Recap: Merlin S 01 E 11 The Labyrinth Of Gedref
The Labyrinth of Gedref
Arthur is leading a small group of men through the forest on a hunting trip. Hearing a rustle in the bushes ahead he signals for his men to spread out and then instructs Merlin to go flush out whateverís there. Reluctantly Merlin creeps further into the forest, brandishing a stick.He drops it the moment he sees what kind of animal is before him: a unicorn. Realising that itís about to be shot dead he tries to scare it away, but Arthur has already taken aim from behind a tree. Merlin cries out, but Arthur has already taken the killing shot and the unicorn topples before him.Arthur is delighted at his kill though Merlin is clearly upset, and looks up from the dead animal to see a man dressed in white, with a hood and a staff, standing behind Arthur at a little distance. The next moment, heís gone.Back in Camelot Arthur presents the unicorn horn to his father who is very pleased, though Gaius voices his concern that anyone who kills a unicorn risks bad fortune. Uther and Arthur dismiss this claim, but outside Merlin expresses his sadness that Arthur would kill such a beautiful creature.In Arthurís chambers Merlin is oblivious to the list of tasks that Arthur sets for him.
- Arthur: You've got a face like a wounded bear ever since we got back from that hunting trip. Don't tell me you're still upset about the unicorn.Merlin: I don't think you should have killed it.Arthur: Oh, really? And why is that?Merlin: It was... It was doing no harm. What purpose did you serve by killing it?Arthur: We were hunting. That's what you do. Would you have me bring it home as a pet?
- Arthur: It's the same throughout the kingdom. There's precious little water anywhere.Uther: Gaius. Can you offer any explanation for this?Gaius: I cannot think of a scientific explanation. I can only conclude it's the result of sorcery.Uther: I believe you're right. It is the work of magic. The kingdom is under attack.
- Anhora: Are you looking for me? I am Anhora, Keeper of the Unicorns.Arthur: Camelot is under curfew. What's your business here?Anhora: I have come to deliver a message.Arthur: And who is this message for?Anhora: It is for you, Arthur Pendragon.Arthur: Is it you who's responsible for killing our crops, turning our water into sand?Anhora: You alone are responsible for the misfortune that has befallen Camelot.Arthur: Me?! You think I'd bring drought and famine upon my own people?Anhora: When you killed the unicorn, you unleashed a curse. For this, Camelot will suffer greatly.Arthur: If you have put a curse on Camelot, you will lift it, or you will pay with your life.Anhora: The curse was not my doing.Arthur: Undo the curse or face execution.Anhora: Only you can do that. You will be tested.
- Arthur: Use it sparingly. It might be the last food you and your family get for some time.Evan: You have shown yourself to be merciful and kind, My Lord. This will bring its own reward.
- Merlin: If you're tested again, you have a chance to end your people's suffering. I know you want that more than anything. Perhaps we should seek Anhora out.Arthur: I cannot negotiate with sorcerers. My father wouldn't hear of it.Merlin: Then it's probably best you don't tell him.
- Arthur: You? You're a thief.Evan: Wasn't that obvious when you caught me stealing your grain?Arthur: Fortunately I have more important things to deal with.Evan: You didn't really believe that story about my children, did you?Arthur: What kind of man lies about starving children to save his own skin?Evan: Your people starve because you let thieves steal their grain. That is why they doubt you.Arthur: You don't speak for my people.Evan: Hey, your father would never have allowed himself to be fooled like that.Arthur: You hold your tongue, or I will make time to teach you some manners.Evan: Your father would have had me executed, but you didn't have the stomach for it, did you, Arthur? And that's why he doubts you'll make a good king.Arthur: You know nothing of what my father thinks.Evan: I think he wishes he had another son, one who was worthy of taking his place. You shame him.Arthur: Pick up your sword.Evan: The King must fear the day when you will take the throne.
- Anhora: You wanted to talk with me?Merlin: I've come to seek your help. The people are starving. They will soon be dead.Anhora: You must believe me when I say it gives me no pleasure to see your people suffering.Merlin: If it pains you, put an end to it.Anhora: It is not in my power to lift the curse.Merlin: Then give Arthur another chance. He has accepted it is his responsibility, and he will prove himself worthy and lift the curse if you give him one more chance.Anhora: You have faith in Arthur?Merlin: I trust him with my life.Anhora: Arthur must go to the Labyrinth of Gedref. There, he will face a final test. If he fails, there is no hope. The curse will destroy Camelot.
- Arthur: Let him go. I'll take your test, but not till he's released.Anhora: That is not possible. Merlin is part of the test. Please sit. If you refuse the test, you will have failed and Camelot will be destroyed.Arthur: I thought I told you to stay at home. Let's get on with it.Anhora: There are two goblets before you. One of the goblets contains a deadly poison, the other goblet, a harmless liquid. All the liquid from both goblets must be drunk, but each of you may only drink from a single goblet.
- Anhora: A unicorn is pure of heart. If you kill one, you must make amends by proving that you also are pure of heart. Arthur was willing to sacrifice his life to save yours. He has proven what is truly in his heart. The curse will be lifted.
- Ancient Keeper: Anhora
- The Atoner: Arthur is forced to become one.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Anhora
- Disproportionate Retribution: Arthur kills a unicorn, and all of Camelot is made to suffer for it.
- Foreshadowing: Arthur goes into Heroic BSOD when he fails the second test. It's not very long and is downplayed, but in later series its shown to be a defining trait for Arthur.
- Fairy Tale: Out of all the episodes thus far, this one bears the most resemblance to a traditional fairy tale.
- In the Hood: Anhora
- Look Behind You: Arthur to Merlin, just before grabbing the poisoned cup.
- Man in White: Anhora
- The Maze
- More Expendable Than You: Arthur and Merlin debate over who should drink the poison.
- No Antagonist
- Offscreen Teleportation: How Anhora gets around.
- Pride: Too much of this is why Arthur fails the second test.
- Secret Test of Character: Anhora's entire plot to make Arthur atone for the unicorn's death.
- Ship Tease: "Let me drink the poison." "NO, LET ME."
- Simple Staff: Anhora has one.
- The Three Trials: Arthur has three tests to pass before the curse is lifted.
- Unicorns Are Sacred: Killing one brings down a curse on Camelot.
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