Eh, I’m getting used to playing the part of Hermes delivering messages from another realm. Especially when that realm may have some information or questions that hasn’t been brought up in the forum yet.
I would not go so far as saying that Arthur is a bad king; Camelot seems to be doing well under the new ruler and I don’t think he has many personal enemies like his birth father. He’s just a inexperienced one that doesn’t have too much confidence in some areas, which leaves him to rely and trust on the questionable advising of Merlin more than the half-fae sorcerer deserves (though it can’t be fully denied that some of that consul did benefit the kingdom).
Arthur could very likely gather the former allies of Uther and get them into gear to help fix some of the mess Uther may have left behind. He just needs a little more self-growth to be more confident and decisive to make his own calls without Merlin’s input.
I’m honestly not even sure anyone (besides his adopted family and maybe even Morgana herself in some way) has really asked Arthur that question. Most probably just heard Merlin spouting off another prophecy that involved Arthur being the next true king due to the blood bond with Uther and many (including Arthur himself, if a little reluctantly) went along with Merlin’s words to some degree, especially after Arthur came into possession of Clarent.
Kind of want Arthur and Mordred have a bit of a heart-to-heart with each other where Mordred can be one of the few people to honestly ask Arthur what he really wanted in his life and what his dreams used to be, now that you’ve brought it up.
There’s definitely no mistake many were dragging Arthur in different directions in the beginning and not often for the young king’s sake. Maybe it was even Merlin himself ‘protecting’ (I use that word VERY loosely) Arthur from other ambitious former allies of Uther that gave the sorcerer that edge he needed for the very young king to develop a strong trust and reliance on Merlin that would take years to shake off.
Merlin probably doesn’t even have to be banished or whatever else right off the bat. The more some Mordreds develop a good bond of some kind with Arthur (be it as his knight, his niece/nephew, or his child) and show best sides of themselves even while the winds are not really in their favor, the more people are going to doubt Merlin’s words and the less power the sorcerer’s words are going to have. Heck, Arthur showing to have faith and care for Mordred alone (along with Mordred pushing their mother to go through her own changes) could make many of subjects start questioning Merlin, which can greatly weaken the old half-fae’s influence.
His turd levels aside, the Lancelot situation is kinda hard to fully judge right now (from my end at least), since I do want to see more of how Lance is in the story. And from the sounds of it from the Tumblr and how strong of a reputation the guy has in the eyes of the people, Lancelot did do a lot for Camelot in the end.
But the fact that both him and Guen did put their feelings before everything else would likely leave their (especially Lance’s) trustworthiness in question, from the eyes of Camelot and possibly Arthur himself. Might even do so from the supposed end where Lance was overcompenstating for that constant betrayal he was doing to Arthur by treating Mordred like the embodiment of the plague, which could bring obvious doubts from people’s end toward the Knight Champion’s ability to accurately judge things like threats when he (possibly) epically failed to do that in regards to good Mordreds for who knows how long (for all we know, Lance’s hardheaded views may extend for a while more even in the second book of the trilogy).
So doubt that Lance would possibly get a job return as a knight (unless something dire was going on and all hands were needed on deck) after one of his more major bad choices explode right in his face in front of both his king and the public. Of course, I could be easily proven wrong later down the line; who knows what the future holds.