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Merlin and Harry Potter take place in the same continuity
It is established in Harry Potter canon that Merlin exists and that he was one of the most powerful wizards imaginable. Also in Harry Potter, a lot of the magic is ebbing in quality, which would make sense given the absence of wands in Merlin. Some wizards in Harry Potter can perform wandless and/or wordless magic, but the wizard must be extraordinarily powerful, not many can. It would make sense if magical spell quality is decreasing that this ability is everywhere in magic users in Merlin. Wands don't even exist in the show, suggesting that they aren't needed and haven't been made. Merlin might have had something to do with the founding of Hogwarts, or at least influencing it's founders, as he himself has had a lonely childhood because he was the only one able to do magic in his village and had to keep it a secret. He feels for Morgana when it is revealed that she has magical powers for the same reason. It makes sense that he would want to help young people seperated from other magical users. This would mean that Merlin (and for that matter, Morganna) is, infact, muggle-born... an extremely interesting interpretation that many pure-blood families in Harry Potter would be outraged about. There are, also, pure-bloods in Merlin, the druids, for example, of which Mordred is a member. This era could very easily be the reason that there is hatred towards muggles, and by extension muggle-borns, in older pure blood families given Uther's hunting down of magic users.
  • I've thourght about this too, and do kind of make sense... Only problem is, that in Harry Potter it is said that Merlin went to Hogwarts and was sorted into Slytherin... (Source: Pottermore)
    • Time messes things about. Could be a mistake.
    • Ya, as the above person said, it could have been a mistake through the passage of time. In our own Real Life history, it's hard to get a completely 100% accurate picture of any time since we didn't live in it, especially when there are little to no first hand sources. Remember, our source is a prefect, who likely heard it from a teacher or maybe a texbook. A lot could have been lost there. Or the prefect could have been lying/exaggerating to boast of Slytherin. Or she simply did not know. It could have easily been a mix-up. Or he could have helped form Hogwarts with the four founders and found himself drawn to Salazar Slytherin and his house, favoring their students. Something like that.
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    • I have seriously wondered all about this after I saw the finale, I believe that Merlin, despite being more like a Ravenclaw guy might have volunteered to take Salazar Slytherin's place after he left the school to guide them, because face it; they shouldn't dwell on the anti-muggleborn agenda and needed a good influence. Or Because he is immortal, meaning he might not age but use spells to look like an old guy or in reverse. went as a student and was sorted into Slytherin so he could pretty much protect the school during times of crisis, similar to how Harry Potter did. He probably went to guard Lake of Avalon from Voldemort during the Wizarding Wars. I mean seriously, we would NOT want Voldy getting his hands on Excalibur now would we?
    • The crystal balls in divination could be made from the crystals in the crystal cave. Likewise, the sand in the time-turner hourglass could be the ground up remains of The crystals in the crystal cave meaning that he sand has limited power as the crystals are obviously not exactly a renewable resource.
  • HIS PATRONUS COULD TOTALLY BE A DRAGON! Seriously, he is a dragonlord!

    • It is true that records that get it straight are hard to find, especially as time moves onwards: look at our own records of Merlin, the earliest of which suggest he may have been amalgamated with a character from Welsh folklore called Myrddin, and maybe even from myths from other civilizations like Early Mesopotamia's The Epic of Gilgamesh. The magic world may not have been better in recording it, especially when you take into account the potential for the destruction for plenty of records during the persecution of magic in the 16th-17th century (and we know from Pottermore that the Statute of Secrecy was established the same year of the Salem Witch Trials). But apart from that, the best way to explain this is to erase the notion that Hogwarts brought in students the same way it did in the 20th Century (which is what we experienced first hand via Harry's story). The founding of Hogwarts was well after the reign of King Arthur (which took place roughly around 5th or 6th century). It is likely Merlin was around when the school was formed, maybe even planting the seeds for its foundation as suggested by the previous post. As a formality, maybe he was also Sorted to make the decisions of the Four Founders appear legitimate (kinda like how he used Excalibur to legitimize Arthur's right to rule Camelot), and then later became a teacher if not a student himself. This is also on top of Guinevere's lifting the ban on magic, as per Word of God. Now that people are free to practice magic, why not have a school that would help those new to it learn how to control it. Then come the International Statute of Secrecy in 1689-92, and magic was forced to go into hiding once more. Except this time there is a network that enables all magic kind to protect and aid each other. It wouldn't be surprising if Merlin was at the heart of modern wizarding society's formation, especially if there is such a thing as an Order of Merlin. And as for his staying out of the mess with Voldemort? Simple: Merlin's business is with the return of Arthur, so he'll be staying out of that (plus prophecies and destinies are quite the mess to deal with, as he would know from personal experience).
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  • In Merlin, the character of Morgana Le Fay has been renamed Morgana. In The Philosopher's Stone, Ron Weasley gets a chocolate frog card of Morgan Le Fay, and he refers to her as Morgana.

  • Following this thought, Gilli may have been Dudley's ancestor from his mom's side considering they were both played by the same actors and thus look alike. Gilli's descendant somewhere in time was a squib who then married a Muggle. Given that Muggle-borns are descended from squibs who married Muggles and whose families lost magical heritage, this may have been the case for Lily Potter and the squib ancestor.

Lancelot will be back at some point

Less a WMG, more a foregone conclusion.

There is Hammerspace cloning facility underneath the castle else do you explain the endless supply Red Shirt knights that keep popping up after getting slaughtered? I mean, there's an entirely new flock next episode. Surely Camelot is running out of noble sons by now.
  • Chuckle, snort, you know what they say about nobles and making sons...
  • Presumably they are men at arms rather than full knights, since the main group of knights seem to be the only ones Arthur ever makes do anything and no military force of that size can be maintained purely by nobles.

