Merlin is certain that acting quickly is of the essence to free Gwen from Morgana's twisted control before it gets irremediably out of hand.
However, it won't be an easy task even for someone as powerful as Merlin since only the most powerful magic can save the Queen.
With her grip on Camelot becoming tighter with every passing day, Morgana won't give up her puppet without a fight.moreless
Voice of the Great Dragon
Goof: Tomatoes can be seen on Arthur's table twice. However, tomatoes were only known in Europe after Columbus brought them from America around 1498.
Goof: The number of bags that Merlin carries shifts from 4 to 5 between takes.
Goof: When Arthur falls down the cliff, the rocks falling after him are very bouncy.
Goof: Arthur and Gwen are perfectly dry right after coming out of the lake.
Goof: Mordred is standing close to Merlin when Gwen walks between both to get inside the lake. However, when Gwen progresses into the lake, Mordred is standing noticeably further apart.
This episode marks the 4th appearance of Excalibur. It was first seen in episode 1x09 Excalibur, then in episode 3x13 The Coming Of Arthur, Part 2 and in episode 4x13 The Sword In The Stone, Part 2. The sword has not been referred to as 'Excalibur' in either.
The episode title, as evidenced by Arthur:
Arthur: Do you remember when I asked you to marry me? Do you remember what you said? You said: 'with all my heart'. That's what you said, Guinevere.
It is a reference to the words that Gwen said to Arthur when he asked her to marry him in episode 4x13 The Sword In The Stone, Part 2:
Arthur: Will you marry me?
Gwen: Yes! Yes, with all my heart!
The Dochraid is a creature of the earth and can't be harmed by regular weapons but Excalibur can. Her blood is green.
Gwen is under the influence of an ancient ritual of the Old Religion called the Teine Diaga, meaning The Sacred Fire. The ritual used the Mandrake Root to bring unimaginable terror to the victim to a point where their screams could be heard 20 leagues away. When it was finally over, their will was no longer their own and they were slaves of the high priestesses for eternity. The details of the ritual were revealed only to a handful of female initiates. Two of the people who truly know the old ways are Morgana Pendragon and the Dochraid.
The Teine Diaga has consumed Gwen's spirit, bound by the Silver Wheel for all eternity. Her body is nothing but an empty vessel filled by the will of another. Only the greatest of sorcerers could attempt to break the spell. That can only be done at the Cauldron of Arianrhod where the White Goddess is to be summoned. Gwen must them enter the cauldron because its waters hold the Goddess's power and only their touch can heal her. But Gwen must enter the water willingly. If she is tricked, forced or beguiled she will fall into the abyss and be lost forever. Once in the water, all the magic that binds her will fight back. Arthur must the one part of Gwen that has remained untouched by the evil of Morgana and that remains true: her love for him.
The banners in the Cauldron of Arianrhod mark the way for pilgrim as it is a sacred site for those who follow the Old Religion.
A spider can be seen crawling across Mordred's cloak in the scene where he talks to Arthur by the window.
Goof: Gwen's dress sleeve is already dripping wet before getting in the water.
(Percival has surprised Gwen sneaking out of the castle)
Sir Percival: It's dangerous to be out at such an hour.
Gwen: I'm grateful you're so scrupulous in your duties.
Sir Percival: It's not where I thought to find you, Your Highness.
Gwen: One doesn't always wish to be Your Highness, Percival. I miss the old town. Its streets, its people. So I go back sometimes.
Sir Percival: Is that wise?
Gwen: People only see a queen when they expect to.
Sir Percival: All the same...
Gwen: And it reminds me of Elyan. And I need that sometimes.
Sir Percival: Of course. I understand.
Gwen: I'm not sure Arthur would.
Sir Percival: I won't mention it.
(After witnessing Gwen committing treason)
Arthur: How could she do this?
Merlin: She is not the Gwen you love. She has fallen prey to a dark and powerful magic.
