“Bellum omnium contra omnes“, Latin phrase by Thomas Hobbes meaning “The war of all against all”, describes both human existence and the second season of Castlevania, the Netflix series created by Warren Ellis.
The story follows the trio of Adrian “Alucard” Fahrenheit Țepeș, Sypha Belnades and Trevor Belmont as they prepare to fight Dracula and his army, while the Vampire Lord himself faces problems of his own after Carmilla from Styria arrives to his court and becomes part of his war council, plotting against him.
I was waiting a solid world-building after the first season, along with character development and more surprises in the way. It is great to say this all happened, and I finally got to see a good witch who didn’t hold back when the time came. Not only that, but also saw a sadistic antagonist in Carmilla, rotten to the core.
Both women are the most interesting, complete characters in the season. They totally stole the spotlight from their male companions. Alucard, Trevor, Hector, Isaac, even Dracula himself were overshadowed by these ladies, both beasts in their own way, who left me wanting for more and have a lot of potential for the next season.
I shouldn’t say it surprised me to see Castlevania incorporated the classical elements and traits of vampires from Victorian literature, but it did. Ironically, it felt fresh to have the classical bloodsuckers back, creatures that lurk in the night and terrify humanity for fun. Dracula didn’t have as much importance as I expected, but his impact wasn’t lessened because of it.
First season director Sam Deats shared the chair with Adam Deats and Spencer Wan, giving them control on Castlevania for two episodes each, resulting in a more diverse direction. Sam keeps his focus on character development, while Adam is more interested in the calmer scenes for the characters to interact with each other. I have to say my favorite was Spencer Wan, who made the series reach new morbid levels in all aspects; he clearly enjoys playing with darker elements.
Written entirely by Warren Ellis, Castlevania Season Two maintains the elements of cult cinema, but fearlessly incorporates novelties and clear references to a well-known mythology. Characters like Isaac and Hector, and Carmilla as well, give us a different view of the vampiric world, in addition to the three ending in promising positions for a third season.
The ending, while open, leaves enough threads to wonder what’s next. Like a neophyte vampire, the public is left wanting more, not because they received insufficient or poor quality material, because the series is very well produced and with polished details (except for the dubbing, which again seemed low compared to others aspects,) but because of how carefully-made it is.
Castlevania Season Two is proof of what can happen when the people involved in a project enjoy what they do. I know big things will come in the third season, let alone the fourth, announced by Netflix on March 27 of this year. Dracula’s legacy lives on, despite the fact that its creator has disappeared after a fight worthy of his name.
Alan D.D. is an author, blogger and journalist who has been freaking the world since 1995. He has worked with books, comics, music, movies and almost anything else that catches his attention. 99% of the time, it’s something about witches. Right now, Alan is searching for a 24/7 chocolate supplier.
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