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Q&A with Colin Morgan of Syfy’s Merlin

The fourth season of the drama series Merlin returns with more mythological story lines as Syfy takes viewers to the mythical city of Camelot, to a time before history began and a realm of legendary beasts and mysterious people. Magic is banned by the tyrant villain Uther Pendragon. Merlin, a young man with extraordinary gifts and magical powers, arrives in the kingdom only to discover he is not welcome and has enemies. Merlin must survive in Camelot and uses his magical powers to uncover Camelot’s hidden secrets.

Merlin stars Bradley James as Prince Arthur, Anthony Head as King Uther, Richard Wilson as Gaius, Katie McGrath as Morgana, Angel Coulby as Gwen, and Colin Morgan as Merlin. Colin took part in a Q & A to discuss what lies ahead for Merlin. The fourth season is heading toward the dark side according to Colin, he could not go into full details, but the tagline for the fourth season is a slight giveaway as it states, “the darkest hour is just before the dawn.”

Colin discussed a few of the frustrations that Merlin must deal with. Merlin is frustrated having to keep his magical abilities a secret, and his objective is to be free and live in a land where his abilities are accepted.

Merlin is quite an interesting character for Morgan, as Merlin comes across as funny, dramatic and at times clumsy in a Tomfoolery way. He enjoys all aspects of this character because there is a variety, with Merlin not being a one-dimensional simple character. There is complexity, and Colin is able to mix it up playing Merlin. He is the “spice of life” and able to play the character in a variety of ways to take Merlin in many directions.

Camelot makes for an interesting story. There have been many television, books and films based upon different Camelot storylines, but what makes Syfy’s Merlin different is the fantasy aspect that takes the series to an entirely different level. Morgan said it is a series that you can be inspired by.

Season five is already highly anticipated, yet Morgan said he could not go into details, as they want to keep things secret. The cast only finds out information about three episodes at a time, so at this time he knows nothing about season five and where it will take Merlin.

The powers are a big part of the series, and Colin’s power of choice would be teleportation. He would enjoy the idea of Merlin having that power. He would loved to have worked with legendary actor Paul Newman, whom he calls one of his favorite actors of all time, but if he had a dream guest-star, it would be Sean Penn. He deadpanned, “I’m not so sure we could get them to appear on the show.”

Colin is not on any of the social networking sites, but acknowledges he is appreciative of the viewers and Merlin supporters. He does have an email account, but that is the extent of his social networking, as he prefers to keep his personal life private, although he does enjoy the conventions and meeting the fans. He hopes to attend Comic-Con again next year; it was a blast for him and the rest of the Merlin cast.

Merlin is a smart series and Morgan created a very smart character. He is intelligent, talented and magical. Make sure to tune into the Syfy channel to watch all of his magical, mythological adventures. Merlin premieres Friday, January 6th at 10/9c on the Syfy channel.

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