Arthur: If I lose her, I lose everything.
Merlin: We'll find a way to bring her back, Arthur. I promise.
Gwen: Arthur, is everything all right?
Arthur: What do you mean?
Gwen: You seem distracted.
Arthur: Not at all. Pressing matters of state, that's all. I'm sorry.
Gwen: I understand. Is there anything I can help you with?
Arthur: Won't be necessary.
Arthur: This is the new route to collect the levy. Commit it to memory.
Mordred: My lord?
Arthur: Tell no one of the change of plans until the patrol is on its way, is that understood?
Sir Leon: Sire.
Mordred: Of course. But may I ask why we're changing the route, my lord? This is another day's ride.
Arthur: I can't tell you that. I just ask you trust me.
Merlin: Why did I promise to help Gwen? I have no idea what to do. Is there really no remedy?
Gaius: If Gwen has suffered what I suspect, then no, I fear not.
The Dochraid: Who dares enter the sacred cave?
Old Merlin: I come to petition the Dochraid.
The Dochraid: Give me your hand! (Sniffs Old Merlin's hand) I smell the stench of enmity.
Old Merlin: I come in peace, in friendship.
The Dochraid: You are no friend of the Old Religion, no friend of Morgana Pendragon.
The Dochraid: You dare challenge me, the ancient Dochraid? You, a puny sorcerer!
Old Merlin: And yet I will have what I came for.
The Dochraid: I am a creature of the earth, you cannot kill me.
Old Merlin: (Taking Excalibur out) This sword was forged in a dragon's breath and it will do my bidding.
The Dochraid: (About Gwen) Her body is nothing but an empty vessel, filled by the will of another.
Old Merlin: Morgana.
The Dochraid: Once she has served her purpose, then that too will be cast away.
Mordred: Sire? Is all well?
Arthur: Yes, thank you.
Mordred: If there's anything I can do...
Mordred: I just wanted you to know I'm always at your service.
Arthur: I never doubted it, Mordred.
Merlin: There are too many things to go wrong, and summoning the White Goddess, that may be beyond me.
Gaius: I think not. Merlin, the only person who ever doubts your powers is you.
Merlin: We need to get Gwen to the cauldron in the first place and she's hardly likely to go willingly.
Gaius: I have already thought of that (Hands him a small bottle).
Merlin: Tincture of Belladonna?
Gaius: All that studying has paid off.
Merlin: It's a powerful and dangerous drug, Gaius.
Gaius: More dangerous than a traitor in the heart of Camelot?
Gaius: Only he can reach the part of Gwen that remains true.
Merlin: It won't work.
Gaius: You underestimate the power of love, Merlin.
Arthur: Any mishap, any unexpected circumstances and...
Gaius: There is no reason to suspect that all will not go well. My lord, if we do nothing, Gwen is already taken from you.
(Merlin nods and Arthur agrees)
Gaius: Sorcery has to be fought with sorcery.
Arthur: I'd be breaking my own decrees.
Gaius: To save your queen. To save your wife.
Arthur: Very well.
Arthur: There'll be a sorcerer, can he be trusted?
Gaius: Upon my life.
Arthur: You assured me so once before, Gaius, then my father died in the hands of such a man.
Gaius: This sorcerer will be entirely different.
Arthur: How can you be sure?
Gaius: Because, Sire, this time I have chosen... (Looks at Merlin briefly)... a woman.
Gwen: I'm your wife, Arthur! I wouldn't see you hurt for the world. Now, tell me: what's troubling you?
Arthur: I love you, Guinevere, more than you can imagine. There isn't anything I would not do for you (Hugs her tightly)
Merlin: (Putting an old dress on top of his clothes) What do you think?
Gaius: Ah. It quite suits you, actually!
Merlin: (Laughs) Thanks.
Gaius: You're forgetting one thing.
Merlin: You think it needs a belt?
Merlin: Do you really think we can succeed, Gaius?
