Earlier last year a lot of us Merkins aka Merlin fans were saddened when it was reported that season four of the hit BBC series The Adventures Of Merlin would be cut down due to budget cuts and so forth, but now it appears that a new dawn has arrived and that word has leaked, from Sir Leon aka Rupert Young of all people, that season four of Merlin will be...wait for it.......13 FULL EPISODES !
Filming is due to start in early march but it is unknown when the rest of the cast will start filming as it apears a lot of the filming will be up in the air since Colin Morgan is in a play that has been extended and so it may hold up filming for a short while.
But otherwise......FULL THIRTEEN EPISODES FOR SEASON FOUR PEOPLE !
In other news.......
NO MORE LANCELOT IN SEASON FOUR ?
The pilot, from executive producer J.J. Abrams, will follow police officer Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) as she works with a team of FBI agents to track down a group of missing Alcatraz prisoners and guards.
Deadline reports that former Heroes star Cabrera will play Madsen's "sweet-natured" fiance Jimmy in the project.
The actor previously starred as super-powered artist Isaac Mendez on the NBC series from 2006 to 2007 and also plays the recurring role of Lancelot on BBC fantasy drama Merlin.
He will join the previously-cast Sam Neill, Jorge Garcia, Jonny Coyne, Parminder Nagra and Jason Butler Harner in Alcatraz.
Source - http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/ustv/s1/heroes/news/a298873/heroes-star-joins-foxs-alcatraz.html
Source - http://emslj.tumblr.com/post/3394619984/rupert-young-in-company-i-saw-it-tonight-and-it
Source - http://community.livejournal.com/ontd_merlin/224914.html
Not sure how I feel about the fourth season being the full thirteen as I had hoped with the restriction of having ten that the writers would be forced to cut out the filler episodes and concentrate more on the plots they have and use them more, like Merlin being Emrys and possibly immortal as the name implies and perhaps even show Gwen being concerned that Arthur is a lot more like his father than she previously thought. I mean, he held a sword to a kid's throat and he still looks down on a lot of common people when he is not around her and trying to impress her, so her influence on him only goes so far.
As for Lancelot well.....if worse comes to worse they can always recast but I am hoping he can fit in a couple of appearances in season four if only to flesh out the Gwen and Lancelot bond and maybe even have him slip to someone that Merlin is magic, maybe to Gawain ?
Thanks for your time :)