If you’ve seen Merlin, you’re probably quite used to screaming things at your TV, like “Tell him the TRUTH!”
(Thanks Genie). ^_^
If you’ve made it to the last episodeof season 5 (Diamond of the Day), then you’re probably used to feeling depressed on Christmas Day—I mean it was just such a happy ending right? XD
Seriously, though: I think a lot of Merlinians are looking at it the wrong way. The people who say “I hate the Merlin ending” are often the same ones begging for another season. If the finale was really as terrible as people act like it was, then why would they still miss it so much?
Because the last episode was good. Really good.
Though Merlin failed to save Arthur’s life, what he did do was far greater. Simply by being Arthur’s friend—his real friend—Merlin helped inspire Arthur to to be a better person. But even more than that: Merlin had become a better person, too (because contrary to popular opinion, Merlin was not always so perfect either).
Yeah. Clearly, Merlin changed too.
Really, all Arthur needed was a friend who believed in him, to help him believe in himself. Someone he could trust. Which was why Merlin’s magic reveal was so devastating for him.
Some thought Arthur’s reaction to Merlin’s magic should have been different, but honestly, I don’t see how it could have.
Arthur had been betrayed by practically everyone (except Merlin). Learning that Merlin too, had lied to him was just too much for him to bear—Arthur felt like he was being betrayed by the one person whom he had thought would never betray him.
How could he not be upset? He had every right to feel/react as he did. It hurt for him to realize that despite how much he had trusted Merlin, Merlin apparently had not felt like he could trust Arthur enough to be honest with him.
But even so, Arthur forgave him—pretty quickly, too. You can see the shift in his thinking from, Merlin did everything—to—Wow. Merlin did everything for me.
Yes, the last episode was sad, but it was also deep, moving, and beautiful. I want the show to come back not because I hate the ending, but because I love it—and I know that I’m not the only one.
Remember when Guinevere was totally in love with Merlin, Merlin was totally in love with Morgana, Morgana thought Merlin was totally in love with Guinevere, and Arthur was totally in love with himself?