Gaius: We must.
Arthur: (Trying to make Gwen have a drink) A toast.
Gwen: My lord?
Arthur: A toast to... a toast to the Queen.
Gwen: Me? What have I done?
(Arthur, Gaius and Merlin laugh nervously)
Gaius: Just been yourself, Your Highness.
Gwen: You are very kind, Gaius.
Arthur: You're sure this is safe, Gaius?
Gaius: I would stake my life on it, Sire.
Arthur: You may have to.
Arthur: (After seeing the wheelbarrow Gwen is gonna be carried in) She's still a Queen!
Merlin: It was the best I could do.
Arthur: (About their plan to sneak Gwen out the castle) Gaius, you're sure this is going to work?
Gaius: You'd be amazed how much licence old age lends you, Sire.
Arthur: (About Gwen) Merlin, if you drop her...
Merlin: I know, I lose my head.
Arthur: Just so we're clear.
Gaius: Are you all right?
Merlin: (Carrying Gwen in a wheelbarrow) She's a lot heavier than she looks.
Gaius: That may very well be grounds for treason.
Arthur: (About Gwen) She looks so innocent. So perfect.
Gaius: She still is, Sire. The only evil in her is Morgana's.
Merlin: The sorceress lives at the westernmost peak.
Arthur: That would be the highest? It always is, isn't it?
Merlin: Wait. We're being watched.
Arthur: One of your funny feelings again?
Merlin: What about the supplies?
Arthur: You'll manage.
Merlin: I can't take it all.
Arthur: I'll be carrying Guinevere.
Merlin: She's half the weight of that lot.
Arthur: Are you suggesting that I risk the safety of the Queen and carry even more?
Merlin: I could take her.
Arthur: She's my wife.
Merlin: I'd be careful.
Arthur: And you're the servant.
Arthur: These funny feelings of yours...
Merlin: They're not funny.
Arthur: Stupid then. Where do they come from, you think?
Arthur: Don't tell me you've gone into a sulk.
Merlin: I'm not sulking! I'm carrying a load even a horse would struggle under.
Arthur: Do you good.
Merlin: How come it wouldn't do you good?
Arthur: I'm already good.
Mordred: It doesn't seem possible. The Queen has the sweetest of natures.
Arthur: It was never her. Just Morgana. I'm sorry I didn't confide in you.
Mordred: It's best you didn't. If I hadn't had my suspicions, I wouldn't have followed you. Merlin acting strangely...
Arthur: Is that so unusual?
Arthur: (To Mordred) Without you, I fear I would have lost my arm at the very least.
Merlin: I would have woken.
Arthur: Merlin, if I had to rely on your timekeeping, I'd have lost both my arms and my legs to boot.
Arthur: (About Mordred) It's good to have you with us, three is always better than two, isn't that right, Merlin?
Merlin: Of course.
Mordred: You don't trust me, do you, Merlin?
Merlin: I believe you to be a... fine knight.
Mordred: But not one to be trusted. It's all right, I know you have the King's best interests at heart. I only wish you believed that I do, too. One day, I shall prove my loyalty, to you and to the King. Then I hope we may be friends.
Merlin: I could wish for nothing more.
Arthur: What's the meaning of these banners?
Merlin: It marks the way for pilgrims. This is a sacred site for those who follow the Old Religion.
Arthur: How do you know such things?
(Merlin and Mordred exchange a look)
Merlin: Gaius told me.
Arthur: Where's Mordred?
(Merlin shakes his head and Arthur starts to go back)
Merlin: No, Arthur.
Arthur: I won't leave a knight behind.
Merlin: I saw Morgana. Mordred's given us a chance, we can't throw it away.
Mordred: Why don't you kill me?
Morgana: My argument's not with you, Mordred. How could it be? We're of a kind.
Morgana: You wear your uniform well, but we both know what lies beneath. Do you think Arthur would tolerate you for one minute if he knew the truth? One of his knights a sorcerer?
