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. Barb says

    Yes please keep Merlin on for a 5th and more episodes after that. The show is very good and I would like to see it continue –

  2. John says

    I love the show please continue filming more seasons. I’d love to see this as a long running series for years to come!

  3. donna t says

    I definitely want a season 5 and 6! Love the show! But the talk of taking out the humour and having more darkness…… it wouldnt be Merlin!! Keep it like it is. The past has proven anytime you change things too drastically it fails. So, keep up the good work. I love you Merlin!

  4. Barber, J says

    Love the series, Merlin. Please keep it
    going after season four!majestic, fun, do not
    have to deal with foul language, questionable
    content, and it champions good, honor, loyalty
    And right. One of almost extinct family
    adventure/fantasy programs. Please continue
    to fund and produce Merlin!

  5. Lily says

    I’m in! We’d like several more years, please!!!
    Colin is amazing.
    It might add a little depth if the evil meanies managed something besides smirking over their wicked plots. You know, like real people. That does get old in a hurry. But we all love the series and are diehard fans. Certainly long enough to get the majic thing sorted out with Arthur. It might be interesting to have a beyond-repraoch wisewoman advise Arthur that there will come a time when he will know the truth about Merlin and that he should “take it well”. Could be an interesting character & episode! But he needs to have some history and good current reasons to listen to her. More drama as he tries to figure out what she was talking about. We’ll be watching.

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