Interviewer: So Bradley, after playing a knight for so many years, have you ever invoked your knightly chivalry off set?
Katie: He held the door open for me once. That was nice.
Bradley: Um, I would say I was an incredible chivalrous man anyway, so that’s why I was given the part [all laugh] - due to my natural level of chivalrous-ness. It’s widely known actually. Throughout the lands.
Interviewer: So it’s just been announced that season 5 is the final season. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, admit it, how long have you known?
Katie: I think we’ve always known, to be honest. The producers were always pretty clear that they had a five-year plan for the story for all our characters and they had written the stories for those characters based on us doing those five years. So we were always kind of aware that we would do that. We weren’t sure we would get those five years, so we were very grateful we’d be able to see it through to the end.
Bradley: We’ve had time to marinade on the thought of it finishing, so its something that we’ve been expecting
What will you miss most about Merlin?
Bradley: THE PEOPLE! The people we work with. We had a great crew and a we had a lot of fun people in the cast and that will be, well, it will be a pleasure to miss them because we have such fond memories of so many people who made it such a fun experience.
Anyone in particular?
Bradley: Uh, no - I think that’s the great thing about it. We have that many people within the crew who [were] a joy to spend time with. As a note to the cast, I think one of the joys that made it possible to do the show and keep the enthusiasm is that each day you’d come to work and you’d be working with some really fun people. I count myself very lucky that I was cast with the people I was cast with, so that is what we’ll miss.
Interviewer: What has it been like for all of you about the fan reaction the series has gotten
Katie: I have yet to have a negative experience with the fans. So I feel very lucky that we have such funny and creative fans. Fans from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, countries and walks of life. It’s amazing when you go out to meet them in large groups and you can see how far Merlin has spread and how many different people’s lives Merlin has touched.Bradley used the word earlier that It’s humbling that this little show that you made about magic has touched so many people’s lives.
Interviewer: So you’ve been doing this for days. Is there any completely obscure or random question you had a prepared answer for that no one has asked?
Katie: Well now see this is good because this means you’ve asked the perfect question for each of us without actually asking us the question - that’s very smart. We’ve been doing these interviews for, at least what, 7-8 hours today? So there aren’t a lot of questions that haven’t been asked.
Bradley: I’d say that all the questions so far today that have surprised us have been the ones we have enjoyed answering. But then - it’s difficult for you guys because you’re up against all these people today - how on earth are you supposed to come up with an original question? It’s a tough task! That - in itself -
Katie: Is a pretty good question!
Bradley: Is a relatively original question! Congratulations! [laughs]