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King Uther Pendragon
Voice of the Great Dragon
This is the third time in which Morgana almost dies. The first time she was saved by Edwin in episode 1x06 A Remedy To Cure All Ills, the second time she was saved by Morgause in episode 2x12 The Fires of Idirsholas and in this episode she is saved by Merlin.
Merlin doesn't hesitate to summon the Great Dragon to save Morgana's life; however, he doesn't act the same way to save Arthur's life earlier in the episode.
Uther tells Gaius that he is willing to use magic to save Morgana's life. However, he didn't act the same way when Morgana was at the brink of death in episode 1x06 A Remedy To Cure All Ills or Arthur after having been wounded by the Questing Beast in episode 1x13 Le Morte D'Arthur.
Morgause plays with words in her message to Morgana. She uses 'King Gremause', so Morgana identifies that name with her sister's.
Merlin asks Arthur where they are when they enter the Valley of the Fallen Kings and he can sense the magic. However, Merlin had already been there in episode 1x13 Le Morte D'Arthur, since following the Great Dragon's instructions he had to 'travel to the place that men call the Isle of the Blessed. Beyond the White Mountains, through the Valley of the Fallen Kings. To the north of the Great Seas of Meridor' to save Arthur's life.
Uther is willing to use magic to save his daughter's life just as he used magic to have a son. However, in episode 1x03 The Mark of Nimueh he condemned Gwen in the belief that she had used magic to save her father's life.
The Crystal Cave is where magic began. Even before the Great Purge, wizards would talk about it with reverence.
Taliesin was a seer to the great Kings of Old. He died about 300 years ago. It is said that the Crystal Cave was the source of his prophecies.
The Crystal of Neahtid was hewn from the Crystal Cave.
Merlin saves Uther's life in this episode. He also saves Morgana's life after he was forced to poison her in episode 2x12 The Fires of Idirsholas.
This is the second time that Merlin sees glimpses of the future in magical crystals. He first did in episode 2x11 The Witch's Quickening, when he witnessed the events of episode 2x13 The Last Dragonlord in the Crystal of Neahtid.
Magical crystals are also used by Morgause to see the present in episode 2x08 The Sins of the Father, episode 2x12 The Fires of Idirsholas, episode 3x01 The Tears Of Uther Pendragon Part 1 and episode 3x02 The Tears Of Uther Pendragon Part 2.
Goof: After she falls rolling down the steps, Morgana has a bleeding wound in her forehead. However, later on there's no trace of it.
A scene from episode 1x01 The Dragon's Call depicting Merlin's chamber windows at night is used in this episode right before Merlin summons the Great Dragon. The same scene was used as well in episode 1x05 Lancelot and episode 3x04 Gwaine.
Merlin's room has a desk for the first time in this episode.
Taliesin is the second 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 and then Taliesin in this one.
Arthur can be seen wearing a new crown.
It is revealed that Morgana is Uther and Vivian's daughter. Vivian was Gorlois' wife; she grew lonely and turned to Uther for affection when Gorlois was fighting in the Northern Plains.
Goof: Gaius wears glasses, even though they weren't commonly used until the 13th century.
Merlin: Are they still after us?
Arthur: I told you we'd outrun them.
Merlin: You sure?
Arthur: Why is it you never trust me, Merlin?
(Men can be heard shouting behind them)
Arthur: Come on! This way!
Merlin: Where are we going?
Arthur: Trust me!
(Merlin feels magic and stops abruptly)
Arthur: What are you doing? Come on.
Merlin: What is this place?
Arthur: The Valley of the Fallen Kings.
Merlin: Is it cursed?
Arthur: No. Not unless you're superstitious.
Merlin: It is.
Arthur: It's a myth. They'll never follow us in here. They won't dare. Trust me.
Merlin : (Whispering) If you say that one more time...!
(They are followed once again)
(After an arrow pierces the back of his chainmail and knocks him to the ground)
Arthur: What was that?
Merlin: An arrow.
Arthur: An arrow? Oh, good. For a moment I thought it was something terrible.
Merlin: (To an unconscious Arthur) Come on. Dollop head... I need you to recover. (He casts a spell) Listen to me, clotpole. I don't care if you die, there are plenty of other Princes. You're not the only pompous, supercilious, condescending, royal... imbecile I could work for. The world is full of them. But... I'm going to give you one more chance.
(Merlin is crying because he is not able to cure Arthur)
Taliesin: Tell me... why are you so sad?
