Preview Clip of ‘Merlin’ Season 3 Premiere on SyFy

Published 3 years ago by , Updated May 12th, 2013 at 7:59 am,

merlin preview syfy Preview Clip of Merlin Season 3 Premiere on SyFy

SyFy is preparing the third season of Merlin for its American debut. To whet your appetite for medieval magic and mayhem, the network has released a short preview of the first new episode, entitled “The Tears of Uther Pendragon.”

For those out of the loop, Merlin can be thought of as an Arthurian version of Smallville. It focuses on the young adventures of Merlin, Arthur, and Morgana (also known as Morgan Le Fey) as they grow up in Camelot under Arthur’s father, King Uther.

Uther Pendragon is distrustful of magic to a paranoid degree, and has all magic users within his kingdom executed – which makes life for Merlin somewhat problematic, since he’s Arthur’s servant. The only people that know Merlin’s secret are the castle’s doctor Gaius and the dragon captured by Uther’s knights.

The preview shows us Morgana’s return – after being kidnapped for over a year. Morgana also has latent magical ability, but is forced to hide it while under the protection of Uther. Her magic, and her dark intentions toward the kingdom, are unbeknown¬†to all but Merlin and Gaius.

The third season looks to continue on a more epic scale than the previous two. With Arthur and Merlin’s relationship firmly rooted and a good crop of antagonists to play against, the series can get on to some of the classical battles and political intrigue that run through the more fleshed-out versions of the ancient legend. While it’s hard to feel a real sense of peril for young characters who have a known destiny (again, not unlike Smallville) there’s enough differences in the new version of the classic tale to keep fans coming back. For instance, we’ve already seen multiple appearances of Lancelot, Morgause, and Mordred in the previous two seasons – and the stories for all of them vary from the legend in compelling ways.

Check out the preview below:

I’ve seen the first two episodes ahead of Friday’s premiere, and they definitely set the stage for more intriguing developments in the third season. Those hungry for more Pendragon will not be disappointed – keep an eye out for the upcoming review.

Merlin returns to SyFy this Friday at 10:00 PM.

Source: SyFy

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  1. LOVE this show! Anthony Head plays a true bastard in the form of Uther.

  2. Seen the third season, its pretty good. Don’t miss it when it comes out in the US. Eagerly awaiting the 4th season’s release.

  3. This was easily the best season, loved every second, absolutely ace show it really is.
    Shame that season 4 has been cut to just 10 episodes due to budget constraints.

  4. “Merlin” just gets better with every season. I loved the comparison to “Smallville!”

    • yup

  5. I have enjoyed this and now that legend of the seeker is off the air, I enjoy seeing where they go next.

  6. I have only seen up to half way through season 2. This is my favorite show. Haven’t had tv for about six months now so i havent been able to watch anything.

    • Rabbit,if you’re in the U.S. I believe Hulu is showing all the season 1 and season 2 episodes for free right now.

  7. Guess I’m going to get ripped by all the fans above me but I don’t much care for the show. It’s alright for what it is but when I think about how they have butchered the legend with this ‘re-imagining’, I just can’t enjoy it.

    • @ mongoose: I’ve been a fan of Arthurian legend since I was a little girl. I’ve read T.H. White and “The Mists of Avalon.” I think I’ve heard just about every King Arthur/Merlin twist on a story there is. I didn’t like “Merlin” at first either.

      When it was on NBC, I thought this is something I would’ve loved when I was fourteen but not now. Something about the characters stuck in my head. I was thinking about them after I’d stopped watching. Then SciFi brought it on and I love it. I like seeing what’s been incorporated and what’s changed. Especially with Mordred. You might just need to give it another chance.

      • You should read my book then, it has a very different spin on Arthur and Excalibur myths.

        • I had a similar discussion about the whole Tim Burton Superman concept and this one ends the same way for me……once you have twisted the premise far enough it is not the character we all know so it might as well have been called, “Myrlinn” because this is not the Merlin of Arthurian legend.

          Merlin should already be a wise sage by this time helping to guide Arthur, not some kid with a gift for magic learning to use his powers along side the prince. I have seen a lot of adaptions and this one goes just a bit too far for my tastes. Sorry I just don’t like people screwing with my myths to this degree and still try to pass it off as the actual person of legend.

  8. what is going on. I started to watch what I thought was the new season of Merlin in the US on Syfy and I saw 3 episodes and now everything is reruns.

    When I go on the web to investigate I see that Season 3 in new for the US but not new to the series.

    Can someone tell me why the new episodes have stopped and why we are a season behind?