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Merlin Episode 5.05 ‘The Disir’ Press Release

By on October 24, 2012
Bradley James as Arthur. Image © BBC

Bradley James as Arthur. Image © BBC

The first details on Merlin’s fifth episode of the new season are in, and things are looking distinctly Shakespearean for the king of Camelot.

Full press release details from the BBC follow:

Saturday 3 November

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 (Frances Tomelty, Sian Thomas, Helen Schlesinger) 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.

Colin Morgan is Merlin, Bradley James is Arthur, Angel Coulby is Gwen, Katie McGrath is Morgana, Richard Wilson is Gaius and John Hurt is the voice of the Great Dragon. Tom Hopper, Rupert Young, Eoin Macken and Adetomiwa Edun return as The Knights of the Round Table. Special guest stars include Frances Tomelty, Sian Thomas, Helen Schlesinger as the Disir and Andrew Tiernan as Osgar.


  1. May

    October 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Things look especially shakespearian for Merlin himself as he is himself caught between two solutions and the decision is the hardest for him! … Why are all the reviews concentrating on Arthur when in fact they concentrate of Merlin in the episodes?

    • Jennifer Griffin

      October 28, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      This isn’t so much as review as a press release. I think maybe the focus is on Arthur in the episode description because he is the one who disregards the warning from the Disir. It’s his mistake. Merlin knows and understands what will come of it, but Arthur has always been the more impetuous and impulsive of the two – even in folklore.