|Gavin Scott wrote the screenplay for
the TNT mini-series "The Mists of Avalon", based on a book by Marion Zimmer
Bradley. It's Arthurian legends, but
told from a woman's point of view and with lots of changes. The
catalysts are three sisters, raised in the old pagan
mystical religion taught on Avalon. Viviane, aka the Lady of the
Lake, is the high priestess. Igraine is destined to be the mother of
Arthur, and Morgause is destined to be the jealous sister. Merlin is destined for a minor role in this
|In this version, Igraine is married to
Gorlois of Cornwall, but attracted to the newly-crowned head of
Britain, Uther Pendragon. Gorlois' army attacks Uther's army. Uther
kills Gorlois and marries the willing Igraine.
|The story is told by Morgaine, aka
Morgan le Fey, daughter of Igraine and Gorlois. She becomes quite
devoted to her half brother Arthur, son of Igraine and Uther.
|While still young, the children are
fostered out. Morgaine goes with Viviane to Avalon to become a priestess, while
Arthur is sent to some nondescript woods with Merlin to learn about
mystic religious stuff before he takes his rightful kingly place.
|Morgaine learns her lessons, becomes a
priestess, and meets her cousin, Lancelot, son of Viviane. But
their flirtation is very brief as Lancelot gets a glimpse of a cute
blond at Glastonbury while looking through the mists one day
orchestrated by Viviane and Merlin leads Morgaine to spend a night
with a masked hunter. Neither knows the others identity.
|Later at Camelot, Lancelot is
introduced by his cousin, Grown Arthur, to Arthur's proposed bride
Gwenwyfar, who it turns out is the blond he spotted at Glastonbury.
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|Before his wedding, Arthur is reunited with his beloved
sister Morgaine, to whom he confides he is only marrying Gwenwyfar
out of duty and that he is more interested in this masked woman he
entertained, so to speak, at the Beltane feast. Bad surprise for
Morgaine, who realizes she just committed incest with Grown Arthur,
and that she is also pregnant. Viviane tells an angry Morgaine that
what she and Merlin arranged that night is necessary to ensure
continuation of their religion.
|On a rainy day, Gwenwyfar
confesses to Lancelot that she is having unholy thoughts about him,
he kisses her, and immediately afterwards Gwenwyfar declares that they must both
ignore the other because unholy thoughts are bad.
|Morgaine goes to sympathetic Aunt
Morgause's castle to have her son, Mordred, who Morgause agrees to
raise. And who Morgause sees as her tool for vengeance for choosing
Igraine, and not herself, to bear the kind of England.
|So Morgaine returns to Camelot,
reunites once again with her bro, and discovers some good looking
studs at the Round Table.
|Meanwhile, poor ole Gwenwyfar is upset
that she isn't preggers, so Arthur gets this kinky idea. He decides
it might be his fault, so he asks Lancelot into their bed for a
threesome. That way, if Gwenwyfar becomes pregnant, they can say the
child was conceived in his bed. No babies and lots of angst
out of this one night.
|Suddenly there are a rash of arranged
marriages, including one for Morgaine with the father of the young
stud she was dallying with, and an arranged marriage for Lancelot.
So Morgaine goes away from court and is surprisingly happy with the
old guy. And Lancelot is still pining.
|Jumping forward twenty years or so,
Arthur is now older, and he lost his comb. And Mordred, the
young rash son of Morgaine, reveals that Arthur is his da. Which
grosses out Gwenwyfar and really must blow Arthur's mind as he
realizes the lady he's wanted all these years is his half-sister.
|After Gwenwyfar overhears the truth of
Mordred's parentage, she and Lancelot have an encounter and decide
to try a fling. But as usually happens in this legend, they are
caught and Gwenwyfar ends up in the nunnery. Note that Lancelot also
lost his comb.
|Morgaine shows up at Camelot again to
try to get floundering Arthur to push back the Saxon invasion. There
is a bloody confrontation on the steps, and Viviane and Morgause end
up dead, and Mordred fled. Arthur and Lancelot unite, find a comb
they can share, and fight
in one last battle. They win, but Lancelot dies. Mordred dies by Arthur's hand. And Arthur is gravely
wounded by Mordred's
|So Morgaine takes her bro on one last
boat ride and Arthur dies in sis' arms, looking at Avalon.
|Then Morgaine gets some better outfits
and a nice hairstyle and visits the other nice ladies who survived
in the nunnery, which is now a mixture of Christianity and Avalon
|Teleplay for "Mists of Avalon" by
Gavin Scott, based on the book by Marion Zimmer Bradley. The TNT
production stars Anjelica Huston as Viviane, Julianna Margulies as
Morgaine, Joan Allen as Morgause, Samantha Mathis as Gwenwyfar, Edward
Atterton as Arthur, Michael Vartan as Lancelot.
"The Mists of Avalon" is
under the copyright of TNT - they own it.
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