An abrupt end to Gold film series production Benim Hala Umudum Var – I still have hope

Recent news of an abrupt end to the Turkish TV romance drama Benim Hala Umudum Var also known as I still have hope lead me to write an article. As the Gold film production has announced the series will have its end at episode 33 and will not be continued thereafter due to a high decrease in TV viewership, other reasons may took a part as well for this final decision.

It would interest me why the production company has come to this decision. There are some reasons that come to my mind. One of them to mention is that the Turkish broadcasting channels have changed. The first launch was in July 2013 and the Turkish channel Star TV was broadcasting it, a few weeks later also the Saudi channel MBC for the middle east took the broadcasting rights and aired the series dubbed in Arabic. In its beginning the series was a huge success and was one of the top 10 series rated in the end of November 2013.

The child in me still likes the idea of fairy tales and happy endings, even though happiness has its curves and obstacles along the way, that are not always joyful, but it is on oneself to make the best out of each situation i guess but aside from my drifting away, who would actually not like to watch one remake of a Cinderella  story with a Turkish twist of romance and drama. I loved the series from the beginning, so much that I even turned on the live channel to watch each weeks episode with Arabic subtitle.

This years Christmas holidays brought a drastic change, the Turkish broadcasting channel Star TV canceled the show and FOX TV took over the airing with episode 26. The channel has changed but not the timing, at the beginning. Since not all Turkish households have access to Fox TV viewership decreased, afterwards the date of airing as well as the airing time changed, what was once on Monday on 22:30 was changed to Thursdays on 20;30. Viewership also decreased in the Arab world due to conflicting series showing at the same time, at this point it was a decrease due to favoritism towards another show airing I would assume that this was also the case for Turkish viewers.

Another reason might be that the story of the manuscript did not suit with some of the actors so they left the show in a rather shocking and sad way. It could also be that viewers were opposing the story of a triangle love story and put pressure or threats on the production company to change its story script.

Another plausible reason is that continuation of the series is not bringing any profit to the production company, taking all these reasons into consideration may account to the case of discontinuing the series long before its true finale end. At this point the claim that the series will have a second season does not have any point anymore.

With all this in mind I would wish that the series wouldn’t end just yet at episode 33, and still have a hope that even if there is no change towards the final  decision of the Gold film production company towards writing new episodes and prolonging the series, I hope that the series will have an ending that is emotionally powerful in whatever way it may be!

For more information about the series Benim Hala Umudum Var – I still have hope look at the video trailer or see the description for more.

Turkish Star TV: Benim Hala Umudum Var - I still have hope

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Episode Summary Guide Hareem Al Sultan Season 3 Episode 68 (Muhtesem Yuzyil) and ongoing summaries

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Muhtesem Yuzyil Season 3 Episode 68 or Episode 5.

Find links to Summaries for Episodes 69 – 78 further down in English. There are translation guide for episodes 79 onwards of season 3 and also for the 4th and final season of Muhtesem Yuzyil Season 3 Episode 79 ++ translation

Hareem Al Sultan Episode 68

Sultana Khadija is totally enraged and asks how this is happening and why Nigar has come to this place. Hurrem comes forward and says that she brought her cause when she found that she was in a bad condition she sought to help her out. From this day on she will be my servant and she has something good with me after all the time we had together. Firuze standing on the upper floor asks who this woman is, she receives the answer that this woman is Nigar a former servant and held position of the treasury master.
Sultana Khadija tells Hurrem that this woman must leave the premises!! But Hurrem says and why should she leave? Mahidevran says that Hurrem knows the reason all to well, and it was her Mahidevran who kicked her out. Hurrem replies that this woman has received her punishment and it ended. She asks Sunbul Agha if the notebooks have been updated and Nigar is standing again in the place of a servant, he confirms. Gul says that the blame of Nigar is too big and she cannot stay in the palace. But then Hurrem interrupts and says that she is responsible for maintaining the organization in the harem. Furthermore everyone knows that Fatima wanted me dead and tried to kill me, yet she is still on the palace grounds. Mahidevran asks Sultana Khadija if she has anything to say.
Sultana Khadija shouts that everyone should leave cause she wants to talk to Hurrem alone.

