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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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[00:11, INT. KING'S PALACE, ARTHUR'S CHAMBERS - NIGHT]
[Agravaine walks down the corridor. Arthur gazes out the window and Merlin cleans Arthur's armour as Agravaine enters.]

KING ARTHUR
Uncle.

AGRAVAINE
It's late, Arthur. What's troubling you?

KING ARTHUR
Nothing. Nothing at all. But I've made a decision and I felt it only right to inform you right away. Though, I feel you're not going to like what I have to say. . . I'm going to marry Guinevere.

[Merlin drops some of the armour in surprise.]

MERLIN
Sorry.

KING ARTHUR
That is, if she says yes.

AGRAVAINE
Sire--

KING ARTHUR
No. I know what you're going to say. "She's a servant. I'm the king. It's not the done thing."

AGRAVAINE
I fear it's a little more serious than that.

KING ARTHUR
Guinevere has proved herself valuable support and true counsellor these past few months.

AGRAVAINE
You don't need a woman for support, sire. I- I'm your counsel.

KING ARTHUR
I fear you have rather too much stubble to be my wife.

[Merlin chuckles. He belatedly tries to cover it up with a cough.]

KING ARTHUR
Good counsel, solid support, they're exactly what I need. I don't want a queen who spends her days floating around the castle agreeing with my every word. And the people don't want that either. So, I've made up my mind. I want Guinevere to be my queen, and I want you to accept her as such.

[Agravaine nods. Merlin smiles.]

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[01:31, INT. MORGANA'S HOVEL - NIGHT]
[Morgana dozes in a chair by the fire. Agravaine approaches, leans down and puts a hand on her back.]

AGRAVAINE
My lady.

[Morgana bolts awake and puts a dagger to his throat]

MORGANA
You better have a good reason for scaring me like that.

AGRAVAINE
I'm afraid I do.

[Agravaine pulls up a chair.]

AGRAVAINE
Arthur is to make Guinevere his queen.

MORGANA
It's just like in my dream. I will not see that woman upon my throne!

AGRAVAINE
I don't see how we can stop her.

[Morgana gets an idea.]

MORGANA
There is one that can ruin King Arthur's plans. One that can come between them. We all have our secrets and, unfortunately for Guinevere, I know hers.

[Morgana smiles evilly]

MORGANA
I know exactly how to destroy her.

OPENING CREDITS

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[03:02, EXT/INT. FOREST CAVE - DAY]
[Morgana enters a cave. A figure rises up behind her. Morgana turns to the eyeless Dochraid.]

MORGANA
I come in peace.

[Morgana steps forward and the Dochraid grabs her hand and sniffs it. Morgana is startled and confused, but doesn't move.]

THE DOCHRAID
Ah, Morgana Pendragon. You are destined to bring back the old ways.

[The Dochraid releases her hand.]

THE DOCHRAID
I hope to live to see that day.

MORGANA
You are one of the few people who remember the time of the Old Religion. I need your help.

[Morgana takes the Dochraid's hand and places a coin in it.]

MORGANA
It was a gift from my sister.

[The Dochraid inspects the coin.]

THE DOCHRAID
Ah. Ah, most interesting present.

MORGANA
The price of a soul.

THE DOCHRAID
But you do not know how to release it.

[The Dochraid holds the coin to herself.]

THE DOCHRAID
I should like to keep it.

[Morgana holds out her hand to get it back and gently forces the Dochraid to give back the coin.]

THE DOCHRAID
The gift is indeed a powerful one, but there's only one way to wield that power. You must travel to The Last of The Five Gateways that separate our world from the world of the dead.

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[05:12, EXT. POOL OF NEMHAIN - DAY]
[Morgana walks to the edge of a lake and continues walking straight into the water.]

THE DOCHRAID (V.O.)
Find the pool of Nemhain, whose waters are as black as night and as still as death itself. Cast the coin into its depths and your wish will be granted.

[Morgana fingers the coin and tosses it into the lake. It sinks into the lake and she waits. The water bubbles where the coin landed and a dark head and pair of muscular shoulders rise up out of the water. The man walks toward Morgana. It's Lancelot.]

LANCELOT DU LAC
My name is Lancelot, my lady.

[He bows to her.]

LANCELOT DU LAC
I am yours to command. [Morgana smirks.]

