Merlin to End After Season 5, Spin-Offs Possible

Merlin Cancelled, Will End After Season 5Merlin‘s fifth season will be its last — though its mythical world could live on in other forms.

Per our sister site Deadline, series cocreators Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy say the series will reach a natural climax at the close of Season 5, which is currently airing across the pond on BBC One/will finale at Christmastime and debuts Stateside on Syfy this Jan. 4.

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Though Capps and Murphy are subsequently parting ways with production studio Shine TV, the possibility of Merlin spin-offs (that the duo would not be involved in) is being explored.

What sort of spin-off would you craft from Merlin’s rich world?

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152 Comments
  1. MM says:

    What!!!! nooooo

    • cb says:

      I know. Arthur better learn about merlin before they end it

      • hw216 says:

        Agree with this! I love their “banter” (or perhaps teasing is a better word!) and would love for Arthur to find out about Merlin before the end. I’m in Australia and we’re currently almost halfway through, and I wasn’t aware that this would be the last season. My family are going to be devastated!

        • Jess says:

          OMG I know. My mom just told me this morning about that. We live in the US and we won’t get to see it until January. That is NO fair. The best series ever! I love Merlin. Also I agree, Arthur needs to know about Merlin’s magic at the end or at least give us a movie to wrap it up properly!

          • Ty says:

            “We live in the US and we won’t get to see it until January.”

            Oh Jess, you are so honest and pure. I live in the US and did not let that stand in my way of getting my Merlin fix asap.

          • Arthur Pendragon says:

            Thanks to the beauty of the Internet (notably YouTube) you can watch merlin well before January. The last ever episode broadcasts tomorrow here in the UK and it’s so emotional and sad.

          • Johanny DCL says:

            TY I live in the US can someone please tell me where I can watch Mein Season 5!!! I went to You Tube and nothing !

          • Andrew says:

            The easiest way to find a show is just google it like put merlin season 5 episode whatever it i your wanting to see!

      • Julee22 says:

        They need to make arthur find out or else there’ll be some angry fans. But i sincerely hope they don’t rush the ending. Finding out a trusted friend had the one thing your kingdom opposes is earth shattering and shouldn’t be so easy to accept. I cant wait to find out how arthur finds out!?

      • Spoiler Alert!!! ————————————————————————He does and then dies

    • Merlin Pendragon says:

      I have just finished watching the last episode of Merlin……OHhhhh I am so devastated knowing that I’ll never be able to see this amazing tv series again. I’ve been watching it for years and always looking forward to see it everytime. I can’t believe its end. I am so sad….I hope they will bring the Merlin back someday somehow…..

    • AC says:

      It sucks when a beautiful TV series is cancelled!

    • Joseph jacob says:

      I’m from Nigeria and i really thing that Merlin ending in season 5 is not all that good to me cos my whole family have been watching it since from its inception so why can’t you create something out of nothing?

    • S Lilly says:

      I just love Merlin. I do not see why it has to be cancelled. Everyone was progressing so well. the story line was gpbetter and better each season. I get tired of watching a show and it gets cancelled the first year. But it is worse when you have been watching it for five years. I just hope the spinoff will have Merlin, Arther and the other characters in it.

      Lilly

  2. Lydia says:

    Gwaine. Lost and lots of Gwaine. Or just give that man a part in Game of Thrones so I can see “lots” of Gwaine. I can part with the rest of them.

  3. Saimon says:

    WTF!!!!

  4. Trenton says:

    I always thought the show would end with Arthur dying….and Returned in either a modern day or future day setting by Merlin…in the sense of The Once and Future King. Every iteration of The Arthurian legend is always the past…I kind thought it would be cool to bring them both in to the future so you get a fun fish out of water story for at least Arthur learning about everything that was written about him akin to how Once upon a Time allows their characters to know about their fairytale selves… If they do a spin off I think that would be interesting and compelling…

  5. Kate says:

    Last year I would have been sad about this. But season 5 has been TERRIBLE. Like, BBC Robin Hood season 3 levels of terrible. So it’s probably for the best.

