8 months ago:
Yeah, but if they keep up with all the Arthur/Merlin business, they are going to destroy Merlin's character. They've basically shredded any bit of his own story-line. He is, in fact, a plot device. It's like Melly said, this show should be called Arthur because it's all about Arthur's story-lines and Merlin just gets injected in there because of the whole "destiny" thing.
You know what my biggest issue with all of this is? That the show isn't going anywhere. The multi-stranded story-lines that were beginning to form in the two-parter were cut short by a half-baked ending and then we're done. That story-line is finished so let's move on to interject this episode that will not move the story-line anywhere. It's not very well thought out at all and Bradley's acting was the episode's saving grace, in my opinion. Seriously, if they don't pick up next episode, I'm going to lose any shred of anticipation I had for this season. I get that in thinking this is the last season, they want to choke us down with any story-line that'll give them excuse to place heavy amounts of screentime on Arthur and Merlin. Honestly, I dearly hope this is the last season. The rate the show is going, there's absolutely no way they can pull off more seasons. So done right now.