Merlin to Conclude After Season 5

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Merlin will soon hang up its cape.

The popular BBC drama - based on the iconic title character and a young King Arthur - will conclude after its upcoming fifth season, the network announced this morning.

"This is the series where the storylines truly reach their apex," said producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy in a statement. "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."

Added Capps and Murphy:

"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."

Merlin Season 5 (previewed above) will kick off in the States on Friday, January 4 at 10 p.m. EST on Syfy.

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