Castlevania Season 3: What to Expect From the Biggest Season Yet


The third season of Netflix's acclaimed Castlevania animated series premieres next month promising a return to Transylvania with Trevor Belmont, Sypha Belnades and Alucard for more vampire-hunting. By the end of Season 2, Dracula himself had been slain, freeing the land from his dark influence and concluding the plot of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, the video game inspiration for the first two seasons.

Netflix hasn't said much about what Season 3 will entail, but based on a promotional image and a look back at the games, there are some things we can infer.

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The only official image released so far promoting Season 3 is a poster that shows the season's assembled cast, including Hector and Isaac. The two Forgemasters were introduced during Season 2, with Hector forced to assist Dracula's vampire lieutenant, Carmilla, in betraying their master and forging an army for her. Meanwhile, Isaac's villainous destiny was heavily foreshadowed with the Forgemaster deeply despising his own humanity and beginning to raise his own personal army by the finale. With Carmilla, Hector and Isaac all still on the loose following Dracula's defeat, they are virtually guaranteed to finally cross paths with Trevor and his friends in Season 3.

This is underscored by their placement on the poster itself: Carmilla, Hector and Isaac appear prominently alongside Trevor, Sypha and Alucard. A vulnerable, stripped Hector is being comforted by an unknown young woman -- likely either Rosaly or Julia Laforeze. In the games, Rosaly is his fiancée and Julia is a witch that Hector meets inside Dracula's castle whom he falls in love with.

Most intriguing is the presence of a fashionably dressed older man at the top of the poster holding a mysterious gem. This character has not appeared in the first two seasons, and may be the time-traveling figure St. Germain, who followed humanity's battle against Dracula across history and appeared in later installments of the franchise. Should the unidentified character be Germain, the gem he is holding may be his method of traveling through time.

As for the series protagonists, while Trevor and Sypha celebrated their victory over Dracula with romantic undertones strongly implied between the two, Alucard had a less than a happy ending. The damphir son of Dracula and the human woman Lisa was last seen mourning his father's death bitterly. As complicated as Alucard's relationship was with his father, Dracula was his only surviving parent.

With plot details for the upcoming season are scant, but the animated series appears poised to adapt another game in Konami's fan-favorite franchise: Castlevania: Curse of Darkness. Released in 2005 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, Curse of Darkness took place approximately three years after the events of Dracula's Curse. Despite Dracula's defeat, the vampiric warlord's dark influence continues to sweep across Europe, leading to death and unrest. One victim of this is Rosaly, who is executed after being accused of witchcraft.

In the game, Hector is a former Devil Forgemaster who was responsible for crafting new monsters for Dracula's army. After turning his back on Dracula, Hector and Rosaly were betrayed by Isaac, an act which kickstarts the story. Hector ventures through Dracula's abandoned castle and confronts Isaac for his revenge. Over the course of the game, Trevor himself resurfaces to assist Hector after he learns to trust the former Forgemaster.

It is unknown if Season 3 will split its main story into two parts as the first two seasons did with the events of Dracula's Curse. What is known is that Season 3 will be the longest of the series to date, running at ten episodes as opposed to last season's eight. Additionally, series writer and executive producer Warren Ellis has confirmed that the production budget for Season 3 was the series' largest to date, while going on to hint that the season would feature new characters to be revealed closer to the premiere date.

There are tantalizing directions the Castlevania animated series could go in Season 3 and plenty of loose ends following the bloody conclusion of Season 2 to tied up. Dracula may be dead, but the vampire has certainly risen from the grave before to renew his war on humanity. And with other villains looking to fill the void their former master left behind, Trevor Belmont and his friends will have no shortage of enemies to face. With a whole library of video games to draw inspiration from and a larger budget at its disposal, the future is looking bright for Castlevania as the series returns to Netflix next month.

Castlevania Season 2 on Netflix stars Richard Armitage as Trevor Belmont, Alejandra Reynoso as Sypha Belnades, James Callis as Alucard and Graham McTavish as Dracula. Season 3 premieres on March 5.

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