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Once Upon a Time Season 5 Casts Merlin and Guinevere

Once Upon a Time Merlin Guinevere

Turns out, Merlin is a Knight.

ABC’s Once Upon a Time has cast British Sinbad alum Elliot Knight in the recurring Season 5 role of Merlin, whom viewers know holds the answer to expunging the Darkness from the world forever — and thus can save Emma from her new fate.

Additionally, our sister site Deadline reports, Portuguese actress Joana Metrass has landed the recurring role of Guinevere, the queen to King Arthur (to be played by Liam Garrigan).

As previously reported, Sinqua Walls (Teen Wolf) is set to reprise his role as the knight Lancelot aka Guin’s OTL.

Knight’s previous credits also include the BBC One drama By Any Means and a How to Get Away With Murder arc, while Metrass’ resume includes the Portuguese drama series Sinais de Vida and Morangos com Açúcar.

Lastly, Wayward Pines mailman Andrew Jenkins will guest-star as  Percival, one of Arthur’s most loyal knights.

Want more scoop on Once, or for any other show? Email insideline@tvline.com and your question may be answered via Matt’s Inside Line.

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32 Comments
  1. Deadline article also reports the casting of Percival. He will be portrayed by Andrew Jenkins.

  2. Joey says:

    Huh, the racists haven’t gotten here yet. That’s a relief.

    • tvjunkie says:

      Nope, though you should really look in the mirror for assuming white people would bring up race. However, since you brought it up, in the context of where Camelot traditionally existed in the mythology there probably wasn’t much diversity of race, but I don’t have a problem with them changing it up as the show has already done so for other characters.

      That said he looks a lot younger than what I was expecting. The show gave the impression this Merlin had been around for a while, but this actor looks barely old enough to legally drink. Maybe they’ll have some magical explanation of that. At least they better have some explanation why he looks so young but has been around a long time.

      • John NYC says:

        Actually since Roman legions had plenty of members from all the conquered and incorporated regions their remnants in post Roman Britain (the 4th and 5th century of Arthurian myth) would have been fairly diverse as well: so North Africa, the east etc. would have been represented.

        • :) says:

          So true about Rome spreading diversity. There were also sea fairing western African cultures that reached the Americas and northern Europe.

      • DoctorWhoFanatic says:

        When did Joey say that WHITE PEOPLE were going to bring up race?

        • Sami says:

          I was actually wondering the same thing, I have no idea why tvjunkie brought up white people but it’s kinda funny haha. That’s amazing.

          • Cookie says:

            Oh please, y’all know every time someone brings something up about race that most don’t like they are labeled “white” or “uncle tom”. And for all we know, Joey could be white.

    • David says:

      Merlin is not a Moor!!!!

      He is not black and not a knight! Frak this stupid new world order politically correct social engineering nonsense destroying iconic male figures of power in fiction.
      Watson and Moriarty in ‘Elementary’ a woman, Starbuck off ‘Battlestar’ a butch woman, Marvel’s Thor a woman, Ghostbusters to be women…The new world order central banking scum want to subvert all powerful, iconic figures and replace them with PC poison.

      Let me educate you as to the reason for this:
      Feminism and political correctness in general is actually social engineering by the central banking/corporate oligarchy that control the western governments and the media to make society weaker, and more easy to control and manipulate.

      Classic ‘divide and conquer’. Masculinise women and feminise men, empower women, subjugate men, and confuse the gender roles to make male/female relationships hard to form as men have evolved to compliment and protect women, not compete with them, marriage is at an all-time low as a result. This male feminisation and subjugation weakens men who are more likely to challenge authority and are physically much more of a threat to authority and also destroys the family, the primary goal.
      Family provides social cohesion and resistance to tyranny, thus they must destroy the family and divide society. They cannot tolerate devotion to family before the state.

      Another key aspect stemming from the destruction of the family and the forcing of women into the workplace via social feminist propaganda and economic manipulation is that children become raised by the State. They can get force fed constant establishment propaganda throughout their lives with a heavily reduced parental influence.

