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: Why, they might even make a motion picture about you. Arthur
: Motion picture? Merlin
: Oh. Heh-heh-heh, uh, well, uh, that's something like television... heh-heh... without commercials.
: [to the sugar pot
] Impudent piece of crockery.
: Blow me to Bermuda!
[Merlin suddenly blasts off like a rocket
: Where... W-where did he go? Archimedes the Owl
: To Bermuda, I suppose. Arthur
: Where's that? Archimedes the Owl
: Oh, an island way off somewhere that hasn't been discovered yet. Arthur
: Will he ever come back? Archimedes the Owl
: Who knows? Who knows anything?
[preparing for the Wizards' Duel
] Madame Mim
: Now, first of all, if you don't mind, I'll make the rules. Archimedes the Owl
: Rules indeed! G'ha-ha-ha! Why, she only wants rules so she can break 'em. Madame Mim
: I'll take care of you later, feather-brain.
[Archimedes huffs indignantly
] Madame Mim
: Now, Rule One: No mineral or vegetable, only animals. Rule Two: No make-believe things like, uh, oh, pink dragons and stuff. Now, Rule Three: No disappearing.
[pinches Merlin playfully on the nose
: Rule Four: No cheating.
: Now, now, Mim, Mim, no... no dragons, remember? Madame Mim
: Did I say no purple dragons? Did I?
: I have come to educate the Wart. Sir Ector
: Oh, no, you don't. I'm running this place, and if you think you're gonna fiddle with my schedule, you'd better pack up your bag of tricks and be gone!
[Merlin promptly disappears
] Sir Ector
: What? Well, by Jove! Hey, he's gone. Kay
: Hm? Good riddance. Merlin
: [disembodied voice
] I'm gone, but then, I'm not gone. Heh-heh-heh. So if I do leave, you can never be sure that I am gone, can you? Sir Ector
: Well, uh... heh-heh-heh-heh... Well, I must say, you... got me there, Marvin. Uh, heh. Yes, well, you win. You're welcome to stay if you like. Merlin
: [appearing suddenly
] Thank you. You're very kind. Very generous, I must say.
: I, uh, I hope you don't go in for any of that black magic. Merlin
: Oh, no, no, no, no. Never touch the stuff.
: It's not a mere matter of muscle, son. Uh, jousting is, uh... a fine skill. It-it's a highly-developed science. Merlin
: Oh-ho-ho-ho. Science indeed. One dummy trying to knock off another dummy with a bit of a stick. Archimedes the Owl
: And the Wart's just as hot for it as the rest of them. Merlin
: Aye, that he is. That boy has got real spark. Lots of spirit. Throws himself heart and soul into everything he does. That's really worth something, if it could only be turned in the right direction. Archimedes the Owl
: Ha ha! Fat chance of that. Merlin
: Oh, I plan to cheat, of course. Use magic. Every last trick in the trade if I have to.
: [about Archimedes
] When he stays out all night, he's always grumpy the next morning. Arthur
: Then he must stay out every night.
: Merlin! Merlin, I-I swallowed a bug! Merlin
: Oh, well, what's wrong with that? After all, my boy, you ARE a fish. Instinct, you know. Arthur
: But you said I have no instinct. Merlin
: Yes! Oh... oh, I did? Well that's-that's neither here nor there.
: Madam, I have not disappeared. I'm very tiny. I am a germ. A rare disease. I am called malignalitaloptereosis... and you caught me, Mim! Madame Mim
: Oh, it's not too serious, madam. You should recover in a few weeks and be as good, uh... he-he-he, I mean, as BAD as ever; but, uh, I would suggest plenty of rest, and lots and lots of sunshine. Madame Mim
: I hate sunshine! I hate horrible, wholesome sunshine! I hate it! I hate it! I hate, hate, hate, HAAATE...!
: Now, Archimedes. Why would you half-drown yourself for a tidbit of fish, eh?, and after such a big breakfast? Archimedes the Owl
: [wringing himself dry
] Pinfeathers and...
[puffs up suddenly
] Archimedes the Owl
: ...golly fluff!
: Oh, Merlin! You're back from Ber... Ber... Ber... Merlin
: Bermuda? Yes, back from Bermuda and the 20th century, heh-heh. And, believe me, you can have it. One big modern mess!
: [covering Sir Ector with magical indoor snow
] That is what I call a "wizard blizzard". Sir Ector
] Hey, Kay. Hey, would you look at this? An indoor blizzard! And in the month of July! Kay
: So what?
: [teaching Arthur to swim as a fish
] Now, there are lots of ups and downs like, like a... like a helicopter. Arthur
] Helicopter? Merlin
: Yes, y... oh. Well, no, never mind.
: Don't take gravity too lightly or it'll catch up with you. Arthur
: What's gravity? Merlin
: Gravity is what causes you to fall. Arthur
: Oh, like a stumble or... or a trip? Merlin
: Yes, it's like a stumble or a... No, no, no, no, no. It's the force that pulls you downward, the... the phenomenon that any two material particles or bodies, if free to move, will be accelerated toward each other.
: There! You see? I'm an ugly, horrible, grouchy old man!
Archimedes the Owl
: If the boy goes about saying the world is round, they'll take him for a lunatic. Arthur
: The world is round? Merlin
: Yes. Yes, that's right, and it also, uh, goes A-round. Arthur
: You mean it'll be round SOMEDAY. Merlin
: No, no, no, it's round now. Man will discover this in centuries to come. And he will also find that the world is merely a tiny speck in the universe. Arthur
: Universe? Archimedes the Owl
: Ah! You're only confusing the boy. Before you're through, he'll be so mixed up, he'll... he'll be wearing his shoes on his head!
[Merlin magics the dishes to wash themselves
: But I'm supposed to do it. Merlin
: No one will know the difference, son. Who cares as long as the work gets done?
: I'm in an awful pickle. I'm king! Archimedes the Owl
: Ooo, he pulled a sword from the stone. Merlin
: Ha ha! Of course, of course. King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Arthur
: Round table? Merlin
: Oh, uh, w-would you rather have a square one? Arthur
: Oh, no. Round will be fine.
: You mean you can see everything before it happens? Merlin
: Yes, everything! Archimedes the Owl
: Uh-uh-uh-uh! "Everything," Merlin? Merlin
: Uh, vuh... No, no, not EVERYTHING. I, uh, I admit I didn't know whom to expect for tea, but as you can see... heh-heh!...
[points with his staff to the hole in the roof where Arthur fell through
: ...I figured the exact place!
: Don't... don't you get any foolish ideas that magic will solve all your problems, because it won't. Arthur
: But sir, I don't have any problems. Merlin
: Oh, bah! Everybody's got problems. The world is full of problems.
[gets his beard caught in the door
: D'oof! Oh, blast it all! There, now! You see what I mean?
: So you must plan for the future, boy! You've got to find a direction! And you've, uh... oh, er... Now, by the by, what direction is this castle of yours? Arthur
: I think it's north, the other way. Merlin
: Oh, oh...
: All right, then we better get a move on. Come on, lad. Pick up the pace. Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
: Archimedes, where... where-where are we? Archimedes the Owl
: In a tumbled-down old tower in the most miserable old castle in all Christiandom. That's where. Merlin
: Uh, c-castle? Castle? Archimedes the Owl
: Don't you even remember the boy? Merlin
: Uh... The boy? Sir Ector
: [outside, to Kay
] Can't you remember one blasted thing? Merlin
: [to Archimedes
] Now, now, just a moment. I-I... Sir Ector
: Firm grasp on the lance! Merlin
: [realizing it's not from Archimedes
[Merlin turns Arthur back into a human and Arthur laughs, which causes the girl squirrel to gasp
: There, now you see? I'm not a squirrel. I'm a boy.
[the girl squirrel chirps as if asking a question
: I tried to tell you. I'm, I'm a boy. A human boy!
[the girl squirrel climbs up to a knot on her tree and sniffs
: Oh! If you could only understand.
[the girl squirrel runs up to the hole in the tree and cries her heart out as Arthur remorsefully walks away
: Ah, you know, lad, that love business is a powerful thing.
[the girl squirrel, sobbing, watches Arthur slowly walk away
: Greater than gravity? Merlin
: Well, yes, boy. In its way, I'd, uh... Yes, I'd say it's the greatest force on earth.
[the girl squirrel climbs to the top of her tree to get one last look at Arthur and sobs one last time as the screen fades to black
: There you are, you old goat! Well, what's the idea of flinging your evil spells all over the place, hm? Ugh, lend me a hand, boy.
[Kay helps Ector up
] Sir Ector
: Well, what have you got to say for yourself, hm ? Merlin
: You call washing dishes and sweeping floors a work of evil?
: [singing, as a fish
] For every to, there is a fro; for every stop there is a go, and that's what makes the world go round.
[He stops as a frog grabs his tail
: Ooo, let go, let go!
[pulls his tail free
: Oh you big bug-eyed bully you! Merlin
: Who, *me*?
Castle Scullery Maid
: You old goat! If I ever catch you in my kitchen again, I'll... Merlin
: Madame, you won't!
: [enters Merlin's room wearing his squire robes
] Merlin, look! I'm a squire! Merlin
] Ha! Archimedes the Owl
: Oh... uh... very nice, boy. Merlin
: Yes, indeed. A fine monkey suit for polishing boots. Arthur
: It's... it's what all squires wear. Merlin
: And I thought you were going to amount to something. I thought you had a few brains! Great future! Ha! A stooge for that big lunk Kay. Congratulations, boy!
: Higitus Figitus Migitus Mum! Prestigitonium! Higitus Figitus Migitus Mum! Prestigitoni-UM!
: You were really great, Merlin, but... but you could've been killed. Merlin
: It was worth it, lad, if you learned something from it. Arthur
: Knowledge and wisdom is the real power. Merlin
: Right you are, Wart, so stick to your schooling, boy. Arthur
: Oh, oh, don't worry. I will, sir. I will. Oh, I really will.
: Hockety pockety wockety wack! Odds and ends and bric-a-brac! Merlin
: [to Wart
] Be with you in just a minute, son. Packing's almost done. Ha!
[Merlin's shrinking and packing spell is going so fast that Archimedes, spinning off a rotating globe, rushes into his owl house for refuge. Unfortunately, it too is in the spell. The panicked owl, feeling his house moving...
] Archimedes the Owl
: Who... who's there?
[... barely pulls himself out before being crushed
] Archimedes the Owl
: [to Merlin
] You, you, you - bumbling blockhead!
: [on Archimedes
] Say, say, I know! You've got him under a spell, Marvin. You're a magician, hm? Merlin
: The name is MER-LIN and I happen to be the world's most powerful wizard! Sir Ector
] Come off it, man! Ha! Hoo-hoo! Gadzooks, ha-ha-ha...! Merlin
: All right, I shall demonstrate.
: Higitus, figitus, migitus moe, wind and snow, *swirl and blow*!
[snow billows out of the end of Merlin's wand and covers Sir Ector
: [Struggling with a well
] A dark age, indeed! Age of inconvenience! No plumbing, no electricity, no nothing!
[Slips and almost falls into the well
: Oh, hang it all! Hang it all!
[Starts to leave, but his foot is caught in the chain
: Oh, now what, now what? Here, leave off! Leave off! You... you fiendish chain, you! Everything complicated! One big medieval mess!
[Torrential rain. Rider draws up to the portcullis and sounds his horn
: Who goes there? Sir Pelinore
: Pelinore! It's Pelinore, dash it all! I've got big news from London! BIG NEWS! Come on, man, drop the bridge! Merlin
: [Listening from the guest room
] Oh, big news, eh? Hm. They can't wait for the London Times. First edition won't be out for at least, uh...
[looks at watch
: ...1200 years. Ha!
[Raps on Archimedes' house
: Archimedes? Uh, would you mind sailing down there and, and, uh... Archimedes the Owl
] Not interested. Merlin
: Oh, come, come, come, come, now. You're as wet as you can get! Archimedes the Owl
: No! Nope, nope, nope! Merlin
: Archimedes! I'll turn you into a human. Archimedes the Owl
: Hm! You wouldn't dare! Merlin
: I will! So help me, I will! Archimedes the Owl
: All right, all right, all RIGHT!
[Flies off to spy on Sir Ector and Pelinore
: All right, eh? He-he-he! Works every time, heh! Just like magic.
: He should be here in, I'd say, half an hour. Archimedes the Owl
: Who? Who? I'd like to know who! Merlin
: I told you, Archimedes, I am not sure. All I know is that someone will be coming. Someone very important. Archimedes the Owl
: Oh, pinfeathers! Merlin
: Fate will direct him to me, so that I, in turn, may guide him to his rightful place in the world.
: Man will fly someday, I tell you! I have been there! I have seen it! Arthur
: Oh, I do hope so. I've always dreamed about flying; that I was a bird and that I could go sailing all over the sky, high above everything...
[Merlin sneaks up behind him and quietly changes him into a sparrow
: It's my favorite dream. But then, I suppose everyone dreams about flying.
[notices his new form; now happily starts flying
: I'm a bird, I'm a bird, I'm a bird! Merlin
] Hold it, boy! Not so fast, not so fast. First, I'd better explain the mechanics of a bird's wing.
[grabs Archimedes' wing and runs his finger along the feathers
: Now, these large feathers are called the primaries, and... Archimedes the Owl
: And since when do you know all about birds' wings? Merlin
: I have made an extensive study of birds in flight, and... Archimedes the Owl
: And if you don't mind, I happen to be a bird! Merlin
: All right, Mr. Know-It-All! He's your pupil!
: [another squirrel is pulling his tail
] Madam! Madam!
: STAND BACK! Be silent! Be still!... That's it... and look upon this moment. Savor it! Rejoice with great gladness! Great gladness! Remember it always, for you are joined by it. You are One, under the stars. Remember it well, then... this night, this great victory. So that in the years ahead, you can say, 'I was there that night, with Arthur, the King!' For it is the doom of men that they forget.
: The sword. You promised me the sword. Merlin
: And you shall have it; but to heal, not to hack. Tomorrow, a truce; we meet at the river. Uther
: Talk. Talk is for lovers, Merlin. I need the sword to be king.
: Now look, I once stood exposed to the Dragon's Breath so that a man could lie one night with a woman. It took me nine moons to recover. And all for this lunacy called, "love", this mad distemper that strikes down both beggar and king. Never again. Never.
[Arthur has broken Excalibur on Lancelot's chest
: Merlin! What have I done? Merlin
: You have broken what could not be broken! Now, hope is broken. Arthur
: My pride broke it. My rage broke it! This excellent knight, who fought with fairness and grace, was meant to win. I used Excalibur to change that verdict. I've lost, for all time, the ancient sword of my fathers, whose power was meant to unite all men... not to serve the vanity of a single man. I am... nothing.
: Merlin, where are you going? Merlin
: Where do you think? You have a kingdom to rule. Arthur
: But how? I don't know how. Merlin
: You knew how to draw the sword from the stone. Arthur
: That was easy. Merlin
: Was it? I couldn't have done it. Arthur
: You couldn't? Merlin
: You're the King. Not I. Arthur
: But where to start? Merlin
: Well what do think happened since you ran off. Arthur
: Sir Ector and Kay. They must be waiting all this time. All the great Knights were against me except for Leondegrance of Camelyard. If he supports me, the Knights are all against him. Merlin
: Right now they lay siege to his castle. Arthur
: I need him. We must help him. Merlin
: There you are. That was easy too. Wasn't it?
