Season 4 Episode 2

The Darkest Hour Part 2

Aired Unknown Oct 08, 2011 on BBC



  • Trivia

    • Sir Lancelot (who sacrifices himself for Arthur) becomes the 1st named Knight of the Round Table to die (althought he will reappear later in episode 4x09 Lancelot Du Lac when he is conjured up from the dead).

    • This episode marks the second time in which Arthur asks Merlin to take care of Gwen should anything happen to him, the first time being episode 2x10 Sweet Dreams.

    • Goof: Gwaine is only holding his sword when he leaves Percival, Elyan and Leon behind to join Arthur, Merlin and Lancelot. However, when they meet the Cailleach, he is carrying a torch.

    • James Greene, who is credited as the ferryman, has no lines in the episode (or in the previous one, episode 4x01 The Darkest Hour Part 1).

    • Lancelot mentions that the Valley of the Fallen Kings would save him time bringing Merlin back to Camelot. Since Arthur knows of the place as per episode 3x05 The Crystal Cave, it makes no sense that he didn't use that route to reach the Isle of the Blessed faster, especially since he didn't hesitate to use the Tunnels of Andor and face the wilddeoren again.

      Likewise, Lancelot and Merlin catch up with Arthur and the knights at the Isle of the Blessed despite they don't seem to use the Tunnels of Andor (which Merlin knows well from episode 2x04 Lancelot And Guinevere) and which would have taken several days off the journey.

    • Footage from episode episode 2x13 The Last Dragonlord and 3x01 The Tears Of Uther Pendragon Part 1 is used in the scene where the dragon exhales fire on the Dorocha (the corresponding scene in 2x13 being the one where the dragon exhales fires on Arthur and his knights when they fight him on the castle battlements and in 3x01 being the one where the dragon exhales fire on the Serkets.)

    • Sir Lancelot is the third character to meet the Great Dragon after Merlin and Gaius.

    • Goof: Merlin and Lancelot ride two different set of horses time and again all along the episode.

      Likewise, Arthur and the knights are riding different horses than the ones they left Camelot on.

    • The tunnels of Andor, the gaia berries and the wilddeoren are revisited after they first were depicted in episode 2x04 Lancelot And Guinevere.

      The Valley of the Fallen Kings is also revisited after it was first mentioned in episode 1x13 Le Morte D'Arthur and visited in episode 3x05 The Crystal Cave.

  • Quotes

    • Arthur: We have to get him back to Gaius.
      Sir Leon: And abandon the quest?
      Arthur: He saved my life, I won't let him die.
      Sir Leon: If we don't get to the Isle of the Blessed, hundreds more will perish.

    • Arthur: (About Merlin dying) This is my fault... and I'm sorry.
      Merlin: (Struggles to talk) Take me with you... please.
      Arthur: You'd die, Merlin.
      Merlin: You don't understand... please, Arthur.
      Arthur: Do you ever do as you're told?
      Merlin: I have to come with you.
      Arthur: Merlin...
      Sir Lancelot: We need to leave.
      (Arthur grabs Merlin's shoulder comfortingly and walks away).

    • (Bees buzzing)
      Sir Gwaine: Can you hear that?
      Sir Leon: Bees?
      Sir Gwaine: Food.
      Sir Leon: Are you trying to get us killed?
      Sir Gwaine: We're riding to our deaths anyway.

    • Sir Leon: You're quiet.
      Arthur: That's what happens after three days listening to Gwaine.
      Sir Leon: (Smiles at the joke before turning serious again) You did the right thing, you know? Merlin couldn't continue with us.
      Arthur: I should've saved him.

    • Vilia: We bear you no harm. We wish only to help.
      Sir Lancelot: What are you?
      Vilia: We are Vilia. Spirits of the brooks and streams. The tear in the veil has upset the balance of the world. Good spirits as well as bad roam freely. But this perilous state cannot continue for long.
      Sir Lancelot: Prince Arthur is riding to the Isle of the Blessed. He intends to heal the veil.
      Vilia: He will need help from both of you.
      Sir Lancelot: My friend is sick.I need to get him to Camelot.
      Vilia: Merlin is stronger than you give him credit for. The young warlock has great power and a future that has been written since the dawn of time. Do not worry. Even now, my sisters begin to heal him.

