Gabriel Byrne: Uther Pendragon
Uther : 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 : [considering] Igrayne... You will swear by your true Kingship... to grant me what I wish, then you shall have it.
Uther : [kneeling] By Excalibur, I swear it!
Merlin : What issues from your lust, shall be mine. Swear it again!
Uther : I SWEAR IT!
[Uther and Cornwall meet]
Merlin : 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!
Merlin : 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!
Uther : 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 : Perhaps not even that.
Uther : You strike me with words hard as steel!
Merlin : You betrayed the Duke. You stole his wife. You took his castle. Now, only fools trust you; now, only a fool would. You're not the one, Uther. Give me the child; I will protect him.
Uther : TAKE HIM... TAKE THE DEVIL CHILD!
[Igrayne bursts into tears]
Uther : Merlin! Where are you? Call your dragon to weave a mist to hide us!