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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. IDIRSHOLAS – NIGHT]
[Morgause walks behind tall cobwebbed figures in the chamber of an empty old castle.]

MORGAUSE
Cnihtas Medhires, éower sáwla sind min sáwla. Onwác and cóm hér eft. Rid eft ond forsliehð eft. Gehðu, Uther Pendragon!

[Morgause lights a fire in the middle of the circle of figures. The figures start to move.]

OPENING CREDITS

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

JOSEPH
I'm a herder from the northern plains, Sire. Three nights back, we were camped beneath the walls of Idirsholas.

UTHER
I'm not sure I would've chosen such a place.

JOSEPH
Good pasture is scarce at this time of year, Sire.

UTHER
And what is it you have to tell me?

JOSEPH
While we were there we, we saw smoke rising from the citadel.

GAIUS
And did you see anything else?

JOSEPH
No.

UTHER
Did you go inside?

JOSEPH
No. Nobody has stepped over that threshold for 300 years! You must know the legend, Sire.

GAIUS
When the fires of Idirsholas burn, the Knights of Medhir will ride again.

UTHER
See to it this man is fed and has a bed for the night. Take a ride out there.

ARTHUR
Why?

UTHER
So we can put people's minds at rest.

ARTHUR
Surely this is superstitious nonsense?

UTHER
Gather the guard and do as I say.

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

MERLIN
Why is Uther so worried?

GAIUS
Because the Knights of Medhir are a force to be reckoned with.

MERLIN
Do you believe the story as well?

GAIUS
It's more than a story, Merlin. Some 300 years ago, seven of Camelot's knights were seduced by a sorcerer's call. One by one, they succumbed to her power. At her command, they became a terrifying and brutal force that rode through the lands leaving death and destruction in their wake.

MERLIN
What happened?

GAIUS
It was only after the sorcerer herself was killed that the Knights of Medhir finally grew still. Merlin, if what Joseph says is true, then something has awoken them, and I fear for each and every one of us.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, MORGANA’S CHAMBERS – DAY]
[Morgana enters her room and finds her window open and a little box on her window ledge. she opens it and read the note placed inside.]

"My dearest Morgana, Meet me tonight after sundown in ...outside the castle gates. I will...the marked and distinctive... Until then, keep..."

GWEN
Are you all right?


[Morgana crumples the note.]

MORGANA
Yes, just a little cold.

GWEN
Do you need something warmer?

MORGANA
No, thank you.


--
[EXT. FOREST – DAY]
[Merlin and Arthur's party rides through the woods.]

ARTHUR
What is it, Merlin? Don't tell me you've been listening to Gaius's bedtime stories again.

MERLIN
I just hope that's all they are.


--
[EXT. KING’S PALACE/FOREST – NIGHT]
[Morgana sneaks out of the castle at night to meet Morgause in the woods.]

MORGAUSE
You look well.

MORGANA
Thanks to you.


[Morgana touches the enchanted bracelet Morgause gave her.]

MORGANA
I wear it all the time. I can't remember when I last had a bad dream.

MORGAUSE
But you do not seem happy. Why is that?

MORGANA
I would be if I didn't have to pretend.

MORGAUSE
Pretend?

MORGANA
That I'm Uther's loving ward when I hate him.

MORGAUSE
Have you ever imagined a new world, Morgana? One where Uther was no more?

MORGANA
Sometimes.

MORGAUSE
And is that what you'd like?

MORGANA
I once had the chance to be his assassin.

MORGAUSE
And what stopped you?

MORGANA
I don't know. I believe he cared for me. But not anymore. He cares for no one.

MORGAUSE
So, you want Uther destroyed and his reign to end?

MORGANA
More than anything. But it doesn't matter what I want. The future's not of my making.

MORGAUSE
You are wrong, Morgana. You underestimate your importance. The decisions you make now will change the shape of everything that is to come.

MORGANA
What do you mean?

MORGAUSE
Whose side are you on, Morgana? Are you with Uther? Or are you with me? Are you prepared to help me bring about his downfall?

MORGANA
I am.

MORGAUSE
I can't tell me how much it means to hear you say that.


[Morgause's eyes glow and Morgana passes out in Morgause's arms. Morgause lays her on the ground and begins to draw a circle around Morgana with a stick.]

MORGAUSE
Acene slæp swilce ... Acene slæp swilce ... Acene slæp swilce ...


[Morgana begins to glow.]


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, MORGANA’S CHAMBERS – DAY]
[Morgana wakes in her bed the next morning.]

