Merlin: "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.
Caerleon: [thinking he's cornered Merlin] Trapped, are we?
[an arrow from one of Arthur's men suddenly cuts down a Caerleon man]
Merlin: [grinning] That's the idea.
Merlin: Arthur. You've always shown mercy in battle. You've never sought to humiliate your enemy in this way. This isn't like you.
Morgana: I come in the name of my father.
Queen Annis: Is that so? When last I heard, you and he were...
Morgana: I speak not of Uther but of Gorlois.
Queen Annis: Gorlois?
Morgana: Uther is my father by blood alone; Gorlois raised me as a child. He made me who I am.
Queen Annis: I remember him well. He was a good man, an honorable man.
Morgana: He was, Your Highness, and his sole reward was death, betrayed by his king.
Queen Annis: Well, then, it seems we have both lost something at the hands of a Pendragon.
Sir Elyan: 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]
Merlin: They mean it, sire. Every word.
Arthur: I never once questioned their loyalty. I do wonder if I deserve it.
Morgana: Arthur will not win.
Queen Annis: How can you possibly know that?
Morgana: Because I have the power to ensure that he doesn't.
Queen Annis: Then you must use it.
Queen Annis: You're consumed by bitterness, Morgana. It spreads within you like a disease. In my grief, I let you infect me with your hate.
Morgana: That is untrue. Have you forgotten how Arthur killed your husband? Do you not deny that you sought revenge?
Queen Annis: Yes, I sought revenge, but that does not mean it was the right thing to do.
Morgana: [scoffs] You are weak, Annis - as I thought you were. Go ahead, make peace with Arthur, but I will not rest until all of Camelot bows before me.
Queen Annis: [as Morgana turns to exit] Morgana. You came to me in the name of Gorlois, but I fear you're more like Uther than you realize.
Merlin: [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.
Arthur: I should have listened to you, Merlin. Just this once I think you were right... even if you are the worst servant in the five kingdoms.
Arthur: A good king should respect the traditions of the past, as my father did.
Gwen: I know that.
Arthur: But a good king should also be true to himself, and do as he sees fit, and be seen with those who he cares for.
Gwen: Even if they're not... appropriate?
Arthur: Does that answer your question?
Gwen: It's a start.