Merlin is actually set in the future
The characters are actually reincarnations of the legendary figures rather than the legendary figures themselves, hence there are parallels, but it's not quite the same. The world they are living in is a few centuries down the line from a devasting nuclear war, after which the survivors turned away from technology. That's why Gaius' medical knowledge seems too advanced, and why they have potatoes and tomatoes and sandwiches, and why all the other anachronisms. Also, at some point during the war a weapon was created that was powerful enough to punch a hole in the fabric of reality, letting in the magic (and the dragons, and so on) from the world of the Sidhe. This is why there are still portals, like the lake. There are also those strange and creepy monsters which are quite possibly genetic mutations.
  • I'm actually kind of hoping this will be true.
  • And the ancient prophecies that the Dragon keeps talking about are the original Arthurian myths.
  • ...Which means that the future is not set in stone after all.
  • Oooh, oh, I like this. The dragon is actually an AI that's gone insane over the last few centuries and has become obsessed with Arthurian lore, and is trying to manipulate everyone into fitting it as best it can. It also explains how it can survive chained up in a cave where there certainly must be a lack of food. OH! And how they have pagan festivals and talk about gods but also refer to the "old religion" as no longer being present in the same breath. And have such relatively advanced medicine/science (or at least attitudes towards such) and don't mention the Romans at all.
    • Uh, maybe Kilgarrah's an AI, but the pagan stuff? That's the people of the Old Religion keeping it alive in secret. It happened in the real world. Most Catholic traditions especially are derived from Paganisim.
    • Not much of a secret when it's an official and public celebration. And if this was The Other Wiki, the second statement would have a big ol' "citation needed" slapped on it.
    • Catholicism is very, very different from paganism, though some of the traditions (like holidays) were placed or handled to either "baptize" pagan traditions or to hide from pagans. However, as part of this whole war theory, paganism could have come back and contested with Christianity again... Because while Merlin references the gods, Arthur and Hunith both mention "God" (episode 1) or "Lord" (episode 1 again).
    • A lot of Catholic holidays do derive from paganism. Even the placement of Christmas as December 25th is due to pagan influence, considering Jesus was most likely born in the spring. The blending is, perhaps, less to do with Catholic traditions as in the sacraments, but more in the placement of larger events and holidays. Almost every Catholic holiday is placed near, and thematically similar to, a pagan one, especially Easter. Bunnies, eggs, the colors of spring, the motif of nature renewing itself, all of those are heavily influenced by, if not stolen from, pagan equinox celebrations. With Christmas, nothing resembling Santa Claus is mentioned in the Bible, because Santa being an elf or something who came in at night, rewarded good children, and gave bad children coal, came from Germanic and Scandinavian holiday traditions, where parents left their children things in the kids' shoes. Christmas trees in their entirety, along with decorations/the significance of mistletoe, holly, and pinecones, those come from pagan traditions (there's a really cool myth about the Holly King and the Oak King and the turning of the seasons), though the gift-giving came from both pagan traditions and the Three Wise Men. Also, saints. A large number of early Catholic saints were actually adapted from local pagan gods, legends, and heroes, when the newly-converted people weren't ready to let go of their heritage and traditions and blended it with the new Christianity. It also allowed Christians to more easily gain converts, since they weren't forcing people to give up everything about their beliefs and traditions, and there was still that similarity and legacy.
  • The numerous monsters like the Griffin and the Questing Beast are actually animals mutated by the nuclear war. Magicians are also mutants, which explains Morgana's X-Men style discovery of her powers.
    • Magic isn't caused by a hole in reality, but is just a form of radiation. While most humans simply developed immunity, a few became true mutants and could manipulate it. Sidhe are the original, more horrifying mutations of humans.

That was not Igraine.
The whole thing was just too damn convenient for Morgause. She clearly was trying to get Arthur to kill his father and couldn't have known Igraine well enough to know exactly what she'd say unless that was an illusion. If Igraine knew that Arthur was born of magic, then she must have known about the price; Uther and Nimueh would have told her. And if she didn't know that while she was pregnant, then how would she know after her death? Did they explain it to her while she was dying?And also... earlier in the episode, Arthur says his mother 'died before he opened his eyes', but Igraine contradicts this. Maybe Morgause didn't know all the details?

In Albion, time and space are relative
That's why the show is is Anachronism Stew, and also why, for example, Merlin managed to catch up with Uther and Morgan in To Kill the King, even though he was on foot and they were on horseback. And other such things. Everyone is aware of this, but it's normal for them, so they just don't talk about it.

The Druids are time travelers.
Or some form of it. Mordred was the child of Morgana and Arthur, and after some event caused her to turn evil, she sent him to study with the Druids. They sent him through time to meet Merlin for whatever reason (or perhaps meet the man he would one day kill). It would explain why there are texts written about him, and how Mordred appeared, and Morgana's strong connection with him.

The Dragon is Merlin's father
How many people seriously thought he was going to say 'I am your father' in "Le Morte D'Arthur"? Also, Hunith's comment about Merlin and Arthur being two sides of the same coin would imply that they've met... (Obviously, this is assuming that the dragon can shapeshift into a human).
  • If the Dragon could shapeshift into a human, then surely he could have slipped his chain and escaped long ago?
    • The chain could have a spell on it to stop him from shape shifting. It's a tiny little thing compared to the dragon, and surely he could have broken it if it were just a chain; but chains in fantasy aren't always mere material chains.
    • Jossed by the end of series two. But it would appear that the Dragon is indeed bound by magical chains.

Merlin's father is one of the Sidhe
This would explain both his talent for magic and the way he knew how to use the Sidhe staff straight away in The Gates of Avalon.

Also, in The Gates of Avalon, Merlin has to slow down time to be able to see the Sidhe properly; but Aulfric seems to be at normal speed. Assuming that he, in human form, would have the same problem that Merlin did initially, he may also have slowed time to speak with them. This suggests that it's a Sidhe ability.

  • Jossed. Merlin's father was a Dragonlord.

The other reason Excalibur was hidden...
The Great Dragon said to put the sword 'where none will find it.' Becausehe knew what it would become.

Merlin is The Doctor
According to Doctor Who continuity, they're the same person.
  • Wouldn't the episode 'Midnight' be some sort of paradox, then?
    • Only if Merlin and Jethro are connected... it could just be a really uncanny resemblance. Maybe that's why the Doctor warms to Jethro - 'oh, you remind me of me when I was a boy!'.
    • Jethro really isn't like Merlin, though. They look alike, and yes, Jethro seemed to have a strong moral compass, but he was pretty much an Emo Teen. Merlin, on the other hand, is usually cheerful and easygoing. And then, there was an inverse of how they handle lifeforms/magical creatures. Merlin is usually cautious and little terse. At first, Jethro was actually somewhat cheerful. ('My name's Jethro!' or 'I'm Jethro!' Something along those lines; the point is, he sounded fairly friendly when introducing himself to the lifeform)
    • Nope, no paradox; identical doubles pop up everywhere in the Doctor Who universe. The Doctor's already got at least two, not counting the alternate Tenth Doctor.
  • One way this could be, the all prevalent WMG Time Lord factor: the Chameleon Arch. Merlin's mother was a companion of the 11th Doctor post Amy and Rory, a visit to the "just barely pre-Arthurian era" resulted in her falling in love with Merlin's father and staying behind. Than the Doctor regenerated into someone with not only a very strong resemblance to to a one-time acquaintance...only much younger. An attempt to continue as usual resulted in a mortal injury, soon enough after his regeneration to cause all sorts of instability. Fearing the beginnings of the Valeyard, the Doctor recorded a message for his now-former companion and (he assumed) her husband, asking that they raise him with no knowledge of who he really is, pointed the TARDIS at her home village, and chameleon arched himself, only with a set DNA pattern to replicate that of the companion and "husband". Only he didn't know that Merlin's mother's love had been forced to desert her. Still, when he arrived, she hid his TARDIS and his fob watch and raised him as her son, until the DNA programed from her lover began to change him, causing him to be magical. So begins the plot of the Merlin series. Eventually, Merlin will be fatally wounded, with his mother present. She opens his fob watch, and he regenerates into a MUCH older form, but due to current emergency he sticks around to help Arthur, thus accounting for the modern image of a young Arthur helped by an elderly Merlin despite the original seeming closeness in Age.
    • Or: Merlin is Captain Jack's grandson, Hunith being his daughter, born of his time travelling shenanigans. It would explain the blue eyes, and she was probably quite good looking when she was younger, the cares of being a single mother to a magical son and a peasant eroding her looks). It would explain Merlin's ability to stop time and his ridiculous resilience (come on, he should be dead several times over by now, considering how much he gets clobbered).

