Rice of Empire :Ottoman Ascendancy: Chronicles of Mehmed the Conqueror and the Fall of Constantinople – A Netflix Docudrama (2020-2022 ) Review

“Rise of Empires: Ottoman (2020-2022)” is a Netflix docudrama spanning two seasons, recounting historical events featuring Mehmed the Conqueror and the fall of Constantinople in its first season. The second season shifts its focus to the intense rivalry between Mehmed II and Vlad Ţepeş, also known as Vlad the Impaler or Dracula, a Wallachian prince notorious for impaling his enemies.

In the initial season, the narrative follows the ascent of Mehmed II, who ascended to Sultan at the age of 19. It unfolds the legendary story of Mehmed the Conqueror, leading the Ottoman Empire to conquer Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire and a bastion of Christianity. The story revolves around Mehmed II’s life, with crucial support from his stepmother, Mara Branković, a Serbian Christian princess.

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rise of empires ottoman actors

In the second season, titled “Mehmed VS Vlad,” the focus turns to Mehmed II consolidating power after conquering Constantinople. However, his empire faces a threat from Vlad Ţepeş, a ruthless Wallachian prince. The rivalry reaches its climax in a dramatic clash in Târgoviște, where Vlad the Impaler attempts to challenge Mehmed II’s dominance.


  • Cem Yigit Uzümoglu as Sultan Mehmed II
  • Tommaso Basili as Constantine XI Palaiologos
  • Daniel Nuță as Vlad Țepeș
  • Tuba Büyüküstün as Mara Branković


  • The series consists of two seasons, each with 6 episodes.
  • Emre Sahin directs, Kelly McPherson writes, and Charles Dance narrates the docudrama.
  • Season 1 focuses on Mehmed II’s conquest of Constantinople, while Season 2 explores the conflict between Mehmed II and Vlad Ţepeş.

Release and Reception:

  • Season 1 premiered on January 24, 2020.
  • Season 2, titled “Mehmed VS Vlad,” premiered on December 29, 2022.
  • The official trailer for Season 2 amassed over 100 thousand views on YouTube.
  • The series received 10 award nominations but did not secure any trophies.

Historical Context:

  • Constantinople succumbed to Mehmed II’s forces on May 29, 1435, following a Full Blood Moon, aligning with a prophecy.
  • The city was believed to be protected by Virgin Mary, reportedly seen leaving through the roof of Hagia Sophia on its last day.

The series offers a dramatic portrayal of historical events, blending documentary elements with fictionalized storytelling.

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