Sultana Khadija: When will you stop this Hurrem? Is it not enough what you have let me live through?
Hurrem: I don’t have any problem with you Sultana. You have began that war.
Sultana Khadija : know this, in front of you you face a great ancestry. If you fight me.. You fight against a great ancestry.
Hurrem : That was not my intention. I just showed you the true face of your dear husband. But instead you took out all your anger on me and forgave your husband for his actions.
Sultana Khadija: What is happening between me and Ibrahim is of no one’s concern, and especially not yours.
Hurrem: You are right, it’s not my business.
Sultana Khadija : So this is why you brought Nigar to this place?The scene is changing.
Mahidevran accuses Nigar how she can behave as nothing has happened and returns after she has been thrown out of the castle, she shuts Sunbul down without letting him say anything.
Hurrem says that it wasn’t Nigars fault, it was the fault of Ibrahim pasha and since no one gave him bad credit so Nigar as well is innocent.
Khadija: so it is you who is deciding upon this?
Hurrem:no it isn’t me, we will wait until the Sultan returns and he will decide what is necessary.
Khadija : do you believe that I will allow Nigar to reside here.
Hurrem : Aren’t you able to look at her so this is why you tried to kill her, or maybe everytime you see this woman, you see the treachery of your husband. You are afraid, that he will return to her as he was happy with her.

I dare you to raise your hand upon me. I am not a slave in front of you that you can beat. These days were in the past,I am not a slave, the situation has changed long ago. Don’t forget this.
Sunbul :Go go fast.
Mahidevran :Sultana are you fine.
Afife :Will you allow Nigar to stay in the palace?
Khadija :I don’t want anyone to follow me.

In Tebriz.

One of the posts asks Iskandar Shalabi to come out cause Ibrahim Pasha requests his presence and it cannot wait.
Iskandar : Ibrahim Pasha (angry). What is happening. Why did you hang my guards.
Ibrahim :Are you not aware of what your men did?
Iskandar :No I don’t know.
Ibrahim :they tried to steal the army treasury.
Iskandar :My guards wouldn’t do that.
Ibrahim : Do not think for one moment to defend those treacherous bastards, there is a witness. Helmi Pasha has caught them, while they were trying to steal the treasury. And they have taken the punishment they deserve.
Iskandar Shalabi as I know you are the advisor to Sultan Silliman and responsible for the treasury, isn’t it you who need to protect it. Is this the way how you take care of the treasury of Sultan Suleiman. Or are you a participating companion to those cheaters.
Iskandar :impossible, I have nothing to do with it. How can you accuse me of stealing and being a low of respect.
Ibrahim : I didn’t expect this from you, but it is clear that a decrease of your responsibility actions will cause the Sultan grief.
Iskandar :so you want to explain this story to him.
Ibrahim : I know very well what you are trying to do, you are trying to reduce from my standing and let the Sultan look down to me. Nobody is going between me and the Sultan. Do you understand.
Look at them, take it as a lesson because in the end you will find yourself hanging at their location.
Helmi Pasha : I regret the loss of your men, they were strong.
Iskandar : you cheated on me and took the place next to Ibrahim.
Helmi Pasha: I quit the job when I heard that Ibrahim asked Sultan of his presence, and soon he will arrive you should be prepared.
Iskandar : I will not accept any advices from a cheater like you. Tell me how this happened.
Helmi Pasha: A guard informed me that there were men who were trying to steal the treasury and I wasn’t aware these were your men, because they wore the Persian clothes.
Iskandar : I pray to God that this is what happened.
Helmi :this fight has to end. The Persian army is preparing to conquer us.
Iskandar : let the one who calls himself captain deal with this problem. One day his days are counted and he will find his end.

Mustapha is talking to Captain Khedr and is happy of the victories they achieved against Spain and Venice and the Mediterranean Sea. He is glad to see him well and as a trusted person someone can rely on.
Captain Khedr : it is great honor serving you and I am pleased to tell you that the people and the army love you, and wherever I go they ask of you and remember your name with a good deed.
Mustapha: Allah has given us a task to protect those people and as we act upon their safety we deserve their love of appreciation.
I have heard you prepared a battleship to open Tunis.
Captain Khedr : we are preparing and will establish a new Islamic Republic over there.

Hurrem: it is as if I have expected, Sultana Khadija forgave Ibrahim and they will return together when he returns to the capital. They will continue their life as nothing has happened and it was only you and the newborn who suffered.
Nigar : why did you bring me here? Is it to anger Sultana Khadija, to keep me in front of her.
Hurrem: we need to settle this together. I did you wrong I know but I was forced. You know my problems with Ibrahim Pasha, I didn’t do as they did and left you to die. You are living now, this is important. I will get revenge just trust in me.
Nigar : it is impossible for me to trust you another time.

Mustapha says it is time that the world is opened to see the glory of the Islamic empire. That the flag of the osman empire is held up high in all countries, and I will put this idea to the Sultan and I am sure that Ibrahim will agree with me. He sends Captain Khedr off to conquer Tunis and open a new osmanic empire.

Afife asks Kawthar to see Sultana Hurrem. Kawthar says she will give notice.
Hurrem: everyone will feel as you do, don’t stress yourself with time you will forget.
Nigar : my pain cannot be forgotten.
Hurrem : Nigar you have to take your revenge.