Merlin: My friend is dying. I can't help him.
Taliesin: Then do not waste your tears. For I can tell you that the time for him to die is not yet upon us. Don't be afraid. My name is Taliesin.
Merlin: I'm Mer...
Taliesin: I know who you are. The moment of our meeting has been written for many, many years. You are Emrys.
Merlin: What is this place?
Taliesin: This is where magic began. It is the Crystal Cave. What is it you see? Images, flashes...
Merlin: I've seen something like this before... in the Crystal of Neahtid.
Taliesin: What you see here is exactly the same for the Crystal of Neahtid was hewn from this very cave. Look into them, Emrys, really look. Much will be revealed.
Merlin: No. Take me out of here. How do I get back to Arthur?
Taliesin: The future is hidden to all but a very few, Emrys. You are one such person.
Merlin: No. I've been through this before.
Taliesin: Perhaps there is a reason you were brought here at this moment in time.
Merlin: What reason?
Taliesin: Only the crystals can tell you. They contain futures that are not yet born. The secrets they reveal, Emrys, are unique to you... and you alone. Look into them, Emrys, really look. Use what you see for good.
Arthur: You look like a startled stoat.
Merlin: Yeah? Well... at least I don't look like a bone-idle toad. Let's go.
Arthur: Are you saying I look like a toad?
Merlin: Yeah, maybe one day you'll magically transform into a handsome Prince. But as magic is outlawed, it'll probably never happen. Come on, let's go.
Arthur: I'm the one who gives the orders. Remember?
Merlin: Yeah. You ready? Let's go.
Arthur: I don't understand. You said I had an arrow in my back. How come all I can feel is a slight bruise?
Merlin: Don't know.
Arthur: Merlin... did something happen that you're not telling me about?
Arthur: Come on... I'm missing your usual prattle.
Merlin: You're certainly making up for it.
Arthur: You still haven't answered my question.
Merlin: The arrow didn't pierce your armour and when you fell you knocked yourself out.
Arthur: All right, I don't normally say things like this, but... you did a good job back there. Did you hear what I just said? All right, maybe I should give you some kind of reward. What do you want?
Merlin: Some peace and quiet.
Arthur: The bandits probably have a stronghold somewhere in the White Mountains. How we escaped, I'll never know. Although some credit must go to my servant, Merlin.
(Gwen elbows Merlin, who doesn't react)
Uther: Dispatch a patrol, I want these men caught and brought to justice.
Arthur: Immediately, father.
Uther: We feared you might miss Lady Morgana's birthday.
Arthur: It would take more than a bunch of thieves to keep me from such a feast. Uther: Tomorrow promises to be quite a night.
Merlin: Gaius, I can't get these visions out of my head.
Gaius: Taliesin was a seer to the great Kings of old. It is said that the Crystal Cave was the source of his prophecies.
Merlin: He told me... he said there was a reason I was brought there at this moment in time. Why? It must mean the events I saw are imminent. Morgana is going to kill Uther.
Gaius: You must be careful. The crystals are treacherous. What you saw may not be all that it seemed.
Merlin: So I do nothing?
Gaius: There is nothing to suggest that what you saw is imminent, is there?
Gaius: So, I wouldn't let it put you off your soup.
Merlin: You're right.
Gaius: Come on, eat up.
Merlin: What is it?
Gaius: Sometimes it's best not to know.
Arthur: It's Morgana's birthday. I have to get her a present.
Merlin: What are you getting her?
Arthur: It's a secret.
Merlin: Come on, you can tell me.
Arthur: A dagger.
Arthur: Morgana's present. What do you think? Beautiful, isn't it? Feel the balance. Feel the sharpness of the blade.
Merlin: Yeah, it's just what every woman wants, isn't it?
Arthur: What do you mean?
Merlin: Well, I'm no expert, but don't women normally go for pretty things, like, maybe, jewellery?
Merlin: How do I look?
Gaius: Same as you always do.
Gaius: You've brightened up.
Merlin: I've seen Morgana's present.
Gaius: The dagger?
Merlin: It's very plain, bit boring.
Gaius: And not like the one you saw?
Merlin: No, that was sumptuous, ornate. I'd probably be disappointed if I were Morgana.
Gaius: Good, so now you can stop worrying.
Merlin: Oh, I have. I'm going to continue as if I'd never even met Taliesin. I'm going to enjoy this feast like everyone else.
Gaius: Even if it's for Morgana.
