R29 Binge Club: Netflix’s Cursed Season 1 Recap

Along with her new collection Cursed, in regards to the Girl of the Lake, Katherine Langford is again on Netflix, however this time she’s dealing with some very completely different battles that may by no means see the sunshine of day at Liberty Excessive.

Cursed explores the Arthurian legend of the Girl of the Lake with a twist. Historically, Merlin makes use of magic to seal a sword in stone and Arthur proves his price by pulling it out. The sword is finally broken in a battle with Lancelot, however the Girl of the Lake restores the sword to its former glory, paving the best way for Arthur to change into king. 

King Arthur isn’t the main target of Cursed, nonetheless. Langford performs Nimue, a Fey (or fairy) who’s destined to change into the Girl of the Lake. Nonetheless, once we meet her, she’s seen as an outcast by each her friends and Elders because of an incident she skilled as a baby. After her mom’s demise, she meets Arthur (Devon Terrell), an sudden accomplice as she undergoes a quest to ship a strong sword to Merlin (Gustaf Skarsgård). Alongside her journey Nimue should tackle the Pink Paladins, a gaggle attempting to rid the world of magic, as she tries to determine her personal future, defending herself and different outcasts like her. 

“It’s telling a narrative of a real heroine that’s succesful and powerful and never simply altering a narrative as a result of she’s a girl,” Langford informed Refinery29 forward of Cursed’s launch. “[It’s] one thing I want I’d had rising up.” 

Prepared for some magic, fairies, and mystical sword battles? Let’s dive in. 

Episode 1, “Nimue”


We meet Nimue as she rides her horse alongside an idyllic grassy hill, however one thing is afoot — the wind is howling and the birds are flying in a spiral. She makes her technique to an open market of kinds, the place a younger boy named Squirrel (Billy Jenkins) is strolling via the place individuals are selecting greens… and Squirrel is surreptitiously selecting everybody’s pockets. 

As they chat, a girl walks by and calls Nimue a witch, disgusted. Nimue takes the comment in stride, however she’s forgotten an providing earlier than heading to the pyre. As she assembles her bouquet of untamed flowers we see simply how magical — and sinister — the land actually is. A virtually cartoonish flower floats within the air as sapphire-colored fly buzzes by, giving Disney-movie-come-to-life vibes (or a very bizarre dream), however then the wind begins howling once more, whispering, “Save them” over and over. We meet our first speaking animal as a deer with a raspy voice approaches Nimue to ship a message: “Loss of life will not be the top, Fey queen. Save them.” Then, abruptly, somebody shoots the deer with an arrow (guess nobody may save the deer).  

“What did you do?!” Nimue asks, aghast, as just a few males come over to gather their supper. They warn one another to not get too near “this witch” or they’ll “get the worms” (what precisely do these folks assume witches do?). “Even her dad left her,” one remarks, sparking a flashback of a younger Nimue pleading along with her Papa to return again. “You’re cursed, Nimue,” we see a barely older Nimue informed in a flashback as the boys heckle her. Nimue shouts at Benue to get out of her forest because the bow in his hand turns right into a snake, tightening its grip round his arm. Inexperienced veins start to look on the edges of Nimue’s face and neck till she lastly lets him go. Throughout a flashback we get a way of why her Papa left. “She brings a darkness, a curse,” he says. Nimue’s mom Lenore (Catherine Walker) arrives and at last snaps her out of it. Nimue lets him go, however not with out a scolding from pricey mother in fact. 

Nimue is understandably upset over the complete encounter. Her mom tells her to not be ashamed, however Nimue factors out a serious distinction: she’s the one referred to as “demon” and “witch.” “Are you the excessive priestess now or my mom?” Nimue snaps. 

It’s ceremony time and all the things seems eerily out of Midsommar, solely barely moodier. The Elders’ robes are darkish, the sky is grey and cloudy as folks circle a big fireplace, unlit torches in hand. Nimue reluctantly makes her providing. “As Sky People we’re born within the daybreak to cross within the twilight,” Nimue’s mom says, arms outstretched. It’s dusk earlier than we all know it and the flames dance and sparkle, prepared to decide on a brand new Summoner. “The Hidden are with us,” Nimue’s mom notes. (Who’re these Hidden?) They swarm Nimue, a lot to everybody’s dismay — she’s marked by darkish gods, the others complain.

Nimue offers all of the angsty 13 Causes Why vitality as she refuses to be Summoner and storms away. Her mom isn’t having it, although. The desire of the Hidden is obvious, she explains, and the ability is a present. It needs to be used to information and serve Nimue’s “sort.” Nimue marches away, able to get on a ship and go away. Nimue’s pal Pym (Lily Newmark) catches as much as her, prepared to speak her out of it. “Who cares what these shriveled onions assume?” she asks. (A good query!) Nimue has decided and isn’t altering it. “Oh my Gods,” Pym says — a refined but sensible adjustment of the phrase for an Arthurian universe — as she insists on tagging alongside.

We meet Father Cardin (Peter Mullan), an evangelist and chief of the Pink Paladins who needs to rid the world of magic, and his purple gown. He’s explaining to a younger boy that they have to expel the weeds — the demons — from God’s backyard, no matter simply how scary the weeds are. The boy, apparently an unsuspecting “demon,” is grabbed and brought away as Father Cardin sits up and we see simply what his world seems like. There may be chaos and destruction everywhere in the hill as crosses and fires burn, folks sprint round on horseback. 

