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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  1. Sarah says

    I understand that the true story of Arthur the “true once and only king” was supposed to end with Arthur dying at Mordrid’s hands and that you can only carry out a series so long before bringing it its’ natural end… but there are so many stupid shows not even worth the time to watch, however, this one was worth every minute! The witty conversations and imagination, plus good actors. The fact that the dragon said that when Arthur is needed he shall rise again… I think there should be a sixth season even if it isn’t right away… To show the kingdoms unite… to show Merlin’s and Arthur’s relationship change now that he knows of his secret… I know this was the ending that it needed to reach, but it just feels like there was so much more that could have been done… :( My favorite show

  2. says

    I am from Virginia , USA and am so sad that Merlin is gone! Please writers-write a sixth season! Many questions were never answered!! The ending was really terrible to say the least-It was left undone and cold-like the writers were late to a golf game and just threw this ending in place. we never got to see Merlin and King Arthur use magic in Camelot -BBC Please let there be another season and wrap Merlin up properly!! Friday night aren’t the same now-empty like something is missing! and it is I WANT MERLIN BACK ON TV_PLEASE!!! BBC please reconsider-I know the ratings were great-one more season to wind it all up what are the actors going to do now?

  3. Richard says

    I am sad that Merlin has ended. It seems like every time a good show comes on only a short time later they take it off of the aire.soon tv will start to suck!!!!!!!!!

  4. Anonymous says

    Merlin’s ending left a bad taste in the mouth. We didn’t see the kingdom reunited, neither Merlin and Arthur were able to create this mythical place where everything was possible.. The only feeling that you received after watching the ending, is that they were in a rush to finish 5 years of a serious, in 2 episodes.
    It seems that the person that wrote the ending, didn’t have any knowledge of the goals that Merlin was set to accomplish; because neither of the promises, dreams, illusions were reached.

  5. Arwen lorimor says

    I’m so sad to here that the series is ending at 5 me and my 10 year old son watch it together and have loved it cents we first seen it we have cryed with them, laugh with them it has ben the most enjoy able tv series we have seen I hope that they really make a come back it is soo wounderful please reconsider thank you so much for for the entertainment

  6. says

    I agree with Arielle, the season ended in present time how can you not continue the series forth ward? It ends in a cliffhanger in which one can only assume the series will continue. The writers of this series did a eloquent job of rewriting the Arthurian legend. I have a vast fascination with Arthurian movies and show that have done their adaptation of the legend and this BBC series has, I can say confidently, been televisions best adaptation. The series ends without sustenance. Morgana dies, win, Gwayne dies,win, Merlin tells Arthur of his magic, win and then King Arthur dies. Although the Arthurian legend fortells of Arthur’s death and it is to be expected with any television series or movie adaptation the ending for me was executed well but then the ending throws it off –with Gweneviere as Queen and Merlin aged and in modern times, why not continue the storyline with the actors we have all loved and grown with since the series pilot in 2008.

  7. says

    I was not aware that the last two hours I watched was the final episode. I have been waiting for the new episode to start. When it didn’t, I decided to go to this website. To my disappointment and grief I read there will be no more episodes. I am 65 and have been watching the show since it started. Nothing could stop me from watching, not even being hospitalized for seizures and heart surgery. No one messed with me when it was on. The phone could ring, a knock at the door, NOTHING. I do not get out, except to the doctors, and this was the only show I looked forward to every week. By the way—-I live in Florida and Merlin came on Friday evening at 10 pm. The writers for this show know that Merlin had a long and fruitful life. Why they decided to stop in mid-stream baffles me! The characters that came into my life once a week were my family and friends that I will not be able to see grow. How sad for everyone who enjoyed working on the set, writing the story line and to those who loved to see it all come together.

  8. Anonymous says

    loved this show even though I’m along time fan of Merlin as a old man… going to miss it! Hope I get reruns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Dean says

    sorry forgot to add this to my last comment what is syfy i watched merlin on BBC 1 on a sat night and the last episode of season five aired on christmas eve

  10. Dean says

    I have loved merlin and have been a dedicated fan since season 1 in 2008 am sad that its over but there is only so far they could take it and by doing this ensures its lasting legacy

  11. Pat says

    I have loved this show the entire series. It started off on regular prime time channel and was “banished” to SyFy for low ratings. Well we all went with them. Now thy are banishing another wonderful show – Zero Hour – for similar reasons. Maybe SyFy will grab that show and enjoy another 5 years of great loyalty from its followers. I will miss Merlin but I did notice his voice changing from boy to man so I unsderstand that he can no longer be Merlin the Boy. But at least they let us finish the series and leave as satisfied fans. Think about that Zero Hour Syfy, it is also a winner.

  12. Princess says

    I’m an American die hard fan of Merlin and I’m so upset! right after the final season episode 8,SYFY seems to have dropped the last 5 episodes! Is this true!!!!! That is so stupid and cruel to give us a part of season 5, leaving the best and last episodes out! WHY?!!!!!!!! Merlin is not in the TV line up for the next episode which was to appear Friday March 8th. PLEASE DON’T DO THIS TO US FAITHFUL AMERICAN FANS, we are already sad to know the Series is ending, even sadder we won’t even get to see The end! I just hope it’s all a big mistake and SYFY will allow us to see the rest. PLEASE SYFY!!! Thousands and thousands of us here in States are waiting and depending on you to keep your word and finish out the season.

    • says

      i am very upset that they have cancelled MERLIN,SYFY IS MAKING A BIG MISTAKE,I MISS MY MERLIN …………………………………………………………………………

      • Anonymous says

        It wasn’t SyFy who decided. The writers had always intended only to complete five seasons in order to leave on a strong note rather than drag it out until the fan base dwindled away.

        There is talk of possible spin-offs.

        This may be the end of Merlin, but eventually there may be more to this wonderful tale. Who knows… Maybe Merlin will be an eventual Doctor Who companion? We can but hope.

  13. says

    I look at the number of shows throughout the years that have resulted in spoofs and spinoffs down the line as a result of disgruntled fans everywhere. This is undoubtedly one of them. You end your fifth season with the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to drop your storyline into the modern day, reproduce your battle, and find the true depth of the fatality connecting these characters.
    You have the opportunity to spend a season shattering the old legend and reproducing one that is not designed for high school melodrama such as Disney’s Avalon High. I don’t believe in writing letters and assuming they reach producers or writing fan fiction to produce the ending as I would have liked it; I would much rather see its fruition and reality.
    Your script, your characters, your actors are real. Why not do something no show in your genre has attempted before: take the historical, and move it to the present while maintaining the loyalty to your first five seasons and their characters? I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel cheated. Finally magic stands a chance at becoming a controlled practice, and the two people who can make that happen are forever lost.

  14. Marsha says

    I truly will miss this show. I’m so sorry to see it go. My husband and I look forward to watch Merlin. King Author and Merlin get us really laughing. Love Love Love this show. Maybe they could make a movie or something. Please don’t let this show die. Too good to let it go.

    • Anonymous says

      Myself and friends live the Merlin series and have watched all seasons .. I totally agree with everyone when saying that it is cruel for Syfe to stopped series 5 in midstream and not waving given their audience the respect ( more like a slap in the face ) to watch the complete series 5!!!!???!!! . Really that’s such an insult to all of us who have been Syfe dedicated and loving audience … Please continue airing series 5. Other channels like the History have revamp and picked up 2 great series The Bible and The Vickings. It’s totally working for the TV network and audience. Even the View today is talking about how The Bible is captivating. I don’t think that any other network would cut a series off without considering their audience reactions.. Please reconsider.

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