Netflix has answered our prayers by announcing that Castlevania Season 3 finally has a release date.
It was October 2018 that we last left Sypha, Trevor, and Alucard behind in the wicked world of vile vampires, but now, Netflix’s bloody animation is finally unfurling its wings.
While previous release dates teased a Halloween 2020 release for Castlevania‘s return, fans now know it’s coming back on March 5. That’s right, we’re just weeks away from seeing where the Belmont family takes its legacy next.
Creator Warren Ellis, director Samuel Deats, and a whole host of others at the top shared a glossy character poster and confirmed March 5 is the day to mark in the diary. Not that you needed reminding, but with the strapline reading promising “more mystery, murder, mayhem, and vampires than ever”, it’s clear we’re in for a wild ride.
Focussing on Richard Armitage’s brooding Trevor Belmont, the first two seasons of Castlevania introduced us to the apocalyptic battle between the living and the undead as the shamed Belmont name tried to topple big bad Dracula.
Although Season 2 rounded off with a pretty conclusive ending, Netflix has commissioned Castlevania for a new run of 10 episodes. Moving far beyond the lore of Konami’s game series, Castlevania has been a popular export as part of Netflix’s horror catalogue.
Previously, Warren Ellis admitted he’d never played the games. Speaking to Bleeding Cool News, he said he wrote the show completely based off Wikipedia articles and fan pages. “It’s hard to think in terms of a mythos or canon when you’re talking about 8-bit sprites jumping around under one sentence.,” said Ellis.
“It’s not like there’s a lot of textual material there to dig at. I did what I could. I mostly went to the things it put me in mind of rather than the thing itself. Once I did enough reading I realized how similar it was to the Hammer Horror movies that I grew up with.
“Many of which were set in Eastern Europe and many of which featured vampires. At some point I realized I was just doing my own Hammer Horror film.”
With the first two seasons being loosely based on 1989’s Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, it’s anyone’s guess where the story goes next. Considering Konami’s series largely focussed on the character of Simon Belmont, we’ll have to see whether a hop through time could bring the franchise’s main protagonist to life in the cartoon.
Elsewhere, Castlevania is known for classic horror creatures like mummies, werewolves, and even death itself. Although Dracula was seemingly bested at the end of Season 2, there’s still a whole host of creatures out there and plenty of the Dark Lord’s fanged friends.
Considering there are over 30 games in the franchise, there’s plenty for Ellis to pick from. Whenever Castlevania comes out, expect it to soar to the top of Netflix’s viewing charts.
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