They are interrupted by Kawthar who announces the presence of Afife and Aghas to take Nigar out.
Hurrem asks Nigar to leave and allows Afife to enter.
Afife asks Hurrem to hand over Nigar or she must use other ways to force her to give out Nigar. Hurrem can barely stay calm.
Mahidevran and Khadija went to Mustapha to tell him about Nigars presence, so he will decide upon Nigars fate. Khadija tells him that she asked Afife to bring Nigar but instead Hurrem is waiting outside the door. Mahidevran becomes nervous and wants him to send her away, but he calms her down and says: ‘we will see what she has to contribute maybe we can solve this problem swiftly. Hurrem greets all.
Nigar is taken to a quiet room she should reside there until the situation quiets down.
Nigar : What has become of you Sunbul Agha now serving as a trustee to Hurrem Sultan.
Sunbul: Who shall I serve if not the mother of 4 emirs to the Ottoman empire. Don’t you know the situation here. Durra khanum has passed away and Wiqam has gone, and nobody knows where your standing grounds are. I am forced to do this. What about you, why did you come? When you fled from the palace, why did you return after all the pain and distress that you went through. I was really heart broken.
Nigar: nobody can flee from his destiny.
Sunbul: Listen carefully, if you want to flee I will do the impossible to help you out and this is a promise. Nobody will find you in the place I know of. A young woman like you will get remarried and build a new family.
Nigar: Sunbul I accept my fate and I don’t have dreams any longer.

Mustapha : it’s not possible for Nigar to remain in the palace. I will not allow it.
Hurrem : I am not going against your orders but first I want to know what is she blamed for. I have asked Afife but she didn’t reply.
Khadija : there is no need to explain for you anything, Hurrem!
Hurrem :since you are not able to say it out loud I will do so. Ferial has sinned. This is her guilt, let us take her to the court and they will fulfill the law upon her and along the way also Ibrahim Pasha.
Khadija : are you crazy, what law do you speak of, this is the prime minister of the Ottoman empire.
Mustapha : Sultana Khadija is right there is no place for you to intervene in this problem.
Hurrem :So this is how you want to treat this crime?
Mahidevran : Don’t put yourself into this since it is none of your business.
Hurrem: I will write to the sheikh he will surely find a solution to this.
Khadija : you cannot do this!!
Hurrem : no one can forbid me, I will write about the sin that Ibrahim Pasha is involved with and I will let everyone know about it.
Khadija : are you threatening us, Hurrem??
Hurrem : I prefer to say that I want to find a solution with you, in the end the decision is yours. Either all Istanbul will know about this topic or we wait upon the return of the Sultan.

Afife: Take care of your actions Kawthar because your reputation has become worse.
Kawthar :Really, if that would be true I would have been punished long ago.
Afife : Do you believe that your wrongdoings does not reach me? I know that you threaten the other girls because only in this way can you control them. I advice you to stay respectful. Listen, I will not allow you to play your games around me.
Kawthar : stay away from me, I am the right hand of Sultana Hurrem and who touches me will get burned.
Hurrem : Kawthar!! Go on and give your excuse to Afife.
Unwillingly Kawthar does what she is told.
Hurrem : if I hear another time that you talked in an unrespectful manner to Afife, I will be the one to punish you. Do you understand?? Then, go.

Mahidevran : don’t give in, Nigar has to be punished!
Khadija : didn’t you hear what Hurrem is threatening with.
Mahidevran : so we just do as she wishes.
Mustapha : you have to calm down mother, this concerns the country and it is a private matter to Khadija. Nobody should know about Nigar, it would be very bad especially towards Ibrahim Pasha.
Mahidevran : so what are we going to do?

Hurrem :doesn’t the harem has its laws, there is no way they can take her from me as she is my servant when there is no reason.
Afife : I believe when they want to they will find a reason.
Hurrem : Nigar is standing under my protection now and I will not allow that her fate becomes as the fate of Nadia.

Khadija : Hurrem!! Nigar will remain in the castle until Sultan Suleimans return and he will decide. I will allow her stay until the Sultan returns.
Hurrem : this is the right decision, Sultana.
Khadija : and when the Sultan returns Nigar will leave the palace, and you will leave the palace as well. I will show you the punishment that comes with threatening someone from a dynasty. Afife!! Make sure that Nigar does not cross my ways and I will not see a glimpse of her.

