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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. ODIN'S CASTLE.]
[Odin is staring heartbrokenly at a shrine dedicated to his dead son]

KELDA
My Lord, he is here.

(Myror enters)

KING ODIN
You are Myror? Legend has it, you are the most feared assassin in all the known lands. Tell me, are you as ruthless as they say you are? You would kill anyone?

MYROR
I have killed many people. They are all the same to me.

KING ODIN
You are prepared to kill royalty?

MYROR
My Lord, you would already be dead had someone placed a bounty on you.

(Myror successfully fights Odin's men. Odin throws Myror a bag of coins.)

KING ODIN
I want you to kill the man who murdered my son. I want you to kill Arthur Pendragon.

OPENING CREDITS


--
[EXT. TOURNAMENT GROUNDS – DAY]
[A jouster is un-horsed and falls to the floor.]

MERLIN
That has got to hurt.

ARTHUR
That's the point, Merlin. It's not a pillow fight. Fetch me another lance, will you?

(Merlin does. Arthur jousts against Sir Leon. A flash of light temporarily blinds Arthur, leaving him vulnerable. However, Leon chooses to pull out rather than take his advantage.)

ARTHUR
Why did you pull out, I was wide open? You could have unhorsed me.

SIR LEON
I was fearful that I might injure you, Sire.

ARTHUR
You had the advantage. You can't afford to hesitate.

SIR LEON
I wouldn't have done if I were facing a different opponent. You are the future King, My Lord.

ARTHUR
You jousted against me in the tournament last year. Are you saying you let me win?

SIR LEON
No, My Lord.

ARTHUR
It doesn't matter who I am! I do not expect any special treatment from you, from any of you! Is that understood?

(Knights hesitate and nod)


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

ARTHUR
How am I going to prove myself if my opponents aren't trying their hardest?

MERLIN
I'm sure it's not happening all the time.

ARTHUR
So it's happening some of the time?

MERLIN
No, I'm certain it isn't.

ARTHUR
Now you're doing it! You're telling me exactly what you think I want to hear!

MERLIN
Yes. Er...no. Er...What was the question?

ARTHUR(exasperated)
That just proves it. All my life I've been treated as if I'm special. I just want to be treated just like everyone else.

MERLIN
Really?

ARTHUR
You have no idea how lucky you are.

MERLIN
Well, anytime you want to swap places, just let me know.

ARTHUR
That's not a totally stupid idea.

MERLIN
You're Prince Arthur. You can't change who you are.

ARTHUR (gets an idea)
Yes I can.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, COUNCIL CHAMBERS – NIGHT.]
[Uther and Arthur eat dinner.]

ARTHUR
We've received reports that a beast has been sighted roaming the forest near the northern borders.

UTHER
What's the nature of this beast?

ARTHUR
It is said to have the body of a lion, the wings of an eagle, and the...face of a bear. . . I believe it has been conjured by sorcery.

(Merlin struggles not to laugh)

UTHER
Then we must destroy it.

ARTHUR
I'll leave for the northern borders in the morning.

UTHER
But you'll miss the tournament.

ARTHUR
As much as I want to compete, my duty to Camelot comes first.

UTHER
You are right, of course.


--
[EXT. WOODS SURROUNDING CAMELOT – DAY]

ARTHUR
I'll meet you here in four days. You must tell no one I've returned to Camelot. You're late.

MERLIN (out of breath)
Sorry. Gaius had me wa...ing the floors. I couldn't...

ARTHUR
What is that smell? Whose clothes are these?

MERLIN
They're mine. I washed them specially. You sure this is a good idea?

ARTHUR
Seems pretending to be somebody else is the only way to get people to be honest with me. Grab my bag, will you?

MERLIN
If you want to pass as a peasant, you should probably carry your own bag.

ARTHUR
You're forgetting something, Merlin. No one will know it's my bag. (tosses bag at Merlin).

MERLIN
There must be easier ways to prove yourself.

ARTHUR
Shut up, Merlin!


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

KELDA
I was there in person. Odin has put a price on Prince Arthur's head.

UTHER
Surely he wouldn't dare.

KELDA
He's blinded by grief, My Lord. The assassin Myror has accepted the bounty.

UTHER
I've heard of this Myror.

KELDA
I believe he's heading for Camelot as we speak. I bring you this information at great risk to myself.

(Uther has Kelda payed)

UTHER
Double the guards. I want this assassin intercepted before he reaches Camelot.