--
[06:43, INT. MORGANA'S HOVEL - NIGHT]
[Morgana regards Lancelot du Lac, now fully clothed, as he sits on her bed, eyes closed. He wakes.]

MORGANA
You must be tired. You've been on a journey few have ever dreamed of.

LANCELOT DU LAC
I know not where I have been, my lady, only that I am yours.

[Lancelot reaches for his sword, but Morgana stops him.]

MORGANA
Slow down. You won't be needing that. Not yet. We have work to do, but it's not your sword I require so much as your heart.

--
[07:21, INT. KING'S PALACE, COURTIER BEDROOM - NIGHT]
[Gwen makes a bed. Arthur watches her from the doorway.]

MORGANA (V.O.)
There is a woman, a serving girl, a lowly peasant called Guinevere. Or Gwen, as she's known to her friends.

[Arthur walks up slowly behind Gwen and places his hands over her eyes. She tenses. ]

MORGANA (V.O.)
There are many that have tried to win the hand of King Arthur.

[Arthur whispers in Gwen's ear. Something like, "I want you to keep your eyes closed." Gwen smiles and keeps her eyes closed as Arthur pulls his hands away.]

MORGANA (V.O.)
But it was Gwen who won his heart.

[Arthur takes a cloth from around his neck and places the blindfold over Gwen's eyes and she smiles with anticipation.]

MORGANA (V.O.)
She is honest and straightforward, and a simple soul.

--
[07:50, INT. MORGANA'S HOVEL - NIGHT]

MORGANA
Arthur trusts her entirely. As he does you. For you are Lancelot, the noble, the brave, the honourable. You're everything the Knight's Code stands for.

--
[08:11, INT. GWEN'S HOUSE - NIGHT]
[Arthur leads Gwen into her own house blindfolded.]

MORGANA (V.O.)
Before she was Arthur's, she was yours, Lancelot. You were her first love.

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[08:21, INT. MORGANA'S HOVEL - NIGHT]

MORGANA
And you will be her last.

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[08:26, INT. GWEN'S HOUSE - NIGHT]
[Arthur removes Gwen's blindfold (her engagement ring on his little finger) and she sees her home covered with candles. He takes her hand and leads her to a chair. She sits down excitedly and he kneels down in front of her. Merlin peeks in through the window, and pulls back just to listen.]

KING ARTHUR
Guinevere, will you do me the honour of becoming my wife?

[Arthur waits for her answer. Gwen bolts forward and hugs him. Arthur is confused. Gwen sniffles tears of joy.]

KING ARTHUR
Is that a yes?

[Gwen pulls back.]

GUINEVERE (gasp)
Oh, sorry! Yes. Yes. Yes.

[They both beam. Arthur places the ring on her first finger and Guinevere smiles more. Merlin smiles outside and leaves.]

--
[09:32, INT. MORGANA'S HOVEL - NIGHT]
[Lancelot sits on Morgana's bed, sleeping. The door closes and we hear...]

AGRAVAINE
How is it with our old adversary?

MORGANA
He's learning fast. Soon he will know enough to convince everyone he's the Lancelot we all knew. I thought it would please me, molding his mind. Instead, I feel curiously sad. He was once so mighty, and now he's nothing but a shade. I should be sorry to see him go.

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[10:01, EXT. TOURNAMENT GROUNDS - DAY]
[Arthur rides a practice joust. He catches the decorated ring and the crowd cheers. Guinevere sits in the royal box with Agravaine. Arthur rides to the box and Guinevere steps down to take the ring off of his lance with a smile. He smiles back. Back at the tents, Arthur rides off the field.]

MERLIN
I've got to hand it to you. If nothing else, it's certainly an original engagement present.

[Arthur tosses Merlin his helmet and dismounts.]

MERLIN
Well, as romantic gestures go, you could've given her flowers. You could have had a song written. Instead, you've given her two days of sweaty men knocking the sense out of each other.

KING ARTHUR
Exactly as it should be. My father had a tourney before his wedding. It's tradition.

MERLIN
Ah, so it's not even an original gesture, then.

KING ARTHUR
I think my future wife understands.

[Arthur raises his glass to indicate Guinevere in the stands, smiling as she takes the decorated ring from Sir Percival's lance.]

GUINEVERE
Thank you very much.

[Percival rides off smiling. Guinevere sits back down happily. Trumpets announce another rider.]

KING ARTHUR
Who on earth's that?

