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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  1. says

    We love the show and also can hardly wait for January for season %, 3 movies would also be fabulous and we hope that the series creator is serious about developing Merlin into a movie or one or two.

  2. heather says

    There better be more seasons of Merlin. The show has come a long way since the start and i love it. Cant wait for more

  3. says

    I have been holding my breath practically that SyFy wasn’t going to bring Merlin back for a fifth season. I am SO incredibly happy that I will get to see Camelot and Merlin and Arthur for another season! It is fantastic! I hope there are 20 more seasons. I love the show and I love the young fellow playing Merlin.

  4. says

    sify dont make the mistake of cancelling another great show. you have already foolishly cancelled Eureka dont do the same with Merlin. Both of them are good shows and I sure hope you keep this one going for a long time. i love this show as i did Eureka and you busted it. didnt need to but you did. keep your viewers by keeping that shows and stop cancelling good shows instead of bad ones.

  5. Leslie Shapouri says

    Merlin is one of very few shows my husband and I watch together – and actually enjoy! He keeps asking when it’s coming back. We’re way past withdrawal! Do we really have to wait until January?

  6. April Westrup says

    I’m 58 yrs old, and I love Merlin. It is a show that has grabbed many viewers on because it is family oriented and very well written. I love all the characters, and the chemistry is wonderful between all the players. Very few shows are on TV that any age group can feel comfortable even if your minister happens to be visiting. (I’m a licensed minister myself and not ashamed to admit that I watch this show and recommend it highly for a wonderful family or personal viewing!) Please keep the good work up and DO NOT CANCEL!!! You have a winner with this show!!

  7. marilyn says

    the only thing i dont like about merlin is it takes to long to come back on tv.merlin is a very good show it holds just the right amount of excitment to keep you wanting more,an more.I hope that arthur woun’t over react when he finds out about merlin.I hope that gwinaver, in a few episodes will find out that she is preg.wouldn’t that be good.

  8. mj says

    please dont take merlin off theres not a lot of shows that you can enjoy that can make me feel like merlin and king authur do they make me laugh and cry its a great show .the reality shows are trying to take over and if we let them thats all theres giong to be on soon we need more family movies like merlin

  9. Peggy says

    I love the show and the series. My 16 and 10 year olds love it to. Keep it going, get rid of the reality shows and give us more shows like this. Shows that are about what has and is going on in the world are better than the stupid antics on reality shows.

  10. Elizabeth says

    I love this show, so very tired of those stupid reality shows, cops and robbers and this is the icing on the cake for me. Fun and entertaining at the same time!

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