: It is a lonely life, the way of the necromancer... oh, yes. Lacrimae Mundi - the tears of the world.
: Remember, there's always something cleverer than yourself.
: You're not listening... well, your heart is not. Love is deaf as well as blind. That's it.
: Looking at the cake is like looking at the future, until you've tasted it what do you really know? And then, of course, it's too late.
[Arthur takes a bite
: Too late.
: Good and evil, there never is one without the other.
: When a man lies, he murders some part of the world.
: [of Lancelot
] Will he live? Merlin
: Oh, yes. Arthur
: Will Guinevere...? Merlin
: Yes. Arthur
: Merlin, will I ever have a son? Merlin
: Yes. Arthur
: No riddles? Nothing but a simple "yes"? That frightens me. Merlin
: But a King should be afraid, Arthur, always... of the enemy. Waiting, everywhere. In the corridors of his castle, on the deer-paths of his forests, or in a more tangled forest... in here.
[taps his head with his finger
: He who draws the sword from the stone, he shall be king. Arthur, you're the one.
: [Uther is dying after being ambushed
] No-one shall wield Excalibur but me!
[drives Excalibur into the stone as he dies
: [casting a spell
] Whoever pulls the sword from the stone, he shall be king!
[looking at the infant Arthur
: You, Arthur, you are the one.
: You brought me back. Your love brought me back. Back to where you are now. In the land of dreams. Arthur
: Are you a dream, Merlin? Merlin
] A dream to some.
: A nightmare to others.
: The future has taken root in the present.
: Ooh, that plan is well known. You'll have to do better than that.
: To kill and be king, is that all? Merlin
: Perhaps not even that. Uther Pendragon
: You strike me with words hard as steel! Merlin
: You betrayed the Duke. You stole his wife. You took his castle. Now no one trusts you. You're not the one. Give me the child. I will protect him.
: Merlin! You come when you're not asked... and pay no heed when I call you! Merlin
: Oh, I have slept... for nine moons. What I did for you wasn't easy. Now you must pay me... the child is mine, Uther... you swore an oath. Uther
: They were hasty words, Merlin. This is flesh and blood! Igrayne
: Uther, is this true? Don't let him take the child! Uther
: I swore an oath, Igrayne. I made a pact with Merlin. Igrayne
: It was you, you came to me that night! YOU ARE THE FATHER! Uther
: To kill and be King... is that all? Merlin
: You betrayed the Duke, you stole his wife, you took his castle, now no-one trusts you. You're not the one, Uther. Give me the child, I will protect him. Uther
: TAKE HIM... TAKE THE DEVIL CHILD!
: Where have you been? Merlin
: I have walked my way since the beginning of time. Sometimes I give, sometimes I take, it is mine to know which and when! Uther
: You must help me, Merlin! Merlin
: Must I? Uther
: I am your King! Merlin
: So! You need me again now that my truce is wrecked! Years to build and moments to ruin! And all for lust! Uther
: For Igrayne! One night with her. You don't understand, you're not a man. Use the magic. Do it! Merlin
] Igrayne... You will swear by your true Kingship... to grant me what I wish, then you shall have it. Uther
] By Excalibur, I swear it! Merlin
: What issues from your lust, shall be mine. Swear it again! Uther
: I SWEAR IT!
: Rise, Father, please. I was your son before I became your king; if I am King. Sir Ector
: You are king, Arthur; the more so because you are not my son, and I am not your father. Arthur
: Not my father? Then Kay is not my brother? Sir Ector
: Merlin the magician brought you to me when you were newly born, and bade me raise you as my own. At first, I did so because I feared Merlin, but later because I loved you. Arthur
: Who is my true father? Sir Ector
: Only Merlin can tell you that. Arthur
: And who is Merlin? Merlin
: [enters suddenly from the forest
] I... am the Merlin. Arthur
: Whose son am I? Merlin
: You are the son of Uther and Igrayne. You are King Arthur!
[Uther and Cornwall meet
: Show the sword! Behold! The Sword of Power! Excalibur! Forged when the world was young, and bird and beast and flower were one with man, and death was but a dream!
: Speak the words! Uther Pendragon
: One land, one king! That is my peace, Cornwall! Lord Cornwall
: Lord Uther, if I yield to the Sword of Power, what will you yield? Uther Pendragon
: Me yield? Merlin
: He has given, now you must. Uther Pendragon
: The land from here to the sea shall be yours if you enforce the King's will! Lord Cornwall
: Done! Merlin
: [to himself
] Good. Lord Cornwall
: King Uther, let us feast together! To my castle!
: Your eyes never leave me, Merlin. Merlin
: Can't I acknowledge beauty? Morgana
: Can't you acknowledge... love? Perhaps you ache for what you've never known. Merlin
: Perhaps you lust for what you cannot have.
: Where hides evil in my kingdom, then? Merlin
: Always... where you never expect it. Always. Gawain
: I know where. Arthur
: Where, Sir Gawain? Gawain
: I cannot say. Arthur
: You must speak your heart. You sit at the Round Table. Where is this evil? Gawain
: He's our best... and our bravest... why, then, is he never here? Without Lancelot, this table is nothing! Is there anyone here who doesn't think him a god? And now to be driven from us
[points to Guenevere
: by a woman's desire! Guenevere
: In the idleness that comes with peace, I see that gossip has bred its own evil! I will forgive your hasty words. Come... drink from Lancelot's cup, and partake of his 'goodness'.
[the cup is passed to Gawain, who proceeds to slam it upside-down on the table in defiance of Guenevere
: You DARE accuse the Queen, Gawain? Gawain
: I do! Guenevere
: I protest my innocence! Arthur
: [standing up and drawing Excalibur threateningly
] WERE I NOT KING, I WOULD MAKE YOU PAY WITH YOUR LIFE FOR WHAT YOU'VE SAID! Guenevere
: Will you not champion me? Arthur
: I cannot! I am your King, and I must be your judge in this. Lancelot must do it. He also stands accused. I decree - that at sunrise, two days from now, the champions will meet, and the truth shall be known. For by the law of God, no knight who is false can win in combat with one who is true.
: What are you afraid of? Arthur
: I don't know. Merlin
: Shall I tell you what's out there? Arthur
: Yes, please. Merlin
: The Dragon. A beast of such power that if you were to see it whole and all complete in a single glance, it would burn you to cinders. Arthur
: Where is it? Merlin
: It is everywhere! It is everything! Its scales glisten in the bark of trees, its roar is heard in the wind! And its forked tongue strikes like... like...
[lightning strikes near their feet
: Whoa! Like lightning! Yes, that's it. Arthur
: How can I...? What should I...? Must I...? Merlin
: Do nothing. Be still. Sleep. Rest in the arms of the Dragon. Dream.
: The days of our kind are numberèd. The one God comes to drive out the many gods. The spirits of wood and stream grow silent. It's the way of things. Yes... it's a time for men, and their ways.
: Swear faith to me, and you shall have mercy! I need battle lords such as you! Uryenes
] A noble knight swear faith to a squire? Mador
: NEVER... NEVER! Arthur
: You are right. Arthur
: You're right... I'm not yet a knight.
[Hands Excalibur to Uyrenes and kneels
: You, Uryenes, will make me a knight. Then as knight to knight... I can offer you mercy. Merlin
] What's this? What's this? Mador
: Keep it, Uryenes! Uryenes
: [hesitates and then touches Excalibur to Arthur's shoulder
] In the name of God, St Michael and St George, I give you the right to bear arms and the power to mete justice! Arthur
: That duty I will solemnly obey, as knight and king. Merlin
: I never saw this. Uryenes
: Rise... King Arthur.
[Uryenes kneels before Arthur
: I am your humble knight, and I swear allegiance to the courage in your veins. So strong it is, its source must be Uther Pendragon's. I doubt you no more!
[kisses Arthur's hand - other knights also kneel
: Do you still have the Sight, Merlin? Are they together? Merlin
: Yes. Arthur
: You warned me of this, all those years ago. What must I do now... Kill them? Merlin
: I can tell you nothing. My days are ended. The gods of once are gone... forever. It's a time for men. It's your time, Arthur. Arthur
: I need you now... more than ever. Merlin
: No. This is the moment that you must face at last. To be King, alone. Arthur
: And you, old friend? Will I see you again? Merlin
: No. There are other worlds. This one is done with me. Merlin
: [Arthur embraces Merlin, then walks away; Merlin stares off into the twilit sky then quietly says
] That's it.
: Look into the eyes of the dragon and despair!
: Which is the greatest quality of knighthood? Courage? Compassion? Loyalty? Humility? What do you say, Merlin? Merlin
: Hmm? Ah. Ah. Ah, the greatest. Uh, well, they blend, like the metals we mix to make a good sword. Arthur
: No poetry. Just a straight answer. Which is it? Merlin
: All right, then. Truth. That's it. Yes. It must be truth above all. When a man lies, he murders some god of the world. You should know that.
[Morgana throws a bucket of water into Merlin, who is hanging from the ceiling by bound wrists
] Good morning. Merlin
] Is it? Morgana
: Oh, don't be like that. We've a lot of catching up to do. After all, I haven't seen you since you condemned my sister to a slow and painful death, thwarted my plans to take over Camelot, and forced me to live in a hovel. Merlin
: Couldn't do me a favor, could you? Let Arthur know. He still thinks of me as an underachiever, but I'm quite proud of those accomplishments. I can die happy.
: [to the head cook, sniffing
] You stink worse than your food!
: Merlin, are you all right? Merlin
: [still enchanted
] I-I'm pacing. Gaius
: Yes, I can see that. Merlin
: A man who is all right does not pace, Gaius. Gaius
: Oh, well, that's why I asked. Merlin
: I'm wrestling with a problem and there are many factors to take into consideration, and I have not yet come up with a solution. Gaius
: Can I be of assistance? Merlin
] No. Gaius
: Would you like to share the problem with me?
[Merlin pauses with an arrogant expression
: No. Gaius
: Sometimes two heads are better than one. Merlin
: Yes, but not when one of them's yours.
: Arthur wants a crossbow. Sir Leon
: That one's ancient. Probably wouldn't hurt a fly. Merlin
: Well, if you did want to hurt a fly, or even a human, what would YOU use? Sir Leon
: I would use a thing of beauty like this. Carved from 50-year-old ash. Um, be careful with...
[Merlin accidentally releases an arrow and blows apart a barrel
] Sir Leon
: OH! Sir Leon
: Will that do the job? Merlin
] Oh, yes. That will do the job nicely, heh-heh-heh. Sir Leon
: What is the job exactly? Merlin
: To kill Arthur. Sir Leon
: Driving you mad, is he? Merlin
: Not for much longer!
[they both laugh
[Gaius opens a smoking canister and holds it under Merlin's nose
: [awakening with a start, coughing
] What is that? Arthur's socks? What're you trying to do to me? Gaius
: I'm trying to stop you from killing the king!
: For now the serpent is dormant, though when it wakes, your mind will be Morgana's once more, and nothing will stop you from killing Arthur. Merlin
: But how do we get rid of it if it keeps growing back? Gaius
: There's only one way, I'm afraid. You have to kill the mother beast. Merlin
: That creature that lives in Morgana's hut?
: Great. How long have I got? How long before this thing wakes up? Gaius
: A day, no more. And I wouldn't face her alone. Merlin
: Oh, don't worry. I won't be there at all. Well, not exactly.
[Merlin picks up a potion bottle from a table
: She won't recognize me if I'm eighty years old. Gaius
: Oh, what should I say if Arthur asks for you? Merlin
: Uh, tell him I'm anywhere.
[opens and closes the door, but looks inside one last time
: Anywhere but the tavern.
: [looking at old Merlin
] You're not real. Merlin
: Whatever you say! Morgana
: You're just my imagination. Merlin
: [having found the jar with the Fomorroh
] That's right. I'm not really here. Just pretend that I'm not really here and I'll just get this and go.
: [examining Merlin's wound
] I've seen worse. Definitely seen worse. Merlin
: On a dead man. Arthur
: You're not going to die, Merlin. Don't be such a coward. Merlin
: If I do die, will you call me a hero? Arthur
: Probably. Merlin
: But whilst I'm still alive, I'm a coward. Arthur
: That's the way these things work, I'm afraid. You get the glory when you're not around to appreciate it. Merlin
] Unless you're the king. Arthur
: Come on. It's got to have SOME advantages.
: Why're you so loyal to Arthur? Merlin
: I don't expect you to understand, Morgana. You have no sense of duty, no sense of loyalty. Morgana
: You're wrong. Don't think I don't understand loyalty just because I've got no one left to be loyal to.
: [wryly welcoming Merlin back
] Don't do that again, Merlin. My heart can not take the strain. Merlin
: Yes, well, you are getting on a bit.
[Gaius stares back, stunned
: What is the strongest poison that you possess?
[Gaius stares back with interest
: I had this great opportunity to lace the bandits' food with poison and nothing to do it with. Gaius
: Well, that would be aconite. Merlin
: [looking through Gaius' bottles and finding what he needs
] Ac-o-nite. Well, I think I should take some of this with me from now on. You never know when you might need to kill someone. Gaius
: [as Merlin leaves
: He's driving you mad is he? Merlin
: [holding crossbow cheerfully
] Not for much longer!
: What else could I do? It's my fault Gwen's going to die! Gaius
: Yes, but you don't prover her innocence by offering to jump into the flames. You do it by finding out what's causing the disease.
: I'm on my way, sorry I'm late. Arthur
] Don't worry, I'm getting used to it.
: But not all magic is bad. I know it isn't. Gaius
: Magic is neither good nor bad. It's how you use it.
: Patience is a virtue, Merlin. Merlin
: What? Sitting by and doing nothing, that's a virtue?
: [trying to find out what caused the disease
] What's different about this victim? Merlin
: Um, she's-she's a woman. Gaius
: Sometimes I do wonder whether your magical talents were given to the right person. Anything else?
: Water. You think the disease is spreading through water? Gaius
: Merlin, you're a prodigy.
: How could you know? Merlin
: yeah, alright. You've finally found out. I'll tell you.
[takes a deep breath
: I'm physic. Gwen
] No you're not. Merlin
: It's true. Gwen
: Alright, what am I thinking? Merlin
: [pretending to concentrate
] That I'm... *not* physic. Gwen
] You're strange.
[Merlin gives her a look
: I-I don't mean that in a nasty way. You're just... funny.
: He's in love. Merlin
: What? Arthur
: With Gwen. Merlin
: I am not... Arthur
: Yes you are. Merlin
: No way. Arthur
: I saw you yesterday with that flower she'd given you. Merlin
: But... I am not in love with her. Arthur
: It's alright, you can admit it. Merlin
: I don't even think of her like that!
