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King Uther Pendragon
Voice of the Great Dragon
Goof: the man who falls from his horse when the twister starts and gets tangled in the reins can be seen being dragged about twice.
Goof: Hunith's house, as we see it in this episode, is not consistent with her house in episode 1x01 The Dragon's Call.
This is the first episode in which Merlin wears a chainmail and Morgana and Gwen wear trousers.
According to Gaius, Merlin gets tipsy easily with wine.
Goof: At no point during the sword fights blood traces can be be seen in the swords and other weapons.
William's father was killed fighting for king Cendred so he doesn't trust anyone of nobility. However, he saves Arthur's life by losing his own. Will takes the blame as well for the sorcery performed by Merlin.
Merlin left Ealdor because Will found out about his magical powers and Hunith was upset with her son for letting his secret be known. She then decided to send Merlin over to Gaius for him to take care of the boy and teach him to control and use his magic properly.
Goof: When Merlin makes the wind blow Hunith can be seen standing up holding a stick and falling on her back; however, a couple of seconds afterwards, she is on her knees holding the stick again and falling forward.
Merlin takes part in a sword fight for the first time; so does Morgana, who used to beat Arthur at it when they were younger.
Ealdor, Merlin's village, lies beyond the ridge of Ascetir, in the outlying regions of Cendred's kingdom.
Goof: When Gwen is packing an armour for Merlin, she handles the chain mail as if is not heavy at all.
Goof: When Kanen hits Hunith at the beginning of the episode, she brings her hand to her cheek and when she removes it, there's a bruise on it. However, upon meeting Merlin, she's got a shiner in her eye.
This is the first episode where Arthur and Gwen interact alone and also the first time (and only time for the whole season) in which Arthur refers to her as 'Gwen'.
At the end of the episode, Hunith says that Merlin and Arthur are 'two sides of the same coin'. Merlin says he's been told that before. The Great Dragon said the same thing to him in episode episode 1x03 The Mark of Nimueh.
Hunith: You'd better be going.
Merlin: I don't have to go.
Hunith: Yes you do.
Merlin: If anything were to happen to you...
Hunith: I know where to find you. You have to go, Merlin. You belong at Arthur's side. I've seen how much he needs you, how much you need him. You're like two sides of the same coin.
Merlin: I've heard someone say that about us before. I'm going to miss you.
Hunith: I'm going to miss you too. When you left, you were just a boy. Now look at you. I'm so proud of you. When the time is right, the truth will be known. Until then you must keep your talents hidden. It's better for everyone.
William: I was right about him. I told you he was going to get me killed.
Merlin: You're not going to die.
William: You're a good man, Merlin. A great man, and one day you're going to be servant to a great king. Now you can still make that happen.
Merlin: Thanks to you.
William: This place has been boring without you. It was good to see you again.
(Merlin conjures a whirlwind to defeat Kanen's men. Arthur kills Kanen in battle but William takes a crossbow bolt to save Arthur's life.)
William: That's twice I've saved you.
William: It was me. I'm the one who used the magic.
Merlin: Will, don't...
William: It's alright, Merlin. I won't be alive long enough for anyone to do anything to me. I did it. I saw how desperate things were becoming. I had to do something.
Arthur: You're a sorcerer?
William: Yeah. What are you going to do? Kill me?
Arthur: No. Of course not.
Merlin: Whatever happens out there today, please don't think any differently of me.
Arthur: I won't. It's alright to be scared, Merlin.
Merlin: That's not what I meant.
Arthur: What is it? If you've got something to say, now's the time to say it.
Gwen: Hunith made you some food.
Arthur: Thanks. I think.
Gwen: Food is scarce for these people. You shouldn't turn your nose up at it. (off Arthur's look) Oh no. I shouldn't have spoken to you like that. I'm sorry.
Gwen: I'm sorry. I don't know what I was thinking. It won't happen again.
Arthur: Guinevere! Thank you. You're right. And you were right to speak up. I should've listened to you and Morgana. We're going to need all the help we can get.
Gwen: We'll be fine.
Arthur: How can you be so sure?
Gwen: Because I have faith in you. (off Arthur's look) I mean... we all do.
Hunith: I should never have gone to Camelot. I've ruined everything for you.
Merlin: You haven't. Why would you say that?
Hunith: I know what you're planning to do.
