Merlin: Syfy TV Series Ending, No Season Six

Merlin TV show endingUPDATE: There’s some indication that the show may actually have been cancelled as the producers had been negotiating the possibility of a sixth season and/or movies. Either way, season five will be the end for Merlin (as we know it anyway).

As suspected, the fifth season of Merlin will be the TV show’s last. The news was confirmed today by a press released issued by the BBC. Merlin is produced overseas and licensed worldwide. It’s seen on Syfy here in the states.

The fifth and final season of Merlin is currently airing in the UK and the two-part series finale will air at Christmas. Syfy will begin airing the 13 episodes of season five on Friday, January 4th. The series finale is expected to then air in late March.

Here’s the press release which includes statements from castmembers Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Katie McGrath, Angel Coulby, and Richard Wilson.

It was announced today that the current series of Merlin will be the last as BBC One’s hit show reaches a spectacular conclusion this Christmas. The epic family fantasy drama will bow out with a special two-part finale, as this unique re-telling of the Arthurian legend reaches its natural and dramatic end – it’s not to be missed!

Merlin has been enthralling audiences on Saturday nights over last five years, consistently attracting an average audience of over six million viewers, with ratings for the current series peaking at 7.1 million.

Merlin has been a firm favourite with BBC One viewers since its first outing in 2008. Celebrated for its magical storytelling, cinematic visual effects and most of all the wonderful cast which includes Colin Morgan as Merlin, Bradley James as Arthur Pendragon, Katie McGrath as Morgana, Angel Coulby as Guinevere, Anthony Head as Uther Pendragon, Richard Wilson as Gaius, and John Hurt as the voice of the Great Dragon.

Co-creators and executive producers, Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, confirm the current series will be the last: “This is the series where the storylines truly reach their apex. We always felt the story of the legend was best told across five series, leading to a spectacular finale that draws on the best known elements of this much-loved story and brings to a conclusion the battle for Camelot.

“We’d like to thank the amazing cast and crew for their professionalism and dedication, the BBC, FME and all of our partners globally for their incredible support and encouragement across the last five series.

“But chiefly, our thanks go to Merlin’s remarkable and loyal audience around the world for their enthusiasm for the characters and Camelot universe.”

Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One, said: “Merlin’s mix of magic, adventure and humour quickly became a hit with BBC One audiences and has continued to thrill families over the last five years on Saturday nights. I admire the creators’ decision to end Merlin on a high, but also know that we will miss it in the BBC One schedule.

“On behalf of BBC One I would like to thank Shine and all those involved in the making of the show both on and off screen. I hope fans will tune in over the coming weeks to see the spectacularly dramatic final episodes, and we have ambitious plans for new drama in the Saturday evening slot in 2013.”

Colin Morgan (Merlin) said: “From the beginning this was always going to be a five year journey that we embarked on and I think the show has run its natural course. The show has grown and grown each year and now we’ve arrived at its strongest point and we’ve achieved what we set out to do… I know this is the end, and I know this is goodbye, but thank you for being there on the journey with us because it has been a lot of fun!”

Bradley James (King Arthur) said: “The Merlin years have provided me with fond memories, great experiences and beloved friends and all the while we were supported by a devoted fan base who made the show a unique, surreal and special experience. My words won’t do justice to the honour of being King Arthur so I shall just say that it has been an exceptional one and that knowing the show has been a part of so many people’s lives, has been humbling.”

Katie McGrath (Morgana) said: “I have always said the success of the show has stemmed from our audience being able to relate to the characters on different levels – being based on the universally loved Arthurian legend is only a tiny part of its success – it’s a story about acceptance and growing up. The breathtaking finale of this series leaves you with no doubt that characters have been on their journeys and had their stories told – it’s completely the right time to draw our telling of the story to a close.”

Angel Coulby (Guinevere) said: “It has been a very special and memorable five years making Merlin. I feel extremely proud to have been part of such a brilliant show and such a great team. I think we’ve told the story we set out to tell, which ends with the fantastic two-part finale by the way! I believe the key to any successful show is making sure you leave people wanting more!”

Richard Wilson (Gaius) said: “Firstly, I would like to say that I’m extremely sad that Merlin has come to an end. Speaking as Gaius, I feel I have mentored the young wizard as far as I can – he is much smarter and greater than me now and I am simply exhausted!”

Other memorable cast include Mordred (Alexander Vlahos) and the brave Knights of the Round Table Sir Leon (Rupert Young), Sir Percival (Tom Hopper), Sir Gwaine (Eoin Macken) and the late Sir Elyan (Adetomiwa Edun).

