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King Uther Pendragon
Voice of the Great Dragon
Goof: Before Merlin frees the dragon he walks down some stairs in the cave where the dragon is held captive. In earlier episodes, there aren't any stairs for Merlin to walk down to save in episode 2x07 The Witchfinder, where they can be glimpsed briefly.
Both Morgana and Morgause have telepathy.
Footage from episode 2x08 The Sins of the Father is used in the scene when Arthur and Merlin return to Camelot after the fight at Idirsholas (the corresponding scene in 2x08 being the one when they return to Camelot after Arthur's meeting with Ygraine).
Goof: The explanation that Merlin makes up as to why Morgana isn't affected by the enchantment doesn't make sense. Merlin says that when she started feeling sick Gaius gave her a potion. She was one of the last to be affected and the potion helped. Then Arthur asks what about everyone else and Merlin replies that by then Gaius was too ill and couldn't treat anyone else. But if Morgana was one of the last to be affected, then Gaius would certainly have had the chance to treat others first. Either Colin Morgan said "last to be affected" when he meant "first to be affected" or the script doesn't make sense at all.
Goof: The man in the cart is resting in a different position when he first arrives to Camelot and when Merlin checks out down to the square from the window.
Goof: When the dragon is released and flies free, there's no trace of the piece of chain that he should carry attached to his leg.
Goof: When Merlin is trying to wake Gaius up and casts the water spell, Gaius closes his eyes and mouth briefly as the water drops on his face.
The Knights of Medhir are 7 of Camelot's Knights who 300 years ago were seduced by a sorcerer's call and succumbed to her power becoming a terrifying and brutal force under her command. It was only when the sorceress was killed that they turned still.
It is not explained how Morgause manages to leave the silver box with the message for Morgana on her windowsill.
Goof: When Arthur and Merlin ride out of the castle and when they are back to Camelot, it is clearly stunts doing the riding. Colin Morgan's stunt in particular has a noticeably longer hair than the actor himself.
Goof: When Arthur checks Merlin's arm cut, there's a decent amount of blood on it. However, Merlin's shirt is not stained at all.
Goof: When Arthur drops Uther's head on the table, it rests squarely on a sheet of paper. However, when Arthur leaves the room, Uther's head rests only partly on the paper.
Goof: Gaius is resting in a different position when he is first found sleeping at his desk and when Merlin tries to wake him up later on.
Goof: As Merlin goes through the magic book trying to find a spell to wake Gaius up, his right hand shifts from being on the side of his head to being on the book between takes.
Hemlock, the poison that Merlin gives to Morgana, comes from poisonous plants in the Apiaceae family.
The Great Dragon is released by Merlin. The sword of one of the Knights of Medhir is needed to make it possible, since the blade has been conjured by the Old Religion and Merlin can harness its power and channel it to get the strength to break the chain.
Gaius: Some 300 years ago, seven of Camelot's knights were seduced by a sorcerer's call. One by one, they succumbed to her power. At her command, they became a terrifying and brutal force that rode through the lands leaving death and destruction in their wake.
Merlin: What happened?
Gaius: It was only after the sorcerer herself was killed that the Knights of Medhir finally grew still. Merlin, if what Joseph says is true, then something has awoken them. And I fear for each and every one of us.
Arthur: What is it, Merlin? Don't tell me you've been listening to Gaius' bedtime stories again.
Merlin: I just hope that's all they are.
Morgause: You do not seem happy. Why's that?
Morgana: I would be, if I didn't have to pretend.
Morgana: That I am Uther's loving ward... when I hate him.
Morgause: Have you ever imagined a new world, Morgana? One where Uther was no more?
Morgause: And is that what you'd like?
Morgana: I once had the chance to be his assassin.
Morgause: And what stopped you?
Morgana: I don't know. I believed he cared for me. But not any more. He cares for no one.
Morgause: So you want Uther destroyed and his reign to end?
Morgana: More than anything. But it doesn't matter what I want. The future is not of my making.
Morgause: You are wrong, Morgana. You underestimate your importance. The decisions you make now will change the shape of everything that is to come.
Morgana: What do you mean?
Morgause: Whose side are you on, Morgana? Are you with Uther, or are you with me? Are you prepared to help me bring about his downfall?
Morgana: I am.
Morgause: I can't tell you how much it means to hear you say that.
Merlin: What's that noise?
Arthur: What noise?
Merlin: A sort of trembling sound.
Arthur: That's your knees knocking together.
Arthur: Your first battle wound. Here (Starts ripping his shirt)
Merlin: No. No, don't... you'll ruin it!
