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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 boy. His name: Merlin.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, CATRINA’S CHAMBERS – NIGHT]
[Queen Catrina relaxes in her chambers.]

JONAS
You look positively foul. Does the enchantment hold?

TROLL (CATRINA)
It works a treat. Uther is like a puppet on a string.

JONAS
What about the boy, Merlin? He knows your secret.

TROLL (CATRINA)
Leave him to me. *cackle*

OPENING CREDITS


[Uther enters, Jonas bows and exits.]

JONAS
My Lord.

UTHER
Darling, we are alone at last. What's wrong?

TROLL (CATRINA) (acting upset)
I'm sorry. It's not you. I want this more than anything. This has been the happiest day of my life.

UTHER
Then what is it?

TROLL (CATRINA)
When I was forced to flee my home, the one thing I was able to take with me was my family seal.

UTHER Yes, you showed it to me when you first arrived.

TROLL (CATRINA)
It's the only surviving link I have to my father, and now it's gone. Stolen from my chambers.

UTHER
Who could've done such a thing?

TROLL (CATRINA)
Oh no, please, I don't want to cause any trouble. Not on a day that should be filled with such joy.

UTHER
Catrina, who took your seal?

TROLL (CATRINA)
It was Arthur's servant, Merlin.


--
[EXT. KING’S PALACE, BATTLEMENTS – DAY]
[Arthur walking past the battlements with the palace guards.]

ARTHUR
Search the stables. You, check the kitchens. And alert the guard on the south gate!

GUARD
Search in there. This way!


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, PHYSICIAN’S CHAMBERS – DAY]
[Sir Leon and guards enter.]

SIR LEON
Where's Merlin?

GAIUS
Where he always is at this time: working for Arthur. What's this about?

SIR LEON
We've come to arrest him, by order of the King.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, ARTHUR’S CHAMBERS – DAY]
[Merlin goes about his duties. Arthur enters.]

ARTHUR
You need to get out of here. The King's ordered me to arrest you.

MERLIN
What?

ARTHUR
Catrina's accused you of taking her seal.

MERLIN
But I didn't.

ARTHUR
I don't want to know, and you haven't got time to explain. If you value your life, you'll leave Camelot right now.

MERLIN
Arthur, she is a troll, and she's trying to set me up.

ARTHUR
We've been through this.

MERLIN
I'm telling the truth. I saw her.


[Guards knock on the door.]

ARTHUR
I don't care. You need to leave, Merlin.


[Guards knock on the door.]

GUARD
Sire!

ARTHUR
Go. Go!


[Merlin exits the back way before guards enter the Prince's room.]


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, COUNCIL CHAMBER – DAY]
[Arthur stands before Uther and Catrina.]

ARTHUR
I fear he may have slipped through our net.

CATRINA
You're very quick to give up the chase.

ARTHUR
That is because I know my quarry is long gone.

UTHER
How can you be so certain?

ARTHUR
Well, despite appearances, Merlin isn't stupid. He must've got wind that we were looking for him and left.

CATRINA
Outwitting your army in the process.

ARTHUR
It appears so.

CATRINA
I thought your men aspired to the same high standards that my father instilled in you.

UTHER
When I led the army, they did.

ARTHUR
We don't even know if he's still in Camelot. He could be anywhere.

CATRINA
And that's a good enough reason to give up?

ARTHUR
No, I'm not. It's just that I believe our resources would be better...

UTHER
I've had enough of your excuses. We both have. I want the boy found.

ARTHUR
Sire. My Lady.


[Arthur bows to each of them and exits.]


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE – DAY]
[Troll eating somewhere in the castle.]

TROLL
My plan to undermine Arthur is underway. Soon Uther will detest the sight of his own son.


[The Troll stops and sniffs the air.]

TROLL
What's that, then? What is that smell?

JONAS
A treat. To celebrate. Fresh from the stables.


(He shows her a bucket of horse manure)

TROLL
Oh, Jonas, you do know how to treat a lady.


--
[EXT. FOREST – DAY]
[Guards are out looking for Merlin in the woods. They find a scarf and an old campfire.]

GUARD
Alert the rest of the guards!


--
[EXT. LOWER TOWN – DAY]
[Guards return to Camelot and Gwen talks to Gaius in the street.]

GWEN
They found Merlin's trail. They say he's heading for the northern borders.

GAIUS
I'm sure he'll outrun them.