--
[EXT. WOODS – DAY]
[Myror waits to assassinate Arthur, but he's not with the men supposedly going to the northern borders.]


--
[INT. GWEN’S HOUSE – DAY]
[Merlin and Arthur enter, Arthur's hood obscures his face.]

GWEN
My Lord.

ARTHUR
Guinevere. It's good of you to let me stay in your home.

GWEN
I'm happy to help.

MERLIN (whisper)
Food.

GWEN
I'll prepare some food for you. (Whispered to Merlin) I can't believe you talked me into this!

ARTHUR (hushed)
You can't really expect me to stay here.

MERLIN (hushed)
We need to keep you out of sight. We can trust Gwen not to tell anyone you're here.

ARTHUR (hushed)
I doubt anyone would believe it.

MERLIN (hushed)
You really can't go without your big bed and your soft pillows?

ARTHUR (hushed)
This will be fine.

ARTHUR
How are the preparations coming along? Have we found someone to play our knight in the tournament?

MERLIN

Absolutely. He's a farmer from one of the outlying villages, and no one will recognise him.

ARTHUR
But does he look the part?


(Merlin doesn't look so sure)


--
[INT. GWEN’S HOUSE – DAY]
[Merlin, Arthur, and Gwen look William over.]

ARTHUR
Great.

(Merlin and Gwen wash and dress William, in order to make him look more like a Knight. Merlin presents him with a seal of nobility.)

MERLIN
From now on, you're Sir William of Daira. Imagine you're really...arrogant. Knights like to think they're so much better than everyone else.

ARTHUR
It's not arrogance. Ignore him, he's an idiot. A knight must behave with honour and nobility.

(William's walk becomes a strut)

ARTHUR
That's...better. You must convince everyone that you were born into a noble family.

WILLIAM (Authoritatively)
Polish my armour, boy.

ARTHUR
Now you're gettin' the hang of it.

[William laughs.]

ARTHUR
That's a good point, you do need to polish our armour.

WILLIAM (Authoritatively)
Yeah. (laughs)


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, MERLIN’S CHAMBER – NIGHT]
[Merlin flops onto his own bed.]

GAIUS
Glad to see you're resting, Merlin. I take it that mean you've got the energy to clean my leech tank.

MERLIN
Ugh.

--
[INT. GWEN’S HOUSE – NIGHT]
[Gwen sweeps her house while Arthur finishes his drink.]

ARTHUR
It's been a long day. I think I'll turn in for the night. Is this my bed?

GWEN (flustered)
Of course. I hope you'll be comfortable.

ARTHUR
I'm sure I will be.

(Gwen makes up a bed on the floor. Arthur seems uncomfortable - he beats the pillow.)

ARTHUR
Goodnight, Guinevere.

GWEN
Goodnight, My Lord.

--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, GUARDS’ CORRIDOR – NIGHT]
[Myror scales the wall into the castle.]

GUARD
Halt! Show yourself. What business do you have in the King's palace?

MYROR
I came to seek an audience with, er..., with Prince Arthur.

GUARD
What's your name?

MYROR
My name is Myror.

--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, GUARDS’ CORRIDOR – NIGHT]
[Myror grabs a guard, Fyren, covering his mouth before releasing him.]

FYREN
Why are you here?

MYROR
Your information was wrong. Prince Arthur is not among the party travelling to the northern borders.

FYREN
The Prince left with them yesterday.

MYROR
Then they must have separated. Perhaps he has returned to Camelot.

FYREN
Not that I've heard. His return would've been announced at court.

MYROR
It would seem the Prince does not want to be found. Hmm.

--
[INT/EXT. TOURNAMENT GROUNDS, ARTHUR’S TENT – DAY]
[Merlin and cloaked Arthur head to his tent. Uther walks into the stands and the knights enter on horseback to stand before the King.]

ARTHUR
Now, remember the plan. I'm competing in the tournament, but no one will know that it's me. All you have to do is acknowledge the crowd at the end of the match. Act like you belong there and people will believe that you do.


(Throughout the next five lines William has difficulty staying on his horse.)

UTHER
Knights of the realm, welcome to Camelot. You've trained for this day for many years.

MERLIN
Well, he hasn't fallen off his horse.

UTHER (background)
...our bravery, strength...

ARTHUR
I suppose that's something.

UTHER
...and your skill to the test. Today you will fight for glory and for honour. For this is the ultimate test of courage. And it will be the measure of you as men. For only the most skillful, the most fearless among you will emerge as a worthy champion.

WILLIAM
They're ready for you, Sire.


