Netflix confirmed the Castlevania Season 3 release date, long-awaited by fans of the original Netflix Anime. It’s the Anime that basically kickstarted Netflix’s original Anime binge and is a resounding success. So much so that the streamer even renewed Castlevania for season 3, not too long ago. The series’ Netflix page then changed it’s header message to confirm its next season. Now, an official tweet from Netflix finally revealed the Castlevania season 3 release date.
Castlevania Season 3 Marks The Return Of An Awesome New Series
Debuting in 2017, Castlevania is already considered one of the last decade’s best new Anime. The Netflix original went over like gangbusters critically, with its last season currently holding a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. The impeccable action, coupled with amazing characters and great writing, makes the show one of the best Anime series currently in production. And it’s adult fare with its liberal swearing, explicit gore, and violence.
Fans Have Been Waiting Long for the Third Season
It’s been over a year since the last season of Castlevania premiered on Netflix. Season 2 released on Halloween of 2018, which was appropriate, given the show’s horror and main antagonist Dracula. So, fans theorized that the Castlevania season 3 release date would also be sometime around Halloween. That theory held more merit when the official Powerhouse Animation’s Twitter account, the studio responsible for Castlevania sent out a tweet earlier this year.
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— Powerhouse Animation (@powerhouseanim) January 2, 2020
The tweet’s caption reads ‘we are very excited for’, followed by a bunch of Dracula emojis, lined up to form ‘2020’. Teasing that the Castlevania season 3 release date will be sometime in 2020. Making the Halloween 2020 theory a strong possibility, despite disappointing fans for such a long wait. But over the last few weeks, the teases grew more and more frequent. Another followed when the official Twitter account for Castlevania updated their header with a new image. Presumably from season 3, the image showed the season 2 character Carmila, with a few new ones we’ve never seen. Yet.
Previous Season 3 Tease Came Directly From The Writer
Then, Warren Ellis’ most recent tweet is the closest thing fans get to seeing footage footage of Castlevania season 3. Kind of.
hi we’re just finishing something up over here pic.twitter.com/HmSo0iMvGf
— Wᴀʀʀᴇɴ Eʟʟɪs (@warrenellis) February 3, 2020
Ellis’ tweet features a 9-second video clip showing a variation of the opening title card of Castlevania. Followed with the caption that reads “hi we’re just finishing something up over here.” It’s possibly the first few seconds of the opening of season 3 or the beginning of the season 3 trailer. Either way, the frequency of the teases implied some sort of announcement or confirmation arriving soon. And so it came, exactly a day later.
Castlevania Season 3 Release Date Confirmed As March 5
Netflix’s Sci-Fi themed Twitter account released the official announcement about the Castlevania season 3 release date. The original Netflix anime returns on March 5, with a 10-episode season, the largest of the series so far. The timing of the season 3 release date is different from its previous 2 seasons, arriving much earlier in the year. Series director Samuel Deats jumped in on Twitter, as he explained further regarding the artwork released with the announcement. Artwork that he himself created, by the way.
Castlevania Season 3 is coming back March 5th!! We've been working our butts off on it and I can't wait for y'all to check it out!!
(Hope y'all enjoy the official poster art for season 3! I've somehow kept up the tradition of squeezing in time to do it for this season, too. 😄) https://t.co/qcmMgj5Cqa
— Samuel Deats (@SamuelDeats) February 4, 2020
What Can Fans Expect From Castlevania Season 3?
The story of Castlevania season 3 is completely under wraps. Season 2 of the series seemingly completed the story of the main antagonist, Dracula. The ending of season 2 saw our trio of heroes, Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage), Sypha (Alejandra Reynoso) and Alucard (James Callis) defeating the legendary vampire. It was an emotionally heartbreaking ending, which completed the main arc of the series up until that time. The story seemingly ended, with all characters going off to live mostly happy lives and with a purpose. The storytellers left very few loose ends, essentially completing the story. Still, they left some openings where newer stories might develop.
Trevor and Cypha went off to hunt down and finish off any remnants of the monsters that Dracula unleashed on the world. Their story felt like it was leaning towards romance, but didn’t fully go down that road. Whereas Alucard was bequeathed Trevor’s family home, and told to make up for his father’s misdeeds by contributing something greater to the world. But it’s more the fate of villains introduced in season 2 that have most fans wondering.
The Villains Of Season 2 Will Definitely Return For Season 3
Castlevania season 2 introduced multiple villains, or gray characters into the fold. Their stories however, did not end with season 2. The worst of which was Carmila, (Jaime Murray) a vampire who engineered to overthrow Dracula. She was unsuccessful, with our trio getting to Dracula first. So, she retreated to her home country, with another new character. Hector (Theo James) was one of 2 humans who served Dracula as Forgemasters; humans with the ability to reanimate life. These zombies became Dracula’s army. Hector was the more sensitive of the two, manipulated by Carmila to betray Dracula. Carmila ended up violently capturing Hector, making him her slave.
Image via Netflix.
The other human that served Dracula was more elusive. Dracula ended up saving Isaac (Adetokumboh M’Cormack), the more ruthless of the two, himself. He left Isaac lost and trapped in a desert. After being attacked by some bandits, Isaac uses his powers to kill, then reanimate them, proclaiming them be a part of his new army. He then journeyed onwards into the desert with his army of the undead. More than our heroes, it’s the stories of Carmila, Hector and Isaac that will be interesting, as we have no idea how they will factor into the events of season 3.
Castlevania Season 3 Poster Says A Lot
The Castlevania Season 3 artwork by director Deats does reveal a lot about the new season. Trevor seems to have a brand new outfit, a sleeker black leotard looking thing, that feels more like a costume than practical everyday wear. Even Sypha seems to have added some black accents to her outfit, possibly to match Trevor? Most importantly, we see Hector, still enslaved, and a new character looking down on him. And the top of the poster sees an older gentleman, possibly the big bad of Castlevania Season 3? Although he looks entirely human, while holding what looks like a vial of blood. How Castlevania season 3 unfolds will have to be a mystery until the show releases, or a trailer drops adding more anticipation to the release.
Castlevania Season 3 releases on March 5 on Netflix.
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