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Merlin: Episode 5x08 The Hollow Queen
Merlin│Crazy Uther
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KILGHARRAH
In a land of myth and a time of magic, the destiny of a great kingdom rests on the shoulders of a young man. His name: Merlin.

--
[00:13, EXT. LOWER TOWN - NIGHT]
[A hooded figure sneaks into the castle grounds, injuring his arm on the way. Guinevere’s honour guard spots him.]

SIR LEON
Stop! Show yourself.

[The boy lowers his hood.]

QUEEN GUINEVERE
Oh, he’s just a boy.

SIR LEON
Out here in the middle of the night?

GUINEVERE
There’s no need for your sword.

[The boy kneels to her.]

GUINEVERE
Come.

[Gwen reaches out to him and the boy stands.]

GUINEVERE
Where are you going?

DAEGAL
Been catching frogs.

SIR LEON
Frogs?

GUINEVERE
It’s a full moon, Leon. We used to do it. Come on, you should be in bed. Off you go.

[The boy bows.]

DAEGAL
Thank you, my lady.

--
[01:12, INT. ROYAL CHAMBERS – NIGHT]
[Gwen enters to find Arthur and Merlin arranging garlands around the bed.]

GUINEVERE
Oh, Arthur, that is so sweet. You’ve gone to all this trouble. And gilly flowers, my favourite. You remembered.

[Gwen puts her arms around his neck.]

ARTHUR
Mm-hmm.

GUINEVERE
You miss me.

ARTHUR
Mm.

[Arthur stops, looking up at Merlin.]

ARTHUR
Merlin, er, it’s late. You should probably get some sleep.

[Merlin walks toward the door.]

MERLIN
Sire.

GUINEVERE
Oh, Merlin. Before you go, I’d love a hot bath.

[Gwen giggles as Arthur sweeps her up in his arms.]

MERLIN
Certainly, my lady.

[Merlin leaves and Arthur carries Gwen to the bed.]

--
[01:50, INT. CASTLE TUNNELS - NIGHT]

[The boy uses a key to enter the tunnels. He places the key above door frame.]

--
[02:01, INT. KITCHENS - NIGHT]
[Merlin prepares hot water for Gwen’s bath. Merlin hears the door creak open and sees the boy standing there.]

MERLIN
Who are you?

DAEGAL
My name is Daegal.

MERLIN
How’d you get in here?

DAEGAL
It wasn’t difficult.

MERLIN
Really? Get out.

DAEGAL
Please, it’s my sister. She’s sick. She needs a physician.

MERLIN
Well, bring her to Gaius.

DAEGAL
I can’t. It’s too dangerous for our kind.

[Daegal shows Merlin a druid symbol on his arm.]

DAEGAL
I need you to come with me. She needs your help or she will die.

MERLIN
I’m not a physician.

[Merlin hears footsteps and pulls the boy inside the room.]

DAEGAL
She’s only six. She has the sweating sickness. I’m begging you. You are her only chance.

MERLIN
How far is she?

DAEGAL
The Valley of the Fallen Kings.

MERLIN
That’s more than half a day away.

DAEGAL
She won’t last much longer. You must come now.

MERLIN
No. Can’t.

[Daegal stares at him.]

MERLIN
I can’t.

DAEGAL
I have risked my life to save her. Please tell me it was not in vain.

MERLIN
Go, get out of here. Go.

DAEGAL
Will you help her?

[Merlin hesitates.]

MERLIN
Meet me… at the entrance to the Darkling woods at first light.

[Daegal nods and leaves.]

[OPENING TITLES]

--
[04:12, INT. PHYSICIAN’S CHAMBERS – MORNING]

GAIUS
You don’t even know who this boy is.

MERLIN
He’s a druid.

GAIUS
He broke into the castle like a thief.

MERLIN
How else was he going to reach me?

GAIUS
The journey to the Valley of the Fallen Kings, Merlin, it’s a den of murderers, cutthroats.

MERLIN
It is dangerous.

GAIUS
It’s a long way north of dangerous.

MERLIN
What am I supposed to do? Let this girl die?

GAIUS
The journey there and back is going to take you the best part of the day. How are you going to keep it from Arthur?

