I think no person should be left uninitiated. If you haven’t yet watched Merlin, despite everything I have to say, that’s unacceptable but fixable. And we will fix you. Or I will have to break you further 😉
WHAT IS MERLIN?
On the one hand, you have a servant boy who must accept his destiny and learn the meaning of duty. On the other, you have a prince who must learn what it is to be a king. And they won’t get it right; they will make mistakes, they will fight, and these things shape them. To the point where they learn to differentiate friend from foe, the meaning of sacrifice, and value each other more than they ever thought they would. It’s the story of two brothers, friends, halves that will build a world shed of darkness.
This show will give you
Merlin and Arthur have no idea what’s coming to them, what they’ll be later on and how entwined their destinies are. At first, they’re nothing more than two immature teenagers. On the day of their meeting, Merlin intervenes on behalf of a poor servant being tormented by a bully prince. “You’ve had your fun, my friend,” Merlin tells him. And after Arthur snarkily inquires about his use of the word friend when they are complete strangers, it prompts Merlin to say, “My mistake… I could never be friends with such an arse.” And therein starts our epic bromance, though neither of them know it. When Arthur asks him if he knows how to walk on his knees thereafter, my fate was irrevocably SEALED. There would be no going back.
But, that’s not ALL the bromance there is to be had. Oh, no, no, my fellow human folk. Do you know what the Knights of the Round Table are? Or who they are?
“They’re Knights of the Round Table. It’s a bond we share.”
The Code of the Knights of Camelot requires you to be of noble blood from one of the royal houses loyal to Camelot, to ensure that loyalty would never be tested and the honor they perpetuate never die. Stupid ol’ Uther, a king more concerned with pedigree than with heart, stands in the way of these men for a while. But. These knights, Arthur’s knights, are hand-picked to be brought into his fold because they are truly noblest of the noble, regardless of what family they’re from. Left to right, we have Elyan, Gwaine, Lancelot, Arthur, Leon, and Percival, some of the best men, fictional or otherwise, I’ve ever known.
Then there is
WISDOM FROM THE ANCIENTS
Ladies and bros, I made a goddamn #Gaius t-shirt with Little Sib Gabs, who is also a fan. This was back in 2013, but… Behold:
An ode to the wisest known human in the Merlin-verse.
Now of course you have to have
Their love is forbidden, struck, broken, and celebrated all throughout the course of the show, and because he loves them so much, no one is the romance’s biggest advocate quite like Merlin himself.
The blacksmith’s daughter and the prince of Camelot. He’s arrogant, rude, a noble and she’s discerning, wise, and wholly good. So unlikely a pair.
But together? They make one of the finest couples I’ve had the privilege of fangirling for.
And the show also brings you an excellent array of
Let other fans tell you
WHAT MERLIN IS
By the end, you have to wonder if there ever was a great leader like Arthur, who was more than fortunate to have obtained the devotion of the most powerful warlock in the world and the greatest friend he’ll ever know.
Trust me, it’s so much more than you can possibly imagine.
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This post was originally posted on a former blog of mine called Mine For The Reading, and has been updated and edited for my audience here, because it’s still my favorite thing. This show, I mean.
Note: None of these photos or gifs belong to me. I take no credit for any of the images here.