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*Part one of a two-part story*

The epic fifth series of Merlin returns to a Camelot basking in the halcyon days of a new Golden Age. Three years on from the end of series four, Arthur has never felt stronger, with Queen Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table at his side.

But even as Camelot flowers, so the dark seeds of her destruction are being sown. For in the frozen wastelands of the North, Sir Gwaine and his men are disappearing without trace.

Rumours abound that Morgana is occupying the Fortress of Ismere, so King Arthur and his Knights must undertake a dangerous mission to the unknown. On the way, Merlin meets a dying druid who warns him Arthur’s in danger and he must change the King’s fate. Then Merlin is shown a vision of Arthur in battle and he warns his king not to go, but he wants to save his men.

Morgana leads her soldiers into the woods, where both sides do battle and Arthur is wounded.