There was so much happening this episode, all I have to offer is a brainstorm-kind-of review:Hunith:
I love, love, love Hunith. It is not only that she is an awesome Shipper-Mom, but that she really really loves Merlin and is the only one who is not afraid to show him just HOW much she loves him. How much he means to her. With everything Merlin has going on in his life, Hunith is always there to love him for everything he is; unconditionally. And Merlin needs that once in a while, because he deserves it. Gwaine:
Finally, finally, finally. I have been ranting about how much I miss the independant roguish Gwaine of Series Three forever (x) and suddenly here he is. He is not afraid, he is honest, he stands up for what he believes is right and he is so so brave. This is the Gwaine that didn’t want to become a knight, the Gwaine that befriended Merlin. The Gwaine that wasn’t afraid to contradict Arthur, when he was wrong. Oh Gwaine. Your hair is also beautiful. Bonus:
Whoever DOESN’T think about the infamous Tom/Eoin tweets right here is doing something wrong.
Also: WHERE DID PERCIVAL GO?
I am convinced that he became jealous of Sir Leon and his immortality (which comes in handy while defending all the citizens of Camelot by oneself in some dark woods) and decided to become Sir Percival the Invisible. Makes sense.Arthur The Simpleton:
It was beyond awesome to see Bradley play something else than Arthur, because, simply, he can. He is an amazing actor and I am really happy about every single time he proves it. It was also hilarious.
Not only for all the Merthur, but also for making the audiences realize that despite being stupid and mean almost ALWAYS Arthur is also really strong and brave and needed and a lot of people depend on him as a leader. Arthur always has a lot decisions to make and he does so willingly without people noticing. It was brilliant. In every aspect.
Also: The Wellis
New OTP’S: Arthur and the Tree. Arthur and his Goooooold.
And I don’t think I have ever seen Merlin touch Arthur so much. It was as if he suddenly felt comfortable doing it, because Arthur needed him and since he was under a spell it didn’t feel as if Merlin was undermining his authority by doing it. It makes me wonder how often Merlin has to suppress the urge to touch his king.
Also: The way Colin makes Merlin look at Arthur in that one scene with the tree is SO caring. My heart actually ached. The little whistle he gave, the reassuring smile, the gentle arm tugging. Seriously, Colin. … This is too much. I can’t handle it.Merthur:
I am going to skip over the first scene. No words necessary.
I loved how Merlin ran through the castle looking for Arthur. I loved how he held him back, when Arthur was confronted with Agravaine’s betrayal. (All the kudos to Bradley in that scene. The look on his face when he was faced with yet another betrayal was absolutely heartbraking. I think, part of it, was also due to Morgana walking around her old home as if it had never been that. Her home. Just wrecking havoc.)
When the smugglers were attacked, Arthur and Merlin fought so completely in sync that they didn’t even notice it. It was beautiful.
The scene at the fireplace was heartwrenching. They were talking as equals, thanks to everything that had happened beforehand and it was a really good conversation. Merlin didn’t hesitate to tell Arthur how he sees him and Arthur was just overwhelmed with love and gratitude towards the most important person in his life in return. Everyone knows how Merlin feels about Arthur except for Arthur and I liked that Merlin told him for a change.
When Arthur questioned why it was that Morgana and Agravaine had betrayed him, what it was about him that made people he cared about hate him, I had to gape and swallow, because I had thought the writers would never address that, but they did and it was a really important thoughtprocess for Arthur. I am so glad they showed that. Arthur in general gave me so many feelings. I love him.Morgana:
Morgana was finally everything that the writers had intended her to be. At least that is what I think. I never agreed with the portrayal of Morganas progression to become the big bad villain. I never thought it believable. But it doesn’t matter because Morgana is supposed to be antagonistic and the writers let her be that and it was beautiful. She was cunning and strong. Smart and unforgiving. She was in control. She was seeking revenge. She was NOT lethargically sitting next to a fire and that is why I loved it. I was absolutely fine with her being evil.
Beneath all that rage, anger and fear she carries around like a cloak, she is just really deeply hurt and that was visible in her eyes. And I think that Katie managed to do that is perfect.Gwen:
Angel is really giving it her all and Bradley just exudes brother-sister-relationship-feelings like there is no tomorrow. It makes me wanna cry.
I hope everyone respects that that is my opinion and that I don’t mean any harm by it. :)
- I also loved Elyan and chicken-eating Helios. And TRISOLDE. I can’t believe I forgot about them. I had hoped I would love Isolde and I did! BAMF! Hooray!
- The Preview: Morgana-Gwen-Face-Off. I CAN’T WAIT!!!!! (Also KILLGARAH & EXCALIBUR!!)
I had really expected to be disappointed in this episode but I really wasn’t and that is an amazing feeling. I was already starting to doubt myself for finding so much to critizise those last episodes. After next week I’ll probably love this episode even more since it is only the first part of a two-parter and it felt exactly like that. Which it was supposed to do. Task accomplished!