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KILGHARRAH
In a land of myth and a time of magic, the destiny of a great kingdom rests on the shoulders of a young man. His name: Merlin.

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[INT. DRUIDS’ CAVE - NIGHT]
[Borden is inside a cave where all the druids are sleeping. He sneaks up to a wooden box and opens it, inside, there is a key. Borden steals the key. He connects it to his third of the key. He turns around and finds the druids all awake. He runs into the woods, but is pursued by the druids. They catch him and he pulls a dagger on a man.]

ISELDIR
It is not worth anyone’s life.

BORDEN
Isn’t it? It’s cost me twenty years of mine.

ISELDIR
It is of no use. You will never find the third part of the Triskelion.

BORDEN
Ah, but you’re wrong. I already know where that bit is.

[Borden shoves his captive at the druids and jumps off the cliff, saving himself by plunging his dagger into the ground on the other side of the gap. He rides to Camelot.]

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[INT. KING’S PALACE, PHYSICIAN’S CHAMBERS - NIGHT]
[Gaius is working late when Borden knocks on the door. Merlin wakes. Gaius answers the door.]

BORDEN
Hello, Gaius. Surely you remember me?

[Gaius makes a mean facial expression]

GAIUS
Only too well. Why are you here?

BORDEN
Please, I could do with drying myself by your fire.

GAIUS
You have a nerve coming back here. You left me in a lot of trouble.

BORDEN
Yeah. Yeah, sorry about that. What can I say? Execution...didn’t really appeal to me. Don’t pretend you supported Uther.

GAIUS
Tell me why you are here.

[Borden pulls out the two parts of the Triskelion.]

BORDEN
Save your eyesight, Gaius. It’s the Triskelion of Ashkanar.

GAIUS
You are sure?

BORDEN
I’m certain.

GAIUS
Let me see.

[Gaius examines the writing on it.]

GAIUS
It’s in a druid tongue. The bind runes are in threes. That’s rare.

BORDEN
Oh, I can save you the trouble. They guide the bearer to the Tomb of Ashkanar. Yes, we both know the legend. We both know what he hid there.

GAIUS
A dragon’s egg, and you have come to steal it.

BORDEN
I wouldn’t say “steal”.

GAIUS
You’re forgetting one thing, you’re missing a part of the Triskelion.

BORDEN
Oh, no. I know where that bit is.

GAIUS
Where?

BORDEN
In the vaults...beneath your feet.

GAIUS
In Camelot?

BORDEN
Where it has lain safe and secure for the last four hundred years.

GAIUS
And you want me to help you to get it.

BORDEN
We could bring this noble creature back to life.

[Gaius is sceptical.]

GAIUS
I want no part of your plan.

BORDEN
You don’t want to release the last living dragon?

GAIUS
The old ways should be left to die.

BORDEN
Well, that’s not what you taught me!

GAIUS
It’s what I feel now. I believe in the king that Arthur will become and the future he will build.

BORDEN
Think about it.

GAIUS
I’ve given you my answer. Now I think you should leave Camelot. Sooner rather than later. Arthur may not be his father, but is no friend of the old ways.

[Gaius opens the door for Borden to leave.]

BORDEN
You’ll find me in the tavern in the lower town. Take your time. Gaius, I know I caused you trouble before, but I’m a changed man, believe me.

[Borden leaves and Merlin emerges from his room.]

MERLIN
Who was that?

GAIUS
Oh, doesn’t matter.

MERLIN
Gaius.

GAIUS (sigh)

He was a pupil. His name is Julius Borden.

MERLIN
Why won’t you help him? This is our one chance of saving the dragons, of helping Kilgharrah preserve his kind.

GAIUS
Borden is not a man to be trusted.

MERLIN
You don’t think the Triskelion is real?

GAIUS
That I have no doubt.

MERLIN
Then what?

GAIUS
His motives, Merlin. Even as a young man he was prone to dishonesty. Who knows what path he is on now.

MERLIN
You want the egg to remain lost forever.

GAIUS
I don’t want it to get into Borden’s hands! The Tomb of Ashkenar has lain untouched for more than four hundred years. It is my belief it should remain that way. Now let’s get some sleep. We’ve got a busy day ahead of us tomorrow.

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[EXT. FOREST CLEARING - NIGHT]

KILGHARRAH
I never dared dream of such a moment, Merlin.

[Merlin chuckles happily.]

KILGHARRAH
Until now, I believed the egg would never be found, that I would be the last of my kind.

MERLIN
So the legend is true?

