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'Merlin' preview: Morgana just won't give up

Merlin and King Arthur may have foiled Morgana's scheme to keep Gwen as her evil minion in Camelot, but the sorceress isn't giving up her undeclared war against Camelot.

In "The Kindness of Strangers," debuting at 9 p.m. CT May 10 on Syfy, Morgana (Katie McGrath) is consumed by her search for the powerful warlock Emrys--who fans know is really Merlin (Colin Morgan). In order to find him, she hunts down her old wizard foe, Alator of the Catha, whom she knows has the answers she seeks.

With his life in grave danger, Merlin has to decide whether he can trust the mysterious Finna (Sorcha Cusack), who offers to help him even though she is being chased by the Knights of the Roundtable.

Gary Lewis reprises his role as Alator. The Scottish actor is best known to American audiences for his international breakthrough role as the father in Billy Elliot, and for memorable appearances in "Billy Elliott," "Gangs of New York" and "Eragon."

Lewis is another in a long line of notable actors to appear in the five seasons of "Merlin." Fans of HBO's "Game of Thrones" probably have recognized Charles Dance, Joe Dempsie, John Bradley and Liam Cunningham, as well as several actors from the "Harry Potter" movies, including Harry Melling, Mark Williams and Warwick Davis to Gemma Jones, Miriam Margolyes, Ian Peck and Andy Linden.

Other noteworthy guest stars include James Callis ("Battlestar Galactica"), Janet Montgomery ("Spies of Warsaw"), Santiago Cabrera ("Heroes"), Pauline Collins ("Shirley Valentine") and Clive Russell ("Ripper Street") have guest starred in the series' 65 episodes.

"From the start, we had a huge list of actors we knew we'd love to work with," co-creator and exec producer Johnny Capps said in a release. "And we've had the privilege now to work with many of them. The guest cast has provided some extraordinary, truly brilliant performances that have helped elevate 'Merlin' to another level."

Check back here after this week's episode to read my interview with Rupert Young, who plays Sir Leon in "Merlin."
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