Recap: Merlin S 01 E 12 To Kill The King
To Kill The King
Guinevere is beating a carpet outside her house in the lower town when her father Tom sneaks up behind it and pops his head over the top with a ďboo!Ē He has another surprise in store for her: a new dress. Gwen appreciates it, but is suspicious as to how her father managed to pay for it. Tom assures her that things are changing for the two of them, and that he wonít be back for supper.Working in his forge that night, Tom is joined by a hooded man known as Tauren who looks down at the lump of lead that Tom has prepared for him. Tauren retrieves a stone from his cloak and chants a spell, causing the lead to transfigure into gold. Tom protests against the use of magic, but is awestruck at the sight of the gold. Tauren offers it to him in exchange for his silence.In his chamber, Merlin is awoken from his sleep by the power of the stone.Back in the forge Arthur and his guards burst through the doors. Tauren makes a run for it, dropping the stone in the progress. Tom is left holding the lump of gold and after ordering some of his men to chase Tauren, announces that Tom is under arrest.In the physicianís quarters Merlin wanders out of his chamber, complaining that a strange feeling woke him; that he sensed powerful magic somewhere in the city. Just then Gwen rushes in to share the news that her father has been arrested, accused of making weapons for a sorcerer and charged with treason.In a private chamber Morgana and Arthur consort with Uther. Still in her nightgown Morgana insists on Tomís innocence, even when confronted with the evidence of gold retrieved from Tomís possession. Uther insists that itís proof enough, but Arthur tries to convince him that no one is sure what really happened.
- Arthur: Father, the blacksmith committed a crime, but we don't know for certain he meant treason.Uther: No. You're right. Nothing's certain. Save one thing. The law stands or this kingdom falls.Morgana: But the law must give him a fair trial!Uther: He'll get a fair trial, and he'll be found guilty, 'cause that's what he is.Morgana: You execute Gwen's father, and I will never forgive you. Never.
- Merlin: Then...there's little hope?Morgana: There's no hope, Merlin. None at all.
- Morgana: You have blood on your hands, Uther Pendragon! Blood that will never wash off!Uther: May I remind you that you're speaking to your King.Morgana: May I remind you that a king is wise and just. You are neither. You rule only with the sword.Uther: You know nothing of what it means to be King. The fate of Camelot rests in my hands. It's my responsibility to protect the people of this land from its enemies.Morgana: Then the kingdom is doomed! For one by one you make enemies of us all!Uther: You speak treason, Morgana.Morgana: Only a mad man hears the truth as treason.Uther: Take care, child, or I'll have you restrained.Morgana: You just try.
- Morgana: You. How proud you must be. Son of the mighty Uther. How you must look up to him. Does the King's little helper bring a message? Or have you just come to gloat?
- Arthur: I swore that you'd learned your lesson. Tread carefully. Next time, I may not be able to help you.Morgana: Thank you. You're a better man than your father. Always were.
- Tauren: With it a man can alter the very essence of things. He can turn a lump of lead into gold.Morgana: Gold? A good man died in your quest for riches, Tauren. His daughter is now an orphan.Tauren: I'm sorry for that. Truly. But we did not want the gold to line our pockets. The gold was but a means, a means to rid this kingdom of Uther Pendragon once and for all.Morgana: What are you saying?Tauren: Bribery is rife at Camelot. I will use the corruption at the heart of his kingdom, and such abundance of gold will buy me into the King's chambers, even to the King himself.Morgana: The guards may be fools, Tauren, but the King is not.Tauren: Do you have a better plan?Morgana: To get to Uther, you need someone close to him.Tauren: And you know of such a person?Morgana: I do. Me.
- Morgana: I didn't mean to rile you. I thought only of Gwen. The poor girl is all alone in the world.Uther: It was not my intention to hurt your maid.Morgana: I know. But now she suffers, and I know how she must suffer.Uther: Morgana...Morgana: I only meant, I know what it's like to lose a father.Uther: That was a terrible day. Your father was a great friend. I had no part in his death.Morgana: You sent him into battle. You promised him reinforcements and then gave him none. You sent him to his death.Uther: That is not true. It was never my intention.Morgana: But it happened! And it keeps on happening.Uther: Morgana!Morgana: I'm sorry, My Lord.