KILGHARRAH
This is a chance in a thousand, Merlin. You must retrieve the egg.

MERLIN
I know.

KILGHARRAH
Then what is the matter?

MERLIN
Gaius has forbidden it.

KILGHARRAH
Merlin! You are a dragonlord! It is a gift passed down from your father. He gave up everything in his life to save me. What do you think he would say? The egg harbours the last of my kind. I beg you, Merlin. In your father’s name, promise me that you will do everything in your power to rescue it.

MERLIN
You have my promise.

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[EXT. LOWER TOWN - DAY]
[Merlin walks down to the tavern.]

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[INT. THE RISING SUN - DAY]
[Merlin enters Borden’s room. There’s a lump on the bed in the shape of a body, but Borden jumps out from behind the door and pins Merlin against the wall with a dagger at his throat.]

BORDEN
What do you want?

MERLIN
To help you.

BORDEN
Who are you?

MERLIN
A friend of Gaius. I heard what you told him. I want to see a dragon’s egg. I want to come with you.

BORDEN
Did he send you?

MERLIN
No.

BORDEN
No?

[Borden lets Merlin go and opens the door.]

BORDEN
Then get out.

MERLIN
Please, I know everything about dragons. I’ve read everything...[?]

BORDEN
Not interested. Go away.

[Borden grabs Merlin’s shirt and shoves him out.]

MERLIN
All right, but you won’t get into the vaults without me.

BORDEN (scoffs)
And how’s a boy like you gonna help?

MERLIN
Because I’m the personal servant of King Arthur.

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[INT. KING’S PALACE, ARTHUR’S CHAMBERS - NIGHT]
[Merlin tries to steal the vault keys while Arthur sleeps, but Arthur wakes.]

KING ARTHUR
What on earth are you doing?

MERLIN
Looking for woodworm.

[Merlin pretends to look for woodworm.]

KING ARTHUR
Before breakfast?

MERLIN
That is when the worms are most active.

KING ARTHUR
Get out.

[Merlin starts to leave and sees the keys on Arthur’s belt on the trousers from the day before.]

MERLIN
These need washing.

KING ARTHUR
So do these.

[Arthur throws some clothes at Merlin.]

KING ARTHUR
Oh, and Merlin, before you go, I need that belt.

[Frustrated, Merlin leaves the belt with the keys on it.]

--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, COUNCIL CHAMBER - DAY]

AGRAVAINE
We need to strengthen all our outlying defences as Odin’s [?]. But it is the northern borders that are particularly vulnerable.

KING ARTHUR
There’s always been so, and the reason’s obvious. If you look at the terrain here.

[Merlin’s eyes glow orange and Arthur’s trousers drop.]

MERLIN
Allow me to help you, sire.

KING ARTHUR
No. No! Merlin!


MERLIN
Your Majesty.

KING ARTHUR
Merlin!

MERLIN
Majesty!

KING ARTHUR
Get off me!

MERLIN
I’m trying to help you, sire!

[They get up from the struggle. Arthur pulls up his own trousers and Merlin has the key.]

MERLIN
There we go. Will there be anything else, sire?

KING ARTHUR
No!

[Merlin backs out with the key behind his back.]

KING ARTHUR (clears throat)
So, the terrain here...

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[INT. KING’S PALACE, TUNNELS - NIGHT]
[Merlin lets Borden in through the outer wall.]

BORDEN
I’m beginning to like you, Merlin.

[They go down the stairs toward the vaults. Merlin stops part way down.]

MERLIN
This is as far as I go. And this key opens the last gate. But you have to get past the guards.

[Borden takes the key.]

BORDEN
That won’t be a problem.

[Borden distract and then knocks out the guards, enters the vaults, and takes the third piece of the Triskellian. He combines the three pieces. Borden returns to where Merlin is waiting. They hear some guards.]

GUARD
To the right.

MERLIN
Follow me.

GUARD

[They exit and hide by the door to the outer wall.]

BORDEN
Thanks.

MERLIN
Anytime.

BORDEN
Tell me, Merlin, would you say you’re a good liar?

MERLIN
Yeah, if I need to be.

[Borden knocks him out and tosses the key at him.]

BORDEN
You going to need to be.

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[EXT. KING’S PALACE, CASTLE WALL - DAY]
[Merlin wakes, his legs hanging out of the wall doorway. He starts to get up and the key drops to the floor. Merlin realises what happened, stands up and locks the door.]