(Arthur has changed the plain dagger for an ornate one, just like the one in Merlin's vision)
Arthur: It's not often you're right, Merlin, but this is one of those rare occasions. Girls do like pretty things. Thanks.
(Merlin is stunned as he watches Morgana holding the dagger)
Merlin: It's coming true.
Gaius: We can't be certain about that.
Merlin: We have to stop her.
Gaius: How? Merlin, we don't know when this is going to happen. We don't even know if it will.
Merlin: We have to watch her.
Gaius: Night and day?
Merlin: I was shown these visions for a reason.
Gaius: This is madness.
Merlin: We'll take it in turns. She cannot be left alone.
Gwen: You've got some lovely presents.
Morgana: Mainly hairbrushes.
Gwen: (Reading the note attached to a mirror) Who is King... Gremoaus?
Morgana: At least he doesn't think my hair needs brushing.
Gaius: We've done the best we can. I can heal her skin, Gwen, but her skull, the cranium is broken. She's bleeding inside.
Merlin: I had to stop the future. I had to stop Morgana killing Uther. I didn't mean to do it like this.
Gaius: It wasn't your fault, Merlin.
Merlin: I've prevented something much worse from happening. I just... wish it could have been some other way.
(Gaius puts an arm around Merlin and comforts him)
Merlin: I'm sorry about Morgana. If Gaius could do something, he would.
Arthur: After all we went through to rescue her... for her to survive all that...
Merlin: I know.
Arthur: And to lose her now, like this. I've grown up with her. She's like a sister to me. I would sacrifice my place on the throne for her to see another sunrise.
Uther: So beautiful.
Gaius: Yes, Sire.
Uther: I cannot watch her die, Gaius.
Gaius: I wish there was something I could do...
Uther: No. You don't understand. I cannot lose her. No matter what happens, she cannot die.
Gaius: I will do everything I can, Sire, but...
Uther: No, Gaius. Whatever it takes, whatever. I don't care. You must save her.
Gaius: If I knew a way...
Uther: You're not understanding me, Gaius. Cure her. I don't care what remedy you use. In all these books there must be something. Something in the Old Religion?
Gaius: Are you suggesting...?
Uther: Sorcery, yes.
Gaius: I know she is dear to you, Sire, but surely you're not going to risk everything for Morgana.
Uther: Gaius... you don't understand. There's something you should know. Something I've told no one. Morgana is my daughter. (Merlin is overhearing from his room) It was whilst Gorlois was away fighting in the Northern Plains (Morgana's fingers and eyes move slightly suggesting she is conscious and listening) Her mother...Vivian... grew lonely.
Gaius: I understand, Sire.
Uther: I've said enough. The people must never know who Morgana really is... for Arthur's sake.
Gaius: I assure you, Sire, your secret is safe with me.
(Uther leaves. Gaius joins Merlin in his room)
Gaius: That explains everything. No wonder he spent a year looking for her. Now we know why she can do no wrong.
Uther: You are Gaius's boy?
Merlin: He is my guardian.
Uther: You are like a son to him.
Uther: I see the way he cares for you. You feel your child's every joy... and their pain. You watch their failings and you see your own. All you want is for their happiness. For them to escape the sufferings of life. Why? Why has this happened? I would do anything. Any... (He bursts out crying and Merlin leaves him alone)
Merlin: I have been to the Crystal Cave. I saw Morgana make an attempt on Uther's life.
The Great Dragon: It does not surprise me.
Merlin: But I stopped her.
The Great Dragon: To change the future is no simple matter, Merlin. To do so is fraught with danger.
Merlin: I know, and as a result of my actions, Morgana is dying.
The Great Dragon: Then you should rejoice!
Merlin: I want you to help me to save her.
The Great Dragon: Merlin, have you learnt nothing?
Merlin: I did not mean to kill her. All I wanted was to avoid the future that would've unfolded, to prevent Uther's death, to prevent Camelot being torn apart.
The Great Dragon: I will not cure her!
Merlin: She is Uther's daughter!
The Great Dragon: Yes.
Merlin: You knew. Why didn't you tell me?
The Great Dragon: It makes no difference.
Merlin: Whatever she was about to do, I stopped her. There's no need for people to suffer.
The Great Dragon: The witch must die, as she should have done long ago. I will not save her.
Merlin: I am a Dragonlord, you cannot refuse me!
The Great Dragon: How dare you treat me such! How dare you abuse your power!
Merlin: I command you.
