Merlin

Season 4 Episode 7

The Secret Sharer

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Aired Unknown Nov 12, 2011 on BBC
7.1
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Morgana forms an alliance with the enigmatic wizard Alator to try and uncover a secret that could change the course of destiny.

Now that she counts on allies on both sides of the castle walls, would anyone be able to stop Morgana before Merlin's greatest secret is revealed?

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  • A good episode made better by wonderful acting from Colin, Bradley and Richard.

    8.0
    Series 4 continues to deliver with even the episodes that grab me the least, somehow managing to be far better than the weaker ones from previous series.

    Something about this episode was missing but I struggle to work out what it was that this one didn't that the previous 6 did have.

    What it did have was a few standout scenes and wonderful acting; namely the Arthur/Merlin scene in the council chambers, Merlin/Gwen in Gaius' chambers (wanted that one to be longer) Gaius' speech to Alator but especially his final one to Arthur.

    Best of all was Alator bowing to Merlin and the young man's reaction to that. Hope he starts to get a few more followers soon.

    Agravaine's excuses were ... actually quite good. I honestly didn't think I could seen any way out of that when he was holding a knife up to someone's chin.

    Although many are frustrated that no-one has told on him, the show has mentioned and shown numerous times that the nobles are considered to be above reproach and that no commoner should accuse them. Arthur's comment to Merlin when he dares suggest his Uncle is to blame proves this; that despite even admitting his friendship to his servant, he must not dare to accuse Agravaine.

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  • Actually this one did much to move the plot along. (Spoiler Free)

    8.0
    I thought this was a good episode and I am surprised by the low ratings for it. Sure Arthur's failure to note the real betrayer is illogical, but it set the tone for Arthur to accept that not all magic is bad and to consider if Emerus was really at fault for this father's death. On a side note I do have to agree that this show could easily move along with Merlin revealing his secret, Arthur forming the round table, marryingGwen, etc. The tales of Arthur and his great knights can go on for seasons... this is not Smallville in which the minute he turned into Superman the show was over.moreless
  • ATTENTION WRITERS: The Magic Can't Stay Secret Much Longer

    4.5
    Witchfinder is a better ep with same plot. Not much happens, aside from it being painfully obvious Merlin and Emrys are the same person. Surely Gwaine, Arthur and Morgana need to all know. Nothing much new here. Comedy bits and some action here and there that seems fairly easy to get out of. A couple of plot holes, but like what you'd expect from a typical ep. Gwaine and Merlin don't seem to be as close, so if you liked them as buddies prepare for disappointment, although it was nice to see that Gwaine got bored of playing soldiers.moreless
  • The Secret Sharer

    9.5


    Another good episode making season four the best yet for this series.

    A more dramatic episode to follow up last weeks funnier one. A great opportunity for Richard Wilson (Gaius) to shine as the experienced actor that he is here.

    Agrivaine tries to force rifts between Arthur's relationships, which leads to good scenes with a confused and betrayed Arthur and a upset and distressed Merlin.

    Merlin's secret is shared with another, and one more person chooses to protect our favorite warlock. My whole family enjoyed this episode and think everyone else would too.

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  • The Secret Sharer

    8.0


    The Secret Sharer was a great episode of Merlin and I really enjoyed watching this episode because Agravaine points the finger at Gaius as being the traitor and user of sorcery which almost leads to the discovery of Merlin's true identity. The suspense and action were fun and the drama and intrigue were entertaining. There was some development here, but it was a little bit of just the same old story. It does feel like the series is building up to reveal Merlin's powers to Arthur, but it is taking forever! I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!



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Duncan Meadows

Duncan Meadows

Orn

Guest Star

Gary Lewis (I)

Gary Lewis (I)

Alator

Guest Star

Nathaniel Parker

Nathaniel Parker

Agravaine

Recurring Role

Rupert Young

Rupert Young

Sir Leon

Recurring Role

Eoin Macken

Eoin Macken

Sir Gwaine

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (10)

  • QUOTES (33)

    • Alator: Tell me about Emrys. Tell me, Gaius. Where can we find Emrys?
      Gaius: In Camelot.
      Alator: Where in Camelot?
      Gaius: Emrys is... Emrys is the name by which he is known to the Druids. But to me... I know him by a different name.
      Alator: Tell me, Gaius.
      Gaius: No!
      Alator: Who is he?
      Gaius: He is the most powerful sorcerer who has ever lived.
      Alator: What is his name?
      Gaius: His name is... Merlin. For the Druids' legends are true, Merlin is... Emrys. A man destined for greatness. A man who will one day unite the powers of the Old World and the New and bring the time that the poets speak of... the time... of Albion.

