Season 1 Episode 12

To Kill The King

Aired Unknown Dec 06, 2008 on BBC
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When Gwen's father Tom unwittingly helps a renegade sorcerer turn lead into gold, he is arrested and faces trial for treason. Despite pleas from both Arthur and Morgana, Uther is adamant- Tom will be tried and, if found guilty, will be executed. Morgana tries to help Tom escape but tragedy ensues... and Morgana becomes hellbent on revenge. Merlin uncovers a plot to kill Uther, but will he try and stop it- or sit by and let it happen?moreless

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  • 'Don't you want Uther dead? It is Uther that persecutes you and your kind, Merlin. It is Uther that murders the innocent... Only if Uther dies can magic return to the land. Only if Uther dies will you be free, Merlin.' (SPOILERS)moreless

    The penultimate episode of Merlin's first season really packs a punch. When Gwen's father Tom unwillingly helps a renegade sorcerer named Tauren turn lead into gold in his forge, Tom is captured and imprisoned on a charge of treason. Incensed by Uther's stubbornness, Morgana helps Tom to escape but Tom is killed- and Morgana seeks revenge. Allying herself with Tauren, she plots to draw Uther into a trap where Tauren will kill the king. Merlin overhears the plan and faces a dilemma: does he stand by and do nothing, thus ending Uther's tyrranical anti-magic reign and leaving Arthur to take the throne? Or does he try and save the king's life? As usual, there's no surprises in the final analysis but, again, the journey is what's important.

    This is another episode where Katie McGrath absolutely knocks it out of the park. Morgana is at her caustic best throughout the episode, bravely championing Tom's cause and then going up against Uther, her guardian and king, and pouring on the vitriol. Unsurprisingly, her vituperative tongue lands her in the dungeons where she becomes hellbent on revenge. I think I was expecting Morgana's turn to the dark side to involve something magical rather than allying herself with the sorcerer Tauren, but it still works. Similarly, Anthony Head gets some meaty scenes as Uther where he clashes against Morgana. Head gives a dignified and powerful performance which is all the better for the ending- at the grave of Morgana's father, Uther's facade slips and the true man, the good man, the man willing to take his son's place in battle comes through. Just as in Excalibur, you get to see Uther the man and not just Uther the king and the episode is stronger for it.

    Colin Morgan gives another likeable and mature performance as Merlin struggles with the morals and ethics of allowing Tauren to kill Uther. There's a brilliant scene with the Great Dragon who basically tells Merlin to let Uther die (perhaps not the advice he was expecting; another good vocal performance by John Hurt) and his scene with Gwen is similarly good. Angel Coulby gets more to do this episode and thankfully it's not just crying and wailing at her father's death. Her faithfulness to Morgana comes out in a very sweet scene where she gently chides Morgana for speaking up for her father. Also, Gwen gets the moral of the episode which spurs Merlin into action: of course she wouldn't take Uther's life to revenge her dad as that would make her as bad as Uther. It's a simple moral but luckily writer Jake Michie eschews the approach of fellow writers and doesn't batter the viewer around the head with it.

    Bradley James gets a couple of good scenes, most notably when he tells Gwen she has a home for life. Again, the roughness and arrogance is removed from Arthur and the character is better for it. Richard Wilson doesn't get much to do, except for the (what is becoming obligatory) 'Gaius-explains-it-all' scene and a scene of moral wrestling- but he does it well. The guest performances are strong with David Durham reprising his role as Tom (last seen at death's door in The Mark Of Nimueh) and giving a sympathetic turn before meeting the business end of a sword, whilst Cal Macaninch makes Tauren into a believable villain- even if the idea of using alchemy to bribe his way into the heart of Camelot isn't exactly the easiest plot in the world. It's a very strong showing and enjoyable at that.moreless
  • An emotional episode which leads Morgana ever more towards the Dark side

