Merlin Season 5 Will Be Its Last

Merlin Season 5 Premiere Arthur's Bane

This is a really sad news for fans of Merlin fans everywhere. BBC One has announced that the current season of Merlin, Season 5, airing in the UK at the moment will be its last. The series will bow out this Christmas with a special two-part finale.

Here is what co-creators and executive producers, Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, had to say about the series ending:

“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.”

And here is what the cast had to say:

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!”

Over the five years it has aired, Merlin has been a big success attracting an an average audience of over six million viewers, with ratings for the current series peaking at 7.1 million.

And now there are only a few episodes left until we find out the fate of our heroes. Will Merlin finally tell Arthur about his magic? Will they be able to defeat Morgana? I don’t know, but I cannot wait to find out. I will miss Merlin dearly (it’s one of my favorite shows), but I also would rather they leave on a high note and deliver a cherished journey that we’ll be able to rematch and enjoy.

Don’t forget to watch the last ever episodes and the dramatic conclusion of Merlin on BBC One, Saturdays at 8pm. And for those of us in the US, we’ll have to wait for the final season of Merlin to air starting January 4th, 2013. But if you want to know a bit more about the current season of Merlin, make sure to take a look at our reviews for the series here.

And so that you’re not too sad, here is an interview with Merlin star, Colin Morgan, who talks about the series coming to an end. And in case you haven’t seen them yet, you can watch our interviews with the cast of the series from Comic-Con here.

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