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Has ‘Merlin’s’ Uther Lost His Marbles?

Anthony Stewart Head says there are consequences in Season 4


A lot has happened to King Uther over the past three seasons of “Merlin.” And by the time Season 4 rolls around on Syfy, the magic-phobic king will see what kind of toll it takes on him.

And having his daughter, Morgana, threaten Camelot with powerful magic really isn’t helping things.

“Uther is a broken Man,” Head said in a recent interview. “Everything that he basically believed in and held as reality has shifted. I’d say he’s not playing with a full set of marbles.”

There have been a number of deaths in “Merlin” so far, but Head is used to it. He played Rupert Giles through several seasons of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” where creator Joss Whedon liked to unexpectedly send even major characters to the grave.

“It’s a bit like ‘Buffy,'” Head said. “Basically, in a fantasy story, nothing is reality and everything is reality, and audiences will find this is especially true in Season 4. The boundaries of what is and what isn’t are going to shift.”

Some of that may be explored in the upcoming season arc, which Head described as “really thorough.”

“It will have repercussions throughout the season,” he said.

And Uther will experience some of those consequences when he meets up with Morgana, played by Katie McGrath, once again.

“Uther is very old school, very old fashioned, and no one’s ever stood up to him until Morgana,” Head said. “And basically, he’s now reaping what he sowed.”

Season 4 of “Merlin” airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy.

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