By Grady Smith
Updated January 04, 2013 at 05:50 PM EST

The fifth — and final — season of breakout U.K. import Merlin premieres tonight at 10 p.m. on Syfy, and we’ve got the first five minutes of the premiere for you exclusively right here!

In the opening scenes of the new season, which jumps three years into the future from the fourth season finale, King Arthur (Bradley James) is addressing his knights around the Round Table about the disappearance of Sir Gwaine (Eoin Macken), while Queen Guinevere (Angel Coulby) — yep, she’s a queen now — and his faithful servant Merlin (Colin Morgan) look on.

Meanwhile, Morgana (Katie McGrath), is plotting how she might take over Camelot once again (of course), and she’s got an entire army trying to locate the key that will unlock the secret to destroying Arthur. Arthur’s Bane is the title of the action-packed, two-part episode.

Check it out below, and stay tuned to for a chat with Bradley James about the final season of the show coming soon.

Are you ready for the return of Merlin? Will you be tuning in tonight?

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