WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Castlevania Season 2, streaming now on Netflix.
Last week, Castlevania returned for its second season of bloody, vampire-killing action, boasting twice the amount of episodes as its first season and, with them, even more Easter eggs and nods to the classic video game franchise it adapts.
While the first two seasons of Netflix's acclaimed animated series serve as an adaptation of 1989's Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, Season 2 is loaded with references to the entire long-running video game series, both overtly and in blink-and-miss-it moments, for fans to spot. Below , we run down the best nods throughout the series' second season.
The Devil Forgemasters
The biggest additions to the animated series' cast this season are Devil Forgemasters Hector and Isaac, humans aligned with Dracula that build his hellish army through necromancy. Voiced by Theo James and Adetokumboh M'Cormack, respectively, the two new characters are old friends that eventually find themselves at odds over their loyalty to the vampire lord with their falling out providing potentially the biggest setup for the series' upcoming third season.
Both introduced in 2005's Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, the direct sequel to Dracula's Curse followed Hector after Isaac betrayed him for turning his back on Dracula sometime during the events of the 1989 video game. The 2005 video game had Hector eventually teaming up with Trevor Belmont to stop Isaac's plot to resurrect Dracula and plunge Transylvania back into darkness.
When we first see our heroes at the start of Season 2, they are assisting Sypha Belnades' family and friends with their evacuation from Transylvania before regrouping at the Belmont Family estate. Dubbed "Speakers", the clan is comprised of nomads wielding magical powers, often elemental-based, to defend themselves from the forces of evil. The glimpse at Sypha's extended family in the season premiere is a bit of a nod to future Castlevania characters descended from her kinsmen.
Carrie Fernandez from 1999's Castlevania on the Nintendo 64 is part of the Belnades clan and boasts similar powers as her ancestor while Charlotte Aulin from 2006's Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin is listed as partially related to the Belnades family. Perhaps the most visible descent of Sypha's family is Yoko Belnades who appears prominently in 2003's Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and its 2005 sequel Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow as a magic user living in Japan.