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MORGANA: Aithusa….Come. Come here. Don’t worry. We’re safe. No harm can come to us now. Our troubles are all in the past, I promise. Soon we will have the Diamair. Soon we will know Arthur’s Bane. Camelot will be ours.

ARTHUR: Remind me, Merlin – how did we end up like this? Oh, yes. You were thinking about your stomach, as usual. I told you it was a trap.

MERLIN: And I told you to go back to Camelot.

ARTHUR: Merlin…


MERLIN: We can’t let them hand us over to Morgana. We need to get out of here. We need a plan.

RAGNOR: You speak when you’re spoken to!

RAGNOR: Faster!

GAIUS: Here. Drink this.


GAIUS: It will make it easier to bear.

SEFA: Gaius… You have to help me. Speak to the Queen.

GAIUS: It will do no good.

SEFA: Then, let me. Please, it’s all I ask. Allow me to meet with her.

GAIUS: I am just a physician…

SEFA: But she listens to you, she trusts you. All I want is to talk with her. If you don’t help me, Gaius… Please, don’t let me die. Please.

RAGNOR: What are you gawping at? Is this what you want? Catch.

MORDRED: Maybe we should feed them.

RAGNOR: What for? They’ll be skin and bones. Morgana wants slaves, not hogs for the fire.

MORDRED: Then, slow the pace.

RAGNOR: The quicker we get there, the quicker I get my money.

Sceadu hine wreoth!

MORDRED: Do you want them?

MERLIN: Why are you doing this?

MORDRED: He once saved my life. I owe him a debt. Don’t be so quick to judge me. You fear me, Emrys, don’t you? I know the hatred and suspicion with which men treat those with magic. You and I are not so different. I too have learned to hide my gifts. I promise… your secret is safe with me.

MERLIN: What’s Morgana looking for in Ismere?

MORDRED: The Diamair.

MERLIN: What’s that?

MORDRED: In the language of my people, it means “The Key”.

MERLIN: The key to what?

MORDRED: The key to all knowledge…


MORGANA: There is still no sign of the Diamair. We are running out of time.

RUADAN: Have faith, Morgana. Arthur could be on us in days. Or he could be dead.

MORGANA: No. He escaped. I am sure of it.

RUADAN: Then, he’ll be in Camelot now.

MORGANA: Then, you must speak to your spy, discover what Arthur will do next.

RUADAN: My Lady… Sefa has been arrested. She is sentenced to die.

MORGANA: That is cruel indeed. But there is no greater glory than giving your life for a cause that is right. She has proved herself to be a worthy daughter. It will not be forgotten. I will double the patrols on the border. We will be ready for when Arthur returns. There is nothing more you can do for Sefa. We must make sure her sacrifice was not in vain.

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MERLIN: He needs water.

RAGNOR: Get up! Not so much of the great warrior now, are you?

MERLIN: Here. I’ll help him.


SEFA: My Lady.

GUINEVERE: Sefa. You asked to see me.

SEFA: I’m sorry for what I did. It was wrong, I know. It was without thinking. I didn’t mean to hurt anyone. I wouldn’t. I… All I wanted was to help my father and now I am condemned to death.

GUINEVERE: You understand the law, Sefa. I cannot change it.

SEFA: Please… I know you have a good heart. A reprieve… I’m begging you.

GUINEVERE: Men have died.

SEFA: I know. I’m sorry. I’m so… I’m so sorry. I did it for my father. It was the only thing he wanted from me. I told him I couldn’t, but… I don’t know, he… I wanted to make him happy, to please him.

GUINEVERE: He used you.

SEFA: I know. My Lady, I don’t want to die.

GUINEVERE: There is nothing I can do, Sefa. The sentence stands.

SEFA: My Lady!

GUINEVERE: Where is it that I need to sign?

GAIUS: Perhaps you should reconsider. The sentence is a harsh one.

GUINEVERE: The law is clear.

GAIUS: Sefa was naive and foolish, but she doesn’t deserve to die.

GUINEVERE: And she won’t, Gaius. I have no intention of executing her. My aim is to catch her father. He is the threat to Camelot, not the girl. I’m hoping her plight will lure him here.

GAIUS:Why did you not tell me?

GUINEVERE: Her predicament must remain genuine. Ruadan may have more spies here. And if he has any inkling of this, he will not come.

GAIUS: This is a dangerous game, My Lady.

GUINEVERE: Wars cannot be won without risks. The execution is set.

GAIUS: What happens if Ruadan doesn’t appear?

GUINEVERE: Sefa is his daughter. I have to believe that he will.


RUADAN: Who did this? Who?!

MERLIN: We need to rest.

RUADAN: Right, you can rest forever!

MERLIN: You’ve got to be joking…

ARTHUR: Do you have a better solution? We haven’t got all day, Merlin!

