Merlin will end after its current fifth season, we learned late last night. Now, BBC has released a video interview in which Colin Morgan reacts to the news.

Fans were left shocked at the abrupt announcement from the BBC confirming that series 5 would indeed be Merlin’s last – and that, consequently, there are only five episodes left before the end.

Following the news, the cast of the show issued short statements reacting to the news. But this morning, we got a bit more of a personal response, as lead actor Colin Morgan participated in a video interview about the impending finale:

In the video, Morgan says that after five years, Merlin has “run its course,” and has come to a point where, “you wanna end on the strongest point, and I think we’ve achieved that.”

He also recalls his first day on set, where he was filming a scene from the second episode of the show with Richard Wilson, “who little did I know would end up becoming a really brilliant friend, and a really good guy to work with.”

Morgan goes on to preview the final series, which he says from the very beginning has, “a sense of impending doom.” Merlin is shown that Arthur will die, and this will hang over his head for the rest of the year. We have already seen him become more ruthless and determined in the eight episodes that have aired thus far, and Morgan warns that, “I think there’s a part of him that knows it’s coming and that he’ll try all he can to prevent it, but there’s greater things at work.”

As such, Merlin is feeling a lot more confident and powerful, Morgan explains, but he can’t battle fate itself. Is Morgan telling us that Arthur will indeed die?

“By the end,” he says, “I think Merlin maybe realises, ‘Maybe this is actually the way it was supposed to be. Maybe this is what my destiny was building up to.’ And it’s terrible and it’s not a nice thing to go through, but I think he starts to click onto that.”

Finally, Morgan talks about the support from the fans. “I know this is the end, and I know this is in a way goodbye, and in a way, from us, it’s a massive thank you for being there on the journey with us and coming along, and enjoying the ride. Because it’s been a lot of fun.”