In the meantime, a Moon Wing has appeared and tells her story to Nimue’s mother. She talks of the boys in purple robes who burned the bushes and killed folks of their sleep with smoke. She seems precisely like her title, pale and nearly as if she’s carrying clouds for garments and hair. A person in a hooded gown sporting some critical guyliner (with tears, in fact!) walks away from the flames because the Moon Wing tells her story: the Weeping Monk (Daniel Sharman), a crusader who hunts the Fey for the Pink Paladins. The Pink Paladins are shifting north they usually’re of their path. 

Merlin (Gustaf Skarsgård) is way from any magician you pictured in your thoughts. There’s no white beard and flowing purple robes right here — as a substitute, we meet Merlin as he sulks within the nook of a tavern, hood drawn over his face so you’ll be able to’t see his eyes… as a result of he’s asleep. It seems to be a ruse, although, as he grabs Hook, who’s attempting to go looking his robes, and holds a knife to his eye. He threatens to show them into mole rats however doesn’t truly commit. Did Merlin lose his magic?

Over on the fortress, King Uther Pendragon (Sebastian Armesto) is getting some disagreeable information as Merlin is introduced in, bare-chested and apparently drunk. Seems most blame the king for the drought (along with the Fey’s witchcraft). Merlin, in the meantime, had promised them rain, however he claims climate is simply too fickle. The king is dealing with issues and Merlin might need the reply nobody needs. The Shadow Lords may sluggish Carden’s march — but it surely’s not rain, so it’s not ok. 

Nimue and Pym are using Nimue’s horse as they focus on the mission. Gawain (Matt Stokoe) took the Brass Defend, the one ship that crosses the ocean to the desert kingdoms, however Nimue needs to get on it. She’ll reduce her hair so nobody is aware of she’s a woman and she or he’s received 20 silver — she’s received this, of us. They arrive on the dock and the ship isn’t there, nonetheless, and received’t be again for six months. Nimue and Pym make their manner via the village to a person who’s singing to a small crowd. He spots Nimue and serenades her. Nimue walks away so he chases her, turning his flirt and exchanging names so that they aren’t strangers — women and gents, meet Arthur. The trio seize drinks as they find out about one another. Arthur could also be younger and scruffy (and, apparently, has a historical past of thieving), however seems he’s a knight. A person interrupts to wage a cube wager: if he wins, he will get a kiss. If Nimue wins, she will get 10 silver. Arthur warns Nimue the cube are weighted however she presses on anyway, realizing she will use her powers. Nimue and Pym attempt to make a fast escape as soon as her secret is revealed, however a number of of the Pink Paladins chase them via the gang.

Merlin, in the meantime, is talking to a shopkeeper and in search of a mysterious Quantity Three merchandise. The keeper opens a drawer and pulls again a material to disclose an toddler with three faces on its head. This doesn’t look like it’s going anyplace good. 

Arthur finds Nimue and Pym hiding from the Pink Paladins within the woods and presents them good firm and horrible wine. At his place, Arthur is educating Nimue to battle, which in fact means very shut contact and a near-kiss by the fireplace… till Nimue catches him off-guard and headbutts him. (She’s undoubtedly somebody you’d need in your aspect in a tavern battle.) 

Merlin is thumbing via a guide of magic, the place we see some acquainted imagery, together with the Quantity Three child and a sword. 

Nimue and Pym go away Arthur behind as they focus on the almost-kiss. It seems Nimue had a imaginative and prescient, however she received’t budge. They’re interrupted by a horse galloping previous them, its saddle on fireplace. They trip within the path the horse got here from solely to see a chaotic, fiery battle with the Pink Paladins, the place Pym is taken. Nimue hides on the sidelines till she spots Squirrel and pulls him out of the battle. As he escapes, Nimue is captured by one of many males in purple robes and is dragged by her hair to Carden. As Carden instructs the person to throw Nimue into the fireplace everybody in a purple gown is shot with an arrow, permitting Nimue to narrowly escape. 

Nimue finds her mom laying on the bottom, bloody, a sword by her aspect. She offers Nimue a mission: Take the sword to Merlin. Nimue’s mom sacrifices herself to one of many Pink Paladins so Nimue can escape. 

Over at Merlin’s, issues are fully informal. It’s lastly raining, however not with out a dose of hazard. Merlin is standing on a ledge as a terrified knight stands behind him. The clouds and rain flip purple — the gods, it appears? 

The king and his folks, in the meantime, are celebrating the top of the drought with a big meal and a tankard of rain. As he takes a sip, nonetheless, one thing is very fallacious: The rain that fell on the fortress appears to be blood. 

As Nimue finds herself trapped on a rock, surrounded by offended (and truthfully, type of animatronic-looking) wolves, Merlin is struck by electrical energy and catches fireplace. Nimue pulls the sword out and slays the wolves. If there’s one factor we all know, it’s that she’s received this sword combating factor down

Burning questions: Who’re the Hidden, and why did they choose Nimue to be the Summoner? Why did the ship go away early? What did Merlin do with the Quantity Three to make it “rain”?

Episode 2, “Cursed”

CURSED (L TO R) DEVON TERRELL as ARTHUR in episode 102 of CURSED Cr. Netflix © 2020

A younger Nimue wakes up as each her mother and father are quick asleep on both aspect of her in mattress. Nimue and Pym start an early-morning sport of cover and search, Pym hiding within the shadows as Nimue makes her manner via the forest and down a darkish path. In the meantime, grownup Nimue is making her manner via the forest in search of Squirrel, who’s hiding out from the Pink Paladins — however certainly one of them spots Nimue first. 