GWEN
What if he can't? Uther won't show him any mercy.

GAIUS
Try not to worry, Gwen.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, PHYSICIAN’S CHAMBERS – DAY]
[Gaius returns and knocks on a barrel full of grain, Merlin emerges.]

MERLIN
That was comfortable.

GAIUS
A necessary evil, I'm afraid. They picked up the trail that we left, but it won't fool them for long.

MERLIN
Then I'd better get busy.

GAIUS
And Merlin, be careful. The guards are still searching for you.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, CORRIDOR – DAY]
[Catrina itches as she walks back to her chambers, Merlin spies on them through a grate in the wall.]

JONAS
Mistress, it is time.

TROLL (CATRINA)
Do I have to?

JONAS
You must keep up the pretence!

TROLL (CATRINA)
I hate being like this! So clean! It's revolting. I can't keep it up. This skin, this face! I just want to claw it off!

JONAS
Think of all the money, and the power. Soon it will all be yours.


[Merlin sees her take the potion. The troll skin disappears. Merlin runs to hide when Catrina exits.]


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, COUNCIL CHAMBER – DAY]
[Arthur stands before Uther and Catrina.]

UTHER
There's something important that I...we wish you to address. For too long, the people have had it easy. They've grown fat off our indulgence of them.

ARTHUR
How so?

UTHER
We provide peace, protection, food. They give us very little in return.

ARTHUR
Most of our people are poor. They survive on the few crops they're able to grow.

TROLL(CATRINA)
That is what they would have us believe.

ARTHUR
It's what I see every day.

UTHER
We're introducing a new tax.

TROLL(CATRINA)
The people must for the sanctuary that Camelot provides.

ARTHUR
You can't. The majority are barely able to get by as it is.

UTHER
Those who refuse to pay it will be arrested and publicly flogged.

ARTHUR
We've lived this way for years. You've never suggested anything like this before.

TROLL(CATRINA)
Maybe not to you, but the King confided in me that he has been considering this for some time, haven't you?

UTHER
Yes, I have. You are to begin the collections at once.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, CATRINA’S CHAMBERS – NIGHT]
[Merlin sneaks into Catrina's chambers while Jonas is sleeping.]

MERLIN (whisper)
Tospringe.


[Merlin takes the potion bottle.]


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE , PHYSICIAN'S CHAMBERS – NIGHT]

MERLIN
I saw her drink some of this potion and a patch of troll skin on her arm disappeared.

GAIUS
It must be pretty powerful magic to physically change her like that.

MERLIN
Could you make a potion that looks and tastes the same as this?

GAIUS
I don't know. Yes, I suppose so, but without the troll magic, it wouldn't have the same effect.

MERLIN
Exactly. If I can replace this potion with one that isn't magical.

GAIUS
Ah, so Catrina will keep taking it, but it'll no longer work.

MERLIN
And she'll turn into a troll. Think you can do it?

GAIUS
I don't know.

MERLIN
We have to make the switch before morning or Jonas will notice.

GAIUS
Then it's going to be a long night.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, CATRINA’S CHAMBERS – NIGHT]
[Catrina enters her chambers warily.]

UTHER
My Lady.


[Catrina is unpleasantly startled.]

TROLL(CATRINA)
My Liege.

UTHER
I brought you flowers picked from the royal garden.

TROLL(CATRINA)
Oh, well they're...they're lovely.

UTHER
Not as lovely as you.

TROLL(CATRINA)
Achoo!

UTHER
Are you all right?

TROLL(CATRINA)
I'm sorry. I don't think I can keep this up any longer.

UTHER
Keep what up?

TROLL(CATRINA)
The lie. I can't keep pretending like this. I'm beginning to wonder if you're really the man I thought you were, the man I fell in love with. The man I married was firm, strong, in both mind and body.

UTHER
Trust me, I am all of those, and more.

TROLL(CATRINA)
I fear for Camelot. Arthur has not taken after his father. He is too weak to make the hard decisions.

UTHER
Then it's lucky I'm in such rude health.

TROLl(CATRINA)
Lucky, indeed, but what if some tragedy were to befall you?

UTHER
Let me worry about Arthur.

TROLL(CATRINA)
No, I can't. Your love for him has made you blind to his faults.

UTHER
I judge Arthur the same as the rest of my men. If he excels, he is rewarded. If he fails, he is punished.

TROLL(CATRINA)
Well, so long as you're sure of that.

