So if you've been with me in fandom for any amount of time, you'll probably know I love Gwen and Morgana the hardest, solo and as a ship. That will always be true.
But with s3 I began to realise -- especially while doing a regular podcast with kepp0xy
-- the show wasn't going to be the story I wanted. The things I was invested in were not what the show wanted to focus on. My favourite things were not gonna happen. All the thoughts I put into the show were only ever a footnote in canon. Ongoing characterisation and clean narratives occurred only by circumstance, and rarely together.
So I'm absolutely watching s4; it's piles
of entertainment. And, y'know, Doctor Who
's not in my life. But I'm mostly watching it because I think they're finally hitting their stride with what they do well: the relationship between the boys -- pretty much all the boys on set -- but particularly Merlin and Arthur. And their mix of melodrama and crack. And doing epic moments with pretty people in pretty lighting. These are storylines I trust them to see through to a satisfying end.
And if they happen to do something belatedly good with Gwen (suggestions of the peasant queen!) or Morgana (hint of feelings!), I consider it a bonus; a really pleasant surprise. But I don't hold my breath.
And I guess that's more or less what my feelings to this show are: I've long stopped holding my breath.