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

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[00:13, INT. MORGANA'S CHAMBERS - NIGHT]
[Gwen puts out the candles, yawns and walks home]


--
[00:37, INT. GWEN'S HOUSE]
[Gwen's house. Gwen gasps when she finds a sinister man - called Fermin - waiting for her]

GWEN
What do you want?


[Gwen grabs a poker from the fireplace, but another man grabs her from behind and places a drugged cloth over her face, muffling her scream. Gwen passes out, and Morgana watches from her window as the men carry Gwen away on a horse]

OPENING CREDITS


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[01:55, Arthur's chambers]

MERLIN
Rise and shine!

ARTHUR
Can't you think of anything new to say?

MERLIN
What?

ARTHUR
Every morning it is the same thing.

MERLIN
Oh, I'm sorry. How about: shake a leg? Up and at 'em? Let's have you lazy daisy...? No, you don't like any of them, do you? Okay, er...I'm just gonna go before, before you decide to do something which...


[Arthur throws a goblet at Merlin]


--
[02:31, Council Chamber of Doom. Morgana enters and sits down to breakfast with Uther and Arthur]

UTHER
The building works in the lower town have been delayed. I want you to ensure it doesn't happen again.

ARTHUR
I'll see to it.

UTHER
Good morning, Morgana.


[Merlin moves to pour Morgana's drink, but she places her hand over the cup]

MORGANA
No, thank you.

UTHER
Anything the matter?

MORGANA
It's Gwen. She didn't turn up for work this morning.

ARTHUR
That's not like her.

MORGANA
I know, it's strange. I hope nothing's wrong.

UTHER
You needn't worry, Morgana. After all, if your maid can no longer be relied upon, we can easily replace her.

ARTHUR
I'm sure she'll turn up soon enough.

MORGANA
I'm sure.


--
[03:14, INT. PHOENIX CORRIDOR]

ARTHUR
Go to Gwen's house, find out what's wrong. And Merlin, as quick as you can.


MERLIN
Yes, Sire.


[03:25, INT. GWEN'S HOUSE]
[Merlin looks around Gwen's house and finds the cloth she was drugged her with]


--
[04:09, INT. CASTLE OF FYRIEN]
[Cenred and Morgause look at Elyan through the peek hole in his cell door]

MORGAUSE
You found him, then.

CENRED
It was easy. He was exactly where Morgana said he'd be.


[04:34, Castle of Fyrien throne room]

CENRED
Guinevere. I trust you had a pleasant journey.

GUINEVERE
Why have you brought me to this place?

CENRED
I have a guest. I thought you might like to meet him.

GUINEVERE
Elyan!

ELYAN
Gwen!

CENRED
Brother and sister reunited. It warms the heart.

ELYAN
What do you want from us?

CENRED
All in good time.


[Cenred and his men leave Gwen and Elyan alone in the throne room]

GUINEVERE

Why are we here, Elyan? What've you done?

ELYAN
I didn't do anything, I promise. I swear. I was at my forge and they just came for me. I tried to resist, but they drugged me. There was nothing I could do. What would a man like Cenred want with us?

GUINEVERE
I wish I knew.


[Morgause and Cenred watch Gwen and Elyan from a hallway above]

MORGAUSE
You are a cruel man, Cenred.

CENRED
Is it cruel to give them a moment alone? They will have much to discuss.

MORGAUSE
Indeed.

CENRED
Besides, the more she feels for her brother's plight, the more she'll do for us.


[06:35, INT. ARTHUR'S CHAMBERS]
[Merlin enters with the drugged cloth he found in Gwen's house]

ARTHUR
What's that?

MERLIN
I found it at Gwen's.

ARTHUR
It's a scrap of cloth.

MERLIN
I know.

ARTHUR
She's a seamstress. How could that possibly be important?

MERLIN
Smell it.

ARTHUR
No thanks.

MERLIN
Just smell it.


[Arthur takes the cloth and inhales deeply]

MERLIN
What are you...?


[Arthur passes out and Merlin magically pulls out a chair to catch Arthur. Arthur comes around]

ARTHUR
What is that?

MERLIN
It's a compound of hogswart and phylarian.

ARTHUR
Argh, what?

MERLIN
I'm just guessing.

ARTHUR
You could knock a man out with that.

MERLIN
Yes. Or a woman?

