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Merlin: Possible Season Five and Specials for BBC

MerlinSeveral weeks ago, it was announced that Merlin was renewed for a fourth season to debut in 2012 overseas. Though that’s good news for fans of the show, some have been concerned because the series was renewed for only 10 episodes versus the usual baker’s dozen. Does this mean that the show is coming to a close?

Merlin showrunner Julian Murphy tells SFX that the reduced episode order came down to finances. He said, “Merlin is an expensive show… and what we are not prepared to do is cut its budget or production values. The BBC has had a really tough [financial] hit.”

On the positive side, Murphy noted that, “We are now discussing the fifth series with the BBC, and I think [the 2011 break] potentially preserves the program for longer. There is [also] talk of specials [and other] ways we can fill in the gap, but these are tough times for British broadcasters.”

Merlin has been renewed for a third season here in the states and that will debut on Syfy on January 7, 2011. Murphy teased that fans can look forward to “three or four absolutely iconic moments” in the final episode of the third season.

He added, “The last two are very special episodes because probably there are more crucial moments from the legend in them than in any other… The changes that happen in [episodes] 12 and 13… set up the direction that series four is going in. You get a good glimpse of the future.”

Syfy hasn’t decided to pick up the fourth season of Merlin yet and will likely wait to see how well year three performs in the ratings.

What do you think? Would you like to see Merlin continue for a fifth season or end after four? How long can it go on? Any ideas about what could be done for a special?

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Gallandriel March 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm

We need more Merlin, definetly a fifth sesion by alla means. It’s perfect!!


isiko yusufu March 7, 2012 at 12:51 am

i like merlin so much and the he played they can call me


rod February 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm

would to see it go into season 5 ,6 ,7 ,8 ,9 and so on love that show


liza January 27, 2012 at 10:54 am

OMG I have been watching since day 1. They should continue. I like t others waiting for the season 5 what’s is gonna happen to lady morgana n the white dragon. Love it!!


LOLA MARTINS January 19, 2012 at 2:08 am

I hope Merlin will always be an everyday show,cos i luv it…..i mean luv… must be a continuous movie and it is also great for all kids.


amy January 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm

i luv merlin plz make 5 season i love this show i cant live without it!!!


daniel January 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm

i love the show merlin it is the awesomest show ever and you guys should definitly make another seasson (season 5)


daniel January 16, 2012 at 6:14 pm

i love the show merlin it is the awesomest show ever and you guys should definitly make another season (season 5)


gena andrews January 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

yeah!!of course there sould be a series 5!!well i’m not from great britain but from greece but believe me merlin has here a huge fan club.we watch the series through our channel


zicozezo January 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm

This is a very great TV show


Linda en Roxanne January 8, 2012 at 3:55 am

YESSSSSSSSSSSS ofcourse season 5 of Merlin!
We live in Holland and are addicted to MERLIN!
we watch de BBC every saterday night! It´s very quiet now!
good lucken hope to see MERLIN soon ( again ) !
Linda and Roxanne, Odijk, Holland


tan January 4, 2012 at 5:00 am

i am sure it will return


carolinagirl January 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Continue!!! Season four starts here in the states on January 6 and I love it as do several of my friends and family. We have been anxiously awaiting the new season!!!


merphi January 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm

i think so merlin should continue to fifth season
because everybody wanna see what going to
happened to lady mogana and would merlin tell
the truth to auther who really is ?


merphi January 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm

i mean arthur i mispell the name!!!!


sally potter January 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm

there is definitely merlin series 5 as on the last episode on the 4 series it announced merlin will return


Sydney Marcotte December 31, 2011 at 3:24 pm

This show and Fringe are the only TV shows I watch! – Anyone remember the Legend of the Seeker tv series? that was pretty good hahaha, other Merlin fans may enjoy that too.


Lola January 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Yeah…I know it, it was really good.nearly asgood as merlin :) I loved the show and it was a mistake to cancle it…


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