    • Arthur: By dawn, we'll be on the other side of the mountains.
      Sir Gwaine: You can't be serious. These tunnels are crawling with wilddeoren.
      Arthur: The tunnels will take days off our journey.
      Sir Gwaine: If we make it out alive.
      Arthur: We'll cover ourselves in gaia berries.
      Sir Gwaine: Oh, sounds great!
      Arthur: It's your choice, Gwaine. Wilddeoren or Dorocha?
      Sir Gwaine: I know which I'd rather go for.
      Sir Leon: (Making his way towards the tunnels) Me too.

    • Sir Gwaine: Remind me again why we're wearing this disgusting paste.
      Arthur: Wilddeoren are completely blind. They rely totally on their sense of smell. Gaia berries will mask our scent.
      Sir Gwaine: What are the chances of us not seeing a wilddeoren?
      Arthur: None.

    • Gaius: Why have you closed the city gates?
      Agravaine: We have limited resources, Gaius. As much as I'd like to, we simply can't feed and water the entire kingdom.
      Gaius: Surely the people have a right to be protected.
      Agravaine: I would be putting Camelot in danger. Starvation, disease. You of all people must understand, Gaius. The gates will remain shut until we are free of the evil that plagues us.

    • Gwen: May I be granted permission to address the court?
      Agravaine: Guinevere?
      Gwen: Prince Arthur taught me long ago that every citizen of Camelot is important. He would never stand by and let them suffer. He would help them if he could and we must do the same.
      Agravaine: I feel the pain me as much as you, but we don't have a choice. If we keep letting people in, our food will run out in days.
      Gwen: You are wrong.
      Agravaine: Perhaps you would enlighten me?
      Gwen: Those outside the gates are landowners, farmers. For days, the refugees have been bartering their wares with the townsfolk in return for the safety of their hearths. They bring with them far more than they take.
      Agravaine: But how long before these wares run out?
      Gwen: Three days ago, Prince Arthur embarked on a quest to rid us of these creatures. At worst, we have another three before he reaches his goal. Or do you think he will fail?
      Agravaine: Of course not.
      Geoffrey of Monmouth: Sire, she is right.
      Agravaine: Very well. Re-open the gates.

    • Sir Lancelot: (Confused at Merlin's recovery) You're meant to be... dying.
      Merlin: Sorry.

    • Merlin: Come on, we need to catch up with the others.
      Sir Lancelot: No, you're going back to Camelot.
      Merlin: You might be.
      Sir Lancelot: Merlin!
      Merlin: Say hello to Gaius for me.
      Sir Lancelot: Merlin!
      Merlin: Arthur can't finish this without us.
      Sir Lancelot: Arthur's right about you. You don't ever do as you're told.
      Merlin: No.

    • Sir Leon: They need to rest, Sire (Chuckles) Even Gwaine's gone quiet.
      Arthur: Sounds like a good reason to keep going.

    • Morgana: What news of the mighty Camelot?
      Agravaine: As we planned. The city is falling into wrack and ruin.
      Morgana: And Arthur?
      Agravaine: Last we heard, he had made it past Daelbeth.
      Morgana: Will we never be rid of him?

    • Morgana: Something's wrong.
      Agravaine: A minor irritant: Guinevere. She takes it upon herself to speak out against me.
      Morgana: She's dangerous.
      Agravaine: She's a servant. A spirited one perhaps, but a servant nonetheless.
      Morgana: No, you're wrong. I have dreamt the future, and in it, that 'servant' sits upon my throne. I would rather drown in my own blood than see that day.
      Agravaine: Then we must make sure it never comes.
      Morgana: I couldn't agree more. We must make sure she never sees another dawn.

    • Uther: Where is Arthur?
      Gwen: I am unsure.
      Uther: Where is he?
      Gwen: The Prince is on a hunting trip, Sire.
      : When will he be back?
      Gwen: In a few days.