GWEN
Morning, My Lady. Morgana. Morgana.

MORGANA
Yes.

GWEN
Did you sleep well? (yawns)

MORGANA
Yes. Better than you, by the looks of it.

GWEN
Sorry. (sighs)


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, UTHER’S CHAMBERS – DAY]
[Uther sits up in bed, sweating.]

UTHER
I have court business that needs attending to.

GAIUS
You have to stay in bed, Sire. You have a fever. I'll prepare a tonic for you. When did he first fall ill?

SIR LEON
It came on this morning. It's not something to worry about?

GAIUS
No. It will soon pass. Be sure to let me know if there's any change.


--
[INT. IDIRSHOLAS – DAY]
[Arthur's party rides for the fortress and enters the ruins.]

MERLIN
What's that noise?

ARTHUR
What noise?

MERLIN
A sort of trembling sound.

ARTHUR
That's your knees knocking together.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, PHYSICIAN'S CHAMBERS – DAY]
[Gwen sits, waiting for Gaius to give her a remedy.]

GAIUS
I fear this contagion is spreading. You're the fifth person I've seen today.

GWEN
I'm sure it's nothing.


[Gaius knocks a potion bottle to the floor, which shatters.]

GAIUS
Damn.


[Gaius bends down.]

GAIUS
Ooh.


[Gaius straightens up.]

GAIUS
I'll pick that up later. I think I might need a little something myself. If I can ever find what it is I'm looking for.


--
[INT. IDIRSHOLAS – DAY]
[Arthur's party enters the chamber in the fortress where Morgause awoke the knights at the beginning. Arthur checks the ashes of the fire.]

ARTHUR
It seems part of Joseph's story was true. Probably just travellers passing through.


[Merlin turns his head back toward the entrance.]

MERLIN
Or maybe not.


[Knights of Idirsholas draw their swords. Arthur's party fights the knights. Arthur runs one through, but it doesn't fall. Fight, stab, repeat. Arthur loses his sword in an undead knight's gut.]

MERLIN
Arthur!


[Merlin throws Arthur a sword.]

ARTHUR
Run, Merlin! Go!


[Merlin passes Arthur, but then stops.]

ARTHUR
What are you...?! Do as I say!


[Arthur shoves Merlin toward the entrance. Merlin waits in the doorway for Arthur. Arthur fights his way to the door and faces approaching undead knights.]

MERLIN
Ahríes þæc!


[Merlin pulls Arthur backwards out of the room as the entrance crumbles.]


--
[EXT. FOREST – DAY]
[Merlin and Arthur run into the woods and then stop.]

ARTHUR
What happened to your arm?

MERLIN
Oh, I must have caught in on something.

ARTHUR
Let me see. Your first battle wound. Here.


[Arthur rips off the bottom of his tunic.]

MERLIN
Er, no. No, don't...You'll ruin it.

ARTHUR
Don't worry. You can mend it.


[Arthur wraps Merlin's arm.]

ARTHUR
Did anyone else escape?

[Merlin shakes his head.]

ARTHUR
We need to get back to Camelot, gather reinforcements.


--
[EXT. KING’S PALACE, MAIN SQUARE – DAY]
[Merlin and Arthur dismount at the city entrance where the guards are lying on the ground.]

MERLIN
Are they dead?

ARTHUR
No. They're breathing.

MERLIN
What's happened to them?

ARTHUR
I don't know.


[They jog into the Square where guards and knights are strewn about.]

ARTHUR
What's going on?


[A horse comes into the Square with a cart, the driver fast asleep.]

MERLIN
I'll get Gaius.


[Merlin jogs into the palace.]

MERLIN
Arthur?!


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, GRIFFIN STAIRCASE – DAY]
[Arthur runs in after Merlin. People are passed out on the staircase.]

MERLIN
They're all fast asleep. Must be some kind of sickness.

ARTHUR
Where's my father?


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, COUNCIL CHAMBER OF DOOM – DAY]
[Arthur rushes in, but it’s empty.]

ARTHUR
Where is he?!


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, PHYSICIAN'S CHAMBERS – DAY]
[Merlin runs in.]

MERLIN
Gaius!


[Gaius is asleep on his work table.]

MERLIN
It must be the work of magic.

ARTHUR
We have to find my father!


[Arthur and Merlin pass Morgana's Chambers and go inside. Arthur notices Gwen lying on the floor and moves her to the bed. they hear the curtain behind them move. Arthur draws his sword and pulls Morgana out from behind it.]