[07:22, Castle of Fyrien throne room]

GUINEVERE

Where have you taken Elyan?

CENRED

He's safe. For now.

GUINEVERE

How do I know that?

CENRED

We can talk about your brother later. I want to talk about you, and what you can do for me.

GUINEVERE

What could I possibly do for you?

CENRED

You can bring me Arthur Pendragon.

GUINEVERE

I'm just a servant, I have no influence with the Prince.

CENRED *laughs*

I think we both know that's not true.

GUINEVERE

I don't know what you're talking about.

CENRED

Enough! You will bring him here. I don't care how you do it, all I care is that it is done. You have a week.

GUINEVERE

And if I do not?

CENRED

Then I'll let you watch while I tear your brother's heart out.

[08:46, Council Chamber of Doom]

ARTHUR

The guards saw her leave the palace at the usual time. After that, nothing.

UTHER

Why are you telling me this?

ARTHUR

Sire, I have reason to believe that Guinevere has been kidnapped.

MORGANA

Kidnapped?

ARTHUR

I'd like to organise a search party.

UTHER

I hardly think that would be appropriate.

ARTHUR

Father?

UTHER

She's just a serving girl.

ARTHUR

She's the maid to the King's ward.

UTHER

Very well. Send a squad of guards to search the lower town.

ARTHUR

And the countryside?

UTHER

They have until nightfall.

ARTHUR

Father, I'm not sure I can achieve...

UTHER

Arthur, I have a kingdom to protect. I cannot waste precious resources on a servant, whatever their circumstances.

[09:33, Morgana's chambers. Morgana wakes the next morning as Gwen gathers her laundry]

MORGANA
Gwen? Where have you been?

GUINEVERE
I'm sorry, My Lady, I was unwell.

MORGANA
Are you better now?

GUINEVERE
Much better, thank you.

MORGANA
Well, don't tire yourself out. Whatever you need to do, I'm sure it can wait.


--
[10:00, INT. PHOENIX CORRIDOR]
[Gwen bumps into Merlin and falls down, dropping Morgana's laundry. Merlin helps her pick it up]

MERLIN
Gwen! I've been searching the whole town for you. Arthur's been worried sick.

GUINEVERE
That's very sweet of him. I just had a cold, that's all.

MERLIN
I went to your house, Gwen, you weren't there.

GUINEVERE
Oh, no, er...I, er...was just...


[Merlin notices Gwen's bruised wrists]

MERLIN
Who did that to you?

GUINEVERE
No one, it was an accident.

MERLIN
Gwen. Look at me.

GUINEVERE
It's fine. I'm fine.


[Gwen breaks down crying]


--
[10:43, INT. GUINEVERE'S HOUSE.]
[Merlin prepares Gwen some tea and sits with her at her kitchen table]

GUINEVERE
What I don't understand is how they knew.

MERLIN
About?


[Gwen looks towards Merlin.]

MERLIN
Arthur's feelings for you. It's common knowledge Arthur would lay down his life for any of his subjects. Cenred could've taken anyone.

GUINEVERE
Do you really believe that?

MERLIN
All I know is you're back home safe with your friends. You don't have to face this alone.

GUINEVERE
Yes I do, Merlin. This is my problem. I can't involve Arthur. I won't.

MERLIN
Arthur's already involved.

GUINEVERE
Not if I don't tell him about it.

MERLIN
Gwen. If Arthur was in trouble, wouldn't you want him to come to you?

GUINEVERE
You know I would.


[11:33, Arthur's chambers]

ARTHUR
The Castle of Fyrien, I'm sure of it.

MERLIN
Never even heard of it.

ARTHUR
Fyrien was a merchant.


[Morgana listens at the door]

ARTHUR
He built a castle on the Seas of Meredor as an outpost for trade routes to the east, but when war broke out with Caerleon, the trade dried up. The castle was abandoned.

MERLIN
And so it's ruined now?

ARTHUR
Well, no. It was built to withstand anything. For Cenred, it's the perfect hideout.

MERLIN
Doesn't sound like an easy place to get into.

ARTHUR
It isn't. It will be well defended.

GUINEVERE
I'm sorry, I shouldn't've brought this to you.

ARTHUR
You did the right thing. Your brother will come to no harm, I promise.

GUINEVERE
How can you be so sure?

ARTHUR
Because we're going to rescue him.