    • Agravaine: Gwen, if you would permit, I would be grateful to seek your advice. You understand the people.
      Gwen: I'm not sure, I...
      Agravaine: If nothing else, I know that you will be honest with me.

    • Merlin: (To Sir Lancelot, after using a spell to start a fire) I'm not entirely useless, you know?

    • Agravaine: Do the people feel safe? You can speak honestly.
      Gwen: No, they do not.
      Agravaine: Go on.
      Gwen: They are frightened. Night after night, they have seen their friends, their parents, their children all snatched cruelly from them and they don't know who'll be next.
      Agravaine: What can I do to reassure them?
      Gwen: Show courage. Shutting the gates showed you were as terrified as they were. It's like a horse and its rider. If the people sense your fear, they will not trust you.
      Agravaine: I am grateful for your advice. You have awise head upon your shoulders, Guinevere.

    • Sir Elyan: Do you know what we're going to face on the Isle of the Blessed?
      (Arthur nods)
      Sir Elyan: Do you want to tell me?
      Arthur: The burden is mine and mine to bear alone.
      Sir Elyan: Look around, Arthur (Both look at Sir Gwaine, Sir Leon and Sir Percival who are gathered by the fire) We would fight 1,000 armies with our bare hands for you. You are never alone. We stand together. Come on, I'll take over. You need some rest.
      Arthur: (Passes him the torch) Thank you.

    • Merlin: You don't have to continue on this journey with me, you know?
      Sir Lancelot: (Chuckles) Try and stop me.
      Merlin: Why? Because you're a knight, you feel honour-bound?
      Sir Lancelot: You wouldn't understand. It doesn't make any sense to me either.
      Merlin: Gwen?
      Sir Lancelot: I made her a vow I would keep Arthur safe.
      Merlin: You don't have to worry. I'll keep him safe.
      Sir Lancelot: I made a vow, Merlin.

    • Merlin: (About Gwen) You still think about her?
      Sir Lancelot: No. Arthur's a better man than me.
      Merlin: I'm sorry.
      Sir Lancelot: Why? He loves her... and she's happy.

    • Gaius: It's just a surface wound. You were very lucky.
      Gwen: Everyone talks about the coldness, but I don't feel cold at all.
      Gaius: You weren't attacked by the Dorocha, Gwen.
      Gwen: Then what? (Gaius goes silent) Gaius?
      Gaius: I fear someone wanted to do you harm.
      Gwen: Why?
      Gaius: I don't know.
      Gwen: If they did, they'd have done a better job.
      Gaius: Maybe. But cold-blooded murder is suspicious. Better to leave you to the Dorocha.

    • The Great Dragon: (To Merlin) Who is your friend?
      Sir Lancelot: I am Lancelot.
      The Great Dragon: Of course, Sir Lancelot. The bravest and most noble of them all.
      Sir Lancelot: I'm not sure that is true.
      The Great Dragon: We shall see.

    • The Great Dragon: The Dorocha cannot be allowed to remain in this world. The sundered veil must be restored.
      Merlin: We are on our way to the Isle of the Blessed to help Arthur heal it.
      The Great Dragon: Indeed. But at what price?
      Merlin: I know that the Spirit World demands a sacrifice.
      The Great Dragon: It demands nothing, it is the Cailleach, the gatekeeper to the spirit world, who asks such a price.
      Merlin: And there is no other way?
      The Great Dragon: There is not.
      Merlin: Arthur intends to sacrifice himself to heal the veil. It is my destiny is to protect him, you taught me that.
      The Great Dragon: Merlin, you must not do this.
      Merlin: I have no choice. I must take his place.
      The Great Dragon: From the moment I met you, I saw something that was invisible. Now it is there for all to see.
      Merlin: A lot of what you see, old friend... is what you taught me.
      The Great Dragon: It will be an empty world without you, young warlock.

    • Sir Lancelot: When we get to the Isle of the Blessed, do you really intend to sacrifice yourself?
      Merlin: What do you want me to say?
      Sir Lancelot: I look at you and I wonder about myself. Could I knowingly give up my life for something?
      Merlin: You have to have a reason. Something you care about. Something that's more important than anything.

