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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Comments (149)

  • What!!!! nooooo

    Comment by MM – November 26, 2012 07:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I know. Arthur better learn about merlin before they end it

      Comment by cb – November 26, 2012 07:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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!

        Comment by hw216 – November 27, 2012 02:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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!

          Comment by Jess – November 27, 2012 09:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • “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.

            Comment by Ty – December 1, 2012 08:43 PM PDT  
          • 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.

            Comment by Arthur Pendragon – December 23, 2012 03:25 PM PDT  
          • 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 !

            Comment by Johanny DCL – December 23, 2012 03:37 PM PDT  
          • The easiest way to find a show is just google it like put merlin season 5 episode whatever it i your wanting to see!

            Comment by Andrew – December 23, 2012 05:01 PM PDT  
      • 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!?

        Comment by Julee22 – December 9, 2012 01:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Spoiler Alert!!! ————————————————————————He does and then dies

        Comment by Daniel Gaines Jr – December 25, 2012 11:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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…..

      Comment by Merlin Pendragon – December 24, 2012 01:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It sucks when a beautiful TV series is cancelled!

      Comment by AC – December 25, 2012 08:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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?

      Comment by Joseph jacob – December 28, 2012 10:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.


      Comment by S Lilly – February 9, 2013 06:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Lydia – November 26, 2012 07:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I believe he has an American pilot for next year.

      Comment by merryweather – November 26, 2012 08:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I totally agree!!

      Comment by Francesca – November 26, 2012 08:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • OMG Gwaine on GoT would be amazing!!

      Comment by Rain – November 26, 2012 08:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’ve seen the first episode of Season 5. Lots of shirtless Gwaine. And Percival. You’ll enjoy it. :)

      Comment by bubbles526 – November 26, 2012 07:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 100% in agreement!!!!!

      Comment by Johmin (@johmin1107) – December 25, 2012 09:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WTF!!!!

    Comment by Saimon – November 26, 2012 07:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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…

    Comment by Trenton – November 26, 2012 07:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I totally agree with you as the final episode shows a modern day lorry wizzing past Merlin as he walks down a road.

      Comment by ms judith gange – March 11, 2013 04:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Kate – November 26, 2012 07:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Lol agreed! Season 3 of Robin Hood was just awful – I stopped watching.

      Comment by mia – November 26, 2012 04:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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).

    Comment by mleppo01 – November 26, 2012 07:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s not really a cancellation if they had a five year plan when they started production, and decided to stick to the plan.

    Comment by Matthew – November 26, 2012 07:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Evie – November 26, 2012 08:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by Anna – November 26, 2012 07:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally on board with this!

      Comment by Shannon – November 26, 2012 08:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I sure hope they let Arthur discover Merlin’s powers but not in a hurried and forced way.

    Comment by merryweather – November 26, 2012 08:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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:(

      Comment by sad me. – January 4, 2013 09:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    i love this series so much!!!
    and the pair of them is so good to watch.
    so utterly depressed over the news..

    Comment by Lia – November 26, 2012 08:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by ShanyLu – November 26, 2012 08:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Marie – November 26, 2012 08:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nooooooo!!!!!!

    Comment by Emily – November 26, 2012 08:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope they bring back Lancelot for the ending.

    Comment by Autumn – November 26, 2012 09:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The only spinoff’s I would be interested in are Gwaine and/or Lancelot, and with the original actors

    Comment by Mila – November 26, 2012 09:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Revan – December 26, 2012 08:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Mikaylah – November 26, 2012 10:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hopefully, Bradley and Colin get jobs ASAP. I need them back on my screen!

    Comment by Michelle – November 26, 2012 11:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • totally agree with all of the comments above, especially the one with the shirtless knights spinoff…

    Comment by necle – November 26, 2012 12:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • noooooooo :(

    Comment by martina – November 26, 2012 01:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Adventures of Gwaine and Perceval. So sad that this will be the end.

    Comment by JASON – November 26, 2012 02:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!!

    Comment by Sara – November 26, 2012 03:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Nunaya_Bidness – November 26, 2012 03:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Alrisha – November 26, 2012 04:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I cant wait to see Author’s reaction when he will discover melins power..i think melin should continue.

    Comment by Ejachi Agatha – November 26, 2012 09:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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…!

    Comment by Lokun – November 27, 2012 06:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by SHAUN CAWKELL – November 27, 2012 06:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • if Arthur doesnt find out about Merlin i will be sorely dissapointed. theyve already stretched it out long enough

    Comment by Lindsey – November 27, 2012 03:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by James – November 28, 2012 12:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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
    wawawa! :(

    Comment by ay – November 28, 2012 08:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Please don’t cancel!;-( seen the last episode for season 5 and i’m so sad

      Comment by Daize – December 25, 2012 06:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by gerry – November 29, 2012 05:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by giulia – November 30, 2012 10:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Linda – December 1, 2012 04:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by aldonia – December 2, 2012 10:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO… no please dont cancel the series!!! I am addicted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its one of the best series ever!!!!!

    Comment by joanna – December 2, 2012 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Soft Skills Training – December 2, 2012 08:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Popsicles – December 3, 2012 01:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How sad, I love the show, hopefully they will reconsider.

    Comment by Daisy – December 11, 2012 09:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Walter Minato – December 14, 2012 05:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ah, you guys are u kidding us.nonoccupational i need Merlin am addicted.

    Comment by Solomon – December 14, 2012 02:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Chay – December 14, 2012 11:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by mike – December 15, 2012 05:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Andrew – December 18, 2012 08:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.
      Comment by a very loyal fan Pat December 27th december 2012 23:43pm

      Comment by Pat – December 27, 2012 03:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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?

      Comment by Ebere – January 15, 2013 06:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And feel free to let me know your thoughts on this topic. Thanks

    Comment by Andrew – December 18, 2012 08:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree with Andrew!!!

    Comment by shawn – December 18, 2012 09:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Plllllllllllllz return merlin

      Comment by NanA – January 13, 2013 07:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Gareth – December 19, 2012 03:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Gosh! ;-( pls dont end it,one more season wil do or it wil break my heart

    Comment by Esther – December 19, 2012 05:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I will say please let the movie run two more seasons cos merlin is really a bang!

    Comment by GREAT – December 19, 2012 08:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by Christine – December 20, 2012 06:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Christine – December 20, 2012 06:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!!!

      Comment by rusty – December 21, 2012 08:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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:(

    Comment by Christine – December 20, 2012 06:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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