The Best Episodes of Merlin

Last Updated: Dec 9, 2018

Merlin is a drama series based around the legends of the mythical wizard and his relationship with Prince Arthur. Set in the early days of their relationship, it shows the development of each in his respective field, finding his way on the path to future greatness. Humour, danger and excitement abound, accompanied by mythical creatures, magic and of course much medieval swashbuckling.

The Sword in the Stone (2)

#1 - The Sword in the Stone (2)

Season 4 - Episode 13

Morgana and Helios have successfully captured Camelot, and Merlin and Arthur are outlaws on the run, in the last episode in this season of Merlin. Trapped in Ealdor with a ruthless army closing in, their situation becomes desperate. Arthur must take control before Camelot is lost forever… But faced with Agravaine’s betrayal and the strength of Morgana’s force, the young King has lost his conviction. Only Merlin can restore his faith, and only an extraordinary act can prove to the King that he was born to rule. Will the young warlock convince Arthur before his dreams of Albion fall to pieces?

star 8.54
311 votes
Writers: Julian Jones
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The Coming of Arthur (2)

#2 - The Coming of Arthur (2)

Season 3 - Episode 13

Will Arthur be able to save Camelot from the evil Morgana? Morgana, newly crowned as Queen of Camelot, begins a reign of terrible evil over the innocent citizens of the kingdom. Counting on Morgause and her immortal army at her command all hope seems lost for Uther, who is forced to witness how his kingdom crumble under the unimaginable cruelty of his own daughter. Meanwhile, on the outskirts of Camelot, Arthur recovers his strength and plans a counter attack with the help of a few loyals at his side: Gwaine, Lancelot, Elyan and Percival. However, Merlin is aware that not even a skilful warrior like Arthur can defeat an immortal foe without magic. Will he be able to reclaim the great sword Excalibur from the Lake of Avalon in time to save the lives of those he cares the most about?

star 8.51
290 votes
Directors: Jeremy Webb
Writers: Julian Jones
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The Diamond of the Day (2)

#3 - The Diamond of the Day (2)

Season 5 - Episode 13

And so it seems the Prophets did not lie. As the great battle rages on Camlann's mighty plain, Merlin faces his moment of destiny. Can he find the strength to save the man he made a King; the Camelot they fought to build; and the brotherhood they shared?

star 8.47
395 votes
Writers: Julian Jones
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The Diamond of the Day (1)

#4 - The Diamond of the Day (1)

Season 5 - Episode 12

High in the mountains, a great horde gathers; Morgana prepares for war with a vengeful Mordred at her side. Merlin feels the weight of his destiny like never before as the ancient prophecies play out with terrifying accuracy. But before he can save his beloved Camelot, he must save himself. For it is not just the kingdom Morgana wishes to destroy – it is also Emrys.

star 8.39
356 votes
Writers: Jake Michie
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The Sword in the Stone (1)

#5 - The Sword in the Stone (1)

Season 4 - Episode 12

Morgana is now the head of a vast Southron army and a deadly net is closing around Camelot. After the sorceress strikes everyone is forced to run for their lives including Arthur. It is down to Merlin to try and save Arthur from Morgana's clutches.

star 8.35
313 votes
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The Last Dragonlord

#6 - The Last Dragonlord

Season 2 - Episode 13

The Great Dragon is finally free. Full of rage, he attacks Camelot with pitiless intensity. The castle is crumbling and Arthur's men cannot hold out much longer but only a Dragonlord can kill a dragon and Uther wiped them all out years ago. Or did he? Gaius admits one such man could still be alive and in hiding. The last Dragonlord is the key to Merlin's own past as well as the future of Camelot, but will Arthur and Merlin find Balinor in time to save the kingdom?

star 8.35
273 votes
Directors: Jeremy Webb
Writers: Julian Jones
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The Darkest Hour (2)

#7 - The Darkest Hour (2)

Season 4 - Episode 2

The kingdom is on the brink of collapse and Morgana poised to strike, in the final part of this opening episode of the fantasy drama. As Lancelot races back to Camelot with the dying Merlin, Arthur must continue on his mission to vanquish the Dorocha without them. Though the Knights know their journey to the Isle of the Blessed is fraught with danger, none could anticipate the sacrifice Arthur intends to make there. Friendship and loyalty are tested to the limit, but in the end, it's the power of love that changes all their lives for ever.

star 8.28
294 votes
Writers: Julian Jones
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A Servant of Two Masters

