Another episode that you really won’t want spoiled, as it twists and turns, with various opportunities for characters to work out what is really going on but which, for varying different reasons, don’t pan out as intended. The triangle between Merlin, Morgana and Arthur is at the heart of the episode: the other two know what drives the King, but where Merlin’s intentions are to keep him, and Camelot, safe, Morgana’s are the exact opposite, and she knows what buttons to press in order to get Arthur reacting in what everyone keeps telling him is a foolhardy way.
After three episodes where Merlin has been important, but perhaps not necessarily central to all the action and resolutions, it’s good to see Colin Morgan front and centre in this piece. He’s protector, confidant (note the way he addresses the king at different times, and his tone of voice), and friend – plus we get to see him with a sword, and showing that he clearly knows one end of it from another.
After a week’s absence, Katie McGrath continues to show why she is one of the strengths of the show, dealing with some artificially induced barriers that actors with decades of experience have faltered when encountering. Add in a bit more for Richard Wilson to do, and a couple of terrific moments for Bradley James, and you’ve got another strong episode.
Verdict: The strongest season yet stays on solid form. 7/10