    • (Sir Gwaine removes his sock)
      Sir Elyan: Has something died?
      Sir Gwaine: Why am I always the butt?
      Sir Leon: Can't think.
      (Sir Leon and Sir Elyan join Arthur and Sir Percival at the other side of the fire, leaving Sir Gwaine alone).
      Sir Gwaine: Pick on Percival.
      Sir Percival: Why me?
      Sir Elyan: He washes.
      Sir Leon: And he doesn't set fire to his socks.
      Sir Gwaine: (Trying to put the fire in his sock out) Oh, no!

    • Arthur: Lancelot? How's Merlin?
      Sir Lancelot: Bad news... (Sighs deeply) He's still alive.
      (Merlin shows up behind him. Arthur laughs relieved, Merlin smiles too)
      Sir Gwaine: Merlin!
      (The knights welcome Merlin and Sir Lancelot)
      Arthur: (Puts his hand on Merlin's shoulder) Good to see you, Merlin.
      Merlin: Yeah, good to see you too.

    • Merlin: It's going to be fine. Everything will be all right.
      Arthur: I'm just tired.
      Merlin: You don't have to sacrifice yourself.
      Arthur: I have to save my people.
      Merlin: I will take your place.
      Arthur: Merlin...
      Merlin: What is the life of a servant, compared to that of a prince?
      Arthur: A good servant's hard to come by.
      Merlin: I'm not that good.
      Arthur: True.

    • Arthur: Look after Guinevere. I want her to be happy in her life. She deserves that.
      Merlin: Don't worry. I'll make sure.

    • The Cailleach: It is not often we have visitors.
      Arthur: Put an end to this. I demand you heal the tear between the two worlds.
      The Cailleach: It was not I who created this horror. Why should it be I that stops it?
      Merlin: Because innocent people are dying.
      The Cailleach: Indeed? (Laughs)
      (Sir Gwaine charges against her and she blasts him away using magic).
      The Cailleach: Is this the best you can do?
      Arthur: I know what you want!
      The Cailleach: Do you? And are you willing to let me have it?
      Arthur: I'm prepared to pay whatever price is necessary.

    • The Cailleach: So, Emrys, you choose to challenge me after all. Will you give yourself to the spirits to save your prince?
      Merlin: It is my destiny.
      The Cailleach: Perhaps. But your time among men is not yet over, Emrys, even if you want it to be.
      (Lancelot walks towards the veil, looks back at Merlin and smiles.The Dorocha scream. Lancelot turns aroundand walks through the veil).
      Merlin: No! No! No!

    • Arthur: (Before Sir Lancelot's funeral pyre) I want to pay tribute to Sir Lancelot. We owe him a great debt. But it is not just his deed that we will never forget. It is his courage, his compassion, his unselfish heart. He was the most noble knight I will ever know. He gave his life for all of us.

    • Gwen: (To Arthur, about Sir Lancelot and between tears as they stand before the funeral pyre) He didn't sacrifice himself for Camelot. I asked him to look after you and he promised me with his life. He was true to his word (Arthur puts a comforting hand on her shoulder and leaves)

    • (Morgana screams in frustration)
      Agravaine: Arthur was lucky!
      Morgana: And Guinevere?
      Agravaine: It was only by chance that Gaius found her.
      Morgana: You're wrong! We were not thwarted by luck, it was Emrys!
      Agravaine: Emrys?
      Morgana: The Cailleach warned me about him. She said he was my destiny and my doom. It was he that thwarted us, I'm sure of it.
      Agravaine: Sowhat is to be done?
      Morgana: As long as he exists, I will never gain what is rightfully mine. You must help me find this 'Emrys' and destroy him.

    • Gaius: How can I be of assistance?
      Agravaine: You're a man of great knowledge and wisdom.
      Gaius: (Scoffs) Knowledge, perhaps.
      Agravaine: Have you ever come across a sorcerer called Emrys?
      Gaius: No, it doesn't sound familiar.
      Agravaine: Well, if you do hear mention of the name...
      Gaius: I'll be sure to tell you.
      Agravaine: It will not go unrewarded.

