Nurgul’s presentation of Kosem is cold, not unfeeling, but appropriately hardened by her years. There’s a wall up that young Kosem never had; Nurgul is portraying all the grief, internal struggle, and icy armor of a mother who raised both her children, and an empire. I loved Beren’s portrayal of Kosem, there was a vulnerability there that isn’t seen in season 2 - not to say that she has less feeling in this chapter, but I would argue that Nurgul is showing a queen attempting (and sometime’s, understandably, failing) to bury her personal emotions in order to further the State. The clear battle between internal mother and ruler is a powerful one. 

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