#8 - A Servant of Two Masters

Season 4 - Episode 6

Merlin becomes a deadly weapon in Morgana's fight for supremacy when he falls into her hands. By recurring to ancient magic, she manages to turn friend against friend and creates the perfect assassin out of the young sorcerer which puts an oblivious King Arthur in great danger. Will anyone notice Merlin's unusual behaviour before he is able to do any serious harm to the King?

star 8.23
295 votes
Directors: Alex Pillai
Writers: Lucy Watkins
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The Darkest Hour (1)

#9 - The Darkest Hour (1)

Season 4 - Episode 1

Evil sorceress Morgana summons mighty gatekeeper the Cailleach, who opens a door to another world from which hellish creatures pour forth. As Arthur and his loyal knights take up arms, Merlin discovers the only thing that will stop them is an unimaginable sacrifice.

star 8.23
308 votes
Writers: Julian Jones
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Aithusa

#10 - Aithusa

Season 4 - Episode 4

A mysterious visitor arrives in Camelot seeking a very special prize: a dragon's egg.

star 8.18
309 votes
Directors: Alex Pillai
Writers: Julian Jones
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The Drawing of the Dark

#11 - The Drawing of the Dark

Season 5 - Episode 11

Mordred finds himself torn between loyalty and love, but little does he realise that the path he chooses will shape Camelot's destiny. As the drums of war beat ever louder, a desperate Merlin feels trapped by the cruel circle of fate - is he powerless to stop his dreams of Albion from crumbling to dust?

star 8.18
327 votes
Directors: Declan O'Dwyer
Writers: Julian Jones
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The Coming of Arthur (1)

#12 - The Coming of Arthur (1)

Season 3 - Episode 12

Arthur and Merlin embark on a dangerous mission to capture the Cup of Life, a powerful magical artifact that carries the gift of immortality. However, before they are able to retrieve the Cup they fall prey to Jarl, an unscrupulous slave trader. They manage to escape when a trusted friend comes to their rescue but with Jarl's help, the Cup of Life ends up in Morgause's hands. Now that the dreadful sisters count on an immortal army at their disposal, will Morgause and Morgana overthrow Uther once and for all?

star 8.16
274 votes
Directors: Jeremy Webb
Writers: Jake Michie
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Arthur's Bane (2)

#13 - Arthur's Bane (2)

Season 5 - Episode 2

As dawn breaks across the icy tundra, Merlin and Arthur are close to exhaustion. With each tortured step, the fortress of Ismere looms ever nearer and Merlin's fear intensifies. What game is Mordred playing? And what powerful secrets are Morgana and the druid Ruadan (Liam Cunningham) searching for amongst its twisted catacombs? It seems like this time, not even Merlin can stop Arthur from walking right into the lion's den… For in this bleak and transient wilderness, only one thing is certain: the great trial for Albion has finally begun.

star 8.13
335 votes
Writers: Julian Jones
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The Secret Sharer

#14 - The Secret Sharer

Season 4 - Episode 7

Morgana joins forces with enigmatic wizard Alator to uncover a secret that could change the course of destiny, as the magical drama continues. With allies on both sides of the castle walls, can anyone stop her before Merlin's greatest secret is revealed?

star 8.13
292 votes
Writers: Julian Jones
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With All My Heart

#15 - With All My Heart

Season 5 - Episode 9

Merlin knows he must act fast before Morgana’s twisted control over Gwen gets further out of hand. But only the most powerful magic can save the Queen and this will not be easy, even for Merlin. As the High Priestess tightens her grip on Camelot, one thing is clear - she will not give up her puppet without a fight.

star 8.13
338 votes
Writers: Richard McBrien
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The Kindness of Strangers

#16 - The Kindness of Strangers

Season 5 - Episode 10

Morgana leads a terrifying manhunt in pursuit of her old foe Alator of the Catha, for she knows without doubt that he can tell her exactly where to find Emrys. Merlin's life is in severe danger, so when the mysterious Finna offers to help him, is he right to trust her?

star 8.11
314 votes
Directors: Declan O'Dwyer
Writers: Richard McBrien
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Le Morte d'Arthur

#17 - Le Morte d'Arthur

Season 1 - Episode 13

On a hunting trip, Arthur comes face to face with a creature of great power from the old religion. When Gaius informs them that it can only be killed by magic, Uther refuses to listen and sends out his knights to kill it. Arthur is fatally wounded and Merlin must go to the Isle of the Blessed to save him. But will he be able to pay the price?