UTHER
I am. Now let me take your mind off this. I promise, our first night as husband and wife will be one to remember.

[Catrina breathes on him to knock him out.]


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, PHYSICIAN’S CHAMBERS – NIGHT]
[Gaius replicating potion.]

MERLIN
What's in it?

GAIUS
Nothing too potent. Rat's guts.

MERLIN
Nice.

GAIUS
Toad paste. Take two toads, grind them up...

MERLIN
No, I get the picture.

GAIUS
Horse dung. Crushed sheep's eyeball.

MERLIN
Oh, lovely.

GAIUS
Pond scum. Three wolf spiders. And what potion isn't complete without a dash of sheep's brain?

MERLIN
Sounds delicious.

GAIUS
Good, 'cause you're going to taste it.

MERLIN
No way.

GAIUS
It's completely harmless.

MERLIN
Er, no. *gags* That is...ugh. That is disgusting.

GAIUS
Yes, to you, but not to a troll.

MERLIN
I can't even believe you let me put that in my mouth.

GAIUS
Yes, well, try the original.

MERLIN
Oh...

GAIUS
Just a small amount. And be sure to spit it out.


[Merlin gags and spits.]

GAIUS
Does it taste roughly the same?

MERLIN
Yes! It's horrible.

GAIUS
Are you sure? Because if there's too big a difference, Catrina will notice.

MERLIN
It tastes exactly the same.

GAIUS
Well, let's hope she thinks so, too.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, CORRIDOR/CATRINA’S CHAMBERS – NIGHT]
[Merlin sneaks past patrolling guards in Catrina's corridor and puts the fake potion back in her chamber.]

MERLIN
Tospringe.


[Merlin hears someone coming and hides in wardrobe. Jonas enters and sits. Merlin notices he left the cupboard door open.]

MERLIN
Fýrbendum fæst.


[Jonas investigates the cupboard noise.]


--
[EXT. LOWER TOWN – DAY]
[Arthur takes a walk. He sees guards wrestling with a man.]

ARTHUR
What do you think you're doing?!

GUARD
He's refusing to pay the King's tax.

MAN
You-- you ask for too much.


[Gwen comes out of her house.]

MAN
I've given all I can.

GUARD
That's not enough!


[The crowd stares at Arthur imploringly.]

ARTHUR
Let me see.


[Arthur looks in the money pouch and hands it to the man.]

ARTHUR
Release him.

GUARD
The King said...

ARTHUR
Release him. Give them back their money. All of it.


[Arthur leaves and people smile and bow to him.]


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, COUNCIL CHAMBER – DAY]
[Arthur standing before Uther and Catrina.]

UTHER
I gave you a direct order.

ARTHUR
The people cannot afford to pay the tax.

TROLL(CATRINA)
Don't tell me you're naïve enough to take them at their word?

ARTHUR
We have their loyalty, their goodwill. Do not forsake that by making unreasonable demands.

TROLL(CATRINA)
Is it so unreasonable for a king to expect his subjects to obey him?

ARTHUR
They'll starve!

UTHER
Nonsense. They've grown too soft. Remember, these are your subjects, not your friends.

ARTHUR
And why can't they be both?

UTHER
Because we rule the people, not the other way around.

ARTHUR
I think you're wrong.

UTHER
I beg your pardon?

ARTHUR
I said you're wrong. Without the people there is no Camelot. We're as much their servant as they are ours.

TROLL(CATRINA)
You allow him to address you in this manner?

UTHER
No I do not. It will not be tolerated. You will take your men down into the town and go to every house collecting the payments I demand.

ARTHUR
I will not.

UTHER
Get out of my sight.


[Arthur bows and exits.]

UTHER
How can he do this to me? My own son? After all the sacrifices I've made for him!

TROLL(CATRINA)
Oh, you are tense.

UTHER
Is it any surprise? The lack of respect he shows me.

TROLL(CATRINA)
Oh, I'm sorry. Did that hurt?

UTHER
No, of course not. No, it's...but your hands are surprisingly strong for one so delicate.

TROLL(CATRINA)
Arthur carries a heavy burden. It can't be easy holding all that responsibility at such a tender age.

UTHER
I'm afraid that's the way it has to be. After all, I cannot rule Camelot alone.

TROLL(CATRINA)
Well, you don't have to. You married me, remember?

UTHER
How can I forget?


[Uther tries to kiss Catrina.]

