Season 5 Episode 9

With All My Heart

Aired Unknown Dec 01, 2012 on BBC
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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.


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  • Great episode

    Sorry for my English, I am not a native speaker.

    This episode was great.

    For the first time, Merlin dares to inform Arthur that some noble relative is betraying him (no less than his wife). This shows how much their relationship has evolved. Arthur was suffering so much when he was with Gwen, pretending that everything was fine!

    I loved the scene with the creepy witch. Merlin showing who is the boss!

    It was plenty of funny moments, too. However, I think the old-woman-Merlin was a little bit too comical and it made difficult to believe that Merlin was casting an extenuating spell or that Gwen was in great danger. Maybe this was a good occasion for Merlin to reveal his powers to Arthur. By the way, Mordred's face when he sees Merlin turned into an old woman was priceless.

    Last episode, I asked myself if there were any other gods (other than the vengeful Triple Goddess). I am glad to see that there is a White Goddess who seems to be kind, since she appears as a beautiful healing light.

    I wonder why Aithusa looks so sick and why he can't speak. I know that he was trapped, but he already looked sick before. Maybe Morgana doesn't know how to take care of a baby dragon, despite how much she loves him.

    Many questions and few episodes left. I am crying; I don't want Merlin to end!!!

  • lady morgana

    i know this show is old im on season 3 and sick of her i am finished should be killed off
  • wow wow wow

    this is amazing when gwen is enchartened
  • nice episode

    what?! season 5 is the last? it's not satisfying. by the way i saw some ant(?) crawling on mordred's coat while he was talking to arthur by the window lol.
  • With All My Heart

    With All My Heart was a spectacular and amazing episode of Merlin. I really enjoyed watching because the story was engaging, intriguing and full of suspense and surprise. The characters were awesome and it was great to see Merlin, Gaius and Arthur try to help Gwen. The Dochraid was an interesting being and it was awesome watching her in action. Morgana tried to foil their plans and her dragon helped but Merlin drove it away eventually as a Dragon Lord. I wonder why her Dragon looks so scrawny and sickly and I feel bad for the creature. I loved how every thing played out and it was awesome for Arthur to save his Queen using magic. I liked how Mordrid revealed his true nature to Merlin. The ending was awesome and I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
Maureen Carr

Maureen Carr

The Dochraid

Guest Star

John Hurt

John Hurt

Voice of the Great Dragon

Recurring Role

Rupert Young

Rupert Young

Sir Leon

Recurring Role

Eoin Macken

Eoin Macken

Sir Gwaine

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (53)

    • (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.
      Arthur: Mordred?
      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...
      Arthur: Sorry?
      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?

    • Merlin: Arthur?
      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.
      Arthur: Merlin?
      (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.
      Mordred: Never.
      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?
      Mordred: 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!
      Dolma: 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. 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?
      Gwen: Arthur!
      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.
      Merlin: Yes.
      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.

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