MERLIN: I’ll make sure they can’t get across.

ARTHUR: Merlin!

MERLIN: Why did you spare his life?!

ARTHUR: He couldn’t come after us.

MERLIN: He was leading us to our deaths.

ARTHUR: He showed us kindness.

MERLIN: You should’ve killed him!

ARTHUR: What is wrong with you?

MERLIN: You had the chance!

ARTHUR: We escaped, didn’t we?

MERLIN: Next time, we might not be so lucky.

ARTHUR: I love your optimism. Come on, we need to keep moving.


EUCHDAG: You have nothing to fear… Your wounds are not yet healed.

GWAINE: You. You saved me. Thank you.

EUCHDAG: I know that you are worthy of my help.

GWAINE: I don’t understand.

EUCHDAG: You think kindness is the preserve of humans?

GWAINE: I’ve never seen a creature like you before.


GWAINE: Who are you?

EUCHDAG: I… have been called many things by the Children of Men. I am the last of my kind. Once we were revered by all… but those days are long… gone. For hundreds of years, we were shunned and hunted till I found myself… alone. And now, even this last refuge is safe… no more. You are weak, fair knight. You must rest and heal yourself.


KNIGHT: Stop! Reveal yourself.


RUADAN: Onluce the! Come on!

GUINEVERE: Is it Ruadan? LEON: Almost certainly.

RUADAN: Onluce the!

ELYAN: There! Give yourselves up there’s no escape.

SEFA: Father!

RUADAN: Bael onbryne!

RUADAN: I need water.

SEFA: Father… The fight must continue. You must cure yourself…

RUADAN: I do not have such powers.

SEFA: Try. Please.

RUADAN: Cum-eh mech. Href-n-wan! Attach this to the bird. You’ve done very well. You should be proud. Sefa.

SEFA: You can’t leave me.

RUADAN: You must be strong.

SEFA: Father, please.

RUADAN: I will always love you.

RUADAN: ‘I bring bad tidings. Arthur did not return to Camelot. He makes his way to Ismere. ‘But you must not despair, Morgana. Soon you will have the Diamair and Arthur’s Bane will be with you. Soon the Pendragons will be no more…’

ARTHUR: You know what they say, Merlin – appearances can be deceiving.

MERLIN: Not in this case.

GUINEVERE: What is it?

GAIUS: I believe it’s a prayer.

GUINEVERE: Can you read it? Gaius?

GAIUS: I am no expert in the Druidic runes…

GUINEVERE: Please, I know you too well.

GAIUS: It is a call for victory over the enemies of the Old Religion.

GUINEVERE: I thought the Druids were a peaceful people.

GAIUS: For the most part they are. But for some, the Great Purge changed that. Some blame Uther for their suffering.

GUINEVERE: But he has long been dead.

GAIUS: Some believe that Arthur is no different from his father. Sorcery is still outlawed… for them, little has changed.

GUINEVERE: So Ruadan believed it was his sacred duty to fight my husband.

GAIUS: More than that. There are those who believe that Arthur is destined to die by a Druid’s hand. Perhaps Ruadan thought he was that man.

GUINEVERE: Well, then, he was mistaken.

MERLIN: I told you – you should’ve killed him when you had the chance. We’ll never make it in there.

ARTHUR: There’s always a way, Merlin.

MERLIN: How did you talk me into this?

ARTHUR: It’s genius, Merlin…

MERLIN: Genius.

ARTHUR: You’ve got a bit of, um… carrot in your hair. Least I hope it’s carrot. Ready?

MERLIN: For what?

ARTHUR: Our carriage awaits.

GUARD: Go on!

MERLIN: The place is crawling with Saxons.

ARTHUR: Then we’d better make sure we blend in.

MERLIN: Arthur!


RUADAN: Let the Lady Morgana see for herself! I’ll get twice that in the market at Asgorath. My Lady. I am grateful for this opportunity… I have brought you eight of the finest…

[Morgana looks at him with a weird expression, and then goes to Mordred who is nearby.]

MORGANA: Mordred…


ARTHUR: Didn’t think we’d just leave you here, did you? Where are the others?

PERCIVAL: They’re… scattered around.

ARTHUR: Gwaine?

PERCIVAL: Saw him a couple of days ago, but…

ARTHUR: See if you can use it to find some more.

MERLIN: Arthur.

ARTHUR :Do what you can to free the others, we’ll find Gwaine.

PERCIVAL: In there.


MORGANA: I feared you were dead. It is dangerous for those of us with magic.

MORDRED: It’s not been easy.

MORGANA: For any of us.

MORDRED: Sorcery frightens people. Even some of those who claim to support it.

MORGANA: You see a lot.