    I really enjoyed this episode (especially the second half) and it's pivotal for many a character including Morgana, Gwen and Uther. Where as the first half concerns the arrest and subsequent death of Gwen's father this doesn't pack as much punch as it should. It's the actions of Uther and Morgana which really make this episode pivotal and emotional for me. Literally treating his Ward like he does by locking her in the dungeon for a night was beyond nastiness on Uther's part and Morgana's reaction being revenge is no surprise. Over the course of the second half of this series Morgana has became the best character in the show as Katie Mcgrath is increasingly given the best material (she should be given an award). Uther is revealed like a few episodes before to be more than just a Tyrant as well which means hopefully even though the Dragon wishes him stone cold dead he could change. A powerful performance from Anthony Head cements that he's more than the angry front he puts on as King. Talking about the Dragon he's got very selfish of late, where as he started out as a guide to Merlin it's become increasingly obvious that he has one agenda and that's to return magic to the world specifically by killing Uther. Any help he gives seems to be completely in aid of that. Which kind of negates the whole point in Merlin even thinking he would help.

    Merlin himself has been shoe-horned of late as having to work through a moral dilemma, this is similar to his dilemma in helping Mordred the druid kid a few episodes back as he hesitates once again. It's good to see him come to the rescue though, using a magic staff to annihilate the enemy. Luckily Morgana sees sense at the end although it was her dilemma that was heart breaking as if she killed Uther what would have happened next.

    I look forward to next episode where someone dies. The obvious choice would be Gaius as the original character who hasn't had much to do of late but we'll see.moreless
  • Best episode yet.

    With a younger demographic in mind, Merlin's producers have hence forth used little graphic violence and rarely even allowed blood to be seen on screen. I had previously been concerned that this may damage the show's overall impact, but this episode has completely qualmed those fears and features its best accomplishment yet. Without using the crutch of blood and violence, Merlin has managed to insert some real darkness into the plot with an emotionally captivating performance and plot twist involving Morgana, who Katie McGrath plays to perfection. Her fierce character is gradually transforming from an admirable champion of the people to a warped and twisted dark figure, a transition we all knew was coming but is absolutely fascinating to watch. I think it will be very difficult to really ever hate Morgana, she is played with such truth and honesty.

    When Gwen's father is killed, an outraged Morgana goes head to head with Uther, her bravest and most fervent campaign yet, and ends up in chains. Furious, this spurs her on to become involved with a pre-existing plot on Uther's life. The relationship between Uther and Morgana is intriguing and particularly touching when they go to visit her father's grave together. The best moment? When Morgana saves Uther - it turns out she isn't as cold as she seemed, and does have genuine feelings for her father figure, while he masks his affection with imperious pride.

    Definitely one to watch!moreless
  • Gwen's father is caught assisting a sorcerer and is sentenced to death. Things come to a head in the kingdom with Morgana finally loosing all patience with the King. She plots to destroy him and Arthur must decide to do nothing or stop it.moreless

    A slight disappointment after the last two episodes. Uther must die but yet he still lives. Basically it's hard to be King. Ruling over everyone and making life and death decisions with no consequences. The rub is there are consequences though. He just doesn't pay for them yet.

    Uther is a cruel and difficult King which is why Morgana, Gwen, Merlin, and even Gaius realize that they must prepare Arthur to be a more just and civil King of Camelot.

    When Gwen's father gets caught in an innocent job for it turns out a sorcerer he is sentenced to death. Whether she meant to or not, Morgana really sentences his to die when she helps him escape. There were no consequences for her but Gwen becomes devastated. Now Morgana starts to plot to remove Uther as King.

    Merlin senses things are amiss first with the presence of the magical item, then realizing what Morgana's intentions are. As Merlin always does he goes out to save Morgana from herself and the Kings wrath.

    In the end he succeeds in sort of an interesting way with the Kings help. Talk about saying the right things at the right time. Morgana really ends up looking like the King's savior in the end instead of his assassin. The story did not flow well in places and in general I find this to happen with this series sometimes. I almost feel like they decide to change the direction of some scripts midstream. This was followed here in the US by the first series finale. Thanks for reading...moreless
David Durham

David Durham


Guest Star

Cal Macaninch

Cal Macaninch


Guest Star

John Hurt

John Hurt

Voice of the Great Dragon

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (17)

    • Goof: The symbols engraved in the Mage Stone as seen in Gaius' book are nothing like the ones on Tauren's stone.

    • Gwen is never seen wearing the dress that her father bought for her.

