MERLIN CLUB: Arthur’s Bane Parts 1 & 2

Or The Beginning of Season 5 AKA The Beginning of the End

The guilt is strong in me this week, as I’m just going to do questions for this one. But I’m shoving that guilt aside because as soon as I wrap this post up, I’m going out to eat with my family to celebrate my son’s birthday. His 18th birthday. (The sobbing you hear? Definitely me.)

Technically his birthday is tomorrow (or today/Friday when this posts) but we’re celebrating tonight since he’s working all weekend. This is the boy who watched Merlin with me the first time around. Hell, he watches most of the shows I watch and is just as likely to yell at the screen at any given moment. 🙂 Love that kid sooo much. So the evening is going to be spent with him and the rest of the family. So no recap from me, because sleep needs to happen at some point, too. As does getting in some words. Really, need more hours in the day, or the ability to function without sleep. LOL

So here are my answers…

If I’d written this episode, I would have changed…I hate that we never see Sefa again. Her dad bites it, and she wanders off, never to be seen again. It’d have been nice to wrap that little thread up. I know it seems minor but when you look at this pattern…like what happened to poor love-spelled Vivian, or Elena whose nurse disappeared suddenly (really killed by Merlin but no one knows that), Isolde-less Tristan etc. There’s a pattern of things not being resolved with characters that have been brought in. 

Thing(s) I loved about this episode—At Annis’ place. I love Queen Annis, love banter/eye-sex between Merlin and Arthur, love Arthur’s face with Merlin can juggle exceptionally well (when he expected his manservant to be humiliated). 

I actually like Mordred, right now. I will have much to say with what happens in future. But I also understand Merlin’s fear and suspicion, as well. And I’ll be lying if I said I didn’t love tortured!Merlin – Colin Morgan plays that so well.

The scene between Merlin and Aithusa…omg, breaks my heart every time (which means I love it) Merlin looks so upset with what happened to Aithusa (and WTF, Kilgharrah? You promised to look after the wee dragon!) and then when the others are coming, it’s so clear Aithusa doesn’t want to leave Merlin, his Dragonlord, his kin.


Lots of Merlin by firelight

exploding ovaries

Thing(s) I hated about this episode—The Diamair. Not that what Morgana was looking for was a living being with a great burden of knowing all. I actually like this part. It was that it was an alien-looking, suppository-headed thing. 


They could have done better, IMO.

Something I never noticed about this episode before—Pointed out while we watched…how does Morgana know Aithusa’s name? Clearly she didn’t name the dragon herself because Aithusa is the name Merlin gave him at the hatching. We learn that Aithusa can’t speak like Kilgharrah can, so how does Morgana know? This is seriously going to bug me now. 

Proof of some head canon I’ve created—Nothing new here. Merthur moments, of course. 

Favorite costume—



What would Bron steal from Camelot beneath Morgana’s castle in this episode?

This pic is pulling double duty this week. Bron would totally take Gwaine home right now. Like, RIGHT NOW>

What made Jen lose her shit (in a good or bad way) in this episode? Good way? I know she loves Gwen in this episode – especially when dealing with Sefa when her traitorous actions are discovered. 

Bron’s Merlin Club: Arthur’s Bane Parts 1 & 2 Post
Jen’s Merlin Club: Arthur’s Bane Parts 1 & 2 Post

Next week 2/2 at 8pm EST, we’ll be watching S05E03 “The Death Song of Uther Pendragon”. We’ll be on Twitter with the hastag #MerlinClub

One Reply to “MERLIN CLUB: Arthur’s Bane Parts 1 & 2”

  1. OMG, that gif of Joey. So perfect. LOLOLOL!

    FWIW, Gwaine is the thing that would look best in my house. Just saying. I relinquish my claim on everything else – even Gwen’s cape-coat.

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