Sneak Peek: Merlin – “The Changeling”

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The trials and tribulations of a Prince of Camelot must be difficult. Arthur (Bradley James) is constantly forced to balance his own wishes against his duties as Prince and the wishes of his father King Uther Pendragon (Anthony Head). And in matters of the heart, where Gwen (Angel Coulby) is a servant in the castle and Arthur is nobility, the pair struggle with their feelings for each other more and more this season.

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To be honest, I like that they’re testing the relationships this season. In Season 2, we started to see Gwen fall in love with Arthur and vice versa, with both knowing full well a union would never be accepted by the King. And when Lancelot (Santiago Cabrera) gets into the mix, Gwen’s heart is torn in two.

But this time it seems they’re testing Arthur’s resolve. More and more he’s been either going behind his father’s back or openly disagreeing with the King, which even as a Prince is bad news.

Here’s a clip from the episode airing Friday, February 18th at 10/9c on Syfy:

Here’s the synopsis:

In the next all-new episode of Merlin, Arthur is approached about his arranged engagement to a princess, Elena. It’s against his own wishes and he’s caught in deciding whether he should honor the royal tradition or if he should make the choice to not go through with it. Watch the clip and tune in on Friday at 10/9c on Syfy to see if Arthur will choose the right destiny of marrying his eventual Queen, or if the true feelings of his heart will prevail.

We’ve been enjoying the series and I’ll be curious to see how long it goes. Hopefully they can take it all the way to the death of Uther and the rise of Arthur as King of Camelot – but only the future will tell!

–Fitz

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Sneak Peek: Merlin – “The Crystal Cave”

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The beauty of Merlin as a series is that it has an amazing chance to reinvent some of the great stories involving Merlin, Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, and the rest of the figures of Camelot. One of those plotlines I’ve been waiting to see is about the Crystal Cave.

Merlin as a wizard has always captured my attention – back to the early 1980s when I started playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and really started tearing through piles of fantasy and science fiction novels at the library. While in that particular spell of reading, I came across Mary Stewart‘s The Crystal Cave, which was the first in a series she wrote about Merlin and Camelot. Though I don’t recall much about the series, the concept of Merlin trapped in such a cave stuck with me.

Based on the classical stories of Merlin, as Camelot begins to fall, he becomes enraptured by Nimue, who doesn’t really want the attention. On their way back to Camelot, they stop for the night in a cave where Nimue lays a trap from which he cannot escape. And he eventually dies there.

I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in the Valley of Fallen Kings with Arthur & Merlin… What secrets does the valley hold and what’s in the cave?

In the next all-new episode of Merlin, Arthur leads Merlin through the Valley of the Fallen Kings in order to find a hide-away. Arthur claims they will never be followed in after Merlin prods about whether or not the valley is cursed. Arthur’s response doesn’t sit well with Merlin and they are quickly trying to lead their pursuers off their trail once again. Watch the clip to find out if Arthur and Merlin can dodge a battle and tune in Friday at 10/9c on Syfy.

–Fitz

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