The Great Dragon: Very well. But I warn you, the evil that will follow is of your doing and yours alone.
(Uther is sitting on a recovered Morgana's bed, embracing her)
Uther: It's truly a miracle. Thank you, Gaius. I knew you would not fail me.
Gaius: I assure you, Sire, I did nothing.
Uther: Of course. I understand. I won't ask any questions. But I will not forget this, Gaius.
Merlin: I couldn't watch everyone's grief.
Gaius: I know, but you're playing with things that are beyond you.
Uther: I couldn't ever let you die. I think I somehow willed you to live.
Morgana: You've always been so good to me. I am grateful.
Uther: You and Arthur. You mean everything to me, Morgana.
Morgana: I know I could have no better guardian. Being so close to death has made me realise how important you and Arthur are to me. How close we are to each other.
Morgana: You are like a father to me.
Morgana: I wish the people knew that.
Uther: They do.
Morgana: Not really.
Uther: Of course they do.
Morgana: In the eyes of the people I am no more than your ward, a guest.
Uther: What matters is what we feel. That's what's important, not what the people think.
Morgana: Uther is my father. I am his daughter.
Morgana: He has been lying to me all these years.
Morgause: But this is glorious news!
Morgana: He disowned me. He wants people to think that he's the perfect King. It's more important to him than his own flesh and blood.
Morgause: Don't you see? This is wonderful. You have a legitimate claim to his throne.
Morgana: No, sister, you don't understand. He must pay for this. (Bells toll) You must go.
Morgause: No. I don't want to leave you like this.
Morgana: You must or they will find you here.
Morgause: Do not do anything rash, Morgana. Promise me. We must bide our time.
(Gaius is holding the bleeding hand of a dead servant as blood drops fall forming a puddle on the floor)
Gaius: Merlin? What's the matter?
Merlin: That was the next image I saw in the crystal. I haven't stopped anything.
Gwen: Have they found the intruder?
Morgana: Not yet.
Gwen: Looks like it's going to be a bad night.
Morgana: What are you doing here?
Merlin: Arthur sent me to look after you. He's worried about the intruder.
Morgana: I don't need you.
Merlin: He was quite insistent.
Morgana: Get out of my way! (Performs magic and throws Merlin up in the air and against a wall, knocking him unconscious. A chandelier is also knocked and a fire starts. Morgana leaves)
(Morgana is about to stab Uther. Merlin performs magic and blows a window open, making Morgana fall backwards against a wall)
Uther: (Jerking awake) What's going on?
Morgana: Uh... there was a fire... and I was scared (She approaches the bed, kicking the fallen dagger under it) I wanted to be with you. You're the only person I feel safe with.
Gaius: You saved the King's life.
Merlin: Only just. I thought I could alter the future, but instead, I caused it, I made it happen.
Gaius: What you did was dangerous, even for someone as gifted as you. But, what's done is done. There are more important things for us to worry about. I fear that Morgana knows the truth.
Merlin: About what?
Gaius: She knows the King is her father. That explains why she acted so suddenly. Arthur must be careful.
Gaius: Morgana is of royal blood. If Uther were to die, Arthur is all that stands between her and the throne of Camelot.
Canada: February 12, 2011 on Space.
France: March 20, 2011 on Canal + Family.
Germany: October 26, 2011 on RTL.
Italy: April 4, 2011 on Italia 1.
Poland: April 2, 2011 on Polsat.
Spain: January 22, 2011 on Antena 3 Neox.
Turkey: February 6, 2011 on CNBC-e.
USA: February 11, 2011 on Syfy.
From this episode onwards, Morgause is either shown in close shots or wearing a cloak due to Emilia Fox's pregnancy.
Also Known As:
France: L'Antre De Cristal, meaning The Crystal Den.
Germany: Die Kristallhöhle.
Italy: La Caverna Di Cristallo.
Poland: Kryształowa Grota.
Portugal: A Caverna De Cristal.
Château de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, Oise, France (Camelot).
Cardiff, Wales, UK (Studio sets).
Puzzlewood, Perrygrove Road, Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16 8QB, England, UK (Opening scenes with Arthur and Merlin running through the woods. Meeting point of Merlin and Taliesin).
Sat 9 Oct 2010 at 19:40-20:25 on BBC One.
Mon 11 Oct 2010 at 19:00-19:45 on BBC Three.
The Stone Statues in the Valley of the Fallen Kings bear some resemblance to the Argonath from The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring movie.
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