TROLL(CATRINA)
I'm sorry, I can't. I'm too worried about you. With Arthur letting you down the way he has, how will you cope? Like you said, you can't rule Camelot alone.

UTHER
I have you by my side.

TROLL(CATRINA)
Oh, I may be your queen, but I have no power.

UTHER
Why not?

TROLL(CATRINA)
Well, the people wouldn't respect me as they do Arthur. I'm not heir to the throne.

UTHER
Would it put your mind at rest if you were?

TROLL(CATRINA)
Oh, it would. It most definitely would.

UTHER
Then you shall be. The ceremony will take place this afternoon.


[Catrina breathes on Uther to knock him out.]


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, CATRINA’S CHAMBERS – DAY]
[Merlin still hiding in wardrobe. Catrina!Troll enters.]

TROLL (CATRINA)
Jonas, it's time for my potion.

JONAS
Are your plans progressing as you'd hoped.

TROLL (CATRINA)
Yes, not a moment too soon.


[Catrina!Troll seems to notice something and walks over to wardrobe only to look in the mirror.]

TROLL (CATRINA)
I must admit, though, that crown will look rather fetching. All that gold, and them lovely jewels.

TROLL(CATRINA)
Now, would you care to accompany your queen?


[They exit. Merlin comes out of hiding and exits.]


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, ARTHUR’S CHAMBERS – DAY]
[Arthur pouts in his chambers. There’s a knock at the door.]

ARTHUR
Come in. Guinevere!

GWEN
I saw what you did earlier. The people owe you a debt of gratitude.

ARTHUR
The people owe me nothing. My father's still going to impose the tax.

GWEN
Will he not be persuaded?

ARTHUR
Not by me. He can't stand the sight of me.

GWEN
That's not true. The King loves you.

ARTHUR
You should've heard the way he spoke to me.

GWEN
I'm sure he was angry, but you're still his son. Everyone appreciates what you did. They know you tried, and they won't forget that.

ARTHUR
Maybe he's right. One day I will be the King of Camelot, and I cannot be a friend to the people as well as their ruler.

GWEN
That's not true, and you will prove it when you become King. You've a kind heart, Arthur. Don't ever change. Not for anyone.


[A knock at the door. Leon enters.]

SIR LEON
The King has sent for you.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, COUNCIL CHAMBER – DAY]
[Arthur enters. The full council is assembled.]

ARTHUR
Father?

UTHER
I'm relaxing your duties, revoking your title.

ARTHUR
What?

UTHER
We live in dangerous times, I cannot allow you to undermine my authority.

ARTHUR
You've always welcomed my counsel in the past.

UTHER
You stood against me for all the people to see.

ARTHUR
I'm sorry. Any future grievance I have will be held in private.

UTHER
No, it's too late for that.

ARTHUR
Father, this is...

UTHER
You are to be disinherited, with immediate effect. You are no longer Crown Prince of Camelot.

GAIUS
Sire, Arthur is your son, your natural heir...

ARTHUR
Gaius...You've always taught me to be true to my heart, and that's all I've ever tried to do. To be the man you wanted me to be. Someone you were proud to call your son.

UTHER
My decision is final.


[Arthur leaves.]

UTHER
Queen Catrina will be named as rightful heir to the throne. The ceremony will begin forthwith.


[Sir Leon begins the slow clap.]


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

MERLIN
We've done it! Catrina's drank the fake potion. What's wrong? What's happened?

GAIUS
Uther has disinherited Arthur and made Catrina his heir.

MERLIN
So if Uther dies, she will rule Camelot.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, HALL OF CEREMONIES – DAY]

GEOFFREY
We are gathered here to bear witness to the naming of Queen Catrina as the rightful heir to Camelot. Are you willing to take the oath?

TROLL(CATRINA)
I am.

GEOFFREY
Do you solemnly swear to govern the people of Camelot, to uphold the laws and customs of the land?

CATRINA
I...do. *itches*

GEOFFREY
Will you, to your power cause law and justice in mercy to be executed in all your judgments?

TROLL(CATRINA)
I will.

GEOFFREY
Will you, to the utmost of your powers...


[Catrina checks her arm and sees troll skin.]

GEOFFREY
...maintain the laws...

TROll(CATRINA)
Yes, yes.

GEOFFREY
I'm sorry, you-you must let me finish. The wording must be exactly right to be binding.