  6. mleppo01 says:

    As long as Colin Morgan gets some good work after this, I will pull through. He is so talented (probably too talented for this kind of family show).

  7. Matthew says:

    It’s not really a cancellation if they had a five year plan when they started production, and decided to stick to the plan.

    • Evie says:

      They did talk about doing a sixth series and a trilogy of films. It was also said that it was just a plan and wouldn’t necessarily stick to it. Look at Supernatural – that was only meant to be five seasons and now it’s on its eighth and still going. I also have no idea how they could possible end this series in a satisfying way at this point, all seems like bad planning and writing to me.

  8. Anna says:

    I CALL A KNIGHTS-OF-CAMELOT-SPINOFF! IT WILL BE CALLED “SHIRTLESS KNIGHTS” AND IT WILL FEATURE A LOT OF SHIRTLESS KNIGHTS!

  9. merryweather says:

    I sure hope they let Arthur discover Merlin’s powers but not in a hurried and forced way.

    • sad me. says:

      I agree to this post. They ended up the season terribly and did not give the proper encore that it deserves. I luv u guys & U have been an inspiration:(

  10. Lia says:

    OMG! NOOOO…
    i love this series so much!!!
    and the pair of them is so good to watch.
    so utterly depressed over the news..

  11. ShanyLu says:

    I am so sad about this. I just discovered this show this year and love it dearly. I guess the silver lining is that the incredibly talented and beautiful Colin Morgan can move on and become the huge movie star he should be. Even with the somewhat hokey writing on Merlin, he sells every line, every time.

  12. Marie says:

    I feel so sad about the show leaving. One of my favorite shows. Haven’t been able of seeing for a couple of weeks. Watched it on syfy and BBCA. Ladt watced it on BBCA just not on anymore. Very disapointed.

  13. Emily says:

    Nooooooo!!!!!!

  14. Autumn says:

    I hope they bring back Lancelot for the ending.

  15. Mila says:

    The only spinoff’s I would be interested in are Gwaine and/or Lancelot, and with the original actors

    • Revan says:

      No. This is a bad idea. Gwaine cannot be a central character. He is a great character but He would not fit as a main. Lancelot sure. I just dont think a spinoff would do that well without merlin and Arthur.

  16. Mikaylah says:

    Such sad news. I’m really worried that they had already wrapped filming for the season. Hopefully we get to see Arthur learn about Merlin’s magic, else this is going to be very (even more so) depressing.

  17. Michelle says:

    Hopefully, Bradley and Colin get jobs ASAP. I need them back on my screen!

  18. necle says:

    totally agree with all of the comments above, especially the one with the shirtless knights spinoff…

  19. martina says:

    noooooooo :(

  20. JASON says:

    The Adventures of Gwaine and Perceval. So sad that this will be the end.

  21. Sara says:

    Noooooooo!!! It’s a great show. So sad to see it coming to an end. I’m going to miss the Merlin/Arthur bromance so much :( Colin and Bradley are amazing!!

  22. Nunaya_Bidness says:

    Wasn’t it supposed to be ending with season 5 anyway? I thought I read somewhere after season 1 that they had a 5 year plan for the show, so this is no shock for me. So far, I’m enjoying it and can’t imagine how Arthur will find out about Merlin’s magic, nor what his reaction will be.

  23. Alrisha says:

    So sad. They waiting to long to let Arthur knows that Merlin got magic. In some way is like everyone had evolve but Merlin. At this point I was waiting for Arthur to shows more respect for Merlin, and someway acknowledge how important Merlin had been for the realm.

  24. Ejachi Agatha says:

    I cant wait to see Author’s reaction when he will discover melins power..i think melin should continue.

  25. Lokun says:

    As long as Arthur finds out abut Merlin’s secret BEFORE the final episode, I might be okay with this. But really not. Why do all my favorite series leave me…?

    But I would love a spin off where you get to explore the relationsship betwen Merlin and Arthur where Arthur is completely aware of Merlin’s powers and knows how to peoperly make use of them. I want to see Merlin kick som ass with his magic side by side with Arthur, without having to think about restraining himself or keep it a secret…!

