'Merlin' To End After 5 Seasons, Spinoffs Planned

BBC's Arthurian series "Merlin"--which airs on Syfy here in the states--will go out in a magical blaze of glory this Christmas on BBC One. According to creators Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy the show has reached its natural ending and they'd rather end it on a high note than run the show into the ground. They told BBC:

We always felt the story of the legend was best told across five series, leading to a spectacular finale that draws on the best-known elements of this much-loved story and brings to a conclusion the battle for Camelot.

Deadline reports that Capps and Ryan will also leave "Merlin" production company Shine TV to start their own projects. Shine will continue to mine the "Merlin" universe for more concepts through spinoffs, though Capps and Murphy will not be involved with those. It's also unclear which, if any, of the original cast would appear in the new shows.

"Merlin" returns for its fifth and final season on January 4 at 10/9c on Syfy.

We spoke with Colin Morgan (Merlin) and Katie McGrath (Morgana) at San Diego Comic-Con about the upcoming fifth season.

[Source: Deadline/BBC]

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