‘This could be one for Game Of Thrones fans’ is the reaction of most people who have watched a new Turkish TV series.
The series has become one of the hottest shows to binge on Netflix since its release last year - though most people may never even have heard of it.
Ertugrul: The Resurrection (AKA Diriliş: Ertuğrul) is the series in question, and it’s HUGE.
In fact, the fourth season is still running as we speak, and episodes dwarf those of HBO’s own fantasy epic, clocking up two hours with most installments.
The show is a historical drama about what will become the Ottoman empire. Set in the 13th century it follows Ertugrul, one of the most famous warriors of his time, who just happened to be the father of the man who founded the empire, Othman.
In the show’s synopsis he’s described as an ambitious man who wants to bring peace to his countrymen, but he is trapped in the middle of a war. Crusaders are besieging his homeland on one side, the Byzantines at another, and the brutally expending Mongol nation headed by the Khans are at another.
Throw into the mix a conflict between the love of his life and his desire to seize the destiny that he has been told is his, and you have quite the drama.
The star of the show is Engin Altan Duzyatan, who plays the titular character, and Esra Bilgiç.
The first two seasons of the show are currently available to watch on Netflix.