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So the television series 'Merlin' has just ended. No, I didn't see the finale, and I really don't want to see it. I know how it ends, I knew from the very first episode how it would all end. However, I can't come up with an answer for what this story was truly about, and what was it all for, now that we have come to the end of this series. It's a question that I ask of most prequel series or reboots., and I seldom ever get a good answer. The series gave us fresh faces, and a new love for the long standing mythological figures. However, why did it have to end this way? The series already changed so much from the original canon. So why does Morgana have to be the villain, and why can't Mordred can't be redeemed?

I came to this fandom, for the slash, but I stayed because of Morgana and Gwen. The potential of these two characters were wonderful. Awesome female characters in a time where women were no more than broodmares; and was supposed to be weak and demure. And I already had a love for the character Morgana thanks to 'Mists Of Avalon', but Katie McGrath's portrayal basically made me love her even more. And at the time I started watching this show, I knew Morgana would be the final big bad, and I knew that there was going to be a Gwen/Arthur/Lancelot triangle However, season 1 Gwen give me an indication that the writers were going to do more with her role. It seems to me that in the end, Gwen was reduced to just a romantic interest, that all of her strengths as a character, all of her potential to rise above her original canon role ended up being  just the same old thing wrapped in a new actress. It's a damn shame, and a waste.  In my opinion ,Angel Coulby had the acting chops to play more than the canned romantic interest.  Her character could have been expanded further, but the writers dropped the ball, and never got it back. It just seems so useless in the end. Canon gives you an impression that things can change, but it never does. It just an endless cycle.

I went through this before with the series 'Smallville'. I thought maybe something can change, someone would have the courage to take Lex off the path of being a villain. In the end it just seemed like a waste. Waste of my time, of my investment in the characters.  And all I could do in the very end was just turn off my television, and walk away. And sadly, I ended up doing the same thing with the series Merlin. I just couldn't watch a character that canon contrived me to love turn into an villain. It just makes me angry, and it makes me feel useless. It's one of the reasons that I probably will never do a show like Merlin or Smallville again. No matter what the fandom trend is, or who's writing for it. I just can't do it anymore. Count me out next time

ETA.: I also want to acknowledge that I see a new trend in fanfiction for this fandom portraying Morgana or Gwen as the bad guy. And I know Morgana was the big bad, but I'm living firmly in denial (season 1 is my happy place). I'm totally happy with living in denial. And If I see a hint of that villain!Morgana or villain!Gwen in a story. I'm going to just not read it. Sorry, but this seems to be my red line, and I'm sticking to it.  .
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