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Earlier today, we told you about a big announcement concerning BBC’s Merlin which would be coming soon.

Though rumors quickly began swirling among fans online that the big news would be an official announcement concerning the end of the series, we can now officially confirm that season 5 of BBC’s hit fantasy drama will be its last.

CultBox confirmed the news, stating that the BBC promises a ‘spectacular conclusion’ to the hit fantasy drama after a great five season run.

According to the press release, the season finale will allow fans to see Merlin’s re-telling of the Arthurian legend reach “its natural and dramatic end.”

Co-creators of the series Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy had the following to say regarding the announcement:

This is the series where the story lines 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.

Eoin Macken who plays the beloved Sir Gwaine on the show, tweeted about the end of the series shortly following the announcement:

While we now have confirmation that the television series will not continue after its five season run concludes with what will surely be an epic two-part series finale, Merlin fans should take comfort in the fact that this may not truly be the end of Merlin’s story.

It is common knowledge by now that Merlin co-creators and producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy have made it known for quite some time that they’ve been toying around with the idea of making Merlin into a movie trilogy.

Though the project has not yet been green lit, Capps and Murphy have spoken out in previous interviews saying they have toyed with a few potential ideas for how a movie trilogy could work.

In one interview, the showrunners were quoted as saying they could see the movies becoming a continuation of the television series which leads us to believe that they would start where the show leaves off in season 5.

In another, the creators were quoted as saying the movies could turn into a reboot of the series. In this case they would follow the stories and events which take place in BBC’s Merlin but would also add stories that we have never seen before.

We think the most pressing question on fans minds at the moment is: would they keep the same cast if the were to make Merlin into a film?

We’ll just have to wait and see.

Regardless of the potential film trilogy, we still have four more episodes of Merlin to get through before the show meets its end. We anticipate a rather tearful goodbye to the characters we have all come to know and love, regardless of what ends up happening during the two-part conclusion to the series this season.

What has been your favorite Merlin moment of the series as a whole so far? What are you hoping to see between now and the series finale of the show?

Read our Open Letter to BBC and the Merlin showrunners to find out what we think!

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    :( Well this sucks.

  • Kylie Johnston

    Can we just talk about how not okay this is? I mean, okay. Shows have to come to an end at some point. But why wouldn’t they give us some kind of warning? You’re ending a series that has gone on for years in FOUR episodes? There should’ve been another announcement along with this. Like…..a movie maybe?! Just SOMETHING. Uh. I just have so many feelings. But basically, I’m heartbroken.

    • http://hypable.com Selina

      YES, THIS. It’s just being handled very… strangely, let’s say.

    • ladybirds

      I completely agree with you. This is such a shock!

    • Jen

      A movie…. really?!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/matt.holmes.716 Matt Holmes

        I’d watch the movie

    • Annie

      It may actually have been a very sudden decision. It’s not really secret that the series has been declining in ratings as it has gone on, and while I love Merlin I am happy to see it end. A great story can only last for so long, and eventually it does have to end. Yes, endings can be bittersweet, but if you look at it another way it can be one of the most interesting and heartwarming time in a series’ life. I mean, look at Firefly! It got canceled completely abruptly and it’s survived what, 10 years with a massive fandom? I have faith that Merlin’s ending will be great and, preferably, we won’t see it end with a crap-shoot attempt by Morgana to seize the castle with a massive army…again.

    • Bob

      I have to say that I feel totally cheated out of a proper ending to this series. We never see Merlin grow into the powerful, wise wizard he’s supposed to be. His great power is just hinted at. We don’t get to see Arthur develop into a benevolent and fair king. We don’t get to see the kingdom united. All this will be glossed over in 2 episodes. This series needed one last season, even if only a shortened one with 6 episodes.

  • theaterboy1

    Sad to see it go, but it was a wonderful 5 series!! One of the best TV shows in existence.