  • Perhaps it might actually BE Merlin himself, as we now know that Merlin is immortal and probably doesn't age unless he uses a spell to age him or make him younger...
Morgause is the daughter of Gorlois and Igraine or Uther and Gorlois' wife
  • That is how it was in the myth.
  • Morgause had a strong connection with the spirit of Igraine and this would explain Uther's anger at Morgause being alive.
  • But wasn't Igraine barren in this version of the myth? Hence Arthur's being "born of magic".
    • Complications with a pregnancy can sometimes render a woman subsequently barren.
    • Arthur born of Magic: TV - Ygraine was barren and the pregnancy spell cost her life. Myth - Merlin cast a spell to make Uther look like Gorlois. This could not have happened in TV version because Merlin is too young.
  • Well, how about this? Uther and Ygraine keep trying for a child, but it doesn't work. Then, suddenly, she's pregnant. Uther is overjoyed, but then it comes out that the child is actually Gorlois's. But Uther is in one of his nice moods, and decides to forgive Ygraine and Gorlois, and let the child (Morgause) live. However, this also gives Uther the idea of using magic to conceive his and Ygraine's child, now that he sees the possibility is there. After Ygraine dies, Uther 'takes it out on' magic users, and also wants to have Morgause killed, for giving him the idea in the first place, but she's smuggled out. Grieving and looking for comfort, Uther also sleeps with Gorlois's wife, begetting Morgana. (This accounts for the Morgause-Ygraine connection, and while it does make Morgause and Morgana not actually sisters, it still makes sense that they could consider each other such).
  • Ygraine is a serial adulteress and a forger.
    • Myth - Ygraine married Gorlois and begat Morgause and Morgana. then she married Uther and begat Arthur. Later, Arthur and Morgause begat Mordred. Film conflated Morgana and Morgause into one character. TV - Ygraine had an affair with Uther; Morgana is Uther's biological daughter.
    • Uther, Morgause, Morgana, Cenred fit the trope that named, recurring Aristocrats Are Evil.
    • Contrariwise Merlin, Caius, Gwen, Gawain, Lancelot are good, named, recurring Peasants.
    • Merlin forged a patent of Nobility so that Lancelot could compete in the tournament.
    • Arthur is good. Ygraine is Saint Lily Potter.
      • Therefore, Ygraine had an affair with some Peasant to beget Arthur. Ygraine was herself a Peasant with a forged patent.

Both Morgana and Arthur are old enough, and there was some...[[UST tension]] between them in season one. Mordred also has Arthurs blue eyes and Morgana's brown hair. Morgana's pregnancy was covered up by Qwen and Arthur to preseve her from gossip. They did not name the baby and gave it to some passing druids. The druids gave it to Cerdan, who raised him as his own. This is why Morgana and Arthur did not reconize Cerdan and Mordred when they first met. Also, both Morgana and Mordred seem to have some sort of telapathic link. Its because they are son and mother! Its where he inherited his magic from! Morgana and Arthur hid their...fling away and stopped their relationship.

This was also what happened in the orginal legends. Except Morgana and Arthur were half-siblings.

  • No. This was what happened in the movie. {{Excalibur}} conflated Morgana and Morgause into one character because they only had 2 hours to tell the whole story and because how many evil sisters does a king need?
  • Alternitivly, Mordred is is the son of Morgana and someonelse but not Arthur.
    • Like pretty blue-eyed sensitive boy Merlin?
      • But Mordred is much too old. We don't know how long the episodes are apart but none of them have visibly aged.
  • This troper was told the version that Mordred was Morgause's son. Being in America, I'm only up to season two, but so far it seems possible.
    • If this turned out to be the case on the show I would let loose such a squeal of fangirly joy that people in the near vicinity would surely go deaf.

Anhora wasn't lying about one of the goblets containing poison
One of the goblets did contain poison, which could only be neutralized by the contents of the other goblet. Part of the Secret Test of Character was that Arthur had to be willing beyond a doubt to die for Merlin.
  • That would the fix the plot hole entitled "What if both of them drank from one goblet and neither died?"

Arthur's response will be to spare Merlin by having him leave Camelot. This will lead to a convenient Time Skip wherein Arthur will assume the throne while Merlin will become a wandering magic user to learn more about magic and the Old Religion. When Merlin and Arthur are finally reunited, Merlin will be a much more powerful and competent magician and bring with him a very familiar sword...

Morgana is lying about being sorry for her previous actions.
In the season 3 trailer we see Morgana begging Uther to take her, saying that she's sorry about what's shes done. It could be a Wounded Gizelle Gambit to get close to Uther to kill him.
  • Confirmed.

Gone, gone the form of man
Now that Morgana is obviously evil we might get to see Merlin and her set up a few problems for each other. Perhaps one of these will revolve around a newly introduced young knight of Camelot with red hair called Jason Blood. Ok, it'll never happen, but it would be cool to see.

Morgana will be the one to seal Merlin away
The series seems to be setting her up as Merlin's evil love interest which will cause them to have mixed feelings about being on opposite sides. She will pretend to go along with Merlin and Arthur, but will seduce and betray Merlin by learning his secrets and sealing him away into a tree with one of his own spells. The result will be that Merlin won't be at Arthur's side during the final battle and Mordred will successfully kill Arthur, leading to a Downer Ending for the series.

Morgana is dead.
The poison actually did kill her. Morgause, not wanting to lose her sister, made a magical Deal with the Devil to bring her Back from the Dead. Only, this did not bring her back but in fact invited a malevolent spirit to inhabit her body. Morgause does not know this, and 'Morgana' is using her along with everyone else for some nefarious plan (besides the obvious of killing Merlin and Co.).

This could explain how she became pure evil and with a desire for revenge so quickly. Nimueh, maybe?