: Well, whatever it is, one thing's for sure, Arthur's not going to find it. He thinks he is *so* sharp. But even when I told him that I was a wizard, he still couldn't see it. Gaius
: A wizard's pretty hard to spot. Merlin
: Well maybe I should go around wearing a pointy hat.
: [the dragon tells Merlin how to defeat the creature, and that he and Arthur are two sides of a coin. Gaius doesn't know about the dragon
] How did you find this out? Merlin
: Um, I just knew, y'know? Upon my powers. Gaius
: What else did your powers tell you? Merlin
: That... I am one side of a coin. The brighter side, obviously.
: One day, Merlin. One day. Merlin
: One day what? Gaius
: One day, people won't believe what an idiot you were. Merlin
[Arthur sees Gwen conspiring with Morgana and draws his sword
] No, My Lord. Morgana's too powerful. Now's not the time. Arthur
: How could she do this? Merlin
: She's not the Gwen you love. She has fallen prey to a dark and powerful magic. Arthur
: If I lose her, I lose everything. Merlin
: We'll fine a way to bring her back, Arthur. I promise.
: When I was young I heard talk of an ancient ritual of the old religion called The Tiana Diaga. Merlin
: Tiana Diaga? Gaius
: The Sacred Fire. The ritual used the mandrake root to bring unimaginable terror to the victim. Their screams could be heard twenty leagues away. When it was finally over, their will was no longer their own. They were slaves of the high priestesses for eternity.
: You know how exhausting the aging spell is, Giaus. I don't have the strength to do that and perform the ceremony. Gaius
: Then you must find the strength.
: This tincture of belladonna, what are its effects? Gaius
: Patient is rendered into a deep sleep... Arthur
: Patient? Gaius
: It is generally used for the badly wounded. Arthur
: How long does it last? Gaius
: A few hours. It has to be administered several times a day to provide a continuous sleep. Merlin
: But for no more than three days. Gaius
: It is true, sire. The tincture should not be taken for an extended period. Arthur
: Or? Merlin
: The body will not tolerate it. Arthur
: Thank you, Merlin.
: Gaius, you're sure this is gonna work? Gaius
: You' be amazed how much license old age lends you, sire. Merlin, come. We meet at the darkling wood. Arthur
: Merlin, if you drop her... Merlin
: I know. I lose my head. Arthur
: Just so we're clear.
: Are you all right? Merlin
: [struggling to tote the queen in a wheelbarrow
] She's a lot heavier than she looks. Gaius
: That might very well be grounds for treason.
: [waiting for Gaius and Merlin and the unconscious Gwen
] What kept you? Merlin
: [burdened by the queen's weight
] You have any idea how... steep these slopes are?
[as Arthur carries Gwen and Merlin carries their supplies, Merlin feels they're being watched
: These funny feelings of yours... Merlin
: They're not funny. Arthur
: Stupid, then. Where do they come from, you think? You still there, Merlin? Don't tell me you've gone into a sulk. Merlin
: I'm not sulking. I'm... carrying a load even a horse would struggle under. Arthur
: You do good. Merlin
: How come it wouldn't do you good? Arthur
: I'm already good.
: [having dropped his dress in front of Arthur
] The sorceress. She likes to be paid in clothes. She can't get to a tailor. Arthur
: Why would a recluse be interested in clothes? Merlin
: [a little exasperated
] I don't know, Arthur. She's a sorceress. She's not gonna be normal, is she?
: Arthur's a lucky man. Merlin
: Yes. Mordred
: Not just to have Gwen, but to have you. Merlin
: He'll find someone else to do his chores soon enough. Mordred
: It was hardly a chore. That was your magic back there, wasn't it? Have no fear. I will not divulge your secret. I admire you. It can't be easy to do so much for so little reward. Merlin
: I do not seek reward. Mordred
: Recognition, then. Merlin
: My friends are safe and well, that's all I require. Mordred
: You see, Merlin, we do have something in common after all - the future of Camelot.
: What will I do without you? The Dragon
: You will remember me.
: I haven't seen him this happy in a long time. Gwen
: Yes. He has changed, hasn't he? Merlin
: Yeah. Yeah, I think he has.
[Arthur throws a water bag, striking Merlin about the head
: Sorry. Fill that up, will you, Merlin? Merlin
: [under his breath
] Well, perhaps he's not so totally changed.
: I think my dog can catch better than you. Merlin
: Possibly because you treat him better.
: Merlin! Flowers. Don't forget the flowers. Merlin
] Of course. The personal touch. Nice.
: I sometimes forget how beautiful Camelot is... Gwen
: Mmm. Arthur
: ...but never how beautiful my queen is.
[Gewn laughs and Merlin flaps his lips
: Was that you, Merlin? Merlin
: The horse.
: The Great Battle is nearing. You must listen to me, Emrys. Merlin
: How do you know my name? Finna
: Arthur's enemies are closer than you think. If you value you king, meet me tonight at the old temple of Erui. Come alone... or not at all.
: She's drawing you in, Merlin. It's a trap. She knew your real name. There's only one explanation for that. Alator told Morgana who you really are and she has sent this woman to lure you to her. Merlin
: But I looked into her eyes. She meant no harm. Gaius
: You think a sorceress of her power couldn't feign any look she wished?
: [catching Merlin sneaking out of camp
] Good morning, though technically I think it's still night. Merlin
: I was just going for a... Mordred
: Relieving yourself? Merlin
: Yeah. Mordred
: You always put your boots on to do that, do you? Merlin
: I don't like splinters.
: Why are you doing this for me? Finna
: Without you, Emrys, Arthur can not build a new world we all long for. Merlin
: I don't understand. Finna
: For hundreds of years the Catha have guarded their ancient knowledge, but now the time has come to pass it on to you, Emrys, for only you can carry their hopes into the Great Battle itself.
] "Let loose the hounds of war. Let the dread fire of the last priestess rain down from angry skies, for brother will slaughter brother, for friend will murder friend as the great horn sounds a cold dawn at Camlann. The prophets do not lie. There, Arthur will meet his end upon that mighty plain." Merlin
: So many have suffered so that I may hear this.
: How much did you practice for being such a prat? Arthur Pendragon
: Don't address me like that! Merlin
: Okay, sorry. How much did you practice for being such a prat, my Lord?
: Look, I told you you're an ass. I just didn't realize you were a royal one.
: I've never had a friend who could be such an ass. Arthur Pendragon
: Nor I one who could be so stupid.
: I could take you apart with one blow. Merlin
: I could take you apart with less than that.
: If I can't use magic, I might as well die.
: There must be another Arthur because this one's an idiot.
: How's your knee walking coming along? Oh don't run away! Merlin
: From you? Arthur
: Oh thank God, I thought you were deaf as well as dumb. Merlin
: Look, I've told you you're an ass... I just didn't realize you were a royal one. Oh, what are you going to do? You've got your Daddy's men to protect you? Arthur
: Haha, I could take you apart with one blow. Merlin
: I could take you apart with less than that. Arthur
: You sure? Here you go big man
[throws him a mace
: . Come on then. I warn you, I've been trained to kill since birth. Merlin
: Wow, and how long have you been training to be a pratt? Arthur
: You can't address me like that. Merlin
: Sorry... How long have you been training to be a pratt... my Lord?
: I warn you, I've been trained to kill since birth. Merlin
: Wow, and how long have you been training to be a prat? Arthur
: You can't address me like that. Merlin
: Sorry. How long have you been training to be a prat, my lord?
: I warn you, I've been trained to kill since birth. Merlin
: Wow,and how long have you been training to be a prat? Arthur
: You can't address me like that. Merlin
: Sorry. How long have you been training to be a prat... my Lord?
: I could take you apart with one blow. Merlin
: I could take you apart with less than that.
: Did you lose 'em? Merlin
: We're safe. Arthur
: You're sure? Merlin
: Do I look like an idiot? Arthur
: Yes. Merlin
: [to Gwen
] He doesn't change, does he?
: Where have you been? Merlin
: Were you worried about me? Arthur
: No. I was making sure we weren't being followed. Merlin
: You came back to look for me. Arthur
: All right. It's true. I came back 'cause you're the only friend I have and I couldn't bear to lose you. Merlin
: Really? Arthur
: Don't be stupid.
: What is troubling you, young warlock? Merlin
: It's Arthur. He's lost the will to fight. He feels he's failed his people. He believes he no longer deserves to be king. The Dragon
: The fate of Camelot rests in your hands, young warlock. For you, and you alone, can restore the king's faith.
: When Bruta was on his deathbed, he asked to be taken deep into the forest. There, with the last of his strength, he thrust his sword into a rock. If his lineage was ever questioned, this would form a test. Only a true king of Camelot could pull the weapon free. Arthur
: Are you making this up? Merlin
: Of course not. Arthur
: All right. If it's true, why haven't I heard this story? Merlin
: Well, history isn't really your strong point, is it?
: I've never heard so much rubbish in my life. Merlin
: Are you calling Gaius a lier? Arthur
: No, I'm calling you an idiot.
: You're destined to be Albion's greatest king. Nothing, not even this stone, can stand in your way.
: No, Arthur. Is YOU the people love, and you they will lay down their lives for. I know that I would ride into the mouth of hell for you. Sir Percival
: And I. Merlin
: And I. Arthur
: To the mouth of hell it is.
: When the sword was thrust into the stone, the ancient king foretold that one day it would be freed again, at a time when Camelot needed it most. The man who freed it would unite the land of Albion and rule over the greatest kingdom the world has ever known. That man is you, Arthur. Arthur
: You're making this up. Merlin
: Why would I do that? Your head's already as big as your waist. I believe it, though. And I believe in you. I always have.
: [about his new sword
] You know, this thing's not bad. Merlin
: Thought you might like it.
: Get away from him, Uther. You've caused enough harm. You don't belong here. You must return to the other world. Uther Pendragon
: This is my kingdom! You think you can drive me from it? You are nothing but a serving boy. Merlin
: I'm much more than that.
[Uther sends a bench flying at Merlin which Merlin deflects magically
] Uther Pendragon
: You have magic? Merlin
: [quivering with anger
] I was born with it! Uther Pendragon
: I made you Arthur's servant. You are a sorcerer. Merlin
: Even while you were king, there was magic at the heart of Camelot! Uther Pendragon
: I will not allow you and your kind to poison... Merlin
: You're wrong. Uther Pendragon
: ...my kingdom! Merlin
: You're wrong, about so much. Arthur is a better and more worthy king than you ever were.
[Uther bawls with anger, but Merlin drives him through the wall with magic
: Ready the horses and gather some supplies. Merlin
: Uh... where are we going? Arthur
: You don't need to know.
[holds a spoon in front of Merlin's face
: Do not breathe a word of this to anyone. Not even Guinevere. Merlin
] You're threatening me with a spoon?
[in the next frame, there is the sound of a smack and Merlin screams in pain, off screen
: When I became king, more than anything, I wanted to make him proud.
[Merlin shakes his head
: What is it? Merlin
: You've always done what you believed to be right, even if you knew your father would disapprove of it. Do you not see how different you are to him? Camelot's a better place since you became king. Arthur
: Father clearly doesn't think so. Merlin
: The people believe in YOU, Arthur. That counts for nothing if you don't believe in yourself.
: What're you doing? Arthur
: Nothing. Thinking. Merlin
: You thinking? Well, now I'm really getting worried.
: Did you get a terrible fright? Merlin
: Yes, my heart nearly jumped out through my mouth. Arthur
: Well, maybe you should have the rest of the day off and put your feet up. Merlin
[Arthur stares at Merlin
: You were joking. Arthur
: There really is no limit to your intelligence, is there, Merlin?
: Merlin, I get the distinct impression there's something you're not telling me. Merlin
: No. Why would you say that? Gaius
: Because there usually is.
: In the days of the old religion, the priestesses trained for years before entering into the spirit world. It was fraught with dangers. There was one thing they were schooled never to do: As the veil closed, they were never to look back at the spirit. Merlin
: What happened if they did? Gaius
: They'd release the spirit into this world. Merlin
: Arthur must've looked back.
: [as Merlin creeps closer to the village where a woman is screaming
] What are you doing? Merlin
: Well, I assume you want to risk our lives and see what's going on. Arthur
: I never thought I'd say this, Merlin, but you're learning.
: Only your magic can save him, Merlin. Merlin
: I cannot save the life of a man destined to kill Arthur. Gaius
: If Mordred is destined to take the king's life, why has he just saved it? Merlin
: I cannot ignore what the dragon said. Gaius
: What happened to the young boy who came into my chambers just a few years ago? Merlin
: He grew up, and he learned the meaning of duty.
: I can't ignore what I saw. Gaius, Mordred is destined to play a part in Arthur's death. Gaius
: Perhaps. Perhaps not. The future has many paths. That is only one. Have you ever seen him show anything but kindness towards Arthur? Merlin
: No, but... Gaius
: If Mordred wished Arthur ill, he's had ample opportunity to do so. He's a likable boy, Merlin. Merlin
: I know. I like him myself, but I can't ignore what I saw. Gaius
: Seeing is not the same as knowing, and we must know for certain before we act.
: Are you feeling all right, Merlin? Merlin
: Quite, My Lord. Arthur
: I find more and more your face resembles the back end of a cat. See? You don't even laugh at my jokes anymore. Seriously, I haven't seen you smile these past three days. Merlin
: I'm not sure there's a great deal to smile about.
: This is a rune mark, My Lord. Arthur
: That's what everyone keeps telling me. Gaius
: In times past, this mark aroused great fear. It was given to those found wanting by the court of the Disir. Merlin
: The Disir? Gaius
: The highest court of the old religion. Three women were chosen at birth to be trained as seers and soothsayers. There only task was to interpret the word of the Triple Goddess. When they sat in judgment, there word was final. Arthur
: All this worn out superstition has no relevance now. I don't see what bearing it has on me or Camelot. Gaius
: Because, sire, the Disir have seen fit to give you this. This is the judgment of the gods against you. Arthur
: This is nonsense, surely. Gaius
: The old religion held that the rune mark not only contained the man's guilt but the path that the gods have chosen for him. That is why it is both a judgment and fate. Arthur
: I make my own path. Gaius
: Do you? It is said that only the gods can alter a man's fate, and, even then, only when he repents and appeases them. Arthur
: You don't believe any of this? Gaius? Gaius
: I'm an old man, sire, old enough to be wary of dismissing other people's beliefs.
: I am not my father. Merlin
: No. Arthur
: Then why do they judge me so? Merlin
: I'm not sure I'm the person to ask. Arthur
: I am asking you, Merlin, man to man. Merlin
: Well, perhaps they feel you're worthy enough to BE judged. Arthur
: What do you mean by that? Merlin
: Judgment is wasted on a man who won't listen. Arthur
: You think I should take them seriously. Merlin
: I think you already have.
: Why do you risk so much for one man? Arthur
: I'd do the same for ANY knight. Merlin
: Though obviously not me. Arthur
: Actually, I would. Servants are hard to come by, even the bad ones. Merlin
] I'm touched.
: How did you know this place was sacred? Merlin
: That's obvious. Arthur
: Pretend it isn't.
: How could I have been so stupid?
