COLIN MORGAN: Well, Merlin and Arthur will always have that issue of servant and master. But, these are guys who’ve been friends for three years now.Anyone who’s spent that much time together gets used to the quirks and those little idiosyncrasies that each person has.Certainly while Uther’s still around, it would be very difficult for Merlin to justify coming out in something so huge. That’s something that the audience can see as questionable about Arthur’s intelligence.
Without spoiling too much of Season 3, certainly with the direction that the show goes, we’re not far away from it.But, their friendship soon started to develop and now, three seasons in, both Arthur and Merlin know that there are greater things at stake and they must trust each other as equals, if they are to prevail. BRADLEY JAMES: Basically, the thing I was most excited about with the third season is the introduction of certain characters who have a more long-standing place within the legend, the story and the show for us. I was particularly pleased about that because it’s had an aspect of developing the show as well, which is a great thing about Season 3.During a recent interview to promote the show’s upcoming third season, co-stars Colin Morgan and Bradley James talked about the development of the friendship between Arthur and Merlin, the introduction of certain characters who are important to the Arthurian legend, the return of Morgana (Katie Mc Grath) and her impact as a villain, and how this season will really ramp things up for Season 4. Where do you feel your relationship is, as characters?Anyone who’s quite strictly religious to the legend will perhaps take a bit of time to get used to what we’ve done to it.The producers like to compare it with the idea of showing Superman before he was Superman.MORGAN: You’ll see Arthur change a lot, but while his father’s still around, there’s an incidence there. Will Arthur start to suspect that there is more to Merlin than just being a squire?In any kid’s relationship with their parents, there’s always an influence there. With magic being such a big thing for Uther, it would be hard for Arthur to change that. JAMES: Arthur has to turn a blind eye quite a bit, when Merlin wants to do a magic trick.If you suddenly made too much of an adjustment to it, I think the audience would find it a little bit weird.I’d say that there’s that progression to them becoming equals, and the high levels of trust, in these seemingly endlessly lethal situations they keep finding themselves in.It’s just that, as an audience, we’re in the know about where they’re supposed to be.JAMES: We haven’t started on Season 4 yet, but I would say that, had Season 3 not gone in the direction that it went in, then those frustrations would have been there.