Captain Khedr : Saleh, can you tell me of the whereabouts of Julia Gonzaga.
Saleh :We have found her to reside in one of the neighboring castles but when we approached, she fled in the last instant.
Khedr : It is important to find her as Ibrahims requests it, choose one of your man for this mission and he has any news then to return and inform us.
Saleh : we believe that Julia Gonzaga is with the pope of Rome.
Khedr : Rome isn’t yet our goal. First we will conquer Tunis, maybe she is there. Prepare your plans for Tunis.

”The soul is a shield, Ibrahim. It is a cloth you wear before it becomes you. The place that you own maybe the only one that you will ever reach in your whole life. You cannot rise higher than that. And due to this leave everything as it is, think of your destiny that is now taking its course step by step without you realizing it. Concentrate only on the near future in front of your eyes and don’t get interrupted by anything, no objects, not the world, nor the sea or anything.

Bergam Agha requested an audience with Hurrem so she is accompanied with her servants and Firuze.
He says that he received a letter from Rustem Agha which states that Ibrahim has ordered everyone to call him Sultan instead of Pasha. And initiated new orders. Sultan Suleiman was very angry and even sloan the head of the messenger who brought these news.
Hurrem : Do you know that biggest enemy to the pasha which will be his downfall, himself.

Ibrahim greets Sultan Suleiman on his arrival and welcomes him.
Suleiman : These frightening eyes belong to whom. And to whom is the trembling voice. Who is behind this shield hiding. It is impossible for you to become Sultan just by wearing this shield.

Hurrem is pleased with Firuze but on the way they are interrupted by Mahidevran who finds it amusing that Hurrem befriends Firuze. She angers Hurrem when saying that anything might happen during war and Allah forbid that something happens to the Sultan than it will Mustapha who will rise to the thrown, Mahidevran will become the Mother’s Sultan and it is the end of Hurrem and her children.

Suleiman is angry at Ibrahims actions. He had clear orders to prepare the way to Bagdad and not Tabriz. It was a lucky strike to have conquered Tabriz, thanks to a new ally who supported the Ottoman army with 10000 soldiers. Suleiman asks him How would you stand before me when you didn’t succeed and above all ignored my orders.
Ibrahims says that it was once his words that spoke the way to victory is through shortest route. Thanks to Allah victory was ours and conquering Bagdad can be at any time.

Suleiman : Be thankful that you opened Tabriz.
He turns to Mustache Pasha and asks him about the whereabouts of Tahmasp.

Iskanadr Shalabi proposes to go to Bagdad quickly. Winter is approaching. In the spring it will be possible to regain Tabriz.
Ibrahim says it’s impossible to leave now. The soldiers are tired and it is difficult to transfer the heavy weapons on the desert road.
Iskandar Shalabi wants to take all the needed preparations under his responsibilities. Suleiman approves and decides to move towards Bagdad.
Suleiman: It makes no sense to put a new empire in Tabriz within the Persian land, cause even if I install you or my own son. You will become my enemy. He orders everyone except Iskandr out.
Ibrahim asks Rustem Agha about Ahmed. Rustem said he died by a horse accident so himself was appointed this position.
Iskandr gives the proof to his claims about Ibrahim to the Sultan for calling himself Sultan and bearing his own stamp. Ibrahim said he was doing so to bring calm back to the army. But he doesn’t believe in that. Suleiman accuses him that the one he is complaining about is the prime minister and whatever was his reason he should also take his share of responsibility and dismisses him.

Sunbul Agha brings a letter to Hurrem saying it’s from the Sultan. She dismisses everyone to read the letter by herself. As it turns out, the letter wasn’t intended for her. It was for Firuze. Khadija was sending the letter on purpose to Hurrem. She wanted her to feel the same pain that she felt like a dagger in her heart, and this feeling Hurrem deserved to go through.
Hurrem goes to see Khadija and Khadija turn for revenge had came towards the same words that Hurrem was once hurtful. And she returned it to Hurrem. Saying the Sultan has found a new love, one who is much younger and more beautiful and there is no one who can do anything about that.

Ibrahim requests an audience with the Sultan but his entrance just then is refused. Iskandr informs Ibrahim they are ready to depart for Bagdad and await further orders.
Suleiman send a letter to tahmasp and requests his presence as a leader in war not hiding in his throne like a woman.
Suleiman send for Ibrahim in the night and tells him that Khadija has forgiven him and will not divorce him cause she thinks of her children but he Suleiman how shall he forgive that Ibrahim was using the name of the Sultan without his knowledge. He will leave him this last chance to rid of his greed and solve this problem on his own else he would pay with his own life.
Ibrahim tells Nasukh Effendi that Khadija will not divorce him. He is happy but also sad because he has broken Suleimans heart.

Kawthar is threatening Fatmeh to tell her about the girl who is spending the night with the Sultan. But Afife catches her and punishes her. Hurrem warns her to do anything without her permission or else she won’t stay in the palace.

