Season 3 Episode 2

The Tears of Uther Pendragon, Part 2

Aired Unknown Sep 18, 2010 on BBC
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With the help of the Great Dragon, Merlin manages to return to Camelot only to find out that is it on the verge of invasion: Morgause and Cenred have teamed up and plot against a weakened Uther. Cenred's initial reluctance is won over by the fact that they count on an ally within Camelot walls who will ensure the castle is taken. Uther is unable to rule which forces Arthur to step up front and defend the citadel agains Cenred's powerful army. With the help of Morgause and to make things worse, Morgana plays a deadly card and summons a skeleton army to wreak havoc within the castle walls. Camelot's fate rests once again on Arthur's shoulders and Merlin's magic as they fight in their own way to hold off both an army of the living and an army of the dead. Will they manage to succeed?moreless

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  • A spectacular finish to the two part episode with more hits than misses. Solid plot, meaty dilemmas, and movie-class action sequences made this an enjoyable hour of TV.

    What Worked:

    Arthur's Ascension – Bradley James did an excellent job of showing the impact on Arthur of taking charge. More comfortable with battle than politics, his loyalty to his father and innate understanding of the responsibilities he assumed was evident. We could see him weighing the lives lost versus long term impact on the kingdom. Little moments like steeling himself before putting on his "game face" as he encouraged the knights sold the pressure he was under. Although he made a brave face of it, his appreciation of the support offered by both Gwen and Merlin also showed he needed reassurance. As Merlin said, he made a tough call but it was impressive how he rose to the occasion. His handling of Uther when he was a distraction showed he was back into a comfort zone. Conversely, letting Leon have the battle cry charge and all the credit going to Morgana took away something from this arc. Still, this episode did a good job of showing the difference between warrior and king and that Arthur is preparing but still in development. Merlin/Morgana – Excellent final scenes between these two. Although Morgana often came across as whiny with Morgause and the smirk was overdone, her scenes with Merlin were compelling. Katie McGrath showed just a hint of doubt when Merlin appealed to her to use her magic for good. It was a shame that her rationale for rejecting this was not better explored. The final staredown between the two in the throne room was electric.

    The Battle – Nicely played with multiple angles. First the defense of the lower town was given appropriate time to develop. The battle for the Citadel showed Camelot's natural defenses to best advantage. Cendred could not take the Citadel unaided. The choke points and high castle walls were too well defended. Typical battle strategy for an entrenched defense would require five to one odds. Cendred had two to one. The army of the dead was a blatant Pirates of the Caribbean ripoff but made sense – what other inside army would be available to undermine the castle? Overall, good sword fighting, special effects, and a nice diversity of locations.

    Merlin/Kilgarrah – A good reunion with a nice setup of how the Dragon will continue to be involved (he will come when called). Nice sly smile on Colin Morgan's face when he explained he woudn't be walking.

    Arthur/Merlin – The food gag was much better than the bucket and water for the requisite "insert light-hearted scene" but it was the serious moments that remind us why we love this bromance. For the first time, Merlin showed actual admiration for Arthur's leadership when he made the choice for a siege. He's always acknowledged Arthur's warrior prowess but this was something different. And of course Arthur was uncomfortable receiving actual praise from Merlin. The "wisdom" moment was an episode highlight.

    The Old Lion – Uther dragging himself out of bed to run to the front. It's nice that the nobility of Camelot are on the front lines versus watching from a hillside like the villains. Potentially stupid, mind you, as killing the King or the Prince is a major victory for the enemy but it shows a classic leadership style which gives both men referent authority with the knights. It also shows that Uther is not willing to give Arthur the Kingdom just yet as he yells it is still his. The Uther/Arthur dynamic remains one of the best played in the series and it's a little sad that Uther shows potentially some paranoia about Arthur besting him. Anthony Head's ability to show Uther's feet of clay while acting like an old-school king is superb.

