When they camp for the night, Hunith says the girls shouldn’t be there, especially the Lady Morgana. She also makes Merlin promise not to reveal his magic. When he’s trying to sleep, Merlin hears a noise and goes to investigate, sword ready. Turns out to be Arthur. He’s come to help. (And Jess becomes an even bigger mess than before because….*whispers* Meeeeerthuuuuuur)
When they arrive in Ealdor, it’s to find Kanen and his men threatening the village again. They fight him off – or mostly Arthur does and he looks mighty fierce and fine doing it. Kane and his men leave, but not before Kanen spouting more threats. Arthur tries to talk to the villagers but Will, Merlin’s old friend, argues. He says they need to give Kanen what he wants. That fighting will get them all killed. The villagers – beginning with Hunith – say they’ll follow Arthur against Kanen. Merlin tries to talk to Will, but his friend thinks Arthur is here just for the glory. Merlin argues that Arthur is his friend, but Will asks if Arthur knows about Merlin’s magic. He says if he was a real friend,
Merlin would tell him.
The next morning Hunith tells Merlin that she can tell Arthur truely likes him.
|MAMA SHIPS IT!|
Merlin laughs this off, saying if Arthur knew about his magic, Merlin would be dead. Merlin goes to gather wood and is confront by Will. His friend tries to convinces him to use magic to defeat Kanen and his men. When Merlin refuses, Will is angry because he feels Merlin is putting Arthur before his family and friends.
Merlin explains to Arthur that Will’s distrust for nobility comes from his father being killed while being in the service of the king. Arthur is afraid will is right – that everyone will die. Merlin – King of the Pep Talk – convinces him that he has to have faith. That and his training will give the villagers the strength to win.
Gwen argues with Arthur when he tells the women to leave the village before Kanen arrives. Finally he agrees that htey have just as much right to fight for their home as the men do. He gives quite the speech and pumps everyone up.
Hunith tells Merlin she’s afraid of Arthur discovering his magic. Merlin tells her that if Arthur is a true friend, he will accept Merlin no matter what. As they ready for battle, Merlin nearly tells Arthur the truth, but is interrupted by Morgana telling them Kanen and his men have crossed the river. We see them arrive to a seemingly empty village, but they are suddenly trappped by fire and barriers yanked up by villagers, who then come out to fight. Merlin nearly gets hurt but is saved by Will. As it looks like the battle is lost, Merlin uses magic to create a whirlwind which sends Kanen’s men running.
Kanen, though, stays, calling Arthur out specifically. They fight and Arthur ends up running him through. Arthur then demands to know who conjured the whirlwind, saying he knows magic when he sees it. (Really, Arthur, really?) A dying Kanen, not completely down, tries to fire a crossbow at Arthur. Will pushes him out of the way and ends up taking the arrow himself. He’s brought to Merlin’s home where he says he is the sorcerer and he conjured the whirlwind. Arthur leaves the friends alone. Will says now Merlin has the chance to to be a servant to a great king.
He dies and Merlin cries (which makes ME cry, dammit). As Will’s body burns on a pyre, Arthur asks if that’s what Merlin was trying to tell him before the battle – that Will was a sorcerer. Merlin says yes, that’s what it was. Arthur is upset that Merlin didn’t warn him before because he knows how dangerous magic is.
She says that some day, when the time is right, the truth will be known but until then it’s better for everyone that he keep his magic a secret.
If I’d written this episode, I’d have changed…Not much to be honest. I loved this episode. I guess I wouldn’t have had Will die. More on that a couple questions from now… 🙂
The thing I loved about this episode: Um, the Merthurness of it! After the last couple episodes that were sorely lacking, this episode….well, it gave me everything I need. I have nothing else I can say. You all know me. I hardcore ship Merthur. So this episode….
The thing I hated about this episode: That Will died. I thought the relationship between him and Merlin was awesome and there was a lot of ways the writers could have gone with this, but perhaps they thought it would detract from the developing relastionship between Arthur and Merlin? I just hate that Merlin had to lose someone so close. 🙁 And it made me cry.
Something I never noticed about this episode before: Okay, confession time. I’ve watched this episode a lot. I can’t even tell you how many times. So there really isn’t anything new, I guess. I tried to claim on Monday that I never noticed how sexy Colin Morgan looked all windswept, but Jen totally called me out on that one. 🙂
But despite that I’ll claim it again. If only to be able to gaze at this picture again. Here you go, friends. After the whirlwind, windswept Merlin.
Favorite Costume: While I do NOT like the necklace, the rest of this…lovely.
What would Bronwyn steal from Camelot Ealdor in this episode? There wasn’t much to chose from was there. I guess I’d have to use the same answer twice…Morgana’s costume above.
What made Jen loser her shit (in a good or bad way) in this episode? Oh I don’t know. This is my hard question of the week… How utterly bored Uther looked while Hunith was begging for help? How long it took Will to die, longer than Alan Rickman in Prince of Theives, I believe she said….
Bron’s Merlin Club: The Moment of Truth Post
Jen’s Merlin Club: The Moment of Truth Post
Until the next episode – The Labyrinth of Gedref – which we’ll be watching Monday, 3/31, at 8pm EST. We’ll be on Twitter with the hashtag #MerlinClub