IMPORTANT: Just as with Episode 1, we have edited and uploaded soundtracks to our youtube account to accompany your reading of the script. Soundtracks will be indicated by the red numbers in brackets that appear at various points in the text (example:  means play soundtrack #1 on the episode playlist). We strongly recommend using this prepared playlist while you read, as it helps to complete the experience and make it feel like you’re watching an episode on TV (really, it makes all the difference in the world!). Everyone’s reading pace will be different, but we did our best to time each track to the pace of each scene. Soundtrack playlist link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CfdTXqKgEQ&list=PLmYjGZaPihxN2V0mE4Y-OgTIUQJxbB44a&index=1
ALSO IMPORTANT: The first three episodes of the script focus primarily on Merlin and Arthur reconnecting after all the trauma of their last days together and the 1,500 years Merlin spent waiting for Arthur. This is complemented by subplots of flashbacks and additional characters. However, after that, we begin to reintroduce other familiar faces. And new ones.
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Summary of Episode 2 “A King Without a Kingdom”: When the Once and Future King is confronted by the unfamiliarity of the modern world, Arthur is overwhelmed with the realization that everything he ever knew and loved is gone. Meanwhile, Mordred and a slippery new ally hurry to locate the returned King. Flashbacks to Camelot show Gwen and Gaius try to reach out to Merlin as he struggles to balance duty to Arthur with the need to carry on with his life.
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Summary: Arthur has traveled to sign a treaty of friendship
with other kingdoms, when he realizes they’ve intended to set him up to marry
as well. He doesn’t want to marry for the sake of marrying, so he pulls a
clumsy, crowned Merlin in with false talk that they married quietly.
Arthur’s true in saying he wants to marry for love, because
he chooses Merlin for more than one reason.
Summary: “I was wondering if you might come home
with me.” Merlin stops mid-rant and stares at him, and then down at his panini
again, and back at Arthur. This is a panini of lies and pain. He can tell
“For Christmas? I’ve got an uncle and a mother and a
sister waiting for me at home, in case you hadn’t remembered, I’m not going
home with you just because you’re a workaholic.”
“No, it’s. My mum might be under the impression that
we’re a little bit married.”
In which Merlin gets conned into spending Christmas with
Arthur’s family and pretending to be his husband, because somehow this is his
Summary: Dating Arthur Pendragon, even when the relationship
is fake and the man is his best friend, was a lot more work than Merlin
would’ve expected. Featuring discussions about magic with Uther Pendragon, a
magical show off between Merlin and Sophia in the middle of a dance floor,
getting fitted for suits Merlin definitely could not afford to buy with his own
money, a talking gecko, and growing feelings that might not be as fake as
Merlin had let himself believe.
Comment: Art by eviko! Very
fluffy, pretend relationship!
A year from today, Merlin will barely remember the lashing. He will only know that the pain sang through him. The sting of the long, bloody welts on his back resonated in time to the irregular crack of the whip, each sharp snap of pain echoing through the rest of his body until all his nerves screamed in crescendo.
Afterwards, he hung limply from the manacles, sick and shaken. Small details will stand out, oddly vivid in his memory. The guards’ hands ,surprisingly gentle as they lowered him to the dungeon floor. The press of dirty straw against his cheek.
And Arthur. His strong, square hand felt cool on Merlin’s jaw, a soothing caress as he lifted Merlin’s head to cradle him carefully in his arms. He will never forget the look in Arthur’s eyes, a well of guilt, sorrow, and concern so deep that Merlin almost thought he could slip inside them, away from the burning cacophony of pain.