As we remarked before, Atiye – The Gift is the second Turkish original production of Netflix. So, we have long been waiting for the start of the first season. And it finally began on 27 December 2019, just right before the beginning of the new year.
Atiye – The Gift Turkish original mystery drama of Netflix became a trending topic as soon as it has started. Just like the Turkish audience, foreigners and eager followers of Netflix from all around the world were also waiting for the Turkish series.
A Great Attention on Atiye – The Gift Turkish Netflix Original
When concerning Netflix as being the most popular entertaining platform on the internet, then we can comprehend better the importance of the series for Turkey and its people. From now on, there have already been a great number of review about the story of Atiye – The Gift. Many online platforms and even Youtube channels aim to clarify the hidden secrets. And moreover, they all try to estimate the potential improvements for the following season. So, it is all quite understandable since the series reached tens of millions of people from more than 180 countries all over the world.
By this mean, we are going to summarize 8 episodes all in once! Spoiler Alert! Nevertheless, we must warn you that the post will be containing spoiler. Therefore, for those who haven’t watched the series yet is advisable to think twice before start reading! So, enjoy!
Atiye – The Gift: What is the Story All About?
If you remember, we had shared an abstract introduction text about Atiye – The Gift here. Before getting started, you might wanna take a look at our previous article.
Episode 1: Establishment of The Story and Characters
So, here we go! In order to remember once again, Atiye (played by Beren Saat) is the main character. She is a painter who lives in Istanbul. Atiye is the older daughter of a middle-class family. Her father is a retired policeman and an owner of a security company. Her mother (Başak Köklükaya), on the other hand, is a housewife. However, she is a very distant woman and has many secrets that will reveal later.
The leading character is quite happy inside her safety zone and she enjoys a privileged life. On the other hand, she is a free-soul woman who wants to follow her own path but needs a symbol and someone those leads her. Finally, one-day Atiye’s paths cross with Erhan. Erhan, by the way, an archaeologist who discovered a mysterious symbol at the Göbeklitepe excavation site. What’s more, the symbol is the one that Atiye has long been only drawing it ever since. Therefore, Atiye comes to choose one way another to determine and rewrite her own destiny.
Episode 2: A Vision No One Sees But Atiye!
A haunting vision torments Atiye during the wedding preparations. Apart from everything, Atiye is about to marry with her 6-year-long lover Ozan (played by Metin Akdülger). Ozan is the one and only son of multi-millionaire businessman Serdar (played by Tim Seyfi).
The only desire of Serdar is his son Ozan to get marry with Atiye. By the way, Erhan is the dark figure who also has supernatural powers and dark relations that will clear up later. Erhan (played by Mehmet Günsür), in the meanwhile, retrieves a clue leading to the woman who keeps appearing before Atiye. But most importantly, he is the only one who believes in Atiye’s visions while everyone else sees her like a mad!
Episode 3: Atiye’s Visions Begins Come to Light…
In this episode, we start learning the identity of this old blind woman. Her name is Zühre (played by the master actress Meral Çetinkaya) and her identity comes to light, thus, Atiye suspects a deliberate cover-up. Erhan hears about a blind woman who had visited his father at Göbeklitepe many years ago. Afterwards, this information will take the duo onto a journey which is full of questions waiting for answers.
Episode 4: Serdar Tries to Catch Atiye and Erhan
After Atiye left the marriage ceremony in season 3, everything turned upside down. So, Serdar scrambles to find Atiye and Erhan. On the other hand, Erhan sees a vision of his family thanks to Zühre’s supernatural powers. Thereupon, Zühre reveals to Atiye her calling and their shared mystical lineage. After Atiye’s disappear, her lover Ozan visits Atiye’s sister Cansu (played by Melisa Şenolsun). Ozan is seeking for a consolation but Cansu has long been in deep love with Ozan. So, this meeting ends up with making love and regret the day after morning.