MERLIN
What do you mean "we"?

ARTHUR
The three of us.

GUINEVERE
Cenred wants you dead. That's why he's doing this.

ARTHUR
I know. Cenred's wanted Camelot's throne for as long as I can remember.

MERLIN
Then we'll be walking into a trap.

ARTHUR
Not necessarily.


[12:46, Stonehenge in the woods]

MORGAUSE
Sister. Is everything in place?

MORGANA
Arthur's taken the bait.

MORGAUSE
So he means to rescue her brother?

MORGANA
Just as we thought. There is nothing he would not do for her.

MORGAUSE
Excellent. And he comes alone, I take it?

MORGANA
Uther would never sanction an army for such a task. He rides with just Gwen and Merlin.

MORGAUSE
Perfect. He is as good as ours.

MORGANA
And once he is dead?

MORGAUSE
Why, then you are Uther's only child, and when the time is right, you may take your place on the throne of Camelot.


[13:24, Council Chamber of Doom]

ARTHUR
Father.

UTHER
Hmm? What is it?

ARTHUR
It's, er...it's slightly awkward.

UTHER
Oh?

ARTHUR
I was drawn into a wager...and I lost.

UTHER
Arthur, you know how I disapprove of gambling.

ARTHUR
I know. I'm sorry...

UTHER
How much do you owe?

ARTHUR
Two silk dresses.

UTHER
Excuse me?

ARTHUR
Well, at least enough silk to have them made, anyway.

UTHER
What kind of wager was this, exactly?

ARTHUR
It was Morgana's idea.

UTHER
*laughs* I should have guessed. Really, Arthur, you should know better than to bet against Morgana.

ARTHUR
I know. The thing is, the cloth cannot be obtained in Camelot. So, I'm going to have to leave the city for a couple days.

UTHER
I'd get going if I were you. Don't want to keep her waiting. She'll have your guts.

ARTHUR
Thank you, Father.


[14:22, Physician's Chambers]

GAIUS
Morgana? Are you certain?

MERLIN
Yeah. She's been feeding Cenred information. How else would he know about Arthur's feelings for Gwen?

GAIUS
Then there's no denying it.

MERLIN
No. And if I could just go to Arthur and tell him what I know...

GAIUS
But you can't. It'd be your word against Morgana's, and she's the King's daughter.

MERLIN
I know. She's found Arthur's weak spot.

GAIUS
Well, Arthur can't sacrifice himself for Gwen's brother.

MERLIN
No, of course not. We're going to rescue him instead.

GAIUS
You're going to snatch this boy from under Cenred's nose? You and Arthur? Morgana knows nothing of this?

MERLIN
*scoffs* No.

GAIUS
Merlin, look after yourself.


[15:11, Merlin prepares the horses in the Square]

MORGANA
Aren't you forgetting something?

MERLIN
I don't think so.

MORGANA
But I'm coming with you. Didn't Arthur say?

MERLIN
No, he didn't.


[Arthur hops over the Courtyard Corridor ledge dressed in his chainmail]

ARTHUR
Don't just stand there, Merlin. We need another horse.

MERLIN
Why didn't you tell me she was coming?

ARTHUR
Why should I? What difference does it make to you?

MERLIN
I think it's a bad idea.

ARTHUR
Who's going to watch my back if we get into trouble?

MERLIN
I am.

ARTHUR *snorts*
Come on, she's a darn sight better with a sword than you'll ever be, and you know it. Besides, she insisted.

MERLIN
I bet she did.

[16:08, trail in the woods. Gwen looks around the woods warily]

ARTHUR

I used to be afraid of these woods.

GUINEVERE

I find that hard to believe.

ARTHUR

My father would bring me here when I was a boy, and it seemed every falling leaf was a bandit, every puff of wind was a ghost. You just get used to it in the end.

GUINEVERE

I don't think I'd ever get used to it.

ARTHUR

You don't have to. You've got me.

[Gwen and Arthur smile at each other. Arthur remembers he's not alone with Gwen and looks back to see Merlin's grin]

ARTHUR

What I mean is, in the event of an attack we'll watch out for each other. Morgana, I think I can rely on your protection?

MORGANA

Of course.

ARTHUR

And Gwen, you'll look after Merlin, won't you?

