Season 5 Merlin won't be airing in New Zealand until 2017 so I shouldn't be able to possibly comment either.
I thought this mornings episode was a mess as far as every other episode is concerned.
Uthur and Arthur are Hitler, and magic users are Jews, Gays and Gypsies.
There's no getting around that.
Both Uthur and Arthur's resolve on that issue is absolute until it isn't... Usually when one of them is dying. Suddenly and briefly magic is cool.
If you use magic and you're not them, they will tie you to a stake, burn you to death, and call it justice.
Ask Gwen about her father.
So what did we have here?
The Popettes of the old religion, top bitches (that's accurate. Top dog, top bitch.) of everything, who the destruction thereof would see magic ultimately crippled and never to return to the 5 kingdoms ever again...
Imagine if Chuck De Gaulle and Hitler had high tea every second Thursday during the second world war?
Lambs laying down with lions?
By law, which Arthur did mention for half a second, and then forgot to follow up on that they were criminals who needed a good hanging... Arthur should have showed up with 2000 men, siege apparatus and fire. Oil, wine, grease, whatever they needed to turn that holy, sacred cave into a kiln.
Meanwhile how did it even get to that?
A fricking wizard says "Hi, I have a cursed object that I want to give you, have you ever been cursed before, yes? Well this time it's going to be a little bit more fun. Just take it."
If a wizard tries to give you a cursed talisman, you cut his head off before it makes contact with your flesh and the circuit is complete, or shit is going to get real
It's almost like Arthur hasn't been paying attention.
But he had to be reverent and respectful to other peoples religions... Do unto others?
It's the civil thing to do.
Reverence and respect my ass.
Those three were Al-Qaeda.
Terrorist leaders with terrorist ideals who were going to turn Camelot into a smoking hole, and rather than try to kill them, he decided to piss them off.
Poke the bear Arthur, poke the fucking bear!
Where do you draw the line between cpr and necrophillia?
Of course then he goes the other way and shows too much respect for enemies that have already decided to kill him.
Too little, too late.
It may be easier to say sorry than please, but when you're king, it's even easier to kill thousands, destroy cities and salt the earth.
The Romans knew how to hold onto an Empire.
Another movie metaphor?
Arthur was Dustin Hoffman and those witches were the outbreak monkey.
Sure Arthur is not his father, but also he had no reason to trust these witches to treat him fairly and even if they treated him fairly, there was still no certainty that he still wouldn't be found guilty and destroyed... Found guilty by a court he had dedicated his life to undermining and destroying because it's evil and illegal!
Arthur submitting to those women makes him complicit in the old religion and guilty of practising magic and someone should tie him to a stake and set him on fire for being criminally hypocritical.
This story started over 10 years ago.
Arthur and Merlin have got to be pushing 30.
Everyone who believed that Arthur was going to bring back magic has got to finally be figuring out that this kid has not got it in him, as they watch all their friends, family and mates from church get strung up and quartered.
Yes it's nice to see Merlin actually letting Mordred die.
But now that he cocked that up, get that magic stick of yours and melt his face off.
When he killed Agravane it was just so anticlimactic.
There was no reason that he couldn't have done that in episode two or three before everything came to a boil. the kingdom had been lost and Morganna legalized magic and he still kept his secret so that Arthur could be put back on the throne and recriminalize magic.
Arthur is not a good king.
Merlin needs to take him out.
I think that if Morganna was allowed to torture Arthur for a couple days before killing him, that would rid her system of all that bile and she'd be back to being that nice girl we knew in season one.
Then she could marry Emris and bring magic back to the 5 kingdoms as the Queen of Camelot.
Merlin backed the wrong horse.