MERLIN
I've no idea.

[The rider runs the practice joust and catches the ring. The crowd cheers and Guinevere politely applauds the stranger. She steps down and takes the decorated ring with a furrowed brow. The knight pulls off his helmet to reveal Lancelot du Lac. Guinevere is even more disturbed. Lancelot du Lac pulls back and nods to Arthur and Merlin who stare at him, equally stunned.]

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[11:43, INT. KING'S PALACE, DINING HALL - NIGHT]
[The Round Table members sit at a rectangular one. Arthur at the head of the table, Guinevere on his right, Lancelot du Lac at the other end.]

LANCELOT DU LAC
I fear I remember very little after the moment I stepped through the veil. My story will not be as illuminating as I would like.

KING ARTHUR
We're just pleased to see you. Well...pleased and amazed.

LANCELOT DU LAC
I owe everything to the Madhavi people. When they found me, I was near death. Luckily for me, their customs dictate that they must give food and shelter to the needy. (sigh) And I was certainly that.

[Merlin watches Lancelot warily.]

SIR LEON
Where did they find you?

LANCELOT DU LAC
On one of the silk road passes, high in the Feorre Mountains.

SIR ELYAN
Cenred's kingdom.

LANCELOT DU LAC
I travelled with them for many weeks, deep into the deserts of the south. Then, slowly my strength returned. When I was able, I earned my passage the only way I know how. By the sword.

[Lancelot du Lac smirks and the knights chuckle.]

LANCELOT DU LAC
Then I slowly made my way north.

KING ARTHUR
You made your way home.

[Lancelot du Lac nods. Arthur takes Guinevere's hand on the table. Agravaine isn't pleased.]

KING ARTHUR
We can't thank you enough for what you sacrificed on the Isle of the Blessed. It will be remembered always.

LANCELOT DU LAC (sigh)
It is, indeed, good to see you once again. I would like to propose a toast.

[He stands.]

LANCELOT DU LAC
To the people I hold most dear. To Camelot.

[They all raise their glasses.]

ALL
To Camelot.

KING ARTHUR
To Camelot.

[Lancelot smiles and drinks. Merlin is still unsettled.]

--
[13:07, INT. KING'S PALACE, MERLIN'S BED CHAMBER - NIGHT]

MERLIN
You can have my bed.

LANCELOT DU LAC
No. No.

MERLIN
Really, after all you've been through...it's the least I can do.

LANCELOT DU LAC
Thank you, Merlin. It's good to see you, too.

MERLIN
I've spent so long thinking about...what happened. Could I have saved you? And if there was anything I could have done. If I could have used magic...

LANCELOT DU LAC (smiles)
If any of us had any magic, Merlin...

[Lancelot du Lac walks past him to the bed. Now Merlin knows something's wrong.]

LANCELOT DU LAC
Life would be a lot easier.

[Merlin walks to the door.]

MERLIN
Good night.

[Merlin closes the door as he enters the physician's chambers. Gaius sees his worried expression.]

GAIUS
Oh, no. I've seen that face before.

MERLIN
I want to believe that everything is fine. And that we really have Lancelot back.

GAIUS
It certainly looks like him.

MERLIN
Yeah.

GAIUS
What is it?

MERLIN
I don't know. Something's wrong.

[Merlin sits next to Gaius and lowers his voice more.]

MERLIN
When he was telling his story, I sensed it. The way he greeted me, that made me suspicious. But what happened just now, that's made me sure. He forgot I had magic. Lancelot would never do that.

GAIUS
Hmm Strange, indeed. Give him time.

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[14:52, EXT. FOREST - NIGHT]
[Agravaine rides through the woods and dismounts. He walks slowly, searching for someone. Morgana appears behind him.]

MORGANA
I'm keen to hear your news.

AGRAVAINE
I'm sure you'd be very proud, my lady. Arthur and his knights were completely taken in.

MORGANA
And Gwen? This must be the last thing she hoped for on the eve of her wedding.

AGRAVAINE
If she was flustered, she certainly didn't show it. I fear she truly does love Arthur. Any feelings she had for Lancelot are in the past.

MORGANA
I had considered that eventuality.

[Agravaine is confused. Morgana pulls out a bracelet. She begins to enchant it and Agravaine is slightly disturbed.]

MORGANA
*spell*

[Morgana's eyes glow and the bracelet shines unnaturally for a moment.]