    Partial Success:

    Stalemate – The idea that Merlin has to keep quiet about Morgana is obviously required to keep the plot going but the contrivance was a little obvious. Gaius is generally excellent as Merlin's sounding board but he gives a lot of bad advice. It really makes no sense for Merlin to let the castle be in danger. Isn't Merlin clever enough to make Arthur suspicious (if not Uther) about Morgana? Arthur is devoted to Morgana after failing to protect her as he promised last year, but even Arthur has to know that there is a well-place traitor in their midst. Uther's Torture – What is lurking in the dark recesses of Uther's mind is not a pretty site. His guilt and horror at the truly frightening images was palpable. On the other hand, Morgana taking pleasure in torturing Uther was a step too far. What Didn't Work:

    Temporal Anomalies – Merlin is gone for two days and Arthur lets it go at "I don't have time for this?" There really was no reason to make his absence for two days either. There was a day wasted in Part 1 with the serkets approaching Merlin but not stinging him until the end of the day. The Dragon rescued him at night. Arthur apparently didn't miss Merlin for the first day but only the second. They should have had the serkets and Dragon rescue take place on the same night he was captured. They also have Merlin running around the castle and Arthur noting that again he is missing. It is a little too much like Clark and Lex in Smallville where Lex starts to notice anomalies about Clark. Stretching that out for 7 years on Smallville was terrible storytelling. If Arthur is going to start to piece thing together then he needs to move along at a faster pace. If the "Merlin goes missing" is not intended to raise Arthur's suspicions then it just makes Arthur look dumb. Another temporal nit: Merlin runs up to Arthur in the throne room like he's going to tell on Morgana. Where was he for the previous several hours while Morgana was recovering and putting on a nice frock? It seemed like too obvious of a "near miss that wasn't really near at all".

    Overall grade 9. This was superior TV even with the plotholes, temporal anomalies and the Smirk of Doom. The action sequences, the pressure on Arthur, the tension between Merlin/Morgana were all compelling storytelling.

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    Upon Second Review:

    Having seen the entire season, this episode stands out as one of the best. It looks like they blew the special effects budget on this episode but it was truly outstanding as a major action piece backed up by compelling drama. One thing to note is this theme of Uther's mental instability. Anthony Head played it so very well in this two-parter and it had a nice bookend with the finale. Reflecting on the news that Morgana is Uther's daughter also allows one to see that she is a borderline mental case. Between torturing Uther in this episode and screaming like a banshee in the finale, it seems like Morgana is a couple slices short of a full loaf. It will be nice if the producers play that angle in Series 4.moreless
  • This episode closes the S3 opener in the most satisfying way - and in turn opens up so many possibilities. One can only be an optimist after watching "The Tears of Uther Pendragon".moreless

    "The Tears of Uther Pendragon, Part II", is an excellent conclusion to Season 3's two-parter / opener.

    Acting is on a very high level, especially from Uther, whose desperation and fear are more striking than ever; and so is his latter courage and determination to save his kingdom from a disaster. One may hate Uther for persecuting countless of guiltless people, but one also has to admire him on the basis of his dedication to his kingdom. He is so convinced that he is the saviour of Camelot that he would even charge in the mid of battle and risk his life (and indeed take an arrow to his leg without expressing particular pain) for this cause.

    Morgana's evil smirk is back. Some fans have noticed that she has become two-dimensional. Still, there is some reluctance in the scene with Morgause, and a glimpse of an internal suffering that she had to grow up as a stranger in her own home just because she had magic. No wonder Merlin pities her. I hope there is some chance of (even failed) repentance left for her.

    We also got to see Arthur as a king, even if for a short period. His performance in the throne room shows his authority and makes him look like a capable king who has courage to make hard decisions.

    And Merlin? Merlin has, paradoxically, resorted to telling the truth instead of making up lies to cover for himself. 'I was dying'. 'We've [Camelot] got you... and me.' He is more honest with Arthur, and with proper development, I wouldn't be surprised if he plainly told him about magic.

    This opener promises much, even more than S2 opener which was also a brilliant episode.moreless
  • The battle for camelot has begun...

    This was an amazing continuation of the first part. It was full of wonderful one on one character moments, amazing CGI effects, and awesome fighting scenes. There was lots of drama with snippets of humor to lighten a few moments here and there.

    I absolutely loved the dragon during the first part of the episode, and his interaction with Merlin.

    This will definitely be a fan favorite I bet.