    • Goof: Merlin's jacket shows signs of heavy rain when he arrives to Gorlois' grave and finds the Camelot guards dead on the ground. However, Uther and Morgana's clothes are dry.

    • Right before running after Uther and Morgana towards Gorlois' grave, Merlin gets the magic book out of its hidden place, under a loose piece of wood on the ground. He decides that he has no time to check it out and leaves it carelessly on the floor where anyone could find it.

    • Uther reckons that he was wrong killing Tom and Morgana ends up saving his life.

    • Goof: Tauren has more than enough time to kill Uther before Morgana stabs him dead.

    • Goof: We learn that the the Mage Stone gives its bearer the power of transformation (alchemy). However, Tauren uses it to reflect Merlin's Sidhe staff's attack against him.

    • Morgana was 10 years old when Gorlois, her father, died. He is buried at the Old Cairn on the hill.

    • Even though Tom is killed for treason, Gwen is granted her home for life and she can keep her job as Morgana's maid.

    • Goof: Tom frees himself and knocks a guard as he is trying to escape. However, why didn't he take the guard's clothes to achieve escaping fast?

    • Goof: Arthur keeps several keys in a drawer in his chambers. Morgana browses through them and grabs the right one to open Tom's cell even though she didn't know yet what cell Tom has been put in.

    • Tom's forge is said to be the finest in the Kingdom. However, we learnt in episode 1x09 Excalibur that he is not the royal blacksmith.

    • Goof: Gaius wears glasses, even though they weren't commonly used until the 13th century.

    • Goof: During Morgana and Uther's conversation by Gorlois' grave, Uther's chain mail and cloak, which are supposed to be rather heavy, wave in the wind.

    • Goof: As Morgana and Uther make their way to Gorlois' grave, Uther's hands are empty same as his leather leather sheath which bends easily as he gets off his horse. However, upon arrival to the grave, Uther is holding a sword that seems to have appeared out of nowhere.

    • It is revealed that Gorlois (Morgana's father) saved Uther's life a hundred times in the battlefield. Despite that, Uther sent him into battle without sending the promised reinforcements so he ended up being killedd. Morgana blames Uther for her father's death.

    • Merlin uses the Sidhe staff (seen in episode 1x07 The Gates of Avalon) when fighting Tauren's men at the end of the episode.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Gaius: I heard that Tauren tried to assassinate Uther.
      Merlin: That's what I heard.
      Gaius: And that Morgana saved him. How many men were there? Three, four?
      Merlin: Yeah, something like that.
      Gaius: Morgana must have shown extraordinary courage to have defended a king against such odds. I suppose you had nothing to do with it?
      Merlin: Oh, you know. Just background stuff.
      Gaius: No need to be so modest, Merlin.
      Merlin: Sorry.
      Gaius: It's not a criticism. It's a compliment.

    • Uther: I will strive to listen to you more and quarrel with you less. You have been a blessing to me, Morgana. You are the daughter I never had. Your counsel is invaluable, as is your friendship and your love. Without you, I cannot hope to be the king this land deserves.

    • Uther: Your father was the greatest man I've ever known. He stood for everything this kingdom represents. Truth, justice, valour. A hundred times he saved my life on the battlefield. His courage and his honour were without equal. When Gorlois died, I lost the truest friend I ever had for he was as fearless in questioning my judgement as he was in defending my kingdom. That's the mark of a true friend.
      Morgana: I know how he respected you, my lord. But I don't share these memories. How can I? I was ten years old. I only know I loved him and he was taken from me.
      Uther: When he died, and I took you into my care, you fought me from the beginning. Your will is as strong as my own. You challenge me as a friend must, as your father did in his time.
      Morgana: But when I do, you clap me in irons!
      Uther: I know I'm not an easy man. My temper blinds me sometimes. There are things that I regret.
      Morgana: Gwen's father?
      Uther: Yes.
      Morgana: Are you saying you were wrong to have Tom killed?
      Uther: Yes.