Again in time, younger Nimue makes her manner right into a cave and journeys over a rock on the bottom. Pym’s voice apologizes, a childlike “sorry,” however the voice then distorts, changing into deeper and demonic, much like the deer final episode. “I used to be simply so hungry,” it says. A big bear with purple eyes approaches Nimue from behind, growling and pawing at her — it’s one of many darkish gods. Her mom senses one thing is fallacious and instructs Nimue from afar to name to the Hidden along with her ideas to assist her. Grownup Nimue finds herself in the same state of affairs as she struggles with the Pink Paladin. The bear collapses right into a disgusting splat as grownup Nimue wakes up on the bottom, bloodied with the sword by her aspect. 

The king is banging on Merlin’s door, commanding him to reply. He’s livid in regards to the blood rain, claiming it makes them look dangerous, however a drunk Merlin simply needs a little bit extra time to check the omens. 

Carden is strolling via the woods with the Weeping Monk, surveying the pulpy corpse Nimue left behind. They know the Fey sword continues to be on the market, and the Weeping Monk notes Nimue’s tracks. A bunch of Paladins pray on the bottom close by as certainly one of their very own is caught in a twisted internet of snake-like tree roots. Carden berates them, pointing on the trapped man — he’s the enemy. 

As grownup Nimue cleans her sword within the water we see flashbacks of her mom carrying younger Nimue from the cave to examine her accidents from the bear. Lenore pleads with Jonah, Nimue’s father, to assist her. Although Nimue survived, the others assume the demon will come again for them. 

Squirrel runs out of the bushes solely to return face-to-face with the Weeping Monk, who needs data on how many individuals survived. Squirrel spits at Monk, calling him scum (a really daring transfer given their dimension distinction). 

Nimue continues her seek for Squirrel however runs into bother with one of many Paladins. She asks a person working a horse-drawn carriage to offer her a trip, claiming she has an ailing tooth, however the Paladin is suspicious and asks him to drag her tooth in entrance of them. They each comply and he pulls Nimue’s tooth out earlier than continuing.

Squirrel, in the meantime, is travelling with the Weeping Monk, chattering away about horses similar to any youngster would. Nimue makes it into city, the place the crier is warning everybody about her existence. A lot for a quiet getaway.

In one other flashback, Jonah is returning a pre-teen Nimue, who tried to run away. Lenore is grateful whereas Jonah is offended, claiming Lenore spoils her. Nimue feels unwelcome by her father and everybody round her, together with the opposite kids, due to her scars. 

Squirrel is laying down as a gaggle of males come for the Weeping Monk. They need to know why the Monk took Squirrel, but it surely seems Squirrel is simply the bait — the boys have been his true targets. He rapidly vanquishes all of them as Squirrel watches, horrified. The Monk unties Squirrel and instructs him to inform the opposite Fey what went down. 

Nimue runs into Arthur within the city and explains that everybody is gone. Immediately they’re approached by onlookers, together with Bors, the person she swindled within the tavern, who acknowledge her because the witch. He calls for Nimue give him her sword as two males restrain Arthur, however Nimue has different concepts. She slices the person’s hand off and Arthur breaks free. The 2 soar on a horse and trip away, narrowly making it beneath the gates. As soon as they’re secure, Arthur berates Nimue for her actions. He’s complicit on this now, too, and there’s going to be a worth on his head. Nimue explains that they killed her mom, however blames herself for all the things that has occurred. Arthur lastly softens and tries to heat her up, kneeling by the fireplace. 

In one other flashback, a barely youthful, seemingly extra carefree Nimue walks via the forest in a lightweight blue costume, holding fingers with a younger blonde boy. Simply when she thinks he’s about to kiss her he declares, “Witch!” and different teenagers come out from hiding, tying her to a tree. The again of her costume slips, revealing the mark of the darkish gods. One of many teenagers is sucked into the roots of a close-by tree as the opposite two plead with Nimue to let her go. They reduce the roots free and run away. Later, Nimue sits by the water as Lenore reminds her daughter that she is a warrior and can survive something — even a bully. 

Arthur is marveling over Nimue’s sword as they take refuge in an abbey. He cuts via the air because the sword makes a tinkling noise. He suggests Nimue promote it, however she explains her mom’s dying want to give it to Merlin. “You possibly can’t change her destiny, solely your personal,” Arthur tells Nimue, however she vows to maintain her mom’s dying promise.

Merlin arrives on the scene of Lenore’s demise. He closes her eyes, picks her up, and locations her on the raised pedestal, reciting a spell about passing within the twilight. There seems to be a deep connection between the 2. Merlin is then strolling alongside a street, kicking crosses down whereas a ghostly particular person in black robes passes him. He asks if the Widow has come for him. “Not simply but,” they reply, a demonic tinge to the voice. He lied in regards to the sword and the Shadow Lords will see it as the ultimate betrayal. Nobody needs the Church to acquire the sword, the Widow explains, as a result of then they’ll management who wears the crown. It seems Merlin created the phrases that set all the things in movement — “Whosoever wields the Sword of Energy shall be the one true king” — however he doesn’t consider there’s one true king; the sword is cursed. The Widow calls for Merlin end the conflict as Merlin, not the “piteous creature” he’s. 

“I’ve no magic, that’s what the sword took from me,” Merlin explains.

“Much more purpose to reclaim it,” the Widow responds. 

Merlin refuses to permit that to occur although, leaving the world “misplaced.” He asks the Widow the place the sword is. She senses each concern and nice energy round it, as Arthur gently takes the sword from a sleeping Nimue’s arms. Merlin’s received a plan, nonetheless, to soften the sword, no matter how tough it may be — and with the Widow’s assist. 

