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Date: 2010-04-22 03:56 am (UTC)
Oh Morgana, it probably is how she will mourn him. Or how she should.

I am really enjoying the ways in which these stories are interwovern with Nimueh as the very literal ghost of the past whom Arthur must confront but whom he cannot declare victory over as his father might have or as Merlin did. Both the parallels and the contrasts -- Nimueh's pyres and Arthur's trial by water, both of which Uther refused, seeking stone and the earth. Fascinating that, especially since the test features opposing elements of fire and ice, drought and flood, all occurring in the land that is Arthur's kingdom, and Merlin seeks a creature of fire and of the earth.

The last two scenes -- first Arthur's sanctioning of Merlin's mission with its formality and intimacy (both the words and the scene -- that they are alone together when Arthur formally entrusts his errand to him and that the formal words are not permitted a formal response -- how very fitting) and then Morgana's farewell -- are stunning.
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