Matching the pace and style of the first half of the story, by the end of this opening tale, the various plotlines for this fifth season are set out. Those with a reason to hate the Pendragons end up with even more cause for anger, while flaws in the various characters lead to some decisions which are certain to cause problems further down the line.
Those who thought that the producers might back away from the connotations of the Gwen/Sefa plotline will be pleased by events, and there are plenty of twists and turns concerning Mordred, and his relationships with the various characters. Alexander Vlahos builds on the conspiratorial way in which Asa Butterfield played the role in earlier seasons, and there’s a stark contrast between his calculating looks and Katie McGrath’s full bore loony when she hears news about Arthur.
The later transmission time perhaps has allowed a bit more latitude in the fight sequences than before – there are certainly a couple of gruesome deaths indicated, if not actually seen – and those who enjoyed the knights’ costumes (or lack thereof) last episode won’t be disappointed this time around.
Verdict: Maintaining the standard, this completes one of the better two-parters of the series. 8/10