: You knew. You knew Agravaine was betraying me. Merlin
: I couldn't be sure, but then, I did have my suspicions. Arthur
: I feel like such a fool. I put such trust in him. All this time I was blind to his treachery as I was to Morgana's. Merlin
: You were deceived, Arthur. It could happen to anyone. Arthur
: Yet it keeps happening to me. I cared about these people. I... I don't understand. What have I done wrong? Why do they hate me? Merlin
: No, they don't hate you. They just... crave your power for themselves. Arthur
: Perhaps. Would they still want that power if I was the king my people deserve? Maybe Tristan's right... Merlin
: Tristan was angry and afraid. He needed to blame someone. But it's not you that's to blame. Arthur
: You seem very sure about all this. Merlin
: All I know is that, for your many faults... you are honest and brave and truehearted, and one day you will be the greatest king this land has ever known. Arthur
: [smiles briefly, half joking
] Well, good to know I have the support of my servant, at least. Merlin
: [still serious
] I'm not alone. Believe me.
: Think of something pleasant. Arthur
: You in the stocks?
: Why are you putting another hole in this belt? Merlin
: I was, uh... enhancing it for comfort and ease of use. Arthur
: Are you saying I'm fat. Merlin
: No, I'm saying that the belt... is one hole shy of perfection.
: Trust me. If there's one thing I'm good at, it's keeping secrets.
: We need to get Arthur out of here whether he likes it or not. Give him some kind of potion, something to knock him out. Gaius
: I don't know anything strong enough. In my chambers perhaps, but the Southrons have control of the palace. Merlin
: There must be something. Gaius
: I'm sorry, Merlin. Maybe there's something YOU can do. Arthur won't go willingly, but what if he was to lose his will? Merlin
: Are you suggesting magic? Gaius
: Can you do it? Merlin
: I can try.
: Well, I think we're safe, for now, but we need to find you some kind of disguise. You're too conspicuous in those clothes. Arthur
: [unnaturally compliant
] Whatever you say. I'm entirely in your hands.
: Well, Arthur, what can I say? You look like a total turnip-head.
: Pack your things, simpleton! Arthur
: Call me that again and I'll run you through.
: I chose you athletes because you know how to overcome problems with new courage and strength. You would not walk off the playing field because of one bad moment, would you?
: Trust in yourself. You are the king. Arthur King
: And the king will take back what is his: his friends.
] Now why didn't I think of that? I'll tell ya why. In my time this only happens on TV. Merlin
: On what?
: Excalibur is your strength.
: Excalibur is not just a "sword". Excalibur is the sword of good, Arthur. The sword of justice.
: I think I'm dreaming. Merlin
: You're not. Come on, my boy, let's move. The most beautiful girl in the world is waiting for you. Arthur King
: Dream or not, Guinevere, here I come.
: You have won the first victory. Still, it will be a long battle before you can free the kingdom and recover the Keys of Truth that will return you to your own time. But tonight is a night for celebration. I believe your terminology is "party on"?
: I brought some friends who would love to meet you. I believe you call them, "cheerleaders".
] Lord Kellar
: If you could try to provide us your attention, Merlin, we will try to be as interesting as a view from the window. Merlin
: The windows, unlike your maps, Lord Kellar, looks out upon a world of borderless wonders.
: Where have you come from? Lynette
: From the longings of your heart, dear Merlin.
: I could be risking my very life. Yet, Merlin would do the same for me. Then again, he is Merlin. He is Morgana's equal. And better.
: Are you happy, Merlin? Here, with me? Merlin
: Completely. I've never been more at peace.
: It, like everything your hand touches, is graced with sweetness and goodness.
: He offers you nothing but a cold solitary life! Merlin
: He needs me. One day he will change the world, Lynette. And I must be there to help him.
: You failed with the wind. Do you care to try the earth? Merlin
: As you wish, Dark Lady!
] Lady Morgana
: How can it be? Merlin
: You're a clever woman, Morgana. But there is much you have yet to learn. Lady Morgana
] Indeed. Merlin
: Indeed. You have yet to learn, Morgana, that there is no power on Earth greater than the power of love. True love like, true friendship, is one of life's sweetest miracles.
: You're sure you want to do this? Maybe we should wait until it's light.
[Arthur moves forward without a word
: Or we could just do it now - whatever it is that we're doing - in the dark, when it's incredibly scary and dangerous.
: You all right? Arthur
: What do you mean? Merlin
: You're very quiet. You didn't say a word on the way home. Arthur
: It's called thinking, Merlin. You should try it sometime.
: The Druids build shines to bring rest to tormented souls, souls that were so badly wronged they could find no peace in the other world. Merlin
: Why do they hang all the ribbons and flags? Gaius
: The ancient rituals heal the ground so that the souls of the victims can find rest, but the magic that binds the earth is delicate and is easily undone, so the ribbons and flags act as a warning.
: Did anyone touch anything? Merlin
: No. I don't think so. Why? What is it? Gaius
: Anyone who disturbs the resting place risks releasing the spirit.
: Why were you sleeping with your head on the table? Arthur
: I fell asleep while I was reading. Merlin
: [noticing no books or letters about
] What were you reading? Arthur
: [noticing the same
] I am the king of Camelot. I do not have to answer to the likes of you. Merlin
: Oh, YOU'RE in a good mood. You obviously got out on the wrong side of the table.
: [to Arthur
] What's that in your hair? Merlin
: [answering for Arthur
] It's stew. Sir Leon
: [to Arthur
] Why have you got stew in your hair? Merlin
: [answering for Arthur again, as if explaining the obvious
] Because he was reading.
: I'm done trying to be nice to Arthur. I cook, I clean, I'm always there for him - not to mention that small matter of saving is life more times than I care to remember. Do I get any thanks? Nope. All he ever does is shout at me.
[Gaius is unresponsive
: So now YOU'RE ignoring me. Great. I might as well not even exist. "Hello, my name's Merlin, but don't worry about me. I'm not even here." Gaius
: [finishing his reading
] I fear we may have more important things to worry about than Arthur shouting at you.
: You know, that was incredibly moving what you said at the shrine. Arthur
: As long as Elyan's gonna be all right, it served its purpose. Merlin
: It wasn't just about Elyan though, was it? You meant it. I know you did. Arthur
: Does this have a point, Merlin? Merlin
: I don't think I've ever seen you cry before, not like that. You'd tears running down you cheeks. It's nice to see this new sensitive, emotional side to you. It suits you. Arthur
: Shut up, Merlin. Merlin
: [in mock surprise
] Ah. I really thought you'd changed. Arthur
: Then you're as stupid as you are ugly. Merlin
: [deliberately pushing too far
] So there's no chance that we could have a hug?
: Merlin, is there anything you are actually capable of doing? Merlin
: Putting up with you.
: What actually happened? Merlin
: The usual. I saved your neck. Arthur
: You saved me? Merlin
: Yes. And I can juggle. I keep telling you I have many talents.
: You know, if Morgana doesn't kill you, I will. Arthur
: Threatening your king is treason, Merlin. Merlin
: How about threatening an ass? Arthur
: Heard that!
: I would love to see your fool perform. Given all his failings, he must have SOME skills. Arthur
: You'd think so, wouldn't you? You heard the queen. Jump to it. Merlin
: I'm not a fool. Arthur
: That's debatable. Merlin
: And I don't have any skills. Arthur
: I know that, but we can't refuse the queen when she's granted us safe passage, can we?
: Do you really think Gwaine and Percival could still be alive? Arthur
: I have to find out. They're Knights of the Round Table. It's a bond we share. Merlin
: I understand. Arthur
: If it was you that disappeared, Merlin, I wouldn't bother.
: I swear I'm going to rescue my men, or die trying. Merlin
: And I swear I will protect you or die at your side.
: If only we had a horse. Merlin
: Or a pig. Arthur
: You can't ride a pig. Merlin
: No, but we can roast it... with carrots, parsnip and apples. Arthur
: Merlin... Merlin
: No, you're right. We won't waste those apples. We'll put them in a pie. Arthur
: Stop it.
: The journey from the marsh was an unpleasant one, Merlin. The sea was so wild. At times we feared we would never make it back. Merlin
: The journey you had was mild to what you are about to encounter, Valiant.
: Go below and rest. Prince Valiant
: [patting his shoulder
] In this weather? Easier said than done, Merlin.
: It is not your courage I question, Valiant, or your selflessness. But by risking your life to save one man, you endangered hundreds more who were depending on you to lead them in battle. Remember, Valiant, a leader of men must always temper outrage with sound judgment. Prince Valiant
: I'll remember, Merlin. But if it were to happen again, I believe I would do the same. Merlin
: Yes. I know.
: As you can see the storm has passed; the seas are calm. Prince Valiant
: I wish it were so with my heart.
: This you must do on your own, young prince. The time for dreams is past. Look within your heart to find the answers you seek.
: To the man or woman who leads goes the glory, but, with it, the heavy burden of obligation. It can be a most lonely place.
: Valiant... No matter which direction your path may turn, I suspect that the road may always lead back to Camelot. Prince Valiant
: Thank you, Merlin. Thank you.
] I am Merlin the Magician. The Camelot I have known is no more. Lord Viper and his evil Warlords ravage our land. Oh, when will our king return?
: I have failed. At the moment when it seemed our King Arthur and his knights would bring fairness and good to the kingdom, Morgana used her magic to send them all into the Cave of Glass. She even took Queen Guinevere out of my hand. Now the evil Lord Viper and his Warlords can rule the kingdom. Good has been defeated. Lady of the Table
: [after he slumps against it, the Round Table glows and she rises from it
] You have not been defeated, Merlin. Good can still triumph. Merlin
: How - can it when King Arthur and his knights are no more? Lady of the Table
: Your magic is strong. Somewhere in the future are twelve good men, whose hearts are pure and strong enough to carry on the battle that King Arthur and his knights began. You only can bring them to our world. You only. Merlin
: If these men exist, I will find them if I must search through all eternity.
: You are in what I believe you call the Middle Ages, Sir Brick. Exactly in the Round Table Room of Castle Camelot. I hope your journey wasn't too difficult.
: Welcome, King Arthur. Arthur King
: You got that backwards; it's, Arthur King.
: I brought you here because Morgana has imprisoned King Arthur and his knights in the Cave of Glass. And no one but you can save the world from evil. Sir Wally
] Makes sense to me. What do you think, Brick? Sir Brick
: Just the usual save-the-world stuff, no sweat. Is this Totally Hidden Video?
: She is all that is good. She is the hope of our kingdom. She is beauty and love. She is... Arthur King
: Guinevere. Merlin
: She is your queen, Arthur.
: There's a fragment of sword embedded in his chest. Merlin
: Well, we'll use magic to draw it out. Gaius
: No. The blade that struck Arthur's no ordinary blase. I'm afraid it was forged in a dragon's breath. Its fatal power will not be easily denied.
: Why did you never tell me? Merlin
: I wanted to, but... Arthur
: What? Merlin
: You'd have chopped my head off. Arthur
: I'm not sure what I'd have done. Merlin
: And I didn't want to put you in that position. Arthur
: That's what worried you? Merlin
: Some men are born to plow fields, some live to be great physicians, others to be great kings. Me? I was born to serve you, Arthur, and I'm proud of that, and I wouldn't change a thing.
: So you're not an idiot. That was another lie. Merlin
: No, it's just another part of my charm.
: All these years, Merlin. You never once sought any credit. Merlin
: It's not why I do it.
: Merlin. Whatever happens... Merlin
: Shh. Don't talk. Arthur
: I'm the king, Merlin. You can't tell me what to do. Merlin
: I always have. I'm not going to change now.
: What a joy it is to see you, Arthur. Look at you. You're not so tall and mighty now. You may have won the battle but you've lost the war. You're going to die by Mordred's hand. Oh, don't worry, dear brother. I won't let you die alone. I'll stay and watch over you... until the wolves gorge on your carcass and bathe in your blood. Merlin
: No, the time for all this bloodshed is over. I blame myself for what you've become, but this has to end.
: Go away! Merlin
: All right, but you won't get into the vaults without me. Borden
] And how's a boy like you gonna help? Merlin
: Because I'm the personal servant of King Arthur.
[Julius looks at Merlin anew
: [waking up to find Merlin messing about his keys
] What on earth are you doing? Merlin
: [pretending to examine the cabinet
] Looking for woodworm. Arthur
: Before breakfast? Merlin
: That is when the worms are most active. Arthur
: Get out.
: He's heading east. Arthur
: How do you know that? Merlin
: Because I can sense it. Arthur
: Sense is not a word I associate with you, Merlin.
: But this is your change, Merlin, your chance to escape your meaningless life, your worthless existence. Merlin
: It's not my life that's pitiable. It's yours. You've waste it... for nothing.
: Dragons are magical creatures! They belong to no man! They are there for the benefit of all! Borden
: Whadda you know? Huh? You are but a serving boy! Merlin
: I am the last Dragonlord, and I am warning you - leave this egg alone.
: Is it still alive? The Dragon
: It can live for more than a thousand years. Merlin
: So you are no longer the last of your kind. The Dragon
: Hm. It would seem not. Merlin
: When will it hatch? The Dragon
: Young dragons were called into the world by the Dragonlords. Only they had the power to summon them from the egg. As the last Dragonlord, this solemn duty falls to you, Merlin. Merlin
: How do I summon it? The Dragon
: You must give the dragon a name. Merlin
: [it a heavy mystical voice
[the egg hatches
: Listen, Artie. Eh, if you think this whole mad scene ain't dope, I feel you, dude. I mean, I'm not trying to get up in your grill or raise your roof or whatever, but what I am screamin' is, yo, check out this kazing thazing, bazaby! I mean if it doesn't groove or what I'm sayin' ain't straight trippin' just say, "Oh, no you di'n't! You know, you're gettin' on my last nerve." And then I'll know it's... then I'll - I'll know it's wack!
[Shrek gets hit in the face with a branch that Artie had evidently pulled back
: Somebody help! I've been kidnapped by a monster who's trying to relate to me!
[knocks on the door of a tree incessantly
: Knock, knock. Hello! Hello!
[a holograph of Merlin emits from a crystal a few feet adjacent to the door
: Greetings, cosmic children of the universe. Welcome to my serenity circle. Please leave all bad vibes outside the healing vortex. Now prepare-
[the holograph cuts off. Merlin comes out the front door and says
: I knew I should have got that warranty.
: [convincing Merlin to help them get back to Far Far Away
[weeping like a troubled teen
: It's just so hard, you know? They really need to get back, 'cause their kingdom's in trouble, 'cause there's a really bad man... and it's just so hard! Merlin
: Come on, take it easy! Artie
: No! I don't think you understand!
[collapses at Merlin's feet
: There's a mean person doing mean things to good people Shrek
: Oh, have a heart, old man Artie
: And they really need your help to get them back! So why won't you help them?
[collapses and sobs inaudibly
] Oh, ok... Um, I'll go and get my things Artie
: [stands up and clears his throat
: Piece of cake.
] I'm a buzzing bee... buzz, buzz, buzz... Artie
: Mr. Merlin? They...
[gestures to Shrek and crew, but stops short
: ... *we* really need your help. Do you think you can use your magic to transport us to... Merlin
] Sorry, kid, I don't do that stuff anymore. How about a hug? That's the best kind of magic there is!