MORGANA
I think it's time to reawaken those feelings.

[They smirk as Agravaine takes the bracelet.]

--
[15:54, INT. GWEN'S HOUSE - DAY]
[Guinevere brushes her hair and checks it in a small mirror. Someone knocks on the door. She opens it to find Lancelot du Lac leaning against the door frame with a charming smile. She's surprised.]

LANCELOT DU LAC
I wasn't sure I'd find you here. I thought you might have rooms in the palace.

GUINEVERE
I want to stay here as long as I can. It may not be much, but it's my home.

LANCELOT DU LAC
May I come in?

[Guinevere is disturbed.]

LANCELOT DU LAC
I only want to wish you well.

[Guinevere smiles and opens the door for him.]

GUINEVERE
I never thought I'd see you again.

LANCELOT DU LAC
I know.

GUINEVERE
When I heard what you'd done, I felt so guilty.

LANCELOT DU LAC
No.

GUINEVERE
You were protecting Arthur, just as I'd asked.

[Lancelot du Lac nods.]

GUINEVERE
If it weren't for you, there'd be no wedding. There are no words to thank you enough.

LANCELOT DU LAC
There is no need for that. I did what I felt was right in my heart. You taught me that, Gwen.

[Lancelot du Lac steps closer.]

LANCELOT DU LAC
To be true to myself. You will make a wonderful queen. Your love for your people is surpassed only by your love for Arthur.

[Lancelot du Lac pulls out a cloth and unwraps the bracelet.]

LANCELOT DU LAC
The Madhavi people gave me this token of good fortune for my journey. I'd like you to wear it, for I see their goodness in you.

[He takes her hand and puts the bracelet on her wrist.]

LANCELOT DU LAC
It is a rare thing. And I was lucky to have been touched by it.

[Guinevere gives him a small smile. She tenses uncomfortably as he steps closer and takes her face in his hands. He kisses her forehead and she relaxes with a relieved sigh and smile.]

LANCELOT DU LAC
I wish you and Arthur everlasting happiness, Gwen.

[He looks back at her with a smile as he leaves. She smiles back, but it fades as she looks uncertainly down at the bracelet.]

--
[18:22, INT. KING'S PALACE, PHYSICIAN'S CHAMBERS - DAY]
[Merlin studies a book about necromancy behind a screen. The pages show a dressed skeleton standing on a kind of spiral.]

--
[18:40, EXT. TOURNAMENT GROUNDS - DAY]
[The jousting tournament continues. Arthur and Lancelot du Lac win their jousts. Guinevere is much more pleased by Arthur's success.]

--
[19:21, INT. KING'S PALACE, PHYSICIAN'S CHAMBERS - NIGHT]
[Merlin and Gaius eat supper.]

MERLIN
Mm. Chicken is good. Nice broth. What do you know about necromancy?

[Gaius stops just as he's about to eat.]

GAIUS
What?

MERLIN
Well, you know lots...about lots of things, don't you?

GAIUS
Necromancy is the most dangerous of all magical practices. Even in the days of the Old Religion, such sorcery was viewed with the utmost suspicion. I know I'm going to regret asking this, Merlin, but why do you want to know?

[Merlin looks at his bedroom door, where Lancelot du Lac is resting.]

MERLIN
I think that someone has raised Lancelot from the dead.

GAIUS
By "someone", I presume you mean "Morgana".

[Merlin nods.]

GAIUS
The old legends do speak of such creatures. They call them "shades". Poor, tormented souls summoned from their rest by the necromancer's art.

MERLIN
So, it is possible?

GAIUS
Even if it is possible, we have no way of knowing for sure.

[Merlin pulls out a book. "The Art of Necromancy"]

GAIUS
Or do we?

--
[20:39, INT. KING'S PALACE, PHYSICIAN'S CHAMBERS - NIGHT]
[Merlin paints the floor with the spiral drawing from the book. He finishes and spreads his hands over the paint.]

MERLIN
Onluc þa soþan treow!

[The paint glows red for a moment, then fades. Merlin hears something and peeks through a crack in his bedroom door. Lancelot du Lac is finishing getting dressed. Merlin dashes to Gaius's bed and wakes him with a shake.]

MERLIN (whisper)
It's time.

