The dragon breaks out, burns things. he is then stopped by merlin(of course) BUT... wait for it... he survives!!!!
that is the only surprising/worthwhile thing about this episode, well other than the mountains of slashy subtext between the Merlin and Arthur. face grasping, cry scolding, armor worrying, shirtlessness and late night heart-to-hearts<3
The finale of the second series was quite underwhelming though- Arthur was conveniently knocked out or otherwise distracted 3 separate times this episode, masterfully avoiding seeing Merlin's magic yet again. He also doesn't seem to find it odd that merlin is sobbing over a dead fellow he just met, when at least 10 knights die an episode and Merlin shrugs it off. THEN he is fooled into thinking he killed the unkillable dragon, after just failing at a quest to get the only person who could stop said dragon, and then believes the recently deceased dragon went poof!
Just how stupid are we expected to believe Arthur is?
Also Merlin's long lost father is revealed, to be someone we've never encountered or heard about and who lasts on for 15 min, just long enough to tell merlin "it's ok, you're a dragonlord too, I can be killed off now." Merlin also decides to use magic after his father is mortally wounded, because yeah- losing your father is worth keeping his secret from his father-BLUH. Now Merlin can suddenly speak dragon... I mean WTF? Dragon is defeated by talking to him, and gives the lame "don't kill me I'm the last one excuse" after randomly doing more damage than any other villain in the series.
Still, I <3 the Slash Dragon, and am happy he lives.
No morgana, no morgause, 2 seconds of an out-of-character gwen, no real change in the status quo (other than the dragon)... I was hoping for more.