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

Published 1 year 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 just finished all 5 seasons and am in love with the characters and the show , would love to see more Merlin!!!!

  2. I know I am late to the party but I just discovered Merlin a month ago and am so “in love w/Merlin & the series.” I still have season 5 to watch but I cannot understand why it has to end after Season 5. This is one series I would more than happy to spend money to buy since my kids & husband also enjoy it. One few show left that does not have sex, bad words, or bad things we see so often on tv these days. Also, you learn character quality like loyaly, courage, etc. I know wishful thinking, but I hope they will pick up the series again or have a movie.

  3. I love this series….please I need to know what happens…the characters the twists and turns…the betrayal…and no profanity or sexual content my 5 yr old and I watch it all the time please please keep going

  4. Oh ma God….its over…great series …NEED MORE

    • ME TOO!!!

  5. Another late-comer here… Just discovered the series about 2 months ago, and my kids (12 and 8) enjoy it thoroughly! Clean, humorous, suspenseful… Only 9 more episodes to us to go… So sad that it ended

  6. I disagree with some of the actors (although I suspect they were trying to be stoic), I think the show was just at the perfect place for more. Why in the world would you cancel a series just when you finish the introduction? It’s. like they just got the series all warmed up and ready to really get going and then just dropped the great big magical fantastical Camelot ball! Booooooo!

    • That’s exactly how I feel Sandy. How in any way did they resolve the whole magic being banned thing? No decrees were given, we didn’t see any laws changed, nothing. I think that they could have given Arthur and Merlin so much more dialogue. The last episode felt so so so rushed and crammed together. They definitely should have done at least one more season.

  7. Wow. Just found this series. Watched all five seasons. Of all that’s every been written or made its way into movies about Arthur and Merlin, this is the best. I don’t know when I was last so captured.

  8. its really a shock to hear that MERLIN is going to an end after season 5. I have watched all seasons and i love it.

  9. Wow. My daughter and I stumbled onto this and we loved every minute of it. Great cast and great writing. The ending was fantastic.
    We have to now accept that it will be hard to find another show that we both enjoy so much. Keeping our fingers crossed for more Merlin with the same cast.

  10. Come back! Please come back. This show is amazing! Never seen the story of Camelot told with such passion! COME BACK!

  11. I just started Season 5.. I really hope the director sees how much us fans want Merlin back! It’s really worth another whole lot of seasons! Anyways I love it!!!

  12. I started crying after reading this and it also started raining at the same time. I wanted to at least see what happens when arthur comes back im fine with all the spinoffs but i think there should still be merlin since there is still a cliff hanger

    • yes Lee anne i also started crying also because it was a great series and hopefully Arthor will rise again in another few series!

  13. I really want this to come back. So bad. ):

  14. It can’t end this way!
    Magic not yet legalised, Albion not ye born.
    How do you expect me to believe this is the end?!

    • It can’t end this way!
      Magic not yet legalised, Albion not ye born.
      How do you expect me to believe this is the end?!
      Totally agreed…I mean there are so many ways to continue the serie..I just dont want to believe season5 is an end :((

  15. I think you should bring back this show with new episodes and the same cast it is so sad for me to not have anything to do over the hours of time I have now. I loved it!
    Will you please bring it back!

  16. Omg I have become Merlinized – as my daughter calls it . Why ..why have this show been cancelled? It is an amazing story line . I have am so I am in Awe of the loyalty and humbled Merlin . King Authur lol keeps Merlin on his toes and says he wouldn’t But he will always protect Merlin if need be. Gwen I am humbled by her love and Loyalty not only to Aurthur but to her people. I kept waiting and waiting for the round table to make an appearance and it finally did ..I really took to heart the comment Aurthur said..( maybe not in these exact words) the round table was meant for to sit around and no one person was left out ..no one was was better than the next. As if they were all equal and engaged . I am getting rid of my table (square) and purchasing a round table. The Nights are loyal and honorable and with common families and Authur saw the good in them ..and made them Nights (I cried) . Gaius I just love him . Morgana I feel sorry for her she is in so much pain ..her heart is broken but she causes havoc to let all others know she is hurting. Just give her a big hug. Lol . Anyway please re think the canceling Please I know it can’t go on forever but Complete to whole story don’t leave us hanging especially the love of Aurthur and Gwen.
    Thank you.

  17. I have an idea for a clever spinoff. How about a modern/futuristic version where there is a third world war and the whole world is in choas. No country has a strong enough leader to combat an ancient evil, Nimueh, the Lady Morgana, Morguase, and Mordred. They were resurrected by a powerful dark entity, known as “The Great Evil”. Now only Merlin, King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table can defeat them. (And even God himself can come down from Heaven and aid the great heroes!)

  18. Ahhh… I watched all seasons within a week… and I love all the characters. esp. Knight Gwaine. He was sunny, mischievous, and colourful. But, I really hated when he died…. Could’nt sleep that night…. LOL.
    More of Merlin plzzz…

  19. Merlin was such a fantastic series, I cried when I finished the last season. Rarely do TV series touch me emotionally like Merlin did. The character development and story-line was simply incredible.

    They did the ending fantastically. With programs and movies these days, they seem to just keep dragging on and on. By the third movie in a series, it gets old and stupid (usually) so I almost feel like they chose a really great time for a superb ending, topping off such an amazing masterpiece.

    That being said, I would love to see a spin-off. Though new actors would completely ruin it for me (kind of like the new Dumbledore in Harry Potter after the passing of Richard Harris made for a hard adjustment). If the same sets and locations (universe) were used, that might make it a bit better, but honestly, I think Merlin ended on such a fantastic note and you just have to be happy for that.

    I still get chills every time I watch that last episode’s ending, which I do every once and a while.

    • i just want you to know that the ending did show many scenes of more modern times containing emeress Arthur and gwen i did believe that it would be modern times that Arthur would be reborn in any fasion if a 6th season would be made as some may have read or watched Avalon high showing many things in tune with this as well as the order of the bear i wish for a spinoff spanning more seasons could happen both in the past and future the past being as Arthur does not come back the future would be when albion needs him and he is reborn

      also i am a dedicated whovian and would have to say that the only show that has a chance of matching merlin would be doctor who

  20. I absolutely fell in love with this series and was so disapointed with how they ended it!!! They need to make the journey worth it. You pull for arthers success and to see peace…..and then BAM! They kill off the whole point of everything merlin has worked for and leaves you empty! Please bring series back!

  21. I think they should make a do a new series with the same people but it takes on the 21st century with Arthur rise’s again and Merlin is old.

  22. Why does Merlin have to be over they should just make one more series with all the main characters and this time King Arthur should not die. Anyway this is the best thing in the world and will live on like Merlin!

  23. I love merlin and really hope it never ended but so be it

    • Please dont say so be it..nooooo

  24. Re-open Merlin! I am sure merlin has helped out alot of more people besides Camelot? Bring the old cast back :(

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