  • http://hypable.com Selina

    Mmm. We should definitely do a Talks Camelot special for this. But see… my opinion in short: I’m not upset that this is the last season, but that the fans were given so little warning. Look at Lost and Fringe and how satisfied the audiences felt knowing they were coming into the last year of those shows. The Merlin fanbase is such a dedicated bunch, and they’ve got four episodes (a month!) to prepare for the end? That’s going to make everything feel rushed, while if they’d prepared us for it at the beginning of the year, it wouldn’t have. So I think people are going to be really upset by this news, where it could have been a happy, celebratory ending instead if we’d known it was coming.

    (Note: Five seasons was always the plan, but the actors’ comments make it clear that there probably won’t be a wrap-up movie, which had been offered up as an option by the showrunners.)

    • http://twitter.com/WanderlustBooks Makayla

      I totally understand this sentiment. But I remember reports of this being the season where Arthur finds out about Merlin (from back in season 3/4 days) and the comic con report only confirmed my fears that this would be the end. So I was subconsciously preparing for this, even with no official announcement. Still. I love this show to death, I’m going to hate not having it to look forward to next year >.<

      • http://hypable.com Selina

        I was pretty convinced that this would be the last season, BUT they should have told the fans sooner. This is just a very strange way of going about it. It’d only make sense if there was to be a movie, which it doesn’t look like. So that’s why this just doesn’t feel right.

      • Bob

        True Makayla, but at the same time they were making loads of other statements regarding a possible 6th series. When they made no announcement so late into the 5th one, many of us assumed there would be more. Personally I can’t help but feel that this was more a commercial decision than anything else. Merlin’s ratings have been on the decline, but I feel like they owed the fans one last series.

  • Becca

    I’m too depressed to even… Just… Oh dear god.

  • http://twitter.com/WanderlustBooks Makayla

    All I can say, that better be one epic conclusion. If I have to sit through one more episode and watch Morgana blast Merlin against a wall without her discovering, “Oh! He’s Emrys! That guy that’s super powerful!” I will through myself against a wall >.>
    But, yes., I respect them for following through on a story arc that was planned since the shows conception. Again, as long as it’s epic and leaves me with a year supply of feels.

  • Elphaba Thropp

    Dude! I haven’t even seen this yet, but I was planning to start watching on Netflix soon! Now I’m going to be distraught when I get into it! This upsets me :(

  • http://twitter.com/McKeeKatharine Katharine McKee

    Why would they only announce this with four episodes to go, I need way more time to prepare myself for the end! Also, there isn’t enough time for the magic reveal and Arthur coming to terms with it. It’s going to be too rushed.

  • Gary65

    I’m a Merlin noob(only started watching this month) and, while the first season is really irritating me, I’ve watched some Youtube vids on the series so I know all the stuff that’s annoying me goes away. All I have to do is finish my Xmas exams and then watch to the good part. Then I’ll prob be just as annoyed about this as the rest of you.

    That said, I’m kind of obsessed with Katie McGrath so as long as they keep Morgana alive, give her some badass sh!t to do and then get David & Dan on the phone to offer Katie a role in Game of Thrones, I’ll be happy.

    • http://hypable.com Selina

      I would love to see some of these actors on Game of Thrones.

  • DoctorMerlinPotter

    Wow, I don’t even know what to say! This a reaaally short time frame for everything to happen

  • http://www.facebook.com/erikd1 Erik Davison

    I can’t help thinking this may have something to do with the fact that this season has been so weak. Maybe the plug was pulled

  • ravenclaw1991

    I seriously can’t see them wrapping up the big things we’re waiting to see.. Like the magic reveal and Morgana finding out Merlin is Emrys. There’s only like 5 episodes left. Are these things going to happen in the finale? That’s going to kind of suck.. I bet Arthur finds out and then Mordred kills him or something. We’ll never see Merlin and Arthur building Albion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=636033419 Maritere Domínguez

    I´ve just started watching them and was looking forward to keep up and be excited with the release of new episodes and now it´s going to be finished while I´m still in season 1 :(

  • http://twitter.com/LaCoraDora Cora Dora

    So they have to have the magic reveal, Arthur’s reaction to it, and wrap up the Gwen/Morgana story line, and also wrap up the entire show, in 4 episodes? I see know way of this ending in a way that will satisfy the fans and be up to standards, which is sad because the rest of the season has been so good.

