On Christmas Eve, while most people were enjoying their various holiday traditions, I was saying goodbye to an old friend.
It was called Merlin.
The BBC series ended its five-year run on Dec. 24, marking a sad moment in holiday festivities for many fans of the young warlock and his pals in Camelot. Viewers were met with a mix of fondness, fear and heartbreak as they watched the finale and finally discovered the fate of Camelot, Morgana and the big magic reveal.
CAUTION: Spoilers ahead.
While some fans were leery of the episodes leading up to the ending, and others unimpressed with the direction of the series in later seasons, I found that Merlin ended on a very positive note. Sure, the deaths of Morgana (Katie McGrath) and Arthur Pendragon (Bradley James) were expected. But I was still left wondering until the very end whether Merlin (Colin Morgan) might really pull off the feat of saving Arthur. And I really enjoyed seeing “Old Merlin” wandering past the site of Avalon in modern times. Although my heart broke a little bit at the thought of the warlock still waiting on his friend’s return after all those years.
But just because I loved the episode as a finale, there were a few things I wished were different. I was really hoping that the long-awaited magic reveal would have been a little more dramatic. Granted, Arthur was dying so I suppose they had more pressing issues to wrap up. I also didn’t enjoy the understated meeting of Mordred (Alexander Vlahos) and Arthur. Just a few more exchanged words between the two would have made me feel better.
Overall, I can’t complain. Merlin has brought me enjoyment for the last five years and led me to meeting a few very interesting people who shared my passion for the show. And I owe a thank you for everyone involved putting so much time and effort into making something truly amazing to watch. Who knows, maybe we’ll see Merlin again on the big screen someday?
What did you think of the finale? Did the writers do the series justice, or could something have been done differently? Comment below and let your voices be heard!