Merlin has attracted an astounding array of guest stars including Michelle Ryan, Santiago Cabrera, Emilia Fox, Asa Butterfield, Mackenzie Crook, Adrian Lester, Warwick Davis, Miriam Margoyles, Eddie Marsan, Will Mellor, James Cosmo, Lindsay Duncan, Janet Montgomery, James Fox, Tom Ellis, Nathanial Parker, Michael Cronin, Charles Dance, Gemma Jones, Sarah Parish, Miranda Raison, Ben Daniels and John Lynch.

Across five series writers Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Lucy Watkins, Howard Overman, Ben Vanstone and Richard McBrien have taken the characters on a spectacular journey.

Series five opened to a Camelot at the height of its ‘golden age’, but a menacing omen overshadows Arthur’s future and unknown threats emerge from within the castle walls. Now everything Merlin has tried to protect is in danger. Albion’s dark trial has begun and the final battle has been joined, but who will survive?

Do not miss the last ever episodes and the dramatic conclusion of Merlin on BBC One, Saturdays at 8pm.

Merlin is executive produced by Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy for Shine Television, with Bethan Jones executive producer for BBC Wales. The series is a BBC Cymru Wales Production and was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning and Danny Cohen, Controller BBC One.

Created and produced by Shine TV, Fremantle Media Enterprises (FME) are an investor in Merlin and hold the exclusive distribution (excluding UK), home entertainment and licensing rights to the property.

What do you think? Are you sorry to hear that Merlin is ending or is this the right time?

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60 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. says

    I do like this serie. I just don’t know why is it ended? Its a great show with a lot of viewers I am a bit disappointed. I’ve just watched the last episode it was great.

  2. Shirley says

    I truly love this show, and am very sad to see it come to an end. Many thanks to the actors, and writers that brought this wonderfully enchanting tale to life

  3. monica says

    I was a late starter in getting into ‘Merlin’, but have thoroughly enjoyed the show, and the light humour that has been addedd. A great family show, that will be sadly missed in Australia, and so disappointing that it is finishng. Hopefully a movie will come from this magical show.

  4. dido13 says

    So very very unhappy that they have ended this truly wonderful entertaining show. We all looked forward every week to watching this great great show. We just don’t understand why another wonderful show has been taken off the air. What about what the viewers want ? SO very disappointing.

  5. Jaymes says

    I enjoy the entertainment value of the series, but have difficulty matching some of the casted characters to the parts they are depicting. The special effects are great, and so is the storyline most of the time. Perhaps a visit to “King Arthur’s Great Halls, at Tintagel, Cornwall, UK would help in the revival of the series?
    Just my opinion.

  6. marinadelsole says

    I’m really disappointed…I really love this amazing show, the characters,the wonderful actors..
    Only five season? Mah, I don’t understand..too many questions, too many important issues unresolved….and they really think to give us believable answers in only two episode? The way this has been rushed through is unacceptable. Some respect for the fans please…

  7. KowKow says

    Uh, thanks for spoiling who dies in the release there..those who watch via Syfy haven’t gotten to season 5 yet. Quite sad it is coming to an end. I don’t know if the spin-offs are going to be any good, unless Mr Capps and Mr Murphy will be involved. Glad there is still Once Upon a Time for my fantasy fix.

  8. AB says

    I am really disappointed to hear that Merlin is being cancelled. It’s a great show and Colin Morgan and Bradley James are fantastic. With all the mindless nonsense on tv these days, it’s a shame quality programs don’t last.
    Releasing the news at the last minute, right before the holidays wasn’t very nice. I think it deserves at least one more season before we are forced to accept the inevitable.

  9. Jennifer P says

    I often channel surfed right past BBC America channel. Merlin made me stop and watch. I enjoy several shows on it but Merlin is my favorite. It’s beyond entertaining and enjoyable and will miss this wonderful cast and show.

  10. KMH says

    I have loved this show since the first time I watched it! It is so sad to see TV shows like these not continue.
    Something the family can watch and enjoy together yet junk like Jersey shore etc. get more and more seasons … :(
    I have enjoyed the show, the characters and all the cast and crew. I wish you all the best in all your endeavors!

  11. Nicci S says

    I have really enjoyed this show. It has been one of my
    Favorites of all time. I’m sad to hear that it is ending.
    Good luck to all of the cast and crew in your future endeavors.

  12. says

    I was hoping for several more years of this wonderful show. I love the characters and the marvelous actors who portray them. For the rest of my life when I think of Merlin, Arthur, Guinevere and Morgana I will see the faces of Colin, Bradley, Angel and Katie. They have truly brought this story to life. I am sad to see them go.

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