A great deal happened throughout Castlevania Season 2 as the animated series delivered twice as many episodes compared to its first season. But now that many fans have binged all eight episodes leading up to a thrilling conclusion, we’re all dying to know when we might see more from vampire hunter Trever Belmont, magician Sypha Belnades, and maybe even Dracula’s dhampir son Alucard.
Castlevania Season 2 introduced a variety of new characters, including vampire generals and human necromancers, along with new kinds of demons and devils. While the immediate threat has been neutralized by the end of Season 2, there are still plenty more stories to tell in this universe. With more than 30 video games, canon or otherwise, to pull from, future seasons could explore all sorts of different stories.
So what’s the deal with Season 3? Here’s what you need to know.
Spoilers follow for Season 1 and 2 of Netflix’s Castlevania animated series.
Will Netflix’s Castlevania Have a Season 3?
Despite the war on Dracula coming to an end in Castlevania Season 2, the greater war against evil continues, and Season 3 is already in the works.
This was first confirmed by Trevor Belmont voice actor Richard Armitage in a July interview with Digital Spy. He revealed that a third season was already in production long before Season 2’s release.
“We’re about to record a third,” Armitage said. “The second season hasn’t been aired yet, but we’re about to do a third.”
Deadline reported on Wednesday, October 31 that a 10-episode Season 3 was officially ordered by Netflix. The official Castlevania Twitter account quickly followed that up with its own announcement.
Showrunner Adi Shankar confirmed to Inverse when Season 1 came out in July 2017 that he had a “multi-year plan” for where the show would go.
Furthermore, in an interview published November 16 by IGN, Shankar doubled down on Season 3’s confirmation while also announcing that a Devil May Cry animated series was also in development.
Shankar explained that because the Castlevania series “really over-performed,” its success quickly led to more seasons. “It did crazy well,” Shankar said. “We immediately got greenlit for Season 3.”
So not only can we expect lots more Castlevania, but that might mean crossover potential with Devil May Cry down the road.
When Is the Castlevania Season 3 Release Date?
Season 3 is already in production, so it’s possible that we might see it sooner rather than later — unless Netflix is married to releasing all its spooky content in October.
Season 1 was released in July 2017 with Season 2 hitting Netflix 15 months later on October 26, 2018. Maybe Netflix wants to reserve Castlevania Season 3 until Halloween of 2019 for another round of “Netflix and Chills?” This is pure speculation, but Season 3 might not be released for a full year on Friday, October 25, 2019.
How Did the Castlevania Season 2 Finale Tease Season 3?
By the end of Season 2, Alucard killed Dracula and took up a solitary residence in his father’s castle, now floating above Belmont’s hold after Sypha cast a spell on it. Trevor and Sypha decide to continue their adventures together elsewhere, but not before agreeing to give Alucard access to the Belmont family’s archives. The sharing of ancient knowledge proves to be an important running theme in the series.
Dracula’s most loyal human servant Isaac, having been forcibly sent into a desert by his master, murders a band of raiders and resurrects them to create an undead army. If there’s one character that’ll continue Dracula’s plans to exterminate humanity, it’s Isaac.
Dracula’s former general Carmilla also has ambitions to fill the power vacuum filled by Dracula’s death with the help of Hector. Much like Isaac, Hector is a necromancer of sorts referred to as a Devil Forgemaster.
Do the Castlevania Video Games Hint at What’s to Come in Season 3?
The general plot and central characters of the Castlevania animated series come directly from Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, released in the U.S. in September 1990, but the plot of that game ends with Dracula’s death. In greater Castlevania canon, Trevor and Sypha get married and continue the Belmont line of warriors. Dracula also comes back several times over, so it’s possible that this isn’t the last we’ve seen of the vampire warlord.
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (2005) also might provide hints about what’s to come in Season 3. In that story, set three years after Dracula’s death, Hector has relinquished his powers to live among the humans. That is until Isaac kills his wife and forces him into an ongoing feud that involves the resurrection of Dracula and the continuation of his curse.
Some variation on this plot could happen, but with Hector instead enslaved by Carmilla, it’s unlikely. Carmilla’s role in the show is totally different from her story in the games. So there’s no telling how things might be different in Season 3.
Hector having to face off against Isaac eventually does seem inevitable, but it’s far more likely that Carmilla will be the major antagonist of Season 3.
How Many Episodes Is Castlevania Season 3?
Deadline reported on October 31, 2018 that Castlevania Season 3 would be 10 episodes. Season 1 only had 4 episodes with Season 2 doubling that count to 8. So Season 3 will be the longest Castlevania season ever, and it’ll be almost as long as all the previous episodes put together.
Castlevania Season 2 is now streaming on Netflix.