Castlevania Season 3 Review (Spoiler Free)

Netflix’s Castlevania took a major gamble in its second season by killing off its main villain. But as the third season of the video game-based animated series proves, the death of Dracula is only the beginning of the vampire story expertly crafted by writer Warren Ellis, director

From the first episode, Castlevania season 3 feels like a completely new show, one less resembling the horror adventure of the first two seasons and more the political intrigue and war games of a prestige series like Game of Thrones. In essence, the fallen Dark Lord has left behind a power vacuum in Wallachia and the struggle that ensues takes up much of season 3’s 10-episode run. But those expecting the conniving Carmilla to simply rise up to the role of big bad after the trailers teased as much may be surprised by how this all plays out.

It’s actually difficult to say much about Carmilla without spoiling anything about where the show might be headed in future seasons, but one thing I can say is that her court of lovers and allies is an excellent addition to the cast. Lenore (Jessica Brown Findlay), Morana (Yasmine Al Massri), and Striga (Ivana Millicevic) bring so much welcome energy and humor to the show that I found myself waiting anxiously for their next scene together. Even now, I can’t wait to see what these four will be up to in season 4.

The series also introduces a few characters you might recognize from the video games. Most notable is Count Saint Germain, a mysterious, smooth-talking nobleman who arrives in the village of Lindenfeld to investigate a priory where monks are conducting some seriously creepy business. Saint Germain is voiced brilliantly by veteran Bill Nighy, who brings real quirkiness and an air of unreliability to the character that plays well next to the more forthright Trevor Belmont and Sypha Belnades.

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