‘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.

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  1. I would love for there to be a spinoff, or even a season 6 with it taking place in modern time,we saw Merlin living in modern England, why not have Arthur rise again to fulfill the dragons prophetic words “when he is,needed he will return” it’s totally possible and would get a great response from the fans.

    • I totally agree with a spin off. Merlin was one of the best shows I have enjoyed in a long time.There is so much real drama out in the world, that when I sit down to watch something I want to escape to another world. Merlin was magic in that way. No guns , car chases, rapes , murders. Merlin showed imagination,creativity, Values, etc.etc. Something I feel Hollywood is lacking these days.The British have the edge over American films and Tv shows lately. Merlin, Harry Potter, Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

      • I agree one hundred percent! Merlin helps me escape the stresses of the world and become totally submerged into a world full of adventure and magic. Perhaps that is why I’ve watched all five seasons three times already. I have not been impressed by any american films lately. I do believe that the British are far more advanced in this way.

  2. Bring out season 6 left on the edge of my seat really want to see more

  3. Ooh merling coming to an end? I believe this,all Ghanaians are waiting for season six. please we are still seated and waiting..,……..
    Iddrisu – Ghana

  4. The creators could use the last scene as a possible future from the crystal cave.then use th story of the original knights of the round table as a sequel but have arther heve a son and have merlin out a sword in the stone for Arthur’s son to withdraw and if arther must die he can return as the dragon foretold.all that needs to be done is alter the original legand to fit into the first 5 seasons.

  5. I missed Merlin. Its magical world and the most important moments Merlin and Arthur picked on each other..BBC Merlin to me is by far the most extraordinary, fun, and makes u wanting for more…BBC, Please reconsider of a spin off cause Im sure there are lots of people out there tortured waiting for it..waiting to see Merlin and Arthur together build the times of Albion and fulfill the prophecy..to watch Merlin’ ends like this somehow becomes a disappointment after you successfully create fan base in Asia..(sigh).

  6. like this page if you want a season 6 of merlin

  7. Laat a.u.b OOK DEEL 6 uitkomen .
    ik ben helemaal gek van merlin , ik heb alle delen al bekeken op youtube en ik kijk nu voor de 2de keer.
    Ik ben steeds op zoek naar deel 6 , op alle mogelijke manieren probeer ik het te zoeken op het internet.
    het is zo jammer dat het er niet is.
    aan het einde van deel 5 heeft de draak het erover dat Athur weer zal opstaan als albonia hem nodig heeft, zal dat dan nooit zijn?
    en dan loopt merlin aan het einde langs het water waar hij de zwaard heeft in gegooid dat duidt er toch op dat hij weer terug komt naar de plek waar het allemaal is gebeurd.
    oh a.u.b laat merlin gewoon weer verder gaan.
    jullie doen zoveel mensen een plezier hiermee. Dit kan niet het einde zijn. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  8. Will the awsome spinoff have the same actors

  9. really want a season 6 indeed… this series is awesome!

  10. I would love to see Merlin continue with a season 6.

    • These days we make programs only if the Americans are willing to buy, once the yanks look like they are leaving the market they drop the programs here in the UK, which is a pity because I liked Merlin…

  11. My teenagers and I have enjoyed this show tremendously. It had humor, suspence,
    frightening moments, and of course Magic. It has been wonderful seeing many of these actors carry on in other great shows such as Game of Thrones. Thank u to all for taking us hrough this journey.