Mordred: One day he will know. One day we will be accepted.
Morgana: Your naivety would be charming if it wasn't so dangerous.
Morgana: Where's Emrys?
Morgana: You pretend you do not know of whom I speak?
Mordred: It is a name I've only heard of.
Morgana: He's not here? With you?
Mordred: If he was, would we not both feel the presence of such a great sorcerer?
Morgana: Then I have no further use for you.
Mordred: You would strike one of your own? I am not strong enough to defeat you, Morgana, but know this: such hatred as yours can never triumph. I hope one day you will find the love and compassion which used to fill your heart.
Arthur: Where's the sorceress?
Merlin: Gaius says she is a recluse, she shuns the company of men.
Arthur: She's going to have to make an exception.
Merlin: The sorceress, she likes to be paid in clothes. She can't get to a tailor.
Arthur: Why would a recluse be interested in clothes?
Merlin: I don't know, Arthur. She's sorceress, she's not going to be normal, is she?
Arthur: (As he is about to try and lift the enchantment off Gwen) Not long now, my love.
Arthur: How did you escape Morgana?
Mordred: Even she is no match for a Knight of the Round Table!
Arthur: Seriously, Mordred.
Arthur: Are you the Dolma, ancient sorceress of the Cauldron of Arianrhod?
Dolma: Who else would I be?
Arthur: Does she look familiar to you?
Mordred: There is something...
Arthur: What have you done with my servant?
Dolma: Oh, the gangly boy?
Dolma: Great king, the magic which has ensnared your queen is strong indeed. It can be fought, it can be broken but it may also prevail. Do you understand this?
Arthur: I do.
Dolma: What we attempt will not be easy. If we fail, your queen will be lost forever.
Dolma: You must reach her, Arthur. Reach that part of your queen which has remained untouched by the evil of Morgana.
Arthur: Is there such a part?
Dolma: You must believe there is.
Gwen: Get away from me!
Arthur: My Guinevere...
Gwen: Your Guinevere? You stupid, foolish man!. I was never yours and never will be!
Dolma: You must reach her, Arthur, reach out or all is lost.
Gwen: Who's this old crone?
Arthur: You loved me once.
Gwen: You are easily fooled, Arthur.
Arthur: And still do.
Gwen: It was a trick, nothing more. A subterfuge to pass Camelot to its rightful Queen.
Arthur: Look at me. Tell me you don't love me.
Gwen: Let me go!
Arthur: Do you remember when I asked you to marry me? Do you remember what you said? You said: with all my heart. That's what you said, Guinevere. That was no subterfuge. No trickery. With all my heart. With all my heart.
Gwen: With all my heart.
Arthur: (To Dolma) I owe you a great debt. We both do. If there's ever anything I can
do in return, perhaps a new dress?
Arthur: (To Gwen) She likes clothes.
Dolma: Remember what saved your queen. Magic and sorcery.
Arthur: It was also sorcery that bewitched her.
Dolma: There is no evil in sorcery, only in the hearts of men. My request is that you remember this.
Arthur: You have my word.
Dolma: Aren't you forgetting something?
Arthur: I don't think so.
Dolma: (About Merlin) The boy?
Arthur: Ah. Ah. Of course. I thought everything had gone unusually smoothly.
Dolma: That boy was your surety, great King! Without him, your queen would still be lost.
Arthur: I'm not sure that's quite true...
Dolma: And I say it is! You owe him a greater debt than you can possibly know.
Arthur: Right. Um, I'm sorry. I'll give him the afternoon off.
Dolma: One day, great King, you will recognise the true worth of those that surround you.
Mordred: Arthur's a lucky man.
Mordred: Not just to have Gwen. To have you.
Merlin: He'd find someone else to do his chores soon enough.