MORDRED: I’ve learnt to. I’ve had to. If I was not to be burnt at the stake or exploited for another man’s gain.

MORGANA: Attitudes will change soon. The Old Religion will reign once more. There will be nothing to fear once Arthur and his kind are cleansed from the earth.

MORDRED: You know we had Arthur in our grasp? He escaped.

MORGANA: You let him go?

MORDRED: He got away.

MORGANA: How? Who let him go?

MORDRED: It was an accident.

MORGANA: KILL HIM! That’s all they had to do! I am a High Priestess!

MORDRED: Morgana.

MORGANA: I have the power of the heavens in my hand and yet he continues to defy me!

MORDRED: Calm yourself.

MORGANA: I want his annihilation, Mordred. I want to put his head on a spike and watch as the crows feast on his eyes. Arthur…


EUCHDAG: You must wake.

GWAINE: What is that?

EUCHDAG: The warning bell.

GWAINE: Where are they coming from? Don’t worry, no-one’s going to harm you. RAAHHH!

ARTHUR: Trust you not to be doing any work. GWAINE: It’s about time! Friends. Good friends.

ARTHUR: What was that?

GWAINE: I’m not exactly sure. But I owe it my life.

MERLIN: Something’s wrong. The Saxons – where have they all gone?

ARTHUR: First there are too many, now there aren’t enough. Are you ever happy?

MERLIN: What was that? ARTHUR: What?

MERLIN: Feel the wind.

GWAINE: That wasn’t the wind. Was that what I think it was?

ARTHUR: Where did Morgana get a dragon from?

MERLIN: I’ve no idea. Get Gwaine back to Percival. I’ll lure the dragon the other way.

ARTHUR: Merlin, I knew you were stupid, but not that stupid.

MERLIN: No, I really am that stupid and if you don’t believe me, watch…

ARTHUR: Merlin! I’m going after him.

MERLIN: Aithusa. Nun de ge dei s’eikein kai emois epe’essin hepesthai! What happened? Who did this to you? I won’t harm you. What does that mean? You can’t speak.

ARTHUR: Merlin!


[Aithusa shakes her head.]


ARTHUR: Merlin! Merlin?

MORGANA: How good of you to save me the trouble of finding you. Oh, dear how remiss of you. Your bravery is matched only by your stupidity. What on earth did you think you would achieve by coming here?

ARTHUR: I’m here to free my men.

MORGANA: Fleoge… This time it seems there really is no way out.

ARTHUR: I’m sorry for what our father did to you. MORGANA Uther was never my father. ARTHUR But we are brother and sister.

MORGANA: Funny how you choose to remember that with my dagger at your back.

ARTHUR: What happened to you, Morgana? As a child, you were so kind, so compassionate…

MORGANA: I grew up. You are right to cower before my hand. I am more powerful than you can imagine.

ARTHUR: And yet with all that, you choose to do nothing but hate.

MORGANA: Uther taught me well. Goodbye, Arthur Pendragon.

MERLIN: Arthur!

ARTHUR: No! Morgana… Please…

MORGANA: Don’t speak, dear brother. It’s too late.

MORGANA: Hine… Mordred?



EUCHDAG: Ic the thurhaele thinu licsar. Emrys. Lie still. Much blood has been shed this day and all for something few wise men would ever want.

MERLIN: You mean the Diamair? Morgana never found it?

EUCHDAG: And she never will.

MERLIN: Because it is you. You are the Key to all knowledge? There are times, I feel the weight of my destiny crushing me, but… that is nothing to what you carry.

EUCHDAG: It is both a blessing and… a curse. Is there anything you wish to ask me?

MERLIN: No. I don’t think it would be good.

EUCHDAG: You are wise, Emrys. Your wisdom will live long in the minds of men.

MERLIN: Wait… There is one question. If Mordred is not Arthur’s Bane, then, who is?

EUCHDAG: Himself.


ARTHUR: Arise, Sir Mordred, Knight of Camelot.


MERLIN: Here, let me help you with that.

MORDRED: Thank you.

MERLIN: You know, if Arthur knew you had magic, things would be… very different. Tell me something.

MORDRED: Of course.

MERLIN: You saved Arthur’s life. Why?

MORDRED: Because Arthur is right. The love that binds us is more important than the power we wield. Morgana had forgotten that.


GAIUS: It’s been a big day. You must be tired. Too tired for pudding?

MERLIN: Is there pudding? Is that my favourite?

GAIUS: So, are you going to tell me what’s troubling you?

MERLIN: Mordred.

GAIUS: People change. Perhaps we should give him the benefit of the doubt.

MERLIN: Remember what the dragon said? Arthur would meet his end at the hands of a Druid.

GAIUS: You still believe that’s him?

MERLIN: I feel that the die is cast… and that, for good or ill, Albion’s great trial has begun.

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