TROLL(CATRINA)
Well, get on with it then. I mean, really, where did you dig up this old crone from?

UTHER
She's right. Get on with it.

GEOFFREY
Will you, to the utmost of your powers...

TROLL(CATRINA)
Yes, yes.

GEOFFREY
...maintain the laws and customs...

TROLL(CATRINA)
I will, I will.

GEOFFREY
...of the land, and serve the people of Camelot?

TROLL(CATRINA)
Yes! Just shut up and give me the crown!


[The court gasps. Geoffrey presents the crown to Catrina.]

TROLL(CATRINA)
Will you just hurry up!


[Catrina grabs crown and jams it on her head while running out of the Hall of Ceremonies.]

UTHER
Catrina!


[Uther follows her into the Red Ribbon Corridor followed shortly by Morgana, Jonas, and Merlin. Catrina tries to find a way to escape.]

UTHER
Catrina!


[Guards point him toward the Council Chamber of Doom.]

UTHER
Catrina!


[Merlin magically closes the council chamber doors so Catrina can't escape.]

UTHER
Whatever's the matter?

TROLL(CATRINA)
I'm sorry...[hides troll arm.] I don't know what came over me. I, I just suddenly felt so hot. I, do you know, I think I need to be on my own, alright?

MORGANA
Are you alright?

TROLL(CATRINA)
Yes, yes, I'm, I'm fine. Really, thank you. I just...

MERLIN
Fýrbendum fæst.


[Merlin’s spell locks the door.]

TROLL(CATRINA)
Come on. Come on.

TROLL (CATRINA)
Open!

ARTHUR
Let me.


[Arthur sees Catrina’s troll arm and backs away.]

ARTHUR
What's that?


[Catrina begins to transform.]

MORGANA
What's happening? Somebody help her!


[Catrina completely transforms.]

ARTHUR
You're a troll!

TROLL

  • gasp*


[Uther’s reverie is broken.]

UTHER
How dare you speak about her like that!

ARTHUR
What is wrong with you? Look at the state of her!

MORGANA
I don't believe it.


[The troll rips open the door and exits with a snarl.]

ARTHUR
She just ripped a door off its hinges. Doesn't that tell you something?

UTHER
Enough!

ARTHUR
She's a troll! A giant...grey...

MORGANA
Stinking.

ARTHUR
Stinking troll!

UTHER
Stop it! Haven't you hurt her feelings enough? Insult my wife again, it'll be the last thing you ever do.


[Morgana and Arthur stare slackjawed at Uther as he picks up Catrina’s shoes and crown and exits.]


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, CATRINA’S CHAMBERS]
[Uther goes to his troll wife.]

UTHER
I'm so sorry that you had to hear those terrible things.

TROLL
He-- he-- he's just taking time to adjust. He'll soon get used to having a stepmother around.

UTHER
How could he compare such beauty with a troll?

TROLL (shrug)
Search me. I washed my face and everything.


[Uther kisses her forehead.]

TROLL
What is it?

UTHER
It's just your scent, it's-- it's so...fragrant.

TROLL
Hmm. Well, it's er, it's mostly...dung.

UTHER
And such a sense of humour, too. I was so blessed it was my castle you came to. That I may look upon this vision every day.

TROLL
Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

UTHER
And I shall behold it.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, COUNCIL CHAMBER]
[Council members enter to approach Uther.]

UTHER
I wasn't aware we were due to convene the council. What's this about? Come on. Someone speak up.

GAIUS
I'm afraid it's your wife, Sire.

UTHER
Yes, what about her?

GAIUS
It's a rather delicate matter, Sire.

UTHER
Gaius, you've been my trusted advisor for many years. You can speak as you will.

GAIUS
I don't suppose it's escaped your notice, Sire, but we just...just wanted to make absolutely certain. You do realise your wife is a troll, Sire.

UTHER
I beg your pardon?

GAIUS
At least that's the way she looks to us. What with the warts, and the nose...

SIR LEON
And the smell.

UTHER
The smell? What?

GAIUS
She also has, what appears to be, a set of fangs.

UTHER
What?

SIR LEON
I wouldn't really say they were fangs. More like tusks.

GAIUS
Yes, they are more like tusks. Not that we're saying that's necessarily a bad thing. I just thought I ought to point it out to you in case it had passed you by.

UTHER
The next person to insult Queen Catrina will be charged with treason, and beheaded according to the laws of the land.


