglo-Saxon words.
Château de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, Oise, France (Camelot).
Cardiff, Wales, UK (Studio sets).
Neath Abbey, Monastery Road, Dyffryn Clydach, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, UK (Interior of the castle of the ancient kings of Camelot).
Forest of Compiegne, Oise, France (Excalibur resting place).
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.
Also Known As:
France: L'Aube D'Un Nouveau Monde, deuxième partie, meaning 'The Dawn Of A New World, part 2'.
Germany: Athurs Stunde schlägt, Teil 2, meaning 'Arthur's Bell Tolls, Part 2'.
Italy: L'Ascesa Di Artù (2ª parte), meaning 'The Rise of Arthur, part 2'. d: Przybycie Artura (część 2).
Poland: Przybycie Artura (część 2).
Portugal: A Vinda De Arthur Part 2.
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 4 Dec 2010 at 19:40-20:25pm on BBC One.
Mon 6 Dec 2010 at 19:00-19:45pm 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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