: Can I interest anyone in a snack or beverage?
: Greetings, cosmic children of the universe. Welcome to my serenity circle. Please leave all bad vibes outside the healing vortex.
: Now, look into the fire and tell me what you see. Donkey
: Ooh, charades! I see a chocolate waffle with cinnamon swirls. Merlin
: Okay, monster. Go for it.
[Shrek looks into the smoke, sees a baby carriage; tries to blow it away
: Uh... I see a rainbow pony.
: I save Arthur from getting killed and end up as his servant. How is that fair?
: Is it my imagination or are you beginning to enjoy yourself? Merlin
: It isn't totally horrible all the time.
: [to the dragon
] Whatever you think my destiny is, whatever you think it is I'm supposed to do, you've got the wrong person!
: How can I protect someone who hates me? The Dragon
: The half cannot truly hate what makes it whole.
: I thought I told you to get out of my sight. Merlin
: Don't fight Valiant in the final tomorrow. He'll use the shield against you... Arthur
: I know. Merlin
: Then withdraw. You have to withdraw... Arthur
: Don't you understand? I can't withdraw. The people expect their prince to fight. How can I lead men into battle if they think I'm a coward? Merlin
: Valiant will kill you! If you fight you die! Arthur
: Then I die! Merlin
: How can you go out there and fight like that? Arthur
: Because I have to. It's my duty.
: I'm sorry. It was unfair of me to sack you. Merlin
: It's okay. Buy me a drink and we'll call it even. Arthur
: I can't very well be seen buying my servant a drink. Merlin
: Your servant? You sacked me. Arthur
: Now I'm rehiring you.
: My room is a mess, my armor needs polishing,
[Merlin's smile fades
: my boots need cleaning, my dogs need exercising, and someone needs to muck out my stalls.
: You're not scared of me? Merlin
: Being different is nothing to be scared of.
: This isn't breakfast. Where's the meat and cheese? Merlin
: It's the new breakfast. We've got to keep you in shape. Arthur
: I'm fighting fit! Merlin
: And we want to keep you that way.
: Are those my sausages? Merlin
: Yes. Arthur
: You took them. Merlin
: To keep you in shape. Arthur
: I am not fat. Merlin
: Not yet. See its working.
: What do you want with it ham? Cheese? Anything you want! Freya
: Strawberries. Merlin
: Strawberries it is.
[Accidently produces a rose
: That's not a strawberry. Merlin
: It's the right color.
: Something's been bothering you. Was it when I threw water at you. Merlin
: That wasn't very nice. Arthur
: No. It wasn't fair. But neither was calling me fat.
: I'm so sorry for what that sorcerer did to you. Freya
: Merlin, you have nothing to be sorry for. Merlin
: There must be something I can do, some way to save you. Freya
: You've already saved me. You made me feel loved. Merlin
: I don't want you to go. Freya
: One day, Merlin, I will repay you. I promise.
: Could somebody tell me what happened? Merlin
: Well... Uther Pendragon
: Someone with a brain.
: [after Arthur rescues a beautiful damsel
] Shut up, Merlin. Merlin
: I didn't say anything. Arthur
: You didn't have to.
: If this was a time of war, I would have you flogged. Merlin
] And since it's not we'll let it go just this once?
[new scene finds him in the stocks
: I forgot how much fun this was.
: Who are you to tell me what I'm thinking? Merlin
: I'm your friend. Arthur
: No, Merlin. You're my servant.
: [waking up after being unconcious
] What happened? Where am I? Merlin
: Can you remember anything? Arthur
: Ah... Oh, my head.
: There was a girl. Sophia. She, uh... I asked my father something about her. I asked him...
[remembers and sits up, a look of disgust on his face
: What was I thinking? Merlin
: Well, we did wonder. Ecspecially when you eloped with her last night. Arthur
: I did *what*? Gaius
: Merlin had to bring you back to Camelot. Arthur
: I don't recall any of this! Gaius
: Must have been some blow. Arthur
] *What blow?* Merlin
: Well once I caught up with you, I couldn't persuade you to return. You were beyond reason. So I had to make you. Arthur
] You managed to knock me out? Merlin
] Yep. With a lump of wood. Gaius
: He only did it to bring you back safely. Arthur
: [stabs a finger in their faces, dead serious
] No one can know about this. Any of this. Is that understood.
[they nod and Arthur falls back on the bed, groaning
: But even the thought, "I'm not thinking a thought" is thinking, isn't it? Merlyn
: Yes, and thinking is the sort of thing you should get into the habit of doing as often as possible.
] A Knight
: The rules of battle are not for Lancelot Du Lac, Your Majesty! Let us attack now while they sleep! King Arthur
] We will attack when I give the command - at dawn.
[the knight leaves, and Arthur begins to talk to himself
] King Arthur
: Oh, Merlyn, Merlyn, why is Ginny in that castle, behind walls I cannot enter? How did I blunder into this agonizing absurdity? Where did I stumble? How did I go wrong? Should I not have loved her?
] King Arthur
: Then I should not have been born! Oh, Merlyn, I haven't got much time. Within an inch of sunlight, the arrows begin to fly. If I am to die in battle, please, please do not let me die bewildered! Merlyn
: [voice only, far off in the distance
] Think back, Arthur! Think back!
King Arthur as a Boy
: What's the best thing for being sad? Merlyn
: The best thing for being sad is to learn something.
: Learn. Learn - why the world wags and what wags it!
: How could I learn if I couldn't think? And I couldn't think; so, I couldn't learn. But, even to think the thought, I thought. But, even the thought, I'm not thinking a thought, is thinking, isn't it? Merlyn
: Yes! And thinking, boy, is something you should definitely get into the habit of making use of, as often as possible. Thinking helps in everything. Everything but love, that is. Love is a sort of seventh day, so thinking can rest.
: For a long time I've had dreams of a new threat from a faraway land. Now that threat is here. Sir Gallop
: Threat? Oh, yeah, well, I'm gonna teach them the meanin' of "threat" if they lay a hand on Katherine.
: [his sneezes creates a cloud which forms a swarm of bats
] Begone! Happens every time I'm not feeling well.
: All the magic at my command and I still can't rid myself of a common cold. Arthur King
: Don't feel bad, Merlin; even the doctors in my time haven't locked that one yet.
: We'll take care of 'er for ya. Sir Brick
: Yeah, don't sweat it, buddy. Merlin
: It may well be something to sweat about, Sir Brick.
: I sneezed so many times I was thinking of turning my nose into a toad, just to be rid of it.
: [riding out to a picnic
] Well, this is nice, isn't it? Just the two of us? Gwen
: Well, three of us. Arthur
: Merlin? Merlin doesn't count. Merlin
: Don't count? Not here... Not actually speaking right now...
: You noticed anything about Gwen of late? Gaius
: Nothing unusual. Why? Merlin
: I'm not sure, exactly. Gaius
: Something she's said? Something she's done? Merlin
: No. It's nothing in particular. It just seems to me that ever since she returned from The Dark Tower, she hasn't been quite herself. Gaius
: Well, is that so surprising? She lost her only brother. Elyan was all the family she had, and grief changes people, Merlin. Merlin
: I know they do, but... Gaius
: Besides, we can only guess at what Morgana put her through. Merlin
: That's what worries me.
: I don't think this is over. Sir Gwaine
: What do you mean? Merlin
: Well, whoever's responsible for the attack on Arthur's life - what's to stop them from trying again? Sir Gwaine
: They haven't a chance. The citadel's on full alert. Every entrance, every exit's being watched. Trust me, Arthur's safe as long as he remains in Camelot. Merlin
: That's just it. What if he's not safe here? What if Camelot's the most dangerous place that he could be? Who could have access to the stables? Who could've known the way out to the cells? Who knew that Tyr would do anything to protect his mother? You need to stay close to Arthur and do whatever you can to protect him. Sir Gwaine
: You have my word on it, Merlin.
: Merlin, I would strongly recommend that you start showing a little less interest in Geinevere's clothing and a little more interest in mine. Merlin
: I think I prefer Gwen's. Arthur
: I'm gong to... do everything in my power to try and forget that you ever just said that. I suggest you do the same.
: You! What are you doing in my kitchen? Merlin
: [as the aged Emrys
] Nothing. Audrey
: "Nothing" means "mischief" in my book. Merlin
: Well, you've been reading the wrong book. Audrey
: And "mischief" means "theft." Merlin
: No, it doesn't. Audrey
: And theft means my pies. Merlin
: Your pies? Why on earth would anyone want to steal your godforsaken pies? Audrey
: My pies are the talk of Camelot. Merlin
: Oh. Yes, indeed they are - a crust like rusted iron, a filling like last year's horse dung, and the smell - oh, yes - just like the guard house's latrine! Audrey
: No one insults my pies and gets away with it! Merlin
: Oh, I'm sorry. Should I speak instead of your poisonous flans - like vomit, curdling in the noonday sun - or your dumplings? The king, himself, likened them to freshly lain frog spawn wrapped in pig snot! Audrey
: What would you know about the king and my dumplings? Merlin
: Oh, good grief.
: [of Mordred
] He's fond of the king, and the feeling is mutual. They've become great friends. Merlin
: That's my fear. Arthur's blind to him. I'm not. I won't make that same mistake.
: What ARE you doing? Merlin
: I'm like a swan. It seems I'm not doing anything but there's a lot of work going on underneath. Arthur
: Hm. Interesting. I see you more as a head louse. Merlin
: Right? Arthur
: Useless. Irritating.
: Why? Merlin
: I didn't tell 'im. Mordred
: You gave me your word! Merlin
: I swear! Mordred
: You did it because you hate me. Merlin
: No. Mordred
: This time you've gone too far. You'll pay, Merlin.
: The law must be applied. It is paramount. Merlin
: You're breaking his heart. You'll lose his trust. Think again... Arthur
: There's nothing I can do. In time, Mordred will understand that. He'll come to forgive me. Merlin
: I fear you're wrong, Arthur. Arthur
: Only time will tell.
: I've made a terrible mistake, haven't I? Merlin
: Hope not.
: Here! Come and join me.
[Merlin, Gwen, Gaius, Lancelot, Gwaine, Elyan, Leon, and Percival take seats around the round table along with him
: This table belonged to the ancient kings of Camelot. A round table afforded no man more importance than any other. They believed in equality in all things. So, it seems fitting that we revive this tradition now. Without each of you, we would not be here. My father has languished in prison for too long. Tomorrow, I make my bid to rescue him. Are there any around this table who will join me?
[each of them stand and talk in turns
: You taught me the values of being a knight, the code by which a man should live his life. To fight with honour for justice, freedom, and all that's good. I believe in the world that you will build. Elyan
: Even though I was a commoner, a nobody, you were willing to lay down your life for me, Arthur. It is now my turn to repay you. Sir Leon
: I have fought alongside you many times. There is no one that I would rather die for. Gwaine
] I think we've no chance. But I wouldn't miss it for the world. Percival
: Your enemies are my enemies. Gaius
: If you need an old man.
[Arthur smiles briefly, tears flowing in his eyes
: You know the answer.
[everyone has now stood up, except for Merlin, who grins where he is still sitting
: [raises an eyebrow
] Merlin? Merlin
: No, I don't really fancy it. Arthur
: You don't have a choice, Merlin. Merlin
[he stands with a smile, then nods seriously
: You're a knight. At last. Lancelot
] But for how long? Merlin
: Who knows. Lancelot
: What are you planning? And don't even think about lying. I know you too well. Merlin
: It's too difficult to explain. Lancelot
: You can tell me. Merlin
: Morgana has the Cup of Life. If I can find it, and empty it of the blood within, then the army will be destroyed, and Morgana will be powerless. Lancelot
: Aren't you forgetting something? It's guarded. By an immortal army. Merlin
: Aren't you forgetting something? I have magic. Lancelot
: Doesn't make you immortal. Merlin
: No. Lancelot
: You know, Merlin, you're the one Arthur should knight. You're the bravest of us all, and he doesn't even know.
: You need to be careful. Merlin
] I've got the easy bit. The warning bell is nothing compared to the cells. Gaius
: I overheard you, Merlin. If Morgause catches you, she'll kill you. Merlin
: [nods, now serious
] I have no choice. Gaius
: [smiles proudly
] I remember the bumbling idiot that came charging into my chambers all those years ago. Who would believe?
: It's over, Morgana. Morgana
: No, you're wrong. This has just begun!
: Have you seen the state of these boots? Merlin
: Yeah. Arthur
: Well, go and get something to clean them. Merlin
: Why? They're YOUR boots. Arthur
: Have you lost your mind? Merlin
: I thought you believed in equality. Arthur
: I'm sorry. Merlin
: At the round table, you said... Arthur
: Shut up, Merlin.
: I was just caught up in Sir Mordred's words. Lady Morgana
: Yes. There are times when Mordred speaks a great many more of them than he should. Merlin
: But in spite of their number, they still have the feeling that they leave much of the story untold.
: Much of life appears senseless, at first glance.
: You do love surprises, don't you? Merlin
: Surprises, my young friend, are the stuff of life itself.
: Your memory of Mordred's crest and its meaning to you is not lost, Valiant. It is simply - misplaced, for the moment.
: You have simply looked upon the truth. And there are times when that can be a terrible and frightening thing.
: "Simple-minded fool?" Arthur
: Oh, I was being kind, believe me. You almost got me killed in there. Merlin
: Me? You seemed to be doing a pretty good job of that yourself. Arthur
: What is wrong with you? Why can you never just let me be? Merlin
: I'm your friend! I was looking out for you. Arthur
: I appreciate that. In your very confused way you're only trying to help, but, please... don't do it again.
: [thinking he's cornered Merlin
] Trapped, are we?
[an arrow from one of Arthur's men suddenly cuts down a Caerleon man
] That's the idea.
: Arthur. You've always shown mercy in battle. You've never sought to humiliate your enemy in this way. This isn't like you.
: We just want you to know there isn't a man among us who would not die for you. We've made our pledge, and we wear the Pendragon crest with pride. Tomorrow we fight in your name, sire, for freedom and justice in this land. Arthur
: Thank you, Elyan. Thank you all.
[the knights exit
: They mean it, sire. Every word. Arthur
: I never once questioned their loyalty. I do wonder if I deserve it.
: [returning to Camelot amidst a cheering crowd
] You're a hero. Arthur
: Thank you, Merlin. Merlin
: Not to me. To your people. Arthur
: Right. You think different? Merlin
: Maybe I know something they don't. Arthur
: Which is? Merlin
: You know... that you're a cabbage head.
: What have they done to you? Merlin
: Other than wounding my pride, Valiant, and tearing a hole in my robe, not as much as may have appeared.
: You see, there are certain advantages to wearing these billowing robes.
: It was a dark time, a bleak time, without hope. A time before Arthur, when the very sky was falling down and the wrath of the stars dried up the crops in the fields.
: But, Merlin, I was always told that the story of the sword in the stone was only a legend. Merlin
: It seems you have been misinformed, young Denys.
