It seems that the prophecies did not lie and Merlin faces his destiny as the great battle rages on Camlann's mighty plain.
Will he find the strength to save all that he holds dear: the man he made a King, the Camelot they fought to build and the brotherhood they shared?moreless
Voice of the Great Dragon
Sir Leon gets the last line of the show.
It is revealed that Merlin is immortal.
Goof: Arthur isn't wearing a cloak at any point during the episode. However, when Merlin places him on the boat he has his Camelot's cloak on.
Goof: When Merlin and Arthur get off the dragon, they are close to the lake shore and there's a boat behind them. However, the distance to the shore changes between takes and the boat appears and disappears.
Sir Gwaine is killed by Morgana in this episode becoming the 3rd named Knight of the Round Table to die after Sir Lancelot (who sacrificed himself for Arthur in episode 4x02 The Darkest Hour Part 2) and Sir Elyan (who fought to the death against a enchanted sword to rescue Gwen in 5x06 The Dark Tower).
Mordred, Morgana and Arthur also die in this episode.
Arthur is the third dear person to Merlin that he has to send adrift on a boat into a lake. He gave burial to Freya in this fashion in 2x09 The Lady of The Lake and to Lancelot (Lancelot's shadow) in 4x09 Lancelot Du Lac. Freya and Lancelot (and Sir Elyan in 5x06 The Dark Tower) were set on fire unlike Arthur, who is profe to rise again.
Just like it happened when he had to part from Freya, Merlin hesitates before enchanting the spell that sets Arthur's boat into motion.
Since Arthur is struck by a blade forged in a dragon's breath it would take a power as ancient as the dragons themselves to revert the fatal consequences. Only the Sidhe possess such magic and the source of their power resides in an ancient isle in the midst of the Lake of Avalon.
Merlin's line 'You know I was betrayed, the girl Eira can not be trusted' is clearly some additional voice recording as it doesn't match Merlin's facial movements or overall sound of the scene.
Goof: Percival has no marks whatsoever on his skin after having been bound with ropes and having freed himself by snapping them torn.
Somehow he recovers his armbands later on in the episode.
This episode is 5 minutes longer than the usual length of the show as was episode 2x13 The Last Dragonlord.
This episode is the sixth time in which Arthur is referred to as The Once and Future King (by the Great Dragon). The Great Dragon did so in 1x01 The Dragon's Call, The Fisher King in 3x08 The Eye Of The Phoenix, Merlin in 4x11 The Hunter's Heart, Osgar in 5x05 The Disir and Finna in 5x10 The Kindness Of Strangers.
The Great Dragon tells Merlin that 'No man, no matter how great, can know his destiny', echoing the opening line of the show ('No young man, no matter how great, can know his destiny') as heard in episode 1x01 The Dragon's Call.
The Nathair serpent that Morgana uses on Gwaine was previously featured in episode 4x12 The Sword in the Stone Part 1 (where it was used on Elyan) and in episode 5x10 The Kindness Of Strangers (where it was used on Alator of the Catha).
This episode marks the 6th appearance of Excalibur. It was first seen in episode 1x09 Excalibur, in episode 3x13 The Coming Of Arthur, Part 2, in episode 4x13 The Sword In The Stone, Part 2, 5x09 With All My Heart and 5x12 The Diamond Of The Day Part 1.
The sword has not been referred to as 'Excalibur' in either. The sword is returned to the Lady of the Lake.
The intro for this episode consists of previously seen scenes from 5x12 The Diamond Of The Day Part 1.
(About Old Merlin)
Gwen: Who is that?
Gaius: Someone truly remarkable.
Gwen: You know him?
Gaius: Let's just say he deserves our gratitude.
Mordred: (Runs Arthur through with his sword) You gave me no choice.
(Arthur, who had fallen on one knee, springs up and runs Mordred through killing him)
Sir Leon: My lady. The battle is won. The Saxons are in full retreat. They're making for the hills. I've despatched 200 men to drive our advantage home.