Arthur: Don't worry (Arthur bandages Merlin's arm with the strip of shirt) You can mend it.
Arthur: Where's my father?
Morgana: I don't know.
Merlin: Arthur, she's distressed!
Arthur: If she was awake then she must've seen something.
Morgana: I didn't see anything.
Arthur: You saw people getting sick. What did you do?
Morgana: What could I do?
Arthur: Morgana, I don't understand. Why is it that you're the only person awake?
(She looks scared and confused)
Merlin: Don't worry, I won't say anything.
Morgana: About what?
Merlin: The illness.
Morgana: That has nothing to do with me!
Merlin: Of course not, but you have magic.
Morgana: You haven't told anyone that?
Merlin: No. And I won't tell Arthur, but... there must be something keeping you safe. And I think that must be it.
Arthur: You're the only one who's not been affected, Morgana. There must be a reason.
Morgana: I don't know.
Arthur: That's all you keep saying. You must know something.
Morgana: No! They just fell asleep, one by one!
Merlin: (Making it up to protect Morgana) It's obvious. When she started feeling sick, Gaius gave her a potion, right?
Arthur: When was she sick? She never said that.
Merlin: She was one of the last to be affected. Somehow the potion must've helped.
Arthur: What about everyone else?
Merlin: By then Gaius was too ill. He didn't have the chance to treat anyone else.
Arthur: We're under attack. No time to explain. (To Merlin) Grab his legs, carry him.
(Uther is too heavy and his backside is touching the floor as they carry him)
Arthur: You're not meant to be sweeping the floor with him! Pick his feet up.
Merlin: His feet aren't the problem.
Arthur: We can't leave him here. We have to lift him onto the bed.
Merlin: Why? He's asleep. He's not going to know.
Merlin: Well... I'll get him a pillow.
Arthur: He's the King!
Merlin: All right, two pillows.
Arthur: We must keep my father hidden.
Merlin: Why don't we disguise him?
Arthur: That might just work.
Merlin: We could dress him as a woman.
Arthur: That, on the other hand...
Merlin: We could dress him as a servant.
Arthur: That's better.
The Great Dragon: You always say the same thing. 'Help me' And yet you refuse to give anything in return. Now you will face the consequence of that decision. Camelot's end is nigh and there's nothing you can do about it.
Merlin: I know, I promised to free you. And I will.
(The Great Dragon laughs)
Merlin: I will, I promise!
The Great Dragon: I no longer trust your promises.
Merlin: I swear on my mother's life.
The Great Dragon: Careful what you say.
Merlin: You have to help me. Please!
The Great Dragon: Her life matters more to you than your own. This is an oath I believe you will honour.
Merlin: I will.
The Great Dragon: It will need more than just words to break this enchantment.
Merlin: What do you mean?
The Great Dragon: You must eradicate the source, Merlin.
Merlin: Great, what is that?
The Great Dragon: Not what, but who. Such spells need a vessel, a constant living presence to give them strength. The source of this pestilence is the witch, the Lady Morgana.
Merlin: It can't be.
The Great Dragon: I have warned you about her in the past, but you have failed to take heed. She is dangerous.
The Great Dragon: And now she has chosen to turn her back on her own.
Merlin: How do I stop her?
The Great Dragon: That is easy, young warlock. You must kill her.
The Great Dragon: The spell is woven with magic of such power that even you are not immune. You must act now, before it's too late. If you do not, then Camelot will fall and Arthur will die. And the future you were destined to share will die with you.
Arthur: What took you so long?
Merlin: I didn't know Uther's size.
Arthur: We have to move my father before Morgause gets here.
Arthur: Come on, let's go.
Merlin: You're not surprised?
Morgana: No, I am.
(Merlin and Morgana are dragging Uther to a safe place as they are being chased by one of Medhir knights when Morgana trips and falls)
(Merlin stops and watches as the knight approaches Morgana sword in hand, then decides not to help her and keeps on moving Uther on his own)
Merlin: Why didn't that knight kill you?
Morgana: How do I know? Because I'm a woman?
Merlin: (Not fully believing her) Yeah. Maybe.
Merlin: How are you feeling?
Arthur: Not bad.
Merlin: You sure?
Arthur: Yeah. You?
Merlin: Never better.
Arthur: You couldn't get me a pillow, could you?
Merlin: Don't mess around. Arthur, you... Arthur? You need to stay awake (Merlin slaps Arthur awake)
Merlin: That's better.
Arthur: If you ever do that again...
Merlin: Well, don't fall asleep, then!
(Rumbling can be heard)
Arthur: That your knees again? If I need a servant in the next life...
Merlin: Don't ask me!