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

GAIUS
Uther must be enchanted. It's the only explanation.

MERLIN
Which is why we have to find a way to break it.

GAIUS
You won't find anything in your magic books. Troll enchantments are too strong.

MERLIN
Then what are we going to do?

GAIUS
You must speak to the dragon. If there's a way to break Catrina's hold on Uther, he'll know it. But be careful, dragons and trolls have been close allies in the past.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, COUNCIL DINING CHAMBER - DAY]
[Troll dines with Uther.]

UTHER
Is everything to your satisfaction?

TROLL
Er, no. This thing's got to go for a start.


[Troll points at her chair, tries to get up, but her large bum is stuck in it.]

TROLL
It's made for midgets! Too hard, too clean! Not my taste at all.

UTHER
What can I get you instead?

TROLL
Ah. I was walking through the grounds this morning, and I couldn't help but notice that your stables have just been mucked out. It seems such a waste to throw away all that lovely dung.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, DRAGON’S CAVE]
[Kilgharrah laughs heartily at Merlin's news.]

MERLIN
This isn't funny.

KILGHARRAH
Oh, it is, it is. The thought of Uther marrying a troll! Was it a very public affair?

MERLIN
Public enough.


[Kilgharrah laughs some more.]

MERLIN
Don't laugh! If she can't be stopped, Arthur won't become King. Albion will never be born.

KILGHARRAH
I'm sorry. You are right, of course.

MERLIN
How can we break the enchantment?

KILGHARRAH
These are not trifling tricks. Troll magic is very powerful.

MERLIN
There has to be a way.

KILGHARRAH
The only way you could break this enchantment is if Uther were to cry tears of true remorse.

MERLIN
How do we make him do that?

KILGHARRAH
That I can't answer. Uther's heart is cold as stone. He's never been sorry for anything.

MERLIN
Thanks, I think.

KILGHARRAH
Young warlock, it was some time ago you promised to set me free. The help I give is not unconditional.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, COUNCIL CHAMBER – DAY]
[Troll eats, sitting on dung heap, while the council looks on in disgust. She hands a piece of dung to Uther.]

TROLL
That is for you. Now, tell them about our plan, beloved. Plan.

UTHER
We're introducing further taxes.

SIR LEON
Sire, we can't. The people've given all they can.

UTHER
You told me that before, and yet our coffer is full.

SIR LEON
Your people are already going hungry.

UTHER
Are you questioning my orders?

SIR LEON
It's just, if we take more, they'll starve.

UTHER
Who are you to tell me what's best for my people? You will collect more taxes, or you will lose your head.

TROLL (cackles)
Lose your head. (cackles) Lose his head.

UTHER
I understand Bayard of Mercia wishes to honour our marriage with a visit.

SIR LEON
Yes, Sire.

TROLL
Oh, good! Now, tell this Bayard we expect gifts. Lots of lovely shiny gold.

SIR LEON
I-- I think at this time it might be wise to...

TROLL

  • belch*

SIR LEON
...to respectfully decline his offer of a visit.

UTHER
Whatever for?

SIR LEON
I'm still not sure that we can trust Bayard.

UTHER
Nonsense. He is a friend of Camelot. You will send our reply . It will be an honour to feast with him.

TROLL
Honour.


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

MERLIN
The dragon said he had to cry tears of true remorse to break the enchantment.

GAIUS
Well, that's not going to be easy. Uther's heart's closed to everyone.

MERLIN
Well, not everyone. Arthur.

GAIUS
Then there's only one course of action we can take. Uther must see his son die.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, ARTHUR’S CHAMBERS – DAY]
[Arthur goes to bed and blows out the candle.]

MERLIN (whisper)
Arthur! Arthur!


[Arthur bolts out of bed and grabs a sword from his bedside table.]

ARTHUR
Who's there?


[Merlin pops out from under the bed.]

MERLIN
Merlin.

ARTHUR
You're back.

MERLIN
I never left.

ARTHUR
You mean to say...

MERLIN
Yes.

ARTHUR
You've been under there this whole time.

MERLIN
No. Course not. No.

ARTHUR
'cause if you were...

MERLIN
I wasn't, I swear. So your, er, your stepmother is a troll, then.

ARTHUR
If you say "I told you so"...