Gwen: (At the brink of tears) And Arthur?
Sir Leon: We'll keep looking.
Gwen: (Strugging not to break down) Thank you.
Arthur: (Coming around after having been wounded by Mordred) Where've you been?
Merlin: It doesn't matter now.
Arthur: (Groans in pain) My side... my side.
Merlin: You're bleeding.
Arthur: That's all right. I thought I was dying.
Merlin: I'm sorry. I thought I'd defied the prophecy. I thought I was in time.
Arthur: What are you talking about?
Merlin: I'd defeated the Saxons. The dragon. And yet... and yet I knew it was Mordred that I must stop.
Arthur: The person who defeated them was the sorcerer.
Merlin: (Crying) It was me.
Arthur: Don't be ridiculous, Merlin. This is stupid, why would you say that?
Merlin: I'm a sorcerer. I have magic. I use it for you, Arthur. Only for you.
Arthur: Merlin, you are not a sorcerer. I would know!
Merlin: Look. Here (Merlin casts a spell and conjures up a flying dragon out of sparks from a fire)
Arthur: (Astonished) Leave me.
Arthur: Just... you heard. Just...
Sir Leon: Three more patrols have returned from the White Mountains, M'Lady. There is no sign of him.
Gwen: He must be somewhere!
Sir Leon: We have spoken to every villager, every man, woman, child. There has been no word.
Gwen: He is out there.
Sir Leon: We will keep searching.
Gwen: (Crying) He is alive. I know it, I can feel it.
(Gaius has been gathering herbs to treat Arthur's wound)
Merlin: Is that all you got?
Gaius: The hills are crawling with Saxons.
Merlin: There's no yarrow, no lady's mantle.
Gaius: I have comfrey.
Merlin: You should've got sticklewort. There must've been sticklewort!
Arthur: (About Merlin) He's a sorcerer! (Gaius remains silent) You knew.
Gaius: Arthur, he's your friend.
Arthur: I want him gone.
Gaius: There is no need to fear him.
Arthur: Have him take word to Camelot. To Guinevere.
Gaius: You cannot send Merlin, I will go.
Arthur: I need a Physician right now, not a sorcerer.
Gaius: He can do far more than me, far more than you can ever imagine. Arthur, he doesn't just have magic, there are those who say he is the greatest sorcerer ever to walk the earth.
Gaius: If you are to stand any chance of survival, you will need Merlin to help you, not me.
Gaius: He has a fragment of sword embedded in his chest.
Merlin: Then we'll use magic to draw it out.
Gaius: No, the blade that struck Arthur was no ordinary blade. I fear it was forged in a Dragon's breath. Its fatal power will not be easily denied.
Gaius: The blade's point is travelling inexorably toward his heart. Not even you could hope to thwart such magic.
Morgana: (By Mordred's grave) The battle is not over, Mordred. We will have our revenge.
Merlin: We need to leave at first light.
Arthur: I will decide.
Merlin: I can't let you die.
Arthur: It doesn't change anything.
Gaius: (To Merlin, after he has confessed to Arthur that he has magic, upsetting him) You were right to tell him.
Beroun: My Lady, we have searched every valley, every gorge, every gully. The King is nowhere to be found.
Morgana: I want him dead!
Arthur: Gaius. Give this to Guinevere.
Gaius: It is the Royal seal, Sire.
Arthur: If I am to die, I can think of no one who I would rather succeed me.
Merlin: (About Arthur) How long does he have?
Gaius: At best, two days (Merlin gets ready to depart) Merlin! (They hug) I'll have your favourite meal waiting for you. Now go! Look after him. Go!
Gaius: He's alive.
Gwen: Then why isn't he with you?
Gaius: He's wounded. He wanted me to give you this, my Lady (He gives her the Royal seal)
Gwen: (Her voice breaks) Where is he?
Gaius: There is a place where he may be saved. Merlin is taking him there as we speak.