    • Gwen: Morgana's been amazing these last few days.
      Merlin: I think you've been amazing. After all that's happened, getting your life back together...
      Gwen: It's better than sitting in an empty house, waiting for my father to walk through the door. The thing I find hardest to bear is that people will always think he was guilty because he tried to escape.
      Merlin: I know he was innocent.
      Gwen: I think he tried to escape because he knew that whatever he said or did, he'd be killed. Uther had already made up his mind. That's the kind of man he is.
      Merlin: I wouldn't blame you if you wanted him dead.
      Gwen: If Uther died, I'd feel nothing. He means nothing to me.
      Merlin: But if you had, you know, the choice, what would you do? If you had the power of life and death over Uther, would you kill him? For what he did?
      Gwen: No.
      Merlin: No?
      Gwen: What would that solve? That would make me a murderer. That would make me as bad as him.

    • Morgana: Uther has fallen for the bait. We ride out in the morning for the Old Cairn on the hill.
      Tauren: Are you sure you're committed to this?
      Morgana: More than ever, I want Uther dead- as much as you, as much as anyone in this rotten kingdom of his.
      Tauren: Then the deed is as good as done.

    • Uther: These are difficult times, they put a strain on us all.
      Morgana: Yes, my lord.
      Uther: I cannot tell you how much it pains me to be at odds with you.
      Morgana: And I with you.
      Uther: I've been thinking about what you said and I realise I may have been insensitive. I should have foreseen the distress that your maid's loss would cause you. that it would stir old memories. I've opened an old wound. For that, I'm sorry.
      Morgana: My lord, it gladdens my heart to hear these words. I too wish to heal these wounds. Let us visit my father's grave together and put the past behind us.
      Uther: Nothing would give me greater happiness.
      Morgana: Shall we leave tomorrow at first light?

    • Merlin: Do you think Uther's a good king?
      Gaius: Sorry?
      Merlin: Uther. Do you think he's good for the kingdom?
      Gaius: Yes. Yes, I do. In the light of recent events, you may find that hard to believe.
      Merlin: Hard? No. Impossible? Definitely.
      Gaius: Merlin...
      Merlin: Everyone hates him.
      Gaius: It is not Uther's job to be liked. It is Uther's job to protect the kingdom. Most of his methods are right. Sometimes he may go too far.
      Merlin: Really? You mean like executing anyone who even passes a sorcerer on the street?
      Gaius: Yes. Despite Uther's failings, he has brought peace and prosperity to this kingdom.
      Merlin: But at what cost? At the cost of women and children, fathers and sons! When will it end?
      Gaius: It will end when Arthur is king.
      Merlin: Then why not let that time be now? Why not let Arthur be king?
      Gaius: Arthur's not ready. The responsibility would be too great. Brave though he may be, he lacks experience, he lacks judgement. Is there anything you want to tell me?
      Merlin: I can't... I just... No, I can't. You've just got to trust me. Gaius, it's something I've got to work out for myself.
      Gaius: I do trust you, Merlin. Whatever it is, I know you'll make the right decision.

    • Uther: I didn't expect to see you. You wish to say something?
      Morgana: I came to apologise, my lord.
      Uther: Good.
      Morgana: I didn't mean to rile you. I thought only of Gwen. The poor girl is all alone in the world.
      Uther: It was not my intention to hurt your maid.
      Morgana: I know. But now she suffers, and I know how she must suffer.
      Uther: Morgana...
      Morgana: I only meant I know what it's like to lose a father.
      Uther: That was a terrible day. Your father was a great friend. I had no part in his death.
      Morgana: You sent him into battle. You promised him reinforcements and then gave him none. You sent him to his death.
      Uther: That is not true. It was never my intention.
      Morgana: But it happened! And it keeps on happening!
      Uther: Morgana!
      Morgana: I'm sorry, my lord.

    • The Great Dragon: Well, young warlock, what is it you come to ask of me?
      Merlin: I need your help.
      The Great Dragon: Of course you do. But this time, will you heed my words?
      Merlin: The sorcerer Tauren is plotting to kill the king. He had made an ally of Morgana. I don't know what to do.
      The Great Dragon: Do nothing.
      Merlin: What do you mean? If I do nothing, Uther will die.
      The Great Dragon: Don't you want Uther dead? It is Uther that persecutes you and your kind, Merlin. It is Uther that murders the innocent...
      Merlin: But surely that doesn't make it right to kill him.
      The Great Dragon: Only if Uther dies can magic return to the land. Only if Uther dies will you be free, Merlin. Uther's reign is at an end. Let Arthur's reign begin! Fulfil your destiny!
      Merlin: Wait! Where does it say my destiny includes murder?
      The Great Dragon: Free this land from tyrrany, Merlin! Free us all!