    • (As they are looking for Gaius)
      Merlin: Gwaine, if you find him, don't wait for me.

    • Agravaine: The black horse belongs to Gwaine. He's a hot-head. We've got to be careful of him.
      Morgana: Go to Gaius. If he remains alive, we're all in danger.
      Agravaine: You can rest assured, he won't breathe another word.
      Morgana: I'll deal with Merlin and this hot-head.

    • (Agravaine is about to slit Gaius' throat open with a dagger)
      Sir Gwaine: Agravaine! So it was you? You abducted him?
      Agravaine: What? No!
      Sir Gwaine: What are you doing?
      Agravaine: He's unconscious, I'm trying to help.
      Sir Gwaine: With that?
      Agravaine: I want to see if he's still breathing.
      Sir Gwaine: And is he?
      Agravaine: Just. You can see the breath still on the blade, look. Now do you believe me?

    • Sir Gwaine: How did you know he was here?
      Agravaine: The guards on the gate saw you and Merlin leave. Knowing Merlin's concern for Gaius I thought there must be some new information at hand, so I just followed your trail.
      Sir Gwaine: You agree he was abducted, then?
      Agravaine: Yes. Of course he was! We must get him back to Camelot without delay.
      Sir Gwaine: We have to find Merlin first.
      Agravaine: No! I fear if we do not leave now, Gaius will not survive. We've no time to lose. Give me a hand. Look, the people who took Gaius have already fled. I saw them from the ridge. We must get back to Camelot by nightfall. Come on, Gwaine, help me. Please! Merlin can find his own way back.

    • Morgana: You really are a thorn in my side, aren't you? When will you learn not to meddle with things you couldn't possibly understand? It's difficult, isn't it, when there are so many different and painful ways for me to be rid of you.
      Merlin: I don't care what you do to me. I want to know what you've done to Gaius.
      Morgana: Gaius had some information I needed. The whereabouts of the sorcerer Emrys. If he gave it to me willingly, his suffering would not be prolonged. But if he did not...
      Merlin: If you have harmed him...
      Morgana: Why are we discussing his fate when it's time to decide yours? Not whether you're going to die alone, here, in this godforsaken place... that's going to happen anyway. But how? Or, more precisely, how painfully?

    • Morgana: Alator, this is Merlin. He's just a serving boy, but he's the most troublesome serving boy I've ever known (To Alator) I take it your time with Gaius was fruitful?
      Alator: Gaius told me everything.
      Morgana: So you know who Emrys is?
      Alator: (Ducking by Merlin's side) Indeed I do. Not only do I know who Emrys is, I know exactly where he is.
      Morgana: Then tell me.
      Alator: Never (He casts a spell and blasts her).

    • Alator: Merlin, I am Alator of the Catha. I am honoured to be of service.
      Merlin: You have magic?
      Alator: I understand the burden you carry. I have lived with it all my life. I have been shunned, persecuted, and sometimes even hunted in every corner of the Five Kingdoms. I understand what that feels like. You're not alone. From what Gaius told me, I do not have your great powers, Merlin, but I share your hopes. For I, and others like me, have dreamt of the world you seek to build. And we would gladly give our lives to help you do it (Kneels down).

    • Agravaine: It seems I misjudged Gaius. Merlin was right all along.
      Arthur: We were lucky you found him.
      Agravaine: Indeed. If it hadn't been for the tenacity of your boy, Gaius would be dead. We both owe Gaius and Merlin an apology, my lord.

    • Gaius: I'm ashamed.
      Merlin: Why?
      Gaius: Your secret. A secret I thought I'd protect with my life.
      Merlin: Gaius, you could've died.
      Gaius: But if Morgana had found out...
      Merlin: She didn't. She didn't count on Alator's true loyalties.
      Gaius: I worry that one day I'll let you down.
      Merlin: My worry is Arthur.
      Gaius: We can't tell him about Agravaine.
      Merlin: He needs to know.
      Gaius: We don't have any evidence. And you've seen how dear he is to Arthur.

    • Arthur: I think I owe both of you an apology.
      Merlin: Not to me... to Gaius.
      Arthur: Yes. Merlin, will you give us a moment?
      Merlin: Does that mean I get the morning off?
      Arthur: Yes. Yes, you can have the morning off to clean my chambers, polish my armour and launder my clothes.
      Merlin: You certainly know how to apologise.