: Oh. Excalibur. The beauty of it takes my breath away. Merlin
: The sight of it in Arthur's hands is often enough to cow his foes. There is great power in legends, Denys. And more often than not a measure of the truth.
] Prince Valiant
: Well done, Rowanne. In fact, yours was the closest of all. Rowenne
: You sound surprised, Valiant. As if I never win. Arn
: It's more like you never lose. Prince Valiant
: And I, for one, am beginning to be bored by it. Rowenne
: What was that, my narrow-minded prince? Merlin
: Valiant, come with me. Prince Valiant
] Alas, duty calls. Rowenne
: Let's hope it doesn't call for much skill with a blade.
: We can be honest with each other. Valiant is not the only one who has no love for Duncan. King Arthur
: It is not those who lack compassion for him that worry me.
: There is much in life that is open to change, Valiant, if men of courage and vision are wiling to risk their courage and well-being to do so.
: When you arrive in Kengarry, you could try to make Ian see things differently. To find a way other than death in which Duncan could pay for his crime. Prince Valiant
: Ah, that is an almost-impossible task, Merlin. Merlin
: It could be. If I were suggesting it to a less extraordinary man.
: You cannot temper steel without fire, Arthur. King Arthur
: True, Merlin, but even steel can be consumed if the fire burns hot enough.
: What's wrong? It's your birthday, huge feast is being held in your honor, and you've got dancers, jugglers and acrobats to entertain you.
] It must be a terrible burden. Arthur
: Perhaps I'm less easily impressed than you. Merlin
: I'M really looking forward to it. Arthur
: 'Cause you have the mind of a child. Merlin
: [under his breath
] And yet I'm still more intelligent than you. Arthur
] I heard that!
: Arthur's planning on using magic? Merlin
: He's desperate. He knows it's his only hope of healing Uther. Gaius
: Merlin, please tell me you're not going to do this. Merlin
: I'd be lying if I said no. Gaius
: You can't risk exposing yourself like this. It's too dangerous. Merlin
: Arthur didn't recognize me last time when I was eighty years old. There's no reason why he should this time. Gaius
: Need I remind you the last time you used an aging spell you nearly had yourself burnt at the stake. Merlin
: It's worth the risk. Gaius
: Do you think Uther is going to thank you for healing him with magic? He's more likely to have you hanged. Merlin
: Uther will never change his attitude towards magic - I know THAT - but if Arthur allows it to be used to heal his father, his attitude will be changed forever. He'll see that magic CAN be a force for good.
: [about to visit a sorcerer
] Are you joining me? Merlin
: [shaking his head
] We don't want to overwhelm him. Probably doesn't get many visitors. I'll stay out here and watch the horses. Arthur
: I have never met anyone who's so scared so often. Scream like a big girl if there's any trouble. Merlin
: Don't worry. You'll hear me.
: [as the aged Emrys
] So if you haven't come all this way to kill me, why have you come here? I take it you didn't come all this way just to smash my favorite pot.
: [as the aged Emrys
] Questions, so many questions! For once in your life, will you JUST DO AS YOU'RE TOLD?
: [to the creature which crawled out of one his books
] Sorry. I forgot you were in there.
: Powers That Be, I call upon thee. To help Arthur pass this trouble, make he and his knights a double.
: Follow the light, Sir Lance. Follow the light of good.
: He's been to a place few have been. The heart of Camelot. The bedrock upon which the castle was built. The pure source of goodness from which its power flows.
: Thank you, Sir Lance. But all that this key means is nothing compared to what you have known. You have looked into the face of good, and it has smiled back at you. Truly, you are blessed among men.
: History has just turned a page that will forever change the world. King Arthur
: Perhaps, but I have no choice but to meet it head-on.
: Maldon has taken from the future and with what he has taken, he is more than able to destroy the present.
: [preparing a weapon
] Let us hope our light is stronger than Maldon's darkness.
: Always, remember, Arthur, as long asa single pure heart survives, the dream will live.
] Prince Valiant
: Well, Merlin, at least we have seen the end of this dreadful black powder. Merlin
: No, Valiant. I suspect it will come again. We can only pray that when it does, mankind will have learned to use its power more wisely.
: What did you do? I said distract them, not knock them out! Merlin
: There is just no pleasing you sometimes.
: What are you doing Merlin? Merlin
: I must have fallen asleep. Uh, I'm exhausted. I can barely keep my eyes open.
[Arthur pours water on Merlin's head
: Thank you. I feel so much better.
: These stink! They are really bad! Arthur
: Perhaps you prefer to be eaten alive. Merlin
: Pass me some more, would you?
: If you dare tell anyone about this, I promise, I will make your life a living hell. Merlin
: More than you already do? Arthur
: The ransom was supposed to be delivered to veil of Denaria. Which means, save a day riding if we cut through the caves of Andor. Merlin
: Oh no, I know that face. I'm not going to like this, a I? Arthur
: They're infested with wildren. Merlin
: What are wildren? Arthur
: They're like giant...
[sees Merlin's face
: -baby rats. Merlin
: Baby rats? They don't sound so bad. Arthur
: They feast on human flesh. Merlin
: Maybe we should go over the mountains.
: I'm thinking. Gaius
: You know how bad that is for you.
: How come I didn't know any of this? How come you didn't say anything? Arthur
: That's what "confidential" means, Merlin - keeping it from blabbermouths like you. Merlin
: You can't do this. Arthur
: No. You're right. I can't. Oh, wait a second. I'm the king, so I can.
: You're not a fan of hunting? Merlin
: What sport is it where one side has dogs and spears and crossbows and the other nothing? Princess Mithian
: You're not much of a fan of me, either, are you? Come on, Merlin. I'd have to be a fool not to notice. Merlin
: Uh, I'm sorry if I've caused offense. Princess Mithian
: I'm sure you have, uh, good reasons. One thing I've learned since being here is that Arthur values your opinion above almost all others. Merlin
] No... Princess Mithian
: Even if he'd be the last person to admit it. Merlin
: You can say that again. Princess Mithian
: I like him, Merlin. I really do. I didn't expect to, but... well, he's a lovable person, isn't he? Underneath it all. All I ask is that you give me a chance. Can you do that? Merlin
: Maybe we should call it a day. Arthur
: Nonsense. We've barely begun. Merlin
: Not much point in hunting if there's nothing to hunt, is there? Arthur
: We could always give you a five-minute head start, Merlin.
: This is one of those moments where I tell you something isn't a good idea and you ignore me, isn't it? Arthur
: You're learning, Merlin. Slowly, but you're learning.
[Arthur tosses Dagr
: I'm gonna to make you pay for that. Merlin
: I'd like to see you try.
[Dagr whistles and several large men enter the tavern
: You had to open you're big mouth, didn't you, Merlin?
: It's a shame. He would've been a great knight. Merlin
: Maybe one day he still will. Arthur
: The rules won't allow it. Knights are noblemen. Always have been, always will be. It's a tradition that...
[Sees Gwen say goodbye to Gwaine
: They seem very friendly. Merlin
: Why should you care? Arthur
: I don't.
: She could do better than that! Merlin
: What, she should be setting her sights... higher? Oh, but I forget, she can't. A girl of Gwen's standing, no. She can never consort with a nobleman. That's the rules. Arthur
: Merlin? Merlin
: Shut up. Arthur
: You guessed it.
: Who's that? Arthur
: Ahh, Sir Darien. He's here for the melee. Merlin
: Oh, yeah, the tournament where the knights ride around hitting each other with blunt weapons for no good reason. Arthur
: A little more to it than that. Merlin
: Really? All I've ever seen is people getting the seven bells knocked out of them so that the last man standing can be called a winner. Arthur
: The melee is the ultimate test of strength and courage. Merlin
: Are you sure we're talking about the same thing? Arthur
: Well, I wouldn't expect you to understand. You're not a knight. Merlin
: Well, if it means I don't get clobbered 'round the head, I'm glad of it.
[Arthur is going to Camlann
: I hoped never to hear that name again. Gaius
: He can not go, Merlin. You'll have to persuade him. Merlin
: I know Arthur better than I know myself. He'll not listen. Gaius
: If Arthur goes to Camlann, the prophecy will come true and he will die. Merlin
: This battle's the only way he knows how to save his people. If he's going to lose his life, he'll still go. Gaius
: Then what are we to do? Merlin
: If I can't prevent him from going, then I must protect him as best I can. Gaius
: But you can't protect him without your magic. Merlin
: Then I must regain my magic. Gaius
: I can't restore it. It's beyond my power. Merlin
: I know. Perhaps it's beyond anyone's power. No. If there's an answer, I must seek it elsewhere. Gaius
: But where? Merlin
: The birthplace of magic itself. The Crystal Cave.
: I just wanted to make sure you had all you needed for your journey to Camlann, for the days ahead. Arthur
: Thank you... Merlin. Whadda you mean "my" journey? Merlin
: I'm afraid I won't be coming with you. Not this time. I'm sorry. I have an urgent errand to run for Gaius. Vital supplies that I can't obtain here. Arthur
: Vital supplies? Merlin
: Yes. It's not that I'm... Arthur
: No, no... It's fine. It's fine. I understand. Merlin
: Arthur... Arthur
: You know, Merlin, all those jokes about you being a coward... I never really meant any of them. I always thought you were the bravest man I ever met. Guess I was wrong.
: Merlin, you are more than a son of your father. You are son of the earth, the sea, the sky. Magic is the fabric of this world, and you were born of that magic. You are magic itself. You can not lose what you are. Merlin
: But how do I find myself again? Balinor
: Believe, Merlin. Believe what your heart knows to be true, that you have always been and always will be.
: Arthur, I'm sorry I had to leave you. I didn't want to. I hope one day you'll understand why.
: You belong at Arthur's side. I've seen how much he needs you, how much you need him. You're like two sides of the same coin. Merlin
: I've heard someone say that about us before. I'm going to miss you. Hunith
: I'm going to miss you too. When you left, you were just a boy. Now look at you. I'm so proud of you. When the time is right, the truth will be known. Until then you must keep your talents hidden. It's better for everyone.
: Merlin, it can't be done. The odds are too great. Merlin
: It can. We're going to make Kanen rue the day he ever came to this village. All you need to do is get the men ready for battle and the rest... will take care of itself. Arthur
: How? Merlin
: You've just got to believe in them. Because if you don't, they'll sense it and the battle will be lost before it's even begun.
: Have you still not learned how to dress yourself? Arthur
: You don't have a dog and fetch the stick yourself. No offence, Merlin. Merlin
: None taken.
: She's my mother. I have got to look after her before anyone else. You understand? Arthur
: I'd do exactly the same. Well... you've been terrible. Really. I mean it, the worst servant I've ever had. Merlin
: Thank you, sire.
: We must keep my father hidden. Merlin
: Why don't we disguise him? Arthur
: That might just work. Merlin
: We could dress him as a woman. Arthur
: That on the other hand... Merlin
: We could dress him as a servant. Arthur
: That's better.
: We can't leave him here. We have to lift him onto the bed. Merlin
: Why? He's asleep, he's not gonna know. Arthur
: Merlin! Merlin
: Uh... I'll get him a pillow. Arthur
: He's the king! Merlin
: Alright. Two pillows.
: I always thought silence would be a blessing with you, but I find it just as irritating. You're a riddle, Merlin. Merlin
: A riddle? Arthur
: Yes. But I've gotten to quite like you. Merlin
: Yeah? Arthur
: Now that I realize you're not as big a fool as you look. Merlin
: Yeah. I feel the same. Now that I realize you aren't as arrogant as you sound. Arthur
: Still think I'm arrogant? Merlin
: No. More... supercilious. Arthur
: That's a big word Merlin. Are you sure you know what it means? Merlin
: Condescending. Arthur
: Very good. Merlin
: Patronizing. Arthur
: It doesn't quite mean that. Merlin
: No, these are other things you are. Arthur
: Hang on. Merlin
: Over bearing. Arthur
: Very over-bearing. Arthur
: Merlin! Merlin
: You wanted me to talk!
[Merlin helps Arthur with his armor
: Well, look on the bright side Merlin. Chances are you won't have to clean this again. Merlin
: You might be careful. Do not force the battle. Arthur
: Yes, Sire! Merlin
: I'm serious. Arthur
: I can tell. Merlin
: Let matters take their course. Arthur
: Merlin, if I die, please...
: The dragon lord today. I saw you. One thing I tell all my young knights. No mane is worth your tears. Merlin
: You're certainly not.
[Merlin picks up a sword
: What are you doing? Merlin
: I'm coming with you. Arthur
: Merlin, chances are I am going to die. Merlin
: Yeah. You probably would if I weren't there. Arthur
: Right. Merlin
: Do you know how many times I've had to save your royal backside? Arthur
: Well, at least you have your sense of humor back.
[They both walk towards the door
: Are you really going to face this dragon with me? Merlin
: Well, I'm not going to sit here and watch. I know it's hard for you to understand how feel, but I care a hell of a lot about that armor. I'm not going to let you mess it up.
: Better to serve a good man than rule with an evil one.
: I did that girth up myself. Arthur
: Well I think that might have been the problem! Merlin
: It wasn't my fault. Cedric
: Would you like me to fit the girth properly for you, Sire? Arthur
: Thank you. Cedric
: It is an honour to be of service to the prince. Arthur
: An honour. Do you hear that, Merlin? Cedric
: Allow me the honour of brushing your clothes down. Arthur
] The honour.
: What are you doing? Merlin
: Nothing. Arthur
: I can see that. Merlin
: I wasn't sleeping. I was, I was just bending down. Arthur
: Looking for something. Merlin
: Yes. Arthur
: Perhaps we're looking for the same thing. Merlin
: What? Arthur
: Oh, I don't know, the horses!
: I - I don't know what happened! Cedric
: Sire. Please sire, don't be too hard on him. He's a good servant, he just - he's tired. Merlin
: I am not. Cedric
: Maybe, maybe if he had the evening off... Merlin
: I don't want the evening off. Cedric
: A good night's rest... Merlin
: I did not fall asleep! Cedric
: I'm more than willing to take over his duties tonight. Arthur
: Perhaps you're right... Merlin
: No! Arthur
: Shut up, Merlin. Merlin
: Can't you see what he's trying to do? He's trying to get rid of me, and if you weren't such a clotpole, you'd see that!
: Next time we might not be so lucky. Arthur
: I love your optimism.
: Merlin, I've always known you were stupid, but not that stupid. Merlin
: No, really, I'm that stupid. And if you don't believe me, watch.
: If Mordred is not Arthur's Bane, then who is? The Euchdag
: I feel that the die is cast and that, for good or ill, Albion's great trial has begun.
: It smells like rotten eggs. Merlin
: On the contrary, Valiant, it smells like freedom. Arn
: I swear, there are times I fear that for all of his wisdom, Merlin may well be crazy. Prince Valiant
: Perhaps, but if he is, then we would all do well to be so crazy.
: We'll be fine. As long as we can see both what is there, and what we perceive to be there.
: Sometimes I look at him, Merlin, and I see myself. Merlin
: Yes, as you once were, so he is. Prince Valiant
: Have I really lost my ability to dream, Merlin? Merlin
: Oh, I don't think you've lost it, Valiant. Perhaps it's just temporarily misplaced.
