The BBC have opted not to continue their family fantasy series "Merlin".
The show, following a young King Arthur (Bradley James) and his put-upon wizard servant Merlin (Colin Morgan), is currently two-thirds of the way through airing its fifth and now final season. The show pulls in almost seven million viewers each week in the UK alone.
The news isn't a major surprise as the decision was apparently made a while back by co-creators Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy who say the story will reportedly come to a "natural and dramatic end" with the two-part finale on December 29th.
Murphy says this current season "is where the storylines truly reach their apex. 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."
The pair have no plans to let the potential franchise die, and are presently considering the options of both a spin-off series and/or feature-length films.
Capps says: "We're hopefully going to do a trilogy – three movies. We will focus on them when we finish season five. One idea we've been playing around with is to reboot the whole series [for the films]. We would go back in time and start the story again and show different parts that you didn't see in the series. The other idea is to do a continuation, but we haven't decided yet."
Source: The Telegraph