If you think the end of 5x13 was bad, imagine if it ended with Merlin being trapped in the crystal cave forever, unable to even be with Arthur when he died. Worse still, imagine if for 1000 years he kept dying from air deprivation and coming back to life over and over again since he can’t die.
This scene is even more gut wrenching than “there is no place for magic in Camelot”.
It rips out your heart, no matter whether you think Merlin truly has faith it will happen (when you know it won’t), or whether you think Merlin is intentionally lying to himself here just to get through The Next Awful Thing Trying To Kill Arthur.
Merlin is that kid in class who says the answer under his breath but the teacher doesn’t hear him but Arthur does so Arthur says it outloud and gets all the credit for it while Merlin just sits there, behind Arthur, staring a hole into the back of his head
BBC beings back Merlin but in the 21st century. Every decade Arthur Pendragon is resurrected but never in the same place. Merlin is immortal and hasn’t aged since the first time Arthur died. He’s been searching for Arthur but has yet to find him. Until now.
Basically the gist would be that Arthur is resurrected again and again until he and Merlin meet again and confess their love for each other (cheesy af but it’s the outcome you all want deep down so don’t lie to me) at which point Merlin is no longer immortal so he and Arthur can die together and he doesn’t have to live without Arthur anymore. They face similar challenges to the original series but in a modern setting. Series ends with happy Merlin and Arthur living in a flat in London.
so i was in the garage working when lana’s “once upon a dream” came on and i couldn’t not make this connection. its messy af & i wanted to bring the helmet out more (had to keep the ears ok) but its been on my to-do list for weeks so here guys
He left the room and crossed the workshop to the study. Jennifer stood up. She wore a white gown with a leather bodice –silver-infused, just like his– and a holster hanging down her leg. “You look…” Arthur said, but before he could get the words out, Vivian came in the room and waved her hands. “Yes, yes, you both look wonderful and you’re full of compliments.” Robison Wells | Airships of Camelot