    My whole family enjoyed it and we can tell that the cast and crew have really stepped up this new season. What a great beginning, and I can't wait for what else they have in store.moreless
  • It's hard to believe this is the same character.

    I have a hard time reconciling the Morgana we see now with the character she was before. She's gone from a complex and generally good-hearted person to a one dimensional villain who is little more than her sister's puppet.

    I thought I saw a little remorse on her face in the last episode after Uther's toast to her and perhaps once here too, but this is far outweighed by her evil smirks. These are her friends and family. It's hard to believe that Morgana doesn't care about the pain her actions will bring them.

    Her relationship with Uther has always been complicated. They've butted heads often, but he does love her and has raised her for several years. You'd think she would feel something more than hatred towards him. Even when her anger over Gwen's father drove her to plot his death, she ultimately couldn't go through with it. Their relationship eventually got worse again in season two, and although I always felt the show did not spend enough time or effort developing how her feelings changed so drastically towards him again, she could never bring herself to directly attack him. Maybe Morgause told her how Uther separated them years earlier. But if that's the case, wouldn't Morgana's anger over this come out in either her scenes alone with the comatose king, Morgause, or later with Merlin?

    And even if her feelings towards Uther are now so simple, what about everyone else? This is a woman who once helped defend Ealdor from raiders. She gave up her own food and distributed all she could when the people of Camelot were starving. She's shown concern for even the servants when she encouraged Arthur to find the cure for Merlin after he was poisoned and later to save Gwen.

    Now when Merlin tells her that women and children are dying, her only response is "Good."? She kills a guard without remorse and appears to care little for even Gwen, Arthur, or Gaius. She no longer seems to think for herself or acknowledge that there is good and evil among both people with magic and without. She has become worse than Uther. He is also blinded by his beliefs about magic, but at least he doesn't seem to take such pleasure in the suffering he can inflict. I hope we'll get more insight into Mogana's thought process as the season continues. Perhaps learning what happened to her over the year long absence will make her radical change in personality more understandable. But I'd also like to see her questioning Morgause once in a while rather than following her blindly and remembering that she once cared for the people of Camelot.moreless
  • An interesting episode.

    Merlin is a show with multiple facets, each of which appeal to a different demographic; it is this, among other things, which has made it such a success. In general, Merlin fans can count on excellent action for the thrill seeking crowd, interspersed with both clever and slapstick humour for the more mature and the younger viewers respectively - as well as some touching moments and thought provoking concepts. That's on top of a truly excellent cast; British TV greats Richard Wilson and Anthony Head, plus newcomers Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Angel Coulby and Katie McGrath. It is the cast dynamic that truly makes this show so enjoyable.

    In this episode of Merlin, we see Arthur rising to the challenge of protecting the kingdom and confronting his future as king in the most real and large-scale manner yet, making the difficult decision to open the city to siege in response to Cedred's oncoming assault. Bradley James pulls off the conflict and nobility of this new, mature Arthur brilliantly, and it is because of this that we see some more mature interactions between him and other characters. Arthur has matured insurmountably since the beginning of season one, but his default manner is still a (more endearing than offensive) prat, which shapes the way he speaks with people - okay, Merlin. Here we see him truly vulnerable and afraid for his people, yet still willing to shoulder the burden of their survival with grace; and Merlin sees this, openly stating that he 'has faith' in him. Merlin's honesty and Arthur's considerate outlook create an opportunity for them to mutually appreciate what one another contributes to their little duo; we see the first overt display of the kind of advisor/king relationship we know they will eventually have.

    Merlin is as usual a very strong character; Colin Morgan plays him with subtlety and emotion, but is never hammy. His sadness about the changes in Morgana remind us about the old, good Morgana we all loved; this new one, while interesting, has so far been relatively two dimensional (my God, the SMIRKS...). I understand why the writers had the show skip forward a year, but that leaves out a very large space of time where Morgana changed and grew into what is basically Merlin's nemesis, and going straight from the conflicted but still predominantly good heroine we last saw in 'The Last Dragonlord' to this evil sorceress is a little disconcerting. I wish we'd been able to see more of her development; as she is now, it's easy to see the anger, the hatred and the nasty pleasure she takes in manipulating Uther, but we don't see much of her human side, and the transition would be easy to accept if we did. Old Morgana was all humanity - this one is completely devoid of it. Gwen wasn't really used to her full potential in this episode, only acting as a kind of behind-the-scenes support for Arthur, which is okay but not really enough to do her character justice in her own right. Gwen only ever seems to get noticed in Gwen centric episodes, which kind of isolates her. I think we need a return of the Gwen-Merlin friendship in full force.