Gwen: Then we must send the knights (To Sir Gwaine) Ready as many men as you can...
Gaius: No, my Lady! Merlin can cope by himself.
Gaius: You must trust him.
Gwen: How can one man be as strong as an army?
Gaius: Morgana's forces are still searching for Arthur. Two men travelling alone stand a much better chance of evading her, especially if she has no idea where they're heading.
Eira: Gwaine? What is it? Tell me.
Sir Gwaine: I can't.
Eira: Why not? Is it the king? What's happened to him? Gwaine? Is he dead?
Sir Gwaine: No.
Eira: How d'you know? Where is he? Gwaine? Don't you trust me?
Sir Gwaine: I do.
Eira: Then tell me.
Arthur: (After Merlin blasts two Saxons away) You've lied to me all this time.
(Merlin is trying to light a fire)
Arthur: Why don't you use magic?
Merlin: Habit, I suppose (He lights a fire using magic) Feels strange.
Arthur: I thought I knew you.
Merlin: I'm still the same person.
Arthur: I trusted you.
Merlin: I'm sorry.
Arthur: I'm sorry too.
Sir Gwaine: Eira.
Eira: I was just...
Sir Gwaine: Sending word to Morgana?
Eira: No! (To Gwen) M'Lady! I wouldn't do that, I wouldn't betray you or the King.
Gwen: And you didn't. You can go to your death safe in that knowledge. Your note will send your mistress riding for Brineved while the king is travelling in the opposite direction. Guards!
Eira: Gwaine! Gwaine, please!
Arthur: Why are you doing this? Why are you still behaving like a servant?
Merlin: It's my destiny. As it has been since the day we met.
Arthur: I tried to take your head off with a mace.
Merlin: And I stopped you using magic.
Arthur: You cheated!
Merlin: You were going to kill me!
Arthur: I should have.
Merlin: I'm glad you didn't.
Merlin: I do this because of who you are. Without you, Camelot's nothing.
Arthur: There was a time when that was true. Not now. There are many who can fill the crown.
Merlin: There will never be another like you, Arthur. I also do this... because you're my friend and I don't want to lose you.
Gwen: The sorcerer in the battle. You knew who he was.
Gwen: Do I know him? Please Gaius, answer me honestly.
Gaius: Yes. He will take good care of Arthur.
Gwen: Yes, I'm sure he will. I'm pleased.
Sir Gwaine: (To Sir Percival) You know you said what you'd do if you ever found Morgana? Well, we've got a good idea where she'll be heading.
Merlin: Arthur, you need to hold on. One more day. One more day.
Arthur: Why did you never tell me?
Merlin: I wanted to, but...
Merlin: You'd have chopped my head off.
Arthur: I'm not sure what I'd have done.
Merlin: And I didn't want to put you in that position.
Arthur: That's what worried you?
Merlin: Some men are born to plough fields, some live to be great Physicians, others to be great kings. Me, I was born to serve you, Arthur. And I'm proud of that. And I wouldn't change a thing.
Merlin: They're long gone.
Arthur: How do you know?
Merlin: I can see the path ahead.
Arthur: So you're not an idiot. That was another lie.
Merlin: No, it's just another part of my charm.
Morgana: Tell me where the King is.
Sir Gwaine: I'd rather die.
Morgana: Then you shall have your wish... once you've told me. Not even you, Sir Knight, can resist the charms of the Nathair.
Arthur: All these years, Merlin... you never once sought any credit.
Merlin: It's not why I do it.
(Morgana has tortured Gwaine using the Nathair serpent)
Sir Gwaine: (With his last strength) She's riding for Avalon.
Sir Percival: Gwaine...
Sir Gwaine: I failed.
Sir Percival: No. You haven't (Gwaine dies) Gwaine! Gwaine!
Arthur: Merlin... whatever happens...
Merlin: Sush! Don't talk.
Arthur: I'm the King, Merlin. You can't tell me what to do.
