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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.

--


[00:12, INT. KING’S PALACE, THRONE ROOM/ANTECHAMBER – NIGHT]
[Arthur washes his face, puts on a white ceremonial robe, and kneels in the Throne Room. Gwen comes up behind Merlin and the two of them watch Arthur from the antechamber. They whisper to each other.]

GWEN
What's he actually doing?

MERLIN
Thinking.

GWEN
About?

[Merlin gives her a sly look.]

MERLIN
You.

[Gwen hits him.]

MERLIN
Shhh.

[Merlin closes the door.]

MERLIN
He has to decide upon a quest.

GWEN
And crouching on his knees all night is going to help?

MERLIN
Yes. He has to transcend his body so that the quest is revealed to him in a vision.

GWEN
And you're going to stay here and watch him?

MERLIN
Gwen, this is one of the most important days in a prince's life.

GWEN
Oh.


--
[01:53, INT. KING’S PALACE, THRONE ROOM ANTECHAMBER - DAY]
[Merlin snores on the floor. He wakes when Uther and the council descend the steps and enter the throne room. Uther touches Arthur's shoulder.]

UTHER
It is time. What is the quest you have chosen?

ARTHUR
I can see but one path, sir. I am to enter the realm of the Fisher King and find the golden trident spoken of in the legends of The Fallen Kings.

UTHER
You do understand that if you are to prove yourself worthy of the throne, you must complete this task alone and unaided.

ARTHUR
I do.

OPENING CREDITS


--
[03:20, INT. KING’S PALACE, PHYSICIAN’S CHAMBERS - DAY]
[Merlin stuffs his face with bread.]

GAIUS
You'll get hiccups.

MERLIN
Who was the Fisher King?

GAIUS
He was a sorcerer who lived many hundreds of years ago.

MERLIN
And?

GAIUS
Legend has it he was wounded in battle. The wound festered and the infection spread, not just through his body, but through his lands as well. His mighty kingdom was reduced to a wasteland, and it has remained that way to this very day.

MERLIN
I don't understand. Why is Uther so worried?

GAIUS
Some believe the Fisher King's still alive, kept from death by his magic.

MERLIN
Do you?

GAIUS
Perhaps. Perhaps not. But the people of the north call the area The Perilous Lands. Few who have ever ventured there have lived to tell the tale.


--
[04:17, INT. KING’S PALACE, ARTHUR'S CHAMBERS - DAY]
[Merlin makes Arthur's bed while Arthur studies maps at his desk. Merlin hiccups. Arthur looks up.]

MERLIN
I ate too quickly. (hiccup)

ARTHUR
Merlin...

MERLIN
I can't help it.

ARTHUR
I need to concentrate.

[Merlin nods.]

MERLIN
(hic)

ARTHUR
I am trying to prepare for one of the most important moments in my life.

MERLIN
All these maps... (muffled hiccup) none of them are the same.

ARTHUR
Well done, Merlin. Do you know why?

MERLIN
No.

ARTHUR
Because hardly anyone's ever been there.

MERLIN
Couldn't you have chosen something a bit easier?

ARTHUR
I'm meant to be proving my worth to the people. A quick trip to the lower town to collect a bundle of herbs probably won't cut it.

MERLIN
But the Perilous Lands are... perilous. Maybe I should come with you.

ARTHUR
What for?

MERLIN
To... help out.

ARTHUR
You really don't get it, do you? The task must be completed alone and unaided. That's the way it's been for hundreds of years. It's not about to change for you. Now, if you don't mind, I have some important preparation to do.

MERLIN
(hiccup)


--
[05:59, EXT. LOWER TOWN - DAY]
[Gwen and Morgana shop in the market. An old woman grabs Morgana's arm.]

MORGAUSE
Please, please, just spare me a few minutes of your time, Sister.

[Morgana realises it's Morgause, then nods and goes with her.]

GWEN
My Lady?

MORGANA
It's alright, Gwen. I won't be a moment.

MORGAUSE
We must be quick, Sister. This enchantment will not hold for long. Tell me, what has Arthur chosen as his quest?

MORGANA
He sets out tomorrow for the Perilous Lands.

MORGAUSE
How perfect.

[Morgause pulls out the Eye of the Phoenix bracelet.]

MORGAUSE
Present this to the Prince as a token of your good wishes. When the time is right, you must make a likeness of the Prince and bind it to the gift using the skills that I have taught you. When he does not return, you, Sister, will take your rightful place as sole heir to the throne of Camelot.

