Last week’s Merlin ended on a dramatic high note as Morgana (Katie McGrath) finally learnt the truth – her mysterious nemesis Emrys is actually her former friend Merlin (Colin Morgan). Now fully in possession of the facts, the saucy sorceress is more ruthless than ever – she cruelly robs the powerful warlock Ari (Peter Guinness) of his magic and has a similar fate planned for Merlin?
Larks abound for the unwitting wizard and Arthur (Bradley James) – who banter and bicker over a game of dice – but it’s a safe bet that the jollity will be short-lived. That night, Morgana’s creature – a beast from the time of the Old Religion – strikes, in a sequence that’ll have the little ‘uns diving behind the sofa?
Merlin survives the attack, but his great gifts have vanished and he now has the joint threat of Morgana and Mordred (Alexander Vlahos) to contend with. Fans have waited a long time to see this particular villainous pairing in action and it’s been worth the wait – Katie McGrath and Alexander Vlahos have a wonderful chemistry.
Arthur’s knights have lurked in the background for much of this series, but with Camelot under siege from the terrible twosome, all the king’s men play a larger role this week, with Tom Hopper, Rupert Young and in particular Eion Macken getting more screen time.
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