T.V. Series Review: Merlin Season 5

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Merlin T.V Series Season 5 Summary

The fifth and final series of the British fantasy drama series Merlin began broadcasting on 6 October 2012 with the episode “Arthur’s Bane – Part 1” and ended on 24 December 2012 in the UK, with “The Diamond of the Day – Part 2”.

After three years of peace and harmony, Camelot’s future couldn’t appear brighter. But as Merlin helps King Arthur to bring the kingdom into a Golden Age, the seeds of Camelot’s destruction are being sown as the sorceress Morgana Pendragon resumes plotting Arthur’s downfall.

When an old face returns to the castle and gains a position amongst the king’s inner circle, Merlin must be on guard more than ever. For the new arrival is the sorcerer Mordred, the Druid boy whose destiny it is to end the King’s life and bring chaos to Camelot; after all, Merlin has been warned in the past that Mordred is destined to unite with the evil Morgana in a deadly alliance which will destroy Camelot. With the death song of King Uther haunting the castle, Morgana’s powers greater and more dangerous than ever and Guinevere crossing over to the dark side, both Merlin and Arthur find that their destinies are approaching. The battle for Camelot is headed for deadly conclusion and nothing will ever be the same again.

Season 5, Episode 1: Arthur’s Bane – Part 1

Camelot is three years into her Golden Age, but already the seeds of her destruction are being sown. After news that Sir Gwaine and a battalion of Camelot’s finest were lost in a patrol in the northern lands of Ismere, Camelot’s round table comes to the conclusion that Morgana is behind this. Arthur sets off on a perilous journey with Merlin and a handful of knights to rescue the men. On the way, Merlin is shown a frightening vision of Arthur’s death. Meanwhile, behind the walls of Camelot, Queen Guinevere must seek out a traitor who has put everyone’s lives at stake.

Season 5, Episode 2: Arthur’s Bane – Part 2

Merlin is troubled by Mordred’s reappearance, despite the kindness the latter shows to both Merlin and Arthur. After escaping from the Saxons, Merlin and Arthur continue their journey to Morgana’s tower in Ismere, while Mordred travels with the Saxons on the same path. In the tower, Arthur and Merlin disguise themselves as Saxons, but Arthur is intercepted by Morgana. Merlin attempts to save him but is incapacitated. Mordred ultimately saves Arthur in an unexpected turn of events. He is then knighted in Camelot, but Merlin is still wary of him.

Season 5, Episode 3: The Death Song of Uther Pendragon

When a stranger gives Arthur the power to summon the dead, the king finds himself torn between head and heart. Unable to resist temptation, he seizes the chance to speak to the person he misses most: his father, Uther. However, the spirit world is a dark and dangerous place; little does Arthur realise that his decision comes at a terrible price.

Season 5, Episode 4: Another’s Sorrow

With Princess Mithian as the perfect bait, Morgana conjures a deception so powerful that the whole of Camelot is taken in – even Merlin himself. As the storm clouds gather, will the young warlock see through the lies, or will Morgana at long last fulfil her dreams of revenge?

Season 5, Episode 5: The Disir

In the inky depths of an ancient pool, three soothsayers cast a dark judgment upon the king of Camelot. Despite Merlin’s warnings, headstrong Arthur refuses to take the words of the Disir seriously, and their fury rains down on Camelot. Only the greatest sacrifice can appease them, and with the kingdom in jeopardy, is it one that Arthur is prepared to make?

Season 5, Episode 6: The Dark Tower

When Gwen is snatched from Camelot without warning, Merlin knows there can be only one person responsible: Morgana. Arthur is determined to rescue his Queen, but it will not be easy; she is locked in the Dark Tower, a place that haunts the dreams of men. Arthur and his knights must embark on a quest like no other, battling through a landscape riddled with hidden dangers, perilous obstacles and magical beings.

Season 5, Episode 7: A Lesson in Vengeance

Darkness steals into the very heart of Camelot as Morgana and her puppet queen hatch a sinister plan to murder the king. When stable hand Tyr Seward becomes caught in the crossfire, he threatens to ruin everything. As the plot thickens and reaches its deadly climax, can a suspicious Merlin unravel the truth before it is too late?

Season 5, Episode 8: The Hollow Queen

When Merlin agrees to help a young Druid boy, Daegal, he has no choice but to leave Camelot on a dangerous mission. With the citadel distracted by the visit of the fearsome Sarrum of Amata, it seems that no one will notice his absence. As the sky darkens, so do Merlin’s suspicions – is there more to Daegal than meets the eye? Can a man as ruthless as the Sarrum ever really be trusted?

Season 5, Episode 9: With All My Heart

Merlin knows he must act fast before Morgana’s twisted control over Gwen gets further out of hand. Only the most powerful magic can save the queen and this will not be easy, even for Merlin. As the high priestess tightens her grip on Camelot, one thing is clear – she will not give up her puppet without a fight.

Season 5, Episode 10: The Kindness of the Strangers

Morgana leads a terrifying manhunt in pursuit her old foe Alator of the Catha, for she knows without doubt that he can tell her exactly where to find Emrys. Merlin’s life has never been in more danger, so when the mysterious Finna offers to help him, is he right to trust her? Will he find himself cornered with nowhere to run?

Season 5, Episode 11: The Drawing of the Dark

Mordred finds himself torn between loyalty and love, but little does he realise that the path he chooses will shape Camelot’s destiny. As the drums of war beat ever louder, a desperate Merlin feels trapped by the cruel circle of fate – is he powerless to stop his dreams of Albion from crumbling to dust?

Season 5, Episode 12: Diamond of the Day: Part 1

High in the mountains, Morgana prepares for war with a vengeful Mordred at her side. Merlin feels the weight of his destiny like never before as the ancient prophecies play out with terrifying accuracy. Yet before he can save Camelot, he must save himself.

Season 5, Episode 13: Diamond of the Day: Part 2

As the great battle rages on Camlann’s mighty plain, Merlin faces his moment of destiny. Can he find the strength to save the man he made a king, the Camelot they fought to build, and the brotherhood they shared?

Merlin T.V Series Season 5 Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I miss this show being on. I wish they would bring it back. It was fun and hit all the emotional buttons for me. It is also appropriate for children, so don’t feel if you watch it in front of your children. Heck, Matt used to watch it with me.

Singing off with this scene as it gets me everytime.

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