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[INT. KING’S PALACE, ARTHUR’S CHAMBERS - DAY]
[Merlin tries to put the vault key back, but he knocks a goblet onto Arthur’s bed and he scrambles over Arthur, stops the cup mid-air with magic, sighs in relief, and grabs it. Arthur wakes and sits up in bed, startled.]

KING ARTHUR
Merlin? What are you doing?

MERLIN
Shh!

[Merlin puts a finger to his lips. Merlin uses the goblet as an amplifier to listen to the headboard as he taps it.]

MERLIN
I’m listening for woodworm.

KING ARTHUR
I’m getting slightly concerned about you.

[The warning bells ring.]

KING ARTHUR
The hell is that?

--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, VAULTS - NIGHT]

AGRAVAINE
The lock hasn’t been damaged, which would suggest whoever it was had a key.

GAIUS
Strange.

KING ARTHUR
Of all these treasures, this is all they were interested in. What was in here?

GAIUS
I believe, Sire, one third of a Triskelion, a type of key. A key that, according to legend, opens the ancient Tomb of Ashkanar.

KING ARTHUR
I remember my father talk of such a tomb. It contained a dragon’s egg.

GAIUS
It has been said.

KING ARTHUR
You don’t believe it to be true?

GAIUS
Well, it is possible, Sire. The wealth and wisdom of Ashkanar are without equal.

AGRAVAINE
Is the egg still there?

GAIUS
I can’t be certain. But, to my knowledge, no one has disturbed the tomb for more than four hundred years.

KING ARTHUR
But with this Triskelion, someone could.

AGRAVAINE
Sire, a dragon’s egg can live for a thousand years. Even today, it could still hatch, and another dragon would be born into this world.

KING ARTHUR
So, all my father’s work to rid the world of these monsters would be undone.

AGRAVAINE
That must be our fear.

KING ARTHUR
Then we have no choice. We must hunt down this intruder, destroy the egg.

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[INT. KING’S PALACE, PHYSICIAN’S CHAMBERS - DAY]

GAIUS
How could you be so stupid!? What were you thinking!?

MERLIN
I am a dragon lord. It is my sacred duty to protect the last of the dragons.

GAIUS
The tomb could’ve remained closed for another four hundred years and the egg would’ve been completely safe! Now Arthur’s riding out intent on destroying it!

MERLIN
We have to hope that Borden gets there first.

GAIUS (scoffs)
You trust Borden? You really think he’s going to release that dragon? (scoffs) I fear to think what he intends for the poor creature. Why couldn’t you leave things alone?!

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[EXT. KING’S PALACE, MAIN SQUARE - DAY]

KING ARTHUR
Hurry up, Merlin!

[The knights ride out. Merlin mounts and joins them.]

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[EXT. COUNTRYSIDE - DAY]
[They ride through the countryside.]

KING ARTHUR
Same hoof tracks. We must be closing on him.

MERLIN
Look.

[Merlin points to a pillar of smoke.]

MERLIN
He made camp. Ya!

[They ride off.]

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[EXT. FOREST, BORDEN’S CAMP - EVENING]
[Arthur checks the campfire ashes.]

KING ARTHUR
It’s still warm.

SIR ELYAN
He can’t have more than a few hours’ lead on us.

KING ARTHUR
We need to keep moving.

[Later, Arthur dismounts and checks the hillside.]

KING ARTHUR
Deer tracks.

SIR LEON
We lost him?

KING ARTHUR
It’s getting too dark to see. We have to find somewhere to hole up for the night.

MERLIN
But we’re so close to him.

KING ARTHUR
Unless you can see in the dark, Merlin, there’s not much else we can do.

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[EXT. FOREST, CAMP - NIGHT]
[Merlin serves supper.]

SIR LEON
Whoa. I’m famished.

[Merlin gives him more.]

SIR LEON
Thank you.

SIR GWAINE
Ah, I’m hungry as a horse.

[Merlin serves Gwaine some extra and then crouches down to pour some in his own plate.]

KING ARTHUR
As a point, Merlin, have you fed them?

MERLIN
What?

KING ARTHUR
The horses.

MERLIN
Well—

KING ARTHUR
Come on, there must be starving.

MERLIN
But—

KING ARTHUR
On your toes.

[Merlin feeds the horses. He senses something, but sees no one.]

SIR GWAINE
Mm. That was lovely, Merlin. Thanks.

[Gwaine hands Merlin his empty plate. The others do likewise.]

SIR PERCIVAL
Er, I loved it.

SIR LEON
Me, too.

