by Paola Cesarini
The 4th and likely final season of "The Protector" will be released on July 9, 2020. This is earlier than anyone predicted, since most had anticipated a Fall/Winter release. Indeed, this is the shortest interval to date in between seasons for the first Turkish Netflix original production. The anticipation is likely due to a wish to prevent any confusion with the "Barbaros" project, where Çağatay Ulusoy will appear featuring another historical character from the 15th century Ottoman Empire.
The official trailer opens with scenes of continued chaos in Istanbul, where Vizir and Faysal rule, and Zeynep and Aylin are in their power. Hakan apparently manages to get back to the present from his past and rejoins what is left of the Loyals' gang. The new plan is to use the ancient key, which Hakan recuperated in S3, to travel back and forth to the 15th century and change the course of history to prevent the Immortals from conquering the present. In the past, Hakan will also seek a potion to free Zeynep and others from the Immortals' spell and thus recuperate his lost love.
A welcome surprise of Season 4 is the unexpected reappearance of Boran Kuzum as Okhan the Immortal. Remember, in fact, that Hakan had killed him early in season 2. Hakan will apparently awaken Okhan in order to gain a precious ally in his fight against Vizir and Faysal. The Oracle, Rüya and others, including a few characters who had perished in previous installments, will also reemerge. Whether they will do so in the present or the past remains to be seen. We also have yet to know whether Burak (interpreted by Taner Ölmez) will make a reappearance, since he was nowhere to be found in the S4 trailer. Amidst so many surprises and uncertainties, the final season of "The Protector" promises to be full of action, excitement and coups de théatre leading to what is certain to be an epic conclusion!!!
The news of the release of Season 4 arrives at a time of increased media activity around "The Protector." In recent days, the show's official IG account invited viewers to contribute an alternative finale for Season 3. Also Director Umut Aral has been active on social media providing additional details about the next installment of the series. Needless to say, there is great anticipation among fans to find out exactly what happens to Hakan/Harun after he emerges from the Bosphorus waters back into the 15th century's Ottoman Empire.
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