    Other characters worth mentioning are Uther and Sir Leon (Gaius bored me in this episode). Anthony Head did a great job playing Uther at the end of his rope, and Sir Leon's bravery and steadfast love of Camelot continue to make the struggle for its protection a tangible adventure, rather than just a struggle of Arthur and Merlin versus the world. It's Arthur, Merlin and a kingdom of people like Sir Leon that fight off threats from the outside.

    The fight scenes were intense and exhilerating; there was some funny dialogue between Merlin and Arthur ('pickled eggs'... LOL), and as usual the characters banded together in the face of adversity, which is truly a pleasure to watch. My main criticism of this episode would be the slightly convoluted plotline... and I really dislike Morgause, not just as a villain but as a character. She really annoys me.

    Overall, a great episode that sets up for some interesting season 3 developments - can't wait for the next one!moreless
Tom Ellis

Tom Ellis


Guest Star

Alice Patten

Alice Patten


Guest Star

Jake Phillips

Jake Phillips

Ghost Boy

Guest Star

John Hurt

John Hurt

Voice of the Great Dragon

Recurring Role

Emilia Fox

Emilia Fox


Recurring Role

Rupert Young

Rupert Young

Sir Leon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Merlin: I didn't think you'd answer my call.
      The Great Dragon: Merlin. I could not resist a Dragonlord, even if I wanted to.
      Merlin: I'm grateful. Thank you.
      The Great Dragon: Lie still. The Serket's poison is powerful. I have given you an enchantment that will help you heal. But it will take time.

    • Merlin: I need to get back to Camelot. The Kingdom is in danger and... it's my fault. I should have listened to you. I should never have trusted Morgana.
      The Great Dragon: You did what you felt was right. And that shows great courage. But trust is a double-edged sword.
      Merlin: I thought, because she has magic, I thought... we were the same.
      The Great Dragon: In some ways, you are.
      Merlin: No. I will never be like her.
      The Great Dragon: You have learnt an important lesson, Merlin. Your determination to see goodness in people will be your undoing. But I fear that your futures are now joined forever. She is the darkness to your light, the hatred to your love.

    • Merlin: I need to get back to Camelot.
      The Great Dragon: You're not yet fully recovered, Merlin and it's more than three days walk.
      Merlin: (Smiling) I've no intention of walking.

    • Merlin: Thank you. I won't forget this.
      The Great Dragon: Be careful, young warlock. The great battle for Camelot has begun. You must be strong, for Arthur's destiny and the future of Albion lie in your hands.

    • Merlin: We must tell Uther what Morgana has done.
      Gaius: Are you mad? He'd have both our heads if we made such accusations, he'd look on it as treason.
      Merlin: We can't let her get away with it!
      Gaius: He dotes on her every word, Merlin.
      Merlin: But, if he knew...
      Gaius: You've seen how blind he is to her faults. Besides, the root is gone now. It can do no more harm.
      Merlin: No, you don't understand. I heard Morgana and Morgause. There's more to their plan, I'm sure of it.

    • Merlin: (Merlin opens the curtains and finds out that Arthur's chamber is a mess) What happened?
      Arthur: What happened? I've had to make do without a servant, that's what happened!
      Merlin: I wasn't gone for that long!
      Arthur: Without my permission.
      Merlin: What if I was dying?
      Arthur: I wouldn't be complaining. But you're not. So where've you been?
      Merlin: I was dying.
      Arthur: I don't have time for this! The future of the kingdom rests upon my shoulders. Do you have any idea what that feels like?
      Merlin: Well...
      Arthur: Merlin! I should have you thrown in the dungeons, so what have you got to say for yourself?
      Merlin: You've not had your breakfast this morning, have you?
      Arthur: I'll have you for breakfast! (Gets up from bed and throws a cup at him)
      Merlin: It's no wonder this place is a mess (Dodges the objects that Arthur keeps throwing at him) Oh, yes. I can see you've got all the makings of a great king!

