Staff writer Tariq explains what he feels the show did right and wrong with the last episode of Merlin, and asks all the questions we’re begging to get answered.

I only started my journey with Merlin about three weeks ago, so it’s been an intense journey to get to the finale!

And while I knew all along that the series was going to end I was both looking forward to and dreading the moment the Merlin logo flashed across my screen for the last time. Now that it’s ended, I wanted to share what I personally think to be the things they did right and the things they did wrong for the series finale.

The Right

Mordred’s destiny to kill Arthur

All through this past series we’ve seen Mordred not only protect Arthur but save his life quite a few times, and it left us thinking “How is he going to be so evil he’s going to kill him? It this an act?”

We learned that no, this is not an act but that Mordred truly did care for Arthur as his King and his friend. And then Arthur had to go all Uther on us and sentence his sister/girlfriend/whatever she was to death despite Mordred literally begging him to let her go. What a perfect way to turn friend into foe! You can’t just kill one of your best knight’s girlfriends and pretend things are okay. And while I still have reservations about that plot point, you can totally understand Mordred’s switch of allegiance, which is the more important thing.

Morgana’s death

Despite it not being the vision she had in the fourth series, her death was perfectly timed with the rest of the plot developments and amazingly executed. Merlin’s line about the sword being forged in a dragon’s breath was so epic and badass that it added onto the perfectness in which Morgana finally faced her doom.

The magic reveal

This was the one thing I was probably looking forward to most the entire show, from Merlin becoming Arthur’s servant until the very end. I was crying right alongside Merlin as he told Arthur that the sorcerer who saved them was him, and that he had magic. It was so amazing I’m getting emotional just talking about it now!

I’m so glad that Arthur and Merlin had a chance to bond and get used to this new open air between them, traveling to the Isle of Avalon to save the king. This gave us a chance to see Arthur finally get to know Merlin as the real man and sorcerer he was. Seeing Arthur change from a man who told Merlin to leave him, to saying thank you for all the things he did, was truly heartbreakingly beautiful.

The bromance

Merthur shippers were given the ultimate gift, and the way the showrunners displayed the love story between Arthur and Merlin even had me flip-flopping from Gwen/Arthur to Merthur. You can’t argue against the fact that, yes, this was indeed a love story between Arthur and Merlin, because they loved each other so much you’d have to be blind not to see it! I just can’t say enough good things about this plot line, and it broke my heart that Merlin had to see Arthur die in his arms after working so hard and being so close.

The wrong

Who takes the throne after Gwen?

We almost end the show with Gwen sitting upon the throne of Camelot after it being announced that the king is dead. However, she doesn’t look pregnant! This is such a small thing to nitpick, I realize, but I just wish we had the glimpse of a pregnant queen so we know that Arthur’s line still continues.

What did Merlin do after the fact?

In that almost last scene with Gwen, we see everyone gathered to pay respects for the king and allegiance to the queen; everyone but Merlin. Gaius is there, Percival, the knights, but no Merlin! When we do see him in the final scene of the series we know that he’s alive and well, but what did he do between that time and how did he age so slowly? I have so many questions about how he left Gaius and if he ever saw Gwen again, and I just wish they spent an extra ten minutes showing us.

Merlin’s recognition

You know how in the promo for the last episode of the series we hear Gaius say “Let’s just say he deserves our gratitude”? Well, he still does and he hasn’t gotten it yet! I mean yes, he got Arthur’s gratitude, which is probably more important. But especially after the fact that Gwen realizes who the sorcerer was, you’d think they’d let us see Merlin being thanked by the kingdom for saving them from Morgana, not once but time and again.

The golden age of Albion

From the very beginning of the show we’re told that Arthur will bring about a time of peace to Albion. While we definitely see this happening in the last series, we miss out on seeing when/if magic was legalized again. Everyone was always telling us “There’ll be a day when magic will be allowed to be practiced in the open,” but apparently we won’t get to see it. Did Gwen take the ban off magic after realizing one of her best friends was a sorcerer? Or was the golden age of Albion just that little bit of peace we heard of between series 4 and 5?

The last scene

The one thing that I absolutely did not understand and quite honestly hated was the very last scene of the series finale, the one with the bus. The reason I love Merlin and the reason it was one of my favorite BBC shows was the fact that it was a period piece, and that it was set in a land of myth and a time of magic.

I totally understand they wanted to leave this bit open so that we have closure with the fact that Merlin will see Arthur again, and that his destiny is not over. However, that being said, I don’t know how I feel about associating this show with a possibly different show or idea or theme that will not take place in a land of myth or time of magic. Magic is not accepted, believed, majorly practiced, or open in our era, in real life, which this show just referenced to in the last five seconds. I want to see Merlin guide Arthur openly as a sorcerer and guide Albion to the time of peace and tranquility that he was supposed to.

Although there are so many possibilities with where they could be taking it from here, and where they want our minds to take it. It could be that maybe Camelot still exists today and it’s just an alternate universe type era where magic is accepted and goblins and trolls and high priestesses still exist, but if it’s not then I want nothing to do with it and I’m sad they made us think about it with the last five seconds. Gwen taking the throne was the perfect ending, and would’ve been enough for me.

What do you think the show did right or wrong with the series finale?

These were all the reservations I had about the series finale, and you might disagree with some or all of them. Let me know what you think – because I can’t be the only one upset with all the open ends, right?!

You can also hear what the hosts of Hypable’s Merlin podcast Talks of Camelot had to say about Merlin‘s finale, and see what the other fans are saying in the comments of our initial reactions post!

Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!

Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?