"Merlin" To Kill the King (TV Episode 2008) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Gwen's blacksmith father Tom is approached by Tauren, who possesses the alchemist's stone and wants Tom's help in turning base metal into gold - gold he intends using to overthrow the king. The palace guards raid the smithy; Tauren escapes but Tom is caught, sentenced to death for assisting sorcery and (unsuccessfully helped to escape by Morgana ) killed. Appalled by Uther's callousness, she tells Tauren she will help him in his plot, unaware that Merlin is listening. On the pretext of visiting the grave of her father, for whose death she blames Uther, she rides out with the king to lead him into Tauren's trap.

  • Tom, Gwen's blacksmith pa, is arrested for aiding Tauren, a sorcerer who sought his help to make gold with a philosopher's stone. Tom, attempting escape from Uther's dungeon with Morgana's help, is executed without form of trial. Appalled, Morgana's open resentment lands her in jail, only released through Arthur's intervention. Having lost the stone in his escape, Tauren threatens Gwen for its return, but Morgan delivers it in her place and assures him she wants Uther dead just as much. They plan a trap. Merlin, overhearing, wrestles with his conscience whether to prevent regicide or, as the dragon advises, do nothing and let free all who suffer, like him, from Uther's reign of terror against magic.


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