MERLIN
I wasn't going to. I wouldn't. But it's true that if you had listened to me earlier, then...Sorry. Gaius and I believe your father's been enchanted, now we found a way to break the spell, but we need your help.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, ARTHUR'S CHAMBERS – NIGHT]
[Arthur, now fully dressed, consults with Merlin and Gaius.]

ARTHUR
So your great plan is to kill me?

MERLIN
No. Well, yes. It...not exactly. It's...Gaius has made a potion that gives the appearance of death without the actual dying bit. It's fine. There's nothing to worry about. It'll only bring you to the brink of death.

ARTHUR
Oh, only to the brink.

MERLIN
We haven't got a choice.

GAIUS
We have to make your father cry.

ARTHUR
He doesn't care about me anymore.

GAIUS
Nonsense. That's Catrina's influence. I've known your father for many, many years. There's never been anyone or anything he's treasured more than you. It's perfectly safe. A single drop of the antidote will reverse the effects immediately.

ARTHUR
Antidote. What antidote? You didn't say anything about the antidote!

MERLIN
Er...I didn't think it was important.

GAIUS
The potion will lower your heart rate and breathing. For all intents and purposes, you will be dead.

ARTHUR
And the antidote reverses the effects?

GAIUS
Yes. If it's administered in time.

ARTHUR
If it isn't?

GAIUS
You will be dead.

ARTHUR
You just said it wasn't important!

MERLIN
Erm...yeah, I suppose it is a bit important.

GAIUS
Merlin will have the antidote. Once I have administered the poison....er, the potion, he'll have half an hour to get it to you.

ARTHUR
Don't be late.

MERLIN
Am I ever?

GAIUS
Are you sure you want to go through with this?

ARTHUR
It's the only way to save Camelot.


[Arthur rolls his eyes and drinks the potion, waits, shrugs, then passes out.]

GAIUS
Time to break the bad news to Uther.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, CENTRAL CORRIDOR – NIGHT]
[Merlin peeks around a corner and jogs down the corridor. Jonas drops a vase on Merlin's head and the antidote bottle falls down the Griffin Staircase and breaks. Uther goes to Arthur's Chambers to find his "dead" son.]

UTHER
My boy.


[Merlin wakes, finds the broken bottle.]

UTHER
It was my fault. I pushed you away.


[Merlin soaks up the antidote with his neckerchief. Troll finds Uther cradling his "dead" son.]

UTHER
My son. My son.

TROLL
Come away. There's nothing you can do for him now.

UTHER (cries)
I killed him. I killed my only son!

TROLL
No, no, no, no. Nu meaht þú begalan. Nu meaht þú...


[Troll pulls on his arm and Uther finally turns around, tears streaming down his face.]

UTHER
Catrina? What kind of trickery is this?

TROLL
How I've suffered these last weeks. Allowing you to touch me! Having to share a bed with you!

UTHER
Ugh.

TROLL
It's repulsive.

UTHER
I know the feeling.

TROLL
Ooh, I've been looking forward to this.

UTHER
Guards! Seize....it!


[Merlin brings antidote sopped neckerchief to Arthur and squeezes out one drop to revive him. Arthur tries to attack Troll.]

TROLL
Is that any way to treat your dear old stepmother?


[She throws Arthur then fights off Uther and guards. Jonas goes for Arthur, Arthur runs him through. Troll goes for Arthur again.]

MERLIN
Fléoge hrægl.


[The spell pulls the rug out from under Troll; she lands on her back. Arthur runs her through.]

--

[INT. KING’S PALACE, COUNCIL DINING CHAMBER – DAY]
[Uther and Arthur at dinner.]

UTHER
I'd like to thank you for exposing this attack on our state. Once again, magic was used to strike at the heart of Camelot.

ARTHUR
You mean, your heart. How many nights did you share a bed with a troll?

UTHER
Obviously I was under its spell.


[Arthur sniggers.]

UTHER
I did many things that I...regret.

ARTHUR
Father, I really don't want to know the details. (laughs)


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, CORRIDOR – DAY]
[Arthur finds Merlin walking down the corridor.]

ARTHUR
Merlin. I want you to know that I never doubted you. Alright, maybe I did, but it's your own fault. You've got a suspicious look about you. Shifty. Like you've got something to hide.

MERLIN
I am an open book.

ARTHUR
I don't believe that for a second. However, I do know that without your help, I'd still have a troll for a stepmother. Well, thanks. Whoa. What are you doing?

MERLIN
I thought you were going for a hug.

ARTHUR
No.

MERLIN
No.

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