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!

‘Galavant’ cast thank fans for #MoreGalavant campaign

"So just dance, dance, dance."

4:30 pm EDT, May 25, 2016

Galavant may have been axed over on ABC, but the fans refuse to stop the beat — and the cast are getting down to it!

There’s nothing worse than seeing your favorite show cut off in its prime, but if there’s one thing that fans do best in moments of crushing adversity, that’s come together and use their voices in a cacophony. And Galavant fans? They want a third season of their little show that could and are campaigning for it to return.

That campaign has not escaped the notice of the cast, who came together to thank the fans in a video that you can’t help but move your feet to — and the rest of your body.

“It warms the cockles of my heart to see everything you’re doing to save our beautiful little show,” Timothy Odmunson says, at the top of the video — right before it launches into Justin Timberlake’s newest hit, “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” and we’re treated to a montage of familiar and brand-new footage from Galavant’s stars.

#MoreGalavant "Can't Stop The Feeling" from #MoreGalavant on Vimeo.

Karen David (Princess Isabella), who has also been vocal on social media about the #MoreGalavant campaign, leads the charge — and has printed out everyone’s contributions so far. But don’t worry, she planted a tree to make up for all the paper that was used. Also shaking their tush is Genevieve Allenbury, who played the Queen of Valencia throughout Galavant’s two season run.

Other familiar faces from the cast include Robert Lindsay, Ben Presley, Mallory Jansen, Vinnie Jones, and Muzz Khan. Not to mention the titular hero, Joshua Sasse.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Galavant without some cameos — and this thank you video is no exception to that. Making their debut are Billy Boyd (of Lord of the Rings fame), holding a sign that proclaims, “You can’t eat this Hobbit!” and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, with his own “Galavanterrific” sign.

And, what better way to close out the video than with an appearance from Weird Al. “Well, that should definitely do it,” he proclaims. “I can’t imagine any network not picking up this show now that it’s a hashtag campaign. Feel the power of the hashtag!”

So, Galavant fans, get signing and start dancing. And here’s hoping Tad Cooper breathes fire again — be it on the stage, or screen.

This week’s twist on Game of Thrones was one for the show’s history books, and now the fans and creators are acting on their emotions.

Sunday’s Game of Thrones found Hodor dying (dammit Bran) as he held back the army of wights by holding the door. A significant death like this one naturally became a big topic of conversation online, with fans coming up with adorable yet depressing tributes to Hodor.

For example, viewers have been creating Hodor doorstoppers:





Interestingly, we couldn’t find any Hodor doorstoppers for sale on Etsy. Get on that, people!

Others have added Hodor to the ‘hold door’ button in their local elevator





On last night’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff ‘apologized’ for killing Hodor — but not for the reason you think:

Related: After Hodor, who will die next on ‘Thrones’?

Starz has decided that their original programming can compete with the other hot shows airing on Sunday nights.

Network CEO Chris Albrecht has told THR that they are planning on moving all of their original shows including Outlander, Ash Vs Evil Dead, and Black Sails — which currently air on Saturdays — to Sundays. The move will begin July 17 with the Starz series Power. Outlander will likely not move to Sundays until next season.

“Sundays are a prestige night and we feel our shows are definitely going to be very competitive, not just in viewership but in the attention-getting business on Sundays,” Albrecht said to THR, “So it made sense to move.”

Outlander and Starz’s other original series will be going up against tough competition, including AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s Game of Thrones. Albrecht says part of the reason he wanted to move the shows was to make sure they were part of the watercooler talk on Monday mornings.

THR notes that Showtime’s original series typically get DVR’d, “growing 214 percent [in viewership] during the course of a week.” This would suggest that a lot of people aren’t sitting in front of a TV on Saturdays and want to watch the shows on a different day of the week. So, moving their programming to Sundays may not impact overall viewership numbers much.

Starz recently overtook Showtime as the second-most subscribed to cable channel. HBO still sits at number one, though all three are facing tough competition from Netflix.