--
[EXT/INT. TOURNAMENT GROUNDS, ARTHUR’S TENT – DAY]
[The jousting tournament begins. Gwen cheers for Arthur enthusiastically as he wins each match. Myror also watches. Arthur enters his tent and tosses William his helmet.]

ARTHUR
You must go and acknowledge the crowd.

WILLIAM
How do you do that?

ARTHUR
You wave, they cheer. It's not difficult.


(William leaves contemplating his task)

ARTHUR
I do all the work, someone else gets all the praise.

MERLIN
Know the feeling.

ARTHUR
When I win this tournament, I'll reveal my true identity, get the credit I deserve.

MERLIN
Of course you will.

ARTHUR
Well don't just stand there. Help me off with my armour. And remember to polish it before tomorrow. The horse needs grooming. And don't forget to repair the broken lances.


--
[EXT. TOURNAMENT GROUNDS – DAY]
[Fyren sits next to Myror in the stands.]

MYROR
Do you have news on the whereabouts of Prince Arthur?

FYREN
Everyone believes he is travelling to the northern borders, but I've discovered that Arthur's servant remains in Camelot.

MYROR
Who is this servant?

FYREN

That's him. (nods in Merlin's direction)

MYROR

Why is he working for another knight?


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, PHYSICIAN'S CHAMBERS – NIGHT]
[Merlin tries to sneak past Gaius to his room. Gaius turns and stares at him.]

MERLIN
Is this about the leech tank?

GAIUS
How very perceptive of you, Merlin.

MERLIN
I'll clean it tomorrow.

GAIUS
And will that be before or after you've scrubbed the floors and done the laundry?


--
[INT. GWEN’S HOUSE – NIGHT]
[Gwen clears the table after dinner.]

GWEN
From what I hear, the ladies of the court are quite impressed with Sir William. They think he's very handsome.

ARTHUR
Typical. He wouldn't know a real knight if he whacked him round the head with his lance.

GWEN
Why are you doing this?

ARTHUR
I fear that people respect me just because of my title.

GWEN
I don't believe that's true of everyone.

ARTHUR
Would you tell me if it were?

GWEN
No.

ARTHUR
When I'm competing as William, my title doesn't matter, nobody gives me any special treatment. So when I win this tournament...if I win this tournament, it will be because I deserve it and not because I am Prince Arthur. I think I'll take a bath.

GWEN
That might be difficult seeing as I don't have a bathtub.

ARTHUR
Really? Er...perhaps you could prepare me a bowl of hot water. I take it you have a bowl.

GWEN (annoyed)
I think I can manage a bowl. Just walk all the way down to the well and fetch some water then, shall I?


(Arthur grunts as he stretches)


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, PHYSICIAN'S CHAMBERS – DAY]
[Merlin asleep on the floor, his hands still holding the brush and bucket. Gaius enters.]

GAIUS
Merlin, on your feet. Arthur may be away, but I'm not. And why is my leech tank still dirty? Where do you get the idea you can sit around all day doing nothing?

MERLIN
Wha..? Do you think I sit around doing nothing?! I haven't had a chance to sit around and do nothing since the day I arrived in Camelot! I'm too busy running around after Arthur! Do this, Merlin! Do that, Merlin! And when I'm not running around after Arthur, I'm doing chores for you! And if I'm not doing that, I'm fulfilling my destiny! Do you know how many times I've saved Arthur's life? I've lost count. Do I get any thanks? No. I have fought: Griffins, witches, erm...bandits, I have been punched, poisoned, pelted with fruit, and all the while I have to hide who I really am, because if anyone finds out, Uther will have me executed! Sometimes I feel like I'm being pulled in so many directions, I don't know which way to turn!


--
[INT. TOURNAMENT GROUNDS, ARTHUR’S TENT – DAY]

MERLIN
Sir Alinor has advanced to the final.


--
[EXT. TOURNAMENT GROUNDS – DAY]
[Arthur faces Sir Leon. Arthur wins and everyone rises to their feet cheering except Gwen.]

GAIUS
You're not impressed by this Sir William of Daira.

GWEN
I believe he's an arrogant pig.


--
[INT. TOURNAMENT GROUNDS, ARTHUR’S TENT – DAY]
[Merlin and William waiting in the tent.]

MERLIN
Congratulations, you are in the final.

ARTHUR
Go on then. Your people await you. No one can say Sir Leon let me win this time.

MERLIN
Sounds like the crowd've really taken to William.

ARTHUR
That will change when I reveal my identity.

