Camelot must have got over the knight shortage they had last year during the Lancelot episode, because lately they seem to be dropping like flies but there's still a steady supply.
They were dropping dead in their dozens this week and nobody seemed particularly fussed to be honest. I also couldn't get too fussed about this episode, despite it finally kicking off Fierce!Morgana's transformation into the eventual big bad. As the female leads have been sidelined a bit this year, it kinda came out of nowhere (apart from Morgana's not giving a shit about Arthur's probable death last week, but let's not go there again.) The idea of having her corrupted by a charismatic druid is a good way of starting off her transformation (it's goood to have a druid that isn't entirely a fluffy hippie good guy for a change, and I could easily believe that Joseph Mawle's Alvarr didn't just mean to depose Uther but replace him) but the execution of it didn't quite work. Also what the hell's going on by the end, could Morgana have incriminated herself any more? Apart from the showdown with Uther, did she not notice that two of the guards she drugged survived? But neither of them will think to mention her visit. Sloppy.
Ultimately I think my problem with the episode was that it was too, well, episodic. Yes, they managed to fit a lot of story into 45 minutes but it never really gelled for me and both times I watched it I kept finding my attention wandering. After a really good episode a couple of weeks ago Merlin
's having a bit of a duff patch, let's hope the two final episodes make up for that (and I hope they haven't forgotten Colin Morgan promising development in regard to Arthur finding out about Merlin's abilities this series; I think the biggest problem this year has been the writers putting this off and as a result their relationship has stalled in a holding pattern.)