*Arthur shouts*


*Morgana screams*

ARTHUR
It's me! It's me, Morgana! What's happened?

MORGANA
I didn't know it was you!

ARTHUR
Calm down, Morgana. Just tell me what happened.

MORGANA
People were complaining, saying they weren't feeling well.

ARTHUR
And what then?

MORGANA
They started falling asleep. Everyone, everywhere I went.

ARTHUR
Was someone here?

MORGANA

  • shakes head*

ARTHUR
Then why were you hiding?

MORGANA
I told you, I didn't know who you were.

ARTHUR
Where's my father?

MORGANA
I don't know.

MERLIN
Arthur, she's distressed.

ARTHUR
If she was awake then she must have seen something.

MORGANA
I didn't see anything.

ARTHUR
You saw people getting sick, what did you do?

MORGANA
What could I do?

ARTHUR
Morgana, I don't understand. Why is it that you're the only person awake?


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, UPPER CORRIDOR – DAY] v[Knights of Medhir ride out from Idirsholas. Arthur, Merlin, and Morgana walk down the corridor.]

MERLIN
Don't worry, I won't say anything.

MORGANA
About what?

MERLIN
The illness.

MORGANA
That has nothing to do with me.

MERLIN
No, of course not, but you have magic.

MORGANA
You haven't told anyone that!

MERLIN
No, and I won't tell Arthur, but...there must be something keeping you safe, and I think that must be it.

MORGANA
Right.

ARTHUR (distant)
I found him!


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, UTHER'S CHAMBERS –DAY]
[Arthur lifts his father from his slumped position over the table.]

ARTHUR
Father.

MERLIN
See, he's all right.

ARTHUR
He is not "all right".

MERLIN
He's just asleep. All we have to do is find the cure. A way to wake them.

ARTHUR
Who could have done this? You're the only one who's not been affected, Morgana. There must be a reason.

[MORGANA LOOKS AT MERLIN FOR HELP]

MORGANA
I don't know.

ARTHUR
That's all you keep saying! You must know something!

MORGANA
No, they just fell asleep one by one!

MERLIN
It's obvious. When she started feeling sick, Gaius gave her a potion, right?

[MORGANA LOOKS CONFUSED]

ARTHUR
When was she sick? She never said that.

MERLIN
She was one of the last to be affected. Somehow the potion must have helped.

ARTHUR
What about everyone else? [MERLIN STRUGGLES TO ANSWER AS MORGANA LOOKS ON IN DESPERATION AND ARTHUR WAITS FOR A RESPONSE]

MERLIN
By then Gaius was too ill. He didn't have a chance to treat anyone else.

[MORGANA LOOKS RELIVED]

ARTHUR
Go and see if you can find this potion. I'll search for signs of life in the lower town. Morgana, you stay here. You look after my father. Keep him safe. Here. Protect him with your life, you understand?


--
[EXT. FOREST – DAY]
[Morgause meets her undead knights in the woods. They dismount and bow before her.]


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, PHYSICIAN'S CHAMBERS – DAY]
[Merlin flips through magic book.]

MERLIN
All right, Gaius, this is going to wake you. Ic ácwice þé.


[Gaius springs up with a goofy grin.]

MERLIN
Gaius!


[Gaius has a blank stare.]

MERLIN
Gaius? All right. Er...


[Merlin flips pages in the magic book.]

MERLIN
Oh. We could try this. Ic þé bebíede þæt þú mé slæpest!


[Gaius's chair collapses and he ends up on the floor.]

MERLIN
Well, maybe not. Er...(sigh) Oh, come on, Gaius. I need you to wake up.


[Gaius still staring forward with a silly grin.]

MERLIN
I really need your help.


[Merlin flips through the book.]

MERLIN
Ah, here we go. Brimstréam!


[The spell splashes water in Gaius's face.]

ARTHUR
Merlin!


[Merlin snaps the book shut.]

ARTHUR
Come quickly!


--
[EXT. KING’S PALACE, BATTLEMENTS/LOWER TOWN – DAY]
[Merlin and Arthur watch from the battlements as eight riders head for Camelot.]

MERLIN
According to the legend there were only seven nights of Medhir.

ARTHUR
Then who's the extra rider?

MERLIN
I don't know. Camelot is defenceless.

ARTHUR
We have to get back to my father.


[Medhir riders pass through the lower town.]


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, UTHER’S CHAMBERS – DAY]
[Merlin and Arthur return.]

ARTHUR
This will be one of the first places they look. We have to get him somewhere else.

