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Airing (US) • BBC One / Syfy • Morgana
Merlin is a young wizard who arrives in the kingdom of Camelot after his mother arranges for him to stay with the court physician, Gaius. The show follows the adventures of the legendary wizard Merlin in Camelot.
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Merlin has taken the US by storm as season 5 debuts in the US this winter. This year at comic con we were able to talk with cast members Colin Morgan, Katie McGrath, and for the first time at Comic Con Angel Coulby. EP and co-creater Johnny Capps also sat down with us to discuss plans for season 5 and beyond for the series. Some of the guest stars to appear in season 5 include James Fox (Sherlock Holmes, The remains of the day) and Julian Glover (The Empire Strikes Back, Game of Thrones).
Some of the other great news to come out of Comic Con included the return of Sir Anthony Head as King Uther Pendragon. Just how he returns and why remains a closely guarded secret but we were told by Capps that Merlin and Uther have a long overdue conversation regarding Arthur. What about Morgana? At the end of last season the baby dragon Aithusa healed her and protected her, so what does that mean for her and Merlin? Well we will find out but the story will have progressed nearly 4 years between the end of season 4 and the start of season 5. During all this time, Morgana has been locked up.
We just got back from the Merlin press room at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, where we spoke with visiting cast and creators of the popular U.K. import. It was Angel Coulby’s first visit to Comic-Con, so she will be one of the ones you’ll be reading about here at KSiteTV, but first, we’re going to shine a spotlight on the show’s best bad girl – or at least the actress who plays her, Katie McGrath.
For starters, Katie McGrath the person is very nice, but she enjoys playing a character who is not so nice. “Bad girls are far more fun than good girls, in my opinion,” she says, before explaining where we find Morgana when the show resumes.
“The most important thing is the time that she has spent off Camelot. There’s three years of a difference, and in those years, you discover that her worst fears have been realized. She’s been persecuted for being magical. You discover she’s been imprisoned, probably tortured by a character you’ll see later on in the season. And for her, when she gets out, it’s no longer just about being accepted for being magical, which is what she was in Season 4. It’s now about revenge. She wants to make everybody pay for what has happened to her. It’s a much darker driving force for her. She doesn’t just want her throne back. She wants everyone to feel what she’s felt,” she says.
SciFiNow interrogated Merlin co-creators Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps recently and got plenty of season 5 exclusives. You’ll find them all in the new issue of the magazine, on sale 14/03/12, but for now here is an sneak preview…
“I don’t see Morgana getting any less powerful,” reveals Murphy, “she’s growing into a stronger and more committed enemy than ever before. The stakes are becoming higher now that Arthur is king and the future of Albion is being created, there’s more for Merlin to fight for and more for him to protect so as he gets older, he’s tested as a character because everything in the world becomes more serious.”
Fans were left bemused when the finale showed the white dragon Aithusa saving an injured Morgana. Some are debating whether the creators are drawing on the legend of the red dragon (representing Camelot) kills the white dragon (symbolising the Saxons) and the writers are clearly satisfied with the reaction, “We hoped it was a nice tease…” says Murphy.