WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Castlevania Season 2, streaming now on Netflix.
The debut season of Netflix's Castlevania was a quick four-episode setup, adapting the video game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, and placing monster hunter Trevor Belmont, mage Sypha Belnades and Dracula's son, Alucard, on a collision course with the king of the vampires. Season 2 picks up with the trio trying to stop Dracula's castle from teleporting across Eastern Europe, and prevent him from carrying out a mass genocide on humanity as revenge for the death of his wife Lisa a year earlier.
Requiring more than their wits, Trevor, Sypha and Alucard end up at the revered Belmont library, seeking out mystical weapons from a dynasty of slayers to end Dracula's rule once and for all.
The Castle Finally Falls
Throughout the series, the teleporting castle has been a thorn in the protagonists' sides, making it difficult to lock down Dracula. Becuase of the magic-infused engines the vampire king created, it's basically a teleporting warship to transport his army of monsters, the Night Horde, as he pursues his vendetta. In order to corner him, the trio must stop the castle from teleporting. Ironically, the protagonists get some inadvertent assistance when the king is duped by his War Council general, the conniving Carmilla, who convinces him to dock in Braila to feed, a ruse intended to allow her army to attempt a coup.
That buys Sypha time to locate the castle, and then teleport it to their location. She drops it on Trevor's home, destroying the engines and thus, rendering the castle immobile. With no means of escape, and distracted by the coup, Dracula becomes a prime target for the impending assault.
The End of an Era
The heroes believe they've successfully trapped Dracula, but they soon find themselves outnumbered by the remaining loyalists within his War Council, as well as Carmilla's insurgents, who seek the vampire king's death by their own hands. Alucard & Co. eventually cut a bloody path to the master of the undead, only for Dracula to soundly pummel Trevor and Sypha. That leads to the climactic showdown between father and son, fitting because only Alucard can match his power. However, the key to Dracula's loss isn't Alucard's physical threat -- let's face it, he's no match for his dad in battle -- but the mental one.
After brutally beating down his offspring, Dracula is on the verge of killing him, only to realize his place of death would be in the very room in which he was raised. Overwhelmed by memories of happier times as a family, Dracula accepts the monster he's become and repents in Lisa's memory, allowing his son to stake him. Trevor joins the fray, beheading the villain, while Sypha burns his body. That brings his reign of blood to an end, leaving Alucard pondering what he truly wants his family legacy to be, especially with a vampire civil war now looming.
Now streaming on Netflix, Castlevania Season 2 stars Richard Armitage, James Callis, Matt Frewer, Graham McTavish, Alejandra Reynoso and Tony Amendola.