MERLIN
You really miss getting all the attention, don't you?

ARTHUR
Just go and water the horse, will you?


--
[EXT. TOURNAMENT GROUNDS – DAY]
[Merlin brings the horse to the water trough. Myror approaches him.]

MYROR
He's a fine horse. I see your master has advanced to the final. He's extremely skilled with a lance.

MERLIN
He's doing well. Just one more match to go.

MYROR
Tell me, what is he like to work for?

MERLIN
Between you and me? He can be a bit of a prat.

MYROR (laughs)
So you are no longer working for Prince Arthur?

MERLIN
No. Yes, yes. Not right now. Arthur's away. I'm just...helping out.

MYROR
Well, I, erm, I wish your master luck in the final.

MERLIN
Thanks.


--
[INT. GWEN’S HOUSE – DAY]
[Gwen sweeps the pantry where she's been sleeping when Arthur enters through the front door.]

ARTHUR
Guinevere?

GWEN
Just a minute.

ARTHUR
Do you have a needle and threat? My shirt needs mending.

GWEN
Erm...

ARTHUR
Is this where you sleep? Where's your bed?

GWEN
You're sleeping in it.

ARTHUR
Why didn't you say something?

GWEN
How could I? You're Prince Arthur. Besides, you didn't give me the chance. You just assumed the bed was yours.

ARTHUR
Well, how am I supposed to know if you don't tell me?

GWEN
You shouldn't need to be told to think of someone other than yourself, you're not a child.

ARTHUR
Is there anything else you'd like to say to me? Please, I'd like to hear it. If there's something you want to say to me, don't let me stop you.

GWEN
You don't have any idea, do you?

ARTHUR
About what?

GWEN
About how rude and arrogant you can be! This is my home and you are my guest in it! I know you are used to more luxurious quarters, but that is not an excuse to be so rude! You claim titles don't matter to you, but you behave like a prince and expect me to wait on you like a servant! Saying it means nothing if your actions betray you! Would it kill you to say please and thank you once in a while?! My Lord.

ARTHUR
Is there anything else you'd like to add?

GWEN
No, I think that's it.

ARTHUR
You're right. You have invited me into your home and I have behaved appallingly.

GWEN
I didn't mean to make you feel bad.

ARTHUR
Oh, really?

GWEN
Well, perhaps a little.

ARTHUR
There's no excuse. I'll make it up to you. Tonight, I will make dinner for you.

GWEN
You're going to cook me dinner?

ARTHUR
I most certainly am. Now go for a walk or do whatever it is that girls do at this time of the evening...

GWEN
A walk would be nice.

ARTHUR
...and your dinner will be ready when you return.

--
[EXT. LOWER TOWN – DAY]
[Merlin meets Gwen in the street as she walks away from her house.]

MERLIN
Where's Arthur?

GWEN
He's cooking me dinner.

MERLIN
Arthur's cooking?

(Gwen gives him a look that reads 'surprised'? before continuing to walk away)


--
[INT. GWEN’S HOUSE – DAY]
[Merlin enters. Arthur is staring hopelessly at a raw chicken.]

ARTHUR
Merlin, thank God.

MERLIN
Gwen says you're cooking.

ARTHUR
I need you to fetch me two dinners from the palace kitchens.

MERLIN
So...you're not cooking.

ARTHUR
No, but Gwen doesn't need to know that. As far as she's concerned, dinner will be prepared and cooked by me.

MERLIN
You're trying to impress her?

ARTHUR
Don't be ridiculous, Merlin. And get me a decent shirt, will you? Your clothes are making me itch all over, it's like having fleas.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, ARTHUR’S CHAMBERS – NIGHT]
[Myror snoops around when Merlin comes in to get a shirt. Myror hides, ready to kill Merlin with a dagger, but Merlin leaves and Myror follows him out.]


--
[INT. GWEN’S HOUSE – NIGHT]
[Arthur watches the window for Gwen while Merlin sets the table.]

ARTHUR
She's coming. Quick, out the back way. Do something with this.

[Arthur tosses Merlin the raw chicken.]

MERLIN
Hope Gwen's impressed with your cooking.

[Merlin leaves and Arthur spins around as Gwen opens the front door.]

ARTHUR
Guinevere. Perfect timing.

[Arthur pulls out her seat for her.]

GWEN
Thank you.

[Myror watches from the window and preps a mini crossbow.]

GWEN
This is delicious.

ARTHUR
I'm glad you like it.

