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'Merlin' preview: Hard day for Knights

By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol

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2:44 PM CST, January 30, 2013

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The Knights of the Round Table have been an important part of "Merlin" from early in the show's five-season run. They're key to the action in the next episode, too.

In "The Disir" airing Friday, Sir Leon (Rupert Young), Sir Gwaine (Eoin Macken), Sir Percival (Tom Hopper) and Sir Elyan (Adetomiwa Edun) and knight-in-training Mordred (Alexander Vlahos) accompany King Arthur (Bradley James) and Merlin (Colin Morgan) on a mission to learn who has cast a dark judgment against Camelot's king.

When they discover it was three ancient soothsayers known as The Disir (played by Frances Tomelty, Sian Thomas, Helen Schlesinger), an arrogant Arthur refuses to take their words seriously and their fury rains down on Camelot and Arthur. With his destiny in jeopardy, Arthur is given one chance to appease them, but is the sacrifice to great for him to make?

According to James, one of the joys of working on "Merlin" has been the camaraderie he's found with Morgan and the actors playing the knights.

"Hanging out with the lads has been such a blessing--they're a great bunch of guys who are all so very different from each other that we've banded together brilliantly," James said in a release. "As far as the knights went, everybody brings his own individual style to it, no two are the same. Each brings something different to the table in a weird and wonderful way.

"Rupert is the quickest witted, Owen is the most ridiculous, Adetomiwa is a misunderstood scholar, and Tom is hilarious because he has a vulnerable side that he's not afraid of in any way, and he gets himself into certain situations that are priceless because of that vulnerability. If you want a joke, though, head in Rupert's direction."

Morgan, too, gets in on the off-screen antics.

"We've had such a great time being together," James said. "There's always a lot of laughter, making up songs, playing practical jokes, all of that just spontaneously happens when you spend a lot of time together."

"The Disir" debuts at 9 p.m. CT Feb. 1 on Syfy.

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