[Merlin and Gaius peer through the gaps in the closet door. Lancelot du Lac emerges from Merlin's bed chamber and walks over the circle. The circle glows red and a skeleton washes over Lancelot du Lac's features. They hear the door close and step out of the closet.]

MERLIN
I didn't want it to be true.

GAIUS
I know. We all wanted him back.

MERLIN
More than anything.

GAIUS
This man's a shadow of his former self. A shadow with ill intent.

MERLIN
Do you think he means to harm Arthur?

GAIUS
Whatever his reason for being here, it can't be good.

--
[22:04, EXT/INT. TOURNAMENT GROUNDS, TENT - DAY]
[Guinevere sneaks among the tents, the crowd cheering in the distance. She pulls open a tent flap, the bracelet on her wrist, and enters Lancelot du Lac's tent. He's dressing for his next joust.]

GUINEVERE
Here...let me.

[She helps him with his jacket.]

LANCELOT DU LAC
Thank you.

[Lancelot du Lac smiles darkly as Guinevere slides her hand down his arm.]

GUINEVERE
I just wanted to wish you well.

LANCELOT DU LAC
Shouldn't you be saying that to your future husband?

GUINEVERE
I do. I have.

[Guinevere becomes confused.]

GUINEVERE
I will.

[Guinevere remembers herself.]

GUINEVERE
I'm sorry, I don't know why I'm here.

[Guinevere gives Lancelot du Lac an uncertain look before she exits. Lancelot du Lac smiles at his success.]

--
[23:01, EXT. TOURNAMENT GROUNDS - DAY]
[Lancelot wins another joust. Guinevere is much more pleased than before, and less pleased by Arthur's introduction. Arthur faces Sir Leon. Arthur wins as Leon falls backwards off his horse and summersaults. The crowed cringes, then cheers for Arthur. Guinevere smiles down on him as she applauds. Leon rises to his knees and a servant helps him up. Sir Percival walks past Merlin, noticing Merlin's dour expression.]

SIR PERCIVAL
Don't look so worried, Merlin. Arthur won.

MERLIN
Yeah. Now he's in the final with Lancelot.

SIR PERCIVAL
Yeah, I know. The people are gonna love that.

[Lancelot du Lac and Arthur acknowledge the crowd. Agravaine watches Guinevere, who looks uncertain about the match.]

GAIUS
You must be ready, Merlin. Your magic might be needed.

[The flag goes up and they joust. Both riders hit their opponent, but Arthur is seriously injured. Guinevere stands up, concerned, as Arthur drops his lance and leans forward in pain. He takes his next lance from the servant anyway.]

GAIUS
Arthur should withdraw. He's in no fit state to continue.

MERLIN
He wouldn't withdraw if his head was hanging by a thread.

[Arthur can barely hold the lance, but he starts to joust anyway. Lancelot du Lac is unharmed, as he's already dead. Guinevere frowns as the joust continues. Arthur is unable to lift his lance into attack position. As they come within range, Lancelot du Lac yields his lance and the crowd cheers. Agravaine and Guinevere are surprised.]

MERLIN
What's going on? Why did he yield?

[Arthur drops his lance and stumbles off his horse holding his side, doubled over with pain. Lancelot dismounts and they walk to the centre of the field]

MERLIN
Well, I suppose I should be pleased Arthur's alive.

[Lancelot du Lac and Arthur meet in front of the royal box. Lancelot du Lac kneels.]

LANCELOT DU LAC
My liege.

KING ARTHUR
Arise, Sir Lancelot. It's not necessary. I always thought you the noblest of my knights. You just proved me right. Thank you for your courtesy.

[Lancelot bows.]

KING ARTHUR
Won't be forgotten.

[Arthur faces the box and the crowd cheers. Guinevere smiles at Arthur and he bows his head. Lancelot du Lac and Arthur regard each other.]

LANCELOT DU LAC (nods)
Your Highness.

[Arthur nods back and leaves the field.]

GAIUS
If he's not here to kill Arthur, what's he here for?

MERLIN
I don't know.

[Merlin sees Guinevere sneak into Lancelot du Lac's tent.]

MERLIN
I wish I did.

--
[27:45, INT. TOURNAMENT GROUNDS, TENT - DAY]
[Guinevere circles Lancelot du Lac, running her hand over his shoulders, the bracelet on her wrist. She entwines her fingers with his and rubs their hands against her chin.]