    • (Morgana is checking the root under Uther's bed)
      Gaius: Have you lost something, my lady?
      Morgana: My earring. I thought I might have dropped it while I was in here yesterday. How is he?
      Gaius: Much better. We found the source of his sickness. He was being enchanted.
      Morgana: Enchanted?
      Gaius: You need not worry, my lady. He'll make a full recovery.
      Morgana: That is a relief.
      Gaius: Indeed, my lady.

    • Morgana: (Taking Merlin by surprise in the hallway) I don't know how you managed to escape but I do know one thing. If you breathe a word of what you saw, I will make your life a very short and painful one. Just think how Uther would react if he learnt that a serving boy had tried to poison his beloved ward.

    • Sir Leon: I estimate they will reach the city within two days.
      Arthur: Under whose banner do they march?
      Sir Leon: Cenred's, sire. We knew he was amassing an army...
      Arthur: How many men?
      Sir Leon: 20,000, maybe more.
      Gaius: I fear that news of the king's illness has spread beyond our borders. Cenred sees an opportunity.
      Sir Leon: Then we must find a way to appease him.
      Arthur: Not what my father would do, he wouldn't bow to our enemies.
      Gaius: Forgive me, Sire. We are outnumbered two to one.
      Arthur: What concessions will Cenred insist on? What territories will he demand?
      Gaius: We do not have to give him anything but it could buy us valuable time.
      Arthur: It shows weakness, Gaius.

    • Arthur: There is only one course of action open to us (He sits on Uther's chair) We must prepare the city for siege!
      Sir Leon: Are you sure that is wise?
      Arthur: The castle is our strongest weapon. No army has ever taken Camelot.
      Sir Leon: What about the people in the villages?
      Arthur: Give them refuge within the city walls.
      Sir Leon: And what of their houses, their livelihoods? Cenred will destroy everything in his path.
      Arthur: But they will have their lives. Go. Ready the army.

    • Merlin: You did well in there. I mean it. I was impressed. We're talking siege engines, battering rams, catapults... you made a tough decision. You're risking...
      Arthur: Do you know what? I'd really prefer it if you'd just kept quiet in these situations.
      Merlin: I am just trying to help.
      Arthur: Well, you're not.
      Merlin: I know you don't mean that, you're just worried. But you don't need to be. Look at what we've got.
      Arthur: What?
      Merlin: You and... me.
      Arthur: Merlin, what exactly are you going to do?
      Merlin: I'm going to be at your side, like I always am. Protecting you.
      Arthur: God help me!

    • Cenred: My army shall be here by nightfall. I'm glad that pleases you.
      Morgause: I'll wait to see if you deliver before I say that I am pleased.
      Cenred: And when I do?
      Morgause: Then I will give you a feast that you will never forget.

    • Gwen: How is your father?
      Arthur: I could do with him here.
      Gwen: You should have more faith in yourself.
      Arthur: What are the people saying?
      Gwen: They are glad that you have taken charge.
      Arthur: I've committed them to a siege. There's going to be casualties, Gwen.
      Gwen: (Steps closer to him and rests her hand on his arm) I trust you, Arthur. More than Uther, more than any man. Worry is not a wise counsel. Forget everything else, you have to follow what you believe is right.
      (Arthur rests his hand on Gwen's. They look at each other in silence for some seconds)
      Gwen: I should go, Sire.
      Arthur: There's no need to call me that.
      Gwen: There is every need... Sire.

    • Morgause: What's wrong, sister?
      Morgana: It's Merlin. He's alive, he's back in Camelot. He has thwarted us. He destroyed the mandrake root. Your enchantment has been broken.
      Morgause: Do not worry. The root has already done its work and Cenred's army are less than a day from the city.
      Morgana: Then it is time.
      Morgause: Are you ready? (Morgana looks down and seems to hesitate) Morgana, Cenred's army are mighty but they cannot bring down the city on their own. You, too, must play your part.
      Morgana: Tell me what I must do.

