Merlin has run out of magic. The BBC has confirmed that they are axing the popular fantasy drama Merlin after Series 5.
While Merlin Series 6 had been discussed, the powers-that-be have decided to call time on the show after the two-part Christmas special.
In what appears to be a creative decision on the surface, exec. producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy said:
“We felt it was best told across five series… bringing to a conclusion the battle for Camelot.”
Colin Morgan, who plays the titular wizard, said the story has been told:
“We’ve arrived at its strongest point and achieved what we set out to do.”
BBC1 chief Danny Cohen extended praise to the creators’ decision to end on a strong note, adding: “We will miss it in the schedule.
“I hope fans will tune in over the coming weeks to see the spectacularly dramatic final episodes, and we have ambitious plans for new drama in the Saturday evening slot in 2013.”
Meanwhile, Angel Coulby (Guinevere), also believes that the show is going out on a high:
“I believe the key to any successful show is making sure you leave people wanting more.”
Merlin will conclude with a two-part Christmas special this year on the BBC. The fifth (and now final) series of Merlin premieres in the US on Syfy, Jan 4, 2013.
What do you think? Has Merlin’s story been told in the way that you’d like? Is the fifth series shaping up to be a satisfying end point for the saga?
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