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Right. So.

The Merlin finale.

I'm never going to forgive them for killing Arthur. I don't like that they went that way and I won't ever like it. It might have been one thing to have seen a golden age first. It might have been another to have been given some hope at the end, a ripple in the water when old Merlin walks past, even.

But what I was left with at the end (personally, I know other people feel different, and being told that he'll return ~someday is what I've been holding onto), was just extreme, extreme bitterness. Merlin fails. Some of it could even be argued as to being his fault in the first place. He went through ten years of heartbreak, of lies and secrecy, of death. For what? I L-O-V-E Arthur, but three-ish years of sorta peace do not a greatest-king-ever make. And then Merlin is left to wander the world alone for 1500+ years? Fuuuuck that. That's beautiful and tragic in its own right, but I wasn't watching for that show. Here's the thing about me - I don't watch movies about disasters or terminal illness because I hate being sad, I hate it, I'm sad enough in my real life, entertainment needs to be an escape for me. And this was the last thing I expected from a ridiculous, terribly written - albeit fun - family program.

Maybe that's my fault. You know what they say about assumptions. But have we not had that drilled into us from day one - Arthur will be the greatest King, Arthur will unite the lands, DESTINY DESTINY FATE GREATEST KINGDOM EVAHHH? And if the dragon was not, in fact, referring to this time around, then what was the point of ever warning Merlin about Mordred? Or Morgana?

I don't understand.

And I realise the folly of trying to make sense out of a show that cared about common sense and plot continuity about as much as I cared for Gaius.

But I'm just thoroughly, thoroughly heartbroken.

The positive just boils down to Colin Morgan and Bradley James, really, now doesn't it? I don't think they were perfect all the way through, and the fucking positions they had to lay in (not to mention Bradley being forced to stay in that armor) didn't help things. But the magic reveal scene was possibly the best acting I've seen them do together in the whole series? The way Merlin could barely get the words out. The way Arthur looks horrified and SICK at the realisation he has no idea who this person in front of him is, after all, but he can't go anywhere and he can't hit anything or scream, so he just has to look away and try to hold in his emotions, AHHHH. And then the slow build of him realising that, actually, he does know him - it's the same Merlin, the same one he's loved for a long time - he's just done a lot more for Arthur than Arthur ever realised.

And now I have to stop talking or I will cry again.

For the fourth day running.


Hold My Heart Until It Beats
Old Love, But In Shapes That Renew And Renew Forever
Let Your Heart Hold Fast
Forever Ago

Date: 2012-12-29 03:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kylezy.livejournal.com

Did you watch it?

Date: 2012-12-30 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] persephassax.livejournal.com
Yeah. Right after I read your post. (Before I commented.)
I feel like a bad fan because I'd fallen largely out of the loop. But a lot of that was because my view of Merlin is still stuck in Season 1 (when we had hopes, when we dreamed of happier things).

I'd given up hoping that this time things would work out, that this was an exercise in re-writing myth, rather than just retelling it. But. It still sucked. I don't know. It's just another hollow little pit in my stomach. (I'm catching up on all my finales and everything is just a little bit raw.)

And I definitely agree with you and the poster below, what the fuck was this 3 years of prosperity bullshit. They totally shafted Arthur. They didn't even do him the courtesy of giving him a good 10 years of prosperity and being the greatest King ever. That's shit by all legendary standards. Lenin held the Soviet Union together, and made it work, for longer than Arthur was King. Three years of good leadership and prosperity do not a legendary king make. Come on. *generally pouts and feels vaguely dissatisfied*

Date: 2012-12-30 11:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] persephassax.livejournal.com
Although. I just want a quick aside to say I so totally appreciated everything about Percival this episode. ALL OF IT.

Date: 2012-12-29 01:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readvacancy.livejournal.com
uggggh, pretty much. i really wish they hadn't gone in the arthur-dies direction. idk, i always wanted/expected the trajectory of the show to be the buildup to the reveal and then years of awesome post-reveal (even if the viewer didn't get to see it). since they weren't really consistent to any of the traditional legends for the most part i didn't really see the necessity of closing it the same way. but if they did want to end on that note i expected it to be wayyyy further down the timeline. i guess i don't really understand why they went ahead and killed arthur right then, because as you said, it wasn't exactly like it had been a long and satisfying rule. in that sense it felt like they just knew they had to close the show so this was the way to end it that made the most sense to them, but it didn't make sense to me. :-/

with that said, the whole entire point of this show has been the merlin/arthur dynamic so i can't help but be satisfied with that aspect of it. totally devastating but really well done by the two of them.

Date: 2012-12-29 02:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kylezy.livejournal.com
Oh gosh yeah, making the M/A plot the meat of the finale was the absolute best thing they could have done, it was the most beautiful love story, regardless you see it as platonic or something more.

Date: 2012-12-29 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeletonwords.livejournal.com
I agree that the whole "Arthur will be the greatest king ever blah blah blah" plot that everything have been building up to fell thoroughly, thoroughly through. Stupid writers. I expected him to die, mostly because of all the spoilers around + the legend, but the battle at Camlann? Tragic. Everything was over so damn quickly. The whole Mordred plot fell flat, Morgana's death was so anti-climatic, Gaius didn't die. Gwaine dying I expected, but rather as a badass in battle rather than how they decided to do it. Thank fucking christ that they chose to revolve the last episode around M, A and the reveal, though. If not there is no way I could have forgiven this show.


Also, it's okay; I keep crying at odd intervalls, too.

Will read the fics when I'm emotionally ready.

Date: 2012-12-29 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeletonwords.livejournal.com
My phrasing in this comment is so bad, my apologies.

Date: 2012-12-30 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sonicbookmark.livejournal.com
*hugs hugs hugs*
This show could of been so great. :(
The writers & creators ruined their own show.
What the heck were they thinking??



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