    • (About Emrys)
      Gaius: There is only one person could've heard that name... Morgana. We know her powers are growing. She too must've seen the Cailleach.
      Merlin: But Agravaine...?
      Gaius: I suspect he is not as virtuous as he seems. And don't forget, he has every reason to despise Uther. We must beware, Merlin. Morgana can never know the truth. She must never know who you really are.

  • Notes

    • Rupert Young had to do some AVR (Additional Voice Recording) in the scene where he reassures Arthur over doing the right thing sending Merlin away and as a consequence his lip movements aren't fully synchronized with his voice.

    • The hand of a stunt double (and not Colin Morgan's) was used in the river scenes with the Vilia.

    • The scene where Arthur and the knights enter the Tunnels of Andor was shot at a different time than the scenes inside the tunnels. Looking up closely, the hair of some of the men (particulary Gwaine's) is noticeably longer in the exterior scenes.

    • Despite what the close-up suggests, it is actually Rupert Young (Sir Leon) and not Eoin Macken (Sir Gwaine) kicking the skull inside the Tunnels of Andor.

    • The substance on Arthur and the knights' face (the supposed gaia berries) was actually some stinking body scrub.

    • Morgana's old chambers have been redressed into Agravaine's.

    • Eoin Macken and Tom Hopper came up with the idea of throwing a sword to each in the scene where Elyan and Arthur have a conversation by the campfire.

    • A stunt double was used for some of the scenes where Gwen lies on the ground after having been attacked by Morgana.

    • Divers were submerged in the water pulling the boat along in the scene where the knights approach the Isle of the Blessed.

    • Angel Coulby and Rupert Young recorded an audio commentary for this episode.

    • Also Known As:
      France: L'Heure La Plus Sombre, Deuxième partie.
      Germany: Die dunkelste Stunde, Teil 2.
      Italy: L'ora Più Buia 2ª parte.
      Poland: Najczarniejsza Godzina (cz��� 2).
      Portugal: A Hora Mais Escura Da Noite Part 2 (meaning The Darkest Hour Of The Night Part 2).

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: October 23, 2011 on Ten.
      Canada: January 15th, 2012 on Space.
      France: March 2th, 2012 on Canal + Family.
      Germany: January 11th, 2012 on Super RTL.
      Italy: September 11th, 2012 on Italia 1.
      Sweden: September 15h, 2012 on SVT2.
      Turkey: February 26, 2012 on CNBC-e.
      USA: January 13th, 2012 on Syfy.

    • Filming locations:
      Château de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, Oise, France (Camelot).
      Cardiff, Wales, UK (Studio sets).
      Raglan Castle, Raglan, Wales, UK (Castle: Daelbeth fortress. Moat: Ferry nearing the Isle of the Blessed).
      Puzzlewood, Forest of Dean, Coleford, Gloucestershire (Morgana's hut and scene where Merlin and Lancelot are riding back to Camelot)
      Clearwell Caves in the Forest of Dean, Coleford, Gloucestershire (Tunnels of Andor - Inside and hut where Merlin and Lancelot spend the night).
      Three Bears Caves, Forest Fawr (Heol-y-fforest), Tongwynlais, UK (Tunnels of Andor - Outside).
      Canop Ponds, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, UK (Vilia coming out of the water to heal Merlin).
      River Ely (Afon Elai), near The Chestnuts, Miskin (Meisgyn), Wales, UK (River bank where Arthur and the knights clean off the gaia berries from their faces).
      Trefil Quarry, Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, Brecon Beacons, Wales, UK (Merlin and Lancelot ride to meet back with Arthur and the knights).

    • This is the fourth time that a two parter 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, the second being episode 3x01 The Tears Of Uther Pendragon Part 1 and episode 3x02 The Tears Of Uther Pendragon Part 2 and the third time being episode 3x12 The Coming Of Arthur, Part 1 and episode 3x13 The Coming Of Arthur, Part 2.

      The intro for this episode consists of previously seen scenes from The Darkest Hour Part 1.

    • Broadcasts:
      Sat 8 Oct 2011 at 20:05-20:50pm on BBC One and BBC HD.
      Fri 14 Oct 2011 at 19:45-20:30pm on BBC Three.

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