I started re-watching the BBC series of Merlin a few months ago because I absolutely loved it when it first aired. I finished series 4 a few weeks ago and I’m mentally preparing myself for series 5. That ending… I don’t even like to think about it!
Anyway, one of my favourite characters from Merlin, apart from Merlin himself, is Arthur Pendragon. And it’s not just because he’s played by the beautiful Bradley James.
At first Arthur is quite arrogant, but he’s a spoiled Prince with a tyrant father, so it’s to be expected. But soon he starts to realise that his father may not be someone who he should necessarily look up to and he forms his own opinions about magic and the Camelot that he would like to create.
He turns into a bit of a softie who really just wants to protect his friends and the people in his kingdom. I especially love his friendship with Merlin, his man servant. He shouldn’t even think of Merlin as a friend or an equal and yet he begins to value Merlin’s opinions and advice above all others.
His arrogance disappears as the series’ progress and we see more of his insecurities which make him more human and easier to relate to. He simply turns into the best sort of King – always putting the safety of his people first regardless of the impact it may have on him.
It’s just a shame that series 5 ended the way it did, because I would love to watch so much more!
Click on the picture above to be taken to the outfit of Arthur Pendragon. You can see in more detail which items I have used.
Bring Merlin back!