With an artwork type that’s closely impressed by anime, a Game of Thrones-y storytelling construction, heaps and much and much violence, and 34 years of lore to mine from, Castlevania rapidly turned probably the greatest online game diversifications on the market when it premiered on Netflix in 2017.
But as an alternative of telling the story of the unique 1986 Konami sport, the primary two seasons acted as a unfastened adaptation of the prequel sport Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, which follows Trevor Belmont, an ancestor of the unique sport’s protagonist, Simon. Now that season 3 is out, having loosely tailored components of each Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Curse of Darkness, the chances are countless for Castlevania as soon as it returns for a season 4.
[Ed. notice: this put up comprises main spoilers for Castlevania season 3.]
So far the collection has loosely tailored Dracula’s Curse, specializing in the struggle to defeat Dracula and the way he wasn’t the one evil within the land. But what occurs when Dracula dies? Turns out, plenty of blood, intercourse, and awkwardly lengthy and static conversations. Now that everybody is in search of a brand new Game of Thrones, even Castlevania determined to separate up its most important forged with a purpose to discover new lands and tales, however on the expense of overly lengthy conversations that — because of the present being animated — felt static in comparison with the extreme battle of wits of the HBO present. That being stated, the expanded scope added mythology and philosophical discussions, and deepened the present’s exploration of religion and morality, all whereas nonetheless delivering kick-ass struggle scenes. The gamble was value it.
Though the present was already bleak, season 3 of Castlevania ended on a very melancholic notice. Alucard, the son of Dracula, finds himself betrayed and taking a flip towards the evil, impaling-enthusiast facet of his household. Trevor and Sypha journey by means of Europe, whereas Isaac strikes towards the continent to get his revenge on his fellow satan forgemaster Hector who he sees as a traitor, and in opposition to the vampire sisters making ready to go to struggle and destroy mankind. And as for Dracula himself? Still lifeless, although barely, because the season ends with the mysterious Saint Germain closing a portal to hell, getting trapped within the Infinite Corridor within the course of.
Like Thrones, Castlevania rolled out a number of tales that drifted additional and additional aside over the course of the season. Whenever season 4 comes out, there appear to be two paths it might take: both choosing up with the threads of season 3, which might inevitably result in an all-out struggle, or bounce to a confrontation between Isaac and Hector as seen in Curse of Darkness, which might contain a significant dying, and the introduction of the personification of Death itself. The present might introduce the concept that Dracula at all times comes again to life by taking up different host our bodies, as Curse of Darkness introduces the concept that a forgemaster’s physique might be used to resurrect Vlad Tepes.
Another attention-grabbing risk that’s hinted at this season is the Infinite Corridor. In the video games, the hall is an alternate realm that lets the person transport to totally different locations in Dracula’s citadel, however within the present it turns into a path to many different worlds separated by house and time. Since the Castlevania video games span a whole lot of years with many protagonists, this may very well be a means for the present to maneuver previous Trevor Belmont and discover his ancestors and even his descendents. In episode 5, Saint Germain experiences a bizarre dream involving the hall, and is proven a imaginative and prescient of the long run with a mech strolling in a desert. Den of Geek theorized the second could be a nod to the video games Aria of Sorrow and Dawn of Sorrow each set in 2035.
Season 3 appeared a bit extra targeted on the vampiric and demonic characters quite than the human ones, in comparison with earlier seasons. Now that we already know there’s a means for Dracula to be introduced again to life through magical hell portals, it looks as if the opportune time to introduce the thought of the video games that Dracula may be resurrected each 100 years. Following this thought, and provided that the season ends with a vampire struggle about to interrupt out, Castlevania might simply comply with the video games, bounce ahead in time, and produce Vlad Tepes again, which might imply a brand new Belmont protagonist, even perhaps the introduction to the unique hero of the very first sport, Simon Belmont.
And as producer Adi Shankar himself advised Polygon again in 2017: “Ultimately the way I look at Castlevania is as a story about a family and multiple generations of this family. There are aspects from all the games that I have plans to include, assuming the audience still keeps showing up. I would love to continue this series and I would love to keep making seasons, keep telling stories in this universe.”