Uther's bedroom looks nothing like his room in episode 1x06 A Remedy to Cure All Ills.
It is the second time that Arthur asks Merlin if he has been on the cider. He first made him the same remark in episode 2x01 The Curse of Cornelius Sigan.
This episode parallels episode 2x01 The Curse of Cornelius Sigan to a certain degree. In both Camelot is attacked by monsters, and in both Uther himself tries to charge into the battle and protect his kingdom. On a more textual note, both episodes are named in the same pattern: "The X of Y Z".
This is the second time a staff appears as a vessel for magic. Previously, it had appeared in episode 1x07 The Gates of Avalon, and is still in Merlin's possession.
Goof: Rick English, one of the habitual stuntmen (he plays the Afanc in episode 1x03 The Mark of Nimueh, a bandit in episode 1x07 The Gates of Avalon , does the stunt for the Black Knight in episode 1x09 Excalibur and plays one of the Knights of Medhir in episode 2x12 The Fires of Idirsholas), can be seen fighting in different places at the same time.
Goof: Cenred has gathered an army of 20,000 men. Gaius mentions that they outnumber Camelot 2 to 1, meaning that Camelot has an army of 10,000. However, Camelot's forces are visibly way less numerous than that.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
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.