Arthur is strolling via a hallway with the sword on his again, Sister Igraine (Shalom Brune-Franklin) on his heels. He’s off to meet a dying want, he tells her earlier than leaving with the sword — alone.

Burning questions: How did Lenore and Merlin know one another, and what does Nimue must do with it? Who’s Sister Igraine, and the way is related to Arthur? 

Episode three, “Alone”

CURSED (L TO R) EMILY COATES as SISTER IRIS in episode 103 of CURSED Cr. Netflix © 2020

A younger Arthur’s picket sword battle is interrupted. His father, a knight, had been injured in a battle. Arthur kneels by his aspect as he tells him his dying want: to convey again the knights’ honor. 

Grownup Arthur rides on his horse via a village, the sword strapped to his again, as passersby speculate he’s there for a match. Nimue, in the meantime, wakes up within the abbey to a younger sister, Iris, watching her, the sword nowhere to be discovered. Iris claims to have an uncommon expertise: if she stares at somebody lengthy sufficient she will see the demon in them.  Sister Igraine enters and ushers Iris out earlier than slapping Nimue. Sister Igraine needs to cover Nimue within the abbey, however Nimue shoves her apart and steps out, Pink Paladins together with Carden swarming the realm. Nimue returns to the abbey, she encounters Abbes Nora. Nora suspects one thing is up however believes Nimue’s lie that she’s a pregnant girl named Alice, leaving her in Igraine’s care since there are injured Paladins within the constructing as effectively. 

Igraine and a well-disguised Nimue enter the room the place the Paladins are being stored. The injured one is bloody, with bits of branches and roots popping out of locations they most undoubtedly shouldn’t be. The opposite Paladins blame “the Fey woman” for his destiny. Igraine pulls a root out of the person’s throat. Nimue leaves to get dressings however overhears Carden speaking in regards to the sword and takes a jug from an unsuspecting nun to offer herself a purpose to enter the room. Carden is aware of a Fey witch escaped with the sword — the image is marked on Nimue’s sufferer. The Weeping Monk enters with lists of the Fey Elders who’re nonetheless alive. Carden needs the Paladins to make the Fey extinct to allow them to possess the sword. “Then, and solely then, the heavenly fires will come for Merlin,” he says. Nimue pauses as she exits the room, however the Weeping Monk senses one thing completely different about her presence as he subtly seems behind him. He searches her room, discovering her garments and giving them a deep sniff. Somebody’s been discovered. 

In the meantime within the room with Nimue’s sufferer, Nimue and Igraine are analyzing his uncommon burn from the sword. Igraine figures out the burn is inside him, its energy drawn from the 4 parts, water, earth, air, and fireplace. The Monk, in the meantime, informs Carden the enemy is within the constructing. 

Arthur, nonetheless holding onto the sword, meets up along with his Aunt Marion. He needs Sir Ector’s sponsorship for the match, he explains. Nimue is tending to her affected person with Fey treatments — a serious threat given the sheer variety of Paladins within the constructing. Nora comes into the room to test his standing and tries to cover the Fey therapy simply as Carden enters, asking if any new ladies have joined the abbey. Nora places the items collectively and covers for Nimue, main Carden to demand he query all of the sisters one after the other. 

Over on the fortress, King Uther is bringing his mom warmed milk with honey, however as the 2 bicker, he has an ulterior motive. Merlin has gone lacking, he explains, but it surely seems his mom can see all the things that goes on from her perch — together with Merlin’s blood rain-filled ritual through the lightning storm — and she or he suspects Merlin is as much as one thing. 

Nimue is hiding from the Paladins as she spots Igraine with one other sister. Crying and upset, the 2 kiss earlier than recognizing Nimue. She received’t inform anybody what she noticed, she tells Igraine, as a result of what they did isn’t fallacious. The Paladins spherical up everybody within the abbey as Nimue stumbles upon sheets detailing their plans and maps. She rolls them up and stuffs them in her sleeve however is almost caught by a Paladin who tells her to go to the barn. Nimue takes a flip and burns the Paladins’ plans within the fireplace.

Arthur, carrying his head excessive and with the sword meant for Merlin, visits his uncle, Sir Ector, to ask for his sponsorship. Arthur agrees Sir Ector might need knights worthier than him, however insists he can greatest them. Arthur needs the chance to earn his uncle’s respect. Sir Ector seizes him up, seeing the potential in Arthur, particularly if he wears his father’s armor. Does he have a worthy weapon, although? Arthur pulls out the sword and tells Sir Ector an especially fabricated story of how he ended up with the sword: He saved a woman’s life in Hawksbridge, and she or he gave him the sword in return. Sir Ector buys the story and doesn’t appear to acknowledge the sword. 

The Widow joins Merlin within the tavern, who’s — what else? — ingesting. We get a glimpse as to why Merlin is this manner. He’s lived “too lengthy,” he says, and has seen a lot over his years that he begins to neglect what surprise seems like… however wine can nearly style like surprise. The Widow has had a imaginative and prescient and won’t let Merlin destroy the sword within the Fey fireplace. Merlin received’t die whether it is destroyed, however will endure a lot that he’ll beg for the top. 

Arthur and Sir Ector sit down in a tavern, however up walks Bors, and he’s unsurprisingly nonetheless seething about having his hand reduce off and being out a lot silver. He asks Arthur if he’s defined how he got here to own the sword. Bors reveals Arthur has been with a Fey woman and Sir Ector calls for the sword’s fact. Arthur admits he stole the sword and Sir Ector says he’s worse than a humiliation. 

