It’s been a long and patient wait, but fans of the Turkish Original series The Protector will be delighted to learn that the series will be returning for a third season in March 2020.
The Protector is a Turkish Netflix Original series created by Binnur Karaevil and based on the book ‘Karakalem ve Bir Delikanlının Tuhaf Hikayesi’ by author Nilüfer İpek Gökdel. The series is the first Turkish Original and has been a hit with subscribers who love Turkish dramas.
Finally, we have confirmed that The Protector's third season will be available on Netflix starting March 6, 2020.
All episodes are available for streaming upon their release.
We’re still waiting for confirmation on the total number of episodes arriving for the third season.
Each season has a different number of episodes. The first season had ten episodes. Season 2 reduced the episodes count to 8.
IMDb lists the third season with just four episodes. The third season of the series should arrive with at least six to eight episodes.
The following cast members will be returning for season three:
|Hakan Demir||Çagatay Ulusoy|
|Zeynep Erman||Hazar Ergüçlü|
|Faysal Erdem||Okan Yalabik|
|Azra||Çigdem Selisik Onat|
|Piraye||Ayse Melike Çerçi|
Cagatay Ulusoy, the lead actor in The Protector spoke positively about its impact during a Variety interview.
Ulusoy answered the question about how the episodes were shot:
It’s actually way better for me. It means I can really focus and give my character my full energy. It makes me more creative.
Episodes in Turkey typically last between 120-150 minutes. When you’re watching a Turkish series on Netflix, often episodes have been condensed down to bite-size chunks of 45 to 60 minutes. It can take up to three episodes to view one episode of a Turkish television series.
In the US and various other countries, it’s common practice that directing duties are split and not one single director will direct an entire season. It is far less common to have one director produce an entire Turkish season. Here’s what Ulusoy had to say on what working with multiple directors is like:
I work with three different directors for each season, which has never been done in Turkey before. It seems like a complex system, but it’s actually not. Each director brings their point of view for the episodes they handle, and having different visions makes the show fresher and more varied. In terms of writers, one of them is Jason George [who also serves as executive producer], who did “Narcos.” He has been the “third eye,” as it were, of the show. His global experience and different vision has been immensely helpful.
Soon after season two, it was announced that The Protector would be renewed for the third and fourth seasons.
We suspect season 3 and 4, due to the time gap between their release, were filmed in reverse order. We could be seeing the fourth season premiere later in the year.
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