MERLIN
I’m sure you’ll think of something.

GAIUS
Me?!

MERLIN
Sarrum of Amata is arriving today. Arthur’ll be too busy to notice where I am.

GAIUS
Merlin.

MERLIN
I promised the boy and I can’t go back on it now. I’ll be back by nightfall.

[Merlin exits and walks right through the front gate unnoticed.]

--
[05:17, EXT. DARKLING WOODS – MORNING]

MERLIN
Sorry I’m late.

DAEGAL
I thought you weren’t coming.

MERLIN
I was bringing you some breakfast. It’s fresh.

DAEGAL
It’s good of you to do this.

MERLIN
I only hope I can help your sister.

DAEGAL
Did you get in trouble?

MERLIN
No.

DAEGAL
But you’re the king’s servant.

MERLIN
Arthur won’t even notice I’m gone.

--
[05:36, INT. ROYAL CHAMBERS – MORNING]

ARTHUR
Merlin?

[Arthur searches for something. Guinevere enters.]

ARTHUR
Merlin!

GUINEVERE
What is it?

ARTHUR
I can’t find my comb.

GUINEVERE
Have you looked?

ARTHUR
Everywhere.

[Arthur sits on the bed. Gwen walks over to the nightstand and picks up the comb, holding it in front of Arthur.]

ARTHUR
It must’ve been under something.

GUINEVERE
Your nose.

[Gwen taps Arthur’s nose with the comb.]

ARTHUR
You just have this way of seeing things.

GUINEVERE
Yes, two of them. They’re called eyes.

ARTHUR
Very beautiful they are, too.

[Arthur draws Gwen close.]

GUINEVERE
Don’t try and get out of this.

[Gwen combs Arthur’s hair.]

ARTHUR
Out of what?

GUINEVERE
How hopeless you are.

ARTHUR
I am. I’m hopelessly in love.

[Arthur draws Gwen in for a kiss, but she puts the comb between their lips.]

GUINEVERE
You need to prepare for the Sarrum’s arrival.

[Arthur lets go as Gwen pushes him and he flops backward onto the bed. She tosses the comb on his stomach and exits.]

ARTHUR
Oh, yes. That. Do you know where my robe…?

[Gwen is gone.]

ARTHUR
…s are?

--
[06:28, INT. PHYSICIAN’S CHAMBERS - DAY]
[Arthur enters.]

ARTHUR
Merlin!

GAIUS
Er, he’s garnering herbs, sire.

ARTHUR
But I need him, now.

GAIUS
Well, he may be some time.

ARTHUR
Where is he?

GAIUS
He’s gone in pursuit of a young agrimonia.

ARTHUR
A what?

GAIUS
Agrimonia, sire. A noble, but shy plant, not easy to find, and it could take him all day.

ARTHUR
All day?

GAIUS
It is invaluable, sire. Its properties open up both the liver and the spleen.

ARTHUR
He’s in the tavern, isn’t he?

GAIUS
No, sire!

ARTHUR
Well, when he’s finished opening up his liver and his spleen, tell him he has exactly one hour to sober up and get to my chambers. We’ve a guest to prepare for.

--
[07:15, EXT. DARKLING WOODS - DAY]

MERLIN
Here.

[Merlin hands a flask to Daegal. Daegal gasps in pain as he lifts it to his lips.]

MERLIN
What’s wrong?

DAEGAL
I fell getting into the citadel.

MERLIN
Here, let me have a look.

DAEGAL
It’s my sister that needs caring for, not me.

MERLIN
Wait. We’ve a long journey ahead of us. You don’t want this getting any worse.

[Merlin bandages Daegal’s arm.]

MERLIN
[?] helps slow the blood flow, take away the swelling.

DAEGAL
Where’d you learn all this?

MERLIN
Gaius. When I first came to Camelot, he took me in, taught me everything that I know. What about you? Your family?

DAEGAL
I only have a sister.

MERLIN
Your parents?

DAEGAL
My mother’s dead.

MERLIN
She was a druid too?

[Daegal nods.]

DAEGAL
Gaius taught you well. You’re lucky to have him.

MERLIN
I am. Come on.

[Merlin gives Daegal a hand up.]

