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So I'm guessing that people will have seen the 2 separate teaser/hint posts at DigitalSpy and Cultfix for Merlin 510 'Kindness of Strangers'.  I haven't found a Merlin-related LJ to comment on these yet, so I'm setting this up here, to put my guesses (FWIW), and for anyone else who wants to take a pot shot before the show airs on Saturday. I don't see these as spoilers per se (though some of the CultFix ones are close), but just in case, they're below the cut.

[Here we go...]From DIgital Spy

1.  "The great battle nears - the fate of Camelot rests in the balance..."
Kilgarrah to Merlin?  Merlin to Gaius?  Enough with the teasing please, we know it's going to happen sometime in the next 180 minutes.

2.  Two male characters share an emotional embrace.
Merlin & Gaius?  Merlin & Arthur?  

3.  "Merlin... what do you think you're doing in the royal chambers?!"
Arthur to Merlin.

4.  Sins of the past come back to haunt Gaius (Richard Wilson).
In the shape of Finna (Sorcha Cusack)...??

5.  "He is your destiny, Morgana, and he is your doom."
Finna or Alator to Morgana.

6.  A disagreement between friends could lead to tragedy and death.
Given what CultFix says below, I think this has to be Gaius & Merlin.

7.  "It's not your body I'm interested in."
Morgana to....Alator?  

8.  We get our strongest hints yet that not everyone will emerge from the coming battle unscathed...
But I thought the Rose-Tinted Glasses were guaranteed to work?!  I want my money back!  Seriously, did anyone really think there were going to be NO casualties by the end of Camlann??

9.  "When you've spent a lifetime running, you know all the places to hide."
Alator.  Or Finna.  Or Morgana's hench-man of the week?

10. Make sure you watch right 'til the end - 'Kindness' wraps with a stonking cliffhanger!
Can I tempt fate by saying......Magic Reveal???

From CultFix

1.  It's a Merlin-centric episode, a dark one at that.
But apparently still with a heavy dose of Arwen over-compensation, we're led to believe. I have my fingers crossed for some serious Merlin-angst that's in keeping with moving the story along with as little dumbing down / avoidance mechanisms as possible - can they possibly waste any more of the remaining 180 minutes on things that don't move us swiftly onwards?  Don't answer that, it's a rhetorical question :-(

2.  "Why would she attack her own? It makes no sense."
Merlin talking about Morgana attacking Alator...perhaps.

3.  Gaius and Merlin are placed at odds with each other.
See DigitalSpy item 6 above.

4.  "I thought Morgana was the only High Priestess left?"
Merlin (to Gaius?) about Finna.

5.  There's a literal falling on the sword.
Uh oh!  Not M or A, I feel (though given item 11 below...it could possibly be Merlin, at a stretch).  Perhaps more likely one of the Knights?  Or Alator, to protect Merlin('s identity).

6.  "Do not fear, ******.  I have ***** *****.  Our ****** ******* continues."
Count those little asterisks, folks. They're not all the same number.  I'm trusting CultFix to have done this for a reason.  6 stars in the first.  Possibly a name.  Could be Merlin or Arthur. (Or Gwaine...or Alator, but I'm sticking with one of the first two).  5 stars each for the next two words.  Bit more tricky.  Then 6 and 7 stars respectively for the last two words.  I dunno.  Will have to sleep on this overnight and see what inspiration attacks.

7.  Merlin is given something of major importance.
A satisfying magic reveal???  Sorry, one track mind.  

8.  "I acted like a foolish old man."
Gaius to ...Merlin? ...Finna? ...Arthur?

9.  Morgana is more ruthless than ever.
Is this actually possible?  Forget I said that, of course it's possible.  We know she's going to torture Alator, and that's no more ruthless than what she already had him do to Gaius.  So something else...something worse.  If she finds out that Merlin is Emrys in this episode, what's an easy way to get him to come to her, so she can have her nefarious way with him?  Grab his totally unprotected Mum....aaaannnddd see item 14 below.

10. "What will I do without you...?"
Merlin to Gaius? 
Merlin to Hunith? (see 14).

11. Merlin ends up in a very bad way.
Double uh-oh!  Given DigitalSpy item 10 above (stonking cliffhanger)....I'm a wobbly mess thinking about what this could mean.

12. A Camelot Knight loses his identity in the worst possible way.
Mordred hasn't been playing the long game at all - Morgana sucks his brain and turns him (back) to the Dark Side.  Because we've all grown to love Mordred so much in the limited time he's been with us this season, and the wonderful guys at Shine know that we can't possibly want a truly evil!Mordred stabbing Arthur, it has to be some outside influence....like a charmed bracelet...or a room full of mandrake.

13. "No matter what you do, you cannot break me."
See above - Mordred to Morgana, before he goes all Darth Vader.
Or...Alator to Morgana.  Or pretty much anyone Morgana gets her hands on this week...including Merlin?

14. The Great Dragon has some sad news for Merlin.
I think the use of the word 'sad' is interesting.  'Bad' might imply something that's screwed up Merlin's plans.  'Devestating' might imply some gut-wrenching level of impact for Merlin - like a dead Arthur.  So I'm going to interpret 'sad' as meaning something that will hit Merlin emotionally, but not significantly change his actions.  So Gaius dies?  Or....Hunith dies.  I know, I've not seen her in the guest list for the episode, but I wouldn't put it past Shine to keep that under wraps, to add to the surprise.

15. "Guard it carefully, it will help you in the dark days to come."
Finna / Kilgarrah / Alator (in descending order of likelihood)....to Merlin.

I'll probably edit this with more thoughts tomorrow, but given that it's past midnight here, my brain is crying out for sleep.  Please feel free to agree / disagree on any of what I've speculated - drop your ideas below.


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6th Dec, 2012 18:59 (UTC)
Dropping in with some thoughts. Pretty much agree with all your speculation though.

Make sure you watch right 'til the end - 'Kindness' wraps with a stonking cliffhanger!

Last time they said this, it was the bizarre Aithusa saves Morgana out of nowhere twist. :/

They've denied the magical reveal so many times that I'm going to be a big pessimist and say nope. I hope you're right though. The reveal deserves at least a few episodes devoted to it, if not a whole season (never going to happen now :( ), to deal with the fall out.

It's a Merlin-centric episode

Too much of a rarity in a show named "Merlin".

Maybe unrelated to the next episode, but *possible spoilers* I've been seeing a Gwen with baby pic all over tumblr. Is this wishful Arwen manips or a legit picture? I'm fearing a Arthur dies leaving Gwen ruler of Camelot with Arthur Jr. as the hope for the future ending now.... D:
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