: Dreams can be the seeds of reality, Denys. You never know when they may take root and bloom. Dreams are what make life worth living, Denys. They are your future, and you must fight for them. They are your most precious possessions.
: The universe. Vast, desolate, cold. Still and lifeless, save for a solitary outpost. The planet Earth. Our fragile Eden. A precious vibrant stone glittering in the cosmic void. How is it that humankind seems so intent on charting a course that would lead to its destruction? Threatening it with the ruthless hand of war, dishonoring it with the grim parade of man's inhumanity to man? It seems at times that we have eaten of a vile root, that we have abandoned reason, leaving many of us to believe that peace on Earth is unattainable. A dream dreamed by a fool. But it is from such a dream that hope is born, and men of courage draw their strength.
: We can no more abandon the celebration of Christmas than we can abandon hope itself. King Arthur
: Hope is all we have now. Hope that Valiant and the others will put an end to this senseless violence... That they will soon find their way home to Camelot.
: I don't understand, Merlin. It's so peaceful here. People are fighting and dying... It's Christmas Eve. Can't they even stop for that? Merlin
: War becomes a kind of addiction for some, Denys. A violent drug which leaves its victims only able to live in battle and feed on danger. Denys
: How will it ever stop then? Merlin
: Mmm, how indeed?
] Prince Valiant
: I bring you tidings of hope, Your Majesties. For at this moment, there is peace on Earth. Merlin
: Peace on Earth. There are those who call that notion the promise of fools, nothing but a dream, And if that is so, then, let us become dreamers. One and all.
: Where's breakfast? Merlin
: Say "Ah." Arthur
[Merlin shoves a scone in Arthur's mouth
: Merlin! Merlin
: I've set aside some practice time. Arthur
: Oh, wonderful. What for? Quarterstaff? Battle ax? Merlin
: Your speech. Arthur
: Who to? Merlin
: The guild of harness polishers. Arthur
: The guild of who? I don't know anything about polishing. Merlin
: Fortunately, I do.
[Merlin unrolls a long scroll
: That'll take hours to learn. Merlin
: You don't have hours. First, you have to receive Odin's envoy. Arthur
: Do I have to give a speech? Merlin
: No. You have to listen to one. Then you're to inspect the guards, perform a freeman's ceremony... oh!... and be a judge. Arthur
: Preside over a trial? Merlin
: A garland competition! Arthur
: I never get any time to myself. Merlin
: I know. It's almost like having to work.
: [to Gaius and Merlin
] I think I owe both of you an apology. Merlin
: Not to me. To Gaius. Arthur
: Yes. Merlin, will you give us a moment? Merlin
: Does that mean I get the morning off? Arthur
: Yes. Yes, you can have the morning off to clean my chambers, polish my armor, and launder my clothes. Merlin
: YOU certainly know how to apologize.
: You're doing very well, Arthur. Arthur
: I don't think so. Merlin
: Everyone's saying it. Arthur
: I'm glad your friends at the tavern approve. Merlin
: I'm serious. You are becoming a very good king. Arthur
: Thank you. You're still the worst servant I've ever known.
: Oh, I was mistaken to split my bad side from the good in me.
: Why are you doing this to me, Merlin? Why are you doing this? Merlin
: Because, my boy, you're asleep.
: Good. Now it's just you and me. Merlin
: [summons a hydra
] And a few of my friends.
: The strength of a people united is greater than the power of any evil.
: Take your light into the darkness of Bridgeford, young prince. And show them the way to Camelot.
] King Arthur
: Whatever this new light is, old friend, we must see that it continues to shine.
: Well done, young Valiant. Well done.
: I had another dream. Merlin
: That right? Billy
: Black bird again. Same black bird Merlin
: Way you get knocked around, you're bound to have some weird dreams, Billy.
: If I didn't believe in magic, I'd still be treating gall bladders, prostates and stuff like that. See, magic ain't got nothing to do with organs and glands and busted necks. Magic got to do with the soul, man. Only the soul's got destiny. It got wings. It's can fly. That's magic. The body? The body's just got a few minutes down here in the dirt with the rest of us. Billy
: You see things before they happen. Merlin
: That's probability. Some things is just sure to happen. Seeing em comin' ain't nothing to get excited about. Billy
: No, you taught me too good, magician. You taught me to believe. That black bird's gonna get me.
: [waking a disoriented Bagman, who was asleep by the campfire
] There's not two different fights, there can't be two different fights. You got to fight for your ideals, and if you die, your ideals don't die. The code that we're living by is the truth. The truth IS the code! I can't let people walk on that idea, I can't!
[He rises, heads to the motorcycles
: [waking as Billy starts his motorcycle
] What the hell's going on? Merlin
: [who has been watching silently all along
] Billy's using your bike.
: Your faith in your success and cause may be the only thing to see us through.
: You have no power in this room. There is too much good here. Feel the power of the good.
: Leave this place where evil is not allowed.
: I've brought you your ceremonial sword. Arthur
: Is that for me to fall on? Merlin
: Hopefully not. What's wrong? Arthur
: You wouldn't understand, Merlin. You have no idea what it's like to have a destiny you can't escape. Merlin
: Destines are troublesome things. You feel trapped. Like your life is being planned out for you and you've got no control over anything, and sometimes you don't even know if the destiny decided is really the best thing at all. Arthur
: How come you're so knowledgeable? Merlin
: Hm? I read a book.
: I think Elena may be a changeling. Merlin
: Changeling? Gaius
: Inhabited by a fairy at birth. It would explain the clumsiness... Merlin
: And Elena has no idea this thing's inside? Gaius
: [shakes head
] And when the time comes, it will possess her entirely.
: Please tell me you've fixed the potion. I have a very bad feeling about this. Gaius
: The witches of Meredor are the worst recipe writers I've known. Merlin
: Gaius! Gaius
: I'm working on it. But we need to find the stamen of a dropwort flower. They're rarer than a four-leaf clover.
: Saturn is rising. It must be that all the planets revolve around the sun. It is the only explanation.
: [to a frog
] You have nothing to fear, my little green friend; I just need the use of some of your water.
: Merlin! I thought we'd lost you! Merlin
: No. You'll never lose me, Arthur. Though sometimes our paths might take us in different directions, we'll always arrive at the same destination.
: Is there nothing that escapes you, old friend? Merlin
: Well, very little, I'm afraid.
: He is too young. Too volatile. Too reckless. Merlin
: Indeed. And is he more reckless than a knight who would conceal a serious injury from his king as he is leading an army into battle?
] Give me strength. Merlin
: You have the strength, Valiant. Prince Valiant
: To fight, yes. But to lead an army, Merlin?
: Do you have any idea what it's like to live with a man who constantly thinks he's the best? Merlin
: Mm. Must be irritating.
: It's... lonely. To be more powerful than any man you know, and have to live like a shadow. To be special, and have to pretend you're a fool. I know how it feels, I... understand.
: Some choices are easy. Some stay with you forever.
] So... Merlin. Being saved by a woman, that really can't feel good. Merlin
: Feels a lot better than being dead. Arthur
: Does it? Being saved by a woman or dying. I'd have to think about that one. Merlin
: Well, don't think too hard. I wouldn't want you to hurt yourself.
: [Merlin is investigating a noise and is about to strike
] Gwaine! Sir Gwaine
: Sorry. Call of nature. Merlin
: I could have killed you! Sir Gwaine
: With a fishing rod? "Sir Gwaine was slain with a fishing rod." That's the stuff of legends, eh?
: It's almost good to see you, Merlin. Merlin
: Likewise. Arthur
: I'm afraid, Merlin. And do you know what frightens me the most? Merlin
: What, Arthur? King Arthur
: I am afraid for myself. Merlin, I want Duncan's head even more than Ian does. Merlin
: It is a hard thing, Arthur, when a man is caught between the theories of his head and the passions of his heart.
: Will it work? Or will this New Order of mine turn against me? Merlin
: [someone knocks at the door
] It is time to find out, Arthur.
: You know it is better to free a hundred guilty men than to take the life of one who is innocent.
: No, don't eat it! You'll get feathers everywhere!
: [Watching Hermes continuing to joust after his head falls off
] I have seen similar phenomen in chickens, M'Lord
: It is metal it attracts, Sir Mordred! Touch not metal with the blade! Sir Mordred
: May his head be not of metal!
: Remember, Arthur, the hunter that waits in silence often has a fuller belly than one who trumpets his arrival.
: Now go and get some rest. I fear that soon there will be little time for it.
: Your powers are truly wondrous. Merlin
: They are merely powers of observation, Valiant.
: There is no greater challenge for a man than trying to read the mysteries of a woman's heart.
: What has become of the king's attackers? Sir Bryant
: Either dead or driven off. But at a price Camelot cannot afford to pay.
: Guinevere oversees the placement of art and objects of beauty within the kingdom. I suggest you deliver the baby to her. After all, have you ever seen a more delicate or beautiful work of art?
: Man, Merlin, the way you that were throwin' those passes, you could've been a first-round draft pick. Merlin
: Eh, yes, wh - why, thank you, Sir Tone.
: Success or failure lies in your own hands and in your own heart.
: Nobody can destroy Morgana.
: Is it worse to live a lie for the good of many, or to be truthful in order to lighten the burden on your own soul?
: It's out of my own past that he's come to haunt me.
: The ghost which has come to Camelot is my own.
: Who are you? Ambrosinus
: One who knows humiliation to be a poor teacher, of both men and boys. Aurelius
: I smell a philosopher.
: Merlin, it's just a legend, just a story. Ambrosinus
: Arthur, Arthur, Arthur... have I ever lied to you? Young Arthur
: Every day.
: Is that where the last legion made their stand? Ambrosinus
: Of course. Just like in the story. Young Arthur
: With you as the hero. Ambrosinus
: Of course. We need heroes, don't we?
[Leon and Percival share the same nightmare
] Sir Leon
: [awaking in terror
] The tower! Merlin
: It was a dream. Sir Leon
: Everything in its shadow was dead and... and the sound, it was like... like children screaming. Sir Percival
: And the rain that fell was like blood. I had the same dream. I was lost in a forest, and the trees had claws and... and I finally escaped it. There was a plain. Sir Leon
: Empty as far as the eye could see, except... Sir Percival
: ...rising into the sky was a black pillar of stone. Sir Leon
: A tower so dark it could swallow the sun. Arthur
: The dark tower. It's a place where every young knight's taught to dread, and rightly so. It's where many have met their end. Merlin
: I've never heard of it. Arthur
: With good reason. It's said that the mere mention of it can bring doom to any of those who hear it.
: How do we find our way out? Queen Mab
: Oh, little one, you should not have to ask. Left is right and right is left, and the way behind is the way ahead. It is simple.
: Stop talking in riddles. Queen Mab
: Then I shall talk in rhyme: Heed my words with due concern, for one of you will not return.
: Listen to me, clot-pole. I don't care if you die. There are plenty of other princes. You're not the only pompous, supercilious, condescending, royal imbecile I could work for - the world is full of them - but I'm gonna give you one more chance.
: I couldn't watch everyone's grief. Gaius
: I know. But you're playing with things that are beyond you.
: We gotta pull a hurry-up offense. Merlin
: A "hurry-up offense", Sir Wally? Sir Wally
: Arthur'll explain it to you.
: I believe you have proved yourself to be a defender of the first order. Arthur King
: Merlin, you're not tellin' us anything we don't already know.
: No war can be won by a kingdom's army alone. It must be won with the hearts and minds of the people as well.
: [to the falcon
] Go, my friend. Watch what is transpiring in the world. Be the eyes of Camelot.
: What happened to me? The Mage
: Vendiger and your temptation brought you in contact with your father. Merlin
: That thing... That could not have been my father! The Mage
: I'm afraid so. Merlin
: I am no child of a demon!
: Behold Uther, your new king!
: [kneeling over Lancelot's body, looking up to the sky
] It was my life to be taken! Not this! Never this!
[as Bors, Galahad, and Gawain approach, bearing Tristan's body
: My brave knights, I have failed you. I neither took you off this island, nor shared your fate. Merlin
: [to Arthur
] No fate is shared.
[to other knights, and more confident
: No fate is shared. Bors
: They chose their own fate.
[turning to Galahad, he spoke more assuredly
: As did we all.
[quietly, facing Arthur
: As did we all.
[Arthur's eyes drift to the sword briefly, and back to Lucan who looks down sadly
: One day you'll be strong enough. And you'll come back for it.
: [to Arthur
] It was love of your mother that freed the sword, not hatred of me.
: How is she? Merlin
: She is weak, and she's clearly exhausted, but she will live. Arthur
: Good. I'll speak to her at once. Merlin
: Actually, no. Arthur
: Excuse me? Merlin
: She's not to be disturbed until morning. Arthur
: Uh, this is important.
[tries to walk past Merlin, but Merlin stops him
: And so is the health of the princess. Arthur
: Did you just give me an order? Merlin
: Yes, sire. Arthur
: Feels good, does it? Merlin
: It's... not unpleasant.
: This mission, sire... Arthur
: ...is too dangerous, so I shouldn't go. Merlin
: Yeah... You're thinking the same thing? Arthur
: No. I'm thinking that's exactly what you always say, but here I am, two legs, two arms, my own teeth.
: What's this stuff about never comin' outta the castle alive? Merlin
: I said no man. But you are no ordinary men.
: No matter what happens, remember that should you so much as look at the creature, its ugliness will turn you to dust. Sir Brick
: [laughs at Wally
] Sounds like that blind date you fixed me up with for Valentine's Day. Sir Wally
: Hey! She had a nice personality.
: So according to Merlin here, if you tell me where this cup is, you'd have to kill me. Arthur
: That's correct. Gwaine
: May as well tell me, then. Let's be honest, you couldn't kill me even if you wanted to. Arthur
: Yeah? Try me. Gwaine
: I already did, back in the arena. I had you bang to rights, did I not? Arthur
: That... was just a game. Gwaine
: Oh, a game... Right! I won that game, did I not? Arthur
: No, you didn't! One more minute... Merlin
: One more minute and you both would've been dead! Neither of you won. Your plan was a half-baked disaster, and it was not for that fire, we'd all be pushing up daisies.
: Well, don't tell me, we're actually here. Gwaine
: Easy, Merlin. Wouldn't want to rile the prince.
: I understand. Your men need to do something to make them feel like knights. Arthur King
: Yes, but there's more. If we're stuck here we wanna make the most of it. We're an offensive team. We want victory. We want glory.
: [his stool he prepares to sit on keeps moving aside until he casts a spell on it
] Now *stay still*.
: My - my sword! Merlin
: It's trying to tell you that which *I* should have known!
] Arthur King
: You acted with courage, as true knights should. Merlin
: [running in
] Ah! Let me at them! I'll turn them into toads! I'll put a spell on you! I'll - I'll... Queen Guinevere
: [as the squires run out
] Merlin, whatever is the matter? Merlin
: Those two - have broken half the potions and magical apparatus in my workshop!
[aims a blast of energy at them running from the doorway they were hiding in; the knights laugh
] Queen Guinevere
: I believe the squires are not showing such courage now, my lord. Arthur King
] No. Now they're showing wisdom.