[Morgause passes behind Gwen as she walks back down the street. Gwen sees Morgause's reflection in a mirror. Gwen gasps and spins around but only sees the old woman. Morgana returns to the stall.]

GWEN
My Lady! Are you alright?

MORGANA
Why wouldn't I be?

GWEN
I... I thought...

MORGANA
That poor woman didn't have a penny to feed her family. I felt duty bound to help her, Gwen.


--
[08:01, INT. KING’S PALACE, ARTHUR’S CORRIDOR – DAY]
[Gwen waits for Arthur outside his chambers.]

GWEN
I know you have to go, but...

ARTHUR
I'll be careful.

GWEN (sigh)
For me.

[Arthur kisses Gwen and leaves.]


--
[08:26, INT. KING’S PALACE, MAIN SQUARE - DAY]
[Arthur bows to Uther and Morgana. They watch as he mounts his horse.]

MORGANA
You look troubled, Sire.

UTHER
He is sole heir to the throne Morgana.

MORGANA
Don't worry. I'm certain a Pendragon will rule over Camelot for a long time to come.

[Arthur and Merlin nod to each other. Merlin's gaze is magically drawn to the bracelet.]

ARTHUR
Beautiful, isn't it? It was a gift from Morgana.


--
[09:31, INT. KING’S PALACE, PHYSICIAN’S CHAMBERS - DAY]
Merlin and Gaius search through books.]

GAIUS
You sure it wasn't a jewel?

MERLIN
No, brighter than that.

GAIUS
And you think it was enchanted?

MERLIN
There was magic there, I could feel it.

GAIUS
You sure?

MERLIN (nods)
And if it came from Morgana, it can only mean one thing: Arthur's in danger.


--
[09:53, EXT. FOREST OF ENGRED - DAY]
[Arthur stops in the woods and pulls out a map.]


--
[10:11, INT. KING’S PALACE, PHYSICIAN’S CHAMBERS - NIGHT]

GAIUS
I'm not sure I know where else to look, Merlin.

MERLIN
There has to be something.

GAIUS
We've examined every stone imaginable. Unless...Merlin.

MERLIN
Gaius, that's it!

GAIUS
Then it's not a stone, Merlin. It's an Eye of the Phoenix.

MERLIN
Phoenix?

GAIUS
Some call it the Firebird. Its eye burns with a fire that consumes the life force of anybody it comes in contact with.

MERLIN
Arthur.

GAIUS
The Eye will draw energy from him. If it's worn for too long, Arthur will die.

MERLIN
I have to go after him.

GAIUS
This is not a task to be undertaken lightly, Merlin. You'll need help.


[Merlin rides out of Camelot.]


--
[11:05, INT. KING’S PALACE, MORGANA'S CHAMBERS - NIGHT]
[Morgana makes an effigy and sets it on fire. Arthur lies down to sleep in woods. Using magic, Morgana relights the burnt effigy in a box. The Phoenix Eye glows. Gwen approaches Morgana's door and pauses before opening it without knocking. Morgana snaps the box closed and stands up as Gwen enters.]

MORGANA
What is it now?

GWEN
I just wanted to see if there's anything you needed.

MORGANA
No. Get out.

GWEN
Is something burning?

MORGANA
I said get out!

[Suspicious, Gwen leaves.]


--
[12:21, EXT. FOREST OF ENGRED - DAY]
[Arthur is woken by a pair of bandits the next morning. He is weakened by the Phoenix Eye, but wins the fight.]


--
[13:10, INT. MERCIA, TAVERN - DAY]
[Gwaine is shoved across the bar.]

MERLIN
Hello, Gwaine.

GWAINE
Ah! Merlin! How are you?

ALTHILD
Give me my money.

[Merlin and Gwaine run through the town, chased by Althild and friends. Gwaine bumps into someone.]

GWAINE
Sorry.

[Merlin and Gwaine duck behind a table. Merlin peeks out and sees Althild.]

MERLIN
Gwaine. Run.

GWAINE
Remind me again what you're doing here.

MERLIN
Arthur's in trouble, I need your help.

GWAINE
What kind of trouble?

ALTHILD
There!

MERLIN
He's gone to the Perilous Lands.

GWAINE
What, you serious?

MERLIN
Yeah.

GWAINE
Just now, sounds pretty attractive. All right.

[Merlin and Gwaine climb onto the castle wall and look down.]

