MERLIN-FINALE

I CANT BELIEVE MERLIN STILL WAITING FOR ARTHUR PLEASE RIP MY HEART OUT THANK YOU. LIKE IMAGINE HE EVEN FOUND IMMORTALITY, AND HIS FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT ARTHUR. I BET HE EVEN TALKS WITH THE LAKE THINKING ARTHUR COULD HEAR HIM I CANNOT TAKE THIS OH MY LORD PLEASE KILL ME I MISSED THEM SO FUCKING BAD ITS VEEN FUCKING 4 YEARS SINCE I LAST SAW THEM ON SCREEN CAN YOU IMAGINE I WOKE UP AT 4 AM JUST TO WATCH MERLIN FINALE THINKING IT WOULD BE GOOD HAPPY ENDING I DIDNT EVEN GO TO SCHOOL BECAUSE OF THE PAIN I FELT ON FUCKING CHRISTMAS. OH HOW MUCH I HATE YOU BBC I THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO BE THE KING OF CAMELOT WHERE HE LEGALIZE SORCERY AND FIND OUT ABOUT MERLINS SITUATION AND ACCEPT HIM HUST THE WAY HE IS AND EVEN GIVE HIM A LUTTLE HUG BUT NO!1!1! FUCKING BBC RUINED IY EVERYTHING I CANT EVEN PUT IN THE WORDS HOW MUCH I WAS HEARTBROKEN. I FELT ALL YHE PAIN. THE CHARACTWR IS FICTIONAL BUT THE PAIN WAS FUCKING REAL COLINS ACTING BROKE THE FUCK OUT OF ME ON THAT. HIS MOANS, CRIES, SCREAMINGS AND WHEN HE CALLED KILGARRAAAHHH WHEN HE SAID I CANT LOSE HIM HE IS MY FRIEND LIKE THE CHILLSSS I FELT AND WHEN ARTHUR SAID THANK TOU BEFORE CLOSING HIS EYES I LITTERALY THOUGH THEY WERE GONNA KISS LIKE HE PUT HIS HAND ON HIS HEAD AND LEANED BUT THEN MOVED AWAY AND THEN MERLIN CRIED MY HEART LITTERALY HURTS RIGHT NOW. I CANT STOP READING FANFICTIONS ABOUT THEM FUCK MY LIFE AND FUCK MERTHUR FUCK BRADLEY FUCK COLIN FUCK EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SHOW. GOOD FUCKING BYE

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And if our main character never got to move on, then how can we be expected to? The last shot of the show established that Merlin is still waiting. Merlin will always be waiting. And so we, the audience, will never be able to fully make our peace with the ending. It will never be okay. Every time we think of Merlin, it will be with that twist in our gut reminding us that Merlin’s story didn’t end happily – it didn’t end at all. [x]

[…] We survived the end of Harry Potter, Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy, Lord of the Rings, and all of the other timeless classics. So why is Merlin, that fun little Saturday night family show on the BBC, so hard to get over? And it’s not just us! The entire Merlin fanbase, whether they loved or hated the finale, are still talking about it.

[…] Tragic endings are much harder to shake off, because you carry all of the characters’ regrets and what ifs around with you. What if Romeo and Juliet had just talked to each other like normal people? What if Rose had just shared that damn plank with Jack?
But even those endings are easier to get over than the ending of Merlin. Why? Because Merlin didn’t end.
In Romeo & Juliet, both characters die. It’s tragic, but they’re dead, the story is over. In Titanic, Rose is left on her own to grieve Jack’s death, but let’s get real, she knew him for like a week.

[…]Nothing good came of Arthur’s death, and Merlin was allowed no possible way out of his grief and regret – not even death, as the final scene strongly hinted that he’d indeed been waiting for all this time.

[…] Merlin, our protagonist, never got his reward for all those years of hardship. While he never wanted reward or recognition for what he did, that didn’t mean he didn’t deserve it – that the audience wasn’t expecting that payoff after having to watch him carry his secret for all these years. And after Arthur died, Merlin didn’t even get to walk away. He didn’t get to move on. Because the dragon’s final words, while meant to bring him hope, basically thwarted any hope of closure for Merlin.

