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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  1. liza says

    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!!

  2. LOLA MARTINS says

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

  3. daniel says

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

    • daniel says

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

  4. gena andrews says

    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

  5. Linda en Roxanne says

    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

  6. carolinagirl says

    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!!!

  7. says

    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 ?

  8. sally potter says

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

  9. Sydney Marcotte says

    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 says

      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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