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Merlin: Season Five Coming to Syfy

Merlin season fiveTonight marks the season four finale of Merlin on Syfy. It’s been a whirlwind year for the young wizard (Colin Morgan) and Prince Arthur (Bradley James) so will there be a fifth season and more adventures?

Last July, at San Diego’s Comic-Con, FremantleMedia Enterprises announced that season five of Merlin had been commissioned by the BBC. The newest round of 13 episodes went into production this month. But, while UK viewers were guaranteed to see more Camelot adventures, it wasn’t clear that Syfy would be licensing the fifth season episodes as well.

Earlier this week, Syfy issued a press release that promoted tonight’s season finale — and teased season five. Syfy hadn’t specifically announced that they would be airing season five of Merlin but we’ve now confirmed it with a press representative. While there’s no word on when season five will air here in the States, seasons typically kick off in January.

Here’s the press release that teases the upcoming fifth season of Merlin:

As Fourth Season of MERLIN Comes to an End With Friday’s Season Finale on Syfy, Cast and Creator Offer a Look Back… and Forward

Colin Morgan, Bradley James & Katie McGrath, Co-Creator Johnny Capps Reflect on Season Four and Look Forward to All-New Fifth Season of MERLIN

Thirteen episodes of sorcery and swordplay, dragons and demons, bewitchings and betrayals comes to a head this Friday when the fourth season of MERLIN culminates in an exhilarating season finale entitled “The Sword in the Stone, Part 2,” premiering March 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT only on Syfy.

For cast members Colin Morgan (Merlin), Bradley James (Arthur) and Katie McGrath (Morgana), the fourth season has been filled with memorable moments for both the actors and viewers.

Morgan is particularly enthused about developments for the title character, who has gone from the King’s servant to his best friend and closest adviser. The fourth season presented some frustrating speed bumps in that relationship as Arthur’s traitorous uncle Agravaine wielded far more power and influence over the King than Merlin would have seen fit.

“After Uther died, there was an interesting transition within the characters as Arthur put family over friends,” Morgan recalls. “That was a difficult transition for Merlin to overcome. One of the key elements in the finale is Arthur seeing his uncle for who he is, and positively reflecting on Merlin’s valued friendship. Arthur always knew Merlin was a good friend and a trusted guy, but to realize he’s loyally been there the entire time is a big revelation for Arthur and certainly paves the way for where we’re going in Season Five.”

McGrath’s Morgana has experienced a true roller-coaster ride in Season Four, initiating one coup of Camelot after another before finally succeeding – if only for a few brief moments.

“I loved it when you see Morgana sitting on the throne after she has taken Camelot,” McGrath explains. “The difference in her body language and attitude and her presence is miles away from her coronation in Season Three, and even further away from what it had been in earlier years. I think it shows how far she has come and how much she has changed throughout the series.”

The entire series has changed, observes James – for the better, in his estimation. “We’ve gradually gotten closer to the legend, which requires us to get a little bit warped, because the legend is really quite dark. That shift has been fantastic. It’s what the show has needed, and what we have needed as actors because it has really kept our interest alive and provided us with a lot of new fun and challenges.”

Filming has begun on Season Five in Wales and France, and the cast is anxious to see what’s next for their characters and the series. But what do they hope is on the horizon?

“Merlin revealing his magic is definitely going to be the ultimate test for Arthur and Merlin, and I think it might be explored in the fifth season,” Morgan says. “The levels of trust between friends is one thing, but Arthur’s distrust of magic is something that runs longer than he and Merlin have been friends. It will take much more influence and much more work to break and to overcome. Certainly we’re entering into that territory, but it’s never going to be an easy task for Merlin. Still, it has to happen sooner or later.”

Underscoring just how strong all of its characters are, McGrath adds: “I’d like Camelot to realize that Morgana has a point. The persecution is unjust, and that magic has a place in the kingdom.”

MERLIN co-creator and executive producer Johnny Capps also offers a tantalizing possibility of things to come: “I think,” he says, “the return of Mordred would be very interesting.”

Stay tuned.

“The Sword in the Stone, Part 2,” an all-new episode of MERLIN, airs Friday, March 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT only on Syfy. All three seasons of MERLIN are now available on DVD and on iTunes. Be sure to follow the latest news on MERLIN at the Official Merlin page on Facebook.

What do you think? Are you glad to hear that Merlin is returning? How long should the series continue? Should season five be the last season?

 

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Rebecca September 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Would love to watch Merlin on sify channel …one of my favorite shows now that sanctuary is no long showing.

