merlin canceled ending 'Merlin' canceled after Series 5: Watch the final season on SyFy in JanuaryThe UK’s family-friendly fantasy drama “Merlin,” about the legendary wizard and a young King Arthur, will end after the fifth season. BBC One has confirmed that Series 5 will bring the show to a “natural and dramatic end” with a two-part finale set to air in the UK at Christmas.

For American viewers, the fifth season premieres Friday, Jan. 4 at 10 p.m. EST on SyFy. According to a press release, the decision to conclude the series was made by co-creators and executive producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, not by the network.

In a statement, Capps and Murphy write, “This is the series where the storylines truly reach their apex. 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.”

They continue, “We’d like to thank the amazing cast and crew for their
professionalism and dedication, the BBC, FME and all of our partners
globally for their incredible support and encouragement across the last
five series. But chiefly, our thanks go to Merlin’s remarkable and loyal audience
around the world for their enthusiasm for the characters and Camelot
universe.”

Programmers at BBC One add, “Merlin’s mix of magic, adventure and humour quickly became a hit with
BBC One audiences and has continued to thrill families over the last
five years on Saturday nights. I admire the creators’ decision to end
Merlin on a high, but also know that we will miss it in the BBC One
schedule.”

Statements from the cast can be found below.

Colin Morgan (Merlin): “From the beginning this was always going
to be a five year journey that we embarked on and I think the show has
run its natural course. The show has grown and grown each year and now
we’ve arrived at its strongest point and we’ve achieved what we set out
to do… I know this is the end, and I know this is goodbye, but thank you
for being there on the journey with us because it has been a lot of
fun!”

Bradley James (King Arthur): “The Merlin years have provided me
with fond memories, great experiences and beloved friends and all the
while we were supported by a devoted fan base who made the show a
unique, surreal and special experience. My words won’t do justice to the
honour of being King Arthur so I shall just say that it has been an
exceptional one and that knowing the show has been a part of so many
people’s lives, has been humbling.”

Katie McGrath (Morgana): “I have always said the success of the
show has stemmed from our audience being able to relate to the
characters on different levels – being based on the universally loved
Arthurian legend is only a tiny part of its success – it’s a story about
acceptance and growing up. The breathtaking finale of this series
leaves you with no doubt that characters have been on their journeys and
had their stories told – it’s completely the right time to draw our
telling of the story to a close.”

Angel Coulby (Guinevere): “It has been a very special and
memorable five years making Merlin. I feel extremely proud to have been
part of such a brilliant show and such a great team. I think we’ve told
the story we set out to tell, which ends with the fantastic two-part
finale by the way! I believe the key to any successful show is making
sure you leave people wanting more!”

Richard Wilson (Gaius): “Firstly, I would like to say that I’m
extremely sad that Merlin has come to an end. Speaking as Gaius, I feel I
have mentored the young wizard as far as I can – he is much smarter and
greater than me now and I am simply exhausted!”