Diriliş: Ertugrul, Turkish Game of Thrones?

But what is it? Ertugrul is a Turkish historical fiction TV series about the titled Ertugrul whose son Osman founded the Ottoman Empire and dynasty. The series details his journey from a hunter for his father’s tribe to the father of the founder of the Ottoman dynasty.

Diriliş: Ertugrul is set in the 13th century amongst the Templars and the Mongols. Roving Mongol tribes have forced Turkic to leave their homes and settle elsewhere. Our story started with Ertugrul’s tribe settled in Anatolia but seeking to move to a more fertile less cold area. The tribe is wrecked by famine and it’s people are growing restless. Ertugrul and his 3 close friends are responsible for hunting wild animals to feed the tribe. Ertugrul’s father is Suleiman Shah the chief of the tribe, he also has three brothers: Gündogdu, Sungurtekin, and Dundar. Sungurtekin is MIA believed killed, and Dundar is very young when the series starts. Gündogdu aspires to be the chief after his father though he thinks subconsciously thinks Ertugrul is also a contender. Amid all this, Ertugrul rescues a Seljuk Prince and his two children which starts a whole other chain reaction.

Why you should watch it

Ertugrul has amazingly choreographed fight scenes often slowing down just a little to savor the arc of the sword. The music is titillating and makes you really sink into a scene. There are more than 110 episodes with each almost an hour long and a spinoff is still ongoing. You can really sink your teeth in and let’s face it what better to do during a quarantine. Diriliş: Ertugrul is a spiritual drama with the characters often and loudly calling to Allah. Ertugrul has a spiritual mentor called Ibn Arabi who guides his islamic journey.

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