--
[08:25, INT. ROYAL CHAMBERS – DAY]
[A knock at the door. Arthur fastens his trousers.]

ARTHUR
Yes?

[Gaius enters.]

GAIUS
He’s still not returned.

ARTHUR
How am I to get dressed?

GAIUS
Ha, well, surely that’s not too difficult, sire.

ARTHUR
Really? You think you can do it?

[Gaius is surprised. Arthur takes off his nightshirt.]

ARTHUR
Right. Come on, then, Gaius.

[Arthur throws his night shirt on the bed, then bends over with his arms stretched out to have Gaius put a shirt over his head. Gaius stares. Arthur looks up.]

ARTHUR
Shirt.

[Gaius makes an “Oh” expression.]

ARTHUR
Quickly.

[Gaius picks up a shirt and Arthur gets back into shirt-dressing position. Gaius and Arthur struggle to get the shirt on.]

ARTHUR
What are you doing?

GAIUS
It’s stuck.

ARTHUR
Can’t be.

GAIUS
It’s too small.

[Arthur struggles and rips something. He finally gets his head through and looks at the shirt.]

ARTHUR
It’s Guinevere’s nightdress.

[Gaius gives another “Oh” expression.]

--
[09:29, EXT. DARKLING WOODS - DAY]

DAEGAL
I tell you, if I catch this fly, I’m going to eat it.

MERLIN (chuckle)
Here. Better for you.

[Merlin hands Daegal an apple.]

MERLIN
Here.

[Merlin hands Daegal an apple.]

DAEGAL
Don’t you like them?

MERLIN
They’re my favourite.

DAEGAL
Then why are you giving it to me?

MERLIN
I don’t need it. I had a big breakfast.

DAEGAL
Why are you being like this? People I’ve met, they’re…not like you. They don’t care. I don’t matter.

MERLIN
Don’t ever think that. We all matter. Have a drink.

[Merlin hands him the flask.]

DAEGAL
Thank you.

MERLIN
Come on.

--
[10:11, INT. CASTLE TUNNELS/EXT. WOODS - DAY]
[Gwen takes the key from above the gate and exits the same way Daegal entered. Gwen leaves a note at the base of a tree.]

--
[10:37, INT. ROYAL CHAMBERS – DAY]

GAIUS
You’re very quiet, sire.

ARTHUR
Pfft. Can you blame me?

GAIUS
Sarrum does have a reputation.

ARTHUR
Even my father feared him. They say he takes joy in impaling men.

GAIUS
Not just men, sire. Women and children, too. He also has a fondness for assassinating his friends.

ARTHUR
I doubt we’ll ever be that close. Although, we do share one thing: a hatred for Morgana.

GAIUS
So you’ve heard the rumours. He once had her under lock and key.

ARTHUR
I’m hoping he’ll tell us more.

GAIUS
Given Sarrum’s reputation, are you certain it’s wise to seek an alliance?

ARTHUR
If we’re to achieve peace in the five kingdoms, we’ve got little choice. I don’t agree with his regime, Gaius, but dealing with him may be the only way of achieving our aims.

GAIUS
You’re right, of course. You are becoming a true statesman, Arthur. I hope you realise that.

ARTHUR
I’m going to be late. I’ll tell you this, Gaius, Sarrum wouldn’t put up with an idle-brained servant like Merlin. He’s got a lot to answer for.

GAIUS
He certainly has.

--
[11:45, EXT. DARKLING WOODS - DAY]
[Daegal stops walking and Merlin looks back.]

MERLIN
What is it? You’re arm?

[Daegal shakes his head.]

MERLIN
We need to get to your sister.

[Daegal hesitates.]

MERLIN
When you last saw her, how bad was she?

DAEGAL
I told you, the life had nearly gone from her.

[Daegal walks forward and hands the apple back to Merlin.]

DAEGAL
Here, I don’t want it.

[Merlin senses something’s wrong, but follows Daegal.]

--
[12:30, EXT. DARKING WOODS - DAY]
[Morgana fetches the note that Gwen left. She reads it and smirks.]

--
[12:43, EXT. DARKLING WOODS - DAY]
[Merlin hears a twig snap and looks up to see bandits patrolling. Merlin ducks behind a tree and calls silently to Daegal.]

