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?

Canceled and renewed TV show

60 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Dennis says

    This is what’s wrong with NBC/ScFi network. They put up a decent show and then allow it to fade away. Merlin was the only show on ScFi that the entire family could enjoy together.
    I hope a US production spins off of this.

  2. Tom carter says

    Can’t help but feel a sense of loss. Merlin has been as much a freand to keep up with as any character I,ve ever watched. I can only hope a movie is in the works!

  3. Dawn says

    No offence but seriously… I’m really sick of tv pulling good shows. Or them remaking old movies that were good when they came out. Sooo, not trying to be smart but how soon 1-2years do u thing someone will try to do ET and screw it up all to hell. I’m sorry but if its a good thing and not broken DON’T fix it. Just like toys they already screwed them up if you are old enough to know what I mean. Ride it out. Merlin is a kick … show please keep it running til you know it’s tankin not cause u had “1000” less viewers mind u they were probably at school and dvred the show.

  4. Dawn says

    This series is just like all the other good ones you pull it, everyone will buy the DVDs but my case is why stop a good thing it’s as good as charmed, Buffy, and angel was if not better it could easily run for 10 years sifi thinks if they start running, “reality tv”, they’ll get more watchers. No offence but the “sifi” group is bigger then they realize, and all bs aside we aren’t all bout reality tv HELLO it’s sifi for a reason make since.

  5. Karen B says

    I was truly hoping that there would be another season. This is such an enjoyable show. I am sick to the teeth of reality shows and wresting on the syfy channel. The actors feel like family and now that family is going away. I am certain that the actors want to go on to other endeavors, but I am selfish and want another season.

  6. Elizabeth A says

    Just one more reason Syfi is going off my bill. This is a great series. It will probably be replaced with another crappy reality show. Does’nt this network understand that wrestling and reality do not belong on a SCIENCE FICTION channel. I have shifted to the CHILLER channel and SHOB for better movies and better series. What a shame!

  7. Chahuites Mexican says

    No this show can’t die or end. Heck if the Simpsons is still on, this show can’t even think about throwing in the towel yet. Long live The Adventures of Merlin!!!
    Please make a season 6, 7, 8. I’m from the US and am obsessed with it. No shows exist like this anymore, it’s a rare gem under the rubble of all the terrible reality shows that are aired all the time by senseless, unimaginative writers. Plus it’s good for the whole family and teaches good values like friendship, loyalty, love and courage. Two Thumbs Way Up for all that helped make this story come to life. The only thing that needs work are the spells and the cgi graphics, especially on the dragon. But still make more, there’s profit and growth in this story, plus millions of fans, why stop now?
    We’ll all be waiting, there’s still time for the producers to change their mind before march. For Camelot and for good wholesome television!!

  8. Joe says

    I am truelly sadden by the end of the series. My family and I looked forward to watching it and now feel like a member of the family has past. When we were wacthing the last two shows we didnt know this was rhe end of the series. After warching it we could not believe that such a great ahow came to an end. I would like to thank all the cast and crew for a great show. You will be missed

  9. says

    So so sad dat merlin has finally end i thougth dat dere will be a 6th series of merlin but unluckyly 4 me dere will be no 6th series.
    I will always continue 2 be a fan of merlin.

  10. sam www says

    it ended in a bad way.Expected magic to be allowed in camelot and everyone to know the power of merlin. Anyway i hope another magic series will be out

  11. says

    it ended in a bad way.Expected magic to be allowed in camelot and everyone to know the power of merlin. Anyway i hope another magic series will be out

Leave a Comment

Your comment may need approval from a moderator before it appears. We review comments to weed out spam, duplicate postings and personal attacks. We welcome constructive discussion.