    • Arthur: Are you all right?
      Gaius: I'm just glad it's all over.
      Arthur: I made a mistake.
      Gaius: I've looked after you since you were a nursling, Arthur. You should've known I love you far too much ever to betray you.

    • Arthur: Gaius, who abducted you?
      Gaius: I couldn't say, but I'm certain they were in league with Morgana.
      Arthur: What did they want?
      Gaius: Information. About you, Camelot, to help bring down the kingdom.
      Arthur: Did they get it?
      Gaius: Morgana got nothing from me.
      Arthur: (Laughs and sighs) I'm grateful.

    • Arthur: There's a matter that still concerns me. When you were asked about the sorcerer who killed my father... you lied.
      Gaius: I did, sire.
      Arthur: You admit it?
      Gaius: I chose to protect him. I feared you would seek him out and execute him. That would've been a grave mistake. The sorcerer did not kill your father. Uther was dying. He tried everything in his power to save him. Contained within this great kingdom is a rich variety of people, with a range of different beliefs. I am not the only one seeking to protect you. There are many more who believe in the world you are trying to create. One day you will learn, Arthur. One day you will understand... just how much they've done for you.

    • Agravaine: When I found you, you were unconscious in the woods. What happened to you? Morgana? Who did this to you?
      Morgana: Emrys.
      Agravaine: The old man? He was here?
      Morgana: He took the Fomorroh, he destroyed it.
      Agravaine: He knew of our plans to kill Arthur?
      Morgana: He knows all our plans, all our secrets. He knows everything.
      Agravaine: Someone's telling him. Ah, Gaius!

    • Morgana: Gaius...
      Agravaine: He's the only one in Camelot who would know of the Fomorroh. It has to be him. He must be telling Emrys everything!
      Morgana: Good. Then he can lead us straight to him.
      Agravaine: Gaius is loyal and very stubborn. He won't do that willingly.
      Morgana: Who said he had to be willing?

    • Merlin: Up you get.
      Arthur: What for?
      Merlin: A bath.
      Arthur: Where's breakfast?
      Merlin: Say 'ah'.
      Arthur: Ah...
      (Merlin stuffs some pastry in Arthur's mouth)
      Arthur: (Muffled) Merlin! (He spits it out)

    • Merlin: I've set aside some practice time.
      Arthur: Wonderful, what for... quarterstaff, battle axe...?
      Merlin: Your speech.
      Arthur: Who to?
      Merlin: The Guild of Harness Polishers.
      Arthur: The guild of who? I don't know anything about polishing.
      Merlin: (Unrolling a scroll) For...tun...ately, I do.
      Arthur: That will take hours to learn.
      Merlin: You don't have hours. First, you're to receive Odin's envoy.
      Arthur: Do I have to give a speech?
      Merlin: No... you have to listen to one. Then you've to inspect the guards, perform a freeman's ceremony... oh, and be a judge.
      Arthur: Preside over a trial?
      Merlin: A garland competition!
      Arthur: (Falling flat on his bed) I never get any time to myself!
      Merlin: I know, it's almost like having to work!

    • Merlin: You're doing very well, Arthur.
      Arthur: I don't think so.
      Merlin: Everyone's saying it.
      Arthur: I'm glad your friends in the tavern approve.
      Merlin: I'm serious. You are becoming a very good King.
      Arthur: Thank you. You're still the worst servant I've ever known.

    • Agravaine: We know there is a traitor amongst us.
      Arthur: I wish I could deny it.
      Agravaine: We have to consider everyone. Even those dearest to us. No one can be above suspicion.
      Arthur: Of course.
      Agravaine: So... one of your knights?
      Arthur: No.
      Agravaine: Are you sure?
      Arthur: I would vouch for each and every one of them.
      Agravaine: Well, I have suggested Gaius before... but I can't believe he would betray you.
      Arthur: Nor I. Gaius has always been a loyal servant, indeed, a friend... to me and my father.
      Agravaine: It was Gaius who told you where to find the sorcerer that killed your father, wasn't it? And we do know that he has dabbled… in sorcery. What if his interest in the dark arts has been rekindled?
      Arthur: I've always believed I can trust Gaius.
      Agravaine: Oh. Me too. Perhaps I am being a little hasty. But it wouldn't do any harm to ask him some questions, would it?
      Arthur: I'm not sure there's any need.
      Agravaine: I believe there is, Sire. We're talking about your safety and the safety of the realm. Somebody is plotting against you and it is my duty to investigate every possibility… however unlikely. I'm sure that Gaius himself would respect that.