MERLIN (telepathy)
Daegal, bandits.

[Daegal keeps walking.]

MERLIN (telepathy)
Get down.

[Daegal keeps walking. Merlin grabs him and pulls him into hiding.]

DAEGAL
What are you doing?

MERLIN
Shh!

[Daegal sees the bandits.]

MERLIN (whisper)
Did you hear me?

DAEGAL
No.

[Merlin knows Daegal is not a druid.]

DAEGAL
Thank you. You saved my life.

MERLIN
It’s not safe yet.

[Keeping low, Merlin helps Daegal stand up.]

MERLIN
Come on. The sooner we get to your sister, the better.

--
[13:27, EXT. MAIN COURTYARD - DAY]
[Arthur and his knights greet Sarrum’s party. Gwen stands on the balcony.]

ARTHUR
We are most grateful to the Sarrum for accepting our invitation and gracing our palace with his presence. We welcome him and his warriors with friendship.

SARRUM
The last time I met you, you were ten years old. Uther held a tournament in your honour.

ARTHUR
I fight my own tournaments now.

SARRUM
Well, we shall enjoy putting you to the test.

--
[14:10, EXT. VALLEY OF THE FALLEN KINGS – EVENING]

DAEGAL
We’re here. She’s just the other side of those trees.

MERLIN
What’s wrong?

DAEGAL
Nothing. I just hope she’s still alive.

[Merlin approaches the place.]

MERLIN
There’s no one here. Why have you brought me here? What is this?

DAEGAL
I can explain.

[Merlin grabs Daegal’s arm angrily.]

MERLIN
You’re not a druid.

[Merlin pulls up Daegal’s sleeve, revealing that the druid symbol is rubbing off.]

MERLIN
Who are you?

[Merlin sees Morgana. She throws him with magic, knocking him unconscious.]

MORGANA
You’ve done well. I knew it wouldn’t be difficult. Merlin has a weakness for outcasts.

[Morgana throws Daegal a purse full of coins.]

MORGANA
Especially druids.

[Daegal breathes heavily.]

DAEGAL
Why are you doing this?

MORGANA
Because Merlin has meddled in my plans once too often.

[Morgana crouches over Merlin.]

MORGANA
The agony you feel...you’ll be glad when death comes.

[Morgana uncorks a bottle and pours black liquid down Merlin’s throat. She kicks him down the hill. Daegal rushes to the edge to look down at him.]

DAEGAL
You really going to kill the king?

MORGANA
Hold your tongue. Not a word of this to anyone. You’re forgetting, I still have a few drops left.

[Morgana leaves. Daegal looks down at Merlin, then leaves.]

--
[15:51, INT. BANQUET HALL - NIGHT]

ARTHUR
I feel we have much in common. We share many allies and friends. Also an enemy.

SARRUM
Sorcery.

ARTHUR
There is a rumour that you held Morgana prisoner. Is it true?

[This catches Gwen’s attention.]

SARRUM
She’s nothing to be feared. I kept her like an animal.

[Arthur seems slightly disturbed.]

ARTHUR
How did you capture her? She’s...a sorceress, a high priestess.

SARRUM
I found her weakness. Everyone has one, even a high priestess. A young dragon. Her love for that creature caused her to suffer more than she ever imagined possible. But not more than she deserved. I knew that she wouldn’t dare use magic against me, not while her beloved creature was at risk of harm.

[Arthur stares.]

SARRUM
Such a shame. All that power, all that beauty, abandoned, forgotten in a living grave.

[Flashback to Morgana’s imprisonment with Aithusa. Gwen looks away from Sarrum.]

ARTHUR
You’re a harsh judge, Lord Sarrum.

SARRUM
When it comes to sorcery, we must be merciless. I was not merciless enough. Morgana escaped. A lapse on my part, but I will not be so foolish again. Not that her time with me was entirely wasted. As the dragon grew, the pit became too small. Gradually the creature was crippled and twisted. At night you could hear its cries. They were even more heartbreaking than Morgana.

[Arthur and Gwen are both repulsed. Gwen stands.]

GUINEVERE
I hope the Sarrum will forgive me if I retire for the night.