Over on the abbey, everyone seems to be gathered within the barn so the Paladins can query them and the Weeping Monk can attempt to suss out the Fey of their midst. Nimue and Igraine are with the injured Paladin, who’s therapeutic because of the Fey therapy they gave him. He abruptly takes a flip for the more severe and extra Paladins are available in to wish over him, however Nimue and Igraine depart simply because the Weeping Monk enters the room. 

Igraine offers Nimue instructions to get to Arthur, revealing she’s his sister. That isn’t the largest shock, although: Igraine isn’t even her title. There was a mix-up when she arrived on the abbey and Igraine is definitely her grandmother’s title — she’s Morgana. She offers Nimue a hug and guarantees her she isn’t alone. Nimue departs on a ship.

Merlin asks to be taken to the king as a gaggle of males pounce on him. He sinks into the dust. That’s, uh, one technique to journey?

Burning questions: Which king is Merlin visiting? Who’s the Widow, and what has she seen? 

Episode four, “The Pink Lake”


Igraine, er, Morgana is hitting her face to make herself appear to be she’s been overwhelmed up. She’s “discovered” by two Paladins and tells Carden that the witch ran in direction of Hawksbridge, attempting to throw everybody off Nimue’s scent. The Paladins are taking a girl out of the abbey as Carden offers a grand speech about everybody getting into conflict and asks Morgana to be his soldier. “Sure, Father,” she replies (as if she’s received every other alternative). 

Nimue docks her tiny boat and comes throughout Dizier and his spouse, Clothilde. Within the wagon are two members of the Snake Clan, a father and youngster. They’re instantly cautious of Nimue, however she guarantees she received’t damage them. Dizier is aware of Nimue is Fey, and that Morgana despatched her — seems Morgana has been working a Fey Underground on the abbey and is a key determine within the Resistance (effectively, that actually sounds acquainted!). Survivors are leaving indicators for others within the bushes and rocks referred to as Nemos. Nimue wants to move to Gramaire, however the others warn her it’s too harmful and dangerous. She refuses to inform them in regards to the sword’s existence however tells them she’s after an merchandise key to everybody’s survival. Dizier accepts this and adjustments course to Gramaire. 

Pym, in the meantime, has turned up after hiding within the traps however is wide-eyed, coated in dust and speechless. A younger man finds her however his mom received’t have it since she’s of Fey sort, so he drops a bomb on everybody (together with Pym): They’re going to be married, so in fact she has to remain. As soon as his mom leaves it seems it wasn’t only a cowl. He actually needs to get married, and destiny has swept her to his door. Uh-oh.

Arthur is on a wagon with a number of Paladins. The street to Gramaire is blocked off by different Paladins, as everybody has discovered Morgana-slash-the Wolf-Blood Witch is on the abbey they usually’re after the sword. The Paladins within the wagon are gleeful, as they’ve the sword and, to place it of their phrases, “the bloke who nicked it.” The Paladins within the wagon insist on bringing the sword to Carden themselves.

Merlin, in the meantime, is being carried by a gaggle of , a rag overlaying his eyes, in direction of what seems like extraordinarily moist, swampy ruins. They’re all hissing as they lead Merlin to their king, Lord Rugen. Rugen’s look is a far cry from King Uther — his crown isn’t gleaming, however the ruby in his proper eye actually is. Merlin needs to know what Rugen has heard about Carden. The Pink Paladins have pressured everybody off the street, together with retailers, and Merlin received’t do something about it — Rugen is pissed. Merlin needs the Shadow Lords, together with Rugen, to own the Sword of Energy earlier than Uther finds out it nonetheless exists. Merlin claims he doesn’t need it for himself, however for Rugen. (Anybody else not shopping for this?) Merlin items Rugen an historic torque to show his good religion. 

Over on the abbey, Iris is suspicious of why the witch didn’t kill Morgana. The wagon Nimue is on, in the meantime, has been stopped by the Weeping Monk. Dizier lies and says Nimue is his niece, Johanna, and they’re within the leather-based items enterprise. It fools the guard they usually’re allowed to move to the gates of Gramaire. The Weeping Monk sees proper via it, nonetheless, and informs the Paladins and Carden. Round them within the bushes and on the bottom are the symbols Dizier was speaking about — Nemos.

Over in one other wagon, Arthur is taunting a Paladin, telling him a narrative a few former cell mate as he surreptitiously picks the lock on his handcuffs. He manages to flee from the wagon, however the Paladins rapidly cease to allow them to chase him.

Rugen brings Merlin to his treasure haul. He’s received each kind of gem and beneficial one would usually anticipate to see — pigeon-blood rubies, the Chalice of of Ceridwen, and within the center, a decaying skeleton of a girl with carefully-stacked rocks for wings and emeralds for eyes, the inexperienced Fey fireplace that cast the Sword of Energy burning in entrance of her. Rugen locations the torque on the neck of the skeleton, Boudicca, making her full. 

Nimue’s wagon reaches Gramaire and she or he departs, leaving Dizier and the others behind. Over on the abbey, Iris is praying intensely and asking for an indication from God so she will do his effectively (I assume when Carden says “no,” you go to the highest?). She throws a Bible at a pot, knocking it over and revealing a necklace inside. Iris marches to Morgana with the necklace, however she’s gone. Morgana is leaving the abbey from the identical exit Nimue did, however not with out a goodbye (and kiss) from Celia first. 

Nimue approaches Ector’s fortress, however the knights standing guard received’t let her in. Arthur spots her, relieved to see her secure, however she attracts a knife on him, demanding her sword. Arthur informs her the Paladins have it and that he simply escaped them, however Nimue needs to know simply the place he ditched them. As they make their manner via the woods they discover the wagon Nimue had simply been on, Dizier and everybody else lifeless by the hands of the Paladins. Nimue makes her manner via the woods, whispers and a mystical twinkling main her to the sword. 

