my god almighty.
the complete lack of subtext was just...
it was like they filmed a fanfic, from start to finish. up to and including the convenient lack of gwen.
i mean... i mean...
IT WAS DELIGHTFUL THOUGH. SUPER SUPER DELIGHTFUL. if they make a cartoon of the hooray adventures of arthur and merlin, voiced by bradley james and colin morgan, narrated by john hurt, then I hope every episode is like this one was. SHENANIGANS, YOU ARE WHY I WATCH THIS SHOW. THANK YOU FOR BEING IN THIS EPISODE.
so. many. shenanigans!
but there should have been some gwen. "No Arthur, you're king now. You can't go galloping off like this! Leave it to Leon, he's amazing, you trust him, don't you? You have to bring reassurance to the people now, not hunt down thieves." *arthur makes broody face* "Guinevere, I have to go. If I cannot find a simple thief, how am I to show my people I am capable of ruling? Oh! I am so tortured! I miss my daddy!" *gwen makes her boobs look really good, brings one hand up to softly touch arthur on the jaw* "I understand, but please. Be careful, not just for me, but for the kingdom."
END SCENE, PROCEED TO THE REST OF THE SHENANIGANS.