  26. SHAUN CAWKELL says:

    NONONONONONONONONO I LOVE MERLIN, CANCEL IT AND WE WILL PROTEST OUT SIDE TELEVISION CENTRE AND BBC. WHOS WITH ME?

  27. Lindsey says:

    if Arthur doesnt find out about Merlin i will be sorely dissapointed. theyve already stretched it out long enough

  28. James says:

    I will miss all my hopes for a season where Merlin is Arthurs respected wizard advisor, Morgana has identified Merlin as her greatest foe, Morgana tries for redemption, and Percival finally gets a personality. If this doesnt end with a massive magic battle between merlin and morgana, so help me I will hurt my tv. :P Also, make not so much a spinoff but a new series that crosses over, with knights like Bors or Kay.

  29. ay says:

    Merlin is the best program ever
    why would you cancel merlin
    please ask them to come back
    then everyone will be happy
    everyone is sad
    MERLIN IS THE BEST PROGRAM IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD IF IT ENDS
    EVERYTHING ENDS
    wawawa! :(

  30. gerry says:

    Great show just takes you for a thrilling hour, sow after show. I hate reality TV but, I’m finding harder and harder to get attached to great series because the networks are to quick with their knives.

  31. giulia says:

    what???? nooooo
    but if there is going to be a spin off then i would love it to be about mordred, asa butterfield is perfect

  32. Linda says:

    i think they should make a season six only for the reason that now, after i’ve seen episode 9 there is no sign of, that arthur knows about merlin, so there’re four episodes to find out and in my opinion, the time is to short. My guess is that in the end merlin will save athur with magic and this will be the last scene and i know i will hate such an end, even if it is a completition or not!

  33. aldonia says:

    This series is one of the best. To seeit at is end will be devastating. i was hoping the the series would last through the reign of King Author and the fullfilment of the prophecy.

  34. joanna says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO… no please dont cancel the series!!! I am addicted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its one of the best series ever!!!!!

  35. Natural climax huh? In Smallville, Clark became Superman we wanted. I think it’s pretty obvious then what would happen in this one…the question is just how are they going to do it. Interesting.

  36. Popsicles says:

    I think Merlin really needs to have a proper fight before the end – he always uses his magic to distract someone, or knock them out. I want a proper massive p***ed off Merlin going badass to save Arthur.

    And then I want the producers to read Loaded March (GOOGLE IT NOW) by Footloose, and realise that that is the best spin off idea EVER…or the Student Prince. Also amazing!

  37. Daisy says:

    How sad, I love the show, hopefully they will reconsider.

  38. Walter Minato says:

    If the movie is coming to an end, merlin’s gift should be discovered by Arthur. And talking of spinoffs, it better be related to this series.

  39. Solomon says:

    ah, you guys are u kidding us.nonoccupational i need Merlin am addicted.

  40. Chay says:

    I’m with every one else. I think the show should continue. I get hooked on it. Then have to wait till the series comes out again. I love this show!!! Wish they would keep it going!

  41. mike says:

    As far as spinoffs, i think a reboot would be best. Have merlin growing up in the walls with a kind of origin story. Have him discover his powers and learn new ones throughout the show. Would be a plus to give the show a more adult realistic tone. Not that i dont enjoy this version but having more diverse powers and focusing on merlin alone would allow for many more stories to be told that would not necessarily be as repetitive as it has been sometimes. Other than that, Bradley James and Hunter Parish should team up for a show. They could call it twins. j/k

