The BBC Newsbeat website has confirmed with the show’s creators that Merlin will end after the current series with a “natural and dramatic end” which will air as a two-part finale.
The programme has been running for five years and pulls in almost seven million viewers in its Saturday evening slot, but cast members Colin Morgan, and Bradley James have also confirmed this is the case. “I think the show has run its natural course,” says Morgan, who plays Merlin, and “We’ve arrived at its strongest point and we’ve achieved what we set out to do.” says James, who plays King Arthur.
The creators of the show say “We always felt the story of the legend was best told across five series, leading to a spectacular finale that draws on the best-known elements of this much-loved story and brings to a conclusion the battle for Camelot.”
Richard Wilson plays Merlin’s mentor in the show and admits while he is extremely sad the show is ending thinks it is good news for his character. “Speaking as Gaius I feel I have mentored the young wizard as far as I can. He is much smarter and greater than me now and I am simply exhausted.”