Ibrahim sends Iskandr to Suleiman and accuses him of his failures to reach Bagdad strong and healthy as already half of the soldiers have died and every day there is new death. Suleiman says it is upon all advisors to decide his fate.

Kawthar in search for Firuze sees her sneaking to Khadija and learns the truths about Firuze. She hides but Khadija suspects her presence and throws her in the dungeon. Nigar visits her promising she will tell the news to tell the news to Hurrem but instead she is planning something different. Hurrem tells her we need to get rid of Khadija, and Kawthar be the one to kill her.

Ibrahim tells Helmi Pasha to be present in the Diwan meeting where the fate of Iskandr will be decided and he orders him to vote against Iskandr.
Iskandr knows that his end might have come and takes a promise from Rustem to stand instead of him and do anything in his powers to get rid of Ibrahim Pasha.

Nigar tells kawthar to kill Sultana Khadija and let it appear as suicide.

The Diwan decided against Iskandr and accuse him of treachery. He is sentenced to death by hanging. Ibrahim sees Rustem emotional and tells him let it be a lesson to you that no one can come between me and the Sultan or his fate becomes like Iskandr.
Suleiman has a nightmare with Iskandr telling him that he was put to death as an innocent men and this guilt will stay upon his shoulders his whole life because he let them kill an innocent men and deep in his heart he knows it’s the truth. He wakes up and swear that Ibrahim fate will be just like the fate of Iskandr. Rustem hears his words.

Kawthar exits the prison to kill Sultana Khadija…

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Episode Summary Guide Hareem Al Sultan Season 3 Episode 64

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Muhtesem Yuzyil 3, Hareem Al Sultan 3, Magnificent Century 3

This episode guide shall give an extensive summary that other online episode guides lack. I wish to give the non arabic reader, the opportunity to read the episode summary and don’t feel excluded just because of language barriers.
Some asked of translated videos with English subtitles.Until now I don’t know of any. In regard to Arabic dubbed episodes, I can only say that while the Series is still showing on Turkish Star TV it didn’t get released onto the Paid Satellite Network OSN (Orbit Showtime). Once it shows there exclusively, then the series will be dubbed in Arabic. Many thanks goes to the people who made their efforts of making the series in Arabic translations and embedding the subtitles within the video files. It isn’t as easy as it seems, there are many things to consider in this workload, just to name a few: type of video, audio frame rate, subtitle intervals, coordinating time management and synchronization. Sometimes you need to convert the video file to mpeg or avi else the subfiles aren’t supported and read.
As for me it might be easier to write a long summary than going through with working on a subtitle.

I watched previous season 1 and 2 in Arabic dubbing on Alarab. Also you can find an introduction to the series previously published. Now I watch the third season with Arabic subtitles on Alarab.

Spoiler alert

Enter the secret world in the life of the Sultan Suleiman and his court portraying love, betrayal and intrigues in its third season.

