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  • ...only comes into existence because of a terrible curse that results in the death of numerous people. Merlin falls in love for the first time and finds himself losing his loved one at the hands of Arthur....

    Please discuss here :-)

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    • I really liked this episode. Freya was an interesting character and we were opened up to a whole new side of Merlin thanks to her. Also, there were some hilarious scenes between Merlin and Arthur!!! 

      All in all it was a great episode! 

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    • I wonder why Merlin never ever blamed Arthur for Freya's death, not even secretly. Granted, she was a threat to people and killed many innocents, and Arthur was convinced that he had only killed an evil creature. Nevertheless, he was the one who was responsible for her death, so regardless how "right" he was, it would have been only human if Merlin had held a slight grudge against Arthur because of this.

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    • Yeah i wondered it too.... but well... otherwise this episode was nice. I didn't like Freya very much, but she was in a way interesting and the scenes with arthur and merlin were funny etc. 

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    • There were also some priceless moments between Merlin and Gaius. I loved the scene where Merlin is humming and eating soup! 

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    • Love this episode alot! One of my favourite.

      It didn't center only on relationship between Arthur and Merlin, but we can see other side of Merlin. He got to have other life beside serving Arthur.

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    • Edrea wrote:
      Love this episode alot! One of my favourite.

      It didn't center only on relationship between Arthur and Merlin, but we can see other side of Merlin. He got to have other life beside serving Arthur.

      I too liked that at least once we got to see another part of Merlin's life, aside from being Arthur's servant who behaved like a secret sidekick.

      What baffles me a bit is the fact that Freya was cursed by a sorceress. Not the fact that the sorceress wanted revenge but the fact that Freya was cursed to turn into the beast, which resultet in the killing of many innocents. What's more, a magical beast killing people only contributed to the hatred toward magic by numerous people and several kingdoms, including Camelot. This curse actually backfired at the sorceress by proving to those who feared magic that they had every reason to fear and to hate it.

      And once again, both Uther and Arthur were being proven "right" about magic and its dangers and evil nature. Talking about what they knew about the beast here, not talking about Freya, of course. This was yet just another example for Uther having no reason to believe that magic was alright and controllable. Almost every terrible thing that happened at the hands of magic ended in death for both sides since it was impossible to control such a strong power (like the beast, for example).

      I was a little surprised that Gaius went to Uther to tell him about Freya. Whilst I understand why he did that - the beast was extremely dangerous and Freya couldn't control the curse after all - I had expected him to try to find another way.

      I felt very sorry for Merlin. He shared the fate with Uther to always lose his loved ones, even Arthur at the end of the show.

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    • I agree with you. Merlin always loses his loved ones, so sad and depressing :)

      Maybe it will be better if Gaius asked Merlin to take care of the beast instead of telling Uther.. Gaius knew that Merlin was involved and defended Freya so much. 

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    • Fimber wrote:
      I wonder why Merlin never ever blamed Arthur for Freya's death, not even secretly. Granted, she was a threat to people and killed many innocents, and Arthur was convinced that he had only killed an evil creature. Nevertheless, he was the one who was responsible for her death, so regardless how "right" he was, it would have been only human if Merlin had held a slight grudge against Arthur because of this.


      Merlin does not know that Arthur was the one who mortally wounded Freya. All he knows is that Arthur led the attack that led to her demise. You can see him running into the scene when she was backed in a corner.

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    • Selecasticon wrote:
      Fimber wrote:
      I wonder why Merlin never ever blamed Arthur for Freya's death, not even secretly. Granted, she was a threat to people and killed many innocents, and Arthur was convinced that he had only killed an evil creature. Nevertheless, he was the one who was responsible for her death, so regardless how "right" he was, it would have been only human if Merlin had held a slight grudge against Arthur because of this.

      Merlin does not know that Arthur was the one who mortally wounded Freya. All he knows is that Arthur led the attack that led to her demise. You can see him running into the scene when she was backed in a corner.


      Yes, but Arthur led the attack and either way he was responsible. I would also think that Arthur told others about how or that he defeated the beast. But even if he didn't, he stood in the front when Freya was cornered. If it hadn't been for him and his men, Freya would still be alive.

      Well, ironically, Merlin later killed Arthur's family: Uther, when playing foolish games and  unwilling to help him sooner, Agravaine and Morgana. I'd say they were doom to each other. But that's a different subject.

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    • Aw, what a beautiful episode... Merlin and Freya are such a lovely couple, and it's so sad how it ends :( funny how she's the Lady of the Lake, but there's also links there to Elaine of Astolat/the Lady of Shallot with her ending <3


      Halig is horrible, but the Arthur-Merlin dynamic is cool in this episode too :)

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    • Fimber wrote:
      I wonder why Merlin never ever blamed Arthur for Freya's death, not even secretly. Granted, she was a threat to people and killed many innocents, and Arthur was convinced that he had only killed an evil creature. Nevertheless, he was the one who was responsible for her death, so regardless how "right" he was, it would have been only human if Merlin had held a slight grudge against Arthur because of this.

      I completely agree with Fimber here. I mean, Merlin was ready to leave Camelot and his friends and all his foretold destiny for pursuing a life with Freya, and Arthur killed her, even if he didn't know about who the bastet really was or about Merlin's relationship with her. Also the story avoids any confrontation between Merlin and Arthur, because for most of the time Merlin doesn't know the nature of Freya's curse (and this issue is never brought back again, not even when Freya reappears later in the series to give Merlin Excalibur back from the bottom of the lake). That is problematic for  their romance too, because Merlin doesn't know about Freya being a bastet before he falls for her. Also Freya didn't seem so much invested in Merlin other that because he was her only help to survive (I mean Freya is thankful to Merlin, but she doesn't seem to feel the same adoration he shows for her)... 

      So despite I liked that Merlin got some romance, so other aspects of his life are explored, I think the story was not well written because it avoided conflict between Arthur and Merlin by unbelievable contrivances. 

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    • Yeah it is weird, but I love this episode anyway

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