    • Morgause: (Gives Morgana a magical staff) It was carved from the Rowan tree that grows at the very heart of the Isle of the Blessed. Only the High Priestesses and their Bloodguard have ever set eyes on it.
      Morgana: My magic is still weak. I do not have the strength to wield such an instrument.
      Morgause: Do not worry. The staff will guide you. It carries its own power.
      Morgana: I will not fail you.

    • Arthur: Merlin, where have you been? I've been calling for you.
      Merlin: Gathering provisions. 25 salted cod, 15 dried capons and one smoked boar.
      Arthur: What on earth for?
      Merlin: We're preparing for a siege.
      Arthur: Yes, not a banquet.
      Merlin: You know what you're like without food. We could be trapped in here for weeks, months even. Look what I've got for your breakfasts. Your favourite. Pickled eggs!

    • Arthur: (To a sleeping Uther, before the battle) I promise I'll not let you down.

    • Arthur: Not like you to get nervous, is it, Merlin?
      Merlin: I'm not nervous.
      Arthur: No?
      Merlin: Because I trust in your destiny.
      Arthur: Have you been on the cider?
      Merlin: It is your fate to be the greatest king Camelot has ever known. And your victory today will be remembered. By every age, until the end of time (Hands Arthur his sword) Just trust in yourself.
      Arthur: There are times, Merlin, when you display a sort of, I don't know what it is... I want to say... it's not wisdom. But, yes... that's what it is (Merlin smiles) Don't look so pleased. The rest of the time you're a complete idiot! (Merlin keeps smiling)

    • (Uther joins in the battle)
      Arthur: Father! (Runs to his father's side and drags him towards the castle)
      Uther: What are you doing?
      Arthur: You're not well!
      Uther: This is my... kingdom!

    • Uther: You must get back to battle, we are losing the Lower Town.
      Arthur: It is already lost, Father.
      Uther: And the citadel?
      Arthur: Safe for now.
      Uther: It must stay that way.
      Arthur: You have to trust me, father, I know what I'm doing. You must rest. And when you are well again you will still have a kingdom, I promise you that.

    • Morgause: No army can fight on two fronts, not even the Knights of Camelot.

    • Arthur: Merlin! Where the hell have you been?
      Merlin: Nowhere.
      Arthur: You're starting to make a habit of this. What's your excuse this time? (Merlin stares at something behind Arthur) Come on, Merlin, you can do better than that! (Merlin points towards the approaching skeletons)

    • Uther: I have to get out there!
      Gaius: No, sire. You are still weak from the medicine I gave you. I told you...
      Uther: I cannot watch my kingdom fall and do nothing.
      Gaius: Arthur will defend it.

    • Merlin: Gaius! You need to seal off the hospital. The castle is under attack from within.
      Gaius: What are you talking about?
      Merlin: Morgana. She's summoned an army of the dead. They're everywhere.
      Gaius: Where are you going?
      Merlin: To try and stop her.

    • Arthur: We can't fight a battle on two fronts.
      Gwen: (Putting a bandage around his hand) Keep still.
      Arthur: I don't know how much longer we can hold the citadel. We need to get my father to safety.
      Gaius: How? We no longer control the Lower Town. There is no escape, Arthur.

    • Morgana: You should leave now, while you still can.
      Merlin: Morgana. Please. I beg you. Women and children are dying. The city will fall.
      Morgana: Good.
      Merlin: No, you don't mean that.
      Morgana: I have magic, Merlin. Uther hates me and everyone like me. Why should I feel differently about him?
      Merlin: You, of all people, could change Uther's mind. But using magic like this, will only harden his heart.
      Morgana: You don't have magic, Merlin, how could you hope to understand?
      Merlin: I do understand. Believe me. If I had your gifts, I would harness them for good. That's why you were born with these powers.
      Morgana: You don't know what it's like to be an outsider, to be ashamed of how you were born, to have to hide who you are. Do you think I deserve to be executed because of who I am?
      Merlin: No. It doesn't have to be like this. We can find another way.
      Morgana: There is no other way.

    • Cenred: Your traitor has failed, as I knew they would. I'm calling off the siege.
      Morgause: You can't!
      Cenred: I cannot take the city unaided. That was not our bargain!
      Morgause: You have failed me, Cenred.
      Cenred: I would rather fail you, Morgause, than watch thousands of men die!