    • Morgana: You are Alator of the Catha, warrior and priest.
      Alator: You are Morgana Pendragon, High Priestess of the Triple Goddess and last of your kind. What do you seek here?
      Morgana: I need you to abduct someone... from Camelot.
      Alator: Camelot is no friend to our kind. From what I hear, the young King follows Uther's ways.
      Morgana: You are a Catha... such things would not stop you.

    • Alator: Why should I risk my life for you?
      Morgana: Because I'm willing to give you something in return (She stretches her arm towards him exposing the bracelet that Morgause gave to her) It was forged on the Isle of the Blessed by a High Priestess. Its healing powers are without equal in the Five Kingdoms.
      Alator: (Taking it) There is true power here. This is a precious gift. The person you seek must be important to you.
      Morgana: Yes. I hope the man will lead me to my mortal enemy... Emrys.

    • Gaius: Why have I been brought here in this manner?
      Agravaine: As the King's right hand man, one of my jobs is to ensure his safety. And if that means asking questions, even of his most trusted servants, then so be it. No one is to take of fence at this.

    • Agravaine: What is your attitude to sorcery, Gaius?
      Gaius: It is against the law.
      Agravaine: And do you agree with that?
      Gaius: I understand the reason for it.
      Agravaine: That's not an answer to the question that I asked.
      Gaius: The law is needed to prevent the abuses that have been perpetrated by sorcerers.
      Agravaine: Can I ask you to be a little more direct with your answers? Do you agree that magic should be banned? Yes or no?
      Gaius: Yes.
      Agravaine: Have you ever practised sorcery?
      Gaius: A long time ago.
      Agravaine: Recently?
      Gaius: No.

    • Agravaine: How did you know the sorcerer that killed Uther?
      Gaius: I'd heard of him.
      Agravaine: You told Arthur where to find him.
      Gaius: Yes.
      Agravaine: That suggests you did know him.
      Gaius: I was told of a dwelling where he could be found.
      Agravaine: Who by?
      Gaius: I cannot say.
      Agravaine: Have you ever met with him? (Gaius remains silent) It's a simple enough question, Gaius. Have you met him? Yes or no?
      Gaius: No.
      Agravaine: And you would be prepared to swear to that? 
      Gaius: Yes.
      Agravaine: On oath?
      Gaius: Yes.
      Agravaine: Thank you, Gaius. It's been most informative.

    • Arthur: (About Agravaine's interrogation of Gaius) Was it really necessary to treat him like that?
      Agravaine: Your life is at stake, sire. We cannot afford to be faint-hearted. And you saw with your own eyes... he was lying.
      Arthur: He was definitely hiding something. But we can't be certain. We have no proof.
      Agravaine: No. You're right, sire, we do not. But I fear that if we keep investigating, we might find some.

    • Agravaine: (About Gaius, as his chambers are being searched) My Lord, he was seen riding away from the city!
      Merlin: That can't be true.
      Sir Leon: Sire, you were right. A white stallion has been taken from the royal stables.
      Arthur: Where would he be going at this time of night?
      Agravaine: I could hazard a guess, Sire. But I think a search of his belongings may provide us with the truth.

    • Arthur: (About a book on sorcery) And this was found in Gaius's chambers?
      Agravaine: I'm as disappointed as you, Sire. Someone so close, so trusted. And it's not merely the discovery that he was a sorcerer, is it? It's... it's the lies. The lies and years of betrayal. I know. It's hard to believe, isn't it, Sire? But we both saw him refuse to condemn magic. We both knew he was hiding something. Neither of us want to believe it. But... now, with this hasty departure in the middle of the night... these are not the actions of an innocent man, Sire. There can be no doubt, Gaius is the traitor.

    • Merlin: (About Agravaine's accusations against Gaius) How can you believe this?
      Arthur: I know how you must feel. But we questioned him. He has been consorting with sorcerers. He more or less admitted to it.
      Merlin: And that makes him a traitor?
      Arthur: Why run if you have nothing to hide?
      Merlin: He's given his life to this kingdom. He would never betray you.
      Arthur: Then explain his actions.
      Merlin: All right. They're lies. Gaius would never run off in the night.
      Arthur: Look, I know it's hard but no break-ins were reported, his possessions are missing, a horse has been stolen...
      Merlin: (At the verge of tears) He would not leave without saying goodbye to me! Agravaine has made this story up.
      Arthur: I shall ignore that last comment.
      Merlin: Because he is your uncle, you will not see who he really is...
      Arthur: Merlin! I've had my heart broken enough already today. I don't want to lose another friend. Gaius condemned himself. There is no more to be said.

