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The BBC’s announced announced on Monday that Merlin will end when season 5 finishes and several of the cast members talked about the end of the series.
As we reported earlier, the BBC’s hit fantasy show is set to end when the current fifth season finishes. The show, which airs on SyFy in the U.S., focuses on the life of Merlin as a young man.
According to Digital Spy, Bradley James, who portrays King Arthur on the show, talked about the show ending.
"The Merlin years have provided me with fond memories, great experiences and beloved friends, and all the while we were supported by a devoted fan base who made the show a unique, surreal and special experience,” says James. “My words won't do justice to the honor of being King Arthur, so I shall just say that it has been an exceptional one, and that knowing the show has been a part of so many people's lives has been humbling."
Colin Morgan, who plays Merlin, says he feels this is the right time to end the show.
"The show has grown and grown each year and now we've arrived at its strongest point and we've achieved what we set out to do,” he said.
Katie McGrath, who plays Morgana, says the ending of the show will satisfy fans. "The breathtaking finale of this series leaves you with no doubt that characters have been on their journeys and had their stories told - it's completely the right time to draw our telling of the story to a close."
There is the possibility of spinoff series set in the same world being explored, as well as discussions about Merlin movies in the future.
Season 5 of Merlin will premiere on SyFy in the U.S. on Friday, January 4 at 10 p.m. ET.