In addition to all, at the end of the episode, Atiye enters to the mystic cave in Göbeklite excavation site. She was in the lead of an unknown shepherd girl who is leading Atiye to let her find the symbol. But, all Atiye finds is her own past her own personality. In fact, it was already a journey for Atiye into the cave to know and face herself. However, the cave collapsed and Atiye was stuck in this bottomless cave with less hope to be found!
Episode 5: Between The Life and Death, The Past and The Future…
Inside the cave, Atiye comes to terms with her past and faces her fears. Erhan rushes to find the tunnel entrance as Atiye’s fate hangs by a thread. The 5th episode passes with affords to find and save Atiye from wherever she is. Atiye’s father (played by Civan Canove) and mother (Başak Köklükaya) are in great pain while this waiting.
In this episode, a tragedic event happens. Although Atiye’s mother refused her mother Zühre due to her supernatural powers and kept her away from her family, she finally meets her. But unfortunately, Zühre is dead now. And probably, she transformed her superpowers to Atiye during her mystic journey inside the cave.
Season 6: The Shocking Truth of Erhan’s Family
A picture of Shahmaran confirms Erhan’s suspicions. Atiye stumbles upon a shocking truth while investigating the Kurtiz family deaths. On the other hand, Erhan found out that his family’s death wasn’t because of a traffic accident, but they were the victim of a homicide. While Erhan is trying to deal with this truth, Atiye helps him to learn who is responsible for those murders.
But, here is the surprise! Although everyone dies in Erhan’s family, the one is still alive: Erhan’s sister.
Episode 7: Erhan Loses His Sister Once Again!
Bristling under pressure from Serdar, Ozan confronts Cansu about her attempts to confess to Atiye. Betrayal threatens to seal Atiye’s fate. In the meantime, Erhan learns that Cansu his sister. Atiye’s father saved her after the homicide years ago and orphaned her. On the other side, an intimacy arises between Atiye and Erhan and Atiye has already broken up with Ozan in order to freely follow her own destiny.
The confront between Ozan and Cansu ended up with Cansu’s death. Although Ozan blames himself for the death, the criminal is suspicious! As we will later learn that it is not Ozan who killed Cansu.
Episode 8: Unanswered Questions for The 2nd Season
In a flashback, Zühre shares with Nazım (Erhan’s father) her premonitions about Atiye and Erhan. So, Atiye makes a fateful decision that inevitably alters reality. Atiye turns back to the cave in order to carry out her wishes. At the very this point, there is a black hole and bottomless well to answer.
Atiye finds her sister Cansu at the deep of the cave. Her one and only wish is to bring Cansu back and resurrect her. However, the following dialogue between the duo will confuse all the audience;
Cansu: We are all part of the divine plan. We are all a continuation of one another. You couldn’t have stopped what happened. But creating what will happen is in your hands. A gift was given to you, Atiye. You really can do whatever you want.
Atiye: That’s it! I want you to come back.
Cansu: Are you sure Atiye?
Then, Cansu returns into life, as another person, Elif. This character doesn’t know Atiye and she has probably nothing in common with her previous life. Meanwhile, Elif is the name of Erhan’s sister. So here, we confront with another mystic side of the series. Either Atiye can switch amongst death and life or there are parallel universes in the series. Anyhow, we need to wait for the 2nd season in order to get all the answers and maybe add the new ones.
Trivia: Interesting Facts About Atiye – Gift Series
- Atiye is the second Netflix original production after Hakan: Muhafız – Hakan – The Protector.
- Atiye – The Gift is an adaptation of a book named Awakening of the World. The writer of the book is Şengül Boybaş.
- There are 3 screenwriters. Those are Jason George, Nuran Evren Şit and Fatih Ünal.
- The series is set in Mount Nemrut and Göbekli Tepe excavation site, in addition to Istanbul.
- The story of the series has some similarities with “Dark”, “The OA” and “The Cloud Atlas”.
- The symbol of the series, on the other hand, contains many different meanings. According to the different views, the symbol points to a tie between death and life and the past and the future.