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Here's Everything We Know About Merlin On "Once Upon A Time"

We chatted with Elliot Knight about magic, Storybrooke, and a possible Hook bromance.

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By now you've heard that there's a new character on Once Upon A Time named Merlin.

He's quickly become a fan favorite.

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And last night we all saw him get his heart broken by his true love, Nimue, who gave into darkness and became the first Dark One.

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We chatted with Elliot Knight, the actor who plays Merlin, about what we can expect from the immortal sorcerer this season.

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Isaac Sterling Photography

Merlin's definitely a hero. For now.

"I consider everyone a hero, to be honest. Especially in this show, you have so many different characters, everyone has their own drive. What is good and evil? The show makes us think about it. Is anyone all good or all evil? What makes you who you are is your choices. I consider Merlin a hero, however, it depends on the telling. It's never simple. Look at King Arthur."
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"I consider everyone a hero, to be honest. Especially in this show, you have so many different characters, everyone has their own drive. What is good and evil? The show makes us think about it. Is anyone all good or all evil? What makes you who you are is your choices. I consider Merlin a hero, however, it depends on the telling. It's never simple. Look at King Arthur."

Now that we know Merlin also lost his one true love to the powers of the Dark One, we might get that bromance with Hook we've been dreaming of.

"There's definitely is a link between Hook and Merlin that will be explored a little further. I can't say when, but there is something there to explore. Maybe we'll have some pirate adventures."
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"There's definitely is a link between Hook and Merlin that will be explored a little further. I can't say when, but there is something there to explore. Maybe we'll have some pirate adventures."

And we're definitely going to see more of his relationship with Emma.

"You're going to see so much more. Like, you don't even know."
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"You're going to see so much more. Like, you don't even know."

But we haven't seen the last of Nimue. She'll be back.

"There's definitely more to come of her. I don't know what they're going to include of what was filmed, but I know that there is definitely more to her path."
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"There's definitely more to come of her. I don't know what they're going to include of what was filmed, but I know that there is definitely more to her path."

So far we've only seen Merlin in flashbacks, but we might see Merlin in present-day Storybrooke.

"I wouldn't say that Merlin is necessary roped to time and space in the same way other characters might be."
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"I wouldn't say that Merlin is necessary roped to time and space in the same way other characters might be."

Knight's had no problem diving into the magic of Once Upon a Time.

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"I was the kid who was sat in his room, trying to move objects across the room with my eyes or my mind. I used to watch Charmed and The Secret World of Alex Mack — she was the best. I so enjoy that kind of work, it's an example of the most engaged you have to be with your imagination."

Though he is really surprised everyone thinks he's so hot.

"I never expected the reaction I got, I guess I just don't think of myself that way. It wasn't my focus at all. Everyone's been so great, and the fandom is so huge and passionate and dedicated. It really is great to feel so supported. I'm really glad people like the character, it's a huge bonus."
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"I never expected the reaction I got, I guess I just don't think of myself that way. It wasn't my focus at all. Everyone's been so great, and the fandom is so huge and passionate and dedicated. It really is great to feel so supported. I'm really glad people like the character, it's a huge bonus."

And his all-time favorite Merlin? Sam Neill in 1998's Merlin, the TV mini-series.

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NBC

"That's the one I grew up watching, that was pretty much my first encounter with Merlin. I watched it so many times with my mum growing up, and my sister watched it growing up as well."

Basically, we have a lot to look forward to. And if they kill off Merlin, we riot.

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