TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 9 Summary + Review

“Why, hello there stranger…”


(“I wasn’t sneaking around. This is… how I walk.”)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, Gwen is falling under suspicion when she decides to wander through Camelot at odd hours. The truth of her nature comes to light when she is spotted meeting Morgana, by Arthur and Merlin who had followed her.

Warning! May contain spoilers!




Arthur changes routes of travels, and commands his closest Knights, Sir Leon and Sir Mordred, to not tell anyone about the changes.


(Eating the map wasn’t much fun.)

Merlin disguises himself as his older version, and meets an ancient magical creature called Dochraid. After threatening her enough, Merlin finds out how to break the powerful spell that is on Gwen.


(Old Merlin asks the Dochraid for a date, but she’s washing her hair that night.)

Gaius, Arthur and Merlin plan a dinner for the queen, where they knock her unconscious, and drag her to the Cauldron of Arianrhod. This lake will cleanse Gwen of evil spells, but she must walk into the lake willingly.


(Surely, Gwen wouldn’t get poisoned, at the same table she poisoned Arthur.)

The Dochraid is spiteful after Merlin attacked her, an tells Morgana of Merlin’s plans.


(“Spam mail again. I will kill you raven!”)

Merlin and Arthur are knocked out and trapped after falling victim to a landslide. Things look pretty hopeless, but luckily Mordred has been tagging them and comes to their rescue.


(“Merlin, wake up. This is no place to die.”)

Merlin thanks Mordred for his efforts, but he is still finding it difficult to place trust in Mordred after knowing about the prophecy.


(Mordred followed the sound of a body being dragged along the ground.)

Morgana interrupts the trio, and the slumbering queen. The others run away while Mordred takes a moment to distract Morgana. With no-one to witness his powers, he gives Morgana a powerful magical hit.


(Mordred may have grown up, but Morgana hasn’t aged a day…)

Merlin is forced to double up as the mythical sorceress Dolma, who has “kidnapped” Merlin, whilst Arthur frees his queen.


(“Here I am. Totally a sorceress. Wearing my Sunday best…”)

When Gwen is wakened from her slumbering state, she initially refuses to walk into the lake. After some coaxing from Arthur, the two eventually reconcile in a touching scene.


(“Oh you’re back, Gwen! Now I can stop the divorce process.”)

The trip are about to walk off into the sunset… without Merlin.

The Dolma stops Arthur to ask him to remember what brought back his queen: Magic. After a quick change from Merlin, the group heads back to Camelot, with one less worry on their shoulders.


(“I don’t want a date with Merlin as a reward… Shut up…”)

Overall, this episode is a rollar-coaster of emotions, and superb acting from everyone. Gwen’s hateful side is acted out beautifully, and then there is the sudden and sharp contrast with her and Arthur reconciling. It was a moment to make most people wibble their lips.

I laughed at Merlin’s acting as the Dolma. There is no way you couldn’t recognise the Dolma as Merlin… with a dress. His camp voice, and pursed lips just made things even funnier.

Old Merlin, seen earlier in the episode, has a sarcastic bite to him, but the Dolma is such a diva. I wish this character would stick around more, but it’s likely that Merlin’s purpose as the sorceress is over.

One thing I hope to never see again is the Dochraid. How gross was that eye? Bleurgh.

Rated 4/5 – Strong story and action.

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