- Gaius: Arthur's not ready. The responsibility would be too great. Brave though he may be, he lacks experience, he lacks judgment. Is there anything you want to tell me?Merlin: I can't...I, I just...No, I can't. You've just got to trust me. Gaius, it's something I've got to work out for myself.Gaius: I do trust you, Merlin. Whatever it is, I know you'll make the right decision.
- Merlin: I know he was innocent.Gwen: I think he tried to escape because he knew that whatever he said or did he'd be killed. Uther had already made up his mind. That's the kind of man he is.Merlin: I wouldn't blame you if you wanted him dead.Gwen: If Uther died I'd feel nothing. He means nothing to me.Merlin: But if you had...you know...the choice, what would you do? If you had the power of life and death over Uther, would you kill him? For what he did?Gwen: No!Merlin: No?Gwen: What would that solve? That would make me a murderer. That would make me as bad as him.
- Uther: Your father was the greatest man I've ever known. He stood for everything this kingdom represents. Truth, justice, valour. A hundred times he saved my life on the battlefield. His courage and his honour were without equal. When Gorlois died, I lost the truest friend I ever had. For he was as fearless in questioning my judgment as he was in defending my kingdom. That's the mark of a true friend.Morgana: I know how he respected you, My Lord. But I don't share these memories. How can I? I was ten years old. I only know I loved him and he was taken from me.Uther: When he died, and I took you into my care, you fought me from the beginning. Your will is as strong as my own. You challenge me as a friend must. As your father did in his time.Morgana: And when I do, you clap me in irons.Uther: I know I'm not an easy man. My temper blinds me sometimes. There are things that I regret.Morgana: Gwen's father?Uther: Yes.Morgana: Are you saying you were wrong to have Tom killed?Uther: Yes.
- Alchemy Is Magic
- Anti-Hero: Tauren
- Assassin Outclassin': Unsurprisingly, Tauren's attempt on Uther's life is not successful.
- Black Shirt: Tauren
- The Blacksmith: Tom
- Come to Gawk: Morgana accuses Arthur of this when he comes to see her in her cell. Turns out, he's just letting her go free.
- Decoy Antagonist: Not Tauren, but Morgana.
- Decoy Protagonist: The first half of the episode centres on Guinevere; the second half is about Morgana. This is actually quite a clever bit of Foreshadowing for Morgana's Character Arc - though she's initially sympathetic toward Gwen's loss, she eventually usurps the situation and makes it all about her.
- Defecting for Love: Gender Flipped and eventually subverted. Morgana approaches Tauren to form an alliance, convinces him of her intention to assassinate Uther, and then changes her mind, stabbing Tauren in the back.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: Once Morgana sees Tom dead, she goes to confront Uther and spends the rest of the episode plotting against him, never once comforting Gwen for her loss. It's possible that she's subconsciously guilty that her actions led to Tom's death, and avoiding Gwen is her way of avoiding that guilt.
- Expy: Though not strictly a character, the Mage Stone is clearly The Philosopher's Stone, presumably changed in order to avoid comparisons with Harry Potter.
- Gilligan Cut: When Morgana challenges Uther to restrain her.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Guinevere understands this right from the start and shares it with Merlin, who is debating whether to let Morgana go ahead with her assassination attempt.
- In the Back: Is where Morgana stabs Tauren.
- Killed Off for Real: Tom
- Start of Darkness: For Morgana.
- Tempting Fate: When Morgana dares Uther to imprison her.
- Unwitting Pawn: Tauren uses Tom as one, and later is used as Morgana's.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Tauren and Morgana.
- Whoopi Epiphany Speech: Gwen gives one of these to Merlin after he asks her whether she would kill Uther if she had the choice. She tells him no - because that would make her no better than him. This motivates Merlin to intervene in Morgana's assassination attempt.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Tauren thinks he's a brave freedom fighter. Morgana has other plans for him.