Merlin: If it comes to a choice between saving people's lives and revealing who I really am, there is no choice.
Hunith: You can't let Arthur know about your gift.
Merlin: Why not? Maybe it's meant to be this way. And if he doesn't accept me for who I really am, then... he's not the friend I hoped he was.
Arthur: Tomorrow morning, the women and children should gather what belongings they can carry and go to the woods.
Gwen: We're not going anywhere.
Arthur: I know you want to help but the women can't stay here. It's too dangerous.
Gwen: The women have as much right to fight for their lives as the men do.
Arthur: But none of you know how to fight.
Gwen: The more of us there are, the better chance we stand.
Arthur: This is your home. If you want to fight to defend it, that's your choice. I'd be honoured to stand alongside you. Kanen attacks tomorrow. Kanen's brutal. He fights only to kill, which is why he will never defeat us. Look around. In this circle, we're all equals. You're not fighting because someone's ordering you to. You're fighting for so much more than that. You fight for your homes. You fight for your family. You fight for your friends. You fight for the right to grow crops in peace. And if you fall, you fall fighting for the noblest of causes- fighting for your very right to survive. And when you're old and grey, you'll look back on this day and you'll know you earned the right to live every day in between. So you fight. For your family. For your friends. For Ealdor!
Merlin: William's father was killed fighting for King Cendred. so he doesn't trust anyone of nobility.
Arthur: Do you think the villagers believed him?
Merlin: No. He's... always been a trouble-maker. They're used to ignoring him.
Arthur: And if he's right?
Merlin: He isn't.
Arthur: I'm treating these men like soldiers, and they're not. You've seen them fight. They haven't got a clue. You need to tell them all to leave the village before Kanen returns.
Merlin: No. We're going to stay. We're going to fight and we're going to win.
Arthur: Merlin, it can't be done. The odds are too great.
Merlin: It can. We're going to make Kanen rue the day he ever came to this village. All you need to do is get the men ready for battle and the rest... will take care of itself.
Merlin: You've just got to believe in them. Because if you don't, they'll sense it and the battle will be lost before it's even begun.
Merlin: Tomorrow Kanen attacks and whether you like it or not, we'll have to fight.
William: Not if I'm not here.
Merlin: That's up to you, but the rest of us are staying. Join us, Will. This isn't about Arthur. This is about your friends. Are you really going to abandon them?
William: What, like you did?
Merlin: I'm here now.
William: Yeah. Yeah, you are, and you could end this. If you used your magic, then no-one else would have to die.
Merlin: You know I can't.
William: Can't? Or won't? I'm not the one abandoning these people, Merlin. You are.
(Matthew is killed by Kanan- his body is brought back to the village)
William: You did this. Look what you've done. You've killed him!
Merlin: It wasn't his fault!
William: If he hadn't been strutting around treating us like his own personal army, this would never have happened.
Arthur: These men are brave enough to fight for what they believe in, even if you aren't.
William: You're sending them to their graves. You've killed one man. How many more need to die before you realise this is a battle that can't be won? When Kanen comes, you haven't got a chance. You're going to be slaughtered.
Morgana: Looks like the battle's already fought and lost.
Arthur: They'll toughen up.
Gwen: They need to.
Arthur: How are we doing for weapons?
Morgana: There isn't much but we should be able to scrape together what you need.
Gwen: It's not the weapons that worry us. It's having enough people to use them. We think the women should be allowed to fight.
Morgana: You haven't enough men. If they were trained soldiers, maybe you'd stand a chance. But they're not.
Arthur: It's too dangerous.
William: Why did you leave?
Merlin: It wasn't what I wanted. My mother was worried. When she found out you knew, she was so angry.
William: I wouldn't have told anyone.
Merlin: I know you wouldn't.
William: You'd be able to defeat Kanen on your own, wouldn't you?
Merlin: I'm not sure. Maybe.
William: So what's stopping you? So what if Arthur finds out?
Merlin: I don't expect you to understand.
William: Try me.
Merlin: One day, Arthur will be a great king. But he needs my help and if anyone ever found out about my powers, I'd have to leave Camelot for good.
William: Are you telling me you'd rather keep your magic secret for Arthur's sake than use it to protect your friends and family?
Hunith: He must care for you a great deal.
