"Though no man, no matter how great, can know his destiny, some lives have been foretold, Merlin. Arthur is not just a king. He is the Once and Future King. Take heart, for when Albion's need is greatest, Arthur will rise again."
-Khilgarrah (Merlin 5x13)
“You’re not going to say goodbye,” Merlin told him. “No, no,” Arthur replied. And neither of them ever did.
-Merlin Finale Review: The Love Story of Merlin and Arthur (Selina Wilken, Hypable 2012)
Merlin finale was so incredibly different from what I expected, but... I wouldn't have it any other way.
Drawing Process: [link]
So I really struggled for a long time with this one. I really wanted to make some kind of a tribute to Merlin ending, but whatever I started just never seemed good enough (mainly because I was a mess after 5x13, still not quite over it tbh, so this was basically me pouring my feels into art), and I kept bouncing back and forth between a bazillion ideas before finally settling on this one (been a while since I posted something this complex, huh.)
Though for now, they have been forced to part ways, the story of King Arthur and his loyal warlock Merlin is a timeless legend.
Destiny works in mysterious ways.
Tumblr post: [link]