--
[28:08, INT. KING'S PALACE, CORRIDOR - NIGHT]
[Lancelot du Lac walks through the palace with a sword in his hand. He slides it into his belt. Merlin follows him to the balcony corridor where he meets with Agravaine.]

LANCELOT DU LAC
Everything is prepared. Gwen is on her way to our assignation as we speak.

AGRAVAINE
You've done well. Lady Morgana will be very pleased with you.

[Agravaine leaves and Lancelot du Lac returns the way he came. Merlin hurries into hiding.]

--
[28:53, INT. KING'S PALACE, DARK CORRIDOR - NIGHT]
[Ladies walk down a corridor. Guinevere waits for them to pass and sneaks through the castle.]

--
[29:03, INT. KING'S PALACE, PHOENIX CORRIDOR - NIGHT]
[Lancelot du Lac walks toward the council chambers. Merlin throws him with magic and Lancelot du Lac goes unconscious. Merlin approaches him and Lancelot wakes, completely unaffected by the blow. He trips Merlin, draws his sword and knocks Merlin out with the pommel.]

--
[29:31, INT. KING'S PALACE, ARTHUR'S CHAMBERS - NIGHT]
[Arthur is sleeping. Agravaine approaches the bed.]

AGRAVAINE
Arthur.

[Arthur stirs a little.]

AGRAVAINE
Arthur.

[Arthur turns over and opens his eyes, confused.]

AGRAVAINE
Sorry. There's something you must see.

--
[29:54, INT. KING'S PALACE, COUNCIL CHAMBER OF DOOM - NIGHT]
[Lancelot du Lac waits for Guinevere behind a column. She goes to him and hugs him.]

GUINEVERE
Are you sure this is safe?

LANCELOT DU LAC
No one visits the council chambers at this hour of the night.

--
[30:23, INT. KING'S PALACE, CORRIDOR - NIGHT]
[Arthur and Agravaine walk towards the council chambers.]

--
[30:28, INT. KING'S PALACE, CORRIDOR - NIGHT]
[Merlin wakes, holds his head from the blow, then rushes to the council chamber.]

--
[30:43, INT. KING'S PALACE, COUNCIL CHAMBER OF DOOM - NIGHT]
[Guinevere feels Lancelot du Lac's chest, smiles, and pulls him into a kiss. Lancelot du Lac watches the entrance while they kiss. Arthur appears and Lancelot du Lac closes his eyes. Arthur watches for a moment in shock. Merlin arrives too late, he looks at Arthur's line of vision and sees Guinevere and Lancelot du Lac snogging. Arthur's anger rises and he draws his sword and charges them.]

KING ARTHUR
AAAAARRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

[Lancelot du Lac steps away from Guinevere and draws his sword. Arthur attacks furiously and elbows Lancelot du Lac in the face, making him drop his sword. Arthur attacks him anyway, but hits the column. Lancelot du Lac shoves Arthur against another column, making Arthur drop his sword. Guinevere freaks.]

GUINEVERE
Please!

[Arthur shoves Lancelot du Lac, who slides in reach of his sword and grabs it. He rises to attack Arthur, but Merlin intervenes.]

MERLIN
Ecg misse!

[The sword drops out of Lancelot du Lac's hand. Arthur grabs his sword and yells as he charges the defenceless Lancelot shade. Guinevere steps in his path.]

GUINEVERE
No! Please! Please! Please. Stop. Please, please. This has to stop! Please. Please. Stop. This has to stop.

[Arthur looks at her, the betrayal written plainly on his face.]

--
[31:49, INT. KING'S PALACE, DUNGEONS - NIGHT]
[Lancelot du Lac is shoved into a cell.]

--
[31:55, INT. KING'S PALACE, DUNGEONS - NIGHT]
[Guinevere is shoved into another cell. She covers her face with her hands in broken-hearted frustration. She sees Lancelot du Lac's bracelet on her wrist and she rips it off and throws it into the corner. Guinevere collapses to the ground in tears.]

--
[32:19, INT. KING'S PALACE, ARTHUR'S CHAMBERS - NIGHT]
[Agravaine talks to Arthur's back as he stares into his room, eyes bloodshot.]

AGRAVAINE
Far be it from me to advise you on personal matters, sire, but this is also a matter of state. You've been made a fool of, and you must respond robustly. Of course, in the days of your father, adultery in noble families was punishable by death.

