"Merlin" The Labyrinth of Gedref (TV Episode 2008) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • While hunting, Arthur and Merlin see a unicorn. Despite Merlin's protests, Arthur kills the beautiful creature to bring the crass Uther its horn as an ornament. The foolish father and son ignore Gaius's warning that it is bad luck to kill a unicorn, but soon the crops wither and the well water turns to sand. The mystic Anhora, guardian of the unicorns, arrives in Camelot to tell Arthur that his stupidity has cursed the land and he alone can lift that curse. This involves his learning much-needed humility before riding to the Labyrinth of Gedref, where he will be tested. Merlin follows him but, by doing so, places both boys in danger. Unusually, it is Arthur who saves the day with a demonstration of selflessness, ultimately restoring the welfare of Camelot and the unicorn itself.

  • Merlin can't prevent Arthur considering the surprise appearance of a unicorn as a trophy during a hunt. Uther is proud of the catch, but the legend Gaius fears comes true: killing a unicorn unleashes a curse (in this case, starvation for all Camelot). Immediately, all edible crops die and drinking water turns into sand. Arthur's disbelief is hard to overcome, even after an appearance from Anhora, the old magical keeper of unicorns, whose tests are Arthut's only hope to lift the curse. After passing the first inadvertently and seeing the water returned, Arthur is willing, but fails the second hot-headedly. Seeking Anhora, Merlin learns the last and decisive test is in the labyrinth of Gedreff. He braves Arthur's order not to follow, which proves necessary for the test to happen.

  • Despite Merlin's warning Arthur has killed a sacred unicorn as a trophy to his father the king,unaware that he has unleashed a terrible curse on Camelot.When the people began to starve it's up to Arthur to break the curse - with Merlin's help of course.


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