If there’s something that we know about the world of video game adaptations, it’s that ‘Castlevania’ tends to be one of the best out of all of them because it was able to give justice to the video games while introducing its uniqueness. The show ran for four seasons, allowing us to see different storyline arcs regarding all the characters involved. But is the original ‘Castlevania’ show over?
Did they cancel ‘Castlevania?’
The success of the video game adaptation genre on Netflix can be seen in the form of ‘Castlevania,’ which has become quite popular among different fans because it brought life to one of the most popular video game franchises since the 80s. Of course, we know that the storyline of ‘Castlevania’ revolves around vampire hunters and their never-ending battle against the creatures of the night, especially the vampires that plague humanity.
We saw four successful seasons of the original ‘Castlevania’ series, which starred Trevor Belmont, Sypha Belnades, and Alucard as the three most important characters in the storyline. The first two seasons revolved around their quest to defeat and destroy Dracula, who waged war on humanity after his wife, Lisa, was killed by the church. Meanwhile, the last two seasons revolved around their quest to stop those who wanted to bring Dracula back to life, as different forces were looking to revive the king of vampires for their own good.
But after season 4, we never got another season of the original ‘Castlevania’ series. Instead, we got ‘Castlevania: Nocturne,’ helmed by new creators and animators but still under the Netflix banner. So, was the original ‘Castlevania’ series canceled?
First, the original ‘Castlevania’ series wasn’t canceled because it was a big hit among those who enjoyed playing the ‘Castlevania’ games and even those who had never played a single ‘Castlevania’ game. Second, the series ended properly as the chapters of the main characters and the other supporting characters had to end.
This is consistent with the fact that the ‘Castlevania’ games all follow different generations of the Belmont family and other vampire hunters on their quest to defeat either Dracula or someone who poses the same threat to humanity. In that sense, the original ‘Castlevania’ series ended so that it could give way to a new generation of vampire hunters in ‘Castlevania: Nocturne,’ just like how the games had definite endings that paved the way for new generations of vampire hunters to star in the next game.
‘Castlevania’ had an ending for all the characters
Of course, fans would also know that the original ‘Castlevania’ series had a clear ending for the main and supporting characters, including even Dracula and Lisa.
The fourth season ended with Trevor Belmont defeating Death and reuniting with his lover Sypha, who was pregnant then, and their ally Alucard. After Trevor reunited with his allies, they settled down in the village founded by the villagers whom Alucard rescued earlier in season 4. They all decided to build their new village around Dracula’s former castle and the Belmont family hold, which were all conveniently located next to one another.
Meanwhile, we even saw the other supporting characters have their own endings. Hector and Lenore had a farewell moment wherein Lenore decided to face the sun so that she would die on her terms. Hector finally decided to live free for the first time in his life. Meanwhile, Isaac became Styria’s new king after defeating and killing Carmilla with his army of Night Creatures.
Speaking of Styria, the other two ruling members of the kingdom decided to also live a free life together. Striga and her lover Morana took their army of vampires with them so that they could find a new home after they lost Styria to Isaac.
Of course, there was also Dracula, who was resurrected together with Lisa when Saint Germain was able to take their souls from Hell and infuse them into a Rebus. But after the Rebus was destroyed, Dracula and Lisa woke up on a field away from the castle. After realizing they had been brought back to life, they decided to live peacefully away from Walachia.
So, as you can see, the original ‘Castlevania’ series had a definite ending that concluded the character arcs of all of those involved in the storyline. While some of the endings may be open-ended, the character arcs were closed satisfyingly and conclusively.
How Many Castlevania Spinoffs can there be?
As mentioned, the first and original ‘Castlevania’ series already ended. We now have a spinoff sequel in the form of ‘Castlevania: Nocturne,’ which follows a new cast of characters and takes place more than 300 years after the first game’s events. The series has already been renewed for a second season, which means that the animators and the creators of ‘Nocturne’ will be focusing more on season 2.
That is why we can’t say for sure if there will be more ‘Castlevania’ spinoffs that will be released soon. Both the original ‘Castlevania’ show and ‘Nocturne’ feature the two most popular and well-known Belmonts in the games. Still, other Belmont characters are just as popular.
We still have the first Belmont vampire hunter, Leon, referenced in the first ‘Castlevania’ show. Suppose Netflix plans to expand the ‘Castlevania’ lore. In that case, Leon’s story should be the most interesting one to adapt because it would be nice to show the beginning of the Belmont family legacy of vampire hunting. Leon’s story might come after the conclusion of ‘Nocturne’ or somewhere between the different seasons of the current series.
The likes of Simon and Julius Belmont also have interesting storylines. But Julius’ story might be the most intriguing out of all of them, especially because he was the one who defeated and killed Dracula once and for all in 1999. So, if Netflix wanted to end the ‘Castlevania’ storyline, Julius’ story should be the best one to adapt.
Whatever the case, the video game lore of ‘Castlevania’ is still quite deep. There are plenty of materials that Netflix can use to make more spinoffs and sequels/prequels to the original ‘Castlevania’ series. And if they’re looking to add more stories after ‘Nocturne,’ the origin story of the Belmont family should be a good way to expand the lore.
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