GWAINE
All right, go for the horses.

MERLIN
You have got to be joking.

[Gwaine shrugs and throws Merlin over edge of the castle wall onto a stack of hay, then jumps himself.]

GWAINE
Come on.

[Gwaine laughs as they ride away.]


--
[15:11, EXT. THE PERILOUS LANDS, BORDER – DAY]
[Arthur arrives at the border and approaches a bridge in the woods.]

GRETTIR
Who is it that wishes to cross my bridge?

ARTHUR
A knight on a quest to find the trident of the Fisher King.

GRETTIR
Then you must be Courage.

ARTHUR
No, I'm Prince Arthur of Camelot.

[Grettir steps forward to shake Arthur's hand.]

GRETTIR
I'm Grettir. I have to say, you're not as short as I thought you'd be. Before I let you pass, I'll give you a little advice, as Courage, there are two more things you'll need to complete your quest: Strength and Magic.

ARTHUR
I don't condone the use of magic.

GRETTIR
You'd be wise not to dismiss it so freely. The rules in the land that you are heading to are quite different to those in the world that you know.

ARTHUR
Thank you for your help.

[Grettir steps aside. Arthur steps forward to pass him, but Grettir grabs his arm.]

GRETTIR
That's a very beautiful bracelet.

ARTHUR
It was a gift from someone very dear to me. She hoped it would bring me good fortune.

GRETTIR
Did she now?

[Grettir lets go.]

GRETTIR
How very thoughtful of her. (cackle)

[Arthur turns back around and Grettir is gone. Arthur draws his sword and walks on.]


--
[17:27, EXT. FOREST OF ANDER - DAY]

MERLIN
Why were those men so angry?

GWAINE
It's always the way in gambling. You make a man a fool, he calls you a thief.

[Merlin shakes his head.]

GWAINE
How'd you find me?

MERLIN
Wasn't easy. I've been in almost every tavern in Angard.

GWAINE
So have I.

[Gwaine and Merlin laugh.]


--
[17:43, EXT. THE PERILOUS LANDS - DAY]
[Arthur walks alone. The Phoenix Eye glows.]


--
[18:00, INT. KING’S PALACE, MORGANA'S CHAMBERS - DAY]
[Gwen fixes Morgana's hair.]

MORGANA
You're so good to me, Gwen. Thank you.

GWEN
It's nothing.

MORGANA
You're upset with me. I know, I shouted at you last night. I'm sorry. What can I do to make it up?

GWEN
It's forgotten.

MORGANA
Why don't I give you some time off.

[Gwen is suspicious.]

MORGANA
Don't look at me like that. I'm sure I can look after myself for one night.

GWEN
That's very kind of you, My Lady.

MORGANA
I'm glad we're friends again.

GWEN
Before I go, I'll make sure everything's ready for your return.

MORGANA
That's sweet. But don't stay too late.

[Gwen sighs.]


--
[18:52, EXT. THE PERILOUS LANDS, BORDER - DAY]

GWAINE
This is it. On the other side of the forest lie the Perilous Lands.

MERLIN
Doesn't look too friendly.

GWAINE
That's because it's not. Believe me, it's wretched.

MERLIN
How do you know, you've never been there.

GWAINE
I've travelled to many places, Merlin.

MERLIN
Not the Perilous Lands, I know that.

GWAINE
Why?

MERLIN
There aren't any taverns.

GWAINE (laughs)
I told you it was wretched.

--
[19:18, INT. KING’S PALACE, MORGANA'S CHAMBERS - DAY]
[Morgana opens the door and looks inside.]

MORGANA
Gwen?

[Morgana pulls a box out of the cupboard, and sets it on the table as Gwen watches behind the screen. Morgana uses magic to light a fire in the box.]


--
[20:10, EXT. THE PERILOUS LANDS - DAY]
[Arthur submerges in mud.]


--
[20:56, EXT. THE PERILOUS LANDS, THE BRIDGE - DAY]
[Gwaine motions for Merlin to stay put while he scouts the bridge. Merlin nods and then heads straight for the bridge when Gwaine leaves.]

GRETTIR
So, Magic has arrived.

MERLIN
What?

GRETTIR
There is nothing to be afraid of. Your presence is essential if Arthur is to succeed on his quest.

MERLIN
How do you know about Arthur? Who are you?