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Debbie Scardina September 19, 2012 at 7:09 am

I absolutely LOVE Merlin and cannot wait for season 5 to begin! I hope they continue for years producing this top notch show – PLEASE!!!!!!!!!

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Vivian September 18, 2012 at 9:44 am

I am 80 years old and I really enjoy Merlin. SYFY keep up the good work and sign up for the 5th season.

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Kim September 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I have a teenage son and this program is something my son and I still have in common. No matter how busy we are, we still make sure we’re both home on Friday nights to watch Merlin together. Thanks for the great show! Can’t wait for season five, six, seven, etc.

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John Collander September 14, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Please SyFi, Please, Please keep getting Merlin for the USA. Wonderful Series. Have watched it from day one and never missed a showing. My TiVo has it programmed above all other shows. Thank you BBC for keeping it alive. We need season 5 and as many as they make. Please don’t close off the series without a great conclusion. Merlin is my Hero.

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jan September 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I hope there will be a season 5 and following. I thoroughly enjoy the series and tivo it to watch over and over again. Great writing, great scripts, great acting, beautiful scenery. Keep up the good work. I eagerly await the new season! (age 72 senior citizen)

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Linda September 13, 2012 at 6:56 am

No no no !!!! Please don’t take the series off of syfy. I watch it every Friday night. I hope it runs for as many years as posible !!! It’s a mystical exciting and great fun to watch. I would be very dissapointed if they take it off the air. If it in Europe thank goodness all my cousins live in England and Scotland. I’ll have to ask them to record them and send it off to me lol. Please do not cancel the show a great fan !!

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DE September 13, 2012 at 10:15 am

PLEASE continue to give us Merlin. Great series! I am so looking forward to more, more, more! PLEASE don’t take it away from us.

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Jonathan Stilwell September 13, 2012 at 6:32 am

I am a big fan of the program and am eagerly anticipating the next season. As far as I am concerned they can run as many seasons as they can make successfully and creatively. To me, the crux of the program is the relationship between Gaius, Merlin, and Arthur. It is one of my two favorite programs on tv.

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Diana September 12, 2012 at 10:44 am

Love this series !!!! I found it by accident one night in 2012 and then watched all the episodes on netflix to catch up with the story line. Please continue this series –it is great–love the relationship development between Merlin and Arthur– the actors are great with one another– I hope I don’t miss the first episode which I still don’t know for sure.

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Judy September 7, 2012 at 6:15 pm

My whole family loves Merlin. We’d love to see more magic. I think if they write the scrips well, we’d love to see a few more seasons…after all, Merlin and Arthur lived a long time…it would be too soon to end the show…Since they’ve changed some elements of the original tale, they could rewrite it so that Mordred doesn’t mortally wound Arthur, and Morgana doesn’t mortally wound Merlin. Why not write an ending that Merlin comes out on top? I’d like to see Merlin start getting exponentially much further in his magic.

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dawnwinds58 September 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I do not get television out as far as I live. It is too “rural” for cable and to well protected by the terrain to sustain satellite dish. My internet is everything, news, information, and entertainment. I selectivly watch very few broadcast series, but Merlin is one I never miss. I have followed it and have enjoyed the twists and turns in the relationships, as well as the overall magic of the legend. I for one am ecstatic Merlin is coming back for another season.

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beverly September 3, 2012 at 5:57 am

Hi,
We love Merlin and can’t wait until it airs again. We would love to see it continue for ever!

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Nicolas August 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm

THIS SERIES HAS TO KEEP ON GOING IT IS THE BEST IVE EVER SEEN AND I REALLY WANT IT TO CONTINUE! :P i want to know how i can keep it going i have multiple people also willing to keep it going in any way they can! this show must keep going

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Catherine Bell August 19, 2012 at 12:02 am

Merlin is quite possibly one of the best, if not THE best series on television these days. I was so worried that “they” (it is aired on Space TV here in Canada) would cancel the series after it ended last spring, but was thrilled to see a few trailers saying it will return. I wait with baited breath! Didn’t realize I would have to wait until January though!
Please keep it going!
PS Morgan is the most authentic actor on tv nowadays. He is so very realistic and such a natural…. James is very good as well, and plays his role perfectly, but Morgan is simply the best.

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Carrie August 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Awesome show with such endearing characters. I love the humor. It makes the characters truly believable. I am enthralled with King Arthur….keep up the great work. I am needing an “ARTHUR FIX “! Looking forward to next season. Thanks for such great entertainment!!

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