    • Morgana: I brought the stone.
      Tauren: What else have you brought, my lady? The Knights of Camelot?
      Morgana: I came alone. I promise you.
      Tauren: Give me the stone. (Morgana gives him the Mage Stone) You were foolish to come here. I had no quarrel with your maid. But you, my lady Morgana, you are Uther's ward.
      (Tauren and his men draw their swords on Morgana)
      Morgana: If you kill me, you'll regret it.
      Tauren: Why's that?
      Morgana: Because I want Uther dead, too.
      Tauren: You? An enemy of the king? And I'm to believe that?
      Morgana: Why else would I be here?
      Tauren: I can only guess at your motives, my lady. You could be a spy for all I know.
      Morgana: And this? (Morgana shows Tauren her bruises) Is it usual for Uther to chain his friends to a dungeon wall? The stone. You took it to the forge. Why?
      Tauren: With it, a man can alter the very essence of things. He can turn a lump of lead into gold.
      Morgana: Gold? A good man died in your quest for riches, Tauren. His daughter is now an orphan.
      Tauren: I am sorry for that, truly. But we did not want the gold to line our pockets. The gold was but a means, a means to rid this kingdom of Uther Pendragon once and for all.
      Morgana: What are you saying?
      Tauren: Bribery is rife at Camelot. I will use the corruption at the heart of his kingdom, and such an abundance of gold will buy me into the king's chambers, even to the king himself.
      Morgana: The guards may be fools, Tauren, but the king is not.
      Tauren: Do you have a better plan?
      Morgana: To get to Uther, you need someone close to him.
      Tauren: And you know of such a person?
      Morgana: I do. Me.

    • Gwen: What happened to you?
      Morgana: Nothing. Well, nothing a hot bath wouldn't fix. (Gwen sees the bruises on Morgana's wrists) I spent the night in the dungeon.
      Gwen: Uther.
      Morgana: He doesn't like to be challenged.
      Gwen: It wasn't about my father, was it?
      Morgana: You have enough to deal with without worrying about such things.
      Gwen: You shouldn't have done that. Not on my behalf. If anything happened to you, I couldn't bear it.
      Morgana: You need to go home, Gwen. Get some rest. Please.
      Gwen: I'm fine, my lady.
      Morgana: I insist. Gwen? Gwen?
      Gwen: I can't go home.
      Morgana: It's understandable to feel so alone.
      Gwen: Tauren...
      Morgana: Tauren?
      Gwen: He attacked me. He threatened me. He was looking for some kind of stone.
      Morgana: Stone?
      Gwen: He said if I didn't bring it to him, he would kill me. He's waiting for me in the Darkling Woods. I have to do something. If I don't get the stone to him by dawn tomorrow... (Morgana makes to leave) What are you going to do?
      Morgana: I'm going to send the guards of course. It won't be you that Tauren meets. It'll be the Knights of Camelot.

    • (Arthur visits Morgana in the dungeons)
      Morgana: You. How proud you must be, son of the mighty Uther. How you must look up to him. Does the king's little helper bring a message or have you just come to gloat?
      Arthur: Guards.
      (The guards enter the chamber)
      Morgana: Get away from me, you cowards!
      Arthur: You're free to go. (The guards unshackle Morgana; she makes to leave) Morgana.
      Morgana: Yes?
      Arthur: I swore to him you'd never challenge his authority again. I swore that you'd learned your lesson. Tread carefully. Next time, I may not be able to help you.
      Morgana: Thank you. You're a better man than your father. Always were.

    • Gaius: Merlin, come and take a look. I've been doing some research and found this.
      Merlin: The Mage Stone?
      Gaius: Wonder of the ancients. Lost for a thousand years or more.
      Merlin: What does it do?
      Gaius: Theoretically, it could give the bearer the power of transformation.
      Merlin: Gold. The power of alchemy.
      Gaius: Exactly. I believe it was the Mage Stone you sensed on the night of Tom's arrest.