GUINEVERE

*giggle*

[17:07, campsite in the woods]

ARTHUR

Go get some more firewood, would you Merlin?

MERLIN

I thought Morgana was doing that?

ARTHUR

Well, go and see if she's alright.

MERLIN

Why wouldn't she be?

ARTHUR

I don't know, maybe there are wolves in these woods.

MERLIN

No...I don't think so.

ARTHUR

Merlin...

[Arthur mouths "you" and jerks his head away from the campsite. Merlin looks at Gwen and Arthur nods]

MERLIN

Oh, yeah. Yeah, of course. The wolves.

[Merlin hurries off. Gwen struggles to untie something from her saddle]

ARTHUR

You need some help with that?

GUINEVERE

Thanks.

[18:01, Merlin wanders near Morgana as she collects firewood in the woods]

MORGANA

What do you want Merlin?

MERLIN

Arthur sent me. He wanted to make sure that you were OK.

MORGANA

How very thoughtful of him.

MERLIN

Well, he cares for you. You know, Gwen too. They're your friends, Morgana. They've always been loyal to you.

MORGANA

Why are you telling me this?

MERLIN

Because I don't understand how anyone would want to hurt their friends.

MORGANA

No, you just poison them. You'd do well, Merlin, to stay out of things that do not concern you.

MERLIN

Oh, but they do concern me, cause they're my friends too. And I'll do whatever it takes to protect them.

MORGANA

I would expect nothing less.

[19:00, campsite. Gwen carries gear between her horse and the fire pit while Arthur sits trying to light the campfire]

ARTHUR

Sit for a moment. You're wearing me out just watching you.

GUINEVERE

It's good to keep busy. Stops me thinking too much.

ARTHUR
'Cause you're worried about Elyan.

[Gwen pauses and then sits down by the fire pit]

GUINEVERE
I'm always worried about Elyan. He's just one of those people, never settled down, never thinks about the future, just follows his heart wherever it leads him.

ARTHUR
Doesn't sound so bad.

GUINEVERE
Well, it wouldn't be, except he always manages to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

ARTHUR
Well, I don't think it's his fault this time.

GUINEVERE
No. But even if it was, I'd still be there for him.

GUINEVERE
It's what you do when you love someone, isn't it? ...If anything happens to you, I won't forgive myself.

ARTHUR
Don't worry. It won't.

[Arthur continues trying to light the fire with the flints]

ARTHUR
What's wrong with these things?

GUINEVERE
Here, let me.


[Gwen takes the flints and lights the fire on her second try]

GUINEVERE
I'm a blacksmith's daughter, remember?

ARTHUR
Mmm.


[Arthur and Gwen lean in to kiss. Morgana and Merlin return and they break apart. Merlin pauses when he sees them]

MERLIN
I think I may have missed a twig back there. Erm..would you like me to go and get it?


[Arthur glares at Merlin]

MERLIN (mouths)
I could go.


[21:05, the four travellers sit around the campfire, finishing dinner]

ARTHUR
Cenred's chosen his hideout well. Now, the Castle of Fyrien backs onto the sea, we will be vastly outnumbered, and his lookouts will spot us well before we've reached the gates. So, we can't go that way.

MORGANA
But there's no other way, surely?

ARTHUR
Yes, there is.

MERLIN
Erm, more beans? Anyone?

ARTHUR
No thanks. When Caerleon was defeated by my father at the Battle of Danaria, he retreated to the Castle of Fyrien and it seemed a victory would be denied us, but my father knew of a secret labyrinth beneath the castle.

MORGANA
A labyrinth?

ARTHUR
Fyrien was greedy. So, to avoid Camelot's levies, he dug tunnels from the castle to the sea. That way he could smuggle goods into the kingdom without anyone knowing.

MORGANA
And you ambushed Caerleon using these old tunnels.

ARTHUR
He never saw us coming. And neither will Cenred.


[22:04, Morgana meets Morgause in the woods at night]

MORGAUSE
So they are heading for the castle as planned?

MORGANA
Yes, but Arthur means to catch you unawares.

MORGAUSE
What do you mean?

MORGANA
He knows of some tunnels beneath the castle.

MORGAUSE
There must be a secret entrance. Did he say where?

MORGANA
I'm sorry, that's all I know.

MORGAUSE
Then your work is not yet done, Sister. When you find the entrance, you must lead us to it.