MORGANA
What's going on?

ARTHUR
We're under attack. No time to explain. Grab his legs, carry him. You're not meant to be sweeping the floor with him! Pick his feet up!

MERLIN
His feet aren't the problem.

ARTHUR
Morgana, give him a hand.


[The riders cross the drawbridge.]


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, CORRIDOR – DAY]
[Merlin grins as Uther snores while they drag him through the corridor.]

ARTHUR
It is not funny, Merlin. Did you find the potion Morgana took?

MERLIN
Er...no.


[The riders dismount in the square.]


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, ARTHUR’S CHAMBERS – DAY]
[Arthur, Merlin, and Morgana drag Uther into the room. Merlin and Morgana drop his legs.]

ARTHUR
We can't leave him here! We have to lift him onto the bed.

MERLIN
Why? He's asleep. He's not going to know.

ARTHUR
Merlin!

MERLIN
Well...I'll get him a pillow.

ARTHUR
He's the King!

MERLIN
All right. Two pillows.


[Merlin and Arthur put pillows under Uther's head. Arthur staggers as he stands up.]

MERLIN
You alright?

ARTHUR
Are you feeling the same?

MERLIN
We're getting sick.


[Merlin looks at Morgana who's still fine.]

ARTHUR
We can't let that happen. We must keep my father hidden.

MERLIN
Why don't we disguise him?

ARTHUR
That might just work.

MERLIN
We could dress him as a woman.

ARTHUR
That, on the other hand...

MERLIN
We could dress him as a servant.

ARTHUR
That's better.

MERLIN
I'll get him some clothes.

ARTHUR
Are you alright, Morgana? You seem quiet.

MORGANA
I'm fine.

ARTHUR
You sure? I can always tell when you're lying. Don't worry. I won't let any harm come to him.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, CORRIDORS/DRAGON’S CAVE – DAY]
[Merlin hides from the undead knights wandering through the castle. He goes to the Dragon's Cave.]

MERLIN
What's going on?! Why is everyone asleep?!


*Kilgharrah pretends to be snoring*

MERLIN
Please not you as well. I need your help! What am I going to do?! Don't pretend. I know you're listening to me.

KILGHARRAH (yawn) I don't need to listen to you, Merlin. You always say the same thing: "Help me". And yet you refuse to give anything in return. Now you will face the consequence of that decision. Camelot's end is nigh, and there's nothing you can do about it.

MERLIN
I know I promised to free you, and I will!

KILGHARRAH
Hahahaha.

MERLIN
I will! I promise!

KILGHARRAH
I no longer trust your promises.

MERLIN
I swear on my mother's life!

KILGHARRAH
Careful what you say.

MERLIN
You have to help me. Please?

KILGHARRAH
Her life matters more to you than your own. This is an oath I believe you will honour.

MERLIN
I will.

KILGHARRAH
It is one thing to cast a spell that puts everyone to sleep. The power to maintain it is a very different matter. It will need more than just words to break this enchantment.

MERLIN
What do you mean?

KILGHARRAH
You must eradicate the source, Merlin.

MERLIN
Great. What is that?

KILGHARRAH
Not what, but who. Such spells need a vessel, a constant living presence to give them strength. The source of this pestilence is the witch, the Lady Morgana.

MERLIN
Can't be.

KILGHARRAH
I have warned you about her in the past, but you have failed to take heed. She is dangerous!

MERLIN (sigh)
No.

KILGHARRAH
And now she has chosen to turn her back on her own.

MERLIN
How do I stop her?

KILGHARRAH
That is easy, young warlock. You must kill her.

MERLIN (whisper)
No!

KILGHARRAH
The spell is woven with magic of such power that even you are not immune. You must act now before it's too late. If you do not, then Camelot will fall and Arthur will die, and the future you were destined to share will die with you.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, PHYSICIAN’S CHAMBERS – DAY]
[Merlin grabs clothes, a water skin, and a bottle of Hemlock.]


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, CORRIDOR – DAY]
[Merlin runs down the corridor. Arthur grabs him and pulls him into an alcove.]

ARTHUR
What took you so long?

MERLIN
I didn't know Uther's size.


[Merlin and Arthur hear undead breathing, so they peek around the other side of the alcove to see Morgause walking down the corridor with the undead knights. Furious!Arthur tries to pull his sword, but Merlin stops him.]


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

MORGANA
I was worried about you.

MERLIN
They're here! They're in the castle!

MORGANA
Where's Arthur?

