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The end of Castlevania starts a unknowing future
After around a month or more after Dracula’s death, The world seemed to finally start to heal. I mean they killed the big bad bat, Trevor got the girl! Alucard got… ah, well at least he got a castle. With a scattered vampiric army and the night creatures all but gone It seemed to wrap up quite nicely at the end of season 2. But that isn’t what the creator Warren Ellis had in mind. It seems that the world of Castlevania has gotten even more chaotic after Dracula’s death.
More than it seems
Unlike the last two seasons where the it kicked off with the reason’s of Dracula’s insanity and why he is crusading for the death of humanity. It starts the season on more of a sombre note. The gang has disbanded and gone their separate ways; Sypha (Alejandra Reynoso) and Trevor (Richard Armitage) travel across Europe getting rid of the last of the night creatures and Alucard (James Callis) self isolating in his newly inherited castle after committing parricide.
It follows the same format as the other seasons, splitting each episode into the segments of each faction. While the story of Trevor and Sypha obliviously has them stopping a cult to revive Dracula and also giving us some very tasty fight scenes, its the other characters that kept me watching.
The season shows more of the ideals of the forge master Issac (Adetokumboh M’Cormack) and showing growth in his character by questioning if humanity is truly worth saving or eradicating from the earth. His journey to find and kill Hector (Theo James) for betraying Dracula makes his ideals and conviction for the extinction of his race fluctuate with only a few people showing generosity and a kindness he hasn’t seen in his lifetime.
Alucard also had a heavy arc in this season as his longing for companionship turned to betrayal from those who he took under his wing, Like Issac his ideals are being tested. It shows us the vulnerability of a very powerful man; having him fight no vampires, demons or ghouls but his own self and the meaning of his existence.
His mind was heavily affected from the events of season 1 & 2. But After finding two young and spirited Japanese vampire hunters Taka (Toru Uchikado) and Sumi (Rila Fukushima) we see him take a liking to them and happily willing to teach them all he can offer.
But This eagerness of teaching a new generation sours as all isn’t what it seems with his new companions. In the end it hints at him taking to his fathers way of thinking and might divert from the games and become something darker.
Vampires aren’t the only thirsty ones
The one thing about this whole season I found lacking was Hector and his actions. The man-child just doesn’t learn from his past mistakes, the beginning we see him dragged behind Carmila (Jaime Murray) and her devastated army bounded and chained. We see that he is regretting his part in the mutiny that took place in season 2 and starts to develop into a more independent, strong character.
But this goes all down the drain as soon as a pretty vampire blinks in his direction and he starts to think with his other head. Hectors thirst backfires as Lenore (Jessica Brown Findlay) magically binds him to her and becomes a slave to the vampires.
It just stuns me that after all he has been through and with all that he has seen, the man quickly trusted Lenore even though he knows that they only see him as property. Hector just might as well put the collar on himself, roll over and ask for a belly rub at this point. Hopefully we see more development in his character in the future but we just have to wait and see what they do for him in season 4
More to come
If you’re a fan of the old Casltevania games or just wanting something with occult/supernatural themes, amazing animation, acting and a tight story line; I would recommend this. The creators have truly put a lot of effort and love in the series and it shows throughout, keeping fans of the games satisfied is not a easy thing to do. Just look at the countless movie and T.V adaptations from video games and you’ll see that most are hit and misses. But they also allow newcomers into the world of Casltevainia without too much confusion.
I’m keen to see what season 4 will introduce us to, will Alucard dwell deeper into his guilt and go down the same road as his father? Will Issac find that humanity is actual worth something? And will Hector actually break free from the collar he chained himself to? We will have to wait and see in season 4. Until then I’m just gonna binge the series. Again… For the third time.
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