[Sarrum gives his consent. Gwen leaves with a smile.]

--
[18:25, INT. CORRIDOR/EXT. WOODS - NIGHT]
[Gwen leaves the castle and rides to meet Morgana.]

MORGANA
My lady.

[They embrace.]

GUINEVERE
What of Merlin?

MORGANA
He’s gone to his death, along with everything he knows. And the Sarrum?

GUINEVERE
He’s feasting with Arthur as we speak.

MORGANA
Then we must talk quickly. We cannot afford an alliance between Amata and Camelot. It would put the throne beyond my reach forever.

[Gwen shakes her head with a sigh.]

MORGANA
What is troubling you?

GUINEVERE
Sarrum. Are we right to enlist such a man? Is there not another way?

MORGANA
Do you not see how perfect this plan is? The Sarrum’s reputation precedes him. There’s no deadlier assassin in the five kingdoms. Arthur will not stand a chance.

GUINEVERE
You’re sure he’ll agree?

MORGANA
You’re forgetting how well I know this man. For two years, his was the only voice I heard. I know the Sarrum. I know his lust for power. He will not refuse your offer. He will think he can control you, but he will reckon without me.

GUINEVERE
And once Arthur is dead?

MORGANA
The knights will turn on your guest and make you their queen.

[Gwen smiles.]

MORGANA
But you must promise me something. You must make sure the Sarrum’s last moments are filled with agony.

GUINEVERE
It will be my pleasure.

--
[20:14, EXT. VALLEY OF THE FALLEN KINGS – MORNING]
[Merlin wakes, weak and injured. He tries to heal himself with magic and fails.]

--
[21:38, INT. PHYSICIAN’S CHAMBERS - MORNING]
[Gaius wakes from the table to find Merlin still gone.]

--
[22:01, INT. ROYAL CHAMBERS - MORNING]
[Gwen helps Arthur dress.]

ARTHUR
You’re much better at this than Gaius.

GUINEVERE
I was a servant, remember?

ARTHUR
You were always much more than that.

[Gwen tightens his chest strap too much and Arthur grunts.]

GUINEVERE
Stop moving then.

ARTHUR
Ow. I want Merlin back, where is he?

GUINEVERE
You mustn’t be hard on him.

ARTHUR
I am a bit worried. You don’t think something’s happened to him, do you?

GUINEVERE
He’s probably overworked. Maybe just once, let him enjoy himself.

ARTHUR
You’re right.

GUINEVERE
Besides, you’ve got more important things to worry about.

[She smiles.]

GUINEVERE
There.

--
[23:13, EXT. TRAINING GROUNDS - DAY]
[Sarrum watches as Arthur fights one of his men, Albin. Arthur is actually struggling; Sarrum chuckles. Gwen watches from the window and smiles at Arthur’s floundering attempts. Albin forces Arthur to his knees and poises for a killer blow. The knights of Camelot draw their swords and Sarrum’s warriors ready their spears. Albin looks to Sarrum who holds up a hand to stop. The knights relax and Sarrum approaches Arthur. Arthur doesn’t look too pleased by his defeat.]

SARRUM
You fight bravely.

ARTHUR
Your man wields a sword better than any fighter I’ve ever met.

SARRUM
I trained him myself. Perhaps one day, I’ll teach you.

ARTHUR
Yeah, I’d be honoured.

[Sarrum pats Arthur on the shoulder and leaves. Arthur seems pleased by the encounter. Gwen thinks for a moment, then smiles.]

--
[24:45, INT. CORRIDOR - DAY]
[Gwen waits for Sarrum, then turns the corner to encounter him.]

SARRUM
My lady.

GUINEVERE
Your man showed great skill to beat my husband.

SARRUM
The men of Amata are born with swords in their hands.

[Sarrum is about to move on.]

GUINEVERE
I can’t help but believe that Camelot would benefit from a leader like you.

SARRUM
Mm.

GUINEVERE
You should have let him die.

[Sarrum looks back at his guards and motions for them to leave.]

SARRUM
Must have misheard you.

GUINEVERE
I don’t think so.

SARRUM
You’re not happy with your husband?