MERLIN
Gone to find somewhere safe to move to.

MORGANA
Thank you for not saying anything to him.

MERLIN
It's all right.

MORGANA
You're a good friend.


[Arthur enters.]

ARTHUR
We have to move my father before Morgause gets here.

MORGANA
Morgause!

ARTHUR
Come on! Let's go!

MERLIN
You're not surprised?

MORGANA
No, I am.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, SERVANT’S CHAMBER – DAY]
[They drag Uther into a servant's chamber.]

ARTHUR
Should be safe in here for a while.


[They drop Uther on the low bed. Merlin and Arthur sit down while Morgana stands at the window unaffected by the spell.]

ARTHUR
Must be the potion Gaius gave her.

MERLIN
Yeah, must be the potion.

ARTHUR
We can't keep this up much longer.

MERLIN
I know. Wait. We're in a servant's quarters. If we leave him here, they'll just think he's a servant.

ARTHUR
Not if Morgause sees him. We need to get him out of Camelot.

MERLIN
When we arrived there was a cart in the main square, remember?

ARTHUR
You are full of good ideas today, Merlin. You go and look.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, CORRIDOR – DAY]
[Merlin looks out a window at the cart in the square. Merlin is attacked by an undead knight in the corridor.]

MERLIN
Atres!


[The spell throws the knight against the wall. Merlin flees. It gets back up.]


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, SERVANT’S CHAMBER – DAY]
[Merlin runs into the servant's chamber.]

MERLIN
They're closing in! We won't make it to the cart, not carrying Uther.

ARTHUR
That's why we've made this. We're gonna pull him.


[Arthur peeks out of the servant's chamber at an undead knight, closes the door, draws sword and hides behind a column.]

ARTHUR
Get down. Keep quiet.


[Merlin and Morgana hide. behind another column. undead knight enters and Arthur attacks.]

ARTHUR
Protect the King! Get him out of here!


[Merlin and Morgana drag Uther out of the room and down the Upper Corridor. an undead knight pursues them. Morgana trips and falls.]

MORGANA
Merlin!


[Merlin pauses and then keeps dragging the King.]

MORGANA
Please!


[The knight goes to strike her. Morgana screams and cowers on the floor. The undead knight stops and looks at her, then goes after Merlin. Merlin drags Uther down Red Ribbon Corridor. He's about to use magic against the knight, but Arthur jumps in to fight it and kicks it down a spiral set of stairs.]


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, COUNCIL CHAMBER OF DOOM – DAY]
[They enter.]

ARTHUR
Merlin, help me.


[Merlin and Arthur bar the door.]

ARTHUR
Morgana, we need the remedy that Gaius gave you. Morgana.

MORGANA
I don't have it.

ARTHUR
I know that, but you must remember what it was, what was in it? Come on, Morgana! We can't keep going much longer! Think!

MORGANA
I'm sorry! I...

MERLIN
It doesn't matter. We can't get it now anyway, we're trapped.

ARTHUR
There has to be something we can do!

MERLIN (whisper)
Why didn't that knight kill you?

MORGANA
How do I know? Because I'm a woman?

MERLIN
Yeah, maybe.

ARTHUR
Unless we can rid ourselves of this sickness, then I don't see how we're going to hold out.

MERLIN
We have to destroy the source of the magic.

ARTHUR
Which is?

MERLIN
I don't know.

ARTHUR
Our only chance is to get out of Camelot. Help me with my father. You cut the blanket up. We'll tie it to my father, and we'll lower him onto the cart.

MORGANA
Arthur...

ARTHUR
Morgana, please just do as I say. I'll fetch the cart 'round to the window.

MERLIN
You're going out there? I'll come with you.

ARTHUR
No. No, you stay. You protect my father.

MERLIN
You won't reach the cart alone. It's suicide.

ARTHUR
We have no choice.

MERLIN
How you feeling?

ARTHUR
Not bad.

MERLIN
You sure?

ARTHUR
Yeah, you?

MERLIN
Never better.

ARTHUR
Get me a pillow, could you.

MERLIN
Don't mess around. Arthur you... Arthur? You need to stay awake.


[Arthur begins to fall asleep leaning against the door. Merlin smacks him.]

ARTHUR
Merlin!

MERLIN
That's better!

ARTHUR
If you ever do that again...

MERLIN
Well, don't fall asleep, then!


[Arthur takes the water skin from Merlin and splashes his face with it. the undead knights growl outside the door.]

ARTHUR
That your knees again?


[Arthur and Merlin unbar the door.]

