The Merlin Premiere
But to jail Merlin goes. The guards toss him in a cell, and that night Lady Helen arrives on horseback with her retinue. She strolls into the king's throne room, which isn't even lit, even though it's night time, and the two greet each other in the darkness. Morgana is there, as is the girl with the sheet.
Merlin wakes up in jail, hearing the voice calling his name louder than ever. It's totally John Hurt, which means it's the Great Dragon. He puts his ear to the floor, as if it's coming from there, and Gaius walks into his cell and calls him a moron for not keeping his head down. He managed to get Merlin freed, on one condition, and we cut to Merlin in the stocks, with rotten vegetables being thrown at him by children. Gaius walks by and laughs, and the girl with the sheet form earlier comes over to say hello. She's Guinevere, or "Gwen," and she's Morgana's maid. She says what he did was very brave, but that he couldn't have beat Arthur, since he's not muscular, Merlin thanks her for that one, and she tries to make it sound like less of an insult before running off, as the kids have brought more vegetables.
At the table, Gaius asks Merlin about his powers, which seem instinctual. Merlin asks him if he ever studied magic, and Gaius dodges the question by saying that Uthur banned it 20 years ago, because it was being used for the wrong reasons. He also revealed that Uthur didn't kill all the dragons, he kept one as an example, imprisoned in a cave beneath the castle. He then asks Merlin to bring Lady Helen an elixir for her voice. At Lady Helen's chamber, Merlin finds a straw voodoo doll and a book of spells. He hides what he was doing just as she comes back and gives her the elixir. We get a flash of Old Lady Collins in a mirror, and Merlin leaves.
During the commercials, we get to see a scene from Harry Potter: The Half-Blood Prince. I'm sorry, I just don't see the connection here. Zero crossover. Just kidding, the scene has young Voldemort explaining that he can move things with his mind, and it was clearly chosen for its connection to this show. Good, because more people need to see Harry Potter.