Episode 64
The episode begins with the sea, near a boat wreck a woman played by Cansu Dere is found still alive, she signals not to be a Muslim, and is taken onto a ship towards Istanbul.
Hurrem has succeeded to become the leading role in the harem which she enjoys and celebrates with monetary presents. With Sunbul Agha and Gulsha on her side as well as other eyes and ears around the palace grounds everyone’s action is known to her. While Hatice Sultan is on her way to her brother Sultan Suleiman emperor of the Ottoman Empire to make her plea for divorcing her still husband and Grand Vizier to the Sultan, Ibrahim Pasha because he cheated on her for several years with one of the employees of the harem court Nigar, who also is now pregnant. Hurrem believes the end of Ibrahim Pasha has come and he will be stripped off all his powers after the divorce. At this time he will no longer be a constant threat to Hurrem.
Sultan Suleiman accepts Hatices coming and informs her of Ibrahim Pasha going to Gaza. Hatice informs him of wanting to divorce Ibrahim Pasha and asks him to grant her this plea. Upon this request Suleiman wants to know the truth, so she tells him of the affair. He decides to leave her the full authority of the punishment of Ibrahim, either she goes forward for revenge or she forgives him. It lies solely to Hatice and Sultan Suleiman will agree to any of her decisions and he advices her to think carefully and not take it as a whim because of her anger. Gulfam is still suspicious of Mahidevran. Mahidevran tries to convince Gulfam of her innocence by swearing on the life of her son and what happened was one of the intrigue play by Hürrem. Gulfam puts it off having bigger concerns on Hatice. Ibrahim Pasha has met with the army and orders them to prepare immediately towards Gaza. While talking to his friend Mansour, who advises him to go away if he doesn’t want to seek forgiveness. Ibrahim Pasha tells him, that this is not the way of life he wants to lead, and he came to die, better as a soldier fighting in a war. Though he doesn’t care about Nigar, he cares about the child she carries and wants him to survive. In Manisa Mustafa firstborn son of Sultan Suleiman and Mahidevran holds his role as a high officer in military and administrative issues also known under the Ottoman title Sanjak-bey. In the evening Hatice in her palace finds a letter from Ibrahim. He tells her to go forward with the divorce if she wants and even if she wants to take his life, he won’t feel remorse of what he has done and lived through. When he stays alive he will return to his hometown Parga ( Greece ) and establish a new life. Hatice is very disturbed and angry, Mahidevran visits her and tells her, not to divorce Ibrahim, because this too, is a strategy of Hürrem to make an end to Ibrahim by letting Hatice seal the end of Ibrahim.
Mustafa who holds his position in Manisa remembers what Ibrahim Pasha and his father Suleiman told him once.
Quote by Ibrahim to Mustafa: There are three animals eating the soul of a human: the tiger, the lion, and the wolf. One of them is greed, the other is arrogance, the remaining is eager.
Quote by Suleiman: The most thing frightening in between all the fear, is the vanity for oneself.
Mohammed has received his new room in the palace, Mirimah also wants a room of her own and Hurrem tells her once she settled in the room of her mother in-law she will leave hers to Mirimah. Mirimah argues it is impossible, the room will stay empty as the others say. But Hurrem quiets her down reassuring her, why to hear of the words of others.
Sultan Suleiman orders Rüstem Agha to deliver a wooden box with the highest security to Ibrahim, sealed with the royal emblem holding something precious inside, still unknown.
Advisors to Ibrahim tell him that the army of Tahmasp, Shah of Iran in the Safavid dynasty is in the vacinity of Tabriz the capitol. The plan is to conquer Tabriz and use it to broaden the Ottoman empire by installing a new country with an ambassador, which will make it easier to go after Baghdad.
Rüstem Agha responsible for the sultans animals chose the new horses for Mohammed and Mirimah, whereupon the children are very pleased with the animals. While Rüstem Agha delivers a note from Iskander Shalabi to Hurrem. Iskandar Shalabi tells Hürrem that she can trust Rüstem with any work, as he is talented and worthy of trust in the time where he Iskandar Shalabi cannot be near her side. Hurrem is content. Gulsha< received the order from Hurrem to prepare all for resettlement into the room of Suleiman's mother. She meets Gulfam Hatun on her way and informs her, but she is send away forcefully, not able to continue her way. The orders given to Gulfam from Suleiman were clear, the room will stay empty until he orders otherwise. Cansu Dere helps another prisoner slave girl called Sophia to escape, she played to be terribly ill by not being able to breath and always coughing, so they reached the top floor deck. Sophia shall cross the ocean towards the island in sight by swimming and reach the place her family and brother live. Cansu Dere stays behind and receives the Christian cross as a gift. The captain asks her why she didn't flee, too. Who she is,where did she come from and where she wants to go. She tells him, it is of no importance who she is, she is like the other slaves in the under deck going where destiny will take her. Someone of Ibrahims servants tells Nigar to be ready to flee from the prison cell. Hurrem advances to Gulfam and requests her with which right does she forbid her coming to the room. Gulfam again clarifies that it is the wish of Sultan Suleiman for the room to stay empty. To this Hurrem answers if she wants something she takes it fast. Hatice from the background coming says she won't this time. She approaches to Hurrem and asks her what she is doing? What is her plan? In the past she was forbidding Mahidevran having the room, and reminded Hurrem to what she said, as it would be a not respectful act towards the memory of the dear mother. And now she implies that Hurrem wanting it now for herself. Hurrem replies that there has changed a lot from the past days till today, and enough time has passed so it isn't necessary for the room to stay empty any longer. Hatice says it will always stay empty and asks Hurrem if she knows why. So she tells her it is the room for the mothers of the sultan who reside in this room, with that Hurrem looks at Mahidevran. Hatice continues that in case one of Hurrem's son is destined for taking the Sultans seat one day, at that moment the room will belong to her. Mahidevran is making a grim face whispering a prayer to the Lord to let this plan fail should it be written as destiny. Hatice turning to Hürrem asking her to return to her room. Hurrem leaves and meets Sunbul Agha in the hallway, she tells him everyone conspired against her and that the room will stay empty. Sunbul informs her it's tradition that way. Hürrem answers if she would follow the tradition she wouldn't have stood alive in front of him. Sunbul nods and tells her there is no hurry, soon the Sultan will leave to Gaza. Hurrem made up her mind, the room will be hers.