GRETTIR
The Keeper of the Bridge. I only wish to see the Fisher King's lands restored and prosperity reign again. Until your mission is complete, this cannot happen.

MERLIN
It's not my mission, it's Arthur's.

GRETTIR
That's what you choose to believe. It's no accident that Arthur chose this path or you chose to follow him.

[Gwaine walks up to Merlin.]

GRETTIR
Ah, Finally! Strength has arrived, the trio is complete.

[Gwaine draws his sword.]

GWAINE
Who's he?

[Grettir turns Gwaine's sword into a large flower.]

GRETTIR
I mean no harm to either of you. And I'd thank you to mean no harm in return.

GWAINE
Where's my sword?

GRETTIR
It will return to you once you reach the other side.

[Gwaine grimaces and crosses the bridge.]

GRETTIR
The Fisher King has waited many years for this day. Do not deny him what he wishes.

[Merlin nods and walks to the bridge.]

GRETTIR
Remember, nothing is as it seems.


--
[22:29, EXT. THE PERILOUS LANDS - DAY]
[Arthur struggles out of the mud.]


--
[23:14, EXT. THE PERILOUS LANDS, CAMPFIRE - NIGHT]
[Gwaine and Merlin hear a distant squeal/roar.]

MERLIN
What was that?

GWAINE
Pheasant.

MERLIN
Pheasant?

GWAINE
Very big one.

[Gwaine picks up his sword.]

MERLIN
You can turn back if you want.

GWAINE
Heh, I'm not scared of pheasants.

MERLIN
I don't know. Why do you want to do this?

GWAINE
Same reason as you: help a friend.

MERLIN
Arthur's lucky to have us.

GWAINE
Not Arthur.

MERLIN
I'd do the same for you.

GWAINE
Well, I'd hope so. You're the only friend I've got.

MERLIN
I'm not surprised.

[Gwaine laughs. There are several roar/squeals in the distance.]

MERLIN
They sound like three pheasants.

GWAINE
At least.


--
[24:27, INT. KING’S PALACE, PHYSICIAN’S CHAMBERS - NIGHT]
[Someone knocks frantically on the door. Gaius opens the door and Gwen steps in.]

GWEN
I'm sorry to wake you.

GAIUS
Don't be silly.

GWEN
I'm not sure who else I can talk to.

GAIUS
What is it, child?

GWEN
It's Morgana.

GAIUS
What's happened?

GWEN
She, she had a box, and...her eyes, it was like they were on fire. What do I do, Gaius? She's using magic.

GAIUS
Everything may not be as it seems, Gwen.

GWEN
No, no. I know what I saw. I've known Morgana for so long, I didn't want to believe it, but she...she isn't the person I knew. She's changed, Gaius. I don't think she means well to any of us anymore.

GAIUS
I wish I could say otherwise, but I fear you're right.


--
[25:14, EXT. THE PERILOUS LANDS - DAY]
[Arthur continues walking wearily, finds The Dark Tower, and sees wyverns in the sky. Merlin and Gwaine reach The Dark Tower.]

MERLIN
There it is.

GWAINE
What's that in the sky? They're not birds.

MERLIN
I've never seen creatures like that.

GWAINE
It's like they're hunting something.

[Merlin sees a tiny flash of light.]

MERLIN
What was that?

GWAINE
Sword.

MERLIN
It's Arthur.

[Arthur tries to fend off the wyverns while he runs for the Dark Tower. Arthur enters and lowers the portcullis. Merlin and Gwaine approach the Dark Tower, but pause when they see the wyverns.]

GWAINE
I should've known.

MERLIN
What are they?

GWAINE
Wyverns. Distant cousins of the dragon. They're creatures of magic, so be careful.

[Wyverns continue chasing Arthur while Merlin and Gwaine crawl under the portcullis.]

GWAINE
Okay.

MERLIN
Quick, quick, quick!

[Merlin drops the portcullis when Gwaine gets through.]

MERLIN
Lets split up.


--
[28:39, INT. THE DARK TOWER - DAY]
[Arthur moves further into the Dark Tower and barricades himself in. Merlin and Gwaine search for him.]

GWAINE
Arthur?! Arthur?!

[Arthur faints. The Phoenix Eye glows. Wyverns get through the door. Merlin finds Arthur and jumps in front of the wyverns.]

MERLIN
(dragonspeak)

[Wyverns bow and exit submissively. Merlin removes the Phoenix Eye from Arthur's wrist. Arthur wakes.]

