‘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 hope Netflix picks up the series!. I’m soo bummed its cancled.

  2. Netflix has the series dummy

  3. I enjoyed the series each week,and looked forward to witching it with the family. I was upset when it ended, I have watched the series over and over again on Netflix and enjoy it more and more each time. I think they could have streached out the story line for six (6) more seasons, too bad. My sincere hope is that it pick up again as it startes out, please dont fix what was not broken, keep the same actors, same rolls, same feeling, and excitement. Make it The Adventure of Merlin and oh yes Author.

    • I just finished watching the 5 seasons of Merlin. What an incredible body of work! I thoroughly enjoyed the well scripted episodes, the cast of characters, the beautiful settings, and story line! Merlin gives the viewers a chance to experience the times of knights, kings, castles, sorcery and magic! Merlin, also portrays the plights of a people during that time. The use of proper English with no profanity was very refreshing! The displays of love and honor rings true. Merlin also re-enforces the rules of cause and effect, right from wrong, and the glory of loyalty.

      With all this said, “WHY” would you cancel a series at the peak of it’s viewership both in Britain, and the United States! From what I’ve read the cast was also sad to see it end.

      Blogs suggest that spin offs are being considered! I would welcome the RETURN of Merlin with the same cast! There are many more potential stories that could be told! Merlin’s fan base would like to see it return! …………………………….

    • Yes! 100% agree!

      • I just love this story. I so much wish it would not end. Such a great cast and story line. I am watching the seasons on Net Flix now. It’s such a great show..Please bring it back some kind of way…
        Loyal fan :)

  4. I just finished watching all 5 seasons on Netflix and truly enjoyed the show. I wish it would have continued on, but I do not see how a revival would work, considering we last see Merlin in this day and age. That might be a little weird.

  5. Please continue to next season might be a delay but want to watch badly with the same crew many brought from the dead or something plz continue

  6. It is kinda stupid it ended like that Arthur only new he was warlock for two days in show now one else figure it out many beside the queen it is really stupid toend it

  7. Why end it why why why why !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sad angry does the cast read it don’t have Facebook but my uncle liked it my aunt liked it and other in my family plz makes season six as a delay in stead of canceled

  8. We watched the END on NETFLIX last night. Like BATTLESTAR Galactica I knew it would not last forever. I did enjoy watching Arthur & Merlin dig each other.

    As for a spin off: it worked for Star Trek why not work for Merlin?

  9. Merlin is a great family friendly show. I found it in netflix. I hope you decide to reboot with the same cat. I am sure there are lots more stories to tell. Thanks guys a great series.

  10. I am not in the least bit happy as to how Merlin ended.The series is an amazing series. I watched all 5 season in less than a week; craving to see how it would all unravel and I was gravely disappointed. I wanted to see the relationship Arthur and Merlin would have when he found out Merlin had magic. I didn’t see any. Why did Arthur have to find out on his death bed? Merlin lost his best friend and acceptance. I would love if there is or will be a spin off from Merlin. I sure am going to miss Arthur and Merlin especially Merlin. I never could stop myself from laughing when watching Merlin. I’m going to miss Gaius and Guinevere and I was very fond of Gwaine too. Over all it was and extraordinary series, maybe I’m just heart broken I wont be seeing the crew again. But if there’s a spin-off it would not and will not be the same without the crew especially Merlin and Arthur. Love You All

  11. I love this show I looked forward to it everyday! and knowing it has come to an end is soo depressing. I hope there will be other seasons or something with the same actors and actresses and the same roles etc.. I don’t want this show to end!

    • i think the series should go on because nobody likes the ending when arthurs death.

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