GUINEVERE
I’d be happy if he died tomorrow. If someone can make that happen, I would ensure that they were richly rewarded.

SARRUM
I’m not sure I believe you.

GUINEVERE
Hm.

[Gwen hears footsteps.]

GUINEVERE
Meet me outside the king’s solar tonight. We can speak openly there.

[Gwen leaves and Sarrum considers their conversation.]

--
[25:39, EXT. VALLEY OF THE FALLEN KINGS - DAY]
[Merlin is dying. Daegal returns, shakes him, and gives him water, which wakes Merlin. Merlin glares at Daegal.]

MERLIN
You came back. Why?

DAEGAL
I couldn’t leave you to die.

MERLIN
You’re too late.

DAEGAL
No, I can help. You’re a physician. You tell me what to do.

MERLIN
There’s nothing.

DAEGAL
There must be a cure. You tell me which herbs and I’ll find them for you.

[Merlin struggles with the pain.]

DAEGAL
Come on, what do we need?

MERLIN
Rue. It’s got yellow flowers.

DAEGAL
And feathery leaves.

MERLIN
Milfoil.

DAEGAL
Yarrow.

MERLIN
Ground into a tincture.

[Daegal takes off to find them.]

MERLIN
Hurry...hurry.

[LATER]

[Daegel returns with the cure.]

DAEGAL
Here.

[He supports Merlin’s head to drink the cure.]

DAEGAL
Here.

[Daegal offers Merlin water, but Merlin refuses.]

MERLIN
Nothing else.

[Merlin convulses and goes still. Daegal looks upset.]

--
[28:09, INT. ROYAL CHAMBERS - NIGHT]
[Gaius knocks and enters as Gwen walks behind the curtain.]

GAIUS
Sire?

[Gwen’s annoyed.]

GAIUS
Arthur?

[Gwen pauses, then sweeps around the curtain and greets him pleasantly.]

GUINEVERE
Gaius. What is it?

GAIUS
I was looking for the king.

GUINEVERE
He’s at a meeting in the council chambers. Can I help?

GAIUS
Merlin. I haven’t seen him since yesterday morning.

GUINEVERE
Oh, dear. I do hope there isn’t anything wrong.

GAIUS
I was wondering, perhaps, if we should send out a search party.

GUINEVERE
I’m sure there’s no need just yet, especially with the Sarrum here. Given his reputation, I think it best we keep the garrison at full strength.

[Gaius nods.]

GAIUS
Indeed.

[Gwen smiles and walks to the door.]

GUINEVERE
I’ll ask the servants if they’ve seen him.

GAIUS
Thank you, milady.

[Gaius seems slightly suspicious.]

--
[29:13, INT. KING’S SOLAR - NIGHT]
[Sarrum waits for Gwen.]

GUINEVERE
Forgive me, I was waylaid.

SARRUM
Speak.

GUINEVERE
I have a simple proposition, one that would be mutually beneficial. You kill Arthur, I assume the throne, and in gratitude give one third of Camelot’s lands to Amata.

SARRUM
You think the people will accept this?

GUINEVERE
Without a king, I will insist that it’s a necessary price for our protection.

SARRUM
And the knights?

GUINEVERE
They will remain loyal to me. They’ll do whatever I say.

SARRUM
How do we kill him? The king is surrounded by armed guards at all times.

GUINEVERE
Guards who answer to me. You appoint the assassin, I will deliver the means.

SARRUM
I have just the man.

GUINEVERE
Then make him ready. Arthur has proposed a treaty. The signing tomorrow will provide us with the perfect opportunity.

[Gwen smiles and leaves.]

--
[30:15, EXT. VALLEY OF THE FALLEN KINGS – NIGHT]
[Daegal sits with the unconscious Merlin. Merlin stirs.]

DAEGAL
You’re alive.

[Merlin sits up slowly.]

DAEGAL
You have to believe me, I did not know what Morgana intended.

MERLIN
You betrayed me.

DAEGAL
She offered me money. You’ve seen what it’s like.

MERLIN
Do you know what Morgana’s planning?

DAEGAL
No. I met the Lady Morgana and the queen only once.

MERLIN
I don’t believe you.

[Daegal looks away.]

MERLIN
Please, whatever you know...