[Merlin stands in the room, arms folded, glaring at Agravaine.]

AGRAVAINE
But as for Lancelot, death's too good for him. He must die, but...painfully.

--
[32:50, INT. KING'S PALACE, COUNCIL CHAMBER OF DOOM - NIGHT]
[The court waits in silence. Guinevere stands between two guards, surrounded by the entire council, including the Knights of the Round Table. Agravaine stands by the throne. He nods and the two guards force Guinevere to her knees as Arthur enters. Arthur walks resolutely to the throne. He stands behind it, his back to the council. Guinevere is pale, her face streaked with tears. Arthur speaks softly.]

KING ARTHUR
You will leave, please.

[Agravaine nods to the two guards and they depart.]

KING ARTHUR
All of you.

[No one moves.]

KING ARTHUR
Now.

[The knights and councilmen leave. Guinevere looks at her brother; he glares at her disappointedly as he leaves. Agravaine remains.]

KING ARTHUR
You, too, Uncle.

AGRAVAINE
Sire--

KING ARTHUR
Now.

[Agravaine bows and exits. Arthur glares at the wall as he waits for the doors to close. Guinevere sighs with grief. Arthur turns around and glares at her as he walks slowly past her. She can't bring herself to look at him.]

KING ARTHUR
What are you still doing on your knees? Am I just your king? Get up for goodness sake.

[Guinevere stands as he circles her.]

KING ARTHUR
I was to be your husband.

[Arthur completes his circle and faces her, finally looking her in the eye. She holds his gaze, distressed.]

KING ARTHUR
What happened, Guinevere?

[She tries to say something, but has no answer and shakes her head.]

KING ARTHUR
We were happy. I know we were happy.

[Guinevere nods painfully.]

KING ARTHUR
You felt it too?

[She nods with her eyes closed. She shakes her head, still unable to speak, and nods.]

KING ARTHUR
You love him? You've always loved him?

GUINEVERE (shakes her head)
No.

KING ARTHUR
All those times you said you wanted to be with me?

GUINEVERE
I meant every word.

[She's upset that he's doubting that.]

KING ARTHUR
Tomorrow...was our wedding day.

[Guinevere nods painfully, closing her eyes, suffering through a new bout of tears.]

GUINEVERE
I know.

KING ARTHUR
If you had worries...

[She shakes her head.]

GUINEVERE
I wasn't worried.

KING ARTHUR
If you had doubts...

GUINEVERE
I didn't have any doubts.

KING ARTHUR
Then forgive me! Because I must be really stupid! WHAT WERE YOU DOING?!

[Arthur steps forward and grabs her arms in a vice grip. Guinevere sobs and looks at him in emotional agony, unable to respond to his justified anger. Arthur realises what he's doing and lets her go. He turns away, trying to calm himself.]

KING ARTHUR
Sorry.

[Guinevere rubs her arm.]

GUINEVERE
No. No. No, it is I who should be sorry.

[Arthur struggles to control his anger.]

GUINEVERE
You mean everything to me, Arthur...Once there was Lancelot, a long time ago. But I haven't considered him in that way for many years. I thought he was dead. I thought I would never see him again, and...and then...when I did, I was...overwhelmed. I was drawn to him. I couldn't stop myself, I don't know why.

[Guinevere presses her hands to her face as if in prayer.]

GUINEVERE
I love you. You mean everything to me.

[Guinevere holds her hands to her stomach, barely able to get the last words out through her sobs. Arthur is not moved by her words.]

GUINEVERE
All these years, I've waited for you.

KING ARTHUR
You only had to wait one more day.

[Arthur's voice cracks with emotion.]

GUINEVERE
All I've ever wanted is to be your queen. I still want to be your queen.

KING ARTHUR
Do you know what they're saying?

[Arthur points to the doors that the councilmen left through. Guinevere shakes her head. She's been stuck in a cell.]

KING ARTHUR
That in my father's day, you'd be put to death.

[They regard each other and Guinevere takes a breath. She watches him for his decision.]

KING ARTHUR
I don't want to see you dead, Guinevere.

[She waits, hoping.]

KING ARTHUR
But I don't want to see you.

[Guinevere is distraught by his answer.]

KING ARTHUR
I cannot look on you every day. You will leave Camelot at first light--

GUINEVERE
Arthur--

KING ARTHUR
You return upon pain of death.

