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20 August 2012 @ 02:41 pm

Up until now, Merlin has been Arthur’s faithful servant and friend, but that looks set to change when series 5 returns later this year. “Their relationship definitely becomes a lot more strained, I think, because Arthur is the King now, Guinevere is the Queen,” reveals actor Colin Morgan (Merlin). “We are seeing Gwen becoming a real source of influence on him, and we see that become a real rock-steady duo.”

He explained that part of Gwen (Angel Coulby)’s role will be reminding Arthur (Bradley James) that he shouldn’t be galloping off on his horse at the first sign of a mission anymore; he must rule Camelot. That won’t stop Merlin from leading him astray, though….

“Merlin is an influence on him but in a completely different way, in the way that he is so much in the know about how things should be,” Morgan continues. “But magic is a huge blockade. Their relationship is kind of what it’s always been, but something’s changed. They have put us in situations that are the toughest we’ve ever faced, but there is still room for what we’ve always had which is a bit of banter.”

Merlin returns to BBC One later this year.
Source by Jodie Tyley


My anger. Let me show you it.

I guess we know where to eff Gwen is now, huh?

ETA: I love all of you and your ability to discuss without being petty or hurtful. Seriously, thank you. We're all entitled to our opinions. You guys are wonderful. Thank you!
Nivella: Killing you in my mind// by songstressicnivella on August 20th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
So...they're going to ignore the one reason people watched this show in the first place? Oh, okay then.
K8!: Community/Troy screamingcardigankate on August 20th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
You know, I understand that they can do whatever the fuck they want with the legend - which is quite obvious by what they've already done - but, it's like they are purposely trying to prove a point now. I'm not sure what that point is, but damn.

Sure, no one wants to hate Angel Coulby, because LOOK AT HER! She's brilliant and sweet and funny, but SHE IS NOT GUINEVERE IN REAL LIFE! We are allowed to feel anger and hurt toward a character that is supposed to have that kind of emotional stigma attached to her. And most of us are smart enough to know the difference between a character and the actress that portrays him or her.

Look at Morgana/Katie FFS! We KNOW Morgana is evil and we sometimes dislike her fully for it, but SHE IS NOT KATIE MCGRATH! Katie is a mother fucking ray of brilliant-ass sunshine and we LOVE HER FOR IT!

And there are a million and one people out there that love the bromance between Merlin and Arthur and DON'T SHIP THEM AT ALL, but it almost feels like "ACK! LOOK AT ALL THE SLASHERS! WE MUST RETALIATE!"

God, I'm going to shoot myself this season. I just know it.
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Ellie: Oh failfarosdaughter on August 20th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
Do not want.
K8!: Merlin/Leon smugcardigankate on August 20th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)

I wanna cry.
Legolaś GreenleáfLegolaś Greenleáf on August 20th, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
Let me die.
sparkysparky: Teen Wolf | Stiles | Tacklesparkysparky on August 20th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
Whaaaaaaaaaaat? In what universe is this even close to the logical road for the show to take? Argh this show. I'm looking less and less forward to S5
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DC: Merlin (BBC) - Merlinbananainpyjamas on August 20th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
This. I really doubt they're going to kill the bromance that's always been at the core of the show (and no, Arthur going to his wife for advice doesn't count as killing his relationship with his best friend). Plus the actors in this show have a habit of saying weird shit that never pans out, so.
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kattale: TomBradleykattale on August 20th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
I'm sort of thinking - in most of the fanfic I enjoy, there is either huge amounts of h/c, or huge amounts of angst. If the strain on their friendship is part of the story arc, then they are doing their job. I WANT to be on the edge of my seat, anguishing along with the characters, and hoping against hope that the hurt will be overcome and they'll reunite in a happy ending. That's what I look for in good fic, so why would I condemn the show for doing the same thing?

/unpopular opinion
k_nightfox: Merthur Face Framek_nightfox on August 20th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
God, if they take away the bromance, there is no MERLIN. The show is over. That relationship is the core of the series. It's not called "Arthur And A Fucked Up Vision Of Camelot" it's called "Merlin". And they made Arthur the core of Merlin's life so if that's gone, what's left?
Kitty: Hello Kitty // glasseskitty_fic on August 20th, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
Yes! This is what I told my hubby! That all shipping or slash aside, it's still effed up!

He told me to wait and see... but it's so HARD! :P
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K8!: Merlin/Leon smugcardigankate on August 20th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
GIF reaction is brilliant. LOL
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gatepromise on August 20th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
What's funny to me about all this uproar is that this interview from Colin has been around since mid-July when he went to Comic Con and it's just now getting this reaction.

Edited at 2012-08-20 10:08 pm (UTC)
backhometome: pic#113947102backhometome on August 20th, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
Are they fucking kidding me!!! the more I hear about S5 the more I don't freaking want it. Isnt Merlin/Arthur the main relationship in the show. A good majority of the audience (and in not talking slash fans) watch it for the bromance of Merthur. and now Gwen and Arthur are going to be the dynamic duo????? isnt Merlin the main character??????
Alice in Slaughterhouse: merlin - cape on grassmijeli on August 20th, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
Since the writers haven't outdone themselves with CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!! so far anyway, I'll just count on Colin and Bradley to bromance up S5, whatever the script. Of course Gwen will have a much bigger role now - being Arthur's queen and wife - but she's not a bro. Or do girlfriends generally replace best mates? Rarely.

... If she does, NGL I might stop watching. Unless Merlin is an f-ing BAMF this season! I'm not in it for the amazing storyline.. /o\
Nyxelestia: Creyhatnyxelestia on August 21st, 2012 07:03 am (UTC)
Is anyone in it for the storyline, at this point?
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Rona: 3 wise men poster edgecrayford on August 20th, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
But magic is a huge blockade.
Alice in Slaughterhouse: sherlock grinnyfacemijeli on August 21st, 2012 08:01 am (UTC)
I have nothing smart to say except that I love your icon!!
hpgryffin: Fallinghpgryffin on August 21st, 2012 08:25 am (UTC)
I've moved on to Destiel. Thank God for Supernatural! I can still continue dreaming.

I will only be watching Merlin for Merlin and Colin Morgan.

Edited at 2012-08-21 08:29 am (UTC)
Antonella: Otherginevra17 on August 22nd, 2012 05:58 pm (UTC)

Kristy: Merlin Slytherinnicenicegirl on August 23rd, 2012 12:56 am (UTC)
to be honest this will just cement my slash-loving self because now there's more reasons for fic. like Merlin has to make Arthur slip away anytime he can so they can get ~alone time~ together. nothing can dash my slash dreams tbh lol