MERLIN

If They Can Reboot Sex and the City after 20 Years, They Can Reboot BBC Merlin after 10

Bring Back the Magic!

Roz Warren, Writing Coach
4 min readFeb 13, 2022

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Ten years ago, BBC’s “The Adventures of Merlin” went off the air after five seasons and we diehard fans have been clamoring for its return ever since.

The recent reboot of “Sex and the City” has given “Merlin” Fans hope. If Carrie and the gang can come back, why not Merlin and Arthur?

Sure, Arthur died at the end of the last episode. So what? That can be fixed. There are hundreds of fan-written stories that bring Arthur back to life after Merlin puts him on that boat — my favorite being the version in which, right after Merlin sets Arthur adrift on the Lake of Avalon, Gaius comes flying in on the dragon bringing the Cup of Life and Merlin swims back out to Arthur’s boat to save him with it.

Hey if the Cup O’ Life worked on Sir Leon in “The Coming of Arthur Part One” it can work on Arthur Pendragon now.

Morgana died too. Who cares? Any good writer could fix that. Katie McGrath can return as Morgana’s long lost twin — or even as her identical cousin a la “The Patty Duke Show.” (There’s an ancient cultural reference for you.)

Or, they could pull a “Dr. Who” and bring her back as an Impossible Girl who mysteriously turns up again after she was killed and devote an entire season to figuring out how and why.

Are there dozens of fanfics which bring Morgana back from the dead and erase her evil so that she and Merlin can fall in love and make magic babies? Of course.

But you don’t have to go in that direction. You don’t even have to bring Arthur back to life! Merlin can use that weird horn thingy from the “Sins of the Father” to check in with him, the way he used to check in with the talking dragon. Only instead of being chained in the basement, Arthur is stuck in the afterlife.

Kind of like “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir,” only Arthur is the King of Camelot instead of a sea captain, and it takes place in Albion instead of Schooner Bay, Maine.

The point is that there are scads of different approaches to a “Merlin” Reboot to choose from. Just take a look at the oceans of fanfic that folks have…

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Roz Warren, Writing Coach

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