Morgana will be forced to flee Camelot in the upcoming second part of The Tears of Uther Pendragon.
There's absolutely no way she will be able to continue her masquerade after Merlin inevitably foils her and Morgause's plan. Everyone, including Uther, will know that she is a sorceress and how far she has fallen. Uther, being the complete Jerkass that he is, will probably remark that he should have known and killed her years ago.

Arthur's feelings about magic will be set back yet again because of these events.

She will escape with her sister from Camelot, and continue to be a menace in the future. More than likely she will show up for the finale as the Big Bad.

  • This has been Jossed, since Morgana was given credit for saving the day and now continues to stay in Camelot, with only Merlin and Gaius aware of her true nature. Status Quo Is God, full stop.

Arthur has already figured out that Merlin is a wizard.
Of course he won't say anything, since he's now in on the secret. Not only has he been in the same room as Merlin using magic about a thousand times, he always seems a little too dismissive and even angry whenever Merlin is suspected of being a magic user. (See "The Mark of Nimueh" and "The Witchfinder.") Compare this to his resigned acceptance that someone like Gwen may have used magic to cure her father. Arthur is fully aware Merlin has saved his life on numerous occasions, which explains why he insists on Merlin being by his side for any dangerous journeys or battles, even though he's usually loath to put other people's lives at risk.

The series will end with a Kill 'Em All, utter Bittersweet Ending / Downer Ending that will go against everything the legends say.
Face it, this is a BBC series and already some things have been very subverted or outright changed from the original stories (some people have even already died who shouldn't have).

Something like the following may happen:

Arthur will find out about Merlin's magic (probably due to it having to be used in front of him to prevent his death) and will understand and help him due to all the good he has done, but he will be forced to flee from Camelot as Uther would probably quickly find out. After this, everything will immediately go downhill and the Big Bad Duumvirate of Mordred, Morgause and Morgana will attack Camelot in full force and without mercy.

Merlin will rush back to find most of Camelot in ruins and nearly everyone slaughtered, including Gaius, Gwen and Uther. Morgana will hold a critically-wounded Arthur hostage and taunt Merlin, who will decide to take none of that crap and instantly kill Morgana with some spell before she can do anything else (since she is the most inexperienced of the three, she wouldn't be able to defend as well). Arthur will live long enough to say farewell to Merlin and for being a good and loyal friend, before dying.

Merlin, in both anguish and rage, will find Mordred and Morgause and ruthlessly kill them both in an epic magic battle far beyond anything seen so far, which will exhaust most of his magic power.

The Great Dragon will then appear, and instead of taunting or trying to attack Merlin will congratulate him on fulfilling his destiny, albeit much earlier and in a different way than he expected. Merlin will be outraged.

The Dragon then explains that, with Uther dead and Camelot destroyed, and with the 'Great Three' magicians dead, magic will indeed return to the land but in a much different and less visible form (technology). Regular magic will diminish to the point where it will be gone forever. Also, with this accomplished, he reveals that his time in the world is up and tells Merlin that he will be the one to unite Albion and not Arthur. When Merlin complains that he said multiple times that Arthur was to be king, the Dragon laughs and says that prophecies can be interpreted many different ways, before flying away never to be seen again.

Merlin then meets with Geoffrey of Monmouth, one of the few survivors of Camelot, and explains everything to him. They agree that Arthur is needed else Albion will fall into chaos, so Merlin uses a spell to permanently switch his appearance with Arthur's body (using the rest of his magic and forever losing the ability to use it in the process), meaning that Merlin was the one 'killed' by Morgana instead.

Due to the 'miracle' of Arthur surviving, the survivors gather together and crown him their king. Eventually, Camelot is rebuilt bigger and better than before, and peace and prosperity reign throughout the land. Albion is indeed united. The ban on magic is lifted, but already magic is fading and very few people can do much with it.

Lancelot, having not been present in Camelot, will return and become 'Arthur's' most loyal knight and friend. Besides Geoffrey, only Lancelot will know the truth about Merlin.

Merlin, however, is still deeply saddened and bitter over where his destiny led. Geoffrey, in secret, chronicles the legend as he thinks it should have rightfully happened, making the legends of King Arthur we have a very early form of Fan Fic.

Merlin lives to an old age, but never marries. His heir turns out to be an historical figure, who takes over the land and renames it, making Camelot fade into legend and myth. One night, he awakens and sees Freya in his room and realizes that he is younger and back in his own body, meaning he has died. As he is ready to leave with her he also sees Arthur, Gwen, Gaius and many others who stay silent but smile at him. Then the screen fades to white.

And the fandom will cry.

Freya was deliberately invented to Ship Sink Merlin and Morgana.
It didn't work, however. Every other attempt by the writers since then to do so hasn't either.

  • It also could have been to Ship Sink Merlin/Arthur.

Episode 5 of Series 3 will be either a test, All Just a Dream, or a time-travel episode.
According to the press release, Merlin will visit a wizard who shows him a vision of Morgana murdering Uther. Merlin will try to prevent this with 'fatal consequences', which means that he will probably confront Morgana.

What could happen:

She will try to kill him with magic but Arthur will come out of nowhere and be hit by it, dying instantly. As a result of this, everything will quickly go downhill. Morgana will blame Merlin for his death in front of everyone and accuse him of sorcery (also having bruised herself to look as if Merlin hurt her), and Uther will likely try to run Merlin through right then and there. With no way to defend himself he will use magic in front of him to escape, further proving Morgana's claims to Camelot.

With Arthur and Merlin gone, Morgana will proceed to murder Uther in the very fashion that was predicted, and claim that Merlin came back and did it. With both Uther and Arthur dead, she will be crowned as Queen and lift the ban on magic. Her reign would be far from ideal though, instead being as much of a tyrant as Uther if not more so, and the land would suffer.

Merlin, having failed his destiny and having nowhere else to go (the Dragon, if he appears at all, would reject him), will turn himself in to be put to death, completely and utterly broken. Morgana and possibly Morgause will torture him to near the point of death, and one of the following things would later happen:

a) Merlin will end up back in the cave with the wizard, with it being revealed to him that it was all a test, and to warn him what will happen if he should fail.

b) Merlin will wake up in his bed, all of it having been a nightmare. He tells Gaius, and he tells Merlin that the wizard (Taliesin) died a long time ago and that he must have been reading about him. Merlin will reveal that he never heard of him before, meaning that he was in fact sort-of Dreaming of Things to Come, warning him what will happen if he should fail.

c) Gaius, or someone else, will sneak in and give Merlin a magic trinket to go back in time. The cost is that the person will soon die after using it, as it is powered by life force. Merlin will change his appearance with magic, use the device, and run across his past self before he confronts Morgana. He will warn him not to do what he is planning, and then die.