The Paladins are bathing within the water, having left the sword behind of their wagon (good transfer, guys). Nimue asks the sword to offer her its energy because it glows. One of many bathing Paladins pauses as he seems within the water — they aren’t alone. Nimue stands up from beneath the water in all her future Girl of the Lake glory and stabs him with the sword earlier than turning to the opposite bathing Paladin and slicing his neck. Different Paladins be part of the sword battle and Nimue slays most of them aside from one, who places her in a chokehold, bringing her underwater. She will hear Lenore’s voice telling her, “Take this to Merlin” as Arthur slays the final of the Paladins and pulls Nimue out of the bloody water. 

Nimue and Arthur discover the little woman from the wagon, who continues to be alive. They should get her someplace secure, an not possible activity — however the previous Fey symbols within the woods provide instructions that Nimue understands. In the meantime, Iris is strolling away from the abbey because it burns behind her, screams piercing into the night time. Pym heads right down to the docks the place she noticed a horny dealer earlier that day, seemingly in search of him out, whereas Merlin wakes up and grabs his torch, going after the Fey fireplace with the keys he stole from Ruger. He manages to fill a thermos with the emerald flame, however he isn’t alone within the cave. Ruger’s descend from all sides, snarling and chasing Merlin. He jumps on his horse simply in time to flee them. Nimue, Arthur, and the kid make it to Nemos. “We’re house,” Nimue says.

Burning questions: Who’s Boudicca, and what does her completion imply? What is going to Merlin do with the Fey fireplace? Are Nimue and Arthur actually secure in Nemos?

Episode 5, “The Becoming a member of”


The episode opens with a grisly scene: Cumber the Ice King (Johannes Haukur Johannesson) swiftly chops a knight’s head off with an axe as onlookers donning heavy furs watch. Cumber addresses one other man kneeling on the bottom, terrified. He needs him to cross on a message to Uther, the “king of lies,” that the true blood inheritor to Home Pendragon has arrived. 

Nimue wakes up in a cave, the place Arthur has been guarding her sword. He’s already feeling out-of-place in Nemos since he’s received an excessive amount of “man blood.” Morgana enters and Nimue tells her the information about Dizier earlier than they go on a stroll via the woods. In Nemos, the surroundings is ethereal, the luxurious inexperienced bushes and grass bathed in a golden daylight — no clouds right here. They gossip about Merlin and Arthur as they stroll. Morgana is skeptical of Lenore’s dying want and doesn’t need Nimue to get distracted with a foolish crush (appears some issues are common, even in legendary universes). 

Merlin’s escape from Ruger’s isn’t going so effectively. He’s made it fairly far on horseback however he’s stopped by a gaggle of knights within the woods who expenses them with treason. He sends his horse away to the Widow as he’s surrounded by the knights. Carden enters a tent surrounded by folks with gold faces, however they received’t enable the Weeping Monk inside. Inside is a person bathing who Carden addresses as “Your Holiness” — appears there’s somebody above him. Carden is instructed to get the sword and cope with her, or the Trinity will assume command of the Pink Paladin military… they usually don’t have mercy. Carden exits, livid with the Weeping Monk, blaming him for his or her failure to seize the sword.

Iris, wrapped in a purple material, approaches a gaggle of Pink Paladins sitting round a hearth within the woods. She needs to be a Pink Paladin, however they mock her since she’s a girl and inform her to convey them the Wolf-Blood Witch’s head, laughing. 

Pym has managed to sneak onto the ship with the Pink Spear and her crush, Dof. The opposite vikings need to drown her after seeing her lengthy hair and piecing collectively that she’s Fey, however he convinces the others to maintain her round for her therapeutic skills. 

Morgana and Nimue are heading to go to Yeva (Olwen Fouéré), a Moon Wing elder and sorceress who’s their greatest probability at discovering Merlin. Morgana abandons Nimue on the entrance — no man blood permitted. Contained in the cave, Yeva is crouching on the bottom, carrying a unclean white fur of some sort. Nimue smells “fallacious,” Yeva says, not like Sky People, and that Nimue’s father was proper to concern his blood. Yeva finally agrees to cross a message to Merlin utilizing her fowl, Marguerite, though he’s a traitor. 

Over on the fortress, King Uther’s mom has harsh calls for for her son: Kill Merlin, ally with the Pink Paladins in opposition to the Ice King, and throw him into the ocean. As soon as there aren’t any kings to withstand it is going to be straightforward for him to reclaim the sword. Easy… 

Arthur and Nimue exit a cave into an idyllic, paradise-like setting. The rocks are shining, the solar is setting, and there’s a scorching spring close by. Arthur rapidly strips down and hops within the water (oh, good day), coaxing Nimue to hitch him. He turns his again as she removes her garments, self-conscious about her scars, and joins him. The 2 have a deep dialog the place Arthur tells Nimue about his father. (That’s one technique to get to know somebody.) Nimue thanks him for telling her about his story and inches nearer to him, angling for a kiss. Arthur clearly needs it however pulls away on the final second. “You deserve somebody good,” he tells her. He’s afraid of messing their potential relationship up and doesn’t need to damage her. Nimue turns round and will get out of the water, annoyed as she reveals her scars to him.

Over on the ship, Pym is popping to the bottle because the vikings come to her one after the other with their illnesses. Some are bloody gashes and arrows caught in locations they need to not be whereas others demand of a special type of therapeutic; “I’ve been having darkish ideas as of late,” one viking tells her. Dof approaches her one night time however she’s just about over being on the ship. He takes her hand and pinches her ear, attempting to make her really feel higher. 

