The ancient tomb of King Lothar, three leagues from Camelot's border, is the spot chosen by King Odin and Morgana to keep King Rodor and trap Arthur.
Goof: Despite having ridden since they left Camelot once Merlin is hurt and two groups are formed, they all carry on on foot for no reason even though time is of the essence.
Goof: Despite agreeing to doing her the kindness, Merlin hasn't filled up Mithian's skin at all when he puts the stopper on it.
Goof: Morgana leaves Camelot on a white horse. Later on she can be seen riding a grey one and then she rides a white one again.
Sir Percival (Tom Hopper) has no lines in this episode.
This is the second episode in which Percival carries a sick/wounded Merlin after episode 4x02 The Darkest Hour Part 2.
This episode marks the fifth time in which Gaius performs magic, the first time being in episode 1x04 The Poisoned Chalice when he prepared the morteaus flower to save Merlin's life, the second in episode 1x06 A Remedy to Cure All Ills when he tries to stop Edward Muirden from going on with his deadly plan (only that this time he didn't achieve to convey it well), the third time in episode episode 3x09 Love In The Time Of Dragons to destroy the Manticore's box, the fourth time in episode 3x13 The Coming of Arthur Part 2 when he uses a spell to blast Morgause and the fifth time in episode 4x07 The Secret Sharer when he puts a ring of fire out.
Goof: When Merlin and Arthur arrive at the stones of Nemeton, a pylon can be seen in the background behind Merlin.
The Stones of Nemeton, where Arthur summon the spirit of his father, bear a strong resemblance with Stonehenge where according to the legends Uther Pendragon was buried
Goof: Tomatoes can be seen at Arthur's banquet table, as part of his dinner later on the episode and scattered on the floor around an unconscious Gwen later in the episode. However, tomatoes were only known in Europe after Columbus brought them from America around 1498.
This episode marks the anniversary of Arthur's coronation and Uther's death.
Some lines from this episode:
Arthur: (To Merlin) If you were given the same chance to see your father, talk to him. Wouldn't you do the same?
Resemble a similar exchange between Arthur and Merlin from episode 2x08 The Sins Of The Father:
Arthur: If you were granted the opportunity, would you not want to meet your father?
Both episodes were written by Howard Overman.
Goof: Arthur is wearing his cloak while attending the Round Table meeting. However, it is nowhere to be seen when he's left the throne room.
Gaius does a very poor dressing (loose and badly wrapped) on Percival's wound for a Physician of his experience.
Goof: When Gwen is knocked unconscious by Uther's spirit she falls on her right side. However, when Merlin finds her, she is face down.
Goof: After drinking Gaius' potion, Arthur can be seen shoving the Horn of Cathbhadh in his belt twice.
Goof: If Uther has been able to see from the spirit world all that Arthur has been up to, he would surely have seen as well that Merlin has magic.
The Horn of Cathbhadh has the power to summon the spirits of the dead. When Uther attacked the Isle of the Blessed, it was smuggled to safety before the temple fell. Long before the time of the Great Purge, each year at Beltain the High Priestesses would gather at the Great Stones of Nemeton and summon the spirits of their ancestors. Gaius took part in such ceremonies.
The priestesses had to train for years to perform such rites as entering the spirits world is fraught with dangers. The one thing they were schooled never to do was to not look back at the spirit as the veil closed for that would release the spirit into this world.
The Horn of Cathbhadh must be used to reopen the veil between the worlds and force the spirit back into the spirit world. Only the person who summoned the spirit can force it back from this world.
Goof: The bread that Mordred eats and gives to Merlin is white bread. This is anachronistic, as only the highest nobility could have afforded white bread. Furthermore, it required milling and cooking skills that wouldn't be available to slave traders or commoners.
Gaius tells Gwen that 'there are those who believe that Arthur is destined to die by a Druid's hand' and Merlin tells Gaius that the Great Dragon said that 'Arthur would meet his end at the hands of a Druid'. However, both in episode 1x08 The Beginning Of The End and episode 2x11 The Witch's Quickening the Great Dragon made clear that he was talking about Mordred and not just any Druid.
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