Young Merlin is sent by his mother from their village to start a better life in Camelot, where he is apprenticed to Gaius, the physician to the repressive King Uther, who believes magic is evil and punishable by death. When Gaius realizes that Merlin has magical, telekinetic powers he agrees to keep the boy's secret. Uther has just executed a sorcerer, whose mother comes to Camelot in the guise of a pretty girl who charms the court to sleep with her singing. Only Merlin sees what is happening and stays awake, saving the situation without being exposed as a warlock. As a reward he is promoted to valet to Uther's son, Arthur. Written by
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In the original draft of the script; Arthur and Merlin's first initial fight intended the characters to be shirtless, this idea was later changed, because the production team thought it was too severe and strong for a playful first fight. See more
Merlin's mother writes a long letter with a quill but she never dips her quill in an inkwell. See more
I warn you, I've been trained to kill since birth.
Wow, and how long have you been training to be a prat?
You can't address me like that.
Sorry. How long have you been training to be a prat, my lord?