MORGANA
But how?


[Morgause pulls out a ring]

MORGAUSE

  • spell*

When you are certain that you are alone, cast it upon the ground. Its magic will guide us.


[22:53, Morgana returns to the campsite and climbs under her blankets. Merlin turns to see that she's returned]


[23:22, Merlin and Morgana prepare their horses the next morning]

MERLIN
Trouble sleeping?

MORGANA
If you have a problem, Merlin, why don't you try talking to Arthur about it? No? Well, keep your mouth shut, then.


[23:46, Merlin spots a snake as they ride through the woods]

MERLIN (whisper)
Morgana *spell*


[The snake spooks Morgana's horse, and she screams as she's thrown off]

MERLIN
Are you alright?

MORGANA
Ow, my leg.

ARTHUR
Can you walk?

MERLIN
No, it's your ankle. You need to rest it.

ARTHUR
We don't have that kind of time.

GUINEVERE
We can't go on without her.

MERLIN
What other choice do we have?

MORGANA
No, no, it's alright. I can go on.

MERLIN
No, you can't! You'll only make it worse.

MORGANA
I said I'm fine.

ARTHUR
You were lucky. It could've been serious. Come on, Merlin, don't just stand there. You alright?

MORGANA
Yeah.


[24:56, Castle of Fyrien throne room]

CENRED
Morgana will lead us to the tunnel entrance?

MORGAUSE
She has not failed us so far.

CENRED
Then Arthur's fate is sealed.

MORGAUSE
If you do your job properly.

CENRED
Don't worry about me.

MORGAUSE
I don't, believe me.

CENRED
And I thought you cared.

MORGAUSE
I care only that Morgana takes her rightful place upon the throne of Camelot.

CENRED
I share that desire, Morgause.

MORGAUSE
Of course you do. After all, you stand to gain much from Arthur's death.

CENRED
I don't deny it. But I am rich and powerful already. I do this only to please you.

MORGAUSE
Is that so? Then please me.


[25:37, rocky shoreline near the Castle of Fyrien]

MERLIN
Are you sure we shouldn't try to sneak into the castle itself. It might be easier.

ARTHUR
No, the tunnels are a better bet. That way the element of surprise is guaranteed.

MERLIN
No, no, no.

ARTHUR
Are you questioning my judgement?

MERLIN
No, no. It's, it's just, er...an instinct, that's all.

ARTHUR
Oh, well, if you got an instinct, we should ignore my lifetime of military experience.

MERLIN
What if it's a trap? What if Cenred knows about the tunnels?

ARTHUR
I'm willing to bet my life he doesn't.


[26:22, tunnel entrance]

ARTHUR
Here we are. Stay close.


[Morgana places the enchanted ring on a rock and it begins to emit orange smoke]


[27:03, Merlin runs into some thick cobwebs in the tunnels]

MERLIN
Blech, augh!

ARTHUR
Stop worrying about your hair, Merlin.

MERLIN
Very funny.

ARTHUR
It's a good sign. Means that no one's been down here.


[Gwen separates some cobwebs and a skeleton pops out at her. She screams. Arthur lights a torch revealing lots of armoured skeletons on the ground]

ARTHUR
Caerleon's last stand.

MERLIN
Where's Morgana?

MORGANA
I'm here.

ARTHUR
Stick together, everyone. We need to keep moving.


[Footsteps approach]

ARTHUR (whisper)
Quiet. Quick, this way.


[Arthur leads them to another tunnel, but footsteps approach from that direction as well]

ARTHUR
We're trapped.

MERLIN
How did they know we were here?

GUINEVERE
It was probably my scream. I'm sorry.


[They attempt to fend off Cenred's men, but Gwen is captured and Arthur surrenders]


[29:23, Castle of Fyrien throne room]

CENRED
Well, well, Arthur Pendragon. How kind of you to pay me a visit. And look, you brought some friends with you. Oh, the Lady Morgana, no less.

MORGANA

Don't so much as breathe on me, you pig.

CENRED

Well, the more the merrier, I say.

ARTHUR

I'm the one you want, Cenred. Let them go.

CENRED

You're right, that would only be fair. But fair's for fools. Take them away!

ARTHUR

I won't let you harm them! They're innocent!

CENRED

Innocent? No friend of Camelot is innocent!