Hatice reassures Mahidevran and Gulfam that she won't allow Hurrem to do as she pleases. She believes Hurrem has destroyed her life, the reason that she lost the love to Ibrahim. But she will let Hurrem pay for it, taking revenge by making her live the same pain. When one day another woman enters into Suleimans life, Hurrem will want to wish to have never been born.
Mansour taking to Ibrahim that maybe the Sultane Hatice didn't speak to Suleiman and he doesn't know, since no news came. Ibrahim is sure that Suleiman knows it all, cause Hurrem will not leave this chance out. Iskandar Shalabi approaches Ibrahim bringing him news of Istanbul. That Sultan Suleiman has invited Captain Khedr to his throne and will appoint him Commander of the sea. With an insulting joke Ibrahim says to Iskandar Shalabi that he shall be appointed messenger once he is put off his task. Iskandar Shalabi aware of this joke, provokes Ibrahim by telling him, that he hears many things like the stories about Nigar.Ibrahim who wants to beat Iskandar Shalabi, is stopped by Mansour. Captain Khedr is accepted to the throne, he has been introduced to the rules but ignores it. Instead of kissing the dress he kisses the hand of Sultan Suleiman. Suleiman greets him in the circle and presents him with the dress of the commander since he deserved it by bringing Algeria into the Ottoman Empire, to wherever he is on the sea, he will represent the Ottoman Empire from this day onward.
All the slave girls from the ship have been brought to Topkapi Palace, they are staying before the castle gates. There are so many they are sorted out. Even Cansu Dere is there but she isn't chosen, she is sent back. While asking to where, a female tells her to the prisoner market in the city. Unwillingly she goes.
Captain Khedr as a trustworthy member of the Ottoman Empire will do his utmost possible to expand the reign of the Ottoman Empire, thus is the belief of Sultan Suleiman. Before he takes his position as a commander he will travel to Aleppo then meet up with Ibrahim. Hatice sees all the new woman and gets to know that those are a present from Captain Khedr to the Sultan. She appoints Gulfam to oversee the most beautiful and talented, so one of them will be proposed to go to Suleiman.
The Safavid Army laid a trap for the Ottoman Army and Ibrahim in their midst, the aim was to kill Ibrahim. But Ibrahim came out victorious from the fight.
A woman is getting prepared for entering the private room of Suleiman, she is one of the slaves Captain Khedr brought. Hatice is satisfied, only Hürrem is boiling and tells Gulsha to go with Sunbul to choose the most beautiful girls so they can be her servants and be far away from the private room as possible. Meanwhile it is shown as Hurrem is the one who forbids the other woman from entering. Gulfam is taught from Hatice to resign her position and leave it to someone stronger. She goes forward to the Sultan with that idea and tells him about that she cannot fill in the position of the harem official, since Hürrem denies her every move when it comes to following the tradition. First he denies her request but then he approves when learning that there are some problems between Hatice and Hürrem and the fight will become greater once he leaves for Gaza.
Nigars plan to flee fails since she is surprised by the coming Hatice. Hatice inquiring about her try to flee, who was helping? Nigar tells her it was Ibrahim because he loves her, and she can make him happy. On a whim Hatice orders to cut her head off but stops it from happening, she says to Nigar, that she will be the one who will beg for her death one time and she will live a tortured life. The guards take Nigar back to the prison.
Mustafa orders to kill one of the Beiks who talked behind his back very bad, but in front did as it were all lies. His apologies didn't move Mustafa to change his mind. Mustafa learns that his mother position was cancelled and she will arrive soon in the palace in Manisa. Suleiman summons Hurrem and tells her that he has given her the control of the management of he harem but this doesn't include her telling who will enter or exit the private rooms, nor is there anything called a forbidding matter. Hurrem says to him, she doesn't know who explained this to him but he interrupts her telling that he has given her permissions no one other received, and it was in his belief that she deserved it. If one day she will be out of the circle of his trust, she must know he will be out of her life as well. Hurrem says she doesn't believe what he says blindly. All of this is just a trap to keep him far away from her. Suleiman informs her that Gulfam resigned and he accepted it. He is sending towards Afife from Trabzon, who will claim the position instead. Hürrem learns that Afife is the second mother of Suleiman. Suleiman says that all can learn from the experience and wisdom of Afife. It comes out that this was a well thought out plan by Hatice upon Hurrem, she will have to take her battles with Afife. Hurrem is boiling of anger. Sunbul gets to know Afife is coming and tells that it is something even the sultans mother was afraid of this woman. Upon this Hurrem shouts at her servants Asmaa and Gulsha to pack her things they are leaving. And they shall hurry.
Ibrahim receives the box sultan Suleiman sent, he orders everyone to leave the tent. In it he finds the armory with which Suleiman was hit in the chest.
And remembers what Suleiman told him:
There is fear in your eyes. But I don't see friendship. The secret that you hide from me whatsoever it might be, doesn't make you strong Ibrahim, it makes you a coward.
It appears that Hurrem meant the moving into the sultans mother room where she is sitting now relaxing. Hatice heard about it and comes in tow with Gulfam and Mahidevran. Wasn't it clear to Hurrem that the room will stay empty, so Hurrem replies the room belongs now to her. They send everyone's out, now Hatice is alone with Hurrem. Hurrem tells her that the pain of the adultery has made her heart turn black, and her eyes like a witch that she understands. Cause as a woman she doesn't want to be in the place of Hatice.
Hatice says she will take her soul. Hurrem says don't stop. There have been many times threats of deaths but she was coming out alive and now she will again. But for you sultana Hatice there is no hiding from the adultery everybody has heard from and it will accompany you wherever you go. Hatice replies that there will be one day people will talk about her and she will be mocked. Because Suleiman will come to love another woman. Hurrem says dream on, there is no other woman, such a woman doesn't live in this world. A change of scene we see Cansu Dere in the prisoner market, someone asking for the price. It is 300 gold pieces for a slave. It's revealed Cansu Dere is Firuze.
Hatice says to Hurrem when you are so sure that there will be no other woman in the Sultans life why does she forbid the woman from entering. Hurrem says there is no need for other woman this time, and provocates Hatice by saying they could instead propose some woman for Ibrahim. The ending scene is when Hatice hits Hurrem.