Mordred: It was hardly a chore. That was your magic back there, wasn't it? Have no fear. I will not divulge your secret. I admire you. It can't be easy to do so much for so little reward.
Merlin: I do not seek reward.
Mordred: Recognition then.
Merlin: My friends are safe and well, that's all I require.
Mordred: You see, Merlin, we do have something in common, after all. The future of Camelot.
Also Known As:
Germany: Von Ganzem Herzen.
Poland: Z caÅego serca.
Portugal: Com Todo o Meu Coração.
The initial scene where Arthur and Merlin spy Gwen and Morgana's meeting and the scene where Merlin carts Gwen through the woods were day for night scenes (scenes filmed with daylight and edited into night scenes).
According to Alexander Vlahos he was always the one getting more insects in his hair every time he was filming with the knights in the woods.
The armoury set in this episode is the one used to film the Dark Tower in episode 5x06 The Dark Tower and the cells.
This episode was the one that Angel Coulby enjoyed the least filming because she was mostly a dead weight being carried over which she found very uncomfortable. A dummy was used in some of the scenes which head kept falling off.
The camp scene involving Arthur, Merlin, Mordred and Gwen was filmed in a studio set.
Colin Morgan had to reshoot the first Dolma scene by himself to comedy it up a bit more.
The scenes involving Dolma were Alexander Vlahos' hardest scenes with no lines to film because he found it extremely hard to hold his laughter.
Since they were filming under windy conditions when the Dolma kneels down by Gwen's side to perform the enchantment Colin Morgan's wig hair kept coming across his face and several retakes were needed.
Gwen's dress sleeve is already dripping wet before getting in the water as the second take was the one that got to stay in the final cut.
The last scene of the episode was filmed in the UK with a map painting of Pierrefonds castle in the background.
Colin Morgan was helped by a good friend who is a voice coach to work on Dolma's voice.
According to Colin Morgan, being transformed into Dolma took some 4 hours of prosthetics and make up. It's actually the same prosthetics used for Emrys just without the beard and moustache, but the makeup work is what made it look completely different.
For the actor prosthetics are fun for the first half of the day but then it gets hot and a bit uncomfortable and prevents him from eating, let alone laughing. It is a strange but enjoyable thing to do.
Trefil Quarry is Alice Troughton's favourite filming location.
The Great Dragon does not appear in this episode, but John Hurt is credited for the voice-over at the beginning of it.
Dolma's was Colin Morgan's favorite costume this series. All is hand sewed and it consists of a petticoat, a dress, a little cape, a little head scarf, a strapped on hump, a bean bag padded bra and bum padding.
This episode was Angel Coulby 's worst filming experience in Merlin. To film the lake scene they had to climb up to it (Trefil Quarry, 400m above sea level) under horrible weather conditions (rain and cold) even though it was late August and remain on location for hours during a whole week. She (and Bradley James) had to remain submerged waist deep in the lake, freezing, while the camera crew stood on the banks and discussed the best approach to film the scene. Even though they were given wetsuits, the water immediately seeped into them so when she came out of the lake she couldn't feel her body.
According to Colin Morgan, filming the lake scene will go on record as everyone's least favourite day. He didn't have to go into the lake but he was soaked to the skin and freezing all the same.
1 December 2012 at 20:00-20:45 on BBC One.
7 December 2012 at 19:00-19:45 on BBC Three.
-Château de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, Oise, France (Camelot).
-Cardiff, Wales, UK (Studio sets).
-Puzzlewood, Forest of Dean, Coleford, Gloucestershire (Morgana and Aithusa's hiding place).
-Forest of Compiegne, Oise, France (Forest scenes).
-Trefil Quarry, Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, Brecon Beacons, Wales, UK (Cauldron of Arianrhod).
International Air Dates:
Australia: December 2, 2012 on Channel 10.
Canada: March 2nd, 2013 on Space.
USA: May 3, 2013 on Syfy.
Turkey: April 7, 2013 on CNBC-e.
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