Episode 5.02 : Arthur's Bane (2)

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TV Info

Episode Premiere

January 11, 2013


Syfy, BBC


Drama, Family, Fantasy

Show Period

2008 - 2013

Production Company

Shine Television, FremantleMedia Enterprises

Cast and Crew


Justin Molotnikov


Julian Jones

Main Cast

  • Colin Morgan as Old Merlin / Emrys
  • Bradley James as King Arthur Pendragon
  • Angel Coulby
  • Katie McGrath
  • Richard Wilson
  • Alexander Vlahos
  • Tom Hopper
  • Rupert Young
  • Eoin Macken as Sir Gwaine / Gwaine
  • Adetomiwa Edun
  • Santiago Cabrera
  • Miranda Raison
  • Anthony Head
  • Ben Daniels
  • Warwick Davies
  • John Lynch


Captured by the Saxons (and a now adult Mordred), Arthur and Merlin seem to be in big trouble. However, Mordred shows them a kindness that Arthur welcomes but Merlin remains suspicious of. Merlin and Arthur manage to escape from the Saxons and head to Morgana's tower. To gain entry, Merlin and Arthur disguise themselves but are soon outed. Merlin tries to save Arthur from Morgana's sword but is incapacitated. Instead, Mordred - who Morgana believed was an ally - saves Arthur.

In Camelot, Sefa is imprisoned by Gwen for betraying Arthur's tactical plans to her dad, Ruadan. Sefa pleads for her life, but Gwen keeps her locked up. Which is actually a ploy on Gwen's part to get Ruadan to Camelot to rescue his daughter, which he does. Ruadan manages to escape with Sefa thanks to his Druid powers, but he is fatally wounded in the process.

With the help of a magical creature, the Diamair (that sort of looks like one of the aliens from Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Merlin, Mordred and Arthur recover Sir Gwaine, Percival and the rest of Camelot's knights. They return to Camelot. Arthur knights Mordred, but Merlin remains suspicious of him. Meanwhile, we see Morgana and her dragon on the move, still plotting.

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