Merlin: Season 5 (2012)

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Season 5
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Thanks to Colin Morgan and Bradley James's ingenious performance as Merlin and King Arthur, Merlinends on an incredibly high mark.

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User Ratings: 27

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Air date: Jan 4, 2013

Drama series telling the story of the famous wizard's young adulthood in Camelot. Camelot basks in the halcyon days of a new golden age. But even as she flowers, so the dark seeds of her destruction are being sown... For in the frozen wastelands of the north, men are disappearing without trace. In search of answers, King Arthur and his knights must undertake a dangerous mission to the unknown. As the sun sets on the icy plains, Merlin finds himself locked in a battle unlike any he has fought before; a battle with fate itself.

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Air date: Jan 11, 2013

Fantasy drama series. As dawn breaks across the icy tundra, Merlin and Arthur are close to exhaustion. With each tortured step, the fortress of Ismere looms ever nearer, and Merlin's fear intensifies. What game is Mordred playing? And what powerful secrets are Morgana and the druid Ruadan searching for amongst its twisted catacombs? It seems like this time, not even Merlin can stop Arthur from walking right into the lion's den... For in this bleak and transient wilderness, only one thing is certain: the great trial for Albion has finally begun.

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Air date: Jan 18, 2013

When a stranger gives Arthur the power to summon the dead, the king finds himself torn between head and heart. Unable to resist temptation, he seizes the chance to speak to the person he misses most - his father, Uther. But the spirit world is a dark and dangerous place... Little does Arthur realize that his decision comes at a terrible price. Against all odds, Merlin must put right Arthur's mistake before Camelot and everything they have built is destroyed forever.

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Air date: Jan 25, 2013

Fantasy drama series. With Princess Mithian as the perfect bait, Morgana conjures a deception so powerful that the whole of Camelot is taken in - even Merlin himself. But as the storm clouds gather, will the young warlock see through the lies? Or will Morgana at long last fulfil her dreams of revenge?

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Air date: Feb 1, 2013

Three soothsayers known as the Disir order Arthur to return to the old ways and legalize sorcery, or else Camelot will suffer their wrath.

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Air date: Feb 8, 2013

Morgana kidnaps Gwen and locks her in the Dark Tower, counting on the fact that Arthur will come to his queen's rescue.

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Air date: Feb 15, 2013

Morgana and Gwen plot to kill Arthur.

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Air date: Feb 22, 2013

Merlin ventures far away from Camelot after agreeing to accompany a druid boy on a dangerous mission.

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Air date: May 3, 2013

Merlin knows he must act fast before Morgana's twisted control over Gwen gets further out of hand. But only the most powerful magic can save the queen and this will not be easy, even for Merlin. As the high priestess tightens her grip on Camelot, one thing is clear - she will not give up her puppet without a fight.

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Air date: May 10, 2013

Morgana leads a terrifying manhunt in pursuit her old foe Alator of the Catha, for she knows without doubt that he can tell her exactly where to find Emrys. Merlin's life has never been in more danger, so when the mysterious Finna offers to help him, is he right to trust her? Or will he find himself cornered with nowhere to run?

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The fifth series of "Merlin" finds King Arthur (Bradley James) reveling in the success of his kingdom. But even as he and his trusted servant Merlin (Colin Morgan) prepare for a golden age of prosperity, destruction brews behind the scenes as the sorceress Morgana (Katie McGrath) plots to plunge Camelot into darkness.

Critic Reviews for Merlin Season 5

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

The Merlin finale had all of the ingredients of a great ending: an epic battle, a leader making the ultimate sacrifice for his people and the triumph of good over evil.

Oct 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's all quite good fun, even if you're not exactly the target audience.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The biggest joy of Merlin came from watching it improve year on year.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The fifth series has... seen a new dynamic and a subsequent kick up the armoury.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…
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Colin Morgan and Bradley James have always had incredible chemistry and it's all cashed in here. Their scenes are heartbreaking and beautifully portrayed. There was more bromance in this one episode that in Sherlock and Supernatural put together.

Oct 29, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

It's always been classy fare, but if anything Merlin is even more confident now. Still expansively filmed and able to entice great names, there's now more beef to the battles and punch to the humour.

Oct 29, 2019 | Full Review…

[There are] all things that make for an unsettling 43 minutes.

Oct 17, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The cast, led by the superb Colin Morgan, deliver fantastic final performances, the script is admirably dark and doesn't shy away from what is a difficult ending, and the show as a whole climaxes on an emotional high.

Oct 16, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Merlin had big shoes to fill -- it was the series that ran when Doctor Who... wasn't on our screen. With series five, it filled those shoes admirably. Each episode has been an achievement in storytelling

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The show's writers have ensured that Merlin: Arthur's Bane Part 1 has thrust us back into the heart of an intriguing world of myth and magic.

Oct 6, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Merlin: Season 5

  • Sep 26, 2020
    This series ending is beautiful, kinda sad with the deaths and everything but in the end, it's bittersweet and a lovely memory
  • Sep 03, 2020
    Not the ending we deserved but the one needed. Possibly the strongest season of them all. A compilation of many fun adventure compiled into everything in the last 2 episodes. I don't think I'll be getting over the ending anytime soon.
  • Aug 22, 2020
    While the previous seasons were at times a little tough to get through, the show ends on a high note. There are plot holes here and there, but all in all, you can feel with each major decision and just want to know how it unwraps. It's a difficult and quite dark ending for a show which starts in a almost childish, humorous way, completing the characters' arcs in a meaningfull manner. A show that ends on a high note with dignity - a rarety these days!
  • Jul 29, 2020
    If you want a program like nothing else then this is the one for you. Very well written, beautifully focused/designed & warmly entertaining. Constant character development without it feeling forced - a real breath of fresh air!
  • Apr 17, 2020
    The first 4 seasons were really good as the series continued on the 5th season is where it fell apart. Story line lost its control and ending episode was left Merlin's inability to get Arthur to the water waiting to the LAST minute to summon the Dragon?! Ending with the Dragon commending MERLIN on what he has done!!! Sorry, lucky this season ended with this one if not they would have lost the audience similar to how ONCE Upon A Time lost the audience in the middle or after the 3rd season.
  • Mar 16, 2020
    the saddest season, all I have to say. even after my 3rd time watching it I cried.
  • Feb 11, 2020
    There are plenty plot holes, however it means something when the series end and you feel an emptyness increasing in your heart. There was something special about this charismatic cast that made me care so much for the characters that it is rare for me to experience. The visual effects are considerably better in this season and the soundtrack is well used as always. The dark tone is more presente than in any previous season and there are some good thriller scenes. The make up styling was good enough to make my mother turn her face away to avoid seeing some loathsome creatures. When I started the first season I never thought I would be so addicted to this series in a early future.
  • Jan 23, 2020
    Grate show with a great ending.

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