KING ARTHUR
If you’re gonna wash those, wash this, too.

[Arthur hands Merlin the cooking pot.]

MERLIN
Thanks.

KING ARTHUR
Hang on, there’s still a bit left.

[Arthur scoops it up with the ladle and eats the last of the stew.]

KING ARTHUR (nods and points to the pot)
Mm. Mm.

MERLIN
Good, was it?

KING ARTHUR
Little bit salty, though.

[Arthur pats Merlin on the arm and walks off. Merlin sulks away to do the dishes.]

SIR LEON (chuckles)
Merlin.

[Merlin turns around and Leon pulls out Merlin’s plate.]

SIR LEON
There’s another plate here.

[The knights laugh and Merlin can’t help but join them.]

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[EXT. FOREST - NIGHT]

ARTHUR
You're very quiet.

MERLIN
I'm sorry.

ARTHUR
What is it?

[Merlin doesn't respond.]

ARTHUR
Merlin.

MERLIN
It was here that I last saw my father.

[Arthur processes that surprise.]

ARTHUR
You never talked about it.

MERLIN
There's not much that I can say. I didn't really know him that well, but...I was proud of him. I want him to be proud of me.

ARTHUR
I can understand that. You should try being in my shoes. It was hard enough while he was alive, always having to live up to what he expected of me. It's even harder now. I now know what he faced, the decisions he had to make. I tell you Merlin, don't start measuring yourself against a man who's dead. You'll never win.

MERLIN
I know. He will always be better than me.

[Something occurs to Merlin.]

ARTHUR
What?

MERLIN
For a moment there, I thought we had something in common.

[They chuckle.]

END DELETED SCENE

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[EXT. FOREST, CAMP - NIGHT]
[The knights sleep. Merlin wakes when he hears a whisper in his mind.]

ISELDIR (telepathy)
Emrys. Emrys.

[Merlin stands up.]

ISELDIR (telepathy)
Emrys.

[Merlin follows the sound of the voice through the woods.]

ISELDIR (telepathy)
Emrys.

MERLIN (telepathy)
Where are you?

ISELDIR (telepathy)
Emrys.

[Merlin finds the druids in the woods. Iseldir lowers his hood.]

ISELDIR
Do not be afraid. We know your quest.

MERLIN
How?

ISELDIR
The man you seek also stole from us. He passed through these woods not three hours before you.

MERLIN
Which way did he go?

ISELDIR
To the east. But you must beware, Emrys. The legends tell a tale that only the druids know.

MERLIN
What do they say?

ISELDIR
Ashkanar was a wise man. He knew one day men would come seeking to disturb his rest. The Triskelion is not just a key. It is also a trap.

MERLIN
What do you mean? What kind of trap?

ISELDIR
I do not know. But the legends are very clear, you must beware, Emrys.

[Merlin looks uncomfortably at the circle of druids and starts to head back to camp.]

ISELDIR
Emrys.

[Merlin stops.]

ISELDIR
There is one other thing the legends say. Only when the way ahead seems impossible will you have found it.

[Merlin leaves.]

--
[EXT. FOREST - DAY]
[The knights sneak through the woods, swords drawn. They enter Borden’s camp only to find it abandoned.]

KING ARTHUR
He must’ve left in the night.

SIR GWAINE
No horse tracks.

SIR LEON
He’s covered them.

MERLIN
We had him. We were so close.

[Merlin walks off purposefully.]

KING ARTHUR
Where are you going? We don’t even know which way he went.

MERLIN
He’s heading east.

KING ARTHUR
How do you know that?

[Merlin tries to think on his feet.]

MERLIN
Because I can sense it.

KING ARTHUR
Sense is not a word I associate with you, Merlin.

[Elyan finds some horse dung.]

SIR ELYAN
Hang on! He’s right.

KING ARTHUR
He can’t be.

SIR LEON
Well done, Merlin.

MERLIN (to Arthur)
You ever heard of the word “sorry”?

KING ARTHUR
No, is that another word you made up?

--
[EXT. BALINOR’S CAVE - DAY]

KING ARTHUR
It’s a dead end. That’s it. Let’s go back.

[The knights turn back.]

MERLIN
What about the cave?

KING ARTHUR
We’re wasting our time.

SIR PERCIVAL
Arthur.
SIR PERCIVAL
Arthur.

[Percival points down at a muddy footprint by the water. They enter the cave and draw their swords. They keep going deeper.]

KING ARTHUR
Merlin, this is ridiculous. Where’s he heading?

MERLIN
There’s light ahead.