Morgana: He's not going to survive out there.
Merlin: I know.
Morgana: We've got to do something.
Merlin: I know.
Merlin: Here. You tear this up. I'll make some rope. (Merlin turns his back at her and pours the Hemlock poison into the water) Here, have some water.
Morgana: I'm not thirsty.
Merlin: If we get out of here, you may not get another chance to drink.
Morgana: If we get out of here.
Merlin: (Pretends to drink himself) Here.
Morgana: I'm fine.
Merlin: No, you have some before I finish it.
Morgana: Thank you.
(Merlin sheds a tear and watches highly distressed as Morgana struggles to breathe)
Morgause: You poisoned her!
Merlin: You gave me no choice.
Morgause: Tell me what you used and I can save her.
Merlin: First stop the attack.
Morgause: You're nothing but a simple servant. You don't tell me what to do.
Merlin: If you want to know what poison it is, you will undo the magic that drives the knights!
Morgause: Tell me the poison or you'll die!
Merlin: Then she'll die with me. I don't want this any more than you. But you give me no choice.
Arthur: I couldn't find you. Are you all right?
Uther: Is there still no sign of her?
Arthur: We've looked, Father.
Uther: Morgause must not be allowed to get away with this!
Arthur: Yes, Father.
Uther: Arthur? I haven't had a chance to say thank you.
Arthur: I failed, Father. I should have protected Morgana.
Uther: No. That was my duty. Her loss will forever be on my conscience, not yours.
Gaius: You did the right thing.
Merlin: You don't mean that. Morgana was your friend, too. You cared about her.
Gaius: I did. But I fear that, unlike you, Morgana chose not to use her gift for good. You had no choice. Would we be sitting here now if you had not made that decision?
The Great Dragon: The time has come, young warlock.
Merlin: Where will you go?
The Great Dragon: I am the last of my kind. There is but one road I can take.
Merlin: What does that mean?
The Great Dragon: You will see.
Merlin: Before I do this, you promise me that you will not harm Camelot.
The Great Dragon: I think there have been enough bargains. Don't you?
In the audio commentary for this episode, Jeremy Webb (episode director) says that the steps Merlin walks down in the dragon's cave to release him can previously be seen in episode 2x01 The Curse of Cornelius Sigan. However, this is not correct as they can only be seen before in episode 2x07 The Witchfinder.
This episode is Katie McGrath's favourite from series 2.
International Air Dates:
Australia: July 11, 2010 on Ten.
Canada: November 27th, 2010 on Space.
France: March 28, 2010 on Canal + Family.
Germany: March 2, 2011 on RTL.
Italy: February 13, 2010 on Italia 1.
Malaysia: February 20, 2010 on TV3.
Poland: November 20, 2010 on Polsat.
Spain: March 20, 2010 on Neox.
Turkey: February 21, 2010 on CNBC-e.
USA: June 25, 2010 on Syfy.
Also Known As:
France: Les Sortilèges de Morgause, meaning 'Morgause's Spells'.
Germany: Die Ritter Von Medhir, meaning 'The Knight of Medhir'.
Italy: I Fuochi di Idirsholas.
Poland: Ognie Idirsholasa.
Portugal: Os Fogos de Idirsholas.
Spain: Las Hogueras de Idirsholas, meaning 'The Bonfires of Idirsholas'.
Ukraine: Вогні Айдіршоласу.
A ramp was originally going to be built at the entrance of Raglan's castle because they wanted to have the knights ride up but they gave up on the idea since they run out of time.
There are no dead trees in the castle's courtyard, those were added in post production.
The first shot of the castle is a distant mat painting where a picture of the castle is glued to a real hillside.
The Council chambers were redressed as the chamber underneath the fortress of Idirsholas.
In the original script a hawk was supposed to deliver Morgause's note to Morgana. They decided to write it out due to security reasons.
The scene between Gwen and Morgana after she gets Morgause's note was filmed during one of the last days.
The scene where Morgause and Morgana meet in the woods was shot during the day with special filters to make it look like a night scene.
Merlin's jacket was made brand new for this episode, so Charlotte Morris (the costume designer) was upset because it had to be cut. Julian Murphy (executive producer) was the one who carefully cut it.
Bradley James was freaked out by the sleeping guards he checks out upon arrival at Camelot because their eyelids kept moving.
For the scene where Arthur and Merlin arrive to a sleeping castle, low angle shots on much wider lenses were used to distort the space and make Pierrefonds look weird, showing it in a way they had never showed it before.
It took several takes for the horse in the cart to hit the proper mark because no one was leading it. The man sleeping in the cart is the horse trainer.
