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Merlin Club S02E08, “The Sins of The Father” or, “I Wish They Weren’t Sisters”

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Merlin club is a weekly feature in which Jessica Jarman, Bronwyn Green, and myself gather at 8pm EST to watch an episode of the amazing BBC series Merlin, starring Colin Morgan and literally nobody else I care about except Colin Morgan.

Okay, I lie. A lot of other really cool people are in it, too.

Anyway, we watch the show, we tweet to the hashtag #MerlinClub, and on Fridays we share our thoughts about the episode we watched earlier in the week.

So, here’s a quick rundown of episode seven: The sorceress Morgause comes to Camelot and challenges Arthur to a fight to the death. When she bests him in combat, she spares his life but demands he meet her in three days, in a location unknown to him. Morgause says she knew Arthur’s mother, and this intrigues him. Morgana, meanwhile, meets Morgause and sparks fly, in a totally Luke and Leia kind of way, if you catch my drift. Morgause gives Arthur a chance to speak with his dead mom, who tells him that Uther traded her life for Arthur through magic. Arthur charges back to Camelot and, in one of the tensest fucking fight scenes I’ve ever seen on TV (keeping in mind that I am writing this post Sunday afternoon and haven’t yet seen the most recent episode of Game of Thrones), challenges his father to a fight to the death. Just as Arthur is about to plunge his sword through Uther’s heart, Merlin busts in and convinces Arthur that magic really is evil, and Morgause tricked him.

If I had written this episode, I would have changed: Nothing. This episode is perfect. Even though I missed Gwen. But there wasn’t a lot of room for her in this storyline.

The thing I loved most about this episode: I don’t think we ever find out whether Uther actually knew that Ygraine would die. Though she says he is, he went on a witch hunt over her death. It’s kind of hard to believe that he truly understood that he was exchanging her life for an heir. If he’s lying, he’s very convincing. It’s yet another murky motive in this show.

Also, the sword fight between Uther and Arthur. Bravo, guys.

But most of all, Merlin lying about magic, convincing Arthur that magic is evil, to keep him from killing his father. He doesn’t want to see Arthur live knowing he killed his father. That’s pretty good friendship right there. That is straight up love.

The thing I hated most about this episode: Nothing. This episode is perfect. It actually might be my favorite from the entire series.

Something I never noticed before: I’m starting to notice what a shitty little snitch Leon is.  He was just going to stand outside the throne room and let the only living– known, anyway– members of the Pendragon dynasty kill each other, because the king said so. Take some initiative, if your king is about to be murdered, maybe help him.

Favorite Costume:


It has stripes AND polka dots. Come on, how could you not love this?

Here is proof of some random headcanon I created: My ship has come in! Well. One of them. I have a fleet. Morgause and Morgana are not sisters in my head. They are a pair of while, adventurous lovers having Les Yay! moments all over the place. I demand you imagine Morgause protecting Morgana from bandits using steel and magic, then ravishing her beside a stream. Also, Morgause is in her armor at the time. Do it right now. Just, ignore the fact that canon makes them sisters eventually down the line.

What object would Bronwyn steal from this episode? 



This fine dagger, clearly. That is the thing from the picture she would steal.

What Merthur moment did Jess have the naughtiest thoughts about? Aside from the obvious, “Hey, let me betray my own kind to prevent you from being hurt,” thing that happens at the end of the show, I think Jess definitely has feelings about the fact that Arthur noticed that Merlin looked like he’d gained weight.

Check out Jessica Jarman’s take on the episode here

Check out Bronwyn Green’s take on the episode here

That’s it for this week. Join us on Monday as we watch S02E09, “The Lady of The Lake” at 8pm EST on the hashtag #MerlinClub.



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  1. Yes. The dagger…clearly that is what I’d take from the picture.

    And then I’d used it to kidnap Bradley James.

    Also, M & M may be sisters in the show, but I don’t think they let a little thing like bloodlines get between them.

    June 6, 2014
    • Suzy

      I am sooooooo glad you all picked up on the weird lesbian incesty vibe. I thought I might be the only one. Those longing looks were not because Morgana always wanted a sister to borrow clothes from. Really, all the incest in this show makes me quite uncomfortable at times. But then Bradley takes his shirt off and I forget my objections.

      June 6, 2014
  2. Ah yes, Arthur noticing that…and seriously the look on his face when Merlin lifts his shirt… That wasn’t for some rope, people. 😀

    I believe I read in an interview somewhere, or maybe it was on commentary, where Katie basically says they totally played the morgana/morgause dynamic that way on purpose. Now I have to find it again. Maybe I misheard/read…heard what I wanted to. LOL

    June 6, 2014
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  4. […] lying to Morgana from Gauis and Uther.    Bron’s Merlin Club: The Sins of the Father Post Jen’s Merlin Club: The Sins of the Father Post   Until the next episode – The Lady of the Lake – which we’ll be watching, 6/9, at […]

    February 12, 2018
  5. Al

    Glad I’m not the only one who shipped them at first.

    Incest is all over the Arthurian legends, though — glad they didn’t have Mordred be Morgana’s kid.

    December 13, 2020

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