Uther visits Merlin, who’s chained up in a cell. He’s determined the blood that fell on the fortress isn’t theirs however Merlin’s due to his drunkenness and loyalty, and the one answer is an execution. Merlin has till the morning to ship the sword or the mob could have his head. (No strain!)

Over within the woods, Iris is sitting by a hearth holding heat as a gaggle of Fey method her, providing to maintain her secure. On the fortress, it’s morning and Merlin is being delivered to the guillotine as Uther’s mom seems on from her tower. As Uther sentences Merlin to demise, Marguerite the fowl arrives with the message from Nimue. The letter presents to convey the sword to Merlin, saving him from execution this time. 

Arthur approaches Nimue, who’s glammed up with lipstick and a brand new costume for a Becoming a member of — a wedding-like occasion — that night time. He needs to inform her he’s leaving, however she insists he comes, if solely to neglect about all the things plaguing them for an hour. The chemistry between the 2 is insurmountable as Nimue asks him to remain they usually lastly kiss. It’s interrupted, nonetheless, by the Inexperienced Knight’s arrival, and within the pleasure Nimue and Squirrel reunite. The Inexperienced Knight, it seems, saved him. The knight takes off his helmet to disclose the one particular person Nimue was least anticipating: Gawain (Matt Stokoe), certainly one of her oldest pals. The 2 embrace (a lot to Arthur’s dismay), shocked to see the opposite alive. (Does anybody else sense a love triangle forming right here?) Iris, in the meantime, is ushered into the Becoming a member of, the place the opposite Fey console her and inform her they’ll be secure from the Pink Paladins because the Wolf-Blood Witch is there. You possibly can virtually see the cogs spinning in Iris’ thoughts. 

Merlin visits the queen regent in her tower, wanting to inform her the story in regards to the midwife. It had been a chilly night time in Could however folks stood beneath the celebs holding candles as a result of a king was being born that night time. The kid struggled contained in the queen regent, a stillborn boy. The queen regent huddled with the midwife and created a plot. The midwife paid a household for its child boy, however days later that mom was discovered lifeless, seemingly poisoned. Merlin insinuates the midwife is alive and effectively, beneath his safety, to the queen regent’s dismay.

Nimue exhibits Gawain the sword. He informs her the weapon, often called the Sword of the First Kings, is their historical past, their hope. Gawain thinks Lenore’s dying want to give it to Merlin is fallacious. He thinks it’s a bargaining chip so Merlin will defend Nimue, however Gawain insists he’ll defend her (not that she wants it, as everyone knows by now). 

As they return, Morgana is crying as a result of the abbey has been burned to the bottom, no survivors — together with Celia. Iris stands on the sidelines, expressionless over the ache and struggling she triggered.

Nimue visits Yeva, who has a solution from Merlin. The Hidden will take Nimue to Merlin, it’s too unsafe on the street. Reminiscences will come to Nimue — probably good, probably dangerous — because the voice of the Hidden. Merlin awaits Nimue on the street to the Between. Nimue experiences a collection of recollections, most prominently her father leaving as a result of there’s a curse in her blood, using away as a younger Nimue pleads for him to remain. Nimue awakens within the temple the place her mom died, Merlin standing on the opposite aspect of the platform. Nimue explains Lenore is her mom and what her dying want was. Nimue items collectively why Lenore requested her to convey the sword to Merlin: He’s her father. They each gasp and Nimue awakens. 

Burning questions: What sort of havoc is Iris going to wreck with the Fey?  If Merlin is Nimue’s actual father, then who’s Jonah?

Episode 6, “Festa and Moreii”


The Weeping Monk shoots a flaming arrow into the Fey’s fields. Carden has a brand new plan to eliminate the Fey sort: Starve them out, burn their fields, scourge their farms till they panic. 

Nimue is insistent on bringing Merlin the sword, however Gawain is incredulous. He believes the sword may assist them win the conflict in opposition to Carden and the Weeping Monk as their fields burn. A grinning Arthur interrupts the dialog, an unwelcome third wheel to Gawain. Gawain insists on accompanying Nimue, however Arthur was already planning to tag alongside. Nimue is aghast — she doesn’t want an escort, she tells the rivals. The lads are decided to make her select, so she selects Kaze (Adaku Ononogbo), a girl who has been standing close by watching over the complete dialogue. Morgana needs to tag alongside as effectively, nonetheless upset about what occurred to Celia. She doesn’t stay for the Fey clans anymore, Morgana says, however she isn’t certain who she lives for now. 

The three set off on horseback as Merlin packs his belongings, stumbling upon a small picket jewellery field with a tiny dried flower inside it. We see a flashback of Lenore rolling the contemporary flower between her fingers, an intimate reminiscence for Merlin. Uther enters the room, curious to see the place Merlin is heading to get the sword. 

Merlin units off on his journey, however the queen regent is watching over his strikes. The Fey, in the meantime, are struggling: There’s just one mill left and one path to it. Arthur is suspicious that the open street is a entice set by the Pink Paladins and presents to tag alongside as safety. Gawain is clearly not thrilled by the prospect of getting to journey along with his love triangle rival.

