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For Merlin fans dreading the end of the show, we’ve got more bad news for you: the final episode has been moved to December 24.

The BBC’s online TV schedule doesn’t let us look very far in advance, but all press releases have previously stated that the final episode would be airing on December 29.

But now, the British television guide DigiGuide has released their listings for December, and it reveals that the final episode of Merlin will in fact air December 24.

BBC’s Head of Communications Sam Hodges has since confirmed this on Twitter:

Just to clear up the schedule if you are now as utterly confused as we are: The 10th episode of the season is set to air this Saturday, December 8. Episode 11 airs on December 15, and then the penultimate episode of the series will air on December 22. Two days later, we get the grand finale, episode 13, which will air at 20:15 GMT on BBC One.

Wow. If we didn’t already feel like the BBC sprung the end of the show on us with very little notice, we definitely do now. It’s time to dust off our open letter, we think.

Are you sad that Merlin is ending five days sooner than we’d originally thought? Or relieved that you won’t have to wait very long in between the final two episodes?

  • ravenclaw1991

    Me no likey this. Seriously. They’ve ruined Christmas :( Its like the BBC wants to make it end faster. We’d get an extra 5 days of Merlin-ness if they aired it on the 29th like they should.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tom.gossard Tom G

      or, in Gungan, “Missa no likein dis. Missa no care!” ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicole.soor Nicole Soor

    I am going to have to separate myself from my family on Christmas eve and watch the finale, i’m going to be crying throughout the whole episode, why is it so soon!? :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/tom.gossard Tom G


  • SnatcherGirl

    This will be a fantastic Christmas. Every year I pull my hair out over waiting between the two episodes of the finale, now I won’t have to! And it’s a bitter sweet way to end my favorite series :)

  • http://hypable.com Selina

    I am as shocked as Gaius. And annoyed because dudes, think of the children. Unless this ends spectacularly happily with no one dying, dem kids are gonna be crying their way through Christmas night. And by kids, I mean us.

    • Carilyn

      Considering this is the network that aired Doctor Who’s “Voyage of the Damned” on Christmas day, in which most of the guest characters were killed, or the first part of “End of Time” which included some really sad scenes, are we really surprised? Making children cry (or us) around Christmas has never been a concern for BBC. I don’t say this as a positive or negative, I’m just pointing it out.

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


  • klaineforeverkthnxbai

    3 episodes left. I’m not sure how much I mind. I do love Merlin, but… this season lost its magic a lot for me. I’m still sad to see it go, but… I don’t know. It lost the magic and started getting repetitive, for me. :/

  • Hill

    Good television show ending at the right time, on a special day, because the story demands it as determined by the writers. Instead of a story being flogged on and on, getting worse and worse, by studio producers who are after money.

    Writers just can’t win these days. The fans will complain about everything.

  • http://twitter.com/themeels Amelia Brown

    Well. I know what I’ll be doing this Christmas. REBLOGGING.

  • Person of DOOM

    Come on. That means I’ll be in a wisdom teeth coma when the last episode airs. AHHH BBC!!!!!!!!

  • sammylovegood

    NOOOOOOOO!!!! I wont be able to watch!!! I’ll be on a plane! :’(

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