ARTHUR
If I need a servant in the next life...

MERLIN
Don't ask me.

ARTHUR
Ha-ha!


[Arthur draws his sword and jumps out into the corridor. Merlin re-bars the door.]

MORGANA
He's not going to survive out there.

MERLIN
I know.

MORGANA
We've got to do something.

MERLIN
I know.


[Arthur fights outside. Merlin and Morgana take Uther's dragging cloth.]

MERLIN
Here. You tear this up. I'll make some rope.


[Merlin poisons the water skin.]

MERLIN
Here, have some water.

MORGANA
I'm not thirsty.

MERLIN
If we get out of here, you may not get another chance to drink.

MORGANA
If we get out of here.


[Merlin hands her the water skin, but she puts it down. Arthur fights in the corridor. Merlin picks up the water skin and pretends to drink.]

MERLIN
Here.

MORGANA
I'm fine.

MERLIN
No, you have some before I finish it.

MORGANA (sigh)
Thank you.


[Morgana drinks. She begins to have trouble breathing. looks at the skin and then at Merlin. Merlin wipes his eyes and then turns to face her. Morgause notices something's wrong. Merlin tries to hold Morgana as she struggles to breathe. Morgause begins to hold her throat like Morgana. she blows the council chamber door open and rushes to Morgana, taking her from Merlin's arms.]

MORGAUSE
What has he done to you?

MERLIN
I had to.

MORGAUSE
You poisoned her!

MERLIN
You gave me no choice.

MORGAUSE
Tell me what you used and I can save her.

MERLIN
First, stop the attack!

MORGAUSE
You're nothing but a simple servant! You don't tell me what to do!

MERLIN
If you want to know what poison it is, you will undo the magic that drives the knights!

MORGAUSE
Tell me the poison or you'll die!

MERLIN
Then she'll die with me. I don't want this any more than you, but you give me no choice. Stop the knights and you can save her.


[Arthur is still fighting undead knights.]

MORGAUSE
Astýre ús þanonweard! Cnihtas Medhires, éower sáwla. Rid eft ond forsliehð eft.


[The knights drop in front of Arthur. Merlin hands Morgause the hemlock bottle. Arthur bursts in with other knights of Camelot.]

ARTHUR
What have you done with my father?

MERLIN
He's safe!


[Uther wakes up on the floor.]

ARTHUR
Morgana!

MORGAUSE
Keep away from her! Bedyrne ús! Astýre ús þanonweard!


[Morgause and Morgana disappear in a windy cloud of smoke.]


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, MORGANA’S CHAMBERS]
[Uther looks at Morgana's jewellery. Arthur enters.]

ARTHUR
I couldn't find you. Are you alright?

UTHER
Is there still no sign of her?

ARTHUR
We've looked, Father.

UTHER
Morgause must not be allowed to get away with this.

ARTHUR
Yes, Father.


[Arthur turns to leave.]

UTHER
Arthur. I haven't had a chance to say thank you.

ARTHUR
I failed, Father. I should have protected Morgana.

UTHER
No. That was my duty. Her loss will forever my on my conscience, not yours.


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

GAIUS
You did the right thing.

MERLIN
You don't mean that. Morgana was your friend, too. You cared about her.

GAIUS
I did. But I fear that, unlike you, Morgana chose not to use her gift for good. You had no choice. Would be sitting here now if you had not made that decision?


[Merlin gets up.]

GAIUS
Where are you going?

MERLIN
I'll eat that later.

GAIUS
Merlin?

MERLIN
There's something I have to do.


[Merlin goes to his room to fetch a sword and heads to Dragon's Cave.]

KILGHARRAH (voiceover flashback)
You must steal a sword from the Knights of Medhir. Their blades were forged by the Old Religion. If you harness its power to your own, you will have the strength to break the chains with which Uther Pendragon keeps me prisoner.


[The dragon flies down to Merlin.]

KILGHARRAH
The time has come, young warlock.

MERLIN
Where will you go?

KILGHARRAH
I am the last of my kind. There is but one road I can take.

MERLIN
What does that mean?

KILGHARRAH
You will see.


[Merlin climbs down the steps to the base of the dragon's giant chain.]

MERLIN
Before I do this, you promise me that you will not harm Camelot.

KILGHARRAH
I think there have been enough bargains, don't you?

MERLIN
Ic bebeode þisne sweord þæt hé forcierfe þá bende þæra dracan. Un clýse!


[Merlin swings the sword and breaks the chain. The dragon roars and flies away.]


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