Haters can go on ahead and hate; Merlin is back for a fourth season, before those eps even aired, it was renewed for a fifth season. Check...mate.
Of course, the opening two-parter of Season 4 shows the death of Lancelot, which sickens me to no end. Gorgeous, underappreciated, Chilean actor Santiago Cabrera was totally used and tossed aside by this series (some of you recognize him from Heroes, where he portrayed Isaac Mendez). Someone else should've died for Arthur and Merlin; I nominate one of those other goofy-looking knights whom we don't care about. I understand that the writers don't want that pesky love triangle screwing things up in the future, but come on... there had to be another way to get him out of the picture, or at least neutralize the Gwen/Lancelot romance.
It's called creativity, people. It's what you're paid for.
Adetomiwa Edun, the higher my hopes rise for the role of Sir Elyan. He better not get killed off. In fact, I think he appeared to make up for the epic fail involving his father's death. When his and Gwen's father was executed, I almost stopped watching the show.
But now Gwen's loss of a father has been amended with the appearance of a beautiful, eloquent, charming and suave brother who's now a Knight of Camelot. *fans self*
Angel Coulby remains damn near infallible in my eyes. I think it's because she actually invests thought and creativity into the evolution of her character. I'm seeing changes in this woman, y'all. She's grown more graceful and less awkward in personality. There's this gravity in her voice and in her eyes now, where once there was meekness and uncertainty. She knows she's about to be Queen of Camelot, and there ain't a damn thing anyone can do to stop it.
That and she's just...fine.
I strongly recommend this show to Arthurian fans of color. It's gotten a lot darker and more serious since Season 1, but the humor which remains is still endearing...especially the homoerotic subtext between Arthur and Merlin.