Episodes: 10 (hour)
TV show dates: February 25 – June 10, 2011
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower, Tamsin Egerton, Peter Mooney, Philip Winchester, Eva Green, Claire Forlani, Clive Standen, Diarmaid Murtagh, Chipo Chung, Jamie Downey, Sinead Cusack, and Lara Jean Chorostecki.
TV show description:
In the wake of King Uther’s sudden death, chaos threatens to engulf Britain. After the sorcerer Merlin (Joseph Fiennes) has visions of a dark future, he installs the young and impetuous Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower), Uther’s previously unknown son and heir, as king. Raised from birth as a commoner and torn from his home and family, Arthur pursues a kingdom based on justice, hope, and freedom while the lands he oversees are corrupted by violence, greed, and despair.
But Arthur’s cold and ambitious half-sister Morgan (Eva Green) will fight him to the bitter end for what she believes is her birthright. She gives herself over to dark forces that allow her to threaten the court of Camelot from within.
During these dark times, Arthur’s only shining light is the beautiful Guinevere (Tamsin Egerton). She’s innocent and naive, but also ambitious and strong-willed. Guinevere is a source of great support and strength to Arthur as he grows into his role as king. Though she’s married to Leontes (Philip Winchester), one of Arthur’s most loyal knights, Guinevere and Arthur cannot deny the attraction they feel for each other.
Faced with profound moral decisions, and the challenge of uniting a kingdom that’s broken by war and steeped in deception, Arthur is tested in more ways than he could have imagined.
Episode 10 — Reckoning
Morgan’s plan to overthrow Arthur is exposed but Sybil takes credit for her treasonous schemes. The nun claims that she planned everything and Morgan knew nothing about it. Sybil is executed, and while the public accepts this story, Arthur and Merlin are not deceived.
Leontes dies protecting Arthur at Bardon Pass and Igraine is killed by Morgan. Arthur strips Morgan of the name and banner of Pendragon and tells her that her castle is no longer protected. Later, Morgan visits Sybil’s grave. After hearing a voice that tells her to bear a child, Morgan disguises herself as Guinevere and has sex with Arthur.
First aired: June 10, 2011.
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