    • dan kirkman

      Thats Just What i said 10 mins ago here at home. they have painted way to many Corners to tie up loose ends all in 4 eps. sad very sad upsets me they knew this going in and really have messed up the story with the evil gwen. i cant foresee anyway they can make most fans happy at this point in the game. that said i will enjoy watching them try. only to cry and scream at the end……………………

  • Julie

    I’ve enjoyed the show since it started but felt it only really got into its stride this season. So many missed opportunities/story lines. If they intend to kill Arthur in the final episode, send him off to Avalon then it is far too soon and he is far too young in the legend to do that. Not happy that they’ve compressed a great epic story into some shilly shallying around with Morgana, I was waiting for the really good stuff to start. Merlin taking his proper place at Arthur’side as his wise adviser with full knowledge of his ‘magic’ for one.

  • http://www.youtube.com/mapthestars Mapthestars

    Bad News: the shows done by the end of the year.
    Good News: …….. get back to you on that.
    All the BBC needs to do now to completely break my heart is say series 7 of Doctor Who is the last one ever and that Sherlock will no longer be renewed for new episodes.

    • Gary65

      Meh. The end of the world is nigh anyway. At least that way, I’m prepared for it.

      • http://www.youtube.com/mapthestars Mapthestars

        I’ve now become a stronger supporter of the December 21, 2012 apocalypse because, if the world does end on that day, the last Merlin episode would not have been able to air and so Merlin can live on forever in my afterlife (if I have one lol).

  • snuffles44

    HORRIBLE THOUGHT- the last episode happens and there’s NO MAGIC REVEAL

    • http://www.facebook.com/emza62333 Em Filer

      STOP THAT. My heart cannot handle it.

    • Teranel

      I half expect them to end the entire series with the magic reveal and then we fade out on Arthur’s shocked face… It all comes down to whether the Merlin writers are greater trolls than Steven Moffat or not.

  • Sasspants

    :( Very sad – I was kinda expecting it to end – but I thought the announcement would be a 3 part movie not the – “Hi guys we have an announcement…..wait for it…..are you awake? Are you staying up past midnight to see our special announcement? ….our special announcement you’ve all been waiting for is…no more Merlin!”

    Why did they set it up like it was good news? Why drum up people like that for bad news?

  • AlexisJ

    Ahhhhhh :( I’m so sad about this

  • DoctorMerlinPotter

    Maybe the conclusion will be extra long? At least, I hope so.

  • Chicken

    5 seasons is what I’ve always heard, though I didn’t think it would really play out that way. I guess what I was expecting within a 5 season time frame was that people would know about Merlin’s magic for at least 1 or 2 seasons before it ended, and the whole Albion and destiny stuff would happen in the last season (or at least lead up to it). Knowing the point where the show is at right now, I don’t see how they can wrap everything up satisfactorily in 4 episodes. I’m not really fond of the movie suggestion, and really wish they’d continue for TV.

  • Phantomfluteplayer

    Nooo! I just got into this series. I haven’t even finished season 4 yet! It’s going to be cancelled before I even catch up?! This is so NOT okay. :(

  • Confused Fan

    So I live in the USA and have not been able to see Season 5 yet. It has not aired on SciFy. Does this mean it won’t air on ScyFy?

    • Teranel

      As far as I know, Season 5 is set to air in January on Syfy. There just won’t be anything after that.

  • Arielle

    I imagined there being entire seasons of Merlin openly doing magic and having a good time with Arthur. Now it seems the reveal will be in the finale. I just don’t see how the audience is going to get any good payoff.

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    No! The finale better be effing FANTASTIC! I’m seriously so sad that Merlin is ending but I guess ending it “naturally” is better than forcing it but personally, I could see them doing one to two more seasons before they run out of plot. They better do the magic reveal perfectly. We’ve all been dying to see that for years!