  • Jossed. The events of the episode were entirely Canon.

Uther will be Killed Off for Real by Morgana, having usurped the throne of Camelot for herself and forcing Merlin, Arthur, Gwen and others on the run for their lives.

Promotional pictures and videos for later Series 3 episodes heavily suggest this may indeed happen. Most of Camelot probably hate Uther like no other and will rally support behind her, and those who don't will be executed or forced to flee.

Morgana, wearing the crown, in shown to be ordering an execution. This is probably Uther Pendragon, being killed in one of the same ways he had done to many others, as an act of revenge and irony.

Gwaine, Lancelot, Leon and some other unnamed knights are shown to be loyalists to Arthur, and likely will become the first of the Knights Of The Round Table.

The later episodes of Series 3 will be one Wham Episode after another, with large heaping doses of Nothing Is the Same Anymore, and Status Quo Is God being lifted once and for all. Merlin's magic will be revealed to everyone, Uther will die at Morgana's hand with Merlin helpless or too far away to prevent it, and the last episode will end with Morgana being defeated and driven away from Camelot, since she must survive in order to later align with Mordred. Morgause has no such prophecy protecting her and may well die, probably right in front of Morgana at Merlin's hand, which will cement her rage and hatred for him forever. Arthur will be crowned King and Gwen his Queen, and all will be well in Camelot for the time being.

Doesn't that sound like a Grand Finale, if it ends up being true? Perhaps Series 3 of Merlin is going to be the last, or for whatever reason the writers are deciding to change the show for good.

  • Jossed. Uther survives series 3, Morgana is defeated.

Morgause has Confessed Morgana.

Or some corresponding form of mind-control magic. Perhaps the blood link helps.

In any case, since Morgana has returned, she has demonstrated absolutely no qualms about killing off her former friends. In "The Castle of Fyrien", she was willing to let both Gwen and Arthur die. Wanting to kill Uther or Merlin would be understandable. Perhaps Morgause could even have convinced her that Arthur's apathy allows his father to continue his tyranny. But in "Lancelot and Guinevere", Morgana is terrified for Gwen's well-being, indicating that she is a very close friend. How would she or Morgause justify to herself that killing Gwen is acceptable?

Another indication is her lack of concern for the well-being of Camelot's citizens. When she kills a guard who spots her leaving, it almost seems like she is relishing it. In short, her actions have become Card Carryingly Villainous, which is completely out of character for her.

Perhaps, then, she is quite literally out of character? Perhaps Morgause has enslaved her will? It's not implausible that she does have that (or similar) magic, since if she did, it could take a year to cast on someone, which is why it's taken so long to get Morgana back into Camelot - she was Confessing her the whole time. Then there would be a simple explanation as to why she doesn't just throw it around, using it on everyone.

So Morgause sends the mind-enslaved Morgana, who now wants only to please her mistress back into Camelot with orders to act normal until she's needed. And to smirk about this situation EVERY SECOND THAT NOBODY'S LOOKING.

  • Bad writing. That is all. Plus Katie McGrath can't act evil particularly well, which makes it seem as if she would fit in well with the likes of Cobra (replace the shouts of "Cobra!" with the smirk, they have nearly the same effect).

Morgana was not meant to be evil, and may return to good

The Dragon wanted to destroy Camelot. But what was in his way? Well, Morgana could not only predict his actions (a general's wet dream), but tell Merlin he was the Dragonlord. So the Dragon ordered Merlin to betray her. After years of Uthur's treatment, Morgana is half a step away from C-PTSD (PTSD resulting from multiple traumas instead of just one). When Merlin betrays her, it's the straw breaking the camel's back, and Morgana has a psychotic break. Morgause, seeing this, brainwashes Morgana into being a Card-Carrying Villain. However, there is a flip side to this. Because Morgana is reacting to trauma, Arthur should, in theory, be able to reverse it—if he could confront her, she could become good again. And if this happened, Camelot could completely change...

Princess Elena is the Elaine that Lancelot marries in the myth

How adorable would it be if he married her?

Uther has an alcohol abuse problem.
Go back and watch through all the times Uther has an outburst of rage. Now, what was he doing just before? Have there ever been any times Uther did something...Moral Event Horizon-ey without having had a goblet in his hand a moment before? And the decisions where he didn't he's never shown any signs of regreting, as opposed to the ones where he did. Also, what is Uther most often seen doing when Camelot is in crisis?

"Dragoon" will become Merlin's sorcerer alter-ego
Since Merlin is based off of Smallville, future episodes may have more of Clark Kenting twist involving Merlin. Dragoon is already notorious as a twisted sorcerer, so Merlin has a persona to do the dirty work that he would normally get in trouble for doing. It would also parallel nicely with the legends surrounding the legendary Merlin who could switch from a young boy to an old man.

Merlin will someday learn to shapeshift into animals
In the original myths, Merlin does in fact fight a duel through shapeshifting (That duel with Mim wasn't just a Disney thing). Also, Merlin's name is that of a bird of prey, and I can't be the only one who would love to see him turn into a bird because of that.
  • You're not. Merlin in the myths was always a shapeshifter. Pretty much the only restraint they have on it is Coconut Superpowers, and since they have their own CGI department now, they should really give it a go.

Lancelot will become Galahad's Big Brother Mentor
Obviously Galahad will have to come in sometime soon to join the knights since he's such an iconic part of the original myth, but he can't possibly be Lancelot's son. It would be sly way to reference the fact that Galahad in the original Arthurian myth was Lancelot's son.

Freya and Merlin will become a Battle Couple
Freya seems to be learning how to control her powers as a spirit of the lake and she and Merlin still care about each other. Also, since Morgana's gone, there has to be another woman join the main cast to avert the Smurfette Principle. Merlin's power is more fire-based, being a Dragonlord, so Freya could support him with water powers.

Madame Mim will show up
It will be part Mythology Gag and part homage to Disney's The Sword in the Stone.

Gaius has been protecting Uther since the beginning of the Great Purge.
Are we really supposed to believe that no evil magic users tried to attack Uther in the twenty years before Merlin came to Camelot? And if they did, how is Uther not already dead? It could be that Gaius has spent those twenty years doing what is now Merlin's job, running around and stopping these evil-doers behind Uther's back. No doubt it came as a relief to the old boy when a young helper turned up to take over.

The Fourth Season will include Merlin's version of Kate.
The writers know that they need to include a new female character to avert the Smurfette Principle, but they will make her a poor man's Morgana who everyone inexplicably likes and who will become Merlin's Designated Love Interest.
  • Oh please no. The only good thing about Kate was the knowledge that there will never be anything as bad as Kate ever again.
  • Oh God. I can live with Gwen being a Smurfette. Please, let her stay a Smurfette.
    • Hopefully they will avoid the Smurfette Principle, but they'll do so by bringing back another important female character who already exists, like Hunith, Freya, Vivian, Elena or Alice.
  • Jossed, thank God.