The sequence where Arthur and Merlin go through the castle looking for the king was edited without music to enhance the enchanting atmosphere and the feeling of emptiness in an otherwise busy castle. The only thing that can be heard is some echoing.
It was Katie McGrath's idea to wear black eyeliner to look more like Morgause. Jeremy Webb (the director) wanted to change it at first but finally it stayed.
Julian Murphy (executive producer) directed the shot of the Idirsholas Knights riding down the hill. He also directed the scene where the knights dismount at the same time. It wasn't an easy take because the horses kept wandering around and the knights couldn't see their marks with the masks.
A stunt performer was used to do the bit where Gaius falls to the ground.
The street that the Idirsholas Knights use to approach the castle belongs to a new and bigger town set that was built for series two at the other side of the castle.
A skateboard was hidden under Anthony Head's clothes for the scenes where he is being carried around. According to Colin Morgan, he was laughing at this during the scene. A double of Anthony Head was also used at times.
The actors playing the Idirsholas Knights kept banging into each other because they couldn't see properly with their masks on.
The director used slow motion for most of the scenes with the Idirsholas Knights inside the castle to make it look more spooky.
Ever since the moment Merlin seeks the Great Dragon's advice, editing Merlin's scenes became tricky because it was all about subtle moments and little looks about how he was feeling towards Morgana.
The director gave the actors playing the Idirsholas Knights the instruction to walk like the Terminator.
This episode is the one that took longer to be shot.
One of the last scenes filmed for this episode was the one where Arthur fights an Idirsholas Knight while Merlin and Morgana sneak Uther out of the room.
Colin Morgan fell backwards and landed on his coccyx bruising it badly when filming the scene where Merlin and Morgana drag Uther along a corridor. Katie McGrath tripped several times and fell hurting her shoulder whereas Bradley James injured his back out of too much pulling.
Arthur fights one of the Idirsholas Knights and kicks him down a staircase. However, that staircase is nowhere near the place where they were fighting.
Brackets were attached to the Council chamber doors in this episode so they could put the wooden bar across it.
According to Jeremy Webb, the episode director, the plan to tear down a cloth to make a rope and lower Uther down a window is pretty unbelievable but luckily, the audience gets so glued to the action that it really doesn't matter.
The scene where Merlin poisons Morgana took three hours to be filmed. Katie McGrath had a horrendous time filming it.
The pointy ornament in Morgause's gauntlet kept getting in Katie McGrath's face in the scene where she holds her in her arms.
In the script Morgause told Merlin that Morgana was her sister but it was cut out.
A piece of the many papers that float around in the scene where Morgause takes Morgana away got stuck to Colin Morgan's face.
The scene where Merlin gets the sword to go free the Great Dragon was filmed in slow motion to give the moment a lot of weight.
A new cave set had to be built for the scene where Merlin releases the Great Dragon. It was placed just outside Morgana's chambers.
The chain that holds the Great Dragon prisoner was made out of polyesterene and wobbled around by a prop man on top. A little charge was placed in the chain so it would explode when hit in certain place.
One of the Knights of Medhir is played by Rick English, who also plays the Afanc in episode 1x03 The Mark of Nimueh, a bandit in episode 1x07 The Gates of Avalon and does the stunt for the Black Knight in episode 1x09 Excalibur.
The stone fall that Merlin provokes to escape from Idirsholas was actually filmed on set. A crew member dropped off some rubble from the top of a ladder.
Jeremy Webb, the director of this episode, wanted the knights of Medhir to wear dark cloaks because they move nicely in slow motion and look quite menacing. At first he thought that maybe they should have skeleton faces but then it was decided for them to wear masks, as if they were Grim Reapers. A mask maker managed to create some that were really visually strong on camera.
The shooting of the fight scene at Idirsholas required almost one whole day of filming.
Château de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, Oise, France (Camelot).
Cardiff, Wales, UK (Studio sets).
Pitched Stone Court, Raglan Castle, Raglan, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK (Idirsholas).
Castell Coch forest, Tongwynlais, Cardiff, Wales, UK (Morgana and Morgause's meeting point).
Brecon Beacons, Wales, UK (Moors between Idirsholas and Camelot).
iTunes UK put up this episode to be watched online for free several hours before it was due to air on its scheduled television slot. It was taken down some hours afterwards when the mistake was noticed.
This makes the 12th episode of the second series, to be aired on the 12th day of the 12th month.
Sat 12 Dec 2009 at 18:00-18:45 on BBC One.
Sun 13 Dec 2009 at 19:00-19:45 on BBC Three.
Fri 18 Dec 2009 at 21:00-21:45 on BBC Three.
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