This is going to be quick and dirty this week, friends. A bit overwhelmed with all the stuff I have to get done by…well, like, last week. o.O I’m sorry.
RECAP – So the village poor Gwen is staying in is attacked by mercenries. She’s captured, and things don’t look so well for her, especially when their leader Helios eyes her up.
Back in Camelot, Arthur has decided to strengthen his kingdom by marrying Princess Mithian. Merlin voices his objections, saying Arthur still loves Gwen. Arthur threatens to exile Merlin if he dare mention her again.
Greasy Agravaine is working to get the plans for the siege tunnels but to this point has failed. Doesn’t bod well because this makes Morgana unhappy, and I just wish she’d kill him already.
Gwen is being woed by Helios but they are interrupted by a guard who announced the Lady Morgana’s arrival. Gwen makes her exit before Morgana can see her, and we see that Morgana is working with Helios on whatever plan she has that involves the siege tunnels.
Greasy Agravaine gets the plans, and Morgana uses a spell to make a copy, so GA can return the original to Camelot so there is no suspicion. She brings the plans to Helios. Gwen eavesdrops on their conversation but is heard as she tries to sneak away. She escapes and runs. Morgana recognizes her dress and realizes who she is and sets off to find her former maid.
Princess Mithian has arrived and Merlin spends much of his time using magic to make Arthur look foolish – because in his mind Arthur is meant to be with Gwen and he’ll do anything to sabatoge things between Arthur and Mithian.
Morgana finds Gwen. There is taunting and a chase. Morgana eventually knocks Gwen out and puts her under an enchantment, which turns her former friend into a doe. Not so good when the king and his party are hunting not too far away. Sure enough she’s spotted and is shot. As everyone searches for the injured animal, Arthur finds the ring he gave Gwen (she’d been wearing it around her neck). Emotional, he calls off the hunt and they return to Camelot. Merlin returns that night looking for Gwen. He removes the arrow and heals her magically. When she wakes she tells him of Helios, Morgana and Greasy Agravaine. Merlin urges Gwen to return with him, but she refuses, unable to face Arthur after her betrayal.
Merlin tries to tell Arthur what is going on without giving away Gwen’s involvment. They go to where the siege plans are kept and of course they are still there. Arthur is pissed at Merlin’s accusations toward his uncle, and threatens him with exile again if he continues on this path.
Later when Merlin goes to Arthur’s room, Arthur is holding Gwen’s ring and asks how he can still love someone who betrayed him. Merlin gives him a little pep talk and encourages him to do what is right. The next morning, we see Arthur sending Mithian off, having given her kingdom all the disputed land between their kingdoms as a peace offering for not marrying her.
If I’d written this episode, I would have changed…What was the freaking point of enchanting Gwen to be a deer? It’s stupid. If Morgana truly saw her as a threat still, why not just kill her? It wasn’t as if it was guaranteed that Arthur and his hunting party would find and kill her. And, Arthur would have no clue it was her anyway, so again, what’s the point? It was a stupid plot device, IMO.
Thing(s) I loved about this episode—I love Mithian. LOVE her, and find her a better match for Arthur (an unpopular opinion, I know) I thought they had better chemistry. But it’s Arthur and Gwen…that’s the story. And I think the intent was to show that this woman who would be perfect for Arthur…still not enough to destroy that true love. But regardless, I love Mithian.
I love that she saw and understood immediately how important Merlin was to Arthur, how the king valued his opinion – and sought to improve Merlin’s opinion of her.
And just visually…my favorite shot of the episode…
Thing(s) I hated about this episode—Greasy Agravaine, always. Morgana’s stupidity (Damn you, writers! Quit screwing the women in this show!)
Something I never noticed about this episode before—Nothing here this week.
Proof of some head canon I’ve created—I know that Merlin is sabotaging things because he thinks Arthur and Gwen belong together, but I like to think it’s more than that. 🙂 That he and Gwen have an understanding when it comes to Arthur. LOL Mostly because I like jealous!Merlin.
Favorite costume—Mithian’s when she arrives
What would Bron steal from Camelot in this episode? Mithian’s necklaces…all of them.
What made Jen lose her shit (in a good or bad way) in this episode? Morgana’s continued incompetence? Or maybe that she forgot about Merlin Club this week. 🙂
Next week 1/19 at 8pm EST, we’ll be watching S04E12 & 13 “The Sword in the Stone”. NOTE: This is a 2-PART episode. We’ll start Part One at 8pm EST, take a short break then start Part Two at 9pm EST. We’ll be on Twitter with the hastag #MerlinClub