DAEGAL
I think they mean to kill the king.

[Merlin starts to get up.]

DAEGAL
What are you doing?

MERLIN
I need to warn Arthur before it’s too late.

[Merlin leaves. Daegal watches him, then follows. Merlin struggles up a hill and sees bandits sitting at camp.]

MERLIN
Bandits. They won’t see us?

DAEGAL
No.

MERLIN
We’ll edge around the outside.

DAEGAL
They’ll have lookouts.

MERLIN
We don’t have a choice. We need to get back to Camelot.

[Merlin runs around the outside of the camp; Daegal follows. Merlin falls down the hill towards the bandits; Daegal helps him up. The bandits close in on them.]

MERLIN
Go.

DAEGAL
No.

MERLIN
I can look after myself.

DAEGAL
I’m not going to leave you this time.

MERLIN
Get to safety.

[The bandits surround them.]

MERLIN
If you value your lives, you won’t take another step.

DAEGAL
What are you doing?

MERLIN
Trust me.

DAEGAL
Here. It’s all the money we have.

[Daegal throws Morgana’s gold to the bandits. The bandit points his sword at Merlin.]

BANDIT
You. Empty your pockets.

MERLIN
Last chance.

BANDIT
You don’t even have a sword.

MERLIN
I don’t need one.

[Magic flashes in Merlin’s eyes and the bandit is thrown backward. Daegal is shocked and the bandits flee.]

MERLIN
Let’s go.

[Daegal follows.]

--
[33:12, INT. CORRIDOR, MORNING]
[Sarrum and Gwen meet and Sarrum takes her hand and kisses it.]

SARRUM
My lady, how good to see you.

GUINEVERE
I trust you passed a pleasant night.

SARRUM
Most agreeable.

[They pass each other and Sarrum fingers the key she just gave him.]

--
[33:25, INT. BALCONY CORRIDOR - DAY]
[Sarrum walks with Albin.]

SARRUM
Arthur will be dead by sundown. And then all that stands in our way is a serving girl who plays at being a queen.

--
[33:40, EXT. WOODS – DAY]

DAEGAL
You have magic, Merlin.

MERLIN
Yes.

DAEGAL
And you live in Camelot. Does anyone know?

[Merlin stops to nurse his wounded leg.]

MERLIN
Only Gaius.

DAEGAL
Not Arthur?

MERLIN
No. And if he ever found out, he’d probably hang me.

DAEGAL
But you still help him?

MERLIN
I have to. It’s my job.

DAEGAL
But he would kill you.

MERLIN
In his heart, he’s a good man, and I know that one day he’ll bring about a world we will dream of.

DAEGAL
That must be hard. Merlin, you may be a warlock, but you need that treated. I’ll help you, please. Pelase.

--
[34:21, INT. PHYSICIAN’S CHAMBERS - DAY]
[Gaius checks Merlin’s room, but he’s still gone.]

--
[34:28, INT. ROYAL CHAMBERS - DAY]
[Gwen grooms herself as Gaius and Arthur enter. Gwen freezes as she overhears their conversation.]

GAIUS
The bed has not been slept in. I fear he’s in danger.

ARTHUR
What do you mean?

GAIUS
We need to send a search party.

[Gwen steps out from behind her dressing screen.]

GUINEVERE
What’s happened?

ARTHUR
Merlin’s gone missing.

GUINEVERE
Oh, I knew I should’ve said something. Arthur, I feel terrible. This is my fault. I know where Merlin is.

GAIUS
Where?

GUINEVERE
I shouldn’t say. I promised him I wouldn’t, but...he’s gone to visit someone.

ARTHUR
Who?

GUINEVERE
He’s not in danger. He’s seeing a girl.

ARTHUR
Merlin?

GUINEVERE
Gaius, I’m sorry, but there is no reason to worry.

ARTHUR
Except for the poor girl.

GUINEVERE
I should’ve told you, but I don’t think he wanted anyone to know.

[Gaius obviously knows she’s lying.]

GAIUS
Thank you, milady.

ARTHUR
Good. Then we can get on with the signing. Gaius, you can help me get dressed.

[Gaius looks at Gwen, who smiles with a shrug and goes back to her grooming.]