Merlin: Arthur would do the same for any village. That's just the way he is.
Hunith: It's more than that. He's here for you.
Merlin: I'm just his servant.
Hunith: Give him more credit than that. He likes you.
Merlin: That's because he doesn't know me. And if he did, I'd probably be dead by now.
(Merlin is helping Arthur dress)
Morgana: Have you still not learned how to dress yourself?
Arthur: You don't have a dog and fetch the stick yourself. No offence, Merlin.
Merlin: None taken.
Arthur: Have you always slept on the floor?
Merlin: Yeah. The bed I've got in Camelot's luxury by comparison.
Arthur: It must have been hard.
Merlin: Hmm. It's like rock.
Arthur: I didn't mean the ground, I meant... for you. It must have been difficult.
Merlin: Not really. I didn't know any different. Life's simple out here. You eat what you grown and everyone pitches in together. As long as you've got food on the table and a roof over your had, you're happy.
Arthur: Sounds... nice.
Merlin: You'd hate it.
Arthur: No doubt. Why did you leave?
Merlin: Things just... changed.
Arthur: How? (Merlin pauses) Come on. Stop pretending to be interesting. Tell me.
Merlin: I just didn't fit in anymore. I wanted to find somewhere that I did.
Arthur: Had any luck?
Merlin: I'm not sure yet.
Merlin: He knows what he's doing. You've got to trust him. Look, when I first met Arthur, I was exactly like you. I hated him. I thought he was pompous and arrogant.
William: Well, nothing's changed there, then.
Merlin: But in time I came to respect him for what he stands for, what he does.
William: I know what he stands for. Princes, kings, all men like him.
Merlin: Will, don't bring what happened to your father into this.
William: I'm not. Why are you defending him so much? You're just his servant.
Merlin: He's also my friend!
William: Friends don't lord it over one another.
Merlin: He isn't like that.
William: Really? Well, let's wait until the fighting begins and see who he sends in to die first. I guarantee you it won't be him.
Merlin: I trust Arthur with my life.
William: Is that so? So he knows your secret then? (Merlin doesn't answer) Face it, Merlin. You're living a lie just like you were here. You're Arthur's servant, nothing more. Otherwise you'd tell him the truth.
Arthur: I know Kanen's kind. He'll be back, and when he is... we must be ready for him. First of all we have to prepare...
William: Am I the only one wondering who the hell this is?
Arthur: I'm Prince Arthur of Camelot.
William: Yeah, and I'm Prince William of Ealdor.
Hunith: Keep quiet! He's here to help us.
William: He's made things worse! Kanen will be back and when he is, he'll be looking for revenge. You've just signed our death warrant.
Hunith: He saved Matthew's life!
Arthur: It's alright, Hunith. This is his village. What would you have us do?
William: We can't fight against Kanen, he has too many men.
Arthur: So what's the alternative?
William: We give him what he wants.
Arthur: Then what? Those of you who don't starve to death will face him again next harvest and the harvest after that.
William: We manage. We'll survive.
Arthur: The only way he can be stopped is if you stand up to him.
William: No. You just want the honour and glory of battle. That's what drives men like you. Look, if you want to fight, go home and risk the lives of your own people. Not ours.
Hunith: They shouldn't be here, especially the Lady Morgana. Isn't she the king's ward?
Merlin: Not that you'd know it. She's the only person I know who isn't frightened of him.
Hunith: It won't make any difference to Kanen that they're women.
Merlin: I know. But I couldn't talk them out of coming. (He touches the bruise on Hunith's face) I'm going to make him pay for what he did to you.
Hunith: Promise me you'll be careful. No-one can find out about you.
Merlin: They won't. They never do.
Gaius: You've got the food I prepared for you?
Gaius: Careful with the wine. You know what you're like. One whiff of a barmaid's apron and you're singing like a sailor.
Gwen: I've packed some armour for you.
Merlin: I won't be able to carry all that.
Morgana: You won't have to. We're coming with you.
Merlin: What do you mean?
Gwen: You're going to need all the help you can get. I can mend armour and sharpen swords.
Morgana: And I know how to fight.
Merlin: But you... you can't. I mean, why would you?
Gwen: If it was the other way round, you'd help us. You already have. You saved my life.
Morgana: And you helped me get the druid boy out of Camelot. We owe it to you. Both of us.
