Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Thanks to Twilight, vampire fangs have gone limp. The monsters of lore have become neutered romantics, who'd rather swallow their every instinct than a pint of human blood. But finally, NBC has presented us with a bloodsucking alternative -- and one that will hopefully help combat the world's current vampire fatigue.
The BBC series Merlin, which airs on Syfy in the United States, will come to an end after its fifth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The final episode will air on Christmas on BBC One.
Ben Daniels, Bradley James and Miranda Raison
The battle to reclaim Camelot highlights Friday's season finale of Merlin (10/9c, Syfy). The episode features daring rescues, a rekindled romance and at least one valiant death. But perhaps the most significant moment is the introduction of an iconic element of the Camelot mythos — the legendary sword Excalibur.
Following last week's loss of the castle to Morgana (Katie McGrath), Arthur (Bradley James) doubts his worthiness as the king of Camelot. To help get him back on track, Merlin (Colin Morgan) introduces him to the legend of Excalibur, explaining that only the true king of Camelot will have the strength to pull the fabled sword out of the stone where it was embedded years ago by Bruta, the first king.
Check out this exclusive clip from Friday's season finale, "The Sword in the Stone, Part 2."
This nervy, comedic reboot of the Camelot legend started off with a Prince Arthur (Bradley James) who was a bit of a moron and a young, gauche Merlin (Colin Morgan) who must keep his magic a secret — but it now kicks into serious gear.
Last season, Merlin tried to kill the seemingly innocent Morgana (Katie McGrath) when she fell under the spell of a wicked sorceress...