--
[EXT. LOWER TOWN – NIGHT]
[The night patrol interrupts Myror's assassination attempt.]

GUARD
Halt! You! Stop right there!

GUARD
Did you see him?

[Myror escapes by hanging under the drawbridge.]


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, PHYSICIAN'S CHAMBERS – NIGHT]
[Merlin puts the cooked chicken on the table as Gaius enters.]

MERLIN
Dinner's ready. What I said this morning...

GAIUS
It is I who should be apologising to you. I have failed to appreciate just how heavy your burden must be.

MERLIN
I shouldn't have lost my temper with you.

GAIUS
It's no wonder you're upset. There's so much resting on your young shoulders. Now that Arthur's away, you must take time to enjoy yourself.

MERLIN
What about the leech tank?

GAIUS
Don't even think about the leech tank.

MERLIN
Really?

GAIUS
All this talk of leeches will put us off our dinner. Where'd that chicken come from? Come in!

SIR LEON
The King commands your presence immediately.


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, GUARDS’ CORRIDOR – NIGHT]
[Uther, Gaius, Merlin, and Leon inspect the body of the guard Myror killed.]

UTHER
Can you determine a cause of death?

GAIUS
His neck's been broken. There's scarcely a mark on the flesh. Whoever killed him knew exactly what he was doing.

SIR LEON
Earlier this evening, an intruder was spotted in the lower town.

UTHER
Then I fear it's true, Odin has sent an assassin to kill Arthur.

MERLIN
An assassin?

UTHER
Have you any word from Arthur since he left for the northern borders?

MERLIN
No. None.

UTHER
With this assassin in Camelot, we must be thankful Arthur isn't here. Search the entire town. I want the assassin found before Arthur returns.


--
[INT. GWEN’S HOUSE – NIGHT]
[Arthur and Gwen smile at dinner.]

ARTHUR
So, do I have any more annoying habits you wish to tell me about?

GWEN
No, none.

ARTHUR
There's something else, isn't there? What is it?

GWEN
Well, the truth is...you snore.

ARTHUR
I do not snore.

GWEN
You do. The first night you were here, I thought a pig had got into the house.

ARTHUR
So now I'm a pig. Thank you, Guinevere.

GWEN
I just meant you sound like a pig. I think I better stop talking.

[Gwen starts getting up to clear the table.]

ARTHUR
I'll do that.

GWEN
Where did you get those plates?

ARTHUR
From...the cupboard?

GWEN
They have the royal seal. They're from the palace kitchens. I've washed enough of them to know. I take it that's where our food also came from.

ARTHUR
Look, I can kill a chicken from a thousand paces, just don't ask me to cook it. That's what servants are for. I didn't mean it like that.

GWEN
I'm not ashamed to be a servant. At least I'm not a liar.

ARTHUR
We had a nice meal together. What does it matter where it came from?

GWEN
Because I thought you'd shown some humility! You'd done something kind for me even though I'm just a servant! A good king should respect his people, no matter who they are.

ARTHUR
Guinevere. I know I have much to learn. There are some things that I am terrible at - cooking being one of them. But also, knowing what to say to someone I care about.

MERLIN
Arthur, there's an assassin's in Camelot. He's here to kill you.


--
[INT. GWEN’S HOUSE – NIGHT]

MERLIN
The assassin killed a guard. Your father said Odin sent him.

GWEN
Why would Odin want you dead?

ARTHUR
Because I killed his son. Odin's son challenged me to a fight. I had no quarrel with him. I asked him to withdraw. Perhaps he felt he had to prove himself. I can still see his face. He looked so scared.

GWEN
You cannot blame yourself.

MERLIN
No one but us knows where you are. If the assassin can't find you, he can't kill you.

ARTHUR
May I continue to stay here?

GWEN
Of course, for as long as you need.

ARTHUR
Thank you. I'll sleep on the floor tonight.

GWEN
No, have my bed. You need to be well rested for the tournament tomorrow.

ARTHUR
I'll not hear of it. Goodnight, Guinevere.

GWEN
Goodnight.

ARTHUR
Fetch the mattress from my quarters and bring it up here.

MERLIN
How am I supposed to carry a mattress on my own?

ARTHUR
I don't know, strap it to your back.


--
[INT. GWEN’S HOUSE – DAY]
[Arthur prepares to leave the next morning.]

ARTHUR
One more match. The tournament will be over.

GWEN
You can go back to being Prince Arthur. Erm...I thought you might wear it...for luck.

ARTHUR
Thank you.