  • http://twitter.com/Puhana1559 Puhana Sundrampillay

    Strange that I already felt the vibes when S5 began to air that it would be Merlin’s last series.Call it a premonition of sorts that we will eventually be told when we are heading into Xmas.I had brased myself for this so I am actually ok with this news.People move on and so must the actors and all those who have been responsible for making this show a memorable one for millions internationally. The show gave me an opportunity to make some very good friends globally where I woke up daily to read Merlin related postings across the fandom and official sites that both excited me and at times also saddened me. But I remained a diehard Merlin fan and this is the only show I fell in love with very deeply.Thank you all for being a part of these great 5 years of my life! <3 :)

  • The507thDoctor

    Very odd to announce a show is ending literally with four or five episodes to go…

  • Seriously

    Ill gladly take the job of writing and directing the film with the same actors. Sign me up.

  • http://twitter.com/Merina2 Merina

    Well, you know, no need to GIVE US SOME DARN EARLY WARNING OR SOMETHING. *glower*

    Ok, it’s had a great run. This is a good place to end, on a high note. But in FOUR EPISODES?!

  • Evie

    Nooo….;___; Well…if it has to end, then they better do a magical reveal by the end of it all! And then, if they do do the movies (oh PLEASE! And with the original actors too please~) we’ll get to see some awesome fights with Arthur and Merlin fighting side by side, with Merlin being totally awesome in all of his (now legal) magical glory :’D

  • Namani

    I don’t know why everyone is saying ’4 episodes to go’ Isn’t it 5? Every other season has had exactly 13 episodes.

  • D-syfer

    Well, they have said before (way back series 1 I think) that they have a 5 year contract for the series. The question is why they didn’t renewed the contact. But to be honest I think it’s fine that Merlin will come to an end. Every show does (except Doctor Who XD). And Colin, Bradley and the other casts and crew can have other chances in their careers as well. And I’m happy for them.

  • Josh Rowe

    Including ‘With all my Heart’, we still have 5 episodes left. I have enjoyed this show greater than any show before and the season finales have all been fantastic thus far!

    They touched on ‘The Dark Tower’ episode and stated that it was a very dark episode and probably in fact the darkest they will go. I wouldn’t EXPECT an Arthur death but I wouldn’t be surprised either. The show has always been based around Merlin protecting Arthur and being the key to magic being restored to the land of Albion. I have faith in the cast and crew and I am sure it’s going to be a marvelous ending to a marvelous series. Thankyou all to the Merlin cast and crew, it’s been one hell of a journey. I will enjoy these last ’5′ episodes as I have all the rests as this great show draws to it’s epic conclusion.

  • Makafui Naaman

    what a shock.. i cant believe this is happening why merlin.. The story should continue.. BBC should end at season 6.. Merlin has been goin on for years it just doesnt feel right to end at season 5

  • http://www.facebook.com/kindredrose Pompeylady Spencer-Evans

    IT CANT END!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tearing apart :’(

    how long have i been watching this film…? and in JUST FOUR EPISODES this is madness we fans should hold a protest.. heartbroken </3

  • Matt Daugardt

    As long as they keep the original cast I am kinda cool with all three ideas – season 6 and the two options for a trilogy. Better than saying good-bye in two weeks. Get real- that’s way too abrupt.
    But seriously? I think the creators could be more creative than doing a reboot.

  • naomi

    I totally respect a conclusion on ending Merlin however, I think it would leave Merlin fans feeling excited for a movie trilogy. It wouldn’t be as good without the same cast!

  • Sedaris

    This is no shocker. The series droned on and on without revealing Merlin’s magic to Arthur. I suspect that many people just got tired of wondering when the rabbit was going to be pulled out of the hat. As for a movie trilogy, no way. The fan base isn’t that big. I give it a first movie in the theaters, then two DVDs without release into theater. C’est la vie.

