Episode 14: Character Study: Mordred

cover art in which Merlin wears a headset with microphone and holds up a finger to his lips as if to tell you to be quiet

In today’s episode, MissSnowFox and momo, along with a returning guest,  take a closer look at the show’s problematic fave, Mordred, and how his character developed over the seasons. The legendary Mordred is introduced as well, and of course we also take a look at fanworks.

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News:

COiNELOT 6 months reminder
After Camlann Big Bang sign ups
Merlin writers’ & artists’ telephone game
Camelot Drabble
Merlin Stills

Resources

Merlin Finders
Archaeologist_D’s comment on Episode 8
tumblr post on Finna and Merlin in Kindness of Strangers
Queen Esther
TV Tropes
Trope: Women in Refrigerators
#MordredDidNothingWrong2k17 on Momo’s tumblr

Statistics

AO3 stats on 24 Mar, 2018:

  • 1,404 works tagged with “Mordred (Merlin)”

Top 5 pairings:

  • Merlin/Mordred – 265 works
  • Mordred/Morgana – 55 works
  • Merlin/Mordred/Arthur – 55 works
  • Mordred/Arthur – 43 works
  • Kara/Mordred – 33 works

Further combinations*

  • 22 Mordred/Percival
  • 16 Gwaine/Mordred
  • 9 Leon/Mordred
  • 6 Freya/Mordred
  • 5 Merlin/Mordred/Morgana
  • 4 Mordred/Will
  • 3 Gwen/Mordred
  • 2 Elyan/Mordred
  • 2 Gwen/Mprdred/Morgana
  • 2 Leon/Mordred/Percival
  • 2 Mordred/Nimueh
  • 2 Mordred/Morgause

*Disclaimer: Momo didn’t check all the combinations of Gwen with every single minor character.

Recs & Mentioned Fanworks

Arcane Asylum by new_kate, Podfic by sophinisba
Arthur & Mordred | S h a t t e r e d. by Noraintherain_
Arthur & Mordred | Death [Reupload] by Nayuki911
Defenders of the Realm by lamardeuse, Podfic by FayJay
Mr Emrys and the Prat / Mr Emrys and the Brat, written & read by beccaleelee
Snap Point by raspberry_pop, Podfic by EosRose
Last Night by aconite

6 thoughts on “Episode 14: Character Study: Mordred

  1. Thanks for that. I always love hearing what you have to say about the characters.
    I found Mordred an interesting character but I pretty much blame Merlin for season 5. Merlin was way too focused on Arthur and not on magic or magic users. He should have been a force for good and instead he was a force for keeping Arthur alive and screwed that up. I think if Merlin had only tried to befriend Mordred instead of being so hateful to him, things *might* have ended differently. But then maybe not. I blame the writers in either case!

    I will say that I tried to find Mr Emrys and the Prat and could only find the audio. I think the author took down the written story. 🙁

  2. I have no insightful comments to add, but I’m definitely part of the “Mordred is a cute kitten and should be protected at all costs” group. And Merlin/Arthur/Mordred is my OT3. 🙂

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