[Arthur kisses Gwen, then stands around awkwardly.]

ARTHUR
I must go.


--
[EXT/INT. LOWER TOWN/ARTHUR’S TENT/SIR ALINOR’S TENT/TOURNAMENT GROUNDS – DAY]
[Myror watches Arthur meet Merlin in the street on his way to the tournament grounds, he follows them and sees Arthur with his double.]

WILLIAM                                                                                                                                                                                              They’re ready for you, Sire.

[Myror watches Will hand Arthur the helmet. Myror sees two knights greet each other.]

KNIGHT
Sir Alynor, good luck in the final.

[Myror attacks Sir Alynor in his tent, dresses in his armour and disguises a deadly lance. Arthur and Myror face each other on the course. Arthur gets hit with the deadly lance and Gwen stands up in shock, running out of the stands to him. Merlin sees the disguised deadly point and heads after Myror. Gwen supports Arthur as they rush into the tent.]

ARTHUR
His lance pierced my armour.

GWEN
You're losing too much blood.

[Gwen takes off the favour she gave him and holds it against the wound.]

ARTHUR
Do what you can. I have to be back on the course within five minutes or I forfeit the match.

GWEN
You can't possibly joust, you're too badly injured!

ARTHUR
I have never withdrawn from a match. I do not intend to start now.

GWEN
You would risk your life to protect your pride? You have nothing to prove. Least of all to me.

ARTHUR
I have everything to prove. To myself.


--
[INT/EXT. SIR ALINOR’S TENT/TOURNAMENT GROUNDS – DAY]
[Merlin sees Myror in armour and the dead Sir Alinor. Arthur mounted on his horse motions to the lance rack.]

ARTHUR
You'll have to pass me my lance.

GWEN
This is madness!

[Arthur rides off and Merlin runs up to Gwen.]

MERLIN
Gwen! Where's Arthur?

GWEN
He's about to joust.

MERLIN
He's jousting against the assassin.

[Merlin and Gwen rush to the course. Arthur and Myror tilt.]

MERLIN
Unbinde þé téage.

[Merlin uses magic to snap the girth on Myror's horse so Arthur unhorses/kills him. Merlin helps Arthur off the course.]


--
[INT/EXT. TOURNAMENT GROUNDS, ARTHUR’S TENT – DAY]
[William, Gwen, Merlin, and Arthur gather in the tent.]

MERLIN
You were jousting against the assassin. He killed Sir Alynor and took his place. The people are waiting for their champion. It's time to reveal yourself.

ARTHUR (to William)
You must go and collect the trophy.

GWEN
I thought this was going to be your moment of glory.

ARTHUR
Perhaps this is a time for humility.


[Merlin, Gwen, and cloaked Arthur laugh and smile as William celebrates victory to wild applause.]


--
[INT. TOURNAMENT GROUNDS, TENT – DAY]
[Merlin goes to the tent where Gaius has carted off Myror.]

GAIUS
Merlin, who is this man? Where's Sir Alinor?


--
[INT. KING’S PALACE, COUNCIL CHAMBERS – DAY]
[Arthur stands before the court with a bandage sling over his bloody armour.]

ARTHUR
The assassin attacked us as we returned to Camelot. I was injured whilst killing him.

UTHER
Odin must be made to pay for his actions. We must strike back at him.

ARTHUR
Surely you understand the grief he feels for the loss of his son? We should try to make peace with him. There's been enough bloodshed.

UTHER
Perhaps you're right. How was the rest of your trip? Fruitful?

ARTHUR
Very. I learned a great deal. How was the tournament?

UTHER
Excellent. We have a new champion, Sir William of Daira.

ARTHUR
I'm sorry I missed all the excitement.


--
[EXT. KING’S PALACE, COURTYARD CORRIDOR – DAY]
[The courtiers exit into the corridor. Arthur checks to check that his father isn't looking and turns to Gwen.]

ARTHUR
Guinevere. *ahem* What happened while I was staying with you...I'm afraid my father would never understand.

GWEN
You don't have to explain. Perhaps when you are King, things will be different.

UTHER
Arthur?


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[INT. KING’S PALACE, PHYSICIAN'S CHAMBERS – NIGHT] [Merlin cleans the leech tank.]

MERLIN
This is horrible. This is so disgusting.

GAIUS
Well, perhaps you'll think twice about lying to me in the future. And Merlin, there's something on your face.

MERLIN
Where?

[Merlin freaks out about the leeches on his face and arms and Gaius laughs.]

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