Gratuitous half-naked Arthur shot for the win.
Either Merlin was close enough to Arthur's chambers to hear him --- which I didn't think was true, always assuming Gaius' home to be in an entirely different part of the castle --- or Arthur has the lungs of an opera singer. This is where I now assume that Gaius' home is still in a different part of the castle, and Arthur made Merlin lie in the hallway outside his chambers, with only a single blanket for warmth, hoping one day Merlin would be bold and ask to snuggle.
Can I say once again, that as flawed as he is, Gaius is my absolute favourite? Okay, so I grew up heavily identifying with Victor Meldrew (I've always secretly been a crotchety old man), so there's a lot of vestigial Richard Wilson love, but Gaius is just wonderful.
I don't know if it's my eyes deceiving me, but if anything, Merlin appears even thinner than he was last series. Someone give that boy an anachronistic sandwich.
"I've always enjoyed the tale of the arrogant sorcerer who came to an untimely end." = Hahaha! I do hope that was intentionally hilarious.
And all the Gwen/Morgana shippers rejoice.
The sad music, lmfao. Oh man. We should not be thinking it's sad that there's a chance Merlin may no longer be Arthur's servant --- he's meant to be Arthur's equal. From the perspective of Cedric being a no-good thief and it being unfair his plans have worked, yes. From the perspective that Merlin belongs as Arthur's One True Maid? Not so much.
And all the Gaius/Merlin shippers rejoice. (Are there? Is there a big Gaius/Merlin movement? Because that kind of scares me. And yet. This isn't the first tender scene between them. As much of a father figure Gaius is, he isn't actually Merlin's father. Part of me hates me for this revelation.)
Meanwhile, Merlin wants Arthur to see him for who he really is. N'awww. "Everything I do is for him." N'AWWWWW.
Ahh, right. An antechamber. Mmm.
Black eyes are always the sign of UNREMITTING EVIL.
And all the Arthur/Gwen shippers rejoice.
The magic of halitosis!
I would dearly love one bad guy who doesn't go down the 'join me!' route and just immediately starts attacking.
Arthur's such a dick. WHY do I love him so? But I do. I really do.
I often feel like episodes of Merlin have too much plot and it would be a much better show if they spread storylines over multi-episode arcs. And I'm one of those people who prefer a series as opposed to a serial. For a moment there, I actually thought the preview was for next week as opposed to the entire second series.
I enjoyed this episode far more than is healthy, I'm sure.