Merlin: I always have. I'm not going to change now.
Arthur: I don't want you to change. I want you... to always... be you. I'm sorry about how I treated you.
Merlin: Does that mean you'll give me a day off?
Merlin: That's generous.
Morgana: What a joy it is to see you, Arthur. Look at you, not so tall and mighty now. You may have won the battle, but you've lost the war. You are going to die by Mordred's hand. But don't worry, my dear brother, I won't let you die alone. I will stay and watch over you until the wolves gorge on your carcass and bathe in your blood.
Merlin: No, the time for all this bloodshed is over. I blame myself for what you've become... but this has to end.
Morgana: I am a High Priestess. No mortal blade can kill me.
Merlin: (Runs her through with Excalibur) This is no mortal blade. Like yours, it was forged in a dragon's breath. Goodbye, Morgana (Morgana falls dead to the ground)
Arthur: You've brought peace at last.
Arthur: All your magic, Merlin, and you can't save my life.
Merlin: I can. I'm not going to lose you.
Arthur: Just, just... just hold me. Please. There's something I want to say...
Merlin: You're not going to say goodbye.
Arthur: No, Merlin... everything you've done. I know now. For me, for Camelot. For the kingdom you helped me build...
Merlin: You would have done it without me.
Arthur: Maybe. I want to say... something I've never said to you before... thank you (Arthur closes his eyes)
Merlin: Arthur... hey! No! Arthur! (Louder) Arthur!
(Arthur opens his eyes briefly but passes away)
Merlin: Arthur! Arthur!
The Great Dragon: Merlin... there is nothing you can do.
Merlin: I've failed.
The Great Dragon: No, young warlock, for all that you have dreamt of building has come to pass.
Merlin: I can't lose him! He's my friend!
The Great Dragon: Though no man, no matter how great, can know his destiny, some lives have been foretold, Merlin... Arthur is not just a king, he is the Once and Future King. Take heart, for when Albion's need is greatest, Arthur will rise again. It has been a privilege to have known you, young warlock. The story we have been a part of will live long in the minds of men.
(Gwen is sitting on the throne before the court. She is holding the Royal seal in her hands. She looks to Sir Leon and nods, allowing him to speak)
Sir Leon: The King is dead. Long live the Queen!
All: Long live the Queen!
This is the seventh 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, the third time being episode 3x12 The Coming Of Arthur, Part 1 and episode 3x13 The Coming Of Arthur, Part 2 ,the fourth time being episode 4x01 The Darkest Hour, Part 1 and 4x02 The Darkest Hour, Part 2, the fifth time being episode 4x12 The Sword In The Stone Part 1 and episode 4x13 The Sword In The Stone Part 2 and the sixth time being episode 5x01 Arthur's Bane Part 1 and episode 5x02 Arthur's Bane Part 2.
Series 5 is the third one to begin and end with a two parter episode after series 3 and 4.
This is the only Merlin episode to air on a Monday (instead of its usual Saturday night slot).
24 December 2012 at 20:15-21:00 on BBC One.
26 December 2012 at 19:10-19:55 on BBC Three.
-Château de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, Oise, France (Camelot).
-Cardiff, Wales, UK (Studio sets).
-Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, UK (forest scenes).
-Blue Pool at the Forest Fawr Country Park, Wales, UK (Sir Gwaine and Sir Percival confront Morgana).
-Speech House Lake, Spruce Ride, Ruspidge, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England (Lake of Avalon).
-Glastonbury Tor, Glastonboury, Somerset, England, UK (Island at the Lake of Avalon).
-B4229 road, Wye Valley, Herefordshire, England, UK (Modern times road that Merlin walks along).
*Glastonbury Tor is used as the island at the Lake of Avalon. Traditionally, the Tor has been associated with Avalon and King Arthur since the alleged discovery of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere's coffins in 1191 as recounted by Gerald of Wales.
International Air Dates:
Australia: December 30, 2012 on Channel 10.
Canada: March 30th, 2013 on Space.