    • Merlin: Sire.
      Arthur: What is it?
      Merlin: I need to tell you something about Morgana.
      Arthur: It's all right, we know what happened.
      Merlin: You do?

    • Uther: In my time, we've won many battles, but none so important as this. Every man, every woman and child has performed their heroic best. And I thank and I salute you all. Even before the battle we knew there was a traitor in our midst. (Merlin and Gaius exchange a look) One who was almost the undoing of us. However, we have to thank the one person who outwitted them and who, almost single-handedly, turned the battle. The Lady Morgana. (Crowd claps) For it was she who bravely entered the vault, found the magical vessel and destroyed it. We must be vigilant. (Merlin and Morgana cross stares defiantly) We must stand firm against the dark forces of magic and ensure that they never penetrate our walls again.

    • Merlin: Why is Uther so blind to her true nature?
      Gaius: I don't know, Merlin. It is a mystery. But Morgana will try again.
      Merlin: I'll be ready for her.
      Gaius: You must be careful.
      Merlin: I'm not afraid of her, Gaius.
      Gaius: You should be.
      Merlin: All I feel for her is.... sad. She's become so bitter, so full of hate.
      Gaius: Don't let that happen to you, Merlin.
      Merlin: Nothing could ever make me that angry.
      Arthur: Merlin! Get your lazy backside out here.
      Merlin: On second thoughts...
      (Gaius laughs)

  • NOTES (12)

    • Visual Effects company The Mill won a 2011 BAFTA Award for their job in this episode.

    • In the fighting scenes with the skeletons, the actors first rehearsed their movements with the stunt coordinator, then they were filmed doing the exact same moves against nothing and finally the SFX people created the animated fighting action to match the stunt coordinator's moves.

    • International Air Dates:
      Canada: January 21, 2011 on Space.
      France: March 6, 2011 on Canal + Family.
      Germany: March 3, 2011 on RTL.
      Italy: March 30, 2011 on Italia 1.
      Poland: March 12, 2011 on Polsat.
      Spain: January 8, 2011 on Antena 3 Neox.
      Turkey: January 16, 2011 on CNBC-e.
      USA: January 14, 2011 on Syfy.

    • A cup fell from Bradley James's hand and Colin Morgan runs into a cupboard while filming the scene when an angry Arthur tells Merlin off for having disappeared without permission.

    • Filming locations:
      Château de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, Oise, France (Camelot).
      Cardiff, Wales, UK (Studio sets).
      Puzzlewood, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, UK (forest where Morgana meets with Morgause and forest where Merlin is left at the mercy of the Serkets).
      Brecon Beacons, Wales, UK (Cenred's army marching towards Camelot and meeting point of Cenred and Morgause).

    • Colin Morgan rode a mechanical bull with a piece of the dragon built onto it for the scene where Merlin rides the Great Dragon.

    • The same technology that was used in The Lord of the Rings movies is applied to the scene where Cenred's army lays siege to Camelot.

    • This is the second time that a two part episode is featured in Merlin (the first time being episodes 2x05 Beauty and the Beast – Part One and episode 2x06 Beauty and the Beast – Part Two). This time, both episodes were scripted by the same writer. The intro for this episode consists of previously seen scenes from episode 3x01 The Tears Of Uther Pendragon Part 1.

    • BBC press office release didn't include Angel Coulby in the credits for the episode.

    • Also Known As:
      France: Le Poison De La Mandragore, deuxième partie, meaning 'The Poison of the Mandrake, part 2'.
      Germany: Die Tränen des Königs, Teil 2, meaning 'The Tears of the King, part 2'.
      Italia: Le Lacrime di Uther Pendragon 2.
      Poland: Łzy Uthera Pendragona (część 2).
      Portugal: As Lágrimas de Uther Pendragon Part. 2.

    • Broadcasts:
      18 Sep 2010 at 19:30–20:15 on BBC One.
      20 Sep 2010 at 19:00-19:45 on BBC Three.

    • This episode, together with episode 3x01 The Tears Of Uther Pendragon Part 1, was screened during a special preview at BFI Southbank on September 5th, 2010.