[30:25, Gwen and Elyan's prison cell]

ELYAN
You shouldn't've come back for me, Gwen. What were you thinking?

GUINEVERE
You're probably right. You'd think I'd've learnt by now.

GUINEVERE
I only hope Arthur can think of something.

ELYAN
Arthur?

GUINEVERE
Prince Arthur. I came with him.

ELYAN
Prince Arthur of Camelot?

GUINEVERE
Yes, Elyan, Prince Arthur of Camelot.

ELYAN
Why would he want to help you?

GUINEVERE
Why shouldn't he?

ELYAN
Er, because he's a prince and you're a servant.

GUINEVERE
He doesn't care about that sort of thing. He's...you know...chivalrous.

ELYAN
Right. So he's like that with all the maids in Camelot?

GUINEVERE
No. Yes. I mean...


[Gwen sighs in defeat and Elyan smiles]

ELYAN
It seems that things have changed for you, Guinevere.

GUINEVERE
Yes, I suppose they have.

ELYAN
I'm glad.


[31:35, Castle of Fyrien throne room]

MORGAUSE
Sister, you are unharmed, I trust.

MORGANA [to Cenred]
No thanks to your men.

CENRED
Forgive me, but, er...we must keep up appearances.

MORGANA
What've you done with Arthur?

MORGAUSE
He's safely under lock and key.

MORGANA
Why not just kill him now?

CENRED
How cold hearted you've become.

MORGAUSE
The Prince still has his uses. He knows more about Camelot's defences than anyone.

MORGANA
Arthur will never tell you anything.

MORGAUSE
Cenred has his methods.


[32:09, Arthur and Merlin's prison cell]

MERLIN
I don't understand why we're not dead already.

ARTHUR
Because Cenred will want to torture me first. Find out what I know.

MERLIN
Aren't you afraid?

ARTHUR
No. Not in the slightest.

MERLIN
Sorry, I don't understand. How, how can you not be afraid of pain?

ARTHUR
I am afraid of pain, there's just not going to be any.

MERLIN
Right. So, you go into some sort of trance?

ARTHUR
What are you talking about? There's not going to be any because we are going to escape from this filthy cell and rescue the others.

MERLIN
You got a plan.

ARTHUR
Not as such.


[32:59, Gwen and Elyan's prison cell]

ELYAN
You're angry with me, aren't you?

GUINEVERE
A bit. Where've you been, Elyan?

ELYAN
Here and there.

GUINEVERE
It's been four years since you left and not so much as a word! You could've been dead for all I knew!

ELYAN
I meant to get in touch. It just never seemed like the right moment.

GUINEVERE
So, when our father died, wasn't that the right moment either?

ELYAN
I'm sorry. I haven't been much help, have I?


[33:50, Arthur and Merlin's prison cell]

MERLIN
Help! Quick!


[Merlin pounds on the door and a guard opens the peek hole in the door]

MERLIN
The Prince has escaped. I'm so sorry. I- I wish I knew where he was, but I...


[Merlin looks up at the ceiling]

MERLIN
Oh, there he is.


[The guards look up. Arthur smiles and drops down on the guards. Arthur knocks out one, and Merlin takes out the other]

ARTHUR
Wonders never cease.

MERLIN
Heh.


[34:33, Merlin and Arthur peek around the corner at the guards outside Gwen and Elyan's prison cell]

ARTHUR
Any ideas?

MERLIN
Just this one.


[Merlin pushes Arthur out in front of the guard, Fermin]

ARTHUR
Ha. Hello again.


[Fermin fights Arthur and pins him against the wall]

FERMIN
I'm going to enjoy this.

MERLIN
*spell*


[Fermin's belt breaks and his trousers fall down]

ARTHUR
Know what your problem is? All mouth and no trousers!


[Arthur shoves Fermin through the door of Gwen and Elyan's cell]

ARTHUR
You alright?

GUINEVERE
Yes.

ARTHUR
Where's Morgana?

GUINEVERE
I thought she was with you.

ARTHUR
They must be holding her somewhere else. Let's go.


[35:20, Castle of Fyrien corridor]

ARTHUR
Take Gwen and Elyan with you. Guard them with your life.

MERLIN
What about you?

ARTHUR
I'm going to get Morgana.

MERLIN
No, you can't! It's too dangerous.

ARTHUR
Sorry, Merlin, I'm not leaving without her.