Turkey: May 5, 2013 on CNBC-e.
USA: May 31, 2013 on Syfy.
DVD Release Dates:
Season 5, Volume 1 (episodes 1-6): November 26th, 2012.
Season 5, Volume 2 (episodes 7-13): February 4th, 2012.
Complete Season 5: February 4th, 2012.
Also Known As:
Poland: Diament Dnia (część 2).
Portugal: O Diamante do Dia Part 2.
The initial scene with Arthur and Sir Leon front and center fighting the Saxons took a very long time to be filmed.
The special effects of this episode were being finalized a week before it aired.
The Old Merlin galloping on a horse is not Colin Morgan.
Morgana's reactions to Old Merlin performing magic during the battle were Katie McGrath's last shot of the show so they were quite intense for her. However, due to episode length constraints, they were left out of the final version.
No scenes involving Morgana before the battle got filmed so they reused material from other series 5 episodes. The fact that she is in the same costume all through the series turned out to be a useful device.
The BBC were concerned about the scene were Arthur kills Mordred and the scene were Morgana chokes one of her men to death. TPTB were able to keep them in because the episode aired at 20:15pm.
When Old Merlin carries a wounded Arthur away from the battlefield it isn't Bradley James that he is carrying but a digitally created Arthur.
TPTB considered filming a version where Arthur never finds out about Merlin's magic but they thought that it could feel like a cheat to the audience so they finally wrote the reveal in.
The double-parter finale was a lot of pressure for TPTB. On the one hand they had to pay off the series but at the same time, and taking legend into account, the audience had an expectation of the story. TPTB felt like they couldn't obviate the weight of History while at the same time making it "fresh".
The scene where Merlin performs magic in front of Arthur for the first time was very difficult to edit because they didn't have the right coverage and it was shot in multiple bits and pieces.
Episode 5x12 The Diamond Of The Day Part 1 and 5x13 The Diamond Of The Day Part 2 are episodes where a lot goes on and due to time restraints they couldn't get all the details right so, with a couple of shots missing, it became really hard to edit them properly.
The ravens used in the show were called (by the cast and crew) Rodney and Elvis. Rodney was used up to series 4.
In the scene where Sir Gwaine and Sir Percival ride out in search of Morgana, Tom Hopper's stunt took his place as the actor injured himself two weeks before filming was over. This happened as they were filming under torrential rain in the woods and after doing a jump Tom Hopper fell over on his ankle and nearly broke it. The scene being filmed was the one where Sir Gwaine and Sir Percival fight Morgana and get caught. The extras kept falling over because of the slippery ground.
They run out of lavender-scented facecloths while filming in France because the actors playing the knights insisted on using them.
The scene where Morgana blasts Sir Gwaine away had to be filmed several times because Eoin Macken's hair would be all over his face as he landed.
The scene where Sir Percival is tied with ropes and manages to free himself using his strength was written as an homage to Tom Hopper's arms.
According to Julian Murphy, the simplest magical tricks were always the best. Merlin's trick where he covers some horse tracks with fallen leaves was done by a prop man using a blower.
When Merlin kills Morgana he holds her in his arms. It was Colin Morgan and Katie McGrath's idea to play it like that so that it would mirror the scene where Merlin poisons Morgana in episode 2x12 The Fires of Idirsholas.
This episode is the only one that Eoin Macken watched on live tv.
Despite a male diver was used, the hand rising from the lake is meant to be the Lady of the Lake's hand (Freya's).
For the final shot of the episde, a 44ft crane called 'the movie bird' was used.
The Great Dragon: (To Merlin) Arthur is not just a king, he is The Once and Future King.
It is a reference to the supposed inscription over King Arthur's grave: "HIC IACET ARTHURUS REX QUONDAM REXQUE FUTURUS" (Here lies Arthur, the once and future king).
Also, T.H. White wrote an Arthurian fantasy novel published in 1958 and entitled The Once and Future King.
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