  42. Andrew says:

    We’ll I live in the United States and lead a very busy life! With that said the series was so good I watched the whole thing up to date in 3 days. I love this show an have read many merlin books since I was a child. I believe they need to end the series. It is great and is coming to the point of ruin. I will explain. If you pay attention to the theme. It’s starting to repeat its self with very few changes. It has gotten a bit repetitive. But before they end it they need to make sure Arthur learns Merlin’s secretes. They need to show how they pull the kingdoms together! And they need to make sure that it is laid out well! If it means having this upcoming battle for the end of season 5, and then adding a short film to help show something in the future a few years after season 5s end. Showing a world were magic is accepted ( this is if they reveal this in season 5.) an that a few kingdoms are with Arthur and merlin. And the few remaining kingdoms being against them. Then having it all end with a huge battle where Arthur’s side wins. Showing at the end a signing between the kingdoms. That they are all united. The story shouldn’t be left to the imagination. Cause when that happens to me in the past all I can feel is hate. Hate that I don’t know that if what I see is the same as what the creators see. Yes imagination is good. But once in a while you need a solid ending that is concrete an none reversible. With that being said… My ending would leave everything open to future story spin offs and help make it easier for fans to accept the shows end. Personally if they don’t end this series well then I will not watch any spin offs because no mater what it will ruin the original. They must finish the foundation strongly or the rest of the structure will not hold. Thank you for reading and hope everyone can see what I am trying to say!

    • Pat says:

      I totally agree with everything you said. there must be a spin off with as many of the original cast as possible. I have watched each and every episode and have bought all the box sets of all the series I have loved every minute of every episode and it is such a shame that because Capps and Murphy have parted waves with Shine why should we as very loyal fans have to loose such a fantastic programmebecause of this. Why can’t someone esle step in save the day and bring Merlin back one day, I have read that Colin Morgan said that the programme has reached as far as it could but I’m sure that if all the cast had a chance of carrying on they would.
      I just can’t imagine never seeing this fantastic programme ever again In the past I have just looked foward to the next series when one ends, The only thing I can do is watch each and every episode by watching the dvd’s I have bought hoping that one day it does return. Don’t forget about Bobby Ewing’s return from the shower in Dallas there is always hope. With all the crap that is on our tv’s at the moment we need to kep our hopes alive that a return can happen.
      PLEASE CAN’T SOMEONE HELP US LOYAL FANS GET OUR GREAT PROGRAMME BACK!!
      Comment by a very loyal fan Pat December 27th december 2012 23:43pm

    • Ebere says:

      The story line says that Merlin await the rising of Arthur as the king of Camellot. My question is this, DID ARTHUR RISE AGAIN? becaus Merlin didn’t return to Camellot after the death of Arthur and whose hand caught the sword that Merlin threw into the Water?

  43. Andrew says:

    And feel free to let me know your thoughts on this topic. Thanks

  44. shawn says:

    I agree with Andrew!!!

  45. Gareth says:

    Here in UK we are about to get the last part this week, Series 5 not so riviting as series 1-4 but plot starts to get moving around episode 5.

  46. Esther says:

    Gosh! ;-( pls dont end it,one more season wil do or it wil break my heart

  47. GREAT says:

    I will say please let the movie run two more seasons cos merlin is really a bang!

  48. Christine says:

    No this cannot be the end! We just watched episode 11 There is no way to properly end this with only 2 episodes left. Arthur needs to find out about Merlin ,Morgana needs to die, Albion needs to be born. PS you can watch Merlin online in the US you dont have to wait till Jan. Go to megashare.info

  49. Christine says:

    There needs to be at least one more season where. Arthur knows about Merlin and he is Arthurs advisor. Merlin is one of the best shows out there witty fun to watch i cant believe it would end this way in a rush and just stop. Sooooooo sad.

    • rusty says:

      I just started to watch Merlin about a month ago; still getting caught up. Obviously LOVE IT! Wish it wasn’t ending.
      That being said…the series can end with Arthur finally finding out about Merlin. The new series picks up here.
      The revelation is too important to rush. The new relationship between King & Advisor is a great place to start the
      new spin off. THERE MUST BE A SPIN OFF!!!

  50. Christine says:

    When i heared the news i was ready to slap someone merlin is the best show ever and there is no eay it can show all that needs to happen in two episodes. This series needs to end with aurthar needs an air to his throen mogona needs to die and all magic needs to be free in the kingdom if all is not well and safe and all merlins secrets not shared then i think he seires should not end at this time it would make me so angery if the didnt end things in total peace. I love it so much though i really never want it to end why must it stop:(

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