    • Morgana: It's time for the fun to begin.
      Gaius: Get on with it, Morgana. Whatever you want to do, just do it now. I'm not afraid to die.
      Morgana: Dying is the easy part. I wouldn't be in such a hurry if I were you. My friend here is going to help me get some information. Some information you might be a little reluctant to give. I want you to tell me where Emrys is.
      Gaius: I don't know anyone called Emrys.
      Morgana: Oh, I think you do.
      Gaius: Do what you will, I will never tell you anything, Morgana.
      Morgana: Alator is no ordinary torturer. He is a Catha... a priest of the Old Religion. He has at his disposal some skills only known by initiates. But you're a learned man, Gaius. I'm sure you know exactly what he can do.

    • Merlin: (As Gwen comes into Gaius' chamber) I thought you were him (She walks over to him, sits by his side and strokes his shoulder supportively) Agravaine is behind this. He's done something to Gaius.
      Gwen: Arthur told me what you said.
      Merlin: He won't listen to me.
      Gwen: I'll do what I can, but... Agravaine's his uncle. He trusts him more than anyone.

    • Alator: Do not resist the fire. Let it into your mind. Let the flames search out your thoughts, feel them burn into the darkest
      recesses of your mind. Let them shine a torch on your deepest secrets and bring them to the light.
      (Gaius casts a spell and puts the fire out)
      (Alator, surprised, casts a spell himself and reignites the fire with more intensity)

    • Merlin: What are you doing in here?
      Sir Gwaine: I got bored of playing soldiers. I thought I'd come and see how you were.
      Merlin: I'm busy.
      Sir Gwaine: Doing what?
      Merlin: What do you think?
      Sir Gwaine: Looking for Gaius?
      Merlin: I know everyone thinks he's a traitor, but he's not. He's been abducted, Gwaine. He may even be dead.

  • NOTES (12)

    • The original script included a scene at the very beginning of the episode with Morgana in the brink of death in the woods, going to the other world and having a scene with Morgause. However, as the script turned out 6 pages longer than it should the scene was cut out.

    • Duncan Meadows used to be a mimo in the streets before becoming an actor.

    • The flames around Gaius were real and not CGI.

    • The scene where Gwaine goes to offer Merlin support was originally scripted in the armory but it had to be merged with another at Gaius' chambers due to time restrictions.

    • Julian Jones (episode writer) and Richard Wilson recorded an audio commentary for this episode.

    • This episode is Johnny Capps' favourite of series 4 together with 4x04 Aithusa.

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: November 27, 2011 on Ten.
      Canada: February 19th, 2012 on Space.
      France: March 23rd, 2012 on Canal + Family.
      Germany: February 15th, 2012 on Super RTL.
      Italy: September 18th, 2012 on Italia 1.
      Sweden: October 20th, 2012 on SVT2.
      Turkey: April 1, 2012 on CNBC-e.
      USA: February 17th, 2012 on Syfy.

    • Also Known As:
      France: L'Enlèvement (meaning 'The Kidnapping').
      Germany: Geheimnisträger (meaning 'Bearer Of Secrets').
      Italia: Il Compagno Secreto (meaning 'The Secret Companion').
      Poland: Tajemny wspólnik (meaning 'Secret Partner').
      Portugal: O Contador De Segredos (meaning 'The Secret Teller').

    • The Great Dragon does not appear in this episode, but John Hurt is credited (for the voice-over at the beginning of the opening credits).

    • Filming locations:
      Château de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, Oise, France (Camelot).
      Cardiff, Wales, UK (Studio sets).
      Puzzlewood, Forest of Dean, Coleford, Gloucestershire (Forest scenes and Morgana's hut).
      Clearwell Caves, Forest of Dean, Coleford, Gloucestershire (Cave where Gaius is taken to).
      Fforest Fawr, Cardiff, Wales, Uk (Forest scenes).
      Three Bears Caves, Forest Fawr (Heol-y-fforest), Tongwynlais, UK (Forest scenes).

    • DVD Release Dates:
      Season 4, Volume 1 (episodes 1-6): November 28th, 2011.
      Season 4, Volume 2: (episodes 7-13): January 23rd, 2012.
      Complete Season 3: January 23rd, 2012.

    • Broadcasts:
      Sat 12 Nov 2011 at 20:20-21:05pm on BBC One and BBC HD.
      Fri 18 Nov 2011 at 19:45-20:30pm on BBC Three.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode shares its name with the short story The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad (author of The Heart of Darkness), written in 1909, and first published in 1910.

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