This Merlin is the same Merlin in Harry Potter
The whole story takes place hundreds of years before Hogwarts was actually established.
  • I stated this above but just in case. I believe that Merlin, despite being more like a Ravenclaw guy might have volunteered to take Salazar Slytherin's place after he left the school to guide them, because face it; they shouldn't dwell on the anti- muggleborn agenda and needed a good influence. Or Because he is immortal, meaning he might not age but use spells to look like an old guy or in reverse. went as a student and was sorted into Slytherin so he could pretty much protect the school during times of crisis, similar to how Harry Potter did. He probably went to guard Lake of Avalon from Voldemort during the Wizarding Wars. I mean seriously, we would NOT want Voldy getting his hands on Excalibur now would we?

  • HIS PATRONUS COULD TOTALLY BE A DRAGON! Seriously, he is a dragonlord!

Assuming the above is true...
The castle of Camelot will turn into Hogwarts in the future and will become the academy for magic we all know and love.

The Love Triangle
I'm calling it now: the scene that we saw in the season four trailer, Arthur walking in on what looks like a romantic embrace between Lancelot and Guinevere is a magical set-up. Either Morgana is sending Arthur bad dreams, Morgana is sending Lancelot bad dreams, or the Guinevere we see in that scene is not Guinevere at all. It's Morgana, disguised as Gwen, and trying to stir up trouble amongst Arthur and the knights. Which begs the question: where is the real Guinevere?
  • Or Lancelot could be a fake... Or even a dead Lancelot with some kind of demon possessing him, which is later defeated... And that's how we get to the possible spoiler of Lancelot dying.
    • Confirmed.
  • Or the trailer makes it seem like a bigger deal than it is. Gwen is already shown to have a tendency to express her joy at finding out someone she thought dead is alive by kissing him (right, Merlin?), and Arthur has shown a tendency to overreact regarding any affection Gwen shows to another man (seeing Gwaine, who was never remotely serious competition for her affections, saying goodbye to her had him getting upset about how they seemed "awfully friendly"). Combine the two's tendencies with Lancelot returning from the dead and Arthur walking in at the worst moment, and you get a setup for either hilarity or disaster.

Gilly is Galahad
He's brave, pure of heart, and has magical powers to aid him. He might not be the complete Marty Stu Galahad from the original legend, but has the potential to nudge Arthur in the right direction regarding the nature of magic by dying as a knight of Camelot after protecting Arthur.

Mordred is the son of Morgause
Mentioned earlier on the page, but it has enough merit to be recognized. Morgause appears older than Morgana, enough that having a child around his age is not out of the realm of possibility, and we really have no idea what she's been up to before showing up in Camelot. She might have given up the child to his Druid father or, due to prophecies, left him behind with supporters of the Old Religion. In "The Once and Future King", it is Morgause who is Mordred's mother, and Morgana being his aunt could explain their connection.

Morgana's mother's name
Uther mentioned in 3x05 that Morgana's mother's name was Vivian (or some variation). Given that the show has already one character with the same name (Lady Vivian from 2x10), it's possible that they gave the mother that name because she will be the Vivian from the legend. But she was the Lady of the Lake, and that role has already been fulfilled by Freya...

Merlin is immortal
I'm not sure how much of a WMG this is, since it's backed up by myth, but it needs saying. Evidence: Edwin couldn't kill him, the Cup of Life wouldn't take his, he survived the Dorocha touching him when it was explicitly stated that no mortal man could, and the Callieach wouldn't accept him as a blood sacrifice to close the Veil.
  • Alternatively, it may not be a matter of being unable to kill Merlin, so much as making it stick. In "The Poisoned Chalice", if Gaius is to be believed, Merlin's heart stopped long enough for him to be considered dead. And in "To Kill The King" and "Le Morte d' Arthur", Merlin took direct hits to the chest from spells that had killed/destroyed others.
  • Confirmed by the finale. Merlin's lived to the present day. Sure, he's old, but he could be pulling My Grandson Myself.

Everything is shown from Merlin's point of view, and Merlin has Black-and-White Insanity
It explains all the Moral Dissonance.

Old!Merlin will become Morgana's mentor and Parental Substitute.
  • In Morgana's prophetic dream, she seems to expect Emrys to help her so she probably does not consider him an enemy. Morgana hates Uther and never knew Gorlois, so she'd probably gravitate towards a father figure.

While recovering from her poisoning, Morgana dreamt about the future...
  • ...and saw Gwen, Arthur and Merlin trying to defeat her and generally hating her guts. This soured her against her friends and resulted in her rather sharp Face–Heel Turn.

The upcoming episode Lamia will parody the common Mary Sue

Merlin will save Camelot with an army of magic users

Merlin's secret will be revealed in the Series 4 finale
  • Almost every episode of season 4 seems to show some sort of betrayal and Arthur's reaction to it. Seeing how much Arthur was crushed by Morgana's Face–Heel Turn, Gaius being accused (again) of sorcery, and Lancelot and Gwen's tryst, putting him in an already vulnerable place where Merlin is the only person he can depend on. With all the emphasis on betrayal and the Merlin/Arthur friendship, all of it building up to a finale reveal would be the most likely conclusion.
    • Jossed. Agravaine found out, but needless to say he didn't live long enough to spread it around.

The series Merlin will end on a high note
  • Arthur will finally learn about and accept Merlin's magic, Arthur and Gwen will be reconciled and married, the Knights will come together at the Round Table, and the series will end with all of them bantering with each other and riding off to Camelot to found Albion together.
    • One down, three to go.

Merlin is a Dragonborn.
Seriously, it all fits. He can speak the language of Dragons, and has demonstrated usage of Slow Time (TIID KLO UL) and Unrelenting Force (FUS RO DAH). He's also the chosen one. However, in this 'verse Dragons aren't quite so bad.

Aithusa was sent by Mordred to heal Morgana
Kilgharrah, the Great Dragon, has said that Morgana and Mordred will form an alliance in the future. We do not have much of a back story on Mordred(as far as the show itself is concerned and we know how the show diverts from the original material), so for all we know he could have the ability to control a young dragon like Aithusa. Assuming Aithusa is not evil, nor naive of Morgana's cruelty, Mordred could have felt Morgana in danger, could not teleport to her, and was too far to reach her by foot, so he sent Aithusa to heal her. He could be a Dragonlord, or he could just be a powerful warlock that could control the young dragon.