[They come to a waterfall. Arthur sheathes his sword and puts his hand through it and crosses to the other side. They continue on the other side.]

SIR GWAINE
No wonder no one’s ever found it.

[They walk down a hill towards a giant tower.]

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[EXT. FOREST - DAY]
[They walk down a large trench path towards the tower and Percival gets shot in the leg with an arrow.]

KING ARTHUR
Take cover!

[They press their backs into the trench walls. An arrow lands between Arthur’s feet. Borden loads another arrow. Percival groans in pain.]

KING ARTHUR
You all right?

SIR PERCIVAL
Yeah.

[An arrow flies next to Percival’s head.]

KING ARTHUR
Where’s he firing from?

[Arthur turns to Leon.]

KING ARTHUR
I’ll draw fire, get him to safety.

[Arthur nods to Percival. Borden shoots at Arthur as he dodges to the other side and Leon helps Percival to his feet so he can take cover against the wall. Merlin sees Borden move on the ridge.]

MERLIN (whisper)
Arthur.

[Merlin directs Arthur’s line of vision. Arthur peeks out for a moment, then motions a plan to the knights. Arthur sprints to the other side of the trench and Merlin magicks the crossbow out of Borden’s hands and smashes it against a tree. Borden runs off. Arthur reaches Borden’s former position.]

KING ARTHUR
What happened? Where’s he gone?

MERLIN
Perhaps he ran out of bolts.

[Arthur sneaks through the woods and the others follow, Percival limps along. Merlin dashes past Arthur.]

KING ARTHUR
Careful!

[Merlin stops and slides and Arthur pulls him back.]

KING ARTHUR
Who knows what he’s left lying in wait for us.

MERLIN
We can go around that.

KING ARTHUR
No.

[Arthur grabs Merlin to stop him.]

KING ARTHUR
He knows we’re coming.

MERLIN
That’s a risk we have to take!

KING ARTHUR
We’ll make camp, continue at dawn.

--
[EXT. FOREST, CAMPSITE - DAY]
[The knights relax while Merlin cooks dinner. Merlin steps away from the pot for a moment Borden shoots something into it with a slingshot. Merlin checks to see that the knights are busy, then tries to serve himself first. Arthur comes over and grabs the plate just as he’s about to take a bite.]

KING ARTHUR
Merlin, can you get some more firewood?

MERLIN
Well, I was just going to try the soup--

[Merlin eats it.]

KING ARTHUR
Mm. Mm. Mm. Mm. This is good. Guys, you got to try this.

[The knights head over with their plates and serve themselves. Merlin comes back from collecting firewood to find them all passed out.]

MERLIN
All right, don’t tell me...it was too salty.

[Merlin gets closer and sees they’re fast asleep. Gwaine is snoring. Merlin drops the wood loudly, but no one stirs. He crouches down to the soup bowl.]

KING ARTHUR
MERLIN
Well, if you think I’m doing the washing...

[Merlin finds the poultice that Borden shot into the soup and sniffs it. He hears Arthur start having trouble breathing. Merlin rushes over to check on him. The rest begin to suffocate as well. Merlin places a hand on Arthur’s chest.]

MERLIN (whisper)
Ic þe þurhhæle þin licsare!

[Arthur takes a full breath and returns to normal. Merlin rushes to Leon next.]

MERLIN (whisper)
Ic þe þurhhæle þin licsare!

--
[EXT. FOREST - DAY]
[Merlin scrambles through the forest in pursuit of Borden. He stops at the tower and sees Borden climbing into it. Merlin follows.]

--
[INT. TOMB OF ASHKANAR - NIGHT]
[Borden arrives at the entrance. The key hole is on the wall. Merlin approaches. Borden puts the key in the hole and turns the lock. Merlin turns the corner and finds him.]

MERLIN
No!

[The door opens and Borden looks back at Merlin before entering. As he does, smoke pours into his face from the mouths of gargoyles. Borden coughs and sinks to the ground and the smoke floods down towards Merlin. Merlin covers his face with his jacket and holds up a hand.]

MERLIN
Þrosm tohweorfe!

[Merlin’s eyes glow and the smoke dissipates. Merlin crouches down by the unconscious Borden, picks up the torch, and continues on. Merlin walks up some steps to a great hall. He smiles as he sees the dragon egg, shaped like a teardrop, on a sunlit pedestal. He approaches and puts down the torch. He touches the dragon egg.]

BORDEN
Give it to me.

[Borden walks up the steps.]