[Guinevere sniffles.]

GUINEVERE
No.

[Arthur walks past Guinevere and she panics.]

GUINEVERE
No, no, no! I cannot be without you!

KING ARTHUR
That is my decision.

[Guinevere stops and he continues to the door.]

GUINEVERE
Where will I go?

[Arthur stops at the door and turns to look at her.]

KING ARTHUR
I am sorry. I am truly sorry.

[Arthur opens the door and leaves Guinevere alone in the council room.]

--
[37:31, INT. KING'S PALACE, PHYSICIAN'S CHAMBERS - NIGHT]

MERLIN
This is what Morgana wanted...all along.

GAIUS
She couldn't suffer the ignominy of seeing Gwen on her throne. It is, indeed, a cruel revenge.

MERLIN
But it is Morgana who created it. I must make Arthur see that. If he knew that Lancelot was a shade...

GAIUS
It wouldn't change what Gwen has done. It's the betrayal that matters to the king, Merlin. Telling him of Lancelot's true nature won't change that. It's Gwen who must pay the price.

--
[38:16, INT. KING'S PALACE, DUNGEONS - DAY]
[Agravaine enters Lancelot du Lac's cell. He is chained to the wall. Agravaine pulls out a letter with a black ribbon and seal.]

AGRAVAINE
This is from our Lady Morgana. She has one last wish for you.

LANCELOT DU LAC
Whatever my lady desires. I'm hers to command.

[Lancelot du Lac opens and reads the letter.]

--
[38:53, EXT. LOWER TOWN - DAWN]
[Gwen exits her house for the last time, dressed for travel. Merlin looks up from where he's waiting. Gwen takes the yoke and begins to pull the cart. Merlin stands and Gwen sees him. She pauses for a moment and then continues pulling the cart awkwardly down the street. Merlin watches her go.]

--
[39:24, INT. KING'S PALACE, THRONE ROOM - DAY]
[Arthur stands despondently, staring into space, as servants take down the wedding decorations. Merlin enters behind him.]

MERLIN
It's not too late, sire. I know what Gwen did was desperately wrong, but she is a good person. I truly believe that.

KING ARTHUR
As do I, Merlin... As do I.

MERLIN
Can you find it in your heart to forgive her?

KING ARTHUR
That's not the problem.

MERLIN (angry)
Agravaine? Well, it is Agravaine, isn't it? He's wrong. People won't find you weak or a fool. They will find you merciful, understanding.

KING ARTHUR
You're brave to speak out, Merlin. Gwen's your friend, I understand. I'm afraid you're wrong. I love Gwen with all my heart.

[Arthur finally looks at Merlin.]

KING ARTHUR
And I'm sure in time, I'll find a way to forgive her.

[Merlin doesn't understand.]

KING ARTHUR
But I'll never trust her. I can't live like that. Not as a king, certainly not as a husband. And though it pains me...it's best that she's gone.

[Agravaine arrives with two guards.]

AGRAVAINE
Sire.

--
[41:06, INT. KING'S PALACE, PYSICIAN'S CHAMBERS - DAY]
[Agravaine, Merlin, Gaius, and Arthur stand over Lancelot du Lac's twice-dead body.]

AGRAVAINE
The guards found him.

KING ARTHUR
What happened?

GAIUS
It appears he took his own life.

KING ARTHUR
I guess we shouldn't be surprised.

[Agravaine twitches a smile. Merlin glares at him.]

KING ARTHUR
In all ways but one, Lancelot was a man of honour. See to it that he receives a proper burial.

[Arthur and Agravaine leave and Gaius covers Lancelot du Lac's face with a sheet.]

--
[41:35, EXT. LAKE - DAY]
[Lancelot lies on a boat made of twigs and covered in flowers. Merlin stands over him and places a hand on his forehead.]

MERLIN
Grið fæstne mid þisse tintregian sawle!

[Merlin's eyes glow and Lancelot breathes sharply in as he wakes. Merlin is shocked. Lancelot looks at him.]

LANCELOT (whisper)
Merlin. Thank you.

[Merlin tries to process what is happening. Lancelot smiles and closes his eyes, breathing his last breath. Merlin cries with a smile, knowing Lancelot is at peace. Merlin pushes the boat into the lake and sets the boat on fire with a flash of his eyes. Merlin continues to cry sadly as he watches it burn.]



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