These people hit every single branch when they fell out of the pretty tree.
You intrigue me, Merlin. Why does a lowly servant continue to risk everything for Arthur and for Camelot? You know the answer but you’re not telling me. Why? Come on—time and again, you put your life on the line. There must be a reason. You think you’ll be recognized, Merlin, is that it? All this so one day you can be a serving boy to the king? No…there’s something more.
I must confess: I was a bit disappointed with the way this episode (mostly) used the Merlin/Arthur dynamic for comic relief. Their relationship is rife with teasing and banter, sure, and yes, they were definitely as married as ever, but I think we’re at a point where we could use more serious scenes to balance it all out, you know? This scene, therefore, is my favourite M/A moment of the episode, AND ARTHUR ISN’T EVEN THERE.
I have a weakness for any situation where someone calls out Merlin’s loyalty and implies something deep behind it. Everyone sees it, and I’m really glad it was Morgause who did the interrogating—I don’t know if it’s because Emilia Fox blows most actors out of the water and makes every line sound extra pretty and poignant, or if it’s because I am dying for Merlin to reveal that he’s more than just a simple servant. She seems to severely underestimate him and the moment Merlin proves himself—not just his magic, but that sometimes, your love and faith for one person is more important than power—is going to be delicious.