Get unlimited digital access. Try it today for only $0.99.

Once Upon a Time (tv program)

'Once Upon a Time': Elliot Knight's 'youthful' and 'less intense' Merlin made waves

There was Camelot and King Arthur, and the return of Mulan and Ruby (Little Red Riding Hood for those not in the know), but in this first half of the fifth season of "Once Upon a Time," the only character to give Merida a run for her money as most anticipated would be Merlin.

From the moment he was first mentioned by the Sorcerer's Apprentice, Oncers were looking forward to meeting the wise sage and the all-powerful creator of Excalibur. He was all of that and a bit more as "Once" creators Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis pulled a casting coup with Elliot Knight.

Knight's Merlin was black, had no long white beard or pointy hat, gained his powers through...