WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Castlevania Season 2, streaming now on Netflix.
The second season of Netflix's Castlevania sees the fellowship of Trevor Belmont, Sypha Belnades and Alucard, Dracula’s son, finally bring down the king of the vampires in the penultimate episode, thus safeguarding mankind from the tyrant's purge. Or so we thought.
Despite Dracula's death, another culling of humanity has been set up, leaving Eastern Europe in as bad of a position as it was before. Let's take a look at a few directions in which a third season can embark with the rise of new ,bloodthirsty villains.
The Vampire Civil War
Carmilla (Jaime Murray), a Styrian general on Dracula's War Council, wanted to take her leader's place as ruler of the vampires. Despite her failed coup attempt, she receives her wish in the Season 2 finale, "End Times," after Alucard kills his father, making her the most senior surviving member of the council. Not only is Dracula dead, but so too are his loyal generals, due in part to Carmilla's minions.
However, Carmilla's militia has been severely weakened, causing her to enslave Hector (Theo James), aka the Devil Forgemaster (a necromancer) from the Castlevania: Curse of Darkness video game, to create an undead army similar to Dracula's Night Horde. With a power vacuum, the battle for the throne will likely heat up because Dracula has other vampire loyalists across Europe, paving the way for all-out civil war.
The Forgotten General
Just before he battled Alucard, Dracula teleported Isaac (Adetokumboh M'Cormack), his other Forgemaster and closest human confidant, away to the Egyptian desert. He didn't want Isaac to die at the hands of Alucard or Carmilla, who hated the necromancer. However, in the finale we see Isaac slaughtering humans and turning them into an undead army of his own.
Isaac hates humanity for enslaving him, and he's hellbent on carrying out his master's mission of exterminating all human life. But, given Carmilla's betrayal and how he witnessed other vampires trying to kill Dracula, Isaac has made it perfectly clear he wants to purge the world of that species as well. His sole ambition now is to avenge his king, and clearly no man or monster will stand his way.
Alucard's New Role
After opposing his father, a la Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, the vampire prince is now truly alone; the final shot of the season shows him crying, missing his parents. However, he has vowed to honor their legacy of science and magic, which is why he accepts Trevor's gift, the Belmont home that has become part of his father's castle. Given the supernatural artifacts within the Belmont treasure trove, Alucard is now the protector of its knowledge, and by extension, its power.
But rather than remain a curator and librarian, Alucard already senses he'll have to become a reluctant king. He simply wants to see humans and vampires co-exist -- his mother's dream -- and he knows that, with Carmilla on the loose, the chances of peace are minimal unless he takes control. He's also on a collision course with Isaac, who viewed Dracula as a father-figure, and wants to murder everyone responsible for the king's downfall.
Wallachia's Dynamic Duo
The romance simmering between Trevor and Sypha is unspoken but oh, so obvious. After gifting Alucard his home, Trevor contemplates going back to life as a drunkard roaming Europe, but Sypha draws him into another mission. With her magical powers growing, she wants him to help her find her people, the Speakers (magical philosophers scouring Europe), so they can resume the Belmont legacy and go monster-hunting as a team.
She believes there are more supernatural threats than vampires in the world, and with her brain and Trevor's brawn, they can usher in a new era of evolution for the Speakers. Trevor graciously accepts, not just because he loves her, but because he knows the fallout from Dracula's death will bring creatures crawling out the woodwork. With Isaac also seeking vengeance, there's a strong possibility they'll end up meeting his army on their travels, sooner rather than later.
Now streaming on Netflix, Castlevania Season 2 stars Richard Armitage, James Callis, Matt Frewer, Graham McTavish, Alejandra Reynoso and Tony Amendola.