--
[35:32, EXT. WOODS – DAY]
[Daegal bandages Merlin’s leg.]

MERLIN
You’ve done well.

DAEGAL
Really? I don’t think I’ve done many good things in my life.

MERLIN
Well, you’ve done something good now. See? I’m better. You’ve the gift.

DAEGAL
Must be from my mother.

MERLIN
So that bit was true?

DAEGAL
It was all true. Except about my sister.

MERLIN
She isn’t sick?

DAEGAL (chuckle)
I don’t have a sister.

MERLIN (exhale/chuckle)
And you mother? She wasn’t a druid?

[Daegal helps Merlin stand.]

DAEGAL
No, but she was like you. She had magic, and Uther killed her for it.

MERLIN
I’m sorry.

[Merlin looks at his leg.]

MERLIN
Feels good.

[Merlin starts walking and Daegal follows.]

--
[36:32, INT. GRIFFIN STAIRCASE - DAY]
[Gwen and Arthur walk down arm in arm.]

ARTHUR
What a momentous day this is for Camelot.

GUINEVERE
Indeed, my lord. It marks the beginning of a new era.

--
[36:41, INT. PALACE - DAY]
[Albin tests a crossbow. Merlin and Daegal approach the citadel. Arthur and Sarrum enter the great hall with their entourages. Merlin looks for Arthur. Albin walks to his perch. Merlin stumbles on the stairs and conveniently grabs a spear for a crutch. The entourages gather near the round table and Albin takes his place. Merlin pauses, hearing the wind blow through an open door.]

DAEGAL
What's wrong?

MERLIN
This should be locked.

[Merlin and Daegal climb the spiral staircase that Albin just took. Sarrum stalls signing the treaty. He leans forward slowly, looking up as Albin takes aim. Gwen anticipates the moment. Merlin and Daegal step into the balcony and Albin switches his aim to kill them. Merlin magics the arrow past him. Daegal throws two knives and they drop for cover. Sarrum is about to sign, Gwen is anxious, Albin aims back at Arthur. Merlin magics the convenient spear at Albin, killing him and diverting Albin's shot into Sarrum's chest. Albin and Sarrum die.]

ARTHUR
Leon!

[Arthur points to the balcony. Gaius steps forward to check Sarrum. And Gwen nods to Arthur that she's all right. Knights follow Leon out. Gwen is upset by the failure. Merlin gets up to check Albin and view the scene below. Merlin turns to Daegal.]

MERLIN
We did it.

[Daegal lies against the wall with a dagger in his stomach. Merlin goes to him.]

DAEGAL
Did I save Arthur?

MERLIN
Yes.

DAEGAL
Did I do something good?

[Merlin nods.]

DAEGAL
Finally, eh?

[Daegal dies.]

MERLIN
You did.

--
[40:11, INT. ROYAL CHAMBERS - NIGHT]

ARTHUR
I still can't believe how lucky I was. I owe that boy my life and I don't know who he was or where he's from. You need to make sure you give him a decent burial.

MERLIN
I'll do that. If you'll allow me the time.

[Merlin serves dinner.]

ARTHUR
Oh, so you can go and visit that girl again.

[Gwen looks at Arthur.]

MERLIN
What?

ARTHUR
The girl.

MERLIN
Don't have one.

ARTHUR
That's not what Guinevere tells me.

[Merlin pauses, then turns to look at Gwen. She smiles at him.]

ARTHUR
So, why don't you tell us all about her?

[Merlin pours Arthur's wine, then looks at Gwen. She holds out her glass and raises her eyebrows.]

MERLIN
Right.

[Merlin pours Gwen's drink.]

ARTHUR
And why you're walking with a limp.

[Gwen quirks an eyebrow at Merlin and they stare each other down.]

--
[41:14, EXT. WOODS - DAY]
[Merlin and Gaius stand by Daegal's grave. Merlin places a plant by it.]

MERLIN
His life had only begun.

[Merlin and Gaius walk away.]

MERLIN
It can't go on, Gaius.

GAIUS
Gwen?

MERLIN
We have to do something about her.

GAIUS
Yes, but the question is, "what?"

[Merlin strides with a determined look on his face.]


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