    • Arthur: Guinevere, I want you to know that your job is safe and that your home is yours for life. I guarantee you that. I know that, under the circumstances, it's not much, but... anything you want, anything you need, all you have to do is ask. I'm sorry.

    • Morgana: You have blood on your hands, Uther Pendragon. Blood that will never wash off!
      Uther: May I remind you that you're speaking to your king!
      Morgana: May I remind you that a king is wise and just. You are neither. You rule only with the sword.
      Uther: You know nothing of what it means to be king. The fate of Camelot rests in my hands. It's my responsibility to protect the people of this land from its enemies.
      Morgana: Then the kingdom is doomed. For one by one, you make enemies of us all.
      Uther: You speak treason, Morgana.
      Morgana: Only a mad man hears the truth as treason!
      Uther: Take care, child, or I'll have you restrained.
      Morgana: You just try.
      (Cut to Morgana being manhandled into a dungeon cell)
      Uther: And you will remain here until you've learned your lesson.
      Morgana: Then release me, because I have learned it already. That you care not for me, or anyone but yourself. That you are driven mad with power. That you are a tyrant!

    • (Merlin sees two men being led to the castle heavily guarded)
      Merlin: They're to be executed?
      Arthur: Yes, Merlin.
      Merlin: By order of the king?
      Arthur: They committed a very serious crime.
      Merlin: Giving a man a bed for the night?
      Arthur: Not a man. A sorcerer.
      Merlin: Maybe they didn't know that.
      Arthur: It is not for you to question my father's actions. Is that understood?
      Merlin: Yes, sire.
      Arthur: Now go get on with whatever you're meant to be doing.

    • (Morgana visits Tom in the dungeons)
      Morgana: I bring you no relief, Tom. I'm sorry. I came only to see you were comfortable.
      Tom: How's Gwen?
      Morgana: She's a brave girl. She wishes only to see you free.
      Tom: I know what Uther thinks about sorcery. I'm a dead man, aren't I?
      Morgana: I cannot see the future, only the present, and one must always seize the moment. Good luck.
      (As Morgana departs, Tom realises she has given him the cell key)

    • Merlin: Morgana, have you spoken to Uther? He must realise this is a mistake. Whatever Tom was doing, it wasn't plotting against the king.
      Morgana: I know that. Of course I do. But Uther... Uther only sees enemies.
      Merlin: But Tom is the most gentle soul I've ever met.
      Morgana: But he was seen with Tauren. That makes him an enemy.
      Merlin: Then, there's little hope...
      Morgana: There's no hope, Merlin. None at all.

    • Merlin: What would a sorcerer want with Tom?
      Gaius: His forge, Merlin. It's the finest in the kingdom.
      Merlin: You think Tom was lying? You think he really was making weapons?
      Gaius: No, I don't.
      Merlin: Then what?
      Gaius: When Tom was arrested, they found gold on him.
      Merlin: So?
      Gaius: From what Gwen was saying, Tauren's experiment bears all the hallmarks of alchemy.
      Merlin: But alchemy's impossible. Isn't it?
      Gaius: To change the very nature of one thing to another has defeated all who have tried. But if you used magic...
      Merlin: Do you think that's what woke me?
      Gaius: It is possible, I suppose.

    • Gwen: He said Tauren came to him at the forge, offered to pay him a fortune for his help, not to make weapons, for an experiment or something.
      Merlin: What kind of experiment?
      Gwen: Tauren didn't say. But he used some kind of stone... some kind of magic.

    • (Gwen visits Tom in the dungeons)
      Tom: I didn't know Tauren was a sorcerer. I meant no harm, I swear.
      Gwen: Why didn't you tell me what was going on?
      Tom: I knew you wouldn't like it, Gwen. You're cautious. I didn't want to let an opportunity pass.
      Gwen: Opportunity? You call this an opportunity?
      Tom: I know. I've been a fool. I just wanted to make a better life for us. For you. I wanted to make you happy.
      Gwen: But I am happy! I don't need anything else. I have everything I want.
      Tom: And I've thrown it all away.