      So attempting to change millions of years of evolution that made men the warriors hunters and protectors and women the nurturers and the socially adept is ridiculous and doomed to failure.
      It never fails to amaze me how many people cannot see this very basic manipulation

      Setting the races against each other also serves ‘divide and conquer’. white, male iconic figures are symbols of the western dominance in the recent past, destroying or replacing these figures serves to psychologically bring down the west along with the literal destruction brough about by their economic and social sabotage.

  3. Merlin, Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Percival (!) and no Morgana? Boo.

    • Ryan says:

      Check out this question/answer from EW.com’s latest “burning questions” interview with Adam & Eddy:

      “Any chance of incorporating the evil witch Morgana Le Fay?
      Adam Horowitz: Can’t say.”

      I feel like if she definitely wasn’t going to be in it then they would have just denied it. The fact that they’re playing coy leads me to believe that we’re going to see her at some point.

  4. delta says:

    I hope Gunivere is Killian’s long lost sister

  5. SK says:

    So Colin Morgan is only 4 years older than this guy. They could have cast him as Merlin if not for the fact they wanted a black British actor. People have said that Colin was too young but I guess not. Too bad they didn’t just pick the best one for the job.

    • tvjunkie says:

      The difference is Colin was not playing a well established Merlin, he was playing a young Merlin just discovering and growing into his powers. OUAT gave the impression this Merlin has been around a long time, so they’ll need to explain how/why he looks so young.

      • SK says:

        But this guy they picked is actually 4 years younger than Colin. And I know that there were people who were hoping for Colin to be Merlin. And anyway, at the end of the series, he was much more established as Merlin.

    • Joyce says:

      Colin is busy with his series Humans on FX.

    • Zelda says:

      Why would they cast someone just because he’s played a different version of the character before? 90% of the characters on OUAT were played and played well by other actors and actresses before, but obviously OUAT would like to put their own spin on the characters. And who says Colin Morgan would have actually wanted to play the same character twice?

    • John NYC says:

      “Best” is rather relative, he’s one of the central reasons I stopped watching that show.

  6. spindae2 says:

    Glad the casting news finally start revealing. Bit worried about Eliott being to young and naive to pull of this big role.
    On the other hand OUAT didn’t make a single wrong casting decision, so I really can’t argue against them until I see some scenes, maybe tomorrow from their CC panel or when the show premiers.

  7. Portuguese makes MUCH more sense than Latina.

  8. Lj1 says:

    Elliot i know him from somewhere and wasnt that impressed with him.
    Acting counts here mostly.

  9. Ninamags says:

    Bah, Merlin is an old man with long grey beard and spectacles!!!

    He’s infinitely patient with young Arthur. He fights Mad Madam Mim, too.

    Boo. 😕

  10. Lysh says:

    My mom’s a huge Camelot fan and will probably be disappointed this guy doesn’t fit the Merlin stereotype, but I’m pretty excited. Hopefully he’s a nice guy. OUAT could use some good guy POCs.
    This all seems so low key next to last year’s big Frozen premiere. Hopefully it’s good. I’m mostly looking forward to Dark Emma.

  11. Gail says:

    Isn’t one of the concepts of Merlin that he ages backwards? A young looking Merlin could be an old in years Merlin.

  12. David says:

    Merlin is not a Moor!!!!

    He is not black and not a knight! Frak this stupid new world order politically correct social engineering nonsense destroying iconic male figures of power in fiction.
    Watson and Moriarty in ‘Elementary’ a woman, Starbuck off ‘Battlestar’ a butch woman, Marvel’s Thor a woman, Ghostbusters to be women…The new world order central banking scum want to subvert all powerful, iconic figures and replace them with PC poison.

  13. Angel says:

    How can black actors be cast as Merlin and Lancelot? Hello ABC, Merlin and Lancelot were white men! Just like in the case of the play the Mountaintop, a white actor was cast to play MLK! What is wrong with these directors?

  14. kritterspaw says:

    It’s not that I’m racist.. but who are you to change history. First is was Lancilot, now Merlin. I’m done.