: I was really hoping you were going to find a way to keep those two apart, but nothing seems to stop them rushing towards their fate, no matter what WE do about it. Alex Bellows
: Yeah, only this time, Sir Caradoc winds up in the dungeon because of me. Merlin
: Mmm. That is a different version of the story. Now, where do you suppose Arthur got that idea? Alex Bellows
: I thought you knew everything. Merlin
: Oh, legends get boring when they get set in stone, don't you think? This one's so much more interesting now that no one knows how it's going to end.
: Fate... is overrated.
: This is no time for blowing my own antler.
: That's it. Grab on to the slat, Merlin! I can't pull us up alone! Merlin
: I'll fall! MacGyver
: You will if you don't help. Now grab the slat!
: .Unlike human beings, birds do not know how to lie.
: Just as only Arthur could draw Excalibur from the stone, each knight must hold his own Key of Truth in his hand, and close to his heart.
] A absurdum. Glynyn
: To absurdity, indeed.
: What is happening? I am immune to every known toxin! Merlin
: I was aware of that. Which is why I came here earlier today. I added the milky extract of the poinsettia lute to your concoction. It's a recent discovery of mine, I might add.
: Excuse me, but have you seen my little monkey?
: You're welcome!
: Ow. Arthur
: Is there something wrong with you? Merlin
: I've been on a horse all day. Arthur
: Is your little bottom sore? Merlin
: Yes. It's not as fat as yours. Arthur
] You know, you've got a lot of nerve, for a wimp. Merlin
: I may be a wimp, but at least I'm not a... dollop-head. Arthur
: There's no such word. Merlin
: It's idiomatic. Arthur
: It's what? Merlin
: You need to be more in touch with the people. Arthur
: Describe "dollop-head." Merlin
: In two words? Arthur
: Yeah. Merlin
: Uh... Prince Arthur.
[Merlin has just saved Arthur's life by using magic, but all Arthur can see is him lying flat out on the ground
: We're not playing hide-and-seek, Merlin! Merlin
: Each man must face danger in his own way. And there comes a time when one must learn on one's own.
: Now unless you want me to turn you into a toad, I would suggest you leave here immediately!
: It is a sad thing when time robs a man of his quickness and his edge.
] I fear this nightmare is only just beginning.
: Woman, are after all, carriers of Original Sin. Bishop Patricius
: That's not quite how we advance it, sir. Igraine
: Do you not say that women are the means by which evil came into the world? There is in your bible a fantastic tale about an apple and a snake.
: Your magic is like a child's plaything against my power. Queen Morgana
: The ground you stand on shall consume you, old man.
[causes the mountain to form into a stone dinosaur-like creature
: Back to the earth you came from.
: [notices that Merlin is cleaning his chainmail
] I thought I told you to do that yesterday? Merlin
: I didn't have time, I was cleaning your stables. Arthur
: That's strange, because a little bird told me you were somewhere else. Merlin
: Mucking out the stables is strange and a talking bird isn't? Arthur
: Merlin, what have we said about you trying to be funny? Merlin
: I shouldn't.
: Is there a better time of year, Merlin? Ever since I was a boy I have loved the spring. And the festivals and revelry that go with it... Merlin
: Yes. And now you're a king who has trouble keeping his mind on business.
: Finished? Cid Highwind
: Would be, if it weren't for the old loon's magic. Merlin
: OLD loon you say?
: Your troops are waiting for you outside the gate. You'll do well, Valiant. They're a fine group of soldiers and have been picked by Sir Gawain and Sir Bryant. Prince Valiant
: I will do well, because I have been taught well.
: Ohh, luck! Just dumb luck! Lord Viper
] I wouldn't say *just* luck, Viper.
[a spinning blade appears from his cloud of smoke and cuts the tree he and his Warlords are in
: Why did you never return? Balinor
: I thought her life would be better without me. Merlin
: Why? Balinor
: Uther wanted me dead. If he'd found me, he'd have killed me... and your mother. I wanted her to be safe. Merlin
: We could've come with you. Balinor
: And what kind of life would you have had here? Merlin
: We'd have been... happy. When we have finished in Camelot, I'm going to take you to Ealdor. Balinor
: She won't recognize me. I see her in you. Merlin
: Yeah? Balinor
: You have her kindness.
: [to Zorak and Brak, who have just appeared near them
] Who are you? Brak
: Well, my name is Brak and this big green fella here is named... Zorak
: I'll handle this.
: We are the presidents of the future. Marlon
: Ooh, good day to you, Mr. Presidents. Merlin
: Why have you come to us? Zorak
: One of your inventions has destroyed the future. People are suffering and starving! Brak
: Zorak, what's wrong with your voice? Zorak
: [whispers in normal voice
] Shut up; they're buyin' it. Brak
: Do you need a lozenge? Zorak
: No, I'm good.
: The streets are filled with wickedness and filth! Brak
: The fun is gone, it's gone, it's outta here. Zorak
: [shakes fist
] It's BAD! Very BAD! Merlin
: Asti Spumante! Which of our inventions has caused this misery? Zorak
: It goes by the name
: HOMEWORK. Merlin
: I was just about to invent that! Marlon
: See? I told ya that was a dumb idea, but nobody listens to Marlon; he's just an old fool with a beer hat! Merlin
: I don't see how homework could... Marlon
: Listen to them, Merlin. They're from the damn future. Merlin
: What can we do to prevent all this suffering? Zorak
: You must UNinvent
[they fade away
: The presidents have spoken. Marlon
: How 'bout that? Meetin' the presidents. Merlin
: We must destroy all the inventions. Who knows what damage we've already done?
: Arthur was part of me for such a long time. I miss him so. Prince Valiant
: No more than I, Merlin. No more than I.
: Someday, Merlin, I'm going to ask you how that falcon happened to fly out of the air channel just when it did. Merlin
: Someday, I just might tell you.
: [playing with him
] Thank you, Arthur. I can now promote this pawn. King Arthur
: Hmm. Complex game, chess. Sometimes one piece must be lost so that another may advance. Merlin
: I suspect you're not the only one to have learned that lesson of late.
: I don't know why I bring you on these expeditions. You spend the whole time terrified. Merlin
: I'm not terrified. Arthur
: Yes you are. I can tell you are. Merlin
: No you can't. Arthur
: If you weren't scared, you would be talking rubbish as usual. Merlin
: I am talking rubbish as usual.
: I mean, I am talking as usual, so clearly I'm not scared.
: That's it! I've got it! Gaius
: Are you sure? You're not going to turn Arthur into a hunchback camel or a horny-eyed toad? Merlin
: I'll save that for another day.
: It is true, Arthur, that a storm brings winds that can destroy a house. But it is also true that a storm brings the rain which feeds the crops. Life brings us both good and ill, and often it's difficult ot distinguish between them. King Arthur
: Why do I get the feeling that I am being lectured, Merlin? Merlin
: [chuckles and looks at the chessboard
] It is *your* move, Sire. King Arthur
: [looks at the almost-empty hourglass
] The knights will be gathering and time is running short. I'm afraid the game will have to wait.
: Well, aren't you a clever one? Belle French
: I'm glad someone noticed.
: If only Morgana hadn't stolen my book of magic. This copy I borrowed from Zakor the wizard is incomplete.
: Your knowledge of medicine is astounding, Sir Lance. Lance
: Well, it's good to have somethin' to fall back on, in case I don't make it to the pros.
: Fate can go begging. Merlin
: Destiny has to be won.
: It's character building. As the old proverb says, hard work breeds... a harder soul. Merlin
: There's no way that's a proverb. You just made that up.
: The lesson of humility must precede the reward of nobility.
: The only passageway to Morgana's kingdom. They say it holds unspeakable dangers. MacGyver
: Sounds great.
: What kind of meat is this? It has a very strange texture... Merlin
: It's pork...? Arthur
: This is not pork. It's much to stringy. Is this... This is rat, isn't it? Merlin
: Try not to think about it.
: Man cannot predict the future, Valiant. He can only prepare for it... and, pray, that there are always men and women with the courage to take the risks so that what is right prevails. When the day comes, Arthur, that Camelot should need a new king... King Arthur
: Yes, Merlin. Camelot could do no better than to be led by the likes of Prince Valiant.
: Yes, yes, Merlin, but the question is - have you seen a sea monster? Merlin
: Milord, in a word, no. King Arthur
: Nor have I, and yet this man has come to us with a fear that, to him and his neighbors, is very real. Lancelot... Sir Lancelot du Lac
: Milord? King Arthur
: Go to this village, find out the cause of the people's fear... and remove it.
Sir Lancelot du Lac
: Hello, Merlin. What's got you up? Merlin
: Usually I find the noise of women's screams and shattering glass quite restful, but today for some reason it takes me adversely. Sybil
: I'm sorry, Uncle Merlin, there's been another threatening note! Merlin
: Well, at least we are being well-supplied with reading matter.
: Time is the great healer.
: My heart beats as though it's been torn from me. Merlin
: Life's lessons must sometimes be learned at a terrible cost.
: The trees have... they've all died. Merlin
: No, look closely, here, and here. Sir Gawain
: And will these new shoots grow to be as big as this? Merlin
: Mm, too soon to tell. We can give them everything they need to grow strong and tall, but then the rest is up to them.
: Sleep for now. But remember there is still much to be done before Camelot is secure, and true rest can be yours.
: [placing a wreath of flowers on Lance's divan
] From Guinevere and Lady Elaine. To a noble knight who will be greatly missed. Yet somehow I still feel his spirit. Almost as if he isn't really gone.
: With authority comes responsibility. And not all judgments decided by law seem fair.
: Are there *any* secrets you don't know? Merlin
: A few.
: [to Arthur
] I trust in your destiny... just trust in yourself.
: Did you go out last night? Gaius
: Yes. I had to get some herbs. Merlin
: Herbs? Gaius
: A... A new supplier, just arrived. Merlin
: Right. Do your suppliers normally kiss you? Gaius
: You followed me! How dare you? Merlin
: Gaius, it was the middle of the night. I was worried. I thought you might be in some sort of trouble. Gaius
: There's nothing wrong. Merlin
: What's her name? Gaius
: Alice. She's an old friend. Well, more than a friend, if truth be told. Merlin
: What do you mean? Gaius
: We were once engaged to be married.
: [heard chuckling while someone unseen moves chess pieces until the red king knocks over the white
] Man's fate. What a strange riddle it is. How few clues there are to explain the random ways in which men seem to begin and end, to live and love, to succeed and fail. Each individual destiny interweaving invisibly with the next, fashioning the beautiful and terrifying tapestries of our lives, shaping our passions and our destinies. Extractions of such strange and unexpected prices, demanding that in order for one man to flourish, another must perish. Prince Valiant
: [sitting up in bed
: To think is to falter to believe is to do; even Evil.
: There are few powers stronger than the love of one's parents.
: Do you think I sit around doing nothing? I haven't had a chance to sit around and do nothing since the day I arrived in Camelot, I'm too busy running around after Arthur, 'Do this, Merlin!' 'Do that, Merlin!', and when I'm not running around after Arthur, I'm doing chores for you, and when I'm not doing that I'm fulfilling my 'destiny' do you know how many times I've saved Arthur's life? I've lost count. Do I get any thanks? No. I have fought griffins, witches, uh, bandits. I have been punched, poisoned, pelted with fruit, and all the while I have to hide who I really am because if anyone finds out, Uther will have me executed. Sometimes I feel like I'm being pulled in so many directions I don't know which way to turn!
[having solved a vexing puzzle, Merlin expresses his pleasure by causing a magical explosion
] Sir Lancelot du Lac
: Is that really necessary? Merlin
: I suppose not. Sir Lancelot du Lac
: I thought as much. Merlin
: But it's fun, isn't it!
: So, come on, just for the sake of argument. If you had to: Arthur or Lancelot? Gwen
: But I don't have to and I never will. Merlin
: You're no fun, Gwen.
: Sometimes, it is on the winds of change that we hear life's sweetest melodies.
: [trying to be alone with Gwen
] Go get some more firewood, would you, Merlin? Merlin
: I thought Morgana's doing that. Arthur
: Go and see if she's all right. Merlin
: Why wouldn't she be? Arthur
: I don't know! Maybe there are wolves in these woods! Merlin
] I don't think so.
: I believe there are more flowers in this room than in the forest. Merlin
] Since you weren't able to be in the forest, we, uh, brought a little of it to you.
: A journey to The Valley of the Fallen Kings, Merlin? It's a den of murderers, cutthroats. Merlin
: It is dangerous. Gaius
: It's a long way north of dangerous. Merlin
: What am I supposed to do? Let this girl die? Gaius
: The journey there and back is going to take you the best part of a day. how are you gong to keep it from Arthur? Merlin
: I'm sure you'll think of something! Gaius
: So your great plan is to kill me. Merlin
: No! Well, yes. Not exactly. Gaius has made a potion that gives the appearance of death without the actual dying bit. It's fine. There's nothing to worry about. It will only bring you to the brink of death. Arthur
: Oh, only to the brink. Merlin
: We haven't got a choice. Gaius
: We have to make your father cry. Arthur
: He doesn't care about me anymore. Gaius
: Nonsense. That's Catrina's influence. I've known your father for many, many years. There's never been anyone or anything he has treasured more than you. It's perfectly safe. A single drop of the antidote will reverse the effects immediately. Arthur
: Antidote? What antidote? You didn't say anything about an antidote! Merlin
: I didn't think it was important. Gaius
: The potion will lower your heart rate and breathing. For all intents and purposes, you will be dead. Arthur
: And the antidote reverses the effects. Gaius
: Yes. If it is administered in time. Arthur
: If it isn't? Gaius
: You will be dead. Arthur
: You just said it wasn't important! Merlin
: Um, yeah. I suppose it is a bit important. Gaius
: Merlin will have the antidote. Once I have administered the poison, um the potion, you have half an hour to get it to him. Arthur
: Don't be late. Merlin
: Am I ever?
: Is there any news? Have the knights found Excalibur? Merlin
: I'm afraid not, Sire. King Arthur
: Then I'll go after it myself. Merlin
: [supports him as he stumbles immediately after speaking
] No. You must regain your strength. King Arthur
: Is there anything your magic can do? Merlin
: You must rely on the courage of your people.
: Now you shall taste my magic. Merlin
] Do this, and you shall taste the frozen wasteland of nothingness for all time, Morgana.
: I sometimes wonder if you know who I am. Merlin
: Oh, I know who you are. Arthur
: Good. Merlin
: You're a prat. And a royal one. Arthur
: Are you ever going to change, Merlin? Merlin
: No, you'd get bored. Promise me this, if you get another servant, don't get a bootlicker. Arthur
: If this is you trying to leave your job... Merlin
: No. I'm happy to be your servant, till the day I die. Arthur
: Sometimes I think I know you, Merlin. Other times... Merlin
: Well, I know you, and you're a great warrior. One day you'll be a great King. Arthur
: That's very kind of you. Merlin
: But you must learn to listen as well as you fight. Arthur
: Any more pointers? Merlin
: No. That's it. Just don't be a prat.