ARTHUR
What the hell are you doing here?

MERLIN
Why can you never just say thanks?

ARTHUR
Thanks?! What? For completely ruining the quest?!

MERLIN
Well, it's a good job I was here, otherwise you'd be wyvern fodder by now.

ARTHUR
How many times do I have to get it into your thick skull? I am suppose to be doing this alone!

[A third wyvern screeches behind Merlin, ready to attack. Gwaine stabs it in the back.]

ARTHUR
Great. This just gets better and better. Are Gwen and Morgana here too? Are we going to have a surprise party?

GWAINE
There're more wyverns on their way. We need to get out of here.

ARTHUR
I'm not leaving without the trident. It was the whole point of this quest.

MERLIN
Do you want us to help you? Or do you want to do this alone?

ARTHUR
Merlin!

[Merlin smiles and follows. Gwaine rolls his eyes and follows.]

MERLIN
Do you know where the trident is?

ARTHUR
If I did, there wouldn't be a problem, would there?

MERLIN
Any clues you can give us?

ARTHUR
This is a quest, Merlin, not a treasure hunt.

MERLIN
Well, it is sort of a...

ARTHUR
Merlin!

[Arthur, Gwaine, and Merlin continue searching the tower.]


--
[31:48, INT. THE DARK TOWER, THRONE ROOM - DAY]
[Merlin stops on a spiral staircase to look through a doorway.]

MERLIN
Look at this. Looks like a throne room.

[Gwaine and Arthur come back down the stairs.]

ARTHUR
If the trident's going to be anywhere...

[Merlin takes a step inside the room, the stone beneath him depresses and Gwaine pushes Merlin into the room to prevent him being squashed by the trap door.]

GWAINE
Merlin, watch out!

[A stone door falls into place.]

GWAINE
Merlin?!

[Gwaine and Arthur press their ears against the door.]

ARTHUR
Merlin?! You alright?!

MERLIN
Gwaine?! Arthur?!

[Merlin presses his ear against the door.]

GWAINE
There's got to be a way to open this.

[Gwaine searches the edges of the door. Merlin turns around and walks toward the throne.]

FISHER KING
So, Emrys, you are here at last.

[Merlin steps around to the front of the throne where the Fisher King sits, covered in cobwebs. Merlin bows his head.]

MERLIN
So, you are still alive.

FISHER KING
For now.


--
[33:28, INT. THE DARK TOWER, SPIRAL STAIRCASE - DAY]

ARTHUR
Now I'm sure if we just reach in here...

[Arthur pulls out a brick; bugs come pouring out.]

ARTHUR
...we'll be able to find something to release the door.

GWAINE
Go on, then.

[Gwaine slaps Arthur's back.]

GWAINE
Don't be such a princess. It is your quest, after all.

[Arthur scowls at Gwaine and pulls his glove tight before reaching into the hole.]


--
[33:59, INT. THE DARK TOWER, THRONE ROOM - DAY]
[Crumbling stone noises on the other side of the door.]

MERLIN
That would be...

FISHER KING
Your friends Courage and Strength, I know. Without their help, you would not be here.

MERLIN
What is it you want?

FISHER KING (sigh)
I want an end to my suffering.

MERLIN
You want to die.

FISHER KING
I have been waiting all these years for the arrival of a new time: the time of the Once and Future King.

MERLIN
I've heard these words before.

FISHER KING
And you will hear them again. For that time is dawning, and my time finally can come to an end. This is why you were brought here. For this is not Arthur's quest, it is yours. Arthur thinks the prize is the trident.

[The Fisher King lets the trident fall to the floor.]

FISHER KING
But the real prize is something far greater.

[Merlin sees the glass vial in the King's hand.]

FISHER KING
Water from the Lake of Avalon. I've kept it safe these years, waiting for the right person to claim it. And that is you. You are the one chosen.

MERLIN
What are you talking about?

FISHER KING
Albion's time of need is near. And in that dark hour you must be strong, for you alone can save her. Your powers are great, but you will need help. And that is what I'm giving you.

[Merlin takes the water vial.]

FISHER KING
When all seems lost, this will show you the way.

MERLIN
Thank you.

FISHER KING
I have given you a gift. Now you must give me one in return.

MERLIN
But I have nothing to give.

[The Fisher King stands.]

FISHER KING (moans)
I think you do.

[Merlin mulls it over, then pulls out the Phoenix Eye bracelet.]

MERLIN
If I give you this, you will die.