star 8.11
292 votes
Directors: Dave Moore
Writers: Julian Jones
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The Tears of Uther Pendragon (1)

#18 - The Tears of Uther Pendragon (1)

Season 3 - Episode 1

A year after her disappearance and when almost all hope is lost, Morgana returns to Camelot. While Merlin is afraid she might remember the circumstances of her disappearance and give him away in front of the king, a delighted Uther announces a banquet to celebrate. However, soon afterwards evil magic starts to take hold of the king's mind, putting the safety of Camelot at risk as he is consumed with hallucinations and enemies reach his door. Merlin suspects Morgana is behind the enchantment but his search for the truth puts his life in peril while Arthur is forced to take control and face new foes on his own. Will they succeed to rescue the king and Camelot from destruction?

star 8.09
279 votes
Directors: Jeremy Webb
Writers: Julian Jones
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The Hunter's Heart

#19 - The Hunter's Heart

Season 4 - Episode 11

Morgana ends up discovering a powerful ally in the Southron warlord Helios and they come up with the perfect plan to bring Camelot to its knees. With Arthur preoccupied by the beautiful Princess Mithian, it ends up falling to an absent friend to raise the alarm.

star 8.06
297 votes
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The Disir

#20 - The Disir

Season 5 - Episode 5

In the inky depths of an ancient pool, three soothsayers cast a dark judgment upon the King of Camelot. But despite Merlin’s warnings, headstrong Arthur refuses to take the words of the Disir seriously and their fury rains down on Camelot. Only the greatest sacrifice can appease them, and with the kingdom in jeopardy, is it one that Arthur is prepared to make? Faced with the King’s uncertainty, Merlin has just one chance to save him from his destiny, but this decision comes at the highest price.

star 8.04
331 votes
Directors: Ashley Way
Writers: Richard McBrien
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Arthur's Bane (1)

#21 - Arthur's Bane (1)

Season 5 - Episode 1

Camelot faces a new golden age, but even as the city flowers, the dark seeds of destruction are being sown. In the frozen wastelands of the north, men are disappearing without a trace. King Arthur and his knights undertake a dangerous mission into the unknown in search of answers - but once there, Merlin finds himself locked in a battle unlike any he has fought before.

star 8.03
365 votes
Writers: Julian Jones
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The Wicked Day

#22 - The Wicked Day

Season 4 - Episode 3

The mighty citadel is buzzing in anticipation of the Prince's birthday celebrations, as the fantasy drama continues. But Arthur's old adversary, Odin, promises to ensure this is one party Camelot will never forget - for among the assembling guests lurks a deadly assassin set to strike. As the dust settles, Camelot is left devastated. Just how far is Merlin prepared to go to put things right; would he really risk everything and reveal his secret?

star 8.03
304 votes
Writers: Howard Overman
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Excalibur

#23 - Excalibur

Season 1 - Episode 9

Uther's past comes back to haunt him as a mysterious black knight interrupts Arthur's coming-of-age celebrations, throwing down his gauntlet and challenging the Knights of Camelot to combat. The Black Knight, seemingly unstoppable, makes easy work of his combatants. But who is the Black Knight, and why is Uther so uneasy?

star 8.03
311 votes
Directors: Jeremy Webb
Writers: Julian Jones
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A Herald of the New Age

#24 - A Herald of the New Age

Season 4 - Episode 10

The Camelot Knights stumble across an eerie shrine deep in the forest, its chilling atmosphere betraying a dark history best left undisturbed, as the magical drama continues. But when Elyan ignores Merlin's warning, his actions spark a chain of events more frightening than anyone could possibly have imagined... Can a grievous wrong be put right? Or will past demons change the future forever?

star 8.03
296 votes
Directors: Jeremy Webb
Writers: Howard Overman
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The Eye of the Phoenix

#25 - The Eye of the Phoenix

Season 3 - Episode 8

Arthur embarks alone on a quest to prove himself worthy of the Camelot throne by retrieving the Golden Trident from the Fisher King. With the Prince beyond the protection of the citadel, Morgana takes the opportunity to use her dark magic. She gives him a precious bracelet that contains a Phoenix Eye, insisting that he wears it at all times for protection. However, the magical jewel takes away Arthur's life force and he is left defenceless in the Fisher King's perilous realm. With the help of Gwaine, will Merlin be able to reach Arthur in time and fulfil his own quest to protect the future king of Camelot?

star 8.02
275 votes
Writers: Julian Jones
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