My Top Turkish TV series Muhteşem yüzyıl (Hareem Al Sultan)

From all the TV series that I have seen so far Muhteşem Yüzyıl is going to make my Top List of TV shows and is unfortunately kicking Chuck to 2nd place.
I loved watching all 5 seasons of Chuck and never thought another show would take its place, this was before I even knew about this Turkish Series which premiered in the Arab world in the end of 2011.

There have been other Turkish series that have been dubbed in Arabic and which I followed to the end more as a daily entertainment show since I am not the going out type of person but I couldn’t say I loved them as to want to watch them again.

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Hareem Al Sultan is the Arabic title to the series it refers to the wives ( hareem pl. to hurma – wife) of the sultan. More particular all woman who were privately involved with the sultan.
Since we don’t know what has happened between closed doors in the private life of Suleiman the Magnificent we can only speculate. This is where this series jumps in, it is a fictional historical piece of art which is inspired by sultan Suleiman and takes us back 500 years ago to the era of the Ottoman Empire.
The main focus is on the relationships between the members of the Imperial household especially romance entanglements and rivalries.
This makes the story so much more interesting I already became infatuated with it and can hardly take my eyes of the screen, sleepless nights are not so unusual.

So far there have been 2 complete seasons with a total of 63 episodes from 70 – 130 min. in the Turkish series, yet in the Arabic dubbed version I need to watch 3 episodes which make up 1 episode to the original Turkish streaming episode. Sometimes it is frustrating just to be cut off, but after all I feel that I am lucky cause being able to speak Arabic I don’t need to rely on English subtitles, I share the joy,sadness and suffering for the actors of the show. They truly lived up to their role.
Read all about the characters and its story by A place for Romance Lovers
It is very detailed and descriptive and I liked it very much.

Many rumors have been towards the 3rd season which is now airing on Turkish Star TV, one of them being that they wanted to bring an international well-known actor who played the role of a Mongolian Khan in a side role.
I don’t know upon who took the role in the end, my last source tells me they got Mel Gibson but I couldn’t get it confirmed.

For sure we will know soon enough.
I am still watching the episodes of season 2 without cheating, one by one. And though I might have taken a lead to the episodes shown on Arabic TV satellite,since I watch them online via Alarab TV (it’s an Arabic website). It is a joy to watch them over and over again.

The first season of Hareem Al Sultan is showing on several public Nilesat channels, I watch it on 7 pm KSA time (4 GMT) on Alhayat Musalsalat. It might have reached the mid 20s episodes.
The second season of Hareem Al Sultan I watch on 8 pm KSA (5 GMT) on Dubai TV. The premiere was last Saturday, so today was the 5th episode.

Since its begin it has captured the viewers on the national basis, furthermore reaching to the Arab world and becoming one of the popular Turkish series which in my eyes will have international attention confirmed.

The series is giving us a glimpse how the past could have been. The decor of the structure, the costumes,the details of the scenery beautifully presented lets me imagine how much work has been put up which shouldn’t go not accredited.
In my opinion Muhtesem Yuzyil as a series is a masterpiece of a kind of Turkish Historical Fiction TV.