MERLIN (angry)
It’s not yours to take.

BORDEN
You give it to me and I will grant you a half-share, Merlin.

MERLIN
No, it must go free.

BORDEN
Don’t be a fool! Think of the power it could bring us! The lands we can rule over, the riches.

MERLIN
I’m not interested in that.

BORDEN
With this dragon at our command, we will live like kings. We will have the freedom and power to do as we wish!

MERLIN
Dragons cannot be used like that! They must be left unshackled, free to roam the earth.

BORDEN
But this is your chance, Merlin. Your chance to escape your meaningless life, your worthless existence!

MERLIN
It’s not my life pitiable, it’s yours. Wasted...for nothing.

[Borden grabs the torch and threatens Merlin with it.]

BORDEN
I pieced together the Triskellian. I found the path that led us here! The dragon belongs to me! Now, hand it over!

MERLIN
No.

[Borden swings the torch at Merlin.]

BORDEN
You are not gonna stop me, boy!

MERLIN
Dragon’s are magical creatures! They belong to no man!

[Merlin falls to the ground.]

MERLIN
They are for the benefit of all!

BORDEN (scoffs)
What do you know? Huh?! You are but a serving boy!

MERLIN
I am the last dragonlord.

[Borden’s face falls.]

MERLIN
And I am warning you...leave this egg alone.

[Borden glances at the egg, then tries to strike Merlin with the torch. Merlin throws Borden backwards, knocking him unconscious. Merlin gets up and takes the egg and the tower begins to collapse. Merlin runs out, dodging falling rock. He reaches his satchel in the woods and puts the dragon egg in it. The knights run up to him.]

KING ARTHUR
What the hell happened?

MERLIN
The tomb is a trap. He set it off. He never got out.

KING ARTHUR
What about the egg?

[Merlin shakes his head and shrugs his shoulders.]

MERLIN
It would’ve perished with him.

KING ARTHUR
Are you sure? We need to be certain.

SIR LEON
Nothing’s going to survive under all that.

[The tower completely collapses. Merlin glances down at the bag at his feet.]

--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, PHYSICIAN’S CHAMBERS - NIGHT]
[Merlin and Gaius eat supper.]

GAIUS
Shame about the egg.

MERLIN
Yes.

GAIUS
You weren’t able to save it?

MERLIN (shakes his head)
No.

[Gaius regards Merlin for a long moment and Merlin keeps himself busy. Merlin looks up and Gaius tilts his head in question. Merlin starts to grin and Gaius joins in. They start to chuckle. Merlin gets up quickly and fetches the egg.]

MERLIN
All the jewels, all the treasures, Gaius, they don’t compare.

[Merlin pulls it out carefully and hands it to Gaius.]

GAIUS
And it was nearly lost because of you.

MERLIN
I’m sorry, Gaius. I was too quick to act.

GAIUS
You have to think things through. Ashkanar did exactly that. He had the foresight to conceal this for more than four hundred years. And now it’s down to you, Merlin.

[Gaius hands the egg back to Merlin.]

GAIUS
For you to decide what you intend to do with it.

MERLIN
I thought about that. I’m going to make sure it goes back to where it belongs.

--
[EXT. FOREST CLEARING - NIGHT]
[Merlin carries the egg through the forest and places it on a tree stump. Kilgharrah flies in and looks happily down at the dragon egg.]

MERLIN
Is it still alive?

KILGHARRAH
It can live for more than a thousand years.

[Merlin smiles.]

MERLIN
So, you are no longer the last of your kind.

KILGHARRAH (chuckles)
It would seem not.

MERLIN
When will it hatch?

KILGHARRAH
Young dragons were called into the world by the dragonlords. Only they had the power to summon them from the egg. As the last dragonlord, this solemn duty falls to you, Merlin.

MERLIN
How do I summon it?

KILGHARRAH
You must give the dragon a name.

[Merlin thinks for a moment and sighs when he decides. He closes his eyes and Kilgharrah watches him.]

MERLIN (dragon tongue)
Aithusa.

[The egg cracks and out pops the cutest little baby dragon you’ve ever seen.]

KILGHARRAH
A white dragon is, indeed, a rare thing...and fitting. For in the dragon tongue, you named him after the light of the sun. No dragon birth is without meaning.

[Merlin smiles and cries as he watches the dragon continue to break its way out of its shell.]

KILGHARRAH
Sometimes the meaning is hard to see, but this time I believe it is clear. The white dragon bodes well for Albion, for you and Arthur, and for the land that you will build together.

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