Nimue, Morgana, and Kaze arrive on the fortress. Kaze urges Nimue to persuade Uther to work in opposition to the Paladins and Weeping Monk, whereas Morgana reminds her to take heed to the Hidden. Merlin and Nimue come face-to-face. Nimue kicks off with the heavy questions: Did he love her mom? Merlin confirms he did. He believes she as soon as cherished him. The 2 interact in a terse dialog as Nimue seems to vary her thoughts, feeling pressured to offer him the sword. Instantly there are voices surrounding the pair, prompting Nimue to attract the sword. The voices belong to Festa and Moreii, born of rival clans, he explains. They hid within the fortress and drank hemlock so they’d by no means be separated. Nimue isn’t right here for storytime, although — she needs solutions as to how she got here to be, why Merlin left her. Merlin believes he’ll simply disappoint her. He selected the placement, he explains, as a result of Festa and Moreii will enable Nimue to see the previous along with her personal eyes. 

Squirrel approaches Gawain, asking if he ought to carry a sword or spear to accompany them on the journey, however Gawain received’t enable him to tag alongside. Squirrel returns to the kids’s room, the place Iris approaches him, asking about his bow. 

Merlin brings Nimue to the bench the place Festa and Moreii died with a promise that he won’t ever deceive her. She sits throughout from him, the sword on her lap, as Merlin pulls out a necklace that may draw the lovers. She’s transported to a pair of Merlin’s recollections of Lenore. Within the first, Nimue and Merlin stands on the sidelines whereas Merlin makes his technique to the temple the place her mom died. He lays on the bottom as a sweeping Lenore involves his rescue, refusing to permit him to die in the home of the Hidden. Within the second reminiscence, Lenore and Merlin are strolling via the woods, Lenore casually flirting with him as she asks Merlin about himself. She informs him the Fey hate him and in the event that they discovered him they’d kill him. “I might die pleased,” he tells her.

Whereas Gawain and Arthur attempt to one-up their battle tales en path to the mill, Squirrel is educating Iris the right way to use a bow and arrow. Squirrel tries to fake the goal is a Paladin, however Iris is struggling. As soon as she begins speaking about how her household deserted her, nonetheless, she makes her goal, spooking Squirrel. 

Merlin and Nimue have departed his recollections. He’s attempting to show her the right way to management the Hidden — it usually involves Nimue with anger, however she will create an intention and give up it to the hidden. Nimue faces a tree with naked branches. Leaves and fruit start sprouting from it. The important thing to getting it to work turned out to be desirous about somebody Nimue cherished — her mom? Or maybe Gawain or Arthur? Hmm. 

As Merlin and Nimue eat, he reveals the sword was his however that he now not needs it. Merlin grew depending on the sword with time and it overcame him. Nimue is assured she received’t run into his points as a result of each enemy of hers is definite to be defeated with it. Spoken like a real warrior.

“Sword or no sword, these enemies will discover you and kill you,” he warns Nimue. He refuses to share his plans for peace however needs Nimue’s belief. Nimue simply needs to see the previous, and she or he’s cussed about it. Merlin brings Nimue to a reminiscence that no youngster ought to ever see of their mother and father as Merlin and Lenora hook up. Nimue turns away and subsequent we see the aftermath as the 2 lay down — the complete reminiscence of the purple flower he discovered earlier. He asks her about marriage, but it surely seems she’s already been promised to Jonah, although she doesn’t love him. 

Within the subsequent reminiscence, Lenora is cleansing the temple as Jonah and his father arrive. Jonah appears disinterested whereas his father views Lenora as nugatory since she has no dowry and there aren’t any choices within the temple (though that’s uh, not one thing she controls — that’s on the worshippers, buddy). Merlin stands close to an entrance to the temple and casts a spell. Within the subsequent reminiscence, Lenora and Merlin are having a fierce battle. They’ve destroyed one another, they conclude, as Merlin stalks away. Lenora discovers the sword beneath the platform within the temple and drops it as if it’s burned her. Within the final reminiscence, she asks Merlin to depart her if he actually loves her so she will marry Jonah. He departs as Lenora sits down, shock and grief overcoming her. Nimue snaps out of the recollections as Merlin lays on the bottom, drunk but once more, repeating, “No extra.”

Nimue takes the necklace from Merlin and asks it a harmful query: “Present me what he doesn’t need me to see.” Nimue is taken to a city engulfed in chaos: There are fires burning in every single place, bloodied our bodies on the bottom as shirtless, growling males and Pink Paladins battle one another. Wielding the sword, Merlin swiftly slices two folks cowering in concern. Nimue snaps out of it and turns the sword on Merlin, horrified at what she noticed. “I’ve lived many lives,” he tells her. “Some contained horrible errors.” What number of have died by Nimue’s fingers, although? Nimue is definite her trigger is simply, the identical manner Merlin was sure of his trigger. Revenge took over him and it’ll do the identical factor to her, he warns. 

Merlin reveals his true intention to soften the sword within the Fey fireplace and destroy it. He swears he’ll do all the things to guard the Fey, however he doesn’t need Nimue — or himself — to have the burden of the sword. 

In the meantime, a gaggle of Pendragon troopers are approaching the fortress whereas Morgana and Kaze stand guard. Merlin swears he didn’t ship them, however Nimue doesn’t consider him and repeats her mom’s phrases again at him: “Let this be the final time I see your face.” The three make a swift exit, leaving Merlin with Pendragon’s troopers. 

Gawain and Arthur are practically on the mill and nonetheless bickering. Gawain needs everybody to dismount and head over on foot, whereas Arthur disagrees. The lads take heed to Gawain whereas Arthur confronts him. Arthur and a boy who has been following him round, clearly idolizing him, hold again. Arthur intends to show him just a few methods however the boy is shot by an arrow from the Weeping Monk at a distance. A second arrow pierces via the air, instantly aimed toward Arthur… and we reduce away.

Burning questions: Uh, did Arthur survive that arrow assault? 

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