  • DO NOT CANCEL MERLIN!

    REALLY DISAPPOINTED HOW THE SHOW ENDED AND CANCELED. I WILL BOYCOTT THE NETWORK! YOU BRING A GREAT STORY TO LIGHT AND END IT IN AN ODD MANOR. I GUESS THE ALMIGHTY BUCK IS NOW MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANYTHING. IT’S A VERY SAD WORLD WE HAVE COME TO. THERE WILL NEVER EVER BE ANOTHER GREAT SHOW SUCH AS MERLIN. TRULY TRULY DISAPPOINTED. WHY BOTHER WATCHING T.V ANYMORE IF THIS IS THE KINDA CRAP NETWORKS PULL.

  • Rory

    I loved the series all the way through, until the last episode. The last episode was rushed and stupid. Killing Arther off was one of the stupidest things you could of done you retards. What the hell was with the truck at the end? where was the battle with Merlin and Morgana? Was rushed an a absolute piece of shit. I Have watched each episode over 5 times each, and this last episode was a disaster. You could have at least finished it with Arther been alive with Merlin, Guiss etc, at the round table, and peace throughout the kingdom. You ruined a flawless series, which is now crap.

  • hoda

    i am from iran
    I’m heartbroken
    I just cring

  • http://www.facebook.com/kaltrina.t.tahiri.9 Kaltrina Tina Tahiri

    Please don’t stop the season here beacuse I love the episodes they are so fantastic and magical that when I see them it feels like I am in the movie.
    With all magical respect Tina from Sweden

  • james arthur

    WHY. I LOVE MERLIN. How could they do this? and it finished in a really crap way.I think they should just carry it on. NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO :(

  • lalagarr

    Really bad way to end things. In my opinion it was not a dramatic conclusion which rapped things up for me and it ending so abruptly has left me feeling bad instead of good. I think when a show ends it should leave you missing the characters and the show but with a good feeling of how it ended—this was not so with this ending! I kept waiting for Merlins great powers to kick in too! There he stood on the mountain ending the battle but then he couldn’t even get Arthur to Avalon before Morgana could catch up to them—stupid! It took them two days to do what Morgana did in a few hours. It left the feeling that Morgana was more powerful than Merlin. I found myself arguing with the TV the whole last episode as to why wasn’t Merlin using his power to get Arthur to Avalon faster or why wasn’t he calling the dragon. Of course, when he does it is too late. I guess they planned on Arthur dying but it made things seem wrong that too many seasons were spent on Uther being king and when Arthur finally is made king he dies too soon. It took away from the fact that Arthur was supposed to be the greatest king that ever lived and who united the land and brought peace. I’d have rather they not kill him off as Arthur was not supposed to die young but as an old man. It was too vague about him coming back when he is most needed in the kingdom and that Merlin is still there awaiting that return. I hope this means there will be a sequel, otherwise, the ending would be completely stupid!

  • Amanda

    NO!!! i cannot believe that they are seriously ending Merlin!!! Its the only TV show i never want to miss and if i do i have to watch it online, because i love it that much. TV will never be the same without Merlin :(…i only just found out when i saw the ad for Merlin, saying that it was the last episode of the show ever!!! I could not believe what i was hearing and jumped online to be sure it was actually true

  • Merlin Fan

    I have been an crazed fan of Merlin, loving each and every episode…until Season Five began. Totally disappointing. Doesn’t have the quality of writing and direction, leaving the actors with too little dialogue and a lot of filler scenes. The relationships between Arthur and his wife, Arthur and Merlin, Merlin and Gias are just lost. Something happened to the warmth, the jokes, the laughter and the suspense – it’s missing. Only thing I could see that changed (actors, writers and crew are all there for the most part) and is different from previous years is the directors from the early years are no longer there in season five.

  • Trudy

    My family and I have loved this show. I absolutely hate that it is ending. It has been one of the best shows on TV. I think the time slots were wrong for a large audience to watch.
    We would like to see more!!!

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