I watched the last Merlin episode yesterday. I’m over my shock and denial right now and am in the process of grieving.
Here’s a last tribute, painted from an old fanart of this fic that turned out to be strangely prescient. I’m not ashamed to say I had to step away from this a couple of times just to get some air. Merlin was the first multi-season show I ever followed from beginning to end, and though sometimes life would get in the way, or I would lose interest due to questionable plot choices, over the years I always came back for these two, and for the amazing fandom. Reading fics and giggling over Colin and Bradley’s antics got me through some tough times, and I’m forever grateful for that. I’m really going to miss this show. ;_;
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Do you think we could have an issue where, like, these guys are a normal family and do normal family stuff like soccer practice and picnics and Wanda pulling Tommy and Billy out of detention and stuffing them in the back of a black SUV, yelling, “FOR THE ZILLIONTH TIME! CLASSMATES ARE NOT TARGET PRACTICE!” and they get home, and despite Wanda’s threats NO ONE ends up doing homework because they have to rush out and save Spiderman from being eaten by Skrulls. Again.
I’m gonna go ahead and post this now. Here’s a fandom Secret Santa piece done for automatronic, whose top request was kid!Loki from Journey into Mystery. I actually started reading JiM just to see what it was and it turned out to be pretty awesome! Anyway, happy belated Christmas and Happy New Year, automatronic! :)
Summary: Canon-era, around the same time as S5. Tired, frustrated, and lonely, Merlin has spent nearly a decade as a servant pining after Arthur and made little progress in achieving Albion & restoring magic, while Arthur’s powers of denial are failing regarding Merlin’s secrets, and their relationship is fraying. Merlin seeks comfort and happiness in the ample arms of Percival, but can anyone really measure up to Arthur?
Meanwhile, Morgana is catching onto Merlin too, and is carefully planning an assault meant to overwhelm even Emrys. Merlin’s distraction and lack of direction could have terrible consequences when Morgana makes her move final move…
The first illustration is Merlin in his fancy new jacket, the second is a touching scene between Merlin and Percival at Lancelot’s empty seat at the Round Table. This was really fun to do, especially drawing the jacket! Props to reverie_indigo for the image. ;)
Progression of “The Return of the King” for anyone interested. I forgot to take a snapshot of the middle where I was laying down the base colours, but you’re really not missing much there :) Done in Photoshop CS2, spent about 5-6 hours in total.