Arthur: I'm sorry. If it were up to me, we'd be on our way there now.
Merlin: Well, you tried. And thank you for getting an audience with the king.
Arthur: I wish that Camelot was able to help people regardless of how far away they lived.
Merlin: I'm going back to Ealdor.
Arthur: Of course.
Merlin: It's been an honour serving you.
Arthur: You'll be coming back?
Merlin: She's my mother. I have got to look after her before anyone else. You understand?
Arthur: I'd do exactly the same. Well... you've been terrible. Really. I mean it, the worst servant I've ever had.
Merlin: Thank you, sire.
Hunith: The winters are harsh in Ealdor, and there are many children. Some of them just won't be strong enough to survive. We barely have enough food as it is, and if Kanen takes our harvest, our children won't live to see another summer. Please, we need your help.
Uther: Ealdor's in Cendred's kingdom. Your safety is his responsibility.
Hunith: We've appealed to our king but he cares little for the outlying regions. You're our only hope.
Uther: I have the deepest sympathy for you and would have this barbarian wiped off the face of the earth.
Hunith: You'll help us?
Uther: I wish I could.
Arthur: Surely we can spare a few men?
Uther: Resources are not the problem.
Morgana: Then what is?
Uther: Ealdor lies beyond the ridge of Aesctir. For an army of Camelot to enter, it would be an act of war.
Hunith: (kneeling) I know you're a good king, a caring man. I'm begging you. Help us, please.
Uther: The accord we've struck with Cendred was years in the making. I cannot risk hundreds of lives for the sake of one village. I'm afraid Camelot cannot help.
The scene where Morgana shows up at Gwen's house saying she joins was cut so it had to be re-shoot the very last day because the story (her showing up at Ealdor) didn't make sense otherwise.
The stunt that Bradley James fights when they first arrive in Ealdor had been already killed in the episode, hence he wears a mask.
During Arthur's speech to the people of Ealdor, when the camera was on Bradley James, he was talking to just some 3 people.
Some of the people who run Cosmeston Medieval Village (Ealdor) appear as extras in the episode.
One of the horses used in this episode had won the prize of Stunt Horse of the Year.
Katie McGrath broke the stone in two pieces when she tried to get the spark.
When Merlin skips arrows, he actually just ducks under some wires along which the arrows are fired. The wires were later digitally removed.
Angel Coulby broke a pitchfork over one stunt man's back by accident.
The scene of Will's funeral was filmed in France and not in Wales, where the rest of Ealdor scenes take place.
Kanen wears a piece of jewellery in the shape of jaw. Bradley James found it in Chislehurst Caves when filming episode 1x03 The Mark of Nimueh, and costume team got hold of it. It is the same piece of jewellery that Kendrick wears in episode 2x04 Lancelot and Guinevere.
22 Nov 2008 at 19:25–20:10 on BBC One.
3 Sep 2009 at 19:00–19:45 on BBC Three.
Colin Morgan's lips got burnt in the scene where Merlin sits by the fire with Hunith.
Bradley James had a hard time keeping a straight face because Jonathan Aris, the actor who plays Matthew, did really well at making his character as clumsy as possible during the training for fight scenes.
Château de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, Oise, France (Camelot).
Cardiff, Wales, UK (Studio sets).
Cosmeston Medieval Village, Wales, UK (Ealdor).
Also Known As:
France: La Vérité, meaning 'The Truth'.
Germany: Ein Moment der Wahrheit, meaning 'One Moment of Truth'.
Italy: Il Momento Della Verità.
Poland: Moment Prawdy.
Protugal: O Momento Da Verdade.
Spain: El Momento de la Verdad.
The Netherlands: Het moment van de waarheid.
Ukraine: Момент істини.
Australia: July 5, 2009 (Channel 10).
France: January 13, 2010 (V TV).
Germany: December 5, 2009 (RTL).
Italy: January 13, 2009 (Italia 1).
Poland: May 9, 2009 (Polsat).
Spain: July 24, 2009 (Neox).
The Netherlands: May 30, 2009 (KRO).
Turkey: November 8, 2009 (CNBC-e).
Ukraine: July 4, 2009 (1+1).
USA: August 16, 2009 (NBC).
The Great Dragon does not appear in this episode, but John Hurt is credited (for the voice-over which begins the episode).
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