Merlin on Self-Fulfilling Prophesy and Destiny (Knightriders, 1981)

In this scene from George Romero’s messy, mystical, countercultural take on the Arthurian mythos, Merlin (Brother Blue) councils King Billy (Ed Harris) on the tensions between notions of destiny and self-fulfilling prophecy. The clip includes some shots from a later scene in which Merlin’s prophecy (and Billy’s dreams) come true, in the form of a newly-arrived, rival knight who bears the emblem of a black bird on this crest of arms. Although badly injured, Billy – who lives by the motto “Fight or Yield” – immediately prepares to challenge the knight and test his own destiny.

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