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Castlevania Season 3 Review: The World Can Be A Cruel Place.

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With Dracula dead, the Castlevania season 3 kicks off with its characters searching for a new purpose. And this trend splits the new season into four incredible stories, with one common lesson, “We live in a cruel and unforgiving world.”

Trevor and Sypha 

Trevor and Sypha (Castlevania Season 3)
Trevor and Sypha (Credit: Netflix)

At the end of Last season, Trevor and Sypha left Alucard to find new adventures. And after deposing a band of demons, their quest brings them to the strange town of Lindenfeld.  There we’re introduced to two new characters in the series. First, we meet scribe and magician Saint-Germain. And then we’re introduced to the strict leader of Lindenfeld known as “The Judge.”

With Demons attacking and children disappearing in the town, the good people of Lindenfeld were understandably on edge.  However, thanks to some skillful investigation from St Germain, we soon discover that the town’s Monks are at the center of the strange activities in Lindenfeld.  And that they plan to revive Dracula and his wife using a portal called “The Infinite Corridor.”

Trevor, Sypha and The Judge ( Castlevania Season 3)

This all leads to an epic confrontation between The Monks and The Judge’s Men.

And while Sypha and Trevor stylishly eradicate the emerging hellspawn, it’s St Germain that closes “The Infinite Corridor” and stops Dracula’s revival.

But just before Germain closes the Infinite Corridor, we see Dracula and his wife reach for the portal. Implying that they can not only leave Hell but that someone else might try again in later seasons.

After closing the portal and defeating the Monks, Trevor and Sypha find The Judge bleeding to death. And as he lay dying, The Judge begs Sypha to burn down his house with everything inside. But when Trevor inspects the house, he discovers that the Judge had been murdering the children Lindenfeld to maintain order within the town.

With their faith in Humanity lost, Trevor and Sypha leave Lindenfeld enraged, promising to never return.

Alucard

Alucard teaching Takka (Castlevania Season 3)
Alucard teaching Takka (Credit: Netflix)

With both of his parents dead, and his only friends gone, Alucard falls into a deep depression similar to his father.  

However, Alucard soon meets two vampire hunters, Zumi and Takka, who plead with him to teach them how to fight vampires. And at that moment, Alucard believed that he had found his new purpose. To pass on of all Dracula’s and the Belmont family’s knowledge, to another generation. 

Throughout the season, Alucard trains the siblings in proper hand-to-hand combat and tactics. However, things take a turn for the worst when the vampire hunters trick and capture Alucard, believing him to be just as cruel as every other vampire.

Alucard

But just before they can end him, Alucard kills them both and uses their Corpses to discourage anyone from approaching his castle.

And so, Alucard ends up on the same path as his father, Dracula. Depressed and sick of humanity.

Isaac

Isaac and Dracula (Castlevania Season 3)
Isaac and Dracula (Credit: Netflix)

Out of the four-story arcs this season, Isaac’s story was by far the most interesting. 

Ever since his introduction in season two, I have really enjoyed his character. He is a principled man who possesses both the power and skill to achieve his goals. And while he can be ruthless, he is not without mercy.

Harboring a deep hatred for humanity, Isaac wanted only two things at the beginning of Castlevania Season 3, to get revenge on those who betrayed Dracula and to end humanity. And considering how most people treat Isaac in this season, I can’t blame him.

But while on his quest for revenge, Isaac meets a ship captain who explains that ending the human race might stop human cruelty, it also means ending human kindness. And this realization creates doubt within Isaac, who had, until this point, had been so laser-focused on vengeance.

Carmilla, The Council of Sisters And Hector.

Carmilla and The Council of Sisters
Carmilla And The Council of Sisters (Credit: Netflix)

After their failed attempt to overthrow Dracula, Carmilla takes Hector prisoner and brings him to her castle in Styria. There, we meet Carmila’s sisters, Lenore, Morana, and Striga. And together, they form The Council of Sisters and ruler over Styria.

With Dracula gone, Carmilla plans to expand her territory and then place a massive border around it. This way, the human families within this region will serve as an endless supply of blood for her and her sisters.

However, the plan comes with a major flaw. 

In other to expand her territory Carmilla will need an army, but to get the army she wants, Carmilla needs Hector to forge her night creatures who will bolster her forces.

Worst of all, whenever Hector forges a night creature, they are loyal to him and will only follow his orders. And after beating him to a pulp and throwing him into a dungeon, Hector understandably has no intention of helping Carmilla with her plans.

Enter Lenore. 

The red-haired vampire takes a liking to Hector and tries to make his stay in Styria more pleasant.

Over the course of season three, she changes Hector’s cell and then brings him books and proper meals. And in time, she and Hector develop feelings for each other.

However, while making love, Lenore uses the opportunity to bind Hector to her will, essentially turning him into her pet. This way, Hector can never betray or disobey Lenore. And whenever he forges a night creature, the creature automatically becomes loyal to Lenore and her sisters.

Verdict

Summary

While Castlevania season 3 is not as good as its first two seasons, it succeeds at setting up the world for the fourth season. However, what’s ironic about season 3, is how every character starts the season hoping for a better outcome than last season, but by the season finale, most of them end up in a much worse situation.

Overall
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Pros

  • Good Overall Story
  • Great Action Scenes
  • Good Characters

Cons

  • Slow Burn Season

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