If Merlin is paired with someone who isn’t Arthur: Okay I kinda ship it. Sure. It works.
If Arthur is paired with someone who isn’t Merlin: Hold-HOLD THE PHONE. NOPE. CALL THE AUTHORITIES. THEY BETTER BREAK UP RIGHT AWAY.

watching a new show
  • *beautiful heterosexual couple, clearly canon, tons of screen time, longing looks, violin music kisses, dramatic sacrifice, sweet nothings*
  • brain:hmm...nah
  • *dysfunctional frenemies, probably gay, maybe illegal, no way in hell this will ever happen, both have other love interests, definitely just a bromance*
  • brain:ah, yes. this is what i will devote my life to.