Merlin

Rupert Young (as Sir Leon, second from right), with Eoin Macken (as Gwaine, from left), Bradley James (as King Arthur) and Tom Hopper (Percival). (Freemantle / October 3, 2012)

"Merlin" has ended its five-year run, but that doesn't mean a knight can't dream of more adventures in Camelot.

"I'm waiting for my big moment, you know?" Rupert Young said, laughing, during a recent phone call. "I am waiting for the spinoff. I think it will be more 'Games of Thrones,' a little bit darker. So kind of [a] nine o'clock [show]. Maybe Starz can pick it up, make it a little bit more [adult]—more nudity."

Young played Sir Leon, one of the few Knights of the Roundtable still standing after the terrible battle at Camlann in the series finale that aired May 31 on Syfy. It's quite an accomplishment for a character that, according to Young, was supposted to be in just one scene in the second season.

"Two years ago I got killed and then the Druids brought me back to life," he said. "But that was a bleak time when you read the scripts and go, 'What? All these knights are lying dead including Sir Leon?' That was quite brutal. You think, 'That's a horrible trick. You've killed me off!'"

During most of the show's five seasons, cast members wouldn't get scripts until Friday and start filming the episode on a Monday, so they were never sure who was going to be killed off. "It's a scary thing," Young said. "You open the scripts and hope you're going to be there."

Because the final few episodes of the series were filming out of order, the cast knew a bit earlier than normal who would survive, Young said—and he was happy to see Leon shouting "Long live the Queen!" when Guinevere was crowned ruler of Camelot.

"It was lovely to be there, but it was quite a sad day in terms of knowing the few people who didn't survive—that was quite hard work," he said, then chuckled. "But deep down--you know what?--I am smug and I tend to see that Leon would singlehandedly ruin Camelot, but make it a fun place."

Spinoff anyone?

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