N. Ipek Gokdel is a Turkish storyteller. When Netflix picked up her story about an average young man turned superhero, the Netflix Original series The Protector, starring Cagatay Ulusoy, was born. Based on her book Karakalem, The Protector has been a major success for Netflix.
North America TEN recently interviewed Ms. Gokdel about her book and life. Go here for the full interview.
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In an unexpected announcement, Netflix released the trailer for Season 4 of The Protector, that shares July 9th as the drop date for the fourth and final season of the series. To our knowledge, Cagatay and team completed filming for Seasons 3 and 4 in September of 2019, which established the expectation that, much like Seasons 1 and 2, these two seasons will be released within months of each other. Season 3 hit the platform on March 7th.
From the trailers, it looks as though Hakan Muhafiz is setting up for an epic battle with the Immortals, who have taken over Istanbul in the present, with plans to take out the problem at its roots, back in time.
We see Hakan in the physique of Harun, his ancestor, as the last scene in the previous season show Hakan appearing out of the water as Harun, set in 1459 Istanbul/ Ottoman Empire. The surprise twist was the loving relationship he is shown to have with the Vizir.
Several characters who play the Immortals, and have been killed in prior seasons, make a reappearance this season, both in the present time and in the historical past. With elaborate costume and set designs evident in the trailer, it promises to be an incredible visual treat as the story comes to its final conclusion.
Will the installment be able to resolve all the loose threads in a satisfactory fashion? Will Hakan and Zeynep be able to live their promised love story? Or will the Vizir triumph over the efforts of Hakan and his Loyal Ones? Much awaits us in this final installment of a series that has proven to be a surprise hit for Netflix, cementing a promising path for future productions of Turkish originals.
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We already know that Cagatay is the protagonist for Netflix’s first Turkish original, The Protector. As posted earlier, fans came to learn that he will be part of one of Turkey’s highest budget historical series called Barbaros, and the protagonist and co-producer in the first Turkish original by Amazon Prime video, in an adaptation of Orhan Pamuk’s The Museum of Innocence.
Read this article on North America TEN for an analytical look at how Cagatay may be stepping into the next phase of his career.
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