‘Merlin’ Canceled After Season 5; Spin-Off Series Planned

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 12th, 2014 at 9:54 am,

Merlin finale ‘Merlin’ Canceled After Season 5; Spin Off Series Planned

Well it looks like BBC’s fantasy drama Merlin will be magically disappearing after season 5 – just when the series was really starting to pick up. Merlin will conclude its epic five year journey this Christmas (in the UK) with a two-part series finale – which the cast promises will leave fans breathless.

BBC’s adaption of Merlin took a similar route as the CW’s Smallville did with Superman, by taking their iconic characters at an early stage of their heroic development. Merlin starts off as a young servant boy who soon climbs the ranks to become the then Prince Arthur’s unlikely best friend and confidant – all while hiding his budding magical abilities, which have been outlawed by the king. In a similar Smallvillesque fashion, the series’ main villain, the Lady Morgana, started out as trusted friend but soon turned to fearsome foe.

Merlin series 5 is already halfway through in the UK – but won’t debut in the United States until January 4, 2013 on Syfy. Without giving too much away, series 5 of Merlin will see Arthur finally ascending the throne as king, while using the recently assembled Knights of the Round Table to battle his legendary villain Mordred.

Merlin finale Knights ‘Merlin’ Canceled After Season 5; Spin Off Series PlannedArthur and the Knights of the Round Table – like a boss

What may have come as shocking news to fans seems to have been something the cast has been preparing for awhile – as they’ve reacted to Merlin’s cancellation with a calm sadness. Colin Morgan (who plays Merlin) took to CultBox to say:

“I know this is the end, and I know this is goodbye, but thank you for being there on the journey with us because it has been a lot of fun!”

Bradley James, who plays King Arthur, added to Morgan’s statement by letting fans know that they were the real magical force behind the show’s success by saying:

“Devoted fan base who made the show a unique, surreal and special experience. My words won’t do justice to the honor of being King Arthur, so I shall just say that it has been an exceptional one and that knowing the show has been a part of so many people’s lives has been humbling.”

Merlin finale Merlin and Arthur up a tree ‘Merlin’ Canceled After Season 5; Spin Off Series PlannedMerlin (Colin Morgan) and his best buddy King Arthur (Bradley James)

In a bit of an ironic twist, hope for a truly spectacular series ending for fans comes from actress Katie McGrath, who plays the villainous Lady Morgana, who said:

 “The breathtaking finale of this series leaves you with no doubt that characters have been on their journeys and had their stories told – it’s completely the right time to draw our telling of the story to a close.”

Angel Coulby, who plays Guinevere, the servant turned Queen of Camelot, also teased fans about the epic two part series finale, while taking the time to reminisce about the success of Merlin. Coulby said:

“I think we’ve told the story we set out to tell, which ends with the fantastic two part finale by the way! I believe the key to any successful show is making sure you leave people wanting more!”

Merlin finale Morganna and Gwen ‘Merlin’ Canceled After Season 5; Spin Off Series PlannedMorgana (Katie McGrath) turns a sword on her once friend and servant Guinevere (Angel Coulby)

Rounding out the reactions from the main cast is Richard Wilson, who plays Merlin’s mentor Gaius (who let’s be honest we never thought would make it to the finale) had the following to say:

“Firstly I would like to say that I’m extremely sad that Merlin has come to an end. Speaking as Gaius, I feel I have mentored the young wizard as far as I can – he is much smarter and greater than me now and I am simply exhausted!”

Battling sad news with humor, Irish actor, Eoin Macken (who plays the gallant knight, Gwaine) took to twitter to console fans by tweeting: “For the ppl sad about Merlin, it’s true this is the end of it, sorry about that…if I’d my way the knights would be flying superheroes ..”

Merlin finale Old merlin ‘Merlin’ Canceled After Season 5; Spin Off Series PlannedOld Merlin

The big question remaining is who will survive the big two part finale as well as if Merlin’s magical secret will be revealed to all. Although the main series will meet its end soon, there’s already talks of potential spin-offs, TV movies and even a possible reboot.

Shine and FremantleMedia Enterprises (which handles Merlin internationally) are in the early stages of developing potential Merlin spinoffs using the universe created in the series – possibly with the further adventures of the Knights of the Round Table. Any future shows or possible TV movies would be produced by Shine’s Kudos in partnership with FME.


The final season of Merlin hits the United States January 4, 2013 on Syfy on.