[The Fisher King holds out his arm and nods. Merlin nods, drops to one knee and places the bracelet on the Fisher King's wrist. The Phoenix Eye glows and the Fisher King is whisked away.]

FISHER KING
Thank you.

[The stone door opens partially and Arthur rolls under it. Merlin gets up.]

ARTHUR
Merlin.

MERLIN
(sigh)

[Arthur walks forward and slaps him on the arm while looking around. Gwaine sighs gives Merlin a manly hug.]

ARTHUR
Ha! Look what I found!

[Arthur holds up the Fisher King's trident.]

ARTHUR
Let's get out of this place.

[Merlin and Gwaine exchange a look. Gwaine scoffs. Merlin looks back at the throne before leaving.]


--
[39:08, EXT. FIELD, CAMELOT’S BORDER – DAY]
[Gwaine, Arthur, and Merlin ride to the edge of a field.]

GWAINE
This is the border. By Uther's decree, I can go no further.

ARTHUR
I'm sorry, Gwaine. Nothing I can do to change that.

MERLIN
Maybe one day.

GWAINE
Yeah. When Camelot gets itself a half-decent king.

ARTHUR
Careful...

[Merlin snickers.]

ARTHUR
He is my father.

GWAINE
Well, you can't have everything, heh?

MERLIN
Where will you go this time.

[Gwaine licks his finger and sticks it in the air.]

GWAINE
I think I'll ride south.

MERLIN
You can't keep living like that.

GWAINE
Yeah, but it's fun trying.

[Arthur nudges his horse forward.]

MERLIN
Thanks, Gwaine.

GWAINE
Hmm. (nods)

ARTHUR
I'll remember this, Gwaine.

[Gwaine nods Arthur waves and Gwaine turns to ride off.]


--
[4:07, EXT. FIELD – DAY]
[Arthur and Merlin approach Camelot.]

MERLIN
I've got to say, that was a good quest. Did you meet that man on the bridge? And then the wyverns; they were really scary. And, oh! the door to the throne room! That was so close!

ARTHUR
You do talk some nonsense sometimes, Merlin. I mean, what on earth would you even know about it? It's not like you were there.

MERLIN
Of course I was.

ARTHUR
You were not there. You have not seen me for days. You've been on a little trip to pick herbs or whatever it is you do in your spare time.

MERLIN
Ah, of course. If your father was to find out you weren't alone...

ARTHUR
Yes, Merlin. So...just keep your mouth shut.

MERLIN
Absolutely, Sire. I'd do anything you say...for a price.

ARTHUR
What kind of price?

MERLIN
A day off.

ARTHUR
Hmm. I think you've had too many of those herbs that you've been picking.

[Arthur sets off at a gallop.]


--
[41:01, INT/EXT. KING’S PALACE, MORGANA'S CHAMBERS/MAIN SQUARE - NIGHT]
[Gwen lights candles. Morgana approaches the window and sees Arthur riding into the Square. Her jaw drops and her hand goes lax on the cup she's holding, the water pours out until she drops it entirely. Gwen looks down at the cup and goes to Morgana at the window.]

GWEN
My Lady?

[Gwen sees Arthur dismount in the Square.]

GWEN (whisper)
Arthur! Oh, thank God!

MORGANA
Isn't it wonderful? I'm so happy.

[Gwen looks suspiciously at Morgana and picks up the cup.]

GWEN
I'll clear that up.


--
[41:46, INT. KING’S PALACE, COUNCIL CHAMBER - NIGHT]
[Arthur presents the trident at court.]

UTHER
Arthur, I don't know what pleases me more, to be in possession of such a precious artefact, or to know that you have finally proved yourself to be the man I always hoped you would be.

ARTHUR
Thank you, Father.

UTHER
I have no doubt that you will one day make a fine king.

[The court applauds.]


--
[42:11, INT. KING’S PALACE, PHYSICIAN’S CHAMBERS - NIGHT]
[Gaius holds up the water vial.]

GAIUS
It's from the Lake of Avalon?

MERLIN
That's what he told me.

GAIUS
Interesting.

MERLIN
You think?

GAIUS
Well, it must have some significance.

MERLIN
Maybe...Do you believe his warnings?

GAIUS
Well, we already know of one enemy within our walls.

MERLIN
Morgana.

GAIUS
Her abilities are growing. Whether the Fisher King is right or wrong, we'd be foolish to ignore his words.

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