Tonight on the Syfy channel, was the conclusion of the two-part season finale of Merlin, titled “The Sword in the Stone” is just that, Arthur (Bradley James) finding Excalibur and becoming that which he is destined to become.
But first, he has to muster up through the tyranny, deceit and other factions of bad news that is at Morgana’s (the beautiful Katie McGrath) disposal. And at his side, is the much fabled Merlin, played by Colin Morgan.
Merlin and Arthur are on the run from their pursuers, and Merlin ends up summoning the dragon (John Hurt) for some assistance. Merlin is forced to kill Agravaine (Nathaniel Parker), and it seems to give Merlin pause for but a moment.
Morgana continues her holding onto Camelot, and while on the run, Arthur starts to doubt himself.
Merlin takes counsel from the dragon and gets an idea to help Arthur shake the doubt. He shows Arthur Excalibur, in the rock, telling him the history of how it got there. A story that Arthur never knew. And around the sword, were the citizens of Camelot, having found their way there.
At first Arthur could not pull the sword out and I started worrying we’d have another season of strife and doubt! But then he does it.
“Ya know, this thing’s not bad.” Arthur about Excalibur while storming the castle.
As the story goes, so too does our Syfy series, Merlin. King Arthur has his sword, reclaims Camelot and when all is said and done, marries Guinevere / Gwen (Angel Coulby).
The last minute of this season finale leaves me miffed… as a fan. We see Morgana, wounded, staggering through the forest and she finds herself what looks like a white baby dragon.
This. Cannot. Be. Good.
Reflection on the Season Finale
This season finale of Merlin as about as epic as the show has ever been. It brought to fruition almost everything we’ve been expecting from the series, as we’ve seen the ever youthful adventures of Merlin and King Arthur. And he has yet to tell Arthur about his magic. But we are right where this series feels like it belongs.
Is Merlin Returning to Syfy?
This was the finale for season four of Merlin. Last year we heard that the BBC had commissioned a fifth season of Merlin, but we had not heard from Syfy as to whether they have licensed the fifth season. As it stands, we just had a pretty decent wrap up to the series, in the wild and crazy event that Syfy does not renew. But I don’t see how it can’t.
But for now, as is Syfy’s practice, if they have licensed a fifth season, they’ll keep mum about it for as long as possible.
So we’ll have to wait and see, but seriously, I’d be surprised if we don’t get the fifth season of Merlin on Syfy.
[TV Series Finale says they’ve confirmed with a rep that Syfy will be airing season 5. ]