Source:  Zap2it

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  1. I would love to see merlin back, I have just finished watching them all and feel saddened by its finish. I loved every minute of it and a spin off or another season would be awesome! Bring Arthur back and have merlin and Arthur side by side again!
    It will bring a great response from fans and give the people something to enjoy watching again!

    • BEST SHOW EVER!!!!!
      BRING IT BACK PLEASE!!!!!!! :)

  2. How popular does the show have to be in tell the producers releace another season.
    Does Merlin have to be as popular as Justin Bieber?
    Sounds stupid to end a story when u didn’t close the ending in series 5.
    It’s sad to see greedy ppl make stupid decision and base all of it how much money is involved.
    Ending the series will make Merlin the show not popular because of such a stupid ending and make it end because of the popularity contest.

  3. I love this show please bring it back. It is a great show!

  4. I just spent 4 days watching every seson 1 throw 5 of Merlin and can’t believe it will end like that. “PLEASE BRING IT BACK to good of a show to let it end”.

  5. I would also be super happy to get another season of Merlin! Great show definitely one of my favorite ones, please bring it back !!!!

    • my family really enjoyed Merlin series and love to see Arthur return, unite with Merlin in the Abalone Kingdom.
      Please bring it back!!!!!!

  6. OMG!! How can u (writers, editors, producers…)do this to me!!!!!!!! We recently learned via netflix about Merlin and haven’t stopped watching it since. I wish this fabulous production somehow comes back. We’re devastated!!!!! Colin & Bradley, YOURE AWESOME!!!!!!!

  7. I feel that Merlin has an innocence that we all like to relate to. It’s success is in the simplicity of the stories. Where the viewer feels empowered to cast a spell putting everything right. The story is obviously capable of a sixth series. The abuse of Aithusa by Morgana left us a psychotic dragon in need of therapy. A king so close to the Shea that a simple spell could cast Arthur’s spirit from the spirit world back into his body. The ageing dragon in need of perpetuating the dragon lineage before he dies. Guinevere with a newborn prince possessed of magic. Merlin demonstrating his abilities. The capturing of the very essence of what it means to be a knight. How loyalty and dedication can spur young viewers to spur themselves on through life, giving them hope of a future in their control. So many programs demonstrate acts of violence that children feel uninspired. Yet Merlin makes you feel that you are part of a never ending adventure. Let us hope that the BBC reconsider their decision.

  8. BBC “what were you thinking”, cancelling another
    Season of Merlin?
    Why do you cancel what the public likes and
    Keep stuff that is just plain boring! This gave us
    A chance to escape the real world for awhile and
    venture into legendary Camelot with all the thrill
    And spectacle of a time long ago.

    • Do you think people enjoyed seeing arthur leave!

  9. Sad, but nice wrap-up to the series, ending that way.
    Hope that there will be some sort of spin off with Merlin in the Future.


  10. Love this show and I still feel sad about the way it ended, even after all this time. I agree that they should bring back Merlin and Arthur!!

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  12. WHY, WHY ??? was Merlin cancelled?? I don’t understand that!!
    HOW can I see the last 2 or 3 shows? It was EXCELLENT!!
    Please let me know as soon as you can. Thank you. Susan

  13. My daughter started watching Merlin via HULU/SYFY (February 2015 USA!!) and was immediately hooked. Needless to say, she was excited to share her discovery with me and so I caught up and joined her in watching the Merlin series. Needless to say, I have been SO entertained and impressed with the writing, acting and absolutely mesmerizing characters you’ve brought to life. I just want to say Thank You and I DO hope there will be more to come!! So happy we can now stream shows such as this and we did not miss out! THANK YOU! :)

  14. Is it still possible that the actors and BBC would be open to be bringing it back? If so, we ought to make something happen!!

  15. What a great great show. Please bring it back with a new series with the same actors. Since you did not burn King Author at the end you could start at this point and go forward.

    I give this show a 5 rating in the USA and looked forward to every new show. You ended this series way to early.

    Bill Shea

  16. One of the best shows I have ever seen and family friendly to boot.
    Sad to see the end.

  17. This show is super great the best show ever. Why did it end I had an awesome and super great time watching this show. Merlin is my super dupper favorite show. Please bring it back, i’m begging you guys. I cried when it ended.

    • Also please keep the same cast. They’re awesome

  18. also keep the same cast please.

  19. Kilgara said he would rise again. That is more than enough to at least write one more season