Runaway Brides | Episode 1

Before We Begin

Runaway Brides is a 2014 Turkish drama that I stmbled upon in last week of January 2023. This isn’t much of a review but more of a recap and my thoughts on each episode. To summarize, this drama is about three bride who run away from their marriages and head to Istanbul to be with the person they think is their soulmate. They run into each other at the airport and get to know one another. Apart from running away from their marriages, they have little in common. They share their stories and form an unlikely sisterhood. And thus their adventurous journey begins to find true love.

Runaway Brides Episode 1 Written Review & Update

Three brides (in various stages of marriage) run away and reach the airport causing havoc. Sebnem, Kainat and Almilla. They are all following someone to Istanbul.
  • Arda runs from his nikaah to Sebnem. And Sebnem is following him.
  • Kaynat is after her theater class guy Ege (who is with an older woman, by the way)
  • and Almilla is just in love with a guy in her head-Akif.
Almilla ‘s the craziest of the lot while Sebnem is most resourceful. 
So, after the three brides are caught by the airport authorities, they get to talking and know each other. Seniha Sultan is Sebnem’s hotshot aunt who gets these brides tickets and keys to her mansion in Istanbul. 
I notice that the brides’ first names’ Almilla, Sebnem and Kainat abbeviates to ASK–turkish word for love. Was that intentional? I think I am a genius to figure this out.
Many funny/random things happen on the way to Istanbul. Almilla falls into the arms of a handsome stranger twice, while Kaynat yells at the photographer. A passenger gets into the cab that Sebnem called. So, we not only meet the heroines, but their love interests are also introduced. 
The episode ends as Kaynat’s butcher fiance is working in his shop chopping meat angrily almost as if it’s Kainat under his butcher-knife.
I just needed something crazy because I was under a lot of stress the night I watched this episode. This is like guilty-pleasure. I know that the internet is filled with hate comments about this drama and how abrupt/unjust the end was, but I don’t think I will survive till the end. There are few Turkish series that I finish. So… 
Off to a good start, that’s all I am saying.


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