bitches say they’re fine then wait for arthur pendragon to rise again
Merlin: *sees Arthur staring off into the distance* What’s on your mind?
Arthur: If being hot were a crime, I’d be serving a life sentence
Merlin: A life sentence? For a crime you didn’t even commit?
This is the line that breaks my heart.
He foreshadowed his own mistakes.
As much as he tried to convince himself that Mordred was just a boy at the time, or that Morgana could not be evil, he inevitably made the destiny come true. Every single choices he made helped Mordred and Morgana to fullfill the prophecy.
And even the acts made from love and purehearted, such as bringing Aithusa to the world, he gave Mordred and Morgana the ultimate sword, forged in a Dragon breath, which would sealed Arthur’s fate.
So he did, in fact, gave them a hand.
Merlin: Sorry it took me so long to bail you out
Gwaine: No no no, it’s my fault. I shouldn’t have used my one phone call to prank-call the police
Merlin: GAIUS YOU NEED TO HELP ME, I SCREWED UP
Gaius: Given your daily life choices, you’re going to need to be more specific
— Arthur and Merlin
M/A Parallels: 1x01/1x13/2x01/3x01/4x02/5x13
#i think i mentioned something about merlin’s reason to save arthur changing over time #like first he did it because of his destiny and then because arthur was a good man #but in s3 you can see there’s something else #and in s4 he was ready to do anything to ensure arthur’s well being #that scene in 5x13 tho #arthur knows why merlin protected him (before he had magic) but with the reveal he isn’t sure if merlin is the merlin he knew #which is why he is surprised that merlin wasn’t faking being clumsy or ‘an idiot’ #and when merlin says he didn’t save arthur for credit #and just /looks/ at arthur like ‘you know why i do it clotpole’ #arthur just #there’s something gentle and vulnerable in the way he looks at merlin after he says that #idk if it was intentional but 5x13 was a declaration of love #merlin made sure to tell arthur he loved him in every convo #and when arthur wasn’t left speechless he did his best to tell merlin those feelings were mutual
Merlin: Sorry I’m late!
Arthur: What happened?
Merlin: Nothing, I just didn’t want to come
Merlin is like… 99% of Arthur’s impulse control.
Arthur’s impulses include:
joking with Merlin
flirting with Merlin
hitting Merlin as a form of lovely affection
talking with Merlin
waking up to stare into Merlin’s face
heading into unreasonable danger with Merlin
imagining a future life outside of Camelot with Merlin
….. the list goes on
the last 1% of impulse control are shared by Gwen and Uther, so Arthur doesn’t spend 24/7, hours trying to snog the hell outa Merlin
Arthur: *sees Merlin cutting some bread with his car keys* Do you take constructive criticism?
Merlin: I only take cash or credit
M/A Parallels: 2x08/4x02
#THIS PARALLEL IS SO IMPORTANT #he gave his mother’s sigil to merlin /his servant/ #i know arthur doesn’t see him that way #and that’s exactly it #he trusts merlin with one of his most precious possessions #and merlin knows that #and the best part is that arthur gave it to him because he could die #and he didn’t want- oh god HE WANTED MERLIN TO HAVE SOMETHING TO REMEMBER HIM BY #SOMETHING MEANINGFUL AND IMPORTANT
Arthur: I don’t do “love.” Love is for the weak-hearted
Gwaine: It’s so weird that we call our loved ones things that we eat
Gwaine: Sugar, honey, pumpkin, sweet pea…