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King Uther Pendragon
Voice of the Great Dragon
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.
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.
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?
Morgana: Are you saying you were wrong to have Tom killed?
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: 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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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: He attacked me. He threatened me. He was looking for some kind of 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?
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6 Dec 2008 at 19:25–20:10 on BBC One.
4 Sep 2009 at 21:15–22:00 on BBC Three.
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.
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.
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