    • Morgana: Treason?
      Uther: Yes, Morgana. Treason. The blacksmith was consorting with a known enemy.
      Morgana: Enemy? What enemy?
      Arthur: Tauren. The leader of a band of renegade sorcerers sworn to bring down the King.
      Morgana: And where is this Tauren now?
      Arthur: He escaped.
      Morgana: Well, then. How can you be sure...
      Uther: Because Arthur saw him with his own eyes.
      Morgana: Even if the man is who you say he is, you can't sentence Tom to death for just being seen with him.
      Uther: We have reason to believe he was forging weapons for Tauren.
      Morgana: Rubbish! He would never do such a thing!
      Uther: Every man has a price.
      Arthur: (putting down a lump of gold) Found this on the blacksmith.
      Morgana: So he was paid. He's a blacksmith, he could've been paid for shoeing Tauren's horse!
      Uther: In gold?
      Morgana: This is madness. You condemn a man with no proof.
      Uther: I have enough proof!
      Morgana: Arthur, have you nothing to say?
      Arthur: Father, the blacksmith committed a crime but we don't know for certain he meant treason.
      Uther: No. You are right. Nothing's certain, save one thing. The law stands or this kingdom falls.
      Morgana: But the law must give him a fair trial.
      Uther: He'll get a fair trial, and he'll be found guilty, because that is what he is.
      Morgana: You execute Gwen's father and I will never forgive you. Never.

    • Gaius: Can't sleep?
      Merlin: Something woke me.
      Gaius: What?
      Merlin: I don't know. A feeling.
      Gaius: What kind of feeling?
      Merlin: Powerful magic. Here in Camelot. (Gwen enters the chamber in some distress) Gwen. What's wrong?
      Gwen: My father's been arrested.
      Merlin: Arrested? What for?
      Gwen: They say he was making weapons for a sorcerer. They're charging him with treason.

  • NOTES (7)

    • The dungeon where Morgana is kept is the same studio set that was dressed as the armoury in episode 1x08 The Beginning of the End.

    • Colin Morgan and Richard Wilson were pranked in the scene were Merlin almost walks into the broom cupboard. The show's prop master walked out of the closet fully naked, partially covering himself with a rope. The scene was shot on October 15th, 2008.

    • Inspired by Anthony Harvey's 1968 movie Lion in Winter, Anthony Head suggested to wear his cloak with the cowhide outside and the fur inside cause that way it would feel warmer. However, it turned out being really slippery pulling off his shoulders with every step and it also choked him.

    • Broadcasts:
      6 Dec 2008 at 19:25–20:10 on BBC One.
      4 Sep 2009 at 21:15–22:00 on BBC Three.

    • Filming locations:
      Château de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, Oise, France (Camelot).
      Cardiff, Wales, UK (Studio sets).

    • Also Known As:
      France: Le Complot, meaning 'The Conspiracy'.
      Germany: Tod dem König.
      Italy: Uccidere il Re.
      Poland: Zabić Króla.
      Portugal: Uma Morte Para O Rei, meaning 'A Death For The King'.
      Spain: Matar al Rey.
      The Netherlands: Aanslag op de Koning.
      Ukraine: Вбити короля.

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: July 19, 2009 (Channel 10).
      France: January 27, 2010 (V TV).
      Germany: December 19, 2009 (RTL).
      Italy: January 20, 2009 (Italia 1).
      Poland: May 23, 2009 (Polsat).
      Spain: August 7, 2009 (Neox).
      The Netherlands: June 13, 2009 (KRO).
      Turkey: November 22, 2009 (CNBC-e).
      Ukraine: July 11, 2009 (1+1).
      USA: August 23, 2009 (NBC).


    • Uther: When Gorlois died, I lost the truest friend I ever had.

      In Arthurian legend, Gorlois is the Duke of Cornwall and first husband of Ygraine, who later went on to marry Uther. In later versions of the myths, he is described as the father of various children, which include Morgan le Fay (which is another name for Morgana). In Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae, Gorlois and Uther are far from friends: they are sworn enemies as Uther wants Ygraine for himself.