[Arthur checks around a corner]

GUARD (distant)
I think they went that way.


[Arthur jogs back to Gwen]

ARTHUR
When you get to the horses, ride straight for Camelot. Do not wait for me. Promise.

GUINEVERE
But I...

ARTHUR
Promise.

GUINEVERE
I promise.


[Arthur leaves, Gwen and Elyan begin to run in the opposite direction]

MERLIN
Elyan! Look after Gwen. I'm going after him.

GUINEVERE
Good luck.

MERLIN
You too.


[36:02, Castle of Fyrien throne room. Warning bells sound]

CENRED
Arthur.

MORGANA
You should've killed him when you had the chance!

CENRED
He won't get far. My men will deal with him easily enough.

MORGANA
Cenred, if he escapes...

MORGAUSE
Do not fret, Sister. You are like family to our brave Prince. He will not leave this place without you. And when he comes, we'll be waiting.

CENRED
And then, My Lady Morgana, you must play your part well.

MORGANA
When have I not?


[36:35, corridor outside the throne room. Arthur peeks around the corner at the guards, then casually saunters around the corner]

ARTHUR
Evening!


[Arthur takes out the guards]


[37:07, Castle of Fyrien throne room. Arthur bursts in and Cenred guards Morgana with a sword]

CENRED
That's close enough.

MORGANA
Please don't hurt me.

CENRED
One more step and she dies.

ARTHUR
You're a coward, Cenred. You always were.

CENRED
Ha-ha-ha. It's cowards that survive, Arthur. Now put down your sword.


[Morgause comes out from behind a pillar]

MORGAUSE
Do as he says. You seem surprised.

ARTHUR
Hardly. I know what you're capable of.

MORGAUSE
Oh, you have no idea.


[Merlin watches from the doorway as Morgause summons a pillar of fire and pushes it towards Arthur]

MERLIN *spell*


[The fire pillar explodes and blows everyone backwards. The ceiling collapses on Cenred and Morgause. Arthur goes to Morgana as she gets up]

ARTHUR
You alright? Come on.


[Merlin enters the throne room]

ARTHUR
Merlin?! What the hell are you doing here?!

MERLIN

I thought you might need some help!

ARTHUR

Get out of here now!


[Merlin grabs Morgana's arm and drags her out of the room]


[38:47, tunnels]

MORGANA
I can't go on!

MERLIN
What's the matter? Worried about your friends?

MORGANA
No! My ankle!

MERLIN
I'm not a fool, Morgana! I know what you're trying to do!

MORGANA
You know nothing!

MERLIN
Come on!

ARTHUR
What's wrong?

MORGANA
My ankle.


[Arthur picks Morgana up in a fireman's carry]

MORGANA
What are you doing?!

ARTHUR
Trust me, I don't like it any more than you do! Come on, Merlin!


[39:09, Arthur carries Morgana through the woods until he sees Gwen and Elyan waiting with the horses]

ARTHUR
I thought I told you to ride for Camelot.

GUINEVERE
You might be a prince, but I don't always have to do what you tell me to.


[Cenred's men attack. Arthur takes out one. Elyan kills the other]

ARTHUR
Not bad.

ELYAN
Well, practice makes perfect, I guess.


--
[39:50, the rescue party rides along a trail in the woods]

ARTHUR
What did Cenred want with you?

MORGANA
He was trying to extract information. I told him nothing.

ARTHUR
See, that's what men like Cenred will never understand. Camelot was built on trust and loyalty. We will never be defeated as long as we stay true to those ideals.


--
[40:26, Arthur's chambers. Someone knocks on the door while Arthur writes at his table]

ARTHUR
Come in.


[Gwen enters with a pair of dresses]

ARTHUR
What are they?

GUINEVERE
Two silk dresses. In case your father asks any questions.

ARTHUR
Ah, where'd you get them from?

GUINEVERE
Well...let's just say they won't be missed for a day or two.

ARTHUR
How's Elyan settling in?

GUINEVERE
Really well. He's got the forge up and running and a place to live. He really appreciates all the help you've given him.


[Gwen hesitates]

ARTHUR
Was there anything else?

GUINEVERE
I just wanted to say thank you for bringing my brother back. It means more to me than I can say.

ARTHUR
Well, it's like you said, Guinevere. It's what you do when you love someone.

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