[…] And if our main character – our window into the universe of the series – never got to move on, then how can we be expected to?

[…] The last shot of the show established that Merlin is still waiting. Merlin will always be waiting. And so we, the audience, who see the world through Merlin’s eyes, will never be able to fully make our peace with the ending. It will never be okay. Even now, when we’ve technically moved on, every time we think of Merlin, it will be with that twist in our gut reminding us that Merlin’s story didn’t end happily – it didn’t end at all.

[…] The way our feelings toward the finale changed was kind of similar to the 5 Stages of Loss and Grief, only instead of reaching the fifth and final step of acceptance, we’re kind of stuck somewhere in limbo between anger and depression.

[…] One of the key reasons why the finale will stay with us forever is because of how deeply it moved us.
A neatly wrapped up ending would have satisfied us for a day. This utter heartbreak will leave us miserable for years.

—  A very brilliant article about why it’s impossible to move on from Merlin’s finale. Read the whole thing here, it’s so true.
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The story we have been a part of will live long in the minds of men. (24.12.12)

hypable.com
'Merlin': Why it's impossible to get over the series finale - Hypable

Hypable’s resident Merlin writers shed some light as to why we’re still not over BBC’s Merlin almost six months after the series finale.

A lengthy article summarising all the reasons the end of Merlin is so much harder to forget than other tragic endings.

Merlin, our protagonist, never got his reward for all those years of hardship. While he never wanted reward or recognition for what he did, that didn’t mean he didn’t deserve it - that the audience wasn’t expecting that payoff after having to watch him carry his secret for all these years.

And after Arthur died, Merlin didn’t even get to walk away. He didn’t get to move on. Because the dragon’s final words, while meant to bring him hope, basically thwarted any hope of closure for Merlin.

He knew that one day Arthur would return, which meant that whatever else he did, he always had to keep on waiting - seemingly forever, as the flash forward indicated. The writers practically left their main character in a state of suspense, in a torturous purgatory, where he could never find true peace because his watch had not yet ended.

And if our main character - our window into the universe of the series - never got to move on, then how can we be expected to?

Read it all at Hypable.com!

What if instead of Arthur choosing to say thank you to Merlin with his last words, he said, "I'm sorry"?
  • I’m sorry that you had to save me so many times and I never knew.
  • I’m sorry that you were always there for me in ways I could never have been for you.
  • I’m sorry that magic was never legal in my reign.
  • I’m sorry I couldn’t save Will.
  • I’m sorry that you had to watch your father die, and you had to watch me personally kill Freya. 
  • I’m sorry that I called you a coward. 
  • I’m sorry you lost so much just for me to die.
  • I’m sorry for the things you saw and did that changed you on my behalf.
  • I’m sorry that you had so much weight on your shoulders, and I couldn’t help you with any of it.
  • I’m sorry that I died and you have to live for thousands of years waiting for me.
  • I’m sorry that I died and you have to live for thousands of years waiting for me.
  • I’m sorry that you’ve had to hide who you are for so, so long, and now that you’re finally free to be yourself, you’re all alone.

  • ‘You’ve lied to me all this time.’
  • 'I thought I knew you.’
  • 'Why are you doing this? Why are you still behaving like a servant?’
  • 'All these years, Merlin…you never once sought any credit.’
  • 'I can’t go on.’
  • 'I don’t want you to change, Merlin. I want you to always be you.’
  • 'You’ve brought peace at last.’
  • 'Merlin…not without the horses. We can’t, it’s too late. It’s too late.’
  • 'With all your magic Merlin, and you can’t save my life.’
  • 'Just…just…just hold me. Please.’
  • “Everything you’ve done. I know now. For me, for Camelot. For the Kingdom you’ve helped me build.’
  • 'I want to say something I’ve never said to you before. Thank you.’

Remembering that Arthur said each of these lines to Merlin still makes me an emotional wreck.