Merlin: Review: Series 5 Episode 10: The Kindness of Strangers (Spoiler-free)

merlin_series_5_1Morgana is desperate to know Emrys’ true identity…

We’re definitely moving into the endgame with this episode. Merlin, Morgana, Arthur, Mordred… even the dragon, all make deductions or learn information which puts pieces in place for the final battle that we now know will be fought in three weeks’ time.

There’s still an interesting dichotomy within the series: we hear about the age that is still to come when magic will be freely acknowledged, yet at the same time there’s this air of doom and gloom that Arthur will meet his end (as shown in the vision at the start of this year.) There are ways that the two can co-exist, and hopefully that’s the route that has been chosen.

Again, the concentration this week is firmly on Merlin: the hunt for Emrys is the focus of the episode, and Merlin has to take some chances that he is advised against. There’s an interesting upturn of the usual relationship between him and Gaius, and Mordred is definitely playing his own long game.

There’s a certain amount of light leavening – an Arthur/Gwen/Merlin gag that I suspect will be the last that we see of that sort – but things are getting progressively darker.

Verdict: A tense episode which sets up the final chapters.  7/10

Paul Simpson


4 thoughts on “Merlin: Review: Series 5 Episode 10: The Kindness of Strangers (Spoiler-free)

  1. Thank you. Can’t wait for this Merlin centric episode. The series evolves very fast and the end is near. Now it’s the very last time we can have development in Merlin’s life since he is the hero of the show and that he has to concentrate of his own situations to be at a superior point at the end of his story.

    Posted by Myths | December 5, 2012, 12:26 pm
  2. Love the comment about Mordred – so maybe he is not as nice he we have been persuaded to believe so far?
    Also love that this episode will be about Merlin. Please let Morgana find out!

    Posted by Nimueh123 | December 5, 2012, 7:59 pm
  3. I’ve got a nasty feeling that Gaius will die.

    Posted by InterestingMa | December 6, 2012, 2:20 pm
  4. I do not think morgana will find out untill the very end.

    Posted by mas | December 8, 2012, 8:36 pm

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