Merlin has never trusted Mordred in "Merlin," despite the Druid knight's seeming devotion to King Arthur. In "The Drawing in the Dark," Mordred's loyalty to his liege is tested by his love for a woman.
As the episode begins, a Saxon attack on a Camelot supply convoy leads to a reunion between Mordred (Alexander Vlahos) and the love of his youth, a Druid girl named Kara. He helps her escape, but when she is caught and sentenced to death, Mordred is torn between his two worlds.
Little does he realize that the path he chooses will shape Camelot's destiny—a destiny Merlin (Colin Morgan) is powerless to stop.
"Mordred has become one of Arthur's (Bradley James) most trusted, able Knights, and a man of magic like Merlin," Morgan said in a release. "So it's difficult for Merlin to make decisions and act in the present on things that won’t happen until the future."
Bound to Morgana (Katie McGrath) and her dark magic as a boy, Mordred has struggled to gain Merlin’s acceptance.
"Mordred is a difficult problem for Merlin, because no matter how hard Mordred works to prove his loyalty to the king, Merlin knows what the future holds and the role Mordred is destined play," Morgan said.
When Vlahos joined the cast in Season 5, Morgan and his costars quickly welcomed the newcomer. They also appreciated Vlahos’ dedication to preserving the groundwork of the first four seasons and the foundation Asa Butterfield set down as the original actor portraying Mordred, while crafting a new story of his own.
“Alex is very clever,” McGrath said. “He really did look at everything Asa had done and used that as a starting point to play Mordred. He was very conscious that Mordred is a very popular character, and he wanted to do him justice. But he has really taken that and made the character his own.”
Tune in to see which way Mordred turns when "The Drawing of the Dark" debuts at 9 p.m. CT on Syfy. "The Drawing of the Dark" is the last stand-alone episode before the two-part series finale airing May 24 and 31.
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