Arthur isn't King Arthur
His son is. Series 5 will establish that Gwen is pregnant early on. The rest of the series plays out as you'd expect up to the finale, during which Morgana attempts to conquer Camelot (as per usual). Gwen goes into labor early on in the battle. Arthur assigns Merlin to look after her. The battle carries on, and Arthur and Morgana battle it out, eventually winding up in Arthur and Gwen's chambers, where Gwen has just given birth to a baby boy. Merlin manages to defeat Morgana, but Arthur is mortally wounded and dies in Merlin's and Gwen's arms. Gwen names her son after his father and tells Merlin to sneak him out of Camelot and have him raised away from the dangers of royalty. Gwen loses the will to live and dies shortly after. Merlin obeys Gwen's dying wish and sends the infant Arthur to live with a kind family of peasants before taking Excalibur and returning it to the stone. He then returns to Camelot, keeping the kingdom together despite its lack of ruler. Flash Forward twenty years, when a young man who looks uncannily like Arthur approaches Camelot from afar. Kilghara's voice then narrates: No young man, no matter how great can know his destiny...
  • This does explain why Merlin is so much older in the legend Merlin just simply aged.

Uther's Great Purge actually made magic stronger.
Hence why Camelot was able to wipe out the vast majority of magic users and dragons, yet can't do a thing about it in the present age. A big part of the Old Religion is balance, so with magic so widely distributed, it was a lot weaker. There's also a lot of instances in show where non-Merlin magic users do things that are incredibly strong magic rather easily. One case is Servant of Two Masters, where Gaius mentioned that it would take a high amount of skill to apply a Fomorrah to a person, and yet all evidence seems to point towards Morgana doing this on a whim rather easily. Another is, while they needed magic to get the Great Dragon to Camelot, they were able to capture it the last time, and when it got out twenty years later they couldn't even fight it. It also might explain why Merlin and Morgana are so strong magically: they were born in the midst of the Purge. Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!.

Merlin is set in alternate timeline
...created when The Great Dragon (intentionally or accidently) travelled through time. His presence altered history, and he tries to put it right back. When he talks about Destiny, what he means is "how it happened the first time", but the future is already changed now.

The Girl of the Week will become a subplot for the Knights (and maybe Merlin) in Season 5
While Arthur was single, he free to be teased with any lady that showed up to Camelot, but now that he's married to Gwen, obviously he's off the table. So now the Knights of the Round Table will have a turn for wacky romantic subplots in Season 5!
  • Well, Princess Mithian and newly widowed Queen Annis are confirmed to be returning for series 5, so that's a real possibility. There are also rumours of a female knight being present on the set.
  • There's also audition tapes on the internet for someone they're calling Gwaine's evil love interest.
  • Newest rumours are that Merlin does a bit of flirting, as well as promotional pictures of a girl that looks like she's the Queen's handmaiden.
  • Mordred gets a love interest in 5x11, according to the released synopsis.
  • From all the concurring information, I guess this is confirmed.

They will either not reveal Merlin's secret in Series 5, or have it as a cliffhanger ending
Just for the sake of being trolls.

The dog Merlin brought to life is Cavall
Merlin put him in the kennel with the rest of the dogs, and Arthur grew attached to him and named him.

Sir Marrock or Sir Gorlagon will show up in Season 5
  • One of the clips from the trailer showed a wolf/wolves, so one of the Arthurian knights known for their problems with lycanthropy may be making an appearance in the upcoming season.
    • Jossed, for now. The wolves appear to be normal, outside of being controlled by Morgana and smart enough to knock knights out.

The basic plot of the show is actually a big metaphor for the struggles of a closeted gay person
I'm totally serious here. There's a young man who has always been just a bit different from everyone else. He moves to a really intolerant place and has to hide this aspect of himself from everyone (magic = homosexuality). If people find out, the best he can hope for is to be shunned by all of society and the worst is death. Even though he has friends he loves dearly, he can't tell them because they might hate him for it and even if they don't, someone else could find out. He just hides it as best he can and hopes for a day when he can show people who he really is. Made Myself Sad...
  • As JRR Tolkien said, applicability is not the same as allegory. See Have You Tried Not Being a Monster? for the trope that's centered around this. Although, with the HUGE amount of Ho Yay on this show, one can't help but wonder...

Lancelot will return again
  • It couldn't be coincidence that Merlin gave him a Viking Funeral in what looked like Freya's lake. Also Lancelot in Arturian legends was saved by the Lady of the Lake as a child and made a knight by her, hence his name Lancelot du Lac (of the lake). It would also be nice way to redeem him in the eyes of Arthur and Gwen and allow him to make up for breaking them up under Morgana's control. Most likely he'll return as a spirit or only given one day to fight alongside Arthur before returning to the lake.
    • Jossed, unfortunately. According to Word of God, his storyline is over and there's nothing more to do with him.

Whoever captured and tortured Morgana and Aithusa will be making an appearance
He/she will probably either see all magical people and creatures as weapons to be exploited or be a Knight Templar who may surpass even Uther Pendragon in their hatred for magic. If it's the latter and Arthur encounters them, their hatred and zealotry may make him reconsider his ban on magic.

Sefa will return
Chances are she will want revenge on Guinevere for killing her father. If she allies herself with Morgana, she may even be trained as a witch to become more powerful and become Morgana's apprentice like Morgana was once to Morgause.

Sefa will become Merlin's Nimue
She's already been lightly teased as a possible romantic interest and has the potential to become a sorceror like her father. She may play upon Merlin's own memories of his father to seduce him and ensnare him with her magic.

Mordred really is fond of Arthur and Merlin, but will still have a Face–Heel Turn and eventually kill Arthur
As this show has constantly stressed, You Can't Fight Fate!
  • Mordred is really fond of Arthur, but Merlin's distrust and constant attempts to kill him in order to save Arthur is what will make Mordred turn against Camelot again. Therby making it a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.

Aithusia will out Merlin as a Dragonlord to Morgana.
But, Morgana will not know he's Emrys- she'll just be infuriated that Merlin was part of the Old Religion, but still supported Camelot.

The Guinevere that went back to Camelot wasn't the real Guinevere, but a false one that thinks she's Guinevere.
Guinevere had an Evil Twin in at least some of the legends. The last we saw of Guinevere, she broke out of Morgana's brainwashing and Morgana looked irritated. The one that went back to Camelot and is now completely in league with Morgana is a clone that Morgana made since time was running out.

Kilgharrah was a massive troll all along, and Merlin was just an Unwitting Pawn from the very start.
He was the last of his kind and already dying while still confined in the cave. Upon feeling Merlin's presence he had a complete vision of everything up to Arthur's death, and the entire series was orchestrated by him from beginning to end in a twisted act of revenge against the Pendragons, and he used a so-called prophecy to his advantage to keep Merlin in line. The unification of Albion and the return of magic didn't happen, and worst of all he has Merlin believing that Arthur will some day return when in fact he is gone forever. The true Big Bad of the series was The Great Dragon after all, and he completely succeeded.

Merlin and The Dresden Files take place in the same continuity
When Morgana brainwashed Merlin to kill Arthur, Merlin never tried to use magic. Perhaps explained by Rule of Funny, but also because, according to the mechanics of the Dresdenverse, Merlin didn't believe what he was doing was right, and this rendered magic an inviable method of assassination. Like how a mind-controlled Luccio, from The Dresden Files, used a mundane means (by sword) against La Fortier when she was a perfectly accomplished wizard.

Guinevere was The Chosen One all along
Think about it. How would the Christian conquerors have taken such a tale of a female monarch reforming the land for good? They would have ignored her and focused on Arthur. Arthur got most of her attributes in the retellings (creation of Albion, came from peasant folk, rose to status, wise and noble monarch), while Gwen got Flanderized into a cheating shrew whose one defining characteristic was her relationship with Lancelot. When the prophets or whoever looked into the future, they saw an enabler for the great queen to come, and so they made all these prophecies to put Gwen on the throne and in the position of accepting magic with Merlin as her advisor. Arthur was just a Red Herring.

Albion is Valyria
Gwen became pregnant sometime around the finale and her son will continue the Pendragon dynasty. At some point, Merlin will wind up having children who will get together with Arthur's descendants to create what will become the Targaryen bloodline, thus giving them their mastery of dragons. Giant pyre hatching dragons? Nah, just the rage and grief of the last dragon lady calling them forth, now the third name had been decided on. Coincidentally, if the entire series takes place during a very, very long summer this also explains why winter is never seen or referenced. If Merlin is truly immortal, it is entirely possible that he lives past the time of the series until Westeros finally gets to the point of advanced technology, hence the truck seen in the finale Things like Valyrian steel are created during the magical golden age that presumably occurs post-finale. And perhaps Petyr Baelish has ties to a certain treasonous councilor...

Arthur and Guinevere were childhood best friends and/or sweethearts
As a child, Arthur visited Sir Leon's court and became friends with Guinevere. The two became close as children, and at some point developed crushes on each other. When Gwen moved to Camelot to be Morgana's maidservant, Arthur had reached his training years, and started being more distant, ignoring her more. Her feelings remained, but she didn't like who he was becoming. He pretended to ignore her, but always kept an eye on her - if you'll notice, the first time he confronts his father about magic is for Gwen's sake, and when she stands up to him in A Moment of Truth, he actually listens to her and respects her opinion in a way their previous acquaintance on the show doesn't seem to merit. Whenever he says her name in the first season, it is full of amused affection, and he openly teases her after her emotional "don't die on me" pep talk in Le Morte D'Arthur (season 1 finale) as if they have a history together. In The Once and Future Queen, the two spend more time alone together at once than they have since childhood, and the crushes are rekindled.In the first season, they seem to connect on a different level from the other characters, not in a destined-to-be-soulmates kind of way, but in a know-each-others'-brains-through-and-through kind of way. It helps explain away the Strangled by the Red String plot line, and makes a lot of stuff make more sense in context. It also helps explain how they can so clearly care deeply for and love one another, and have such wonderful interactive/character chemistry, while having rather poor (YMMV, but it seems to be general consensus) romantic/physical chemistry. Their relationship on the show is wonderful, but the parts that work best give off a flirty best friends or even brother-sister vibe. When they try to do the epic sweeping romance "We are in LOVE!" it sort of falls flat. Reason? It's a deeply rooted childhood connection mixed with mutual respect and companionship mixed with longstanding puppy love!
  • Several scenes make more sense with this logic. In fact, the episode in which they fall in love includes them arguing a lot, and Gwen finally telling Arthur what she thinks of him - and it reads very much like the explosion of things unsaid between friends who have grown apart suddenly forced to spend 24/7 in each others' company. Not to mention that at the end of this scene he shoves her out the door in a way that doesn't make sense for a blossoming couple unless they're already long comfortable with contact. And then in this scene, they seem to be running off of already-established banter patterns, and at the end, when he says he doesn't know what to say to someone he cares about, it can be seen as an apology for his awkward, dodging treatment of her in the first season.

Sooo, about that alien....
I think it's pretty safe to say that at the very least, Merlin and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull take place in the same continuity. The...uh, creature...encountered in "Arthur's Bane" has a glowing blue head, and it's about the right shape. It refers to its people being worshiped, presumably as gods, implying sort of an Ancient Astronauts thing. It's said to be the key to all knowledge, and like Indy said, "Their treasure wasn't gold. It was knowledge. Knowledge was their treasure." It also says that Merlin is wise not to ask it all sorts of questions, because hey, when Cate Blanchett did that, her eyeballs got burned out.

The prophecies about Merlin are just an attempt to control him.
This about it for a minute. Merlin has shown to be the most powerful person in the series. He's defeated dragons, caused earthquakes, and Curb Stomped entire armies within the same time frame without breaking a sweat. Everyone who has an inkling to who he is refer to him as the most powerful being who will ever live. His title "Emrys" literally means immortal, which most likely indicates that there's not a lot of ways to kill him. In series, the only way you can kill him is through a weapon that's been breathed on by a dragon. And considering the fact that he's a Dragonlord and that dragons are pretty much extinct, it'll be pretty hard to come by. It's all but stated in the show that Merlin is the Anthropomorphic Personification of magic itself, a power source that can make the laws of physics its bitch. So of course everyone would try to control him; why the hell would they let a person that powerful run around unsupervised? They know they can't really stop him if he goes too far, so the prophecy was created in order to keep him in line. It would actually make sense in series; every time Merlin tries to act within the confines of the prophecy it causes him nothing but torment and misery. It's only when he tries to saw screwDestiny that things work out for him.

The reason that John Hurt is heard narrating at the beginning of each episode is that this is all being told by The Storyteller.
And the Dog is enjoying all five seasons of this story.

The man who designed Camelot's dungeons, is an ancestor of the man who will design Arkham Asylum.
Considering how easily people seem to break out of them its a major possibility.

The Prophecies Will Come True in the Future
The dragon didn’t seem particularly surprised that Arthur was dying, and Arthur is the Once and Future King. None of his other prophecies have gone unfulfilled. Furthermore, Arthur returning in England’s greatest hour of need (perhaps a civil war or Apocolypse scenario of some sort in this case) is a classic piece of the Arthurian mythos. All of that in mind and also considering the ending of the last episode reveals our modern Earth, my guess is that at some point The